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3rd April 2020

Dear parents, carers and students

We know that the past few weeks have been a distressing and uncertain time for you following the government’s intention to cancel examinations this year and move to a different system of awarding grades as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Please see attached link, the guidance that has just been issued with respect to how this will work in practice:-

https://thecoleshillschool.org/uploads/PDF/LettersParents/2019-2020/2020.04-Summer_2020_Grades_-_GCSE_AS_and_A_Level.pdf 

https://thecoleshillschool.org/uploads/PDF/LettersParents/2019-2020/2020.04-Ofqual_Letter_to_Students.pdf 

The guidance, we hope, will give you some assurances. Ofqual have stated that schools will use a range of data and evidence to support students’ grades. Please be assured that we will draw on a wide range of evidence to show this. Also, you will not be disadvantaged if you did not complete or was not set any work after the schools closed. There will be no requirement for you to complete any additional work or separate assessment for your grade.

It is important that you do not ask schools to share their grades with you. Schools will have to adhere to the Ofqual guidance which specifically states that schools should not disclose grades. We have to adhere to this in order to protect the integrity of the examination system.

This guidance relates to GCSE, AS and A level qualifications and further guidance will be issued regarding vocational and technical qualifications as soon as it is available.

Please also be assured that students’ grades this year will have equal status with universities, colleges and employers to help our young people move on to the next stage in their lives.

We are extremely privileged in our school to work alongside such wonderful students. They are indeed a credit to their parents and carers.  Thank you for the trust you have placed in us in educating and caring for them and thank you for the important role you play in supporting schools.

Please do keep safe and well.

Kind regards

Ian Smith-Childs

Headteacher

Headteacher’s Blog  3rd April 2020

Well-being and working from home Part 2!

It has been another strange week and it doesn’t seem real that we are about to go into the Easter holidays, normally a time for reflection and rest.  I was pleased to be able to share our Ofsted report with you earlier in the week, a rare moment of good news and joy at this difficult time.  If you missed the letter then you can read the report here:- 

https://www.thecoleshillschool.org/uploads/PDF/ofsted/10122547_The_Coleshill_School_136986_Final_PDF.pdf  

There are two themes to today’s blog.  The first is well-being and the second follows on from my notes last week on working from home, with a look ahead to how we will be developing our online learning as well as supporting those families who need to have work packs to support their child.

Maintaining our well-being is so important for all of us in our daily lives, but particularly at times of stress and difficulty, such as the period we are in now.  There have been some very uplifting stories in the news this week of how people have been helping each other and it is important all of our families know that we are here for you, should you need any support or assistance.  Our school is open every day and you can contact us via the usual school phone number or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can signpost you to the right support.  I hope you are managing to look after your own well-being by taking some exercise, spending some quality time with loved ones and using some of this enforced time away from the hustle and bustle of the world to have a break.  Attached to this blog is a link to a ‘Well-Being Calendar’ Keeping Well Calendar which was created by The Arthur Terry School.  There are some great ideas here for you to use with your family and there will be an updated calendar in time for May.  I also include this link to 'We're In This Together’ which has some helpful messages you can share with your family:-  

Working from home will begin to look different over the next half term.  This will be a gradual change depending on which year group your child is in and there will be detailed instructions coming out for each year group on Monday 20th April.  I hope you can appreciate that we are taking our time to get this right and not bombard you with information.  My advice from last week remains the same; we understand the challenges of your child working at home and our expectations, for now, are set out in the FAQ sheet we sent last week:- Frequently Asked Questions

Over Easter our teachers, unless they are working in school, are off and so we do not expect any work to be done by the students. There are plenty of online resources on our website if you do want your child to do some activities.

How things will look next half term.

As we can assume that schools will continue to be closed to the majority of children next half term we will be developing our provision as set out below.  However, I want to make two general points:

For those families who are accessing work online we will increasingly be moving to the use of Microsoft 365. Your child already has access to this through their email and it will allow them to more easily access any resources being uploaded by teachers and also means your child can use the software within Microsoft (word, power point etc) using the school’s licence.  Separate guidance will be coming out about the use of Microsoft 365, but I would encourage you to have a look at what is available currently. All students have already been issued with an e mail and a password. If your child has forgotten their e mail or password they can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their FULL NAME and year group.

