COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

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)

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?

If you've had a change in circumstances then you might be, contact your local authority to find out: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

Newcastle: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/schools-learning-and-childcare/help-school-and-learning-costs/apply-free-school-meals

Sunderland: https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/families/free-school-meals

Summer Holiday Free School Meals Letter - Please read this letter to learn about our plans for the Summer.


Digital Safety During COVID-19:

Find information and links below for each area on how to keep yourself and others safe online:

Newcastle

Sunderland

Gateshead

North Tyneside

South Tyneside

Northumberland


Safeguarding During Summer Holidays

During the summer holidays, although we will not be making our usual calls to check in with you and your child, we are still interested in how you are doing. In order to ensure you continue to have support if you need it, we urge you to contact us on the Trust email address admin.central@tanmat.org. This will be monitored during school times by our Trust Safeguarding Lead, Michelle Higgins who will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate person to speak to.

Our website is full of useful resources to support you with emotional well-being, online safety for your child, and Domestic Abuse.

We have again added a list of numbers in your area if you have child protection concerns around any child you know, or if you need further support. You can contact both during school hours and out of hours.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, preferably but you can also text/ring Michelle in an emergency on 07718324658 during school hours.

PREVENT

During the Summer Break, it's really important that you understand the potential online dangers posed to children and young people. Here you will find information around the PREVENT strategy and what you should look out for. If you find your child is in danger of being radicalised online the information here will help you to understand what to do and where to get help.

PREVENT Links document

Domestic Abuse Helplines

REFUGE 0808 2000 247 -https://www.refuge.org.uk/

WOMEN’S AID -https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

HARBOUR - https://www.myharbour.org.uk/

POLICE - 999 in an emergency

Update 6th August 2020

Your results, what next?

Appeal arrangements for AS, A levels and GCSEs

Student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints: summer 2020

Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020

School attendance: guidance for schools


Update 24th July 2020

Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter


Update 17th July 2020

Good Morning

I hope our communication with you has been regular and supportive enough. I wonder if, in some cases we may have been overly enthusiastic.

We have continued to receive guidance from the Government and are following it closely to ensure we are able to welcome everyone back safely in September.

I think we know that it will not necessarily be that easy for everyone coming back to school in September. In the first few months in particular, we will be looking to assist those students who may and could be struggling to cope. If, in the new term, communication between home & school continues to be regular and supportive, it will help a lot.

Keep in touch and take care.

Bill Curley


Update 15th July 2020

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Update 14th July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Update 13th July 2020

Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Update 10th July 2020

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation

16 to 19 funding: free meals in further education funded institutions for 2019 to 2020


Update 8th July 2020

What FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term


Update 2nd July 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses


Update 1st July 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


Update 30th June 2020

Teaching and Learning Toolkit


Update 29th June 2020

Work continues behind the scenes to ensure that we are able to welcome more students back safely. It is expected and being planned for, that the last two weeks of this term will see an increase in student numbers; TAN, for example, will re-open the Lower School. This is as a result of feedback received from parents and carers during those ongoing communications with the Trust.

It is still unclear what the situation will be like in September but I am sure there will be more pronouncements from the Government and I will get back to you before the end of term.

Bill Curley

PM announces transformative school rebuilding programme


Update 26th June 2020

Reducing burdens on educational and care settings

COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms


Update 25th June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm

ESFA post-16 provider relief scheme (July to October 2020)

ESFA ESF provider relief scheme 2 (July to October 2020)


Update 24th June 2020

Staying safe outside your home


Update 22nd June 2020

Thousands of children to benefit from free meals and activities


Update 19th June 2020

Billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time

Covid-19 support guide for schools


Update 17th June 2020

FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE), academic year 2020 to 2021

Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)


Update 16th June 2020

I hope you are well.

In the context of so much advice and guidance swirling around about children returning to school, some of it conflicting, I thought it maybe useful to explain where we are.

It is apparent that parents and carers have been really sensible during the crisis, and like ourselves, have put safety as their top priority. To that extent nothing has changed, although we have been working on measures to control the risk for students and staff. Last week we consulted with staff and trade unions on these measures, as we have to do, and this week these plans are being customised for each Academy and site, and again we will consult with staff and trade unions.

We have a further complication as a special school, apart from most of the current guidance not applying to us, and that is in ensuring that distance between children, and children and staff is maintained. I know you are sensitive to this issue and I believe we will arrive at some flexible solutions together.

