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Recovery, Resilience and Reconnection 2020

As we enter the next phases of the Scottish Government's road map out of lockdown in response to the coronavirus global pandemic we will post current information here on the recovery, resilience and reconnection framework for our schools and learning.

pdf icon School and Nursery Parents' Letter 23 June 2020 [191kb]

pdf icon MMcK - parents' letter 1 June 20 [111kb]

pdf icon Director of Education Nursery Parents' letter - June 2020 [151kb]

pdf icon Glasgow City Parents' Group QA May highlights [368kb]

  • Glasgow City Parents Group free school uniform service - provided by new collaboration of social enterprise, charity and voluntary organisations to provide extra support during COVID19

A new service has been launched by the Glasgow City Parents Group to help families across the city with recycled school uniforms - find out how to get in touch Free school uniform service for Glasgow families - provided by new collaboration of social enterprise, charity and voluntary organisations to provide extra support during COVID19

  • Joint Scottish Government/COSLA Education Recovery Group release - Thursday 25 June 2020

Latest National Education Recovery Group statement.

 

  • Deputy First Minister's statement on return to full time in August - Tuesday 23 June 2020

Read John Swinney's statement on the return to full time schooling in August if virus continues to be suppressed.

 

  • SQA Update - Friday 19 June 2020

In response to the cancellation of this year's exams, SQA has been working on developing an alternative certification model, to ensure the hard work of Scotland's learners is fully recognised through our qualifications system.

Today, SQA has published a statement, and guidance regarding the post certification review (appeals) process that will be used this year

The statement, and links to the guidance, can be found here 

  • Update on School Term Dates - Thursday 18 June 2020

The Scottish Government has advised that schools should open from 11th August with pupils starting from 12th August. This means that in Glasgow, we need to make some changes to the school calendar. These have been agreed through the Local Management Committee for Teachers in line with SNCT 20/76.

Monday 10th August - In-service day for all teachers and support staff in schools and nurseries

Tuesday 11th August - in-service day for all teachers and support staff in schools and nurseries

Wednesday 12th August - group 1 for primary schools (who would normally be in Monday and Tuesday); secondary schools, ASL schools and nurseries open in line with their individual plans

Thursday/Friday 13th August - group 2 for primary schools; secondary schools, ASL schools and nurseries open in line with their individual plans

As Monday 10th August is currently a school holiday, Friday 5th February 2021 will now be a school holiday.

 

  • School Holiday Childcare for School Age Families of Key Workers Late Application Process Open - Update Friday 19 June 2020

As the school holidays are approaching, we are conscious that families of key workers will still require childcare throughout this period. If you and your partner, are keyworkers from the following  categories and require childcare over the summer period, you will need to apply here.

Due to demand, we have extended the closing date to 12 noon on Wednesday 24 June.  However, all applications that are now received will be considered as 'late applications'. We will endeavour to review these as soon as possible but cannot guarantee you will receive a place.  Parents should make alternative arrangements until we contact you.

The following categories will be applied when deciding who will get access to available childcare and from Scottish Government guidance.

  • Category 1 - Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 - All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 - All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Nursery Parents - childcare information:

If your child or children are already attending nursery and parent/carer is a key worker you don't need to do anything.

If parent/carer is a key worker seeking a place and child/children was placed in a GCC local authority nursery, Funded Provider nursery or childminder and

  • service is open please approach your nursery/childminder directly in the first instance
  • service is closed please email Education inbox EducationELC@glasgow.gov.uk for assistance.

 

  • Early Learning and Childcare - COVID -19 Funded Provider update Thursday 4 June

    Following the Council briefing sessions for Funded Providers held on Monday and Tuesday of this week, a number of concerns have subsequently been raised. I would like to take this opportunity to further clarify the Council's position regarding the expansion and our future funding arrangements.

    Firstly, the Scottish Government  has taken the sensible decision to remove the duty on local authorities to deliver 1140 hours in response to the COVID-19 situation. This recognises the impact of the lockdown, the challenges some authorities and providers were facing to recruit staff and the closedown of capital projects at a critical stage in the expansion programme. Glasgow City Council supports this decision but we recognise that this will be disappointing for parents.

    This has been coupled with a national requirement to divert resources to support the ongoing and future childcare needs for key worker and vulnerable families now and into the recovery period for the wider community over what is an indeterminate period of time. The Council has been advised to use its funding for early learning and childcare to pay for this.

    I would want to reassure our partner providers that we still intend to build on the good progress we were making towards the 1140 commitment with partners and move as quickly as we can to its expanded provision.

    However, the reality is that the prospect of a city wide  application and availability of 1140 hours from August is just not possible given the very necessary steps we need to take to keep our staff and children safe. If we are only able to take around half the numbers of children into each nursery then we will need to reduce the offer in order to enable as many children as possible to benefit from high quality early learning and childcare.