Year 10 and Year 12

We are conscious that Year 10 and 12 are missing a vital chunk of time very close to their examination year.  Therefore we need to begin to deliver new content next half term. This will be delivered through a combination of some taught lessons through Microsoft Teams (more information to follow) and the use of other subject based applications, where available.  There will be an expectation that students attend these virtual lessons, when they are available so that they can be taught units of work and then complete and return work for feedback to check their understanding.  This process will take time to develop and the lessons may not immediately be available from all subjects/teachers, but we will keep you updated on when the lessons will be on. These units will also be available in a printed pack which can be requested by contacting school reception, if your child is unable to access these resources online.

Years 7-9

Students will continue to receive online work from their teachers, via Go4Schools, which will be based on topics they have already covered. There will be a variety of activities and assessment that can be self-marked, such as quizzes or short tests. We will not expect this work to be returned for marking.

In addition to the online work being set we are also going to have packs available for each year group, which you can call school to request, if you are unable to access the resources online. These packs will be a collection of the work being set online by teachers, but pre-printed for you.  The packs will simply be organised into Year 7 Pack 1, Pack 2 etc so your child can work through them.

For Year 11 students we will be writing to families separately, following the expected announcement around how GCSE grades will be awarded. For Year 13 students a separate letter was sent by Mr Howard last week.

Provision for students of Key Workers over the Easter holiday

A reminder that the school will continue to be open throughout the Easter holiday, including Good Friday and Easter Monday, for the families of Key Workers or for those families who feel their children are vulnerable and in need of our support. This should of course be an absolute last resort, where you are unable to support your child at home. We would ask you to contact our school reception, which is open during normal school hours, if you are in need of this service so that we can plan, as we have minimal staffing operating and cannot manage many students.

Free School Meals provision

Please note that we are no longer delivering food as we are moving to a voucher system, which we hope will provide better support for our families.

We will then be part of a national voucher scheme and will be communicating to you about this after in time for the first week back after Easter.

I wish all of our families a peaceful Easter break, stay safe.

Ian Smith-Childs

Headteacher

1st April 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope that you and your families are keeping well at this difficult time.  I am writing to you to share some good news.

I am delighted to share with you the final inspection report, following the visit of Ofsted on 3rd and 4th March. The headline from the inspection is that ‘The Coleshill School continues to be a good school’. The report is incredibly positive about the whole school community and I am thrilled that the inspection team appreciated our values and the good standard of education that we provide for our students.  Ofsted will not be publishing the report on their website, until schools open after this national crisis.  However, you can read the full report by following this link to our website:-

https://www.thecoleshillschool.org/uploads/PDF/ofsted/10122547_The_Coleshill_School_136986_Final_PDF.pdf 

The report highlights that ‘The school places as much emphasis on pupils’ personal development as on their academic success.’  The inspectors were particularly impressed by the range of opportunities that are on offer for students beyond the classroom and how many of our students take up these opportunities.  The team noted that ‘pupils, students and parents value this aspect of school life’.

It is pleasing to note that the inspection team recognized the strengths in our teaching and curriculum, noting that ‘Pupils learning is effective and organized well in almost all subjects’.  Inspectors praised teachers’ ‘strong subject knowledge’. 

Inspectors were impressed with the work being done to develop the curriculum in Year 7 and were pleased to see the planned expansion of the Year 9 curriculum.  They did note the need for curriculum work to develop further and include links between subjects to help embed knowledge.  This is something we are actively working on.

The behaviour of our students was praised throughout the inspection and inspectors were pleased to see that ‘Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning. In lesson they work hard and behave well.’  Inspectors were also impressed with the way in which the students have coped with the current building works and the restrictions this has placed on social space. This is real testament to our students and also to our staff who work so hard to support them.

‘Governance is strong’ and inspectors were clear that ‘the school has benefitted from its membership of The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’.  I would like to thank governors and the staff who have supported us from ATLP, as they have had a big part to play in the school being recognized with such a positive inspection report.  

