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11th June 2020 - letter to parents from Claire Davies, CEO DoWMAT

10th June 2020

Rev Gary's Flash Foodbank Collection

Thursday 18th June 2020  2pm-6pm

Madresfield Social Club in the Village

 

The Malvern Foodbank has witnessed significant increases in demands for emergency food packs to support those in need across the Greater Malvern area.  So far, "flash" collections across the parishes have collected almost half a tonne of food and toiletries.  Please donate what you can in the collection crates that will be positioned at Madresfield Club next Thursday afternoon.  

 

Please:  

  • Check the dates of your donations 
  • Check the Malvern Hills  Foodbank Website for the current list of items in demand (it varies)
  • Only leave your donation during the time stipulated: 2-6pm on the day mentioned
  • If crates are full, please leave donations bagged up and along side

 

Thank you for your help.  Rev Gary

 

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2nd June 2020

With the majority of parents and their children at home the Family Learning Team at Worcestershire County Council have designed some really short but fun activities for parents and children to do together online. They have also designed a course for High School pupils and their parents – Jewellery making! All of these short courses are free to all parents (no eligibility of criteria). Please book online by clicking on the blue hyperlinks below:

 

Book and Cook Family Activity Week Online

 

Motivational Monday - Making a rainbow from any ingredients you have at home from tomatoes to cherries to peas! Ring an isolated relative and read them a book and make a rainbow in your house or garden. Tech Tuesday - Harry Potter chocolate melting (using up your left over Easter Eggs) and some Harry Potter activities. Work it out Wednesday - Making Pizza (bread roll, slice of bread, pizza base and using up beans, tins of tomatoes, sweetcorn, etc) and then writing your own Pizza cook book. Theory Thursday making biscuits and Where’s Wally books and Feedback Friday – making up a recipe book to show school what you have learnt.


5 days of Family Fun online

 

Motivation Monday - Flower Pressing and card making using flowers from your garden or local walk and books as the press and turning them into cards or pictures to show or post to people. Tech Tuesday - Sock puppets from old socks at home and anything you can find at home to decorate. Working it out Wednesday - garden pots using recycled drink bottles and yoghurt pots and painting with water in your garden. Theory Thursday - using cereal, pasta or dried fruit etc to thread into necklaces or jewellery. Feedback Friday - Stick food using cocktail sticks or kebab sticks or similar make your own kebabs from fruit and veg in your home or any sweets you can find. 

28th May 2020, Letter to parents and carers of children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5

26th May 2020, DoWMAT statement regarding the re-opening of schools

21st May 2020, Letter to parents/carers of children in Years R, 1 and 6

18th May 2020  Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of ‘the potential of kindness’. Together with Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust Worcestershire Children First (WCF) have launched a survey to find out about the experiences of mental health and anxiety in children and young people during the Covid-19 outbreak. The aim is to gather information that will help them understand what worked well for children
and young people and their families and to learn lessons and put measures in place to improve the mental health services for children and young adults in the future. This questionnaire is aimed at children and young people and can also be filled in by parents and guardians on behalf of their child to tell WCF about their child's experiences. The questionnaire which is
available here

 

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18th May 2020  Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – Wellbeing Support Guide
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the services provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are working in different ways, and some have paused for the time being. They have produced a leaflet with information to help direct families, children and young people to services available to support them during this time. Alongside all the services
provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust the leaflet provides a helpful update on some changes that have happened to services recently.
Support available includes: Starting Well Partnership, Breastfeeding Support, Health Visitors, School Health Nurses, Special School Nurses, Parenting and Community Providers, Speech and Language Therapy, Community Paediatrics, Orchard Service, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
In addition, the leaflet includes support available for Emotional Health and Wellbeing including: CAMHS, Kooth, Here2Help and Now We’re Talking for Healthy Minds Worcestershire.
You can access the Wellbeing Support Guide for Families, Children and Young People leaflet on their website here

 

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15th May 2020  Worcester County Council (WCC) Covid-19 Time Capsule

WCC's Participation and Inclusion Team are creating a time capsule to capture children and young people’s experiences during this pandemic. They would like schools to encourage their children and young people to get involved, be imaginative and make a piece which describes this time for them. This could be a piece of writing, artwork, song or photographs about how things have changed, what they have been doing to keep busy or what they are looking forward to. You could even work together virtually on a whole school or class piece. All creations will be displayed online and physically once restrictions are lifted. All contributions will be collated and saved for us all to look back on in the future.

