Trust Information and Updates

Trust update letter 19th June can be found here

Following the announcement by the Government on Sunday 10.05.2020 please find the latest update on behalf of Tapton Trust:

12th May 2020 - The Government have announced that, if possible, schools will be encouraged to open for more children from 1st June 2020. The key groups will be:

- Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

To be back in school in smaller sizes from 1st June at the earliest, if the Government’s 5 key tests justify changes at that time.

- Year 10 and Year 12

Some face to face contact, in support of continued home learning.

It is also the Government’s ambition for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month, if feasible. This will be kept under review. There are no current Government plans to reopen secondary schools further before the summer.

In addition, the Government is now encouraging all eligible children (vulnerable children and children of critical workers) to attend – it is no longer necessary for parents to keep them at home if they can. In particular, vulnerable children of all year groups continue to be expected and encouraged to attend where it is appropriate for them to do so. 

Tapton School Academy Trust is currently working with Sheffield City Council, the Department for Education, and teaching and other unions to agree the detail on how these groups can safely return to school. The safety of our children and staff remains paramount.

We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm arrangements, and thank you for continued patience and support.

The June 2020 online safety news letter can now be found here

The official letter from the Trust can be found  here

The Trust Health and Wellbeing page is now available with a list of useful resources for parents, carers and students. More information can be found here

Our online safety April edition can be found here

Information regarding uniform expectations can be found here

Home learning advice can be found here

The Trust COVID-19 update can be found here

Further information from the trust can be found here

Chaucer School Updates and News

Government Guidance on COVID-19 - Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. Updates will be posted below. 

Monday 23rd August

Chaucer School wishes to reassure parents/carers that on return to school in September, our process for dealing with a child/young person who is suspected of, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID 19 is indicated in our risk assessment document and is as follows: 

If a child/young person in school becomes unwell with a new continuous cough, or  a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of smell they will be sent home and advised to follow stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID 19) infection, and to arrange to have a COVID test. 

In such circumstances Chaucer School will contact parent/carer immediately and ask them to collect their child. Whilst waiting collection the child/young person will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door and where 2 metre distancing can be maintained. 

This reinforces the need for us to have up to date contact details for parents/carers - if you have recently changed your contact details please do ensure that you have informed school of your new number/s.

Update Tuesday 14th July

Return to School September 2020

The Government has set out its plan for students to return to school, and that currently means that all students will return to school in September 2020.

Chaucer School has been and will continue to follow all Government guidelines around learning and attendance and has rigorous Health & Safety procedures in place for a safe return to school . We will continue to monitor government advice and will update our website regularly about the Government’s return to school plan.

This has been a very unsettling time for all students and we know that they have been out of normal school routines for a very long time so some of them may be feeling a little anxious about returning to us or, for our new Year 7s, joining us.

We will do everything that we can to make their return to school a safe and positive experience. Form tutors and class teachers will understand that this has been a very unusual time for everyone and that for some it will also have been quite frightening and possibly sad.

Our curriculum will have time within in it to allow students and staff to explore and understand some of the experiences that they have had and how that has impacted on them and their learning. There may well be differences in how students have been able to access learning and we will explore where there may be gaps and look to fill them – so don’t let them worry or panic about having fallen behind, we all just need to concentrate on building from where we are now. 

We are currently making our plans for how students will return to school safely in September including routes into and out of school, location of year groups within school and the spaces they will use at social time, how lunchtime will work and much, much more. We will start to share this information with you over the next few weeks and over the summer holiday period, so you have as much information as possible to help you to plan confidently for September.

Update Friday 10th July

Exam Results Collection Survey  - A new survey has been created for all current Y11 students to indicate how they would like to receive their exam results. They can chose any one of the four options but should read the information about each one carefully before deciding. The survey can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/chaucerY11results

Update Monday 6th July 2020

School Uniform update for September 2020
Planning for a return to school in September after a normal 6 week holiday can sometimes be worrying  as parents try to make sure that everything is in place for a good start back, and this year it has been complicated by all the challenges that covid19 has brought with it including unfortunately, for many, uncertainty around money as people were furloughed or even made redundant and finances became stretched.
 