If you haven't already, please have a conversation with your regular Academy contact about this and the degree to which some form of return could be possible and when.

For the moment we are concentrating on this five week period which will take us up to the Summer Holidays.

Bill Curley
CEO of Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust

Update 12th June 2020

Examples of teaching practice during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The transition to our new normal will not be straightforward


Update 9th June 2020

Study launched to monitor prevalence of COVID-19 in schools

Education Settings: Wider Opening


Update 8th June 2020

Teaching about mental wellbeing


Update 2nd June 2020

Ofsted to review students’ and apprentices’ online further education experience


Update 29th May 2020

School exclusion


Update 28th May 2020

PM press conference statement on the five tests: 28 May 2020


Update 27th May 2020

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service


Update 24th May 2020

PM confirms schools, colleges and nurseries on track to begin phased reopening


Update 22nd May 2020

Safeguarding During May Half Term

During the May Half Term break, although we will not be making our usual calls to you, we are still interested in how you are doing. In order to ensure you continue to have support if you need it, we urge you to contact us on the Trust email address admin.central@tanmat.org. This will be monitored during school times by our Trust Safeguarding Lead, Michelle Higgins who will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate person to speak to.

Our website is full of useful resources to support you with emotional well-being, online safety for your child and Domestic Abuse.

We have again added a list of numbers in your area if you have child protection concerns around any child you know, or if you need further support. You can contact both during school hours and out of hours.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email, preferably but you can also text/ring Michelle in an emergency on 07718324658 during school hours.

Domestic Abuse Helplines

REFUGE 0808 2000 247 - https://www.refuge.org.uk/

WOMEN’S AID - https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

HARBOUR - https://www.myharbour.org.uk/

POLICE - 999 in an emergency

Safeguarding Advice and Guidance Links

Letter to Parents and Carers - 22 May 2020


Update 21st May 2020

Supporting wellbeing


Update 19th May 2020

Trinity Solutions Academy Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TSA_Continuation_2020

Please take the Survey above to let us know what you're plans are for future education at Trinity Solutions Academy.


Update 16th May 2020

Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 May


Update 13th May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Re: Possible Re-opening of schools Further to my last message on the 11th of May 2020, we have received the government’s guidance on potentially re-opening schools. The guidance, as advised by the Government, is subject to change and we are assessing the considerable and complex challenges posed by the Government’s plan. Like most schools, we are not yet in a position to know to what extent it can be achieved.

So please do not make any plans just yet.

We are currently working closely with the Local Authority, Trade Unions and other Educational Institutions to carefully study the guidance and ensure that we are interpreting it correctly.

The Trust’s highest priority remains the safety and wellbeing of its learners, families and staff.

Whilst the discussions and planning continue, we understand that you may prefer to keep your child at home since you know what is best for the safety of your family. The Government has stated that there will be no penalty for non-attendance. In the meantime, two of our academies have remained open throughout the pandemic for a limited number of pupils.

When staff are in contact with you, please do share with them any anxieties and/or issues that you may have as this will aid our planning. I thank you for your patience.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust


Update 11th May 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners,

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. I wanted to write to you at this time as you may understandably be feeling anxious about your child’s return to school following weeks of intense media speculation and the Prime Minister’s announcement last night. I can assure you that the Trust’s highest priority remains the safety and wellbeing of its learners and staff.

We will await detailed government guidance which will be published later today. Following this, colleagues across the Trust will work tirelessly with the local authority, other educational institutions, and trade unions to put plans in place so that we can be ready to deal with whatever the government and Public Health England advises. I will write to you of our detailed plans in the coming weeks.

Two of our academies have remained open throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so for as long as it is safe and appropriate. Additionally, the Trust’s team of experts in Education and Parenting have been sharing tips, techniques, and resources to help young people continue their learning and to support family wellbeing.

On behalf of all colleagues, I thank you for the cooperation and support you have shown during these trying times.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust


Update 10th May 2020

PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 10 May 2020


Update 1st May 2020

New virtual cyber school gives teens chance to try out as cyber security agents from home

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements in education and childcare


Update 24th April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners,

Firstly, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support of our staff and school community, which is evident when we speak with you several times a week. Secondly, I welcome you to join me in thanking our staff teams across all the academies who continue to remain open, serving the community by caring for children of key workers and those learners who are deemed vulnerable by the Department of Education’s guidelines.