Digital contributions can be emailed to them at: youthvoiceteam@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk and they will arrange to collect physical displays once permitted.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.

 

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13th May 2020   Support for parents

The Department for Education understand this is a challenging time for parents, many of whom are now supporting their children’s learning at home or may have questions about their children potentially returning to school. They have developed the following guidance and resources for parents to support you at this time:  

  • Q&A which answers key questions parents may have 

 

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12th May 2020 Message from Mrs Greenwood about reopening and My Happy Mind

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you all continue to remain safe and well.

The teachers are continuing to think long and hard about the work packs they are creating for your children - thank you to all parents and children who have been in touch with their class teachers and have shared some of their home learning for our online Photo gallery.

Like most parents you will no doubt have heard the news yesterday that, subject to the government's conditions being met, primary schools (years R, 1 and 6) will be opening in some format after half term. We are in consultation with DoWMAT and exploring how this might work in practice and await further clarification. As soon as we have a safe and workable plan we will be in touch again.

In the meantime please continue to access all the learning opportunities being made available via your class teacher and the website. We'd like to draw your attention to a resource aimed at maintaining mental wellbeing, myHappymind. If you would like to take a look at this resource, click here to access further information.

Kind regards

Julie Greenwood

 

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12th May 2020   Message from Claire Davies DoWMAT CEO

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the Government announcements yesterday evening and today regarding the possibility of schools returning from 1st June for certain year groups, I wanted to reassure you on a number of points.

 

  1. Firstly, the safety of all our pupils is of the utmost importance to us and all decisions will be taken in the best interests of all our children and families.
  2. Our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months – and this will continue even when we open our doors to additional year groups.
  3. All DoWMAT academies will listen carefully to the guidance we receive from the Local Authority, the Diocesan Education Team and the Department for Education.  The DfE has yet to issue its detailed guidance - we expect it in the next few days.
  4. We will keep you informed and provide you with additional information in the comings days and weeks about what this means for your school. 

This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the DoWMAT team and all of our academies for your support since the closure of schools to the vast majority of children, on the 20th March.

 

Best Regards,

Claire Davies, DoWMAT CEO

 

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1st May 2020   Important letter to parents (also sent by email)

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone is keeping safe at the moment, and that home-schooling your children is going well. It’s not been easy for key workers or parents alike and I’m sure you’re all doing your best in these difficult circumstances!

Before the school closed there were already a number of staff changes planned for next year. These are in no way connected to the current coronavirus pandemic. Having finalised the details, we are now able to share more information with you. All changes will be effective from September 2020.

 

Headteacher/Head of School

Sadly, Mrs Greenwood will be leaving us at the end of this school year to enjoy a much deserved early retirement. Over the past 5 years, she has introduced many new and exciting changes at Madresfield. The staff and children will miss her drive and enthusiasm for learning. As a Head, Mrs Greenwood has demonstrated commitment and dedication to both our school and the wider Madresfield community. On behalf of everyone at Madresfield, we would like to wish her a long and happy retirement.

Our school is part of the Diocese of Worcester Multi-Academy Trust (DoWMAT) and with Mrs Greenwood’s retirement, DoWMAT have decided to restructure the school. The aim is to ensure that the school remains caring, supportive and financially stable for many years to come.

The current Headteacher responsibilities will be divided into two new roles – a Head of School and an Executive Head. The Head of School will be based at the school and concentrate on the day-to-day management and the teaching and learning of the children. The Executive Head will take on the strategic leadership of the school and support the Head of School as needed, and will be performing this role on a part-time basis at Madresfield. This is an increasingly common structure for small schools.

We are pleased to announce that the new Head of School will be Mrs Michelle Waits, currently the Class 3 teacher. She brings with her a wealth of experience and I’m sure most of you know her well from either being your child’s excellent classroom teacher, or as the director of music during the plays and church services. We are certain she will take on the new role with her usual enthusiasm and professionalism.

