We want to reassure families that the SEND Support Services are still there to help during this time. This help is designed to complement the valuable work schools are already doing during the school closures. The links to the flyers below detail the support each team has in place and the ways you can contact them.
You can find more information on the Local Offer Website. If you need further support, you can contact the SEND Parent Link on 0121 303 8461.
We are pleased to share the following letter with you regarding a daily Phonics lesson offer for EYFS to Year 2. This has been set up by the Department for Education and begins on Monday 27th April. It is accessible via the YouTube channel linked here: youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw
We hope you find this resource useful in your continuing home learning journey.
We hope that you, your children and your families are keeping safe and well.
We are excited to share some new learning resources with you that have been developed by the Robin Hood Academy. There are a series of weekly activities/lessons for EYFS, Y1 and Y2, Y3 and Y4, Y5 and Y6. They are now accessible from the 'Home Learning' page of our website.
During this period of school closure, we are pleased to be able to continue to offer eligible parents and pupils access to free school meals by supplying supermarket eGift cards, that can be spent locally to you.
In previous weeks, we have provided eligible parents and pupils with a £15 eCode per week. During the week commencing 27th April, eligible pupils will be issued with a £60 eCode, the equivalent of £15 per week for four weeks. This is in line with updated guidance from the DfE and Edenred who provide the eCodes and eGift Cards. If eligible, once you have received this £60 eCode, you will receive no additional codes for the remainder of this half term. At this time, there are no plans to provide vouchers for May half term (w/c 25th May). Your £60 eGift card can be used in multiple transactions and on multiple visits, until you have spent the full value of the eGift card .
If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address we have on file (this is often the one you have used with School Money). Orders will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the eCodes and them being emailed to parents/carers.
If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you haven’t received it within 24 hours of ordering it at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at email@example.com and Edenred can look into this for you.
If you need to check your child’s eligibility for free school meals, or claim for more than one child, please do so by going on to the following website: cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/birmingham. If your application is successful, school will not be able to provide an eCode until we receive notification of your successful application. We are unable to provide any back-dated eCodes.
Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.
The above information is for any parent who has a child eligible for Free School Meals (not including those eligible for the Universal meal offer for EYFS/Key Stage 1).