The Department for Education (Government) have introduced an offer to increase mobile data allowances for children and young people to allow them to access the internet to complete their remote learning.
Who can get help?
This scheme is open to children and young people who:
- don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection
- cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources or social care services
- have access to a mobile device that uses a participating network
- are facing disruption to their face-to-face education, or have been advised not to attend school
- Account holders with monthly contracts need to be over the age of 18.
What information will we need to collect?
To request extra mobile data, we will need the following information to forward to the DfE:
- the account holder’s name
- mobile number (a number beginning with ‘07’)
- mobile network
- whether you pay monthly or pay as you go
How do I apply?
If you are eligible to apply simply complete this form with your account details.
South Tyneside LA will only collate this information in order to send to the DfE and will delete the information by 31st July 2021. The DfE are the data handler. The DfE will then pass on your details to the appropriate service provider.
The mobile network operator will use that information to increase the data available for the account holder’s mobile device, as long as you qualify for the offer. If you do not agree to your data being held by the DfE please do not complete the form.
Then what happens?
You will be contacted by the service provider within the time stated to confirm that your data allowance has been updated. Please do not contact the school or the LA with queries on this scheme, get in touch with your provider directly if you have any questions.
Which networks are taking part in the scheme?
EE, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile and O2.
In light of recent developments regarding pupil and staff safety we will be operating remote, online learning for the next week. All families will be contacted by school staff on Tuesday.
We will be carrying out detailed risk assessments to ascertain how soon we can return safely to school.
If you need to contact school the most effective way to get a response will be to email firstname.lastname@example.org contact email.
This is not a choice we have made lightly. We know this impacts on your family lives but the safety of your child is our priority.
It’s officially Christmas in school after our beautiful tree arrived this morning.
Everyone helped to decorate it by choosing a baubles…
Keelman’s Way School in South Tyneside achieves the Inclusive School Award.
Everyone Treated as an Individual
Keelman’s Way School is an extremely inclusive school that is held in very high regard by pupils, parents and staff alike. Pupils have a wide range of different needs with everyone being treated as an individual. Staff mention how it is a special environment to work in, with one member of staff saying staff rarely move to other schools once they have experienced the inclusive and supportive atmosphere of Keelman’s Way School.
Very Approachable Staff
The school has an open-door policy for parents who say that the Senior Leadership Team and other school staff are very approachable with excellent communication links between school and home. Parents have run their own clubs on-site as well as being able to access medical services in the school such as doctor and consultant clinics, so they do not have to take their child to external clinics in the local hospital. A former nurse has been appointed to be the new Inclusion Support Worker where she supports parents in understanding official medical reports, discusses all health matters with them and checks that care plans are being followed correctly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Headteacher has carried out parent surveys to check on the mental health of families as well as holding Zoom clinics and staff have made many phone calls home.
A Positive Experience
One parent spoke very positively about her experience of the school, saying the staff cannot do enough for her and her daughter. Daily communication via the home/school diary works well, with the teacher writing back with suggestions to address particular issues. She feels that her experience as a parent is valued by all professionals in the annual review meetings and her views are listened to and acted upon. Targets are updated regularly and worked on jointly, she feels part of the team around her child.
A Purpose-Built School
The school was purpose-built to meet the needs of all the pupils and is very well-resourced with a large outdoor area that includes a wildlife garden and pond area, an allotment and swings and toys for the pupils to access. A particular inclusive piece of equipment is the wheelchair tricycle. Inside the school, the waiting area is welcoming and open to the rest of the school so visitors can see daily life around them.
Committed to Pupil Progress
Teaching staff are very committed to pupil progress, being involved in national and local initiatives in the field of special education. They feel supported by the school in their professional development, one example was that all the teachers were invited to do a professional inquiry project about an area of interest. One teacher described his project which was the link between communication and behaviour with his findings being disseminated to everyone in the school, this had a benefit for all the pupils.
The school shares their expertise with local schools, for example, the HLTA for physiotherapy spoke to a group of practitioners about the physio room and how the system of collaboration works at the school between herself and the NHS Physiotherapy Team. Teachers support mainstream colleagues.
Celebrating Everyone’s Success
Celebrating everyone’s success is very important for the school with star of the week assemblies, continuing online at the moment and also recognised on the school’s Facebook page.
Behaviour Needs Addressed Effectively
Behaviour needs are addressed effectively with the introduction of positive behaviour plans to which parents give valuable insight and input. These are all stored centrally so all staff know what is needed.
A Confident School Council
It was a pleasure meeting the School Council, they spoke very well and confidently about all the opportunities that they get at the school. All the pupils were in the Post 16 Provision and spoke about work experience opportunities and how they run the school café including baking, washing up and serving customers. On World Mental Health Day (Happy Day), the School Council provided scones, pancakes and milkshakes to all pupils and staff. They spoke about the community visits that they enjoy such as an overnight stay at Barnard Castle and a trip to the open day museum at Beamish. In normal times, they sing carols at the old people’s homes nearby, make items for the various fayres and visit local leisure facilities, playing an active role in the local community.
Professional Development Opportunities
Teaching Assistants speak highly of the professional development opportunities that the school provides them and they refer to the Senior Leadership Team as being very supportive. They describe it as an amazing environment and a happy place where everyone pulls together. They feel included in planning and target setting and have a very good understanding of the pupils’ needs. One Teaching Assistant spoke about the use of visual timetables, preparing the class’s symbols and using switches with a pupil. The three HLTAs are a valuable asset to the school, with responsibility for physiotherapy, speech and language and PMLD.
An Inclusive Ethos
The three members of the Governing Body I met with spoke about the inclusive ethos that pervades the school, all felt confident in their role due to the online Governor training that they have undergone. Governors are linked to Key Stages and regularly visit the school classrooms looking at particular themes.
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Our Early years pupils have settled into school life at Keelman’s Way fantastically!
Here is what they have been up to…
NHS Volunteer Responders
Our volunteers help people:
- avoid busy places by collecting their shopping, medicines and other important items
- have regular contact with other people by making regular friendly phone calls
- get to medical appointments by giving lifts
Dear Parents and Carers,
Just to let you know that although you may not see us, we are still here to help if we can. Government advice is very different for special schools. We are not taking pupils in year group cohorts but are continuing to offer provision for key worker’s children and some pupils that are vulnerable at home.
Although the message from the government has changed for activities in the community, for our school it has remained the same. The risks remain, for all of us, and this increases with the number of contacts we have and the more places we travel to.
Our work now is to reduce the risks and establish pupils’ understanding, as far as we can, of how to social distance when they do eventually return to school. This is very difficult for our school as we previously worked so hard to encourage close working relationships for pupils and staff.
We look every week at the needs of pupils, families and staff. We are planning to widen the groups we can support in school and at home. All teachers have met to look closely at planning too. We know what may help a particular child or family does not work for everyone. Teachers will be working with you on more individualised support for your child.
When we closed we expected this to be for a much shorter time. We have no real certainty about the future in the short or longer term. Most of us are parents and carers within our own families so we do understand the challenge of looking after one another and balancing work alongside that. Home schooling is certainly not for everyone!
If you need to call us please do. If we can help we will, or we may be able to put you in touch with someone that can. We still have contact with the other services that support your children in school.
The school office staffed Monday to Thursday 0191 4897480 and school mobile 07807 273436 can be used if you prefer. Please call us and someone will reply. Or you can email us anytime firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep in touch.
Yours Sincerely P Selby
Mrs P Selby Head Teacher