Aspire Academy Trust

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The UK Government is asking all of us to: “Stay alert.  Control the virus. Save lives.” We will continue to provide updates and advice on this page.

Please click HERE for further details on what constitutes a Keyworker.

Phased Re-opening from 2nd June

On Tuesday 2nd June all 28 academies opened their doors in a phased return for identified year groups, subject to availability of places.  All academies continue to provide places for keyworker/vulnerable children.  

For parents who we have not been able to allocate a place to, or who ticked they did not wish their child to return to school or for those that did not respond to the survey, our home learning programme continues to be provided. 

Q&A June Opening


What do I tell my child?

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. The Cornwall Educational Psychology Service has started to compile information, a list of resources and helpful websites for parents to use.

Talking to children about COVID-19

Trauma-Informed Schools: Importance of Play

Coronavirus - cartoon explanation

'Nosy Crow' (Axel Scheffler) free illustrated book explaining coronvirus to children

Lucys in Lockdown Mood Book

Eight short films to support parents with children during lockdown

How can I access Home Learning?

Home learning projects are being uploaded which feature a range of activities and resources for your child to start work on. They are organised by age group and it will be clear when to do each piece of work. You can access this area by clicking the ‘Home Learning’ button/link on your academy website. 


What provision is there for Key Workers/Vulnerable Children?

We continue to supply daily provision for the children of key workers, those with an EHCP and other vulnerable children when authorised by school leaders.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 


Click here for our Key Workers glossary

Identification of Vulnerable Children & Young People

Vulnerable children and young people for the purposes of continued attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are those across all year groups who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and it is determined, following a risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment
  • have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could, therefore, benefit from continued attendance. This might include children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services, adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’), those living in temporary accommodation, those who are young carers and others at the provider and local authority’s discretion.

What happens to Free School Meals?

If your child has been allocated a place in school and is entitled to a Free School Meal, Edenred vouchers will no longer be issued.  Instead, a packed lunch is being provided in school, free of charge, and should be booked via normal ParentPay procedure.  

To support our pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals, and who continue to remain at home, we are using the government’s National Voucher Scheme which equates to £15 per child per week.

For full details on the National Voucher Scheme, please click on the parent letter below:

National Voucher Scheme - Parent Information 6th April 2020

DfE Free School Meals - National Voucher (Edenred) Scheme Q&A
Many families are sadly reaching crisis point financially due to COVID-19.  If your financial circumstances have changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. Please follow the link below and complete the online form.

Free School Meals Application Form - Cornwall Council

If you receive a notification confirming your entitlement please email the Aspire Academy Trust at fsm@aspireacademytrust.org


What if I live with someone who is in one of the most vulnerable groups, but I am not poorly or vulnerable myself?

The expectation is that you commit to work from home, where possible. This is applicable if you live with a person from one the most vulnerable health groups. 


How can I help?

NHS Volunteer Army - sign up


Can I use public transport?

Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers


Coronavirus Information

For the latest information and advice issued by Public Health England with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19), click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Information for Bereaved (COVID-19)
 

For the BBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) news page, click on the link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers

For an NHS overview on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the website below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you have any health questions concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click on the link below:

Advice-for-Parents-Coronavirus-Trafficlight.pdf

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

For the wider picture, please visit the World Health Organisation's website at the link below:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019