The inspection team worked very collaboratively with myself and school leaders over the two days and we all agreed the two key development points, which are set out fully in the report.  We will be working on ensuring that our curriculum work continues to develop to ensure our curriculum ‘builds a deep and lasting understanding of key subject knowledge for pupils of all abilities, and especially the most able’.  We will also be working on evaluating our use of assessment to ensure it is ‘used effectively and does not detract from the teaching of subject content.’

Finally, can I thank you for your ongoing support and in particular all those families who took the time to complete Parent View. There were 291 responses for the inspection team to review, which we were told is a very high response rate.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. However, there were understandably some areas of concern raised and we will be working to address these for when we return to school.

As ever, I am incredibly proud and humbled to be leading your school.  I am surrounded by incredible staff and inspirational students.  This report is a validation of what we do on a day to day basis and, as we look forward to the completion of The Wilson Block and the return to school life, we are now well placed for the next phase in the school’s journey.

Your faithfully

Ian Smith-Childs

Headteacher

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Welcome to the
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Newsletter

Visit the Family Information Service website for a wide range of information and advice for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire. 

For support, call the Family Information Service on 01926 742274 
(available Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)

In this edition of the Family Information Service Newsletter you will find information on claiming benefits during the Coronavirus outbreak, tips on how to handle parenting during this difficult time, help if you're feeling anxious, advice if you're experiencing domestic abuse and much more. 

Don't forget to take a look at the activities at the end of the newsletter that are updated with new resources to keep your children learning and entertained throughout isolation. 

As always, please stay informed on the latest guidance below and adhere to social distancing guidance

If anyone you know would like to subscribe to this newsletter, they can sign up here

Follow the latest advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19):
 
What's new?
URGENT REQUEST for all Warwickshire childcare providers

Please can all childcare providers update their details on the childcare finder to reflect their status due to Covid-19. We have now added a mandatory tick box to reflect your status with the option to add notes. All you have to do to check your details then enter your 6 digit user name and password.

We are receiving a high number of calls from families looking for childcare at the moment, so it will really make a difference if you make sure that your details are up-to-date for parents to find you, and to ensure that they don’t contact you if you are not currently open for business.

If you can’t remember your password or username, please contact us on 01926 742274 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will reset it for you. If you need to change your contact details, please get in touch with OFSTED directly on 0300 123 1231.

 
 

Coronavirus and claiming benefits

Understanding Universal Credit has put together useful page that is updated regularly on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by Coronavirus including information on Statutory Sick Pay, Jobcentre appointments and much more.


 

Read more >

Escaping domestic abuse during Covid-19

Women and children experiencing and escaping from domestic abuse are likely to be affected by Coronavirus. Self-isolation is likely to shut down routes to support and safety for many women, who may face even greater barriers to finding time away from the perpetrator to seek help. If you, or someone you know, need support and advise, you can contact Women’s Aid below. 

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Supporting vulnerable children

We realise it can be difficult to know what to say to children about the global crisis. Some children may be especially vulnerable at this time of uncertainty. This may include (but is not limited to) children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), children who are ‘Looked After’ and children who are deemed to be Children in Need. These children may need extra support to ensure that they maintain good levels of wellbeing.

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WCC's Chief Executive reassures the public

Warwickshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Monica Fogarty would like to reassure residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and give an update on the many actions the Council is taking to keep services running, and help residents stay safe during this difficult time.

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Handling parenting through Coronavirus

No one said that parenting is easy and we know that it is a worrying time for many. You may have concerns in relation to your pregnancy or children. You may want access to helpful parenting information. The Institute of Health Visiting has pulled together information from trusted organisations to support you and your family during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Learn more >

How to cope if you're feeling anxious

Coronavirus is dominating headlines around the world. While the media focus is on the impact on people’s physical health and what’s being done to prevent the spread of the disease; anxiety about the virus can also have an impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. Read more for some advice on how to cope. 
 

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Covid-19: Guidance for parents and carers

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) have lots of information on their website to support parents and carers throughout the Coronavirus pandemic including useful FAQ's about school closures and free school meals.

If you have any further questions, you can call the WCC parental helpline on 01926 412021 between 08.00 to 18.00 (Mon-Fri).
 

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Do you have face masks and other PPE?