As we start to think and to plan hopefully for a return to a more normal school experience  in September a number of parents have been asking about uniform and expressing concern about not being able to place orders or indeed not being able to afford to order uniform at this time.
 
 We do understand that this has been a difficult time for many and so intend to operate as below for September: 
 
Blazers 
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering a blazer at this time. We are currently unable to allow you to try blazers on but will revisit this situation in September. 
 
Year 8 - Year 11 - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your blazer fits you may continue to wear it.
 
Blazers - All students 
Hoodies and sweatshirts will not be allowed to be worn inside the building
Blazer sizing and ordering will take place early to mid September with blazers becoming compulsory from after October half term. 
Please do start to put something aside to ensure you can order in September.
 
Skirts/Trousers/Shirts  - All students 
All of these are available from the usual suppliers and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
 
Ties - All students
Available from school and should be purchased as normal in line with the school uniform policy. To be worn from September.
 
Shoes - All students
Plain black footwear is available from a variety of sources and should be purchased and worn from September. Students in Y8 to Y11 please note slight changing to wording in school uniform expectations - now just reads "plain black footwear".
 
Chaucer specific PE kit
Year 7 students - do not worry about ordering Chaucer logo items at this time.
Plain dark shorts/leggings with a plain t shirt may be worn in September
 
Year 8 to Year 11 students - we know that many of you have grown over this extended absence so the same principles will apply as above however if your PE kit fits you may continue to wear it.
 
Chaucer specific  PE kit - All students 
Chaucer specific PE kit will be available to purchase during September and October and will be compulsory after October half term.
 
As always we will work with and support our families so please do make contact if there are particular questions or concerns that you have.

Update Friday 3rd July 2020

Another busy week in school with over 160 students attending the various activities.
 
Vulnerable & Key Worker students - an increasing number of students are accessing this provision which sees them focus on computer based learning activities in the morning with teacher support followed by physical activity, team building or craft activities in the afternoon. Students have been well engaged and continue to attend regularly. 
 
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - An excellent start to our Year 10 learning pods with a large number of students attending and engaging well. They overall seemed pleased to be back in front of staff and able to ask questions directly of teachers, and the teachers enjoyed having them back in school. Many commented on how much many of them had grown!!
 
Year 8 1 to 1 meetings - Miss Penney was delighted at the turn out for the year 8 1 to 1 consultations and again staff were pleased to see so many young people and their parent/carers in school with them. If you were not able to attend form tutors will be calling up and offering an opportunity to talk over the phone or during the last week of this term.
 
Year 6 Secondary Experience - Thursday and Friday saw 90 of the students who will be joining us in September in school working with staff from their primary school and from Chaucer. A really positive 2 days (despite the very damp start on Thursday) and we look forward to that continuing next week.
All of the students coming into school have conducted themselves really maturely under extremely unusual circumstances - a massive well done to them all.
 

Week commencing Monday 6th July 2020

Vulnerable & Key Worker students - ongoing in main building. Students enter school through visitor reception
 
Year 10 Consultation Learning Pods - ongoing in main building (Main hall & LRC). 
 
Year 7 1 to 1 meetings - these will take place in the LINCS building which is the separate building next to the main car park entrance - some of you may remember it as the old Housing offices. Students and parents must enter  through the main entrance door directly on Wordsworth Avenue. See video for further information.
 
Year 6 Secondary Experience -  Thursday and Friday  for  students from Meynell and Southey Green only . 
 
Each activity is taking place in its own separate location within the building to reduce the risk of students and staff coming into contact with others so it is really important that you check the location of the activity you are invited to and the route you should use to come into school.

