Education Noticeboard: 6 September 2021

Special Education Notice from the Director of Education and Skills COVID-19 measures for September 2021 school reopening

Supporting the Home Office in Afghan Crisis

As you will be aware from the news, the UK is currently supporting Afghan refugees to resettle across the UK. 

Telford & Wrekin Council had previously agreed to a Home Office request to provide permanent accommodation for 25 Afghan interpreters and those who have supported UK troops.

To date we have resettled a total of eight of the 25 people. All of the costs are covered by the Home Office.

In a separate agreement, the Home Office has also commissioned a hotel located in Telford to temporarily house over 100 refugees, whilst their longer term arrangements are finalised. 

Telford & Wrekin Council were not involved in this decision but have been asked to support the Home Office and provide links to appropriate services locally for those staying at the hotel.

Many Afghan families at the hotel include children and young people and so we are asked to consider placements in early years settings, schools and post 16 providers. 

Over the coming days we will begin to make contact with settings and schools directly to discuss how we can collectively support the families temporarily placed within Telford and Wrekin. 

Reminder to complete the educational setting attendance form for schools and colleges

Schools and colleges are asked to resume completing the educational setting status form from the start of the autumn term. Please complete the form each day by 2pm. 

The DfE are asking you to continue to submit your attendance data daily throughout September, to support attendance in schools and colleges after the summer break. 

They have made some changes to the form to align with the latest guidance for schools and colleges, however this does not impact the way that you complete the form.

They have updated the questions on COVID-19 related absence and have added a new set of questions about managing COVID-19 in your school or college.

Further information on completing the educational setting status form, including an updated set of attendance sub-codes, can be found in our guidance



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