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School reopening update: Further to the DfE's recent announcement, Hillingdon schools will not be reopening for all pupils on Monday 4th January 2021. Provision will only be made for children of critical workers and those who are vulnerable. All other pupils will access remote learning until further notice. Stay safe and stay well. Don't forget to report your child's positive case via: covid@whitehalljunior.org.
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Coronavirus - Information & Updates

COVID-19 Catch-Up Premium Funding

In response to the national school lockdown of March - July 2020, the Government has created a 'Catch-Up' Premium to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. An allocation of £80 per pupil will be awarded to schools, along with a subsidised National Tutoring Programme. Please see below our planned spending of such funding and how we will measure the impact of our approach.

 

Remote Education

Information about our remote education can be found by clicking on the page below.

You can help to slow the spread of coronavirus

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Follow the latest Government advice - this changes frequently so ensure you keep up to date.
  • Wear face coverings when using public transport and in shops and shared spaces.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. Cough into your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you have a cough or temperature, or loss of taste or smell, or anyone in your family does, then you all need to self-isolate for 10 days. You also need to self-isolate if someone you live with has tested positive, even if they are not displaying symptoms.
  • Guidance on isolation continues to change so please always check the NHS website for the latest advice (the above 10-day isolation period was updated on 14 December 2020).
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please use the NHS website or call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

 

In school, all pupils have been taught about the importance of effective hand washing (including the use of sanitisers), along with respiratory hygiene.

Sources of Support

Please see the table below for organisations able to offer support and advice.

 

Agency

 

 Information

  

Mind

 

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

More information can be found on their website:

www.mind.org.uk/

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

A short video aimed at parents, to guide you in how to manage anxiety during this pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&feature=youtu.be

NSPCC

Advice for parents from the NSPCC to guide you through this difficult period. Guidance includes: talking to children about coronavirus, working from home, keeping children safe from abuse, supporting SEND children and lockdown and separated parents.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

Young Minds

Work with young people to ensure they have access to the support they need. Young Mind also act as a lifeline for parents and carers, and have a parent's A-Z Guide, providing expert online advice and information to parents.

More information can be found on their website:

www.youngminds.org.uk/

Childline  

Call, chat or email Childline about anything that is worrying you. You can call them on: 08001111

More information can be found on their website:

www.childline.org.uk  

CEOP

If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online.

www.ceop.police.uk  

Kooth

  

Online counselling service young people can access this through their phones or computers- a place to talk to someone.

More information can be found on their website:

https://www.kooth.com/

Internet Matters

Support for parents and carers on keeping your child safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/

Net Aware

Support for parents and carers from the NSPCC. You can look up apps, social media sites and games on this site to learn more about what they are and what they do.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Parent Info

Help and advice for families in a digital world.

https://parentinfo.org/

Think u Know

Age appropriate advice on staying safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

UK Safer Internet Centre

Guidance for families on how to stay safe online.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

 

Well-being

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, especially when at home. This includes a healthy diet, sleeping well and exercising. You can also have social contact with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends. 

 

Online Safety

Being ready to switch to remote learning means that we need to be extra careful with online safety.  If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, report this to your parents/carers or on CEOP. In such situations, the best thing to do is to block the person, and then report it on: www.ceop.police.uk

Further Sources of Support

 

Agency

Information

Support for Benefits/ Department for Work and Pensions  

More information can be found on their website:

www.dwp.gov.uk 

You can also visit https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/benefits for local guidance.

GP

Please contact your GP for advice/strategies/help on the following if you have noticed that your child:  

  • Has low mood
  • Has changed in demeanor
  • Is not eating well
  • Is complaining of pain  

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is a service providing multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment for young people with mental health or emotional and behavioral difficulties. Your GP can make a referral.  

More information can be found on their website:

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

Food Bank

 

https://hillingdon.foodbank.org.uk/ - is the webpage for the food bank in Hillingdon.

You can email them at hillingdonfoodbank@kingsborough.org.uk or phone on 01895 252224.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a charity that offers free, accessible, quality advice to anyone. They can help with all kinds of problems whether they are housing, employment, benefits, debts or immigration issues for example.  

More information can be found here: https://www.hillingdoncab.org.uk/ or by phoning 0344 848 7903.

Police

For immediate risks, call 999.

 

MASH

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is a multi-agency service which makes it easier to access early targeted support when you consider a child, young person or family needs a service that requires a multi-agency response.  

More information can be found here: https://hillingdonlscb.org.uk/professionals/useful-guidance/mash/

 

 

Guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

A guide produced by 'Young Minds' - parents guiding one another on how to support families during the coronavirus

Rockpool (https://rockpool.life/) have produced factsheets for parents and practitioners, using trauma awareness about children's and adult's emotional behaviour.

'Elbows' a poem written by our very own wordsmith, Mrs Bennett

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