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THE SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN TO ALL YEAR GROUPS AS NORMAL IN SEPTEMBER


For more information from the Department for Education and Public Health England, please click here.


Last updated: Thursday, 30 July 2020, 03:30pm

  • New Year 7 and Year 12 begin lessons on Thursday 3rd September
  • All other Years begin lessons on Monday 7th September
  • For more information regarding arrangements for the school reopening in September 2020, please see the Letters Home section below
  • See below updated information about the SUMMER EXAMINATIONS
  • Please click here to view a leaflet regarding COVID-19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT available in your area
  • Please keep checking this page for the latest updates

New COVID-19 testing site opens in Harlesden for local residents


London’s first local COVID-19 testing site has opened in Harlesden Town Garden. Testing sites up until now have been “drive-in,” requiring people to access a test by attending the site in a private car. As part of the Government’s expanded approach to testing, this new centre is a pilot site, which will enable local residents to access testing by foot. It is hoped that this new testing site will help ensure that local residents who have symptoms can get tested quickly in an easily accessible location.

Residents can book a test if they:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • can travel to the test site on foot or by motorcycle or bicycle and don’t need to use public transport
  • have a face covering
  • adhere to social distancing at all times, when travelling to and from the site

Appointments are available every day from 10am-5pm and residents can book by calling 020 8937 4440, the line is open from 9am-5pm, seven days a week. More information regarding the new local testing site can be found here.


Please click here for a list of services and contact details from Brent Council regarding Violence Against Women and Girls. A Domestic Abuse poster can be downloaded here.
Please click here for important information regarding COVID-19 enquiries, community support and EMERGENCY SUPPORT contact details from Brent Council.
Please click here to view a guide from the Department for Education with information for parents and carers about schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
Please click here to view list of ONLINE EDUCATION RESOURCES for home education published by the Department of Education.

 


COVID-19 LETTERS HOME
PREPARING FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 PARENT INFORMATION LETTER

Letter to parents regarding preparations for September 2020.
Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL REOPENING IN SEPTEMBER 2020

Letter to parents regarding arrangements for the school reopening in September 2020.
Please click here to view the letter.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL INFORMATION LETTER (YEAR 10 & YEAR 12 )

Returning to school information letter for Year 12 students. Please click here to view the letter.

Returning to school information letter for Year 10 students. Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING SUMMER TERM

Important information regarding Summer Term for Year 7, 8 9, 10 and 12 students.
Please click here to view the letter.

Important information regarding Summer Term for Year 11 students.
Please click here to view the letter.

Important information regarding Summer Term for Year 13 students.
Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING 2020 SUMMER EXAMINATIONS

Important information regarding the 2020 Summer Examinations.
Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Important information regarding Free School Meals. Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING  CANCELLATION OF THE SUMMER EXAMINATIONS

Important information regarding cancellation of the summer examinations for Year 11.
Please click here to view the letter.

Important information regarding cancellation of the summer examinations for Year 12.
Please click here to view the letter.

Important information regarding cancellation of the summer examinations for Year 13.
Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS – 17 MARCH 2020

Important information regarding Coronavirus. Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS – 16 MARCH 2020

Important information regarding Coronavirus. Please click here to view the letter.

LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS – 06 MARCH 2020

Important information regarding Coronavirus. Please click here to view the letter.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

Parents/Carers of children in receipt of Free School Meals will be sent a TESCO e-voucher every Friday. You can read the letter sent to parents/carers here.

 

EXAMS

The Government has announced that all public examinations (including A Level, GCSE and BTECs) will NOT take place this year and the qualifications will be awarded through an alternative mechanism called calculated grades.

Please click here to read the guidance from the Department for Education regarding the cancellation of the summer examinations.

Please click here to view the letter to parents regarding information about the 2020 SUMMER EXAMINATIONS.

 

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is support available to keep your child safe online. You can access further information on keeping children safe online.

Here are some useful links to help parents and carers.

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to stay safe online
  • to help families manage during this time, the NCA has launched Thinkuknow: home activity packs, a set of fun, engaging activities based on Thinkuknow cartoons, films, games, and advice articles
  • a new activity sheet for each age group will be published on the Thinkuknow website every 2 weeks while schools are closed – these activities offer a great opportunity to help you keep up positive, supportive conversations about online safety in your home
  • Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet provides a tool kit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • LGfL provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including 6 top tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net Aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, providing a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

 

What support is available to parents to help them maintain their family’s wellbeing while their children are at home?

Social connections, alongside exercise, sleep, diet and routine, are important protective factors for mental health.

Materials to promote and support mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home. Public Health England’s Rise Above platform supports young people. The Department of Health and Social Care is providing £5 million of additional funding to support mental health charities to increase their provision for adults and children at this time.Social isolation, reduced exercise and bereavement may affect children’s wellbeing in this period. Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:

All NHS mental health trusts are setting up 24/7 helplines and seeking to use digital and virtual channels to continue delivering support during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

What support is available for children/young people in receipt of SEN support?

Pupils who would usually be in receipt of SEN support (those without EHC plans) do not automatically meet the definition of ‘vulnerable children’. Local authorities and schools/colleges have the flexibility to consider whether other children have vulnerabilities that mean they are safer at school/college than at home. However, we recommend that these decisions are taken based on risk assessment involving education settings, local authorities and parents. Further information can be found in the guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Pupils on SEN support who remain at home will continue to have ongoing learning needs. Ensuring there are good communication channels between education settings and parents during this period is essential, as well as aiming to ensure that schools and colleges provide access to appropriate teaching materials wherever possible. Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in particular may be able to act as a contact point for families of children on SEN support. SENCOs will typically lead on ensuring that children and young people with SEN have access to materials they can use to learn and consolidate their learning at home. The government has also published details of remote learning resources, which includes those designed for children with SEND.

 

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO
  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible at the following address: office@alperton.brent.sch.uk
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. Some children may find this frightening; we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety.
  • Check that your child has access to Google Classroom from home, and let us know if there are any issues (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote learning if the school does need to close at some point).

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

Please consult the:

  • School Office at the following address: office@alperton.brent.sch.uk
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of Coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111.
  • Department for Education’s Coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to Coronavirus in relation to schools.
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about
COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as
follows:

  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)


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