Madresfield’s new Executive Head will be Mrs Sue Parker and we look forward to welcoming her to the school. Mrs Parker is currently Headteacher at Malvern Parish and she will continue there, while also taking our school under her wing in her role as Executive Head. We know that Madresfield will benefit from her wealth of experience.

 

New Class Teachers (Class 2 and Class 3)

With Mrs Waits becoming Head of School, we had started recruitment of a new teacher for Class 3, along with a permanent teacher for Class 2. Unfortunately, recruitment has had to be suspended due to restrictions during the pandemic. To ensure that your children’s learning continues as seamlessly as possible, Mrs Hain will be the Class 3 teacher and Mrs Kelly the Class 2 teacher for the next academic year. They already know the children and school well, both having worked as supply teachers in these classes. Recruitment of permanent class teachers for these roles will resume again next year.

We look forward to welcoming these staff into their new roles.

 

Best regards,

Beverly Cherry, Chair of Governors, Madresfield CE Primary School (on behalf of the governing body)

 

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30th April 2020  #FaithAtHome

 

The Church of England has launched #FaithAtHome. It offers people of all ages and faith backgrounds a chance to pause, think and reflect, and to rebuild lost habits of prayer and faithful reflection in the home. The first videos can be accessed at www.churchofengland.org/faithathome  

Yesterday saw the first assembly from the new Oak National Academy featuring The Archbishop of Canterbury talking about 'hope'. The video can be viewed here.

 

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29th April 2020  Family Learning courses

 

Family Learning have designed some ONLINE short courses for families to do together that are all FREE for every single parent. Each course will email you a 30 minute fun video each day for you to watch with your children and do the activities in your own time. A tutor will email you throughout the course to support you, help you with the activities and look at your end results. To find out more and book on a course click here.

 

27th April 2020   Classroom Secrets

 

Please see the letter below about Classroom Secrets, a resource that we would like all children/parents in Years 1-6 to use from now onwards. It is also available as a pdf document on our Learning at Home page here.

Picture 1

27th April 2020

 

New work sheets for Class 1 and Class 2 have been posted on the website today. Click on the links to go to the relevant pages: Year RYear 1Year 2

 

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27th April 2020   Free digital book for children about coronavirus

 

Nosy Crow have published a free digital book illustrated by Axel Scheffler for primary children about the Coronavirus. It is available here.

 

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The Book of Hopes 

Published today and completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself. Follow this link to read the book on line here.

 

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24th April 2020   DoWMAT Newsletter 6

 

We have added the latest DoWMAT Newsletter to our website here. It contains updates from across the Trust including on the latest situation.

 

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World Book Night – Thursday 23rd April

 

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.  It is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year. Up and down the country, individuals and organisations celebrate the difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone from publishers to librarians and local businesses to the general public can get involved. Click here to find out how you can join in.

 

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22nd April  Learning at Home Photo Gallery

 

We have created a special 'Learning at Home Photo Gallery' to share some of the photos you send to teachers of the work and activities you are doing at home. Please remember not to show your child's face if you do not want them to appear on the website. The new Gallery can be found under the Children tab here.

 

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21st April 2020  

 

Road Safety

Today we have added a letter and work sheet from Worcestershire County Council about road safety. With Bikeability, pedestrian training and other external education activities cancelled there is still the need for road safety education to be a part of your child’s overall learning during these few months, especially if you have a child currently in Year 6 and about to move up to a new school in September.  You can find the letter and work sheet here.

 

Online Safety

Thinkuknow have produced their third #OnlineSafetyAtHome pack along with an article looking at some of the things parents and carers should think about to make sure that their child's experience of video chat is safe and fun. You can find the pack here and the article here.

 

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20th April 2020  New work packs

 

Hello everyone, we hope you were able to enjoy the Easter holidays, although they were very different this year. We have produced some new work packs for all the classes and these can be found by clicking here and then selecting your child's Class page. There's also lots of resources under the Whole School option so do take a look there too. Finally, don't forget to send an email to your child's new class email addresses so that their teacher can contact you directly. 

