Applying For Free School Meals
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial situation for many families has changed and we have seen a steady growth in the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. At Littleham C of E, we were quick to act regarding FSM for our families and provided our existing FSM families with hampers on a weekly basis.

The government recently announced that they will provide vouchers per pupil for families in receipt of free school meals to help with the costs of food over the summer holidays. Many families are unaware that they are entitled to this support so below we outline the various reasons why you might be able to apply for this.

Children qualify for free school meals if you get one of the following benefits:
• Universal Credit and your household income after tax is less than £7,400 per year (not including any benefits you get)
• Child Tax Credit, as long as you are not getting 
• Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of less than £16,190
• income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
• The guarantee part of Pension Credit
• Asylum seeker support
• Children aged between 16 and 18 who are getting Universal Credit in their own name can also get free school meals
It is easy to find out if you qualify, click the link below and complete a simple form.
You will be notified instantly if you are eligible. The process is fairly straight forward, as you just need to provide your name, child’s name, school name and importantly your NATIONAL INSURNACE NUMBER. If you are eligible, please screen shot or send that confirmation to us at admin.littleham.devon.sch.uk and you will then be able to claim these vouchers for the summer holidays and beyond. Of course the free school meals team will also notify us but not as instant as you notifying us.

https://oneonline.devon.gov.uk/CCSCitizenPortal_LIVE

If you experience any problems with the link please call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Update from the Executive Headteacher 22/6/20
Dear Parents
I was delighted to hear on Friday evening’s Coronavirus Briefing that Gavin Williamson the Secretary of State for Education announced that all children will return to school in September.
All members of the whole federation staff have really missed the buzz of having all the children in school, we miss their little characters and smiling faces.
Over the coming weeks we will work on planning an adapted learning environment to ensure that we can welcome all our pupils back in a safe way for the new academic year. As we receive further guidance from the Department for Education and Devon County Council we will update you on how are plans are coming together.
Katie Gray
Executive Headteacher

14 June 2020
It has been a delight to welcome more pupils back to school across the federation this week. Following extensive planning, risk assessment and staff training over the past month the pupils and staff adapted brilliantly to the new Socially Distanced school.

I have put several photographs of the pupil ‘bubbles’ onto the five school websites of our federation. What has made me smile the most is the way the children have adapted to playtimes – finding enjoyment in play ground games that staff and parents may have taken part in when we were younger, such as skipping ropes and hoops.

Even the youngest members of our school communities have taken on board the new 2m rules and have enjoyed encouraging each other to keep one another safe. They have been very responsible about queuing safely and washing their hands diligently. I am so very proud of them.

Now that we know that not all of the Nursery Bubble places are required we will be asking parents of Reception pupils if they would like their children to come back. The two spare classrooms will welcome Reception pupils back from 22nd June 2020.

Due to the high number of key worker pupils we have in school we will not be able to open this term for Year 1 – unless there is a very low take up of Reception places.

Very sadly we won’t be able to accommodate Year 6 pupils to return to class this term because we have no more space nor available school staff. As a mother of a Year 6 pupil I understand how distressing this is. Our aim is to have a socially distanced event on the field or playground in the last week of term where the pupils can say goodbye. We will also hold a special leavers’ assembly or Church Service in the autumn – or as soon as ‘mass gatherings’ are allowed –perhaps at a weekend so that everyone can attend.

Thank you for your continued support. Please keep looking at the school website homepage as well as the Parent/Coronavirus tabs (keep your phone landscape to ensure you see the menu clearly) for regular updates. There is a new letter to parents on the Coronavirus Page from the federation Chairs of Governors.
Best wishes from Mrs Gray

31 May 2020
PLEASE FIND AN IMPORTANT UPDATE LETTER REGARDING THE PHASED REOPENING OF OUR SCHOOL ON THE CORONAVIRUS PAGE WITHIN THE PARENT TAB. If you can't see the menu of this website please turn your mobile phone or tablet to landscape view and then you should be able to see the menu clearly.

Please continue to look after your mental health during the school closure. Ideas are on the Parents-Coronavirus page.

If you would like to share some of your home learning with us please send it to admin@littleham.devon.sch.uk. The teachers will choose some pieces to include in a special scrapbook for this unusual time.

During the school closure please share an Act of Worship every Friday morning. Although we cannot physically gather together and worship at school like we normally do, we can come together as a school community, to worship and pray each week by using our weekly assembly at home. You may use it at a time suitable for you or at 11.45am every Friday so that we can all ‘sit together’ and use the assemblies in our own homes as a joint community. This will provide a time to remember each other, our school community and all that is going on around us. The Act of Worship is in the Parents - Coronavirus tab of the website.

You may choose to light some candles or just sit together at this special time.


Coronavirus - SCHOOL IS NOW CLOSED - unless you have received an invitation for childcare. Ideas for activities to do at home are in the Parents - Coronavirus tab on this website.

We are arranging a Food Box of staple items for children in receipt of Free School Meals (not universal infant free school meals) each week of term time. We will contact families after Easter to let them know the next delivery date.Children attending childcare at school will be able to have a school meal in the usual way.

If your situation changes over the coming weeks and your role becomes one from the keyworkers list please email admin@littleham.devon.sch.uk.
THE LIST OF CONFIRMED KEYWORKERS IS ON THIS LINK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

To limit the spread of the disease and to protect the vulnerable please stay at home for 14 days if anyone in your household has either:
- a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough - this means you have started coughing repeatedly.
Do not go to GP or pharmacy or hospital or phone 111 unless you feel it is an emergency. You do not need to test for Coronavirus if you are staying at home.
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