To limit the spread of Covid-19, we need to ensure supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers. If you have any FFP2 face masks or other PPE such as disposable gloves, please contact Warwickshire County Council (WCC) below via email. WCC will then distribute them to health and care staff who are supporting the vulnerable in Warwickshire.

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You might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19), how it could affect your life and having to stay at home to avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing during this time. 
  1. NSPCC provide advice on how to talk to your child if they are worried or anxious about Coronavirus. Find out more.
  2. Childline has put together some useful tips for young people who are worried about Coronavirus. Read more.
  3. Ten Percent Happier have created a Coronavirus Sanity Guide with practical, actionable ways of coping with stress and anxiety. Read more.
  4. If you are struggling with your mental health during this uncertain time, Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 116 123 or you can email them on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
 
New activity and learning ideas for families!
  1. Heritage and Culture Warwickshire have put together resources for families to take part in at home. Visit the website
  2. Yoga videos designed for kids age 3+. Watch now
  3. Free art activities from The Artful Parent on Facebook. Find out more
  4. BBC Teach is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject to help your children learn at home. Discover more
  5. BBC Supermovers offers fun curriculum linked resources to get moving while learning. Find out more
  6. Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages. Visit BBC Alphablocks
  7. CBeebies Radio provides fun radio stories, poems, songs and listening activities for babies, toddlers and young children. Listen here
  8. Museum activities to keep children entertained from kidsinmuseums.org.uk
  9. Wriggle Dance Theatre has been busy creating brand new digital content for families with young children (age 2-5). There are FREE bite-sized creative dance sessions over two weeks starting on Monday 30th March. Find out more
 
Affected services for families

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Face to face appointments, drop in sessions, outreaches or home visiting projects are cancelled until further notice however you can still speak to CAB over the phone or via email.

All local Citizens Advice Bureau services can be contacted via the national call centre on 0300 3301163.
 

Libraries

All Warwickshire libraries are closed and all library events cancelled until further notice.  Fines will be waived, and customers do not need to worry about returning items in the short term so please stay safe at home and keep your library items with you.

Libraries online services are still available. More information can be found here.


Children and Family Centres

Where possible, Children & Family Centres will remain open, however services will be limited and all group activities have been cancelled until further notice. For details on what support you can receive and the opening times, please see the Facebook page for your area here.

Health Visiting Service

All Health Visiting clinics are closed until further notice. 
You can visit the NHS SWFT page on health visiting here which has full clinic contact details. Don’t forget to join your local Health Visiting Facebook page for updates about the service.

By Your Side stay and play sessions

The sessions (for parents struggling with perinatal mental illness to talk amongst themselves) are on hold until further notice. To access support online, visit the Facebook group here (please note this is a private group that you will need to join via Facebook).

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Friday 27 March 2020

Welcome to the
Family Information Service
Newsletter

Visit the Family Information Service website for a wide range of information and advice for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire. 

For support, call the Family Information Service on 01926 742274 
(available Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)

To make sure that parents, carers, professionals and partners stay informed over the coming weeks, the Family Information Service newsletter will be issued on a regular basis to ensure that information and advice relating to Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) is readily available and easy to access. 

In this edition of the Family Information Service Newsletter you will find information on mental health support during the Coronavirus outbreak, new activity and learning ideas for children, money advice relating to Coronavirus, child accident prevention in the home and much more. Please also stay informed on the social distancing guidance here.

If anyone you know would like to subscribe, they can sign up here

Follow the latest advice on Coronavirus (Covid-19):
 
What's new?
Claiming free school meals during school closures
Parents should beware of a scam email in circulation which asks for bank details in order to fund free school meals while children are off school. The Department for Education has confirmed this is a scam and advised parents not to respond and to delete the email immediately. For information about how to claim free school meals while your child is not attending school visit the WCC welfare scheme here.
 
 

Useful tips about money during Covid-19

Martin Lewis has put together some useful tips and need-to-know information for lots of financial related queries including advice for the self-employed, contractors, renters and more.
 

Learn more >

Tips to keep your kids safe during self-isolation

At this time families are spending most of their time at home so it is important to give some extra thought to general home safety and accident prevention.

Warwickshire County Council have put together some top tips for keeping your family safe.

