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Information from CAMHS to aid children’s Well-being

Supporting Well-being

At Alaw Primary we use Seesaw for communication with parents/carers and for sharing learning. Seesaw gives parents and carers an immediate and personalised window into their child’s school day, helping to answer, “What did you do at school today?”. It is a platform that allows schools and pupils to engage with parents and carers to create an online environment which empowers pupils to take ownership of their learning and to reflect on their progress over time.


It gives pupils tools to show what they know in the way that works best for them. It

inspires pupils to try their best by providing an audience for their work beyond the classroom.


It creates a meaningful home-school connection so that parents and carers can better support their child’s learning.


Children  can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw helps capture the learning process and children can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.


As a parent/carer you can collect pupil work from almost any device – Seesaw exists as an app on tablets and phones, as well as on a desktop computer.


Under the EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), states that in order for your child to use Seesaw, we have to obtain your consent and that in signing a consent form you are allowing the app to use your child’s name in order to be able to associate learning like photographic evidence of work, videos or voice recordings with their account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell your child’s personal information or journal content.  You can read more about their strong privacy promises online at


1: Once teachers have received consent for each pupils they will create a class where each student gets their own journal stored in the cloud.  Parents will then be emailed a link of how to access this class and link to their pupil journal.

2: Pupils & teachers then add examples of learning, like photos, videos, or drawings and pupils can also add voice, text or drawing annotations to an item.  At Alaw Primary group photos of pupils will be shared inline with the signed  parental agreements in addition to   photographic and video examples of individual pupil work.

3: Teachers approve new journal items which are then shared with parents and carers via the app.

4: Over time, Seesaw builds an organised, digital portfolio of each student’s learning, accessible via iOS app or on the web.  It is not shared with anyone else as each child has their own individual unique journal.

If you have any further questions regarding Seesaw - please contact the school.

Seesaw Consent Letter

We are there for YOU

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Looking forward to seeing you on the 29th June

Welcome Back

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Ar ran / On behalf of: Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru /Public Health Wales

If you are NOT accessing SEESAW on a weekly basis, please can you contact your teacher on the email shown below - Many thanks for continued support.

Dosbarth Coch and Oren - Miss Mason

Dosbarth Melyn – Mrs Gideoni

Dosbarth Gwyrdd – Miss Pritchard

Dosbarth Glas – Miss Watson

Dosbarth Porffor  - Miss Griffiths


Dosbarth Fioled- Mr Trace


Eye to Eye Young People’s Counselling Service


Eye to Eye Young People’s Counselling Service

We are still providing a free and confidential online and telephone counselling service. If you are aged 10-25 and live in RCT you can either Call: 01443 202940 /07541783767

or email:


Eye to Eye Young People’s Counselling Service/ Gwasanaeth Cwnsela ar Gyfer Pobl Ifanc-Eye to Eye


Beddau CEC

Bryn Celynnog School/Safle Ysgol Bryn Celynnog

Penycoedcae Road/Heol Penycoedcae




CF38 2AE

Tel/Ffon 01443 2029400751 4038101


leaflets regarding mental health and domestic abuse organisations and helplines


Please find attached resources for teachers, parents and pupils (KS2+).

Wellbeing Packs, provide a summary of advice and useful links on key theme for parents, professionals and young people with supporting videos being uploaded to the RCT and Merthyr Facebook pages.  


We hope you are all staying safe and well in these unprecedented times.


In order to protect everyone involved in the personal data sharing aspect of the Covid19 pandemic, we have produced and attached a Privacy Notice to cover the safeguarding and wellbeing calls being made from school staff to pupils.



Stay Safe. Stay Learning - Links to Advice and Support
Stay safe. Stay learning - Distance learning support
This area is changing daily; check back regularly for updates for resources and support available for:
Senior leaders
Parents and carers

Safeguarding is still everyone’s responsibility

Status and Update of Safeguarding Arrangements during COVID-19


The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board (CTMSB) is a statutory partnership made up of the agencies that are responsible for safeguarding children and adults at risk in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area. 


During these unprecedented times, safeguarding children and adults at risk remains a priority throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend. In order to ensure that safeguarding functions continue, the Regional Safeguarding Board and its partners have been working to implement revised operating models which enable us to comply with Government advice and still provide a safeguarding service and response within the region. 


