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Information for parents and carers on COVID-19 vaccination for at risk 5 to 11 year olds

Children aged 5 to 11 years who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed can get the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in the Green Book.

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions.

Further information is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by UKHSA. We have published some frequently asked questions on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Following advice from the JCVI, healthy 5 to 11 year old children will also be offered two 10 microgram doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS will prepare to extend this non-urgent offer to all children during April.

Ending Self Isolation Early Infographic

Reducing Household Transmission of Covid 19

Covid 19 RA update masks and LFDs for visitors

Clarification on PCR and LFT tests

When should I take a covid test

Home test kits now available from pharmacies

As you know, all adult members of a household where there is a child attending school or nursery can use home test kits. These can be picked up from a test site or ordered on line. Adults (18+) can now collect 2 packs of home test kits at a pharmacy. Each pack contains 7 tests. Please remember that this is for asymptomatic testing.  Anyone one with symptoms (adult or child) will need to take a PCR test.

More information on lateral flow tests for a symptomatic people

Confusion over need for PCR rather than lateral flow testing when someone has Covid symptoms

There has been some confusion with the introduction of asymptomatic lateral flow test being available for families of primary school children.

 If you or your child has any Covid symptoms:

  • High temp – or hot to touch
  • Continuous cough
  • Loss of taste or smell

You or they will need a PCR test. A lateral flow test will not be accurate enough.

Your whole household will need to isolate until a negative PCR test result comes back or if a positive result for 10 days.

Lateral flow tests are just an extra layer of protection. They are not meant for primary school aged children. There is a chance that the person who gets a negative lateral flow test may have Covid. We have experienced this in school already.


If you are in any doubt please give school a ring (01943 463341) or over the weekend, email me:

Ashfield's remote learning offer January 2021

Government Guidance

Ashfield’s Remote Learning Provision

Who is the named senior leader with overarching responsibility for delivery and quality assurance of remote education?

Elspeth Warren (head teacher)

Sarah McLaughlin (assistant head teacher)

What are the safeguarding expectations and guidance for pupils and parents so that children are as safe as possible when learning online?

Ashfield has adopted the Local Authority Covid-19 Safeguarding and child protection policy addendum (see policy section of school website).

Additional consent has been sought for parents of pupils attending a 1:1 sessions on line.



How does the school ensure consistency of remote learning?

All classes use Google Classroom to set tasks.

Tasks are uploaded each day on the previous afternoon / evening.

How does the school tackle barriers to digital access?

DfE Laptops have already been assigned to pupils who have no access to technology. Further devices have been acquired through school funds and charitable organisations.

For families with limited broadband data a further 30GB data (for 90 days) have been provided.

Parents should contact the school office if they do not have the technology to support their child.

Printed work packs are delivered to parents by arrangement.

The school is providing on-site education for a significant number of vulnerable pupils.

Parents and carers requiring further support with accessing and using Google Classroom can contact staff members for advice and support.

How much remote learning does the school provide each day?

Ashfield provides approximately 3 hours of learning a day in Reception. This is made up of games, tasks and PowerPoints, videos from White Rose; and phonics videos from Read Write Inc. This is supplemented by Google Meets which have a primary focus on PSED and a secondary focus on consolidating learning.

Ashfield provides at least 3 hours of learning a day in KS1 and 4 hours in KS2. This is made up of

recorded teacher input, maths videos from White Rose; phonics videos from Read Write Inc, Oak Academy lessons, other quality resources such as Purple Mash, Literacy Shed Plus, Oxford Owl and BBC Bitesize. We provide an English lesson and a maths lesson each day. Science lessons will be twice a week as well as well as a foundation subject each day.

Story time is provided each week.

How is the remote curriculum planned and sequenced?

Ashfield pupils are mainly following the curriculum as previously planned for the Spring term 2021. The exceptions are PE where the units have been simplified to make them more parent-friendly for remote learners. Art and DT may also be simplified to recognise resources available at home. English may be changed where class texts are not available to go home.

How is each subject planned to support pupil progress?

Curriculum plans are available on the school website. Some deviation from this will happen depending on resources needed.

Weekly plans are incremental to support progression. Challenges are provided.  Please see section on assessment.

How is new content delivered?

New content is delivered with accompanying recorded videos of lessons. Teachers check in with children and parents / carers regularly and give additional support if required.


How does the school ensure that work is meaningful and ambitious?

In Reception, meaningful learning tasks are set daily with a focus on phonics, writing and maths.

In KS1 and KS2, meaningful learning tasks are set in all subjects following the curriculum plan. There is a daily English and maths input for all classes.  Comments are progressive and motivational.

