Y6 transition day
As you know we were planning the transition day for July 7th, but this has been under review due to the current situation. Yesterday we received the following advice from Public Health:
‘PHE advice is that primary children should not mix outside their bubbles. This may mean either holding them in different areas of the secondary school in their groups and/ or implementing over more than one day.’
I think we would all agree that running whole scale transition days in secondary schools is not feasible and therefore, sadly, the city wide Y6 transition day cannot physically take place this year. Secondary schools can arrange for virtual meetings and incorporate suitable induction in summer schools. In addition, schools should consider how to induct children with EHCPs and other SEND needs to ensure the smoothest transfer. Where schools are doing onsite visits for children such as those with EHCP’s or where it would benefit individual children, then schools should complete thorough risk assessments before running transitional/taster days to ensure that they are run in line with their system of controls and align with government advice contained within the ‘Actions for Schools’ guidance and the ‘Roadmap out of lockdown’. This includes system of controls, such as keeping children within their consistent groups and the COVID-secure measures in place at the destination.
Safeguarding information should be transferred securely to the secondary school at the end of term, or by the end of the first week in September. These records should be signed for and a copy of that form saved.
Liverpool Learning Partnership’s transition booklet can be downloaded and shared with pupils going to Y7 in September.
Please can primary schools ensure they complete referral forms for the relevant secondary schools, as outlined in the last briefing.
The advice on summer schools from Public Health currently is:
‘Schools should continue to plan in line with published guidance on holiday provision for pupils. In doing so, schools will be aware that the government is considering data ahead of any step 4/review of social distancing decisions and, although we don’t know what the outcome of that will be, schools may need to be ready to alter plans accordingly.’
The guidance link is here:
Liverpool Maths Party
On 24th September 2021 Liverpool Learning Partnership are inviting their member settings to take part in the 6th annual Liverpool Maths Party. The Maths Party is designed to help schools encourage positive messaging around maths and to celebrate the importance that this subject plays in people’s careers and everyday lives. For the past 5 years LLP has put together a padlet of resources to support ideas in the classroom as well as “virtual party bag” ideas for families to use at home. We’re currently creating resources for this year and it would be great to know what schools would find the most useful. We’ve created a survey to find out what resources you would like to see in the collection: https://forms.gle/qnKtXRaCobopWFTU8
Knowsley Schools Libraries Service
Knowsley SLS are offering non-SLA schools the opportunity to trial their resource boxes (normally £45.00) for a cost of £30.00 per box throughout 2021. Please see the attached leaflet for details of this offer and information about their Service Level Agreements. For further information email Pauline.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://knowsleysls.co.uk/
Inclusion Labs are inviting schools and organisations to sign up to their Decade of Diversity initiative. Find out more about how you could get involved at https://inclusionlabs.co.uk/decade-of-diversity/
Whole school approach to mental health
Your Education Mental Health Team are going to trial a virtual coffee morning for parents/carers within your area. The session will be held on zoom and will offer an introduction to Education Mental Health Teams, the city-wide Whole School Approach and give a brief introduction to children’s mental health in an accessible way. Parents/carers can ask any questions they may have around their child’s wellbeing.
We are running one coffee event for each hub.
|The South coffee morning will be held on Thursday 24th June, from 10:00-11:30. Parent/carers can book on using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156658163785|
|The North coffee morning will be held on Thursday 8th July, from 10:00-11:30. Parent/carers can book on using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156660587033|
|The Central coffee morning will be held on Thursday 17th June, from 11:00-12:30. Parent/carers can book on using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156656707429|
This is a pilot event, and we will take feedback afterwards to see if this is something we can potentially run on a termly/half-termly basis for your families.
Please find booking information below for this term’s network meetings:
Wednesday 16th June
WSA Primary South
Thursday 17th June
WSA Primary North
Thursday 17th June
WSA Primary Central
The Transition MHST have recorded a 25-minute session for parents/carers around support their child’s mental health as they transition from primary school to secondary school. Parents can view this session using the following link:
We will be holding an information event for secondary school staff to give an overview of the Education Mental Health Team offer across the different levels of support:
This will be a useful opportunity for all staff involved within mental health support to come along and see what is on offer and how to access it. Watch this space for a forthcoming date!
Please find booking information below for this term’s network meeting:
Tuesday 22nd June
WSA Network Secondary