Information for Parents
The page on the school website has been set up to provide parents and staff with useful links and guidance along with the school's response to the Coronavirus. We will endeavour to keep it updated.
COVID Catch-Up Premium
Catch Up Funding
The Government have announced a package worth £1 billion (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-catch-up-premium) to ensure that schools have the resources they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time, with extra support for those who need it most. £650 million will be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to rise to the challenge. This one-off grant funding will be paid to all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
At Paddle school, the Leadership Team have undertaken professional dialogue with teachers, who have observed, assessed and liaised with parents to identify pupils who will benefit from additional support to diminish gaps in their reading, writing and maths. Pupils who have been impacted in a negative way with their wellness have also been identified with additional support, nurture and intervention.
The additional catch up money will be used to fund additional hours for current staff who are experienced teaching assistant on our team. A detailed timetable of support interventions has been devised and implemented. The Leadership team have identified effective interventions, based on experience and research undertaken by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The impact of these interventions is measured termly and the timetable of support reviewed to ensure that we are accelerating their academic progress and preventing the gap between them and their more affluent peers widening.
Delivering Remote Education
Delivering remote education safely keeping children safe online is essential. At Paddle School we follow he statutory guidance keeping children safe in education (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2) which provides schools and colleges with information on what they should be doing to protect their pupils online.
When a class, group or a small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or local restrictions require pupils to remain at home, Paddle School has the capacity to offer immediate remote education via a learning platform called “Showbie”. All pupils have an individual and private login. They are able to upload completed work, to which the teacher can offer class or individual feedback.
All pupils not physically unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) but who are at home as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) will have access to remote education by the next school day. At Paddle school work is set in line with the existing curriculum. In developing our remote education, we aim to: teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations.
This will provide access to high quality remote education resources to the children who have to self-isolate.
We have liaised closely with the families and pupils who do not have suitable online access and recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support and so schools should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum - for pupils with SEND, their teachers are best placed to know how to meet their needs and make a decision on which format (electronic, paper, concrete activities) in which to provide continuity in learning.
When teaching pupils remotely, Paddle School will set assignments that are meaningful and ambitious in a number of different subjects set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum: primary: 3 hours a day, provide clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos.
Each teacher has systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern. Through Showbie, teachers are able to gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback, at least weekly, using digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate.
Link to the reopening of school information for parents: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term
Link to the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Link to the Cumbria County Council site for schools: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/education.asp
Link to the government 'stay at home guidance': https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Link to the Coronavirus Information Hub for schools that has been set up by the North Lakes School: https://thepenrithhub-cumbria.frogos.net/covid-19
Link to the Carlisle and Eden Mind parents discussion resource:
Link to Cumbria Prevent team/Department of Education Online Safety leaflet:
Link to Government information for parents and carers re School Arrangements
Link to Government information on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
Link to Government information to help primary school children continue their education at home