Attendance - Legal Measures - September 2020
Statement - Use of Fines and Court Action in response to Irregular Attendance at School from September 2020:
Whilst we acknowledge the government's directive that all children should return to school in September, we will be reviewing the guidance released by the government before establishing how practically this will work in Newham, including the use of any enforcement measures (i.e. fines, court action). Current legislation allows for local decision making in areas such as school attendance, and whilst Newham Council takes its responsibility for ensuring all children have access to an education seriously, we must take into account the safety and well-being of Newham's children, their families, and their hard working teachers and support staff. We will issue further advice and guidance shortly.
Attendance Management Service
7th July 2020.
NB: Government Guidance for full opening of schools is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
School Joint Working Survey COVID-19 (To be completed by Wednesday 1st April)
In the context of as many schools as possible remaining open, where this is not possible, the local authority expects schools to work together to broker arrangements at an alternative provision for any of your parents/carers requiring childcare. Importantly, the responsibility for your children remains
with you and you will need to be clear about the safeguarding arrangements for any children attending other schools.
In order to limit the number of journeys made, it is also an expectation that, wherever possible, the children of school staff will be cared for at the school where the parent/carer works, rather than where the children are on roll.
Please find below the survey questions referred to in yesterday’s daily communication. Please respond by close of play tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April.)
Link to School Joint Working Survey : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SchoolJointWorkingSurvey-COVID-19
Free School Meals Update
DfE has issued updated guidance this morning on free school meals vouchers. We are making enquiries about the operation of this scheme, including whether schools can continue to use alternative voucher providers such as Wonde, and will provide an update in this afternoon’s daily newsletter.
Interim Director of Education