Help for Parents

We have put together a help guide for parents around Learning and Health and Well-Being and more. The new guide can be found here

Half Term Celebrations

Monday 25th May celebration letter can be found here

Tuesday 26th May celebration letter can be found here

Wednesday 27th May celebration letter can be found here

Thursday 28th May celebration letter can be found here

22nd May 2020 - End of Half Term

Our End of half term letter can now be found here

15th May 2020 - Home Learning Supplement

The Sheffield Star has been working with Learn Sheffield and local schools to produce a regular Home Learning Supplement to help families with advice and guidance for home learning, health and well-being, cooking, exercise and fun activities during this period of social distancing and young people not being able to attend school or meet their friends as normal.

 Chaucer has contributed to the content of the supplement and believes that it is another useful tool to help families and young people in these unusual times. It has the added advantage of not needing technology to access it  which makes it more available to all.

Chaucer staff will be delivering The Sheffield Star and the supplement over the next few weeks to as many families as we can get copies for so if you do receive a copy of the Sheffield Star through your letterbox  please do take the time to look through the supplement, use the advice and guidance, and take part in the activities provided.  

Kind regards and stay safe

Chaucer School

7th May 2020 - Home Contact

Hello all, as we indicated last week we are rolling out regular personal contact to all families and students. 

The purpose of this contact is to support families with any concerns and issues that may have developed over this period of lock down and to support students in accessing home learning materials to best prepare them for a successful return to school.

We will want to speak to you as parent/carer and your young person wherever possible, and explore how things are going at home, what home learning is being done, what difficulties you as families may be experiencing including any changes to finances and/or employment. We do appreciate that some of these are very personal questions but the sole reason these questions are being asked is to let us help you directly or to point you in the direction of the right sort of support, so I do hope that you will accept these phone calls in the spirit in which they are intended - one of support. If you are uncomfortable in answering any of the questions posed then please do indicate this to the person calling and this can be passed on to one of our pastoral team to follow up with you. 

Thursday 25th April 2020

Update videos from Mr Burnside, Mrs Todd and Home learning update

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Information for parents of students with special educational needs and disability can be found here

Thursday 9th April 2020

The following information has been placed onto the website

Update for students and parents of Year 11 students about exams and exam results along with support materials from Ofqual (The Chief Regulator for Exams)

· Year 11 Letter of Information about Exam Results (copy email sent to all Yr11 students)

· Year 11 Parent Information Letter about Exam Results

· Two Ofqual PDF guides about exams and grades 

 

Other news/information

Free School Meals update Thursday 9th April 2020 

Food Hampers have been delivered Tuesday/Wednesday of this week to those families eligible for Free School Meals who responded to the recent survey.

We are delighted to say we delivered over 1000+ across two days in support of our community.

After Easter a national scheme for e vouchers is being rolled out to all families on Free School Meals. The method of delivery for the vouchers will be via email or post.

Childcare Provision from Tuesday 14th April 2020

If you or your child are supported by Social Care, Childcare is available from Tuesday 14th April as required through discussion with your social worker and school staff. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10 April 2020.

If you are a key worker, we can provide childcare from Tuesday 14th April if your child cannot remain at home safely. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to indicate you require a place by Friday 10 April 2020.

 

Information regarding uniform expectations can be found here

Home learning advice can be found here

Government Guidance on COVID-19/Coronavirus and Social Distancing

The Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March is affecting us all in different ways, however, following the advice and guidance and working together through our collective efforts will make the difference.

We will continue to provide important information updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you all for your patience, efforts and messages of support during this unprecedented time.

We encourage you to revisit the website on a regular basis for school related information. 

Please remember the government has asked parents to keep their children at home and safe, wherever possible from Friday 20th March 2020. The government has also asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend and whose parents are key workers or where a student is in a vulnerable group identified by the school. 

 

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It states:

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Please, therefore, follow the information below:

1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then provision will be available for them in school.

3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the strict social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying health conditions.

