Good afternoon all,
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these new and challenging times. We are trying to keep up with national directives as and when they arrive and will update you with important information and reminders via text message, via our social media platforms and through letter.
You will know that the information has at times been slightly conflicting, on Monday we were advised that those people in ‘vulnerable groups’ should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, this included people with learning difficulties. Despite this, we were told on Wednesday that schools should remain open for pupils with an EHCP, which in our case is all children with learning difficulties.
My advice is for you to take sensible and measured action based on your child’s individual needs and the health and wellbeing of those around you. Any absence from the Academy will be authorised from last Monday (9th of March) and so rumours that families will be punished for poor attendance at least over the next 8 weeks are simply untrue.
Can I remind you that the UK is doing all it can to stop the spread of a serious virus. We have a duty to reduce social contact with other people unless there are special circumstances.
If your child has underlying health conditions, illnesses linked to their immune system or any respiratory conditions I would recommend you seek advice from your doctor before you send them to school.
The Academy will be open for the next two days (19th/20th of March) BUT WILL BE CLOSED to all pupils on MONDAY 23rd of March. We will use this day to deep clean the Academy and prepare work to be sent home to those not attending, this will be sent via email to all parents.
The Academy will reopen on Tuesday 24th March.
The staff here are amazing and have been doing an amazing job, I have a duty to help keep them healthy and well, without them we will simply have to close for all children. I must therefore urge you NOT to send your child to school if they are showing ANY symptoms.
Thank you for your understanding, please keep yourself healthy and get in touch if you need anything at all.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, the DfE have 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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
· No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
Advice on coronavirus
Autism and Anxiety Event
Live discussion event about how anxiety can affect autistic young people. Further information here
Simply Sensory Signing Choir
Makaton Signing Choir starts at APTCOO in Mansfield on Saturday 22nd February 2020, and then the last Saturday of the month.
Further details and how to book here
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
From Apprentice to Teacher with Access Training
Lucy Korneluk describes her journey from apprentice to teacher with Access Training.
Change of Logo
We were recently required to change the current Foxwood logo.
Our Fox will be sadly missed but will live on….
After a detailed process of elimination and voting; the staff, children and young people at Foxwood have chosen the logo below as the new symbol of Foxwood.
Foxwood would like to recommend a new phone app and website called ‘Own It’ from the BBC.
The app gives advice and videos on E-safety and mental health issues.
A really useful addition is that it can adapt the keypad on children’s devices giving suggestions on the content of messages.
If a child gives out personal information the keyboard will suggest that they don’t. If a child says something unkind the keyboard will help them with suggestions and if they mention key words like bullying the keypad will direct them to help.
All useful in this ever changing world!
Re: Launch of Mobile App
Just a reminder that we do have a school mobile app that you can download on to your smartphones and tablet devices free from either the Apple or Google Play app stores. You can download the app by searching for “School Jotter” once downloaded you can then select Foxwood Academy from the drop down list.
The app provides instant access to term dates, menus, events, links to social media and the school website. We hope that you find it useful.
We are keen to gather your thoughts on our new Relationships and Sex Education policy. If you would like to comment please email us directly at the Academy.
INSET date change
The INSET day due to be held on the 10th February 2020 has been moved to now take place on the 31st January.
We need your views about the Health Services for Children and Young People in Special Schools
Nottinghamshire County & City Councils are asking for the views of parents, carers, children and young people attending Special schools who use health services. To do this we will be using co-production as a way of working to bring together families and professionals to review and shape provision. It ensures the following:
- Being listened to
- Promotes positive working relationships
- Strong communication
- Improved services for families
This survey and following event is for parents, carers, children and young people who have experience of health services in special schools. We want to hear you views about services such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Continuing care or Health Support at home or school. We are interested in hearing what is working well, what is not working, and any changes you would like to for the future. You or your child may experience.
After this we will be hosting an Event on the 21st and 28th of November where we will feedback your views and create a plan to improve services for the future.
This consultation opened on the 26th of September and will close on the 18th of October. The online questionnaire should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The link can be found below.
Many thanks on behalf of
Nottingham County Council
Nottingham City Council
NHS City & County Clinical Commissioning Groups
NHS and Brexit: Working to ensure you receive medicines and medical products
Occasionally, the NHS does experience temporary disruption to supply of some medicines. The NHS has tried-and-tested ways of making sure you get your medicines and medical products, even under difficult circumstances.
In the unlikely event your medicine is temporarily unavailable, the NHS will work with you to prescribe the best alternative. This could typically be a different brand of medicine or perhaps lower strength medicines to make up the same dose.
On rare occasions it may mean a different medicine to do the same thing, but you will make the decision with your prescriber who will be provided with all the necessary information on how best to do this. This will ensure your treatment continues as normal. The NHS, through your local GP surgery, pharmacy and/or hospital, will help you to stay informed if there are any changes.
If you are concerned, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
NHS England initiative ‘Working Together for Change’ (WTfC) is the project that is aimed at engaging with parent/carers and Children and Young People (CYP) (Who are in/Have CYP in Special Schools in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire) to ascertain what is working well, what is not working well and what is important for the future.
If you have time we would encourage you to complete the following survey:
Please see important news on the new local offer for care leavers in Nottinghamshire here
As well as threats to the welfare of children from within their families, we know that children may be vulnerable to abuse or exploitation from outside their families - referred to in Working Together 2018 as contextual safeguarding. The risk of radicalisation is one example and the Home Office has recently produced a fact sheet on the threat of far right extremism and the response to it, which you may find useful.
15th March: Fair Access Protocol
Please see the attached letter for the attention of the Head Teacher, regarding the revised Nottinghamshire County Council Fair Access Protocol.
18th January: Nottinghamshire are looking into new ways to manage children and young people with SEND. The link below will take you to the consultation presentation and a survey to gather your thoughts. This consultation is now closed.
If you have ANY questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write ‘consultation’ as the subject.
At the University of Nottingham, we are interested in why children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) pay attention to the world differently and how this impacts how they learn information and develop skills.
If you have a child between the ages of 7-15 years old with a diagnosis of ASC, please consider taking part! Your child may also have additional learning difficulties. We will cover travel expenses and providea £15 voucher for participation.
To find out more, contact us at 07806777705 or email at email@example.com
Further information can be found here