The Coronavirus outbreak presents new challenges for all children and their families.
In these fast-changing and uncertain times we understand that our Hotspur families may need support in new and different ways. We are currently doing everything in our power to make sure we can be there to give you the support that you need and signposting you on to other services that may be able to help further.
Our Pastoral Support Team, led by Steve Crosthwaite, will continue to work throughout this period. We will be keeping in touch with families in school, by phone and via email. If you would like to speak to one of the team while school is closed please email email@example.com and your message will be forwarded to the most relevant member of staff to get back to you.
Many local and national services and charities are offering support and advice during this time. We will regularly keep this page updated with links to websites that you may find useful.
Safeguarding our children and their families is our priority during this time. We have updated our Safeguarding Policy to reflect new Department for Education (DFE) guidance. The new version of our policy can be found here.
If you have immediate concerns for the safety of yoursel or others call 999.
If you think a child or young person is at risk, being abused or neglected, contact Newcastle Children's Social Care team on 0191 2772500.
We have also found some lovey resources to support children and families through this time:
The Children's Commissioner has produced a useful Children's Guide to Coronavirus.
Elsa Support has produced a Children's Story about Coronavirus. The book can be downloaded free of charge and has an English and Polish version available.
Coronavirus - A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts. This book explains what coronavirus is in a very child-friendly way. It features wonderful illustrations by Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo).
The Rainbow Pack is a resource passed onto me from one of our families who had found it useful. It is a booklet that helps children to talk about and share their feelings during this time of change. It has activities, breathing techniques & links to further resources.
For older children, The Recovery College online from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, has produced a free course for children aged 7-12 as a way of learning about the global COVID-19 pandemic. The course helps children to learn about the new virus, how to stay healthy and do their best not to pass it on, how they might feel about it, things to do at home and how they can help themselves. The course is free to access for everyone.
Newcastle City Council have produced a Top Tips for Feeding Your Child on a Low Budget guide and an accompanying video on the same subject.