Please visit the Durham County Council website for the latest news and advice.
DCC Parents Letter April 2021
Home Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) for parents carers and childcare and support bubbles
Parent Update Letter 05.03.2021
Parents Update Letter – Primary Schools Gatherings at School Gates – March 2021
Parent Update Letter 01.03.2021
Parent Update Letter 23.02.2021
Parent Update Letter 10.02.2021
Parent Update Letter 02.02.2021
Parent Update Letter 28.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 26.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 21.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 18.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 14.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 07.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 05.01.2021
Parent Update Letter 04.01.2021
Shinclifffe Flu Immunisation Instructions
Attendance Policy: Essential Information for Parents
Parent Update Letter 26.8.2020
Parent Update Letter 17/07/2020
Parent Update Letter 16/07/2020 – September 2020
Parent Update Letter 10/07/2020
Parent Update Letter 03/07/2020
Parent Update Letter 26/06/2020
Parent Update 19/06/2020 – LA Response to Increased Number of Parental Queries
Parent Update Letter (Year 6) 19/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 19/06/2020
Parent Update Letter (Year 6) 16/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 15/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 11/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 04/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 01/06/2020
Parent Update Letter 27/05/2020
Parent Update Letter 22/05/2020
Parent Update Letter (Year R, Y1, Y6, Key Workers) 18/05/2020
Parent Update Letter 15/05/2020
Parent Update Letter (Year R, Y1, Y6, Key Workers) 13/05/2020
Patent Update Letter 11/05/2020
Parent Update Letter 08/05/2020
Parent Update Letter 01/05/2020
Parent Update Letter 24/04/2020
Parent Update Letter 20/04/2020
Parent Update Letter 03/04/2020
Parent Update Letter 27/03/2020
Parent Update Letter 20/03/2020
Parent Update Letter 19/03/2020
Parent Update Letter 18/03/2020
Parent Update Letter 16/03/2020
Information for Families in Response to the Covid Pandemic
France Partner School – Bonjour Tous Friendship Messages
Looking After Yourself Looking After Your Children
Key Worker Update Letter 20/03/20 (FOR KEY WORKERS ONLY)
Key Worker Information Sheet – Childcare Provision
Please use this link for BBC daily lessons for pupils:
Please see the link for the Oak Academy Online Classroom:
Government Advice for families on home schooling:
Sports Resources for Parents
Link to our School Sports Partnership Resources: https://durhamcls-ssp.co.uk/home-resources/
Links from the School Sports Partnership for Online dance videos and activities:
Please see information from Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership:
From Durham Constabulary’s Cyber Protect Team:
With schools now being officially shut because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is likely that there will be an increase of internet use for families and children over the coming weeks. With that in mind, here are some great tips for parents on setting up the right controls and privacy settings to ensure their child stays safe online. You can find these in detail in our ‘Parents Guide to Cyber Safety’ advice booklet which is attached to this email.
The booklet looks at the following areas:
- Smart Devices
They are a number of different ways to secure your child’s device within the phone settings. Some of these are turning off location settings, blocking inappropriate content and disabling app purchasing.
- Broadband & Mobile Networks
Did you know you can restrict certain websites on devices connected to your home router? You can also use these settings to make the home Wi-Fi unavailable to a device after say 9pm for example!
We look at questions to ask when buying a games console, such as if the console or games have chat facilities, is your child able to make purchases using their games console, or does your child’s gamertag reveal their identity?
- Social Media
There are many features that you can put in place to ensure social media is safe for your child, like ensuring accounts are private not public, filtering out inappropriate comments and setting up two-factor authentication.
There are also a number of websites that give detailed advice on staying safe online, such as:
We are on social media! We post regular cyber safety updates on social media and you can find us @DurhamCyber on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact the Durham Constabulary Cyber Protect Team at email@example.com. Please be aware that our inbox is not staffed 24/7. Ring 999 in an emergency or 101 to report an incident.
Well-being Resources for Parents
Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they may feel the tension and anxiety present in society. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for an extended period may sound great to some children, they are probably imagining a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in some issues with your children such as anxiety, anger, or frustration that they can’t do things normally. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What all children need right now is to feel comforted, loved and reassured. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cakes and paint pictures. Play board games and do a science experiment together are all good ideas. Start a book and read together as a family.
Learning is important and we are providing resources to support this at home. Included in this are the resources on well-being and exercise on DB Primary. Please do make use of these.
The following links from Durham County Council may also be of use:
Links to support pupils and adults with anxieties
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
BBC: How to protect your mental health
CBBC: Video and Questions
ChildMind: Talking to Children
ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
What is Thrive?
Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps develop their social and emotional well-being. This enables them to engage with learning and supports them in becoming resilient. Thrive enables adults to better understand the children’s needs being signalled by their behaviour.
The Thrive Approach uses play, creativity and the arts to build healthy and supportive relationships between adults and the children they are supporting.
Play is essential for healthy brain development. It improves the cognitive, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
Creative play promotes social and emotional development by integrating feelings with activities and relationships.
For good mental and physical health and to learn life skills, children need a variety of unstructured play opportunities from birth through to adolescence.
Thrive uses art and play to help children and young people explore their emotions without the need to use words.
The Thrive Approach incorporates arts and play-based activities as a way of building the supportive relationship a child or young person needs to become more open to learning.https://www.thriveapproach.com