‘Challenge’ tasks are identified for pupils and parents. 

How does the school meet the needs of SEND pupils?

We have support for children who are SEND both in school and for those learning at home. For those at home a teaching assistant has been assigned to provide additional support and guidance for targeted pupils. Some paper packs of SENIT and speech and language resources are delivered. Nessie interventions are running on line with a TA assigned to monitoring the children’s development while using this. Many of our children with SEND are in school and accessing interventions.

How does the school provide opportunity for interactivity?

Pupils have an opportunity to interact with class teachers through Google Meets throughout the week.

There is interactivity through posting work and responses from teachers through the class stream.

Teachers encourage children to participate through the stream, private comments (Google Classroom) through individual personalised emails. Phone calls will also be made if a child or parent requires this.


How does the school provide opportunity to practice and apply new knowledge?

Ashfield provides these opportunities through the tasks set by teachers.

Work is uploaded to Google Classroom.

How does the school ensure there is engagement with remote learning and tackle any concerns

Class teachers keep a record of who is engaging in Google Classroom. Staff in school are informed if there is no engagement. Follow up emails and phone calls are made to support engagement.


How does the school use assessment to monitor pupils learning?

Formative assessment will be used to assess gaps in knowledge when work is submitted through google Classroom. Further work can be personalised where needed in light of the assessment.  Notes of children who are struggling are made and shared with the class teacher if s/he is not the one facilitating the remote learning.

How does the school provide feedback?

Feedback is provided daily.

Class teachers will provide written feedback on work uploaded which will be both directional and motivational.


Letter regarding increased data allowances for families with no broadband.

Covid self isolation period is now 10 rather than 14 days


Changes to self isolation periods – the government has announced  that from Monday 14th December the self isolation period for close contacts and households will change from 14 days to 10 days. The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday.

The test and trace app will not be updated until Thursday 17th December.

The self isolation period count starts from the day after symptoms, test date or date of last contact.  The isolation period for positive cases remains at 10 days if they no longer have a temperature.

What does this mean in practice ?

  • Count 11 days from the date of last contact or symptoms and this is the date staff and pupils can return to school.
  • Any staff or pupils already self isolating as close contacts on Monday can return to school when they have completed their 10 day self isolation if they are well and / or do not have any Covid symptoms  – they do not need to complete the 14 days anymore. This may mean some staff and pupils can now return earlier / on Monday 14th December.
  • All new cases and close contacts identified should be told to isolate for 10 days.
  • People who have received a notification from the NHS COVID-19 app before 17 December to isolate you can leave isolation when their isolation countdown timer says 3 days.


Helping your child With a Covid Test

Please see this easy to understand Covid guidance.

Entry to school avoiding congestion

In order to avoid congestion outside Y2 and Y3 entrance, we have moved the seats and bike racks. We will add bark mulch to the grassy bits to widen this path tomorrow.

  • If you are waiting for Year 2, please go to the right once you are through the gate after the bike racks.
  • If you are in Year 3 please go to the left once you are through the gates after the bike rack and then double back to queue outside Year 3.
  • If you are in any other year group, please go to the left once you are through the gates after the bike rack and then follow normal practice.

Mr Raymond will move one of the bike racks to the grass by the exit tomorrow. If your bike was just inside the gate this morning, it will be just outside the gate when you pick up tonight.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Covid Testing and the cough

Thank you to parents and carers for their patience in getting their children tested if they show corona virus symptoms.

Please read the following points about what and why we are asking parents to look out for and test:


  • The one child who has tested positive had seemingly a bad cold and a slight cough which parents would not have described as continuous. It is for this reason we are being extremely cautious.
  • We were really grateful to these parents for their vigilance in organising a test.
  • Please do not be offended if we ask about a cough and whether there have been 3 or more episodes in an hour or one episode lasting for more than an hour.
  • Coming back to school after a negative test, feeling well but still having a residual cough is OK.  If that cough stops and starts again though, we would consider that as a new cough and a test would be needed again.
  • If your child has to have a test, please make sure that your whole family isolates until you get the negative result.
  • I know that most of these coughs will be part of a cold.  Our vigilance is because we do not want to have to close some or part of the school so Ashfield pupils do not miss out on their education and that Ashfield parents and carers have capacity to be in work.
  • We seek all of our advice and guidance from Public Health England, the Department for Education and our local authority. 

Flow chart - can my child go to school today?

SEND Support - The Leeds SENIT (Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team) have produced the following document to support families with home learning.

Help Available in Otley

Please also see home learning information in 'Parents / Carers' tab / Home Learning.