4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

5. Please do not send your child to school unless one or both of the following has happened:

  • you have completed the survey to say your child requires a place because you are a key worker 
  • a conversation has taken place already with you to say your child is in a vulnerable group and should attend

Any questions do not hesitate to email or call by phone into school on Monday (please do not visit school in person). Thank you for your support as we work together as one community... stay safe and look after each other.

 

Home Study Updates

Notice for all Y10 students regarding home study can be found here

 

All Students can access home study resources via the link below:

Home Study 
https://tsat.sharepoint.com/sites/Chaucer/students


Students will be requested to sign into the service with their school email address and password.

Their email address is their username that students use regularly on the school computers.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.        Example : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Their password is the password that students use regularly on the school computers.


If you do not know your password for this service please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

If you need any help accessing your resources, instructions can be found here: Home Study Instructions

I
f you can not access the Home Study Resources, extra online resources are available to everyone : Extra Home Study Resources

Home learning advice can be found here 

   

 

Support and Well-Being

Feed your family for less

Eat Smart Sheffield works with all primary and secondary schools across the city encouraging and supporting pupils, their families and the wider community to adopt healthier eating behaviours.
Their new feed your family for less recipe ideas are now available at https://bit.ly/2CeiYj4

Healthy Minds Survey

Hi all, Hope you are doing well! We would like to know a little more about how you are doing and how we can help support you with your emotional well being so please watch the video from Ms Celik and complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WKWTN8Z

Take care and stay safe!

 

Help Line to support Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (for those aged 12-18 years)

Young people aged 12-18 living in Sheffield can now access support with issues such as low mood and anxious thoughts by calling 

0808 275 8892 Monday to Sunday 9am-9pm

The helpline is run by wellbeing practitioners who are part of the Door 43 wellbeing service at Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Community and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) workers at Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust. 

The team can speak to young people who might be struggling with challenges such as exam stress, relationship issues, bullying or feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The service can also signpost young people to additional services if they require more long-term support.

The helpline is for young people who are not already accessing support for their mental health through other services, and it cannot support young people in crisis. As well as this service, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service continues to take referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals, please seek further help if you need it.

If it is an emergency please call 999. All services are still here to support anyone who is in need.

Support for Parents during COVID from Sheffield's Parenting team

Isolation, working at home, and home schooling, are all additional pressures on parents, and we know being a parent can have its challenges.  So, we have developed and gathered below a range of online materials and useful videos for parents and carers to support them in their parenting role.  These are all based on the evidence based parenting programmes that we use in Sheffield. 

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Follow our social media channels where we will post regular tips, videos, information for families that you may find helpful to report to your school page. Short clips with parenting tips and techniques will be posted here every week, as well as Family Centre information and activities.  

Facebook – Sheffield Family Centre https://www.facebook.com/SheffieldFamilyCentres/

Twitter – SheffFamilyCtrs https://twitter.com/shefffamilyctrs

Instagram – SheffieldFamilyCentres https://www.instagram.com/sheffieldfamilycentres/?hl=en

You Tube 

Short videos of the parenting team discussing parenting topics are posted here. 

 Sheffield Family Centres https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYnErRUpkjQ_GhejRZnzhQ

Topics include:

  • Descriptive commenting to develop language in children
  • Praising your children and positive attention
  • Developing your new baby’s brain
  • Sleep
  • Messy play activities and other early years topics.

We will keep posting new videos here, please let us know if there are any specific topics you would like and we will do our best to respond.

Triple P Short videos:

Our parenting team deliver the Triple P Programme which is an internationally evaluated and coordinated programme. 

Quick Tips Video blogs by Dr Claire Halsey from triple P – now available on the Triple P You Tube.  Follow this link:   YouTube 

These cover topics such as, helping children feel safe, keeping busy, routines, tolerating uncertainty, taking care of yourself.  