 

class 1@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk

class2@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk

class3@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk

class4@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk 

 

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20th April 2020  Spot and Stop Coronvirus Scams

 

Many scammers and fraudsters are seeing the Covid-19 outbreak as an opportunity to profit. Just because you are hungry for information on Covid-19, don’t let down your Cyber guard.
 
Phishing & Smishing – Emails or Text messages sent purporting to give up to date information direct for from the World Health Organisation. They are asking you to click a link which then goes to a direct copy of the World Health Organisation (WHO) website with a ‘pop up’ asking for you to register with your email address and password.

Action Fraud is warning that emails purporting to be from the likes of the US Centers for Disease Control and the WHO are being sent trying to trick you into opening malicious attachments or giving away your passwords.  

Fake lockdown fines
This scam is usually an email or text message and claims your movements have been tracked through your phone and that you must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty.

HMRC goodwill payment 
The MET police warn of fake messages designed to steal your account details, with the message saying  ‘As part of the NHS promise to battle the COV-19 virus, HMRC has issued a payment of £258 as a goodwill payment’.

Free school meals
The Department for Education has issued warnings about a scam email designed to steal your bank details saying: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.
 
WhatsApp request to forward your code
A recent scam could grant hackers full access to your WhatsApp messages, photos and videos. Someone who knows your phone number could request to register your WhatsApp on a different device, and when a verification code is sent to you, the hacker will then message you to try and coax you into forwarding this on to them. They could then target your contacts with requests for money.

Conspiracy theories and misinformation
Emails and weblinks suggesting all kinds of conspiracy theories are doing the rounds. These can often be full of links that potentially go to either phishing sites or sites that can infect your computer with malware.
 
Be wary of calls, and even visitors to your home.
People are being warned to expect an increase in scam calls. These could follow typical patterns of callers claiming to be authority figures, which may include the police, HMRC or your bank, and involve requests to transfer money or hand over sensitive account login information or your Pin code.
Expect also to see an increase in scams involving subscription accounts (e.g. Amazon Prime) claiming that your account has been hacked and requesting that you enter your details to address the problem.
'Which' magazine are also informing subscribers that they’ve seen reports of particularly nasty scams where criminals are taking advantage of older people by knocking on their doors. One scam has the criminals offering to take their temperature – thus allowing them into the house, where residents can be robbed or worse.

 

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17th April 2020

 

Contact emails and Work Packs for the week commencing 20th April 2020 

 

Please contact us via one of these class emails so that you can communicate with class teachers and they can send you the latest work.

April 17th 2020  Worcestershire Here2Help

 

Here2Help is a countywide campaign and community response to provide help and support to vulnerable people and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Home page for the initiative can be found at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

 

It is led and coordinated by Worcestershire County Council, supported by a growing network of individuals, groups and organisations across the county. It was launched at the start of the pandemic, initially to help vulnerable households who may be self-isolating to access food and medicine – particularly where they don’t have available family, friends and neighbours to support them.

 

Increasingly the campaign is also responding to the secondary impact of the pandemic, which in the context of children, young people and families includes issues where:

• The financial situation in a household has changed and parents are struggling to be able to feed their family;

• Parents might be struggling to cope without their usual support networks, to help look after children and keep them entertained (particularly where there may have already been challenging behaviour);

• The isolation and loneliness, accompanied by other issues, are bringing increasing stress and anxiety for children, young people and parents.

 

On the Here2Help website there are a growing number of resources to help families entertain and educate their children, support their mental health, maintain their wellbeing at home, for instance.

 

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8th April 2020

Today we have added some new information about Home Activity packs relating to online safety that have been produced by the National Crime Agency. You can find them here under Children/Learning at Home/Whole School/Online Safety. 

 

We have also received two additional Online Safety Newsletters from Knowsley City Learning Centres (the organisation we subscribe to) which contains information about Houseparty and Zoom which you may find of interest/help. All Newsletters and the additional Houseparty and Zoom  guidance can be found on our website here.

 

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3rd April 2020

Don't forget to look at the pages under Children/Learning at Home, there's lots of ideas for you there. We've just add a weekly Friday Challenge from the Premier League - it's a Maths one!

