Please continue to check the school website as we will use it to update you on the situation, provide guidance and communicate with children. We will also use it to update learning materials. We will continue to use the text system to update you as well. If you need support from school, you can contact the school through the admin email address, as some staff will be working remotely. We will not be able to answer the school telephone. If you need support, outside of the school remit, you can also contact Islington’s early help service on 02075277400.
Following on from my last update, as you will know schools will be closed to almost all children next week. Staff from Pakeman will be working both remotely and in the key worker provision on rotation if they are not ill.
Provision for Key Workers
We are doing what we can to put in place provision for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children. We are awaiting more guidance on how this will work, which we do not have at the time of writing this. We hope to be able to provide greater clarity with regard to this tomorrow.
Eligibility for Provision
We will be providing childcare/education if you fall under the Government guidance below. It is important that you use this service only if you have no alternative childcare provision. Please understand that we have a duty of care to ensure that the numbers in school are manageable.
Children who do not fall into these two groups should remain at home with “appropriate care” according to the government. The advice is to not ask grandparents or elderly relatives to help with childcare, because of their vulnerability to the virus.
Provision will be made available:
- If one parent is a key worker, the government will expect the other parent to have their child at home. Single parents who are key workers will obviously be entitled to a school place.
- If your child is classed as vulnerable
- If you are childcare or education workers, work in the NHS, work for the police force, armed forces, firefighters, prison and probation staff, food distribution workers, social workers, care home workers, local authority planning officers, environmental health workers, highway agency workers
- If your child has an ECHP plan, has a social worker, as a CIN plan or has a CP Plan
Once provision has been organised, we will ask parents in the key worker category to bring evidence to school on their first day that they are a keyworker. This could be a pay slip or a contract, for example.
The government has also announced that KS1 and KS2 SATs, year 1/2 phonics screening and Year 4 multiplication tests will not be going ahead.
Learning at Home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn to prepare them for the next stage in their education.
We will upload work and signpost you to particular online educational programmes. We are working on developing remote learning materials. More information will be coming out about this.
Advice for parents: Structure will be very important for all children not in school. We would advise having a structured day planned for your child / children. For example, 1-hour web-based learning, break, 1-hour paper based learning, e.g. writing a letter to an elderly relative or family/friends in self-isolation, activity break, helping to make a healthy lunch, reading time, exercise break for example yoga, daily mile, or indoor fitness routine, an hour or two of TV or movie time.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. These really are extraordinary times and we all have to work together to support one another and to support our national effort to deal with the impact of this disease and to keep our country going. We know this is a stressful time for parents and we will do all we can to support you.
We would like to send our best wishes to all of you and we look forward to the time when the children can return to school. We miss them!
Lynne and the Pakeman School Team