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Sefton Council recommending Monday 22nd June for schools re-opening

In the light of the recent announcement that the R number in the North West had risen above 1, Sefton Council is recommending that schools delay wider opening for  Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 6, 10 and 12 until Monday 22nd June.

The significant publicity about the R number over the weekend has created considerable uncertainty among parents, pupils and staff about the safety of any opening of schools beyond the current arrangements.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “Sefton Council’s approach has been to work with headteachers and staff focusing on making safe and sensible decisions and maintaining, wherever possible a collective approach to the re-opening of our schools.  This has resulted in excellent preparatory work undertaking and completing risk assessments and we were intending to open all our schools from Monday 15th June to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in line with government guidance.

“However, the news about the R number in our region means we are undertaking more work on this locally and has led us to review our local position.

“We appreciate all the work that has been undertaken aimed at achieving a Monday 15th June opening date but feel sure everyone involved will understand that with safety remaining paramount, we have to respond to new information as it becomes available.”

Cllr Maher went on to thank headteachers, staff, school governors and childcare providers for their fantastic work in supporting children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cllr Maher added: “All settings will continue to remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers as they have been since the start of the national lockdown.

“We will review the public health information we receive and will communicate our updated position next week.”

In mid-May, Sefton Council announced it was suggesting school re-open to in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 15th June rather than 1st June as proposed by the Government.

This was to allow for time for appropriate risk assessment, including staff availability and to ensure tests set out by the Government and Trade Unions were met.

Since 23rd March many schools in Sefton have remained open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. Teachers and support staff have ensured children have been supported during this challenging period.

#SeftonSaysThanks – to our teachers

Here in Sefton we know that our teaching staff are doing an amazing job in continuing to work in schools across the borough, teaching vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Teachers and teaching assistants play a massive role in our children’s educational and emotional development and of course, many young people who are at home may now be missing them dearly.

So, to let them know how much we are missing them and to show we appreciate what they are doing, we’re asking your children to make a ‘Thank you’ card for their favourite teacher/s and teaching assistants remembering to include a special message.

Be it a painting or drawing, when it’s finished simply take a photo and share it with us.

You can email your picture to communications@sefton.gov.uk. You can also use our social media channels to share with us remembering to tag us, Facebook/ Sefton Council, Twitter/@seftoncouncil, Instagram/@sefton_council

When sharing via Social Media, please also use the hashtag #SeftonSaysThanks which will make sure we don’t miss any of your masterpieces!

Don’t forget to include your child’s name, the teacher’s name & what school they teach at so we can make sure your school and teachers will see them.

Sefton school chef crowned LACA School Chef of the Year 2020

 

We are absolutely delighted with the news that one of Sefton’s amazing School Chefs, Holly Charnock  has won this year’s national SCOTY title, for her two-course meal, which was presented at Stratford-upon-Avon College, in Warwickshire.

 The LACA organised competition sponsored by McDougalls is a chance for school chefs to showcase their professional skills, in front of a panel of judges. Ten regional champions and two additional ‘wild cards’, battled against one another for the title.

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Sefton School Chef gets to the LACA School Chef of the Year Final 2020

One of Sefton’s very own School Chefs has cooked up a storm, making it to the final of School Chef of the Year 2020, organised by LACA – The School Food People.

The prestigious LACA award gives an excellent opportunity to recognise the talents of school chefs and promotes the amazing skills which lie within education catering.

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Find your Brave during Children’s Mental Health Week

Leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council are backing Children’s Mental Health Week (February 3-9). They are encouraging children to talk to their parents or carers about their mental health and to seek support from local services.

 Dr Wendy Hewitt, children and safeguarding lead for both CCGs in Sefton, said: “Poor mental health isn’t something that only affects adults – children can suffer as well.

“According to Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity, around three children in every primary school class have a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. So, it’s important to raise awareness of this and encourage children to speak up.

“The week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Find your Brave. We’re encouraging parents, teachers, friends and family to start a conversation around mental health with the children in their lives.

“By engaging in these kinds of conversations, we hope children will feel more comfortable sharing how they’re feeling, and that awareness around children’s mental health will increase.”

 For more information on how to speak to your child about their feelings, visit the NHS website.

There are a number of services available to children and young people in the area who need support.

 Children aged 11 to 18, living in Sefton have access to an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform. ‘Kooth’ (www.kooth.com) provides free and anonymous mental health and wellbeing support to young people and can be accessed via a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

 Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said “Services such as Kooth mean children and young people have access to mental health support when they need it.  Being able to access good advice, guidance and support via mobile phone, tablet or computer is a great way to help make sure that children and young people can develop positive mental wellbeing and find their brave.”

 Children and young people, and their families and carers, with concerns about emotional and mental wellbeing can also speak with their GP or other health professional (like school nurse, social worker, health visitor or teacher) for help and advice.

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