 

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3rd April 2020, Easter letter to parents from Mrs Greenwood

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3rd April 2020   Free School Meals (FSM)

During this extraordinary time, the Government has set up a national voucher scheme so that parents whose children are eligible for FSM will receive vouchers for them to use in a supermarket of their choice.

 

If any parents of children in Reception and KS1 (years 1 and 2) believe they may be entitled to claim Free School Meals (as opposed to the general entitlement to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)), please take a look at the eligibility criteria on Worcestershire County Council's website and, if applicable, apply on line via the link on that page. Ignore the fact that the guidance says you should get a form from school, you can apply via their website. Please send an email to office@madresfield.worcs.sch.uk to let us know you have applied. Thank you.

 

For parents of children in Years 3-6, if your circumstances have changed you may also be eligible to claim Free School meals. You can check your eligibility and apply via the same link as above; we will be notified by the Council if your application is accepted.

 

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1st April 2020    Mental Health

The Department of Education has produced Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

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1st April 2020

The Department for Education has produced Guidance on Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers which they are updating as and when necessary. Yesterday this was updated to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online. 

 

6.3 Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

 

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31st March 2020

How to Stay Fire Safe - from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

You should have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home. They give you vital time to ‘get out, stay out and call 999’ if ever you’re unlucky enough to have a fire.  And it’s crucial that you test them regularly – we advise once a week.

With more people staying at home, we are asking everyone to be extra careful, to avoid fires happening in the first place…some top tips

If you’re at home because you’re ill or self-isolating, please take extra care if you’re cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. Always ‘Watch what you heat’.

Switch off any electrical items you’re not using.  If you use a charger, for a phone or laptop for example, don’t leave it plugged in and switched on when you’re asleep or not using it.

Candles should be secured safely in a proper holder and never left unattended.  Same with a portable heater, remember not to put it close to things that could easily catch fire, like bedding, clothes, soft furnishings or curtains.

If you smoke, be extra vigilant. Keep matches and lighters away from children, and double check that your cigarette is properly extinguished. Try not to smoke if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and avoid smoking in bed or if you’re feeling sleepy. If you can do so safely, smoke outdoors.

Whenever possible, especially when you’re asleep, keep all internal doors closed. This helps to stop fire spreading.

Plan and practice an escape plan and make sure everyone in the house is aware.  If a fire does happen, don’t be tempted to tackle it yourself. Get out (closing doors as you go), stay out and call 999.

Please share these messages with friends and family, and check in with those who may be older and more vulnerable. If you would like any further advice please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or call 0800 032 1155

 

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30th March 2020 - Key Workers, please read and complete the Key Worker form if you need your child to attend school.

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30th March 2020

We have added some activity suggestions and useful links on the Learning at Home/Whole School tab.

 

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25th March 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

We have been advised about a SCAM that is currently circulating aimed at parents who are entitled to Free School Meals for their children, the link to it is https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/1242493721536606209?s=2 . Do not open the link or supply any information.

 

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20th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This has been a difficult time for us all and I wanted to say a big thank you from the DoWMAT and all of our academies for abiding by the advice given by the Government to keep your children at home, wherever possible.

 

In the meantime, our academies remain committed to enabling those workers, critical to the response to coronavirus, to attend their workplace over the coming weeks and months.

 

If you are one of those workers and if you cannot keep your child/children at home, we will do our utmost to provide a safe place for them, while you are at work.

 

Best Regards,

 

Claire Davies

Chief Executive Officer

 

Claire.davies@dowmat.education

 www.dowmat.education

 

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19th March 2020

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

You will have heard the government’s announcement on Wednesday 18th March, that schools will be closed to the majority of pupils from Friday afternoon until further notice. Some schools, however, are being asked to stay open to provide support to certain children, including those whose parents are considered key workers. I am writing to reassure you that we are currently consulting on how we can address this.  This is an unprecedented and complex situation that requires careful consideration so we ask for your patience and understanding while we work out the way forward.  I can assure you that further information will be provided by your school, no later than Friday lunchtime.

 

Regards,

Claire Davies 

DoWMAT CEO

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