End of term information for parents:
All pupils should have their new workpack – the books do have answers in them to allow you or your child to mark them. They are to use alongside online learning, especially the continued use of Reading Plus.
Your child’s report will be posted at the end of this week and there is a newsletter too. Please note that in the newslettter there is information regarding returning to school in September, uniform order and Parent Pay:
Re-opening of school
School is now open for small groups of pupils, whose parents have opted to return to school for transition blocks. Parents have been informed by e-mail of the allocated dates and essential information.
Please find below the letters about the plans for the re-opening of schools.
Transition for Year 2
Year 2 Transition
Welcome to our school. Mrs Taylor or Miss Angus (year 3 class teachers) will have contacted you to introduce themselves. You will have been offered a zoom meeting for parents & pupils, as well as a short transition visit in groups of no more than four, for pupils only. The dates and times you have chosen will be sent to you by text. Your child will receive a newsletter (above newsletter of July 2020) when they visit school or they will be posted to you, if your child isn’t attending a transition visit.
School uniform: Please see the school uniform section on the parents section of this website, for expectations of uniform. You can order school uniform items directly online from: totstoteams.com (Tots to Teams). You will have the choice to have the items delivered direct to your door, for a delivery charge, or in bulk to school.
School dinners: Once pupils are in Key Stage 2 there is no longer an entitlement to no-cost school dinners, unless as a family you are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM). If you are unsure whether you will be entitled to FSM, school can undertake a quick check – contact school with the claimants date of birth and the claimants national insurance number, if you would like this check completed. School dinners will cost £2:10 per day from September and must be paid for in advance through Parent Pay.
Parent Pay: School is now cashless. School dinners and educational visits need to be paid for on Parent Pay. Parent Pay information is found in the parents section of this website.
Transition for Year 6
Year 6 Transition for Tanfield Secondary School
Tanfield have set up a google classroom which you should have access to. Go online to their school website to find more information.
Year 6 Transition for North Durham Academy
NDA also have regular updates, work challenges and all the information you need on their transition pages on their website and facebook. NDA have offered individual visits if you feel your child may need one before September. Please contact NDA to arrange this.
Do you want to help your child be ready for secondary level maths? Sign up today for free to numerise. This platform sets relevant work for your child and gives instant feedback. A great way to help prepare your child for the next stage in their education during these unprecedented times.
All weekly updates are uploaded onto our website transition page https://www.northdurhamacademy.co.uk/251/transition-2020 posted on FB. And https://www.facebook.com/NorthDurhamAcademy/
If you want to contact them use any of the following: a designated e-mail for transition NDAfirstname.lastname@example.org ; facebook page at www.facebook.com/North Durham Academy ; school website for updates www.northdurhamacademy.co.uk
Action for Happiness
A range of ideas and resources linked to happiness. To discuss with your children about what matters the most. Which links well to the work on resilience we do in school. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/toolkit-for-schools
Citizen’s advice can offer support with finances, contact details,
0300 330 9027 – Advice Line Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
0300 323 2000 – Debt Advice Line Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm
0300 323 1000 – To cancel or rearrange appointments
Homestay [formally Stonham] can offer support with finances, rent arrears etc.
To contact gateway ring Durham Homestay team.
Gateway on 0191 332 4935 / e-mail GatewayDurham@homegroup.org.uk
Stanley Community Centre
Telephone or text: 07775874413 if you need support around anxiety, food, social communication, your children.
The website link below will direct you to information about your local food bank.
FamilyLine offer a free service available to support adult family members on all aspects of family life issues, whether it is emotional support or practicable advice on any aspect of parenting or broader family issues – Tel Number: 0808 802 6666, text: 07537 404282 or email: email@example.com
SEND update for parents:
Durham SENDIASS have also devised a guide to help parents, carers and young people (16-25) to continue to access the service during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Please see the information guide below with key contacts.
SENDIASS and MCT Virtual Zoom Coffee Mornings
SENDIASS and MCT are planning some twice weekly virtual Zoom coffee mornings / evenings until the middle of June for Parents / Carers of Young people ages 0-25 with a disability or additional need.
Please follow relevant date link below to register.
** Thursday 10am-11.30am** ( Link works for every Thursday until 11th June. Please register for every one you wish to attend)
** Tuesday 6pm-7.30pm * ( Link works for every Tuesday until 16th June. Please register for every one you wish to attend)
Any questions please email us at SENDIASS@durham.gov.uk
North East Autism Society
Offer support with enquiries via telephone, email, and Facebook. They also have a private family network page where they are offering lots of support and guidance.
For more information call 0191 4109974
Face book page North east Autism Society
SEN Grant opportunities