Learning At Home

By now you should have received bespoke work packs for your children to continue their learning journeys. Our hard-working teams have created a wealth of resources to not only educate but also engage and have fun with your children. You will also find these on our social media pages for Trinity Academy Newcastle, Trinity Academy New Bridge, and Trinity Solutions. Additionally, the Department for Education has published several online resources to help parents support the continuation of education at home.

Staying Safe Online

Spending an increased amount of time online may cause you some understandable concerns. There is support available to help you keep your child safe online. You can access further information on keeping children safe online here. Additionally, materials to promote mental wellbeing are included in the list of online resources we have published to help children to learn at home.

Free School Meal Vouchers

We are continuing with the ASDA free school meal vouchers. We recently topped-up your gift card on 20th April 2020 and will do so again on 4th May 2020. Depending on the funding guidelines, these vouchers will continue to be topped up on a fortnightly basis until further notice. To check the current balance of your e-card, please visit www.asda.com/giftcard. You will need your card number and Pin number – these can be found on your E-voucher.

The Trust continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact. Our priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community. So lastly, I thank all of you for remaining kind to, and supportive of those around you, and of our staff team who work tirelessly through the current circumstances to ensure that we continue to strive for excellence and change lives on a daily basis.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust

Secretary of State for Education writes to education providers about vulnerable children and young people

Response to 9 April direction from Secretary of State for Education

Ofqual consultation on awarding vocational and technical qualifications in summer 2020

Multi-million support for vulnerable children during COVID-19


Update 23rd April 2020

Trinity Solutions Academy/Trinity Post-16 Solutions Ltd

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16-19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

Where possible, it would be helpful for institutions to share this message with parents and students through your communication channels.


Update 21st April 2020

Aldi joins Free School Meal voucher scheme

Update 19th April 2020

Gavin Williamson speech on COVID-19 response


Update 8th April 2020

Trinity Academy New Bridge

Hello to all of our students, their parents/carers and their families,

I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe. I would like to thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult period and I know we all look forward to a time when things can return to normal.

We know how tough it is for all of you and would like to reassure you that we are here to help and support you throughout the holiday period and beyond. We will continue to make regular phone calls to you all, but if require additional support please text this number or email Admin.central@tanmat.org

Wishing you all a Happy Easter from me and the Trinity New Bridge team.

Stay strong, Mr Tully

Trinity Academy Newcastle

Hello to all of our students, parents/carers and their families,

In this extraordinary time, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support you have shown us over the past few weeks.

We will continue to work together to beat this virus so that we can come out of this as soon as possible.
We want to assure you that we are available throughout the week(s) to support you. We will continue to make our regular phone calls, but if you require additional support please do not hesitate to contact the school mobile numbers or the school email: admin.central@tanmat.org

This message goes out to our students and their parents/carers.

From myself and the Trinity Team: We wish you all a happy Easter.

Stay strong, Mr Flint

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures


Update 7th April 2020

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus


Exams Update 6th April 2020

Dear Learners, Parents, and Carers

To those of you who were entered for examinations this year, thank you for being patient during these unsettling times. The DfE, Ofqual and awarding bodies have now provided guidance on how grades will be calculated. Your grades will be based largely on your…

  • performance in the mock examinations,
  • classwork
  • homework

We will use the above to assign a grade we believe you were most likely to get if the COVID-19 pandemic never arose, considering the loss of valuable teaching and learning time. Along with this, we will send evidence of your work (if required), and your ranking among peers in every subject you have been entered for. These will be assessed by the awarding bodies to ensure the results are fair and that no learner is disadvantaged by these unforeseen circumstances.

We are not permitted to share any of these with yourselves as the awarding bodies will make the final judgments. They have assured us that the results will not be delayed, so you will still receive the results on Thursday, 20th August 2020.

If you are not happy with your results, you will be able to re-sit the examinations in the Autumn term as soon as it is safe and viable to do so.

You are not required to do anything at this point. If this changes, we will contact you.

The Trust continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact. Our priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community. So lastly, I thank all of you for remaining kind to, and supportive of those around you, and of our staff team who work tirelessly through the current circumstances to ensure that we continue to strive for excellence and change lives on a daily basis.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust


Update 3rd April 2020

How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020

Thank you message from the Secretary of State for Education