Eligibility for Free School Meals
(Vouchers during Coronavirus lockdown)
If you child is in Year 3 or above, you must be in receipt of any of the benefits below to claim Free School Meals (vouchers during coronavirus lockdown)
All pupils in Reception, Year One or Year Two in Primary Schools are entitled to Free School Meals. However, you will only be able to claim for food vouchers during Coronavirus lockdown if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits below:
* Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year
(after tax and not including any benefits you get)
* Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
* Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
* Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
* Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
* Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
* Income Support
* Working Tax Credit 'run on'
(the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work)
Free school meals cannot be granted on a discretionary basis. You must also live in Lancashire.
To apply for Free School Meals online, please click on the link below to register:
Apply by phone
To apply by phone, contact the Area Education Office 01772 532 109. If you provide them with your name, date of birth and National Insurance number they can immediately check your entitlement via the DFE Electronic free school meals checking service.
Apply by application form
Alternatively, you can complete an application form below. This can be dropped off at the school office and we can post it for you, if needed.
Corona virus - Covid 19
During these uncertain times everyone will be dealing with the changes in different ways.
If any child/ren or families are in need of:
- Someone to listen
Please text or ring me (Mrs Jackson) at anytime.
Below are a range of different strategies and resources that may help.
Online support for children aged 10+ years
Commissioned by your local Clinical Commissioning Group, Kooth.com is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform which is available to young people aged 10-16 years across Lancashire.
Kooth allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their mental health and wellbeing.
To find out more about Kooth, please see the document below.
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse.
If you're an adult experiencing domestic abuse, there are organisations that can help:
0300 003 0396
You can talk to Relate about your relationship, including issues around domestic abuse.
Changes in children's behaviour
You need to acknowledge when your child is behaving differently. A change in behaviour may be the result of different emotions, such as: anxiety, stress, uncertainty.
They may often find different ways to express the feeling they have - for example they may suggest they have a sore tummy. A sore tummy is much easier to talk about than sadness.
Talk to your children about how they’re feeling often and how you’re feeling. You don’t want to overwhelm them but you do want to normalise the way they’re feeling. Let them know that when it comes to things that are unknown, it’s ok to feel anxious but reassure them you’re going to look after each other and things have changed for a reason.
The lockdown has changed all our daily routines but it is important for us to develop a new daily routine. A routine can help us to feel more in control of everything and help us to make room for all that's important. Routine can aid our mental health. It can help us to cope with change, to form healthy habits, and to reduce our stress levels.
I have attached an editable visual daily routine below, which can be adapted for child/ren, carers or whole families.
If you require any help in adapting the timetable, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Resources to help support feelings
If the coronavirus or feeling worried about what's happening is making it hard for you to cope, please look at the selection of links below to some amazing resources to help children and their families share their thoughts and feelings.
Child and Adult Mental Health Service
This is a collection of downloadable self-help guides that we really like and hope may be useful to you. Some are aimed at adults but the ideas and suggestions in them can still be relevant for young people and parents. If you click on the image it will automatically download the PDF from its source and the credit will link to the originators main website.
Research suggests that mindful colouring, as with meditation and art therapy, can provide numerous benefits for all ages. Along with providing a much-needed break and the chance to relax and refocus, it can: Help lift your mood, decrease anxiety and stress. Below are some mindfulness colouring sheets, which both adults and children can enjoy.
Putting on a podcast is a fantastic way to ignite your child's imagination, help them relax and help them engross in a range of topics. Here are some of the many child friendly podcasts available:
Story Pirates is a captivating audio show by real actors, comedians, and entertainers who tell stories that have been written by kids.
Created by 4 Emmy winning journalists, KidNuz is a daily 5-minute news podcast made with kids in mind. The podcast provides briefings on the day’s top stories that are appropriate for kids ages 8-14
This series is a great way to test out your kids' interest in podcasts, since most of the stories hover around the 10-minute mark.
For the ever-curious kids who ponder our existence, this podcast answers questions that are based in reality. Topics like how butterflies fly and why the sea is salty.
“What if monsters were real... but made of chocolate?” The host, My Eric, takes incredibly random, hypothetical situations sent in by children, and improvises stories based on them.
New assessment programmes
Our school have purchased two new assessment programmes to help us further support children in our school:
CoPS 4-7 pinpoints specific areas of need and gives a more detailed indication of a pupil’s particular strengths and weaknesses that may impact learning. It comprises nine short tests which cover working memory, phonological awareness, phonological processing, auditory discrimination and colour discrimination.
LASS 8-11 pinpoints specific areas of need and is taken by pupils who have a high probability of dyslexia. It gives a more detailed indication of a pupil’s particular strengths and weaknesses that may impact reading.
For more information on these assessments, please read the document 'CoPS & LASS' below.
If you think your child would benefit from this assessment, please speak to their class teacher, Mrs Jackson or Miss Berry
Childline: Calm Zone
There are lots of way to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Childline have created a 'Toolbox' section of their website, where children can try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Click on the link to access the site: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
A range of services for children and their families
The Children and Family Wellbeing Service provide early help on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family. In other words, offering you the right help, in the right place, at the right time.
They provide targeted services for children and young people across the age range 0-19yrs+. Working together with key partners, they aim to ensure that we have maximum impact on achieving positive outcomes for your family.
Anyone is able to access the support they have on offer. If you would like support in accessing any of these services, please feel free to ask and I will help any way I can.
Please see their leaflet below for more information.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing - External Agency
Child Action North West (CANW) offer an Emotional Health & Wellbeing service, which provides help and support to people of all ages and needs. They help people to tackle issues.
From play therapy sessions with young children to group sessions in school with teenagers, from work with families to one to one counselling, every member of their team is trained to offer support and tailor their approach to meet individual needs.
Child Action North West (CANW) offer specialist interventions for the following issues:
For further information, please see the leaflet below or contact Mrs. Jackson.
Help for families in Lancashire - External Agency
Key has been achieving excellent results supporting local people for over 20 years. Their team of expert staff and dedicated volunteers help around 1000 people each year in Lancashire.
They provide services that are flexible, tailored to individuals' needs and that build on people's strengths:
For further information or to refer yourself, visit their website https://www.keycharity.org.uk/, fill out their online form or call them on 01772 678979. Alternatively, speak to Mrs Jackson
Click here for more information.