A a big thank you to those lower school pupils who have shared their Art work with me. I have loved seeing them all and they have really brightened my days. I have also been very impressed with the GCSE Art and design student’s fantastic contributions which I am unfortunately unable to share due to exam regulations. Thank you for all your hard work, creativity and commitment.
I am writing to let you know that the 14-19 Team and Connexions are working together to help and offer practical support to Year 11 pupils during this difficult time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Understandably, Year 11 pupils and their parents will be worried about their GCSEs and their progression, and we would like to offer our support to any Year 11 pupils. We have a young-person’s help line which will be open from 10.00 – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. The number is 0161 253 7733.
There will be someone for them to talk to them, offer support and try to answer any queries or anxieties they have. If they need specialist support they will be signposted to the right organisation. We will help in any way we can. We appreciate that it’s difficult for some young people to share their worries with family, especially if the family has other pressures. Similarly parents/carers can telephone too.
Asthma UK published the following shielding advice yesterday:
If you are, or your child is, taking:
- Any biologic therapy, also called a mAb (Xolair/omalizumab, Nucala/mepolizumab, Cinqaero/reslizumab, Fasenra/benralizumab)
- Steroid tablets or liquid every day
- Antibiotic tablets or liquid for asthma every week (e.g. azithromycin)
- A combination inhaler that also contains a long-acting bronchodilator (e.g. Seretide, Fostair, Symbicort) at a high daily steroid dose (see the list …..in the article)
- An inhaler with a high daily steroid dose (see the list….in the article) AND you are taking Montelukast
- You have been admitted to hospital for your asthma in the last 12 months
- You have ever been admitted to an intensive care unit for your asthma
Then you should follow the shielding advice which is set out in very helpful detail, including how to register for extra services from the government.
The DfE has warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for free school meals. Families have received an email requesting their bank details, claiming this will enable their children to continue receiving meals through school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. DfE issued a notice, urging parents to delete the scam email immediately.