    I also want to stress that the Council nurseries will face the same challenges. There were some comments on social media which implied that we had provided enhanced funding in some way to our own nurseries at the expense of funded providers. This is not accurate. What we did do was increase our staffing in a planned, careful way trying out different models in advance of the August 2020 deadline. This approach enabled some families to benefit from 1140 hours in the last two academic sessions. This did not detract in any way from our support for funded providers.

    As you are aware we have worked with you very closely over the past three years and have been very supportive of the need to secure a financially sustainable funded provider market across the City with the removal of the cap in commissioned places, the move to 900 hours last August and the application of the sustainable commissioning rate a full year ahead of the statutory requirement.

    In clarification,

    · Glasgow is progressing with the new commissioning framework from August as planned and previously advised

    · The actual number of hours being commissioned will vary in response to the prevailing national guidance on ELC opening and operating requirements

    · A minimum of 600 hours (the current statutory requirement) will be commissioned.

    · Existing levels of commissioned placements will continue to be paid (whether utilised or not) as a financial sustainability support

    · We will migrate to 1140 hours as quickly as we can, where this is mutually agreed with providers in accordance with national guidance and local admissions policy and priorities. In the current challenging circumstances it is regrettably not possible to determine when this will be.

    · GCC settings will face the same operating restrictions as funded providers

    I appreciate that the advice shared at the briefings may have given cause for concern amongst providers, particularly if there are perceptions of other councils progressing to 1140 as originally planned.

    Until the national guidance is issued and there is greater clarity on the impact of COVID -19  across the entire sector, a prudent and realistic approach is one which we must collectively advocate at this time. It would be wholly inappropriate and potentially damaging to embark on our planning and resourcing on an expectation that 1140 will be universally available as originally planned.

  • SQA National Courses results update - Wednesday 3 June 2020

    In response to the cancellation of this year's exams, SQA has been working on developing an alternative certification model, to ensure the hard work of Scotland's learners is fully recognised through our qualifications system.

    Following the receipt of refined estimates for learners from schools and colleges across Scotland, SQA has published a statement providing an update on our work this year, including details of our free appeals service. The statement can be read at www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93920

 

  • Free Meal Entitlement Contingency Plans during school closures - Update 9 June 2020

We have issued Farmfoods Cards to all our eligible parents and carers.

Our parents and carers, whose children and young people were entitled to and in receipt of footwear and clothing grants and/or free school meals on 20 March 2020, have a card to help replace school meal entitlement while pupils are not attending school.

Letters were posted out direct to home addresses with a £20 pre-paid Farmfoods card that can be used to buy food at stores across the city - click here to find your nearest store. 

£20 was uploaded every two weeks to eligible families and the final date of top up for this programme is the 8th June 2020.  This will take us to the end of term.

At this present time, no further top-ups are planned. However, it is important that you keep hold of your card for the time being. 

As we have come to know, the COVID-19 situation has required regular review and update of plans in response to national advice and direction.  Should there be a change, you may need your card if you are to benefit from any future food initiative.

Children and young people will be able to access the summer Children's Holiday Food programme being organised across the city - please see the information below.

 

  • The Children's Holiday Food Programme - summer delivery

The Children's Holiday Food Programme - funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by charities, third sector organisations and community groups - is going ahead during the summer period.

Early in the year, the council agreed to fund 70 organisations with £2.3m to deliver a programme of healthy meals and snacks during school holidays.

However, due to the pandemic, many organisations have had to work differently in order to still deliver some sort of service to families who need them.  During April's Easter holiday, these organisations worked hard to adapt their services and deliver food packages including toiletries to areas in the community where they knew it was needed. 

The summer holiday programme will likely start off similar to Easter where organisations deliver food parcels, prepared meals, packed lunches, food vouchers to areas across the city and we will publish more information when available.

 

  • Enrolment and placing requests -

    • Placing Request Update - 1 June 2020

      Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) please note the following regarding enrolment and placing request applications:-

      Although Education Services are now accepting all online enrolment and placing request applications please be aware you may experience some delays due to limited staff resources at this time. We thank you for your patience during this time.

    • Placing Request Update - 1 May 2020

      Education Services will be posting out more than 2,500 responses to placing request applications on Friday 1 May. Parents and carers can expect to receive their letters over the coming week.

      The legislation has been updated and now gives the Council up to three months to convene an Appeal Hearing.

  • Early Learning and Childcare

    Our 52 week nurseries continue to deliver and support childcare for key/essential workers during the coronavirus crisis.  Please visit our Glasgow Family Information Service (GFIS) for information on both council early learning and childcare establishments and partner providers (please be aware that some partner providers are closed during the crisis) -  https://www.gfis.org.uk/  or call the GFIS new telephone number: 0141 287 7350.

 

 

 

 

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