From September 2020, Mellers has been open to all pupils. However, as a result of 4 staff members testing positive in the second week of term, we closed the school on the advice of Public Health England, and opened back up on 14th September when it was safe to do so. During any periods of bubble or school closure in the future, the Mellers team will continue to upload daily tasks to Purple Mash, which will be marked each day, and stream some lessons live on Teams, just as we did during lockdown. We’ll also continue our fortnightly calls home to each family, with home visits too for some families. We know which of our families don’t have wifi or internet access at home, and the unlimited data SIM cards donated by Vodafone have been distributed, along with Mellers iPads (for those families with no devices with which to access our online learning).
We will be communicating everything through this website, our Facebook page, Marvellous Me and the normal school texts. Please make sure you keep a close eye on these social media platforms; in fact, Miss Dawson does a weekly Facebook Live assembly to share the great work our pupils have been doing with the community. Our website has lots of online learning links under the Curriculum and Learning from Home tabs, including music lessons from the Nottingham Music Hub. The Covid Catchup funding of £6,840 has been used to buy catch up homework books for each pupil, and to fund additional EAL support in class. See below for full details of this:
The fabulous Nottingham Music Hub has been very active with Teams music lessons, digital concerts, city music events and the annual summer celebration events have all been online this year:
All letters to parents, carers and children can be found in the Parents section, under Letters to Parents and Carers.
We understand that this is a really difficult time for everyone. We want to be able to support you as much as possible. If you’re struggling, there is a list of numbers below that might offer you support, but don’t forget that the Mellers team is in school for the foreseeable future so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help, advice or reassurance. Our Mellers food bank has been emptied and replenished 4 times since lockdown, so please contact us if you need to come and collect some bags of food for your family.
Barnardo’s have set up a service to support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the emotional impact of COVID:
See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.
See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:
|· an online hub of support and information
· online counselling and therapy
· face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and
· helping children and young people reintegrate back into school
You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
Here’s a link to a dedicated page for learning resources about hand washing and respiratory hygiene: