Holiday meals and support around food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic
This document includes information on:
The Government's COVID Summer Food Fund to support families over the upcoming summer holidays. It’s crucial to make sure that as many families as possible are aware of all support that is available to them so that schools can order vouchers in time for the holidays.
Additional information on how families can be supported if they are facing issues relating to food insecurity
Have you thought about Succession Planning for the role of Chair? New Course 14 and 16 July
We have a new course aimed at those new to chairing , recently appointed or aspirant chairs. It’s a great opportunity to think about succession planning as in the Autumn Term the majority of governing bodies will be electing chairs and vice chairs.
Could you think about your GB and signpost the course below to suitable candidates please, including the current vice chairs or a new chair. The details and link to book are contained in the link here http://schoolsservices.lewisham.gov.uk/Event/117709 . The course is in two parts on 14 and 16 July.
The course covers:
· The role of the chair & vice chair what the chair does and how the work can be delegated including the division of responsibilities between chair, vice chair and committee chairs
· Managing relationships with governors – building, knowing and leading the team, inducting new governors, supporting governor development, succession planning
· Managing the work of the governing body – planning the work, chairing effective meetings, good minuting, dealing with challenging situations
· Managing relationships with the headteacher – establishing and maintaining an effective, professional relationship, clarifying roles, agreeing mutual expectations
· Supporting strategic leadership and ensuring accountability – the chair’s role.
URGENT and IMPORTANT : Summer Vouchers Scheme
I trust you may already have seen the guidance on Covid Summer Food Fund i.e Summer Vouchers Scheme.
The link bellows directs you to the DfE website –please read the detail thoroughly.
I would like to bring your attention to 2 key aspects of the document
· Vouchers MUST be purchased via EDENRED.
o If your school decides to operate outside of EDENRED, you need to accept that the school will be meeting the cost and that it is very unlikely that you will be offered any financial support from the DfE.
o Alternative support- the guidance allows this only as an exception.
“Where eligible families would be unable to access any of the supermarkets available through using Edenred eGift cards, schools can make alternative voucher arrangements with a local supermarket that is not listed above.
Schools can claim for the £90 per pupil costs incurred in supporting benefits-related free school meal pupils through this alternative support during the Summer holiday period.
Schools can claim for this through the exceptional costs fund in the autumn, providing schools have ordered their vouchers one week before their school term ends. Further details on when and how schools can claim for this will be confirmed in due course. Read more about claiming for exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).”
· All submissions (i.e. voucher orders) must be placed by the 10th July 2020- i.e. end of this week. Please do not leave this to the last minute and makes sure that you have access to the website in advance
The detail in the link provides key considerations e.g. making sure you don’t duplicate claims, claiming for ALL ELIGIBLE pupils, etc.
Some schools have raised concerns around the ability of their pupils and parents to use digital devices i.e. smartphones. The guidance offers alternatives- e.g. the school can activate a code and provide a E-Gift card to parents –either by post or by collection.
General expectation is that it is one voucher for £90 per pupil, schools can “in exceptional circumstances” provide smaller value vouchers.
“In exceptional circumstances, you may decide to schedule a number of smaller vouchers to be sent to a family instead of a single £90 voucher. The total combined value of these vouchers cannot exceed £90 per eligible child. These vouchers must also be ordered at least one week before your school term ends. The first of these vouchers must be issued to families before the end of the school term, and the final voucher must be issued to families by 14 August. For example, you could order 3 vouchers for £30 to be issued to families every fortnight, on 15 July, 29 July and 12 August.”
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Diversifying and decolonising the curriculum - Chartered College of Teaching - 21st July 2020
The Chartered College is Teaching will be supporting this conversation with the #FutureOfTeaching, bringing together teachers from across the world to drive the change we need to benefit children and young people.
They are hosting this webinar where they will explore:
- De-colonising the curriculum
- Approaches to build greater diversity across the profession
To book on the webinar click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diversifying-and-decolonising-the-curriculum-tickets-111662776370?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
Government response to EYFS reforms consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) has published its response to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) reforms consultation. The goal of the reforms is to improve outcomes for all children and reduce workload.
You can find the response here
In October 2019, DfE launched a public consultation seeking views on changes to the EYFS statutory framework. The consultation has concluded with the following changes made:
Revisions to the educational programmes;
Revisions to the early learning goals;
Removal of the statutory duty for local authorities to externally moderate EYFS profile judgements;
Removal of the 'exceeding' judgement criteria from the EYFS profile;
Change to the safeguarding and welfare requirements to promote good oral health.
At the time of publication of the consultation response, the EYFS learning and development and the EYFS profile requirements have been disapplied for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
DfE have also published the framework and EYFS profile handbook for schools participating in the EYFS reforms early adopter year from September 2020 to August 2021.