Triple P Tips and Blogs

  • Parenting During COVID-19 - the Triple P Parenting Guide –Top 10 tips - read or download here

  • Blog post – How to manage when you’re all at home (including working from home) - Read the article here and share with parents via your own channels.

Online Groups and direct support

During COVID, we have moved all our group programmes online, and we now deliver through Zoom.  These include weekly programmes for parents of children of all ages and needs.  We can offer parents in Sheffield a free Triple P On-Line programme.  If parents wish to access this, they can emails us directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please let us know what you would like support with, and leave your name and contact details, so someone from the parenting team can contact you. 

You can also see more information here:  https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/social-care/positive-parenting

#BeatTheBoredom

#BeatTheBoredom - Guidance for parents and carers information can be found here

#BeatTheBoredom - Tips for looking after you can be found here

With children:

Coronavirus for young children – booklet produced by Manuela Molina

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

A message from the author:

Dear families and educator all over the world, I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world.

Video, useful for Y3 – Y7 https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Talking to children:

Some useful information about what to say to children re Covid-19 from Norway, can be adapted https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/

Advice for adults talking to children about coronavirus from the British Psychological Society https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/talking-children-about-coronavirus

Well-being:

BBC mental wellbeing article, Coronavirus:

How to protect your mental health https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Mind guidance Managing our Mental Health and Staying Well during Virus outbreak https://www.mind.org.hk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResponseCoronavirusENG6.2.2020-.pdf

Blog post from Educational Psychology insight around self-care https://www.epinsight.com/post/managing-stress-self-care-during-the-coronavirus-crisis

Advice for parents

Helping children manage in unsettling times The Coronavirus outbreak has led to a high degree of worry, uncertainty and concern. The issue has been very present in the news, and all adults and children will have some degree of awareness of events so far, and may have had their lives disrupted.

During these times both children and adults can potentially feel anxious and unsure about their safety. Alongside school, parents can help provide opportunities where feelings can be discussed within a safe context, as well as maintaining a sense of normality, routine and calm. Supporting children will enable them to process and manage their feelings and build resilience.

The following suggestions may be helpful:

1. Reassure children that they are safe: Children will need to be reassured regularly they are safe, and that adults will faithfully try to keep them safe.

2. Let children know that it is alright to be upset: Tell children all feelings are ok, but it is important to still behave in a polite and respectful way to others.

3. Maintain a normal routine: Set up a work/leisure/exercise routine for students at home. Make extra time to listen to what your children need to tell you.

4. Place an emphasis on resilience and strengths: Focus on the child’s skills, in terms of their daily life. Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.

5. Look for opportunities to help others: Acts of benevolence, charity and humanity help to restore positivity about the world.

6. Provide opportunities for children to be honest about their feelings: Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members reduces a sense of vulnerability and isolation, raises optimism and self-esteem. Checking in with your children to see if they have any worries can help them start these conversations.

7. Provide opportunities for physical exercise: Exercise is valuable in developing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock and worry.

8. Communicate any concerns with school: If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional behaviour please do let the school know.

9. Look after yourself: A time of stress can mean less energy and more potential for illness for you, as well as others. So please take care of yourself.

Domestic abuse support

For people living in a situation where they are experiencing domestic abuse and violence from someone at home the current situation is likely to make things worse.

Help is still available from the police and specialist services. South Yorkshire Police officers are fully equipped with PPE to attend properties even where someone is showing symptoms.

If you need help call The Sheffield local Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 808 2241 (freephone) Mondays to Fridays 8am - 7pm and Saturdays 9am - 5pm or The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247

In an emergency call 999

For more information please visit the website below:

https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news/support-services-for-those-affected-by-domestic-abuse-in-sheffield/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Operation Encompass 

Operation Encompass is a joint project that is run between schools and South Yorkshire Police.  It allows schools to support children and families that have been subject too domestic violent incidents.  Please refer to the letter to here in relation to this and the current situation we are in. More information can be found here

Healthy Minds - Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council information can be found here