Read more >

Useful advice for staying safe online

Safe in Warwickshire have pulled together a list of resources and information to keep everyone safe online.

There is advice for parents and carers as well as information for young people and how to report abuse.

Read more >
 

Advice on Covid-19 from The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society have produced information and guidance on Coronavirus, including signposting to social stories to support children and young people with Autism.
 

Read more >
 
 
 

Smoking in pregnancy - support available

Pregnant smokers can help to protect themselves from the increased risk of serious health consequences associated with Covid-19 by quitting smoking and Quit4Baby can support you along the way.

Learn more >

Coronavirus advice for carers

As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it's important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.

Carers UK have set out the current government guidance as it relates to carers and offers suggestions for making plans.

Read more >

Covid-19: Guidance for parents and carers

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) have lots of information on their website to support parents and carers throughout the Coronavirus pandemic including useful FAQ's about school closures and free school meals.

If you have any further questions, you can call the WCC parental helpline on 01926 412021 between 08.00 to 18.00 (Mon-Fri).

Read more >

Coronavirus information for families with disabled children

With so much out there about Covid-19 and confusion about the virus and its impact on families with disabled children, Contact want to make sure parents and carers have the most important information they need in one place.

Read more >
 
 
You might be worried about coronavirus (Covid-19), how it could affect your life and having to stay at home to avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing during this time. 
  1. Warwickshire County Council has put together some mental health resources and local services available in Warwickshire to support you. Find out more.
  2. Mental health charity, Mind, have some useful information and advice if you're feeling anxious or worried about staying at home during this time. Read more.
  3. Children and young people's mental health charity, Young Minds, also has useful advice on looking after your mental health during self-isolation, talking to your children about Coronavirus, tips on coping with OCD and eating disorders during the pandemic and much more. Learn more.
  4. Coventry and Warwickshire's emotional wellbeing and mental health service, Rise, have advice on how to talk to your children during this unsettling time including a downloadable story book that provides simple and truthful information in a child-friendly way. There is also support for children with autism including visual aids as well as lots of other support. Find out more.
 
New activity and learning ideas for families!
  1. Every day at 11am you can listen to one of David Walliam’s Worlds Worst Children stories. Learn more.
  2. Greg James & Chris Smith have released an audio book version of their new Kid Normal book, free of charge. Find out more.
  3. The National Literacy Trust have created a 'Family Zone' where families can access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Read more.
  4. Take a look at a live webcam of Peregrine Falcons nesting at Leamington Town Hall! Watch here.
  5. Warwickshire Museums are posting articles twice a week to give families a taste of the museum at home. Read more.
  6. There are so many different Blue Peter badges so CBBC have made a page to show how you could get your hands on one! Can you collect them all? Find out more.
 
Affected services for families

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

CAB are working to provide the best, most sustainable service during the Coronavirus outbreak. They are no longer providing face to face appointments, drop in sessions, outreaches or home visiting projects unless in an emergency, however you can still speak to them over the phone or via email.

Contact South Warwickshire Citizens Advice Bureau

Contact North Warwickshire Citizens Advice Bureau

Contact Rugby Citizens Advice Bureau by calling 01788 566238 (Mon-Weds & Friday, 10:00 - 14:00) or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Nuneaton and Bedworth Citizens Advice Bureau by calling 02476 494393 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10:00 - 14:00) or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All local Citizens Advice Bureau services can be contacted out of hours via the national call centre on 0300 3301163.
 

Libraries

All Warwickshire libraries are closed and all library events cancelled until further notice. The mobile library service will also not operate, however, the home library deliveries service will be maintained as much as possible. Fines will be waived, and customers do not need to worry about returning items in the short term so please stay safe at home and keep your library items with you.

Libraries online services are still available. More information can be found here.


Children and Family Centres

Where possible, Children & Family Centres will remain open, however services will be limited and all group activities have been cancelled until further notice. For details on what support you can receive and the opening times, please see the Facebook page for your area here.

Health Visiting Service

All Health Visiting clinics are closed until further notice.

By Your Side stay and play sessions

The sessions (for parents struggling with perinatal mental illness to talk amongst themselves) are on hold until further notice. To access support online, visit the Facebook group here (please note this is a private group that you will need to join via Facebook).

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