National and regional updates are provided on a regular basis via the Safeguarding Board’s website.  The website also contains information, advice and resources for professionals and those within the community on how to respond and stay safe during this pandemic:


We ask everyone, that during these uncertain times, that you please be vigilant and look out for friends, families and neighbours and if you see any signs at all that you think they may be experiencing any type of harm, please report your concerns on the numbers below:


§  Rhondda Cynon Taf (Adults) - 01443 425003

§  Rhondda Cynon Taf (Children)- 01443 425006

§  Merthyr Tydfil - 01685 725000

§  Bridgend (Adults) - 01656 642477

§  Bridgend (Children) - 01656 642320


Opening Hours:


§  Monday - Thursday8.30am - 5.00pm

§  Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

§  Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Out of Hours Emergencies


To contact social care services outside office hours, at weekends and bank holidays, contact the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Emergency Duty Team on 01443 743665(this covers RCT, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend).


If you suspect a person is at immediate risk of harm call 999 and speak to the Police.

Finally, the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board Co-Chairs would like to thank all those incredibly hard-working key workers throughout our partner agencies who are helping to ensure our communities remain safe and that people are safeguarded.

Pie Corbett Talk for Writing Resources

Anxiety in Children and the Corona Virus”.

Celebrities encourage children to explore their creativity and confidence at home.

Industry giants such as Andrew Lloyd Webber along with Olympians including Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Ben Ainslie give messages alongside other artists to chi...

Talk for Writing Home-school booklets

The units are age-related but please pick and choose what is right for your  child. They all include a model text which is also available as a streamed audio recording.
Additional support: 
- – Pie is presenting a free, daily, interactive literacy show with language games, creative writing, poet of the day and author of the week. Ideal for families and schools.

A book for Children

Prevent & wider safeguarding during COVID Crisis

With the prospect of schools across Wales remaining closed for a significant period of time, the likelihood of children spending a considerable amount of time researching, gaming or communicating online will increase. The priority for all parents and teachers is to keep children safe online, prevent harm and safeguard at all times. People may choose to exploit the most vulnerable within our communities because they understand during these challenging times children will be online more than usual. Please consider the following when you or your child is online;

Children should;

·Know who they are talking to 

·Check if they can access material, play games 

·Protect their online reputation 

·Only open messages from sources they trust 

·Do not give out personal information 

·Do not share images, video of inappropriate material 

·Speak to someone if they feel uncomfortable 

·Understand not everything online is true

·Block and report people who are trolling 

·Do not give into pressure 

·Think before they post

·Keep safe online 

Parents should;

·Monitor who their child is communicating with online 

·Monitor the content and material accessed or downloaded 

·Check content is appropriate 

·Set boundaries and parental controls 

·Discuss their online activity 

·Manage / check privacy settings 

·Know where to find help 

Report concerns

Other useful resources


Nessy Online Reading and Spelling


As a school we have been looking at ways of supporting your child with their reading and spelling, but in a more individualised way, whilst they are home learning. We have been given access to an online learning platform called Nessy.


The programme allows your child to do a quick quiz in reading and in spelling to assess what phonics or spelling patterns need to be worked on. The quiz keeps going until 5 questions are wrong. It then highlights which games your child should play to help develop them, exactly where they are.


This is a highly regarded online platform and when used daily for 15 minutes can really improve reading and spelling. The children find it great fun too! Currently this is being offered free for schools, although to access this we need your email address so that you can authorise their accounts.


If you are interested, please respond to the announcement sent on Seesaw to your families with the email address you’d like us to use and we’ll send you the username and password.


Many thanks.

Alaw Staff

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Education and Inclusion Service Directorate
Dear Parent/Carer
Re: your application for free emergency childcare
Thank you for your recent application to the local authority for free emergency childcare. All parents/carers are advised to keep their children at home and to limit social contact in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is also recommended for parents/carers working in essential sectors that are supporting us in our fight against COVID-19, although in some cases we recognise that this is not always possible.
There is a clear from Public Health Wales and Welsh Government, highlighting that parents/carers should not rely on childcare from grandparents, friends, or family members who are over 70, are pregnant or have underlying health and medical conditions. Parents/carers should also do everything they can to ensure that their children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. This includes ensuring that children remain at least 2m apart where possible and that mass gatherings are avoided. Play areas are now closed and should not be frequented. ​
If it not possible for you to care for your child safely in the home and your work is critical to the COVID-19 response then emergency childcare can be accessed in a Rhondda Cynon Taf school. The critical sectors include the following:
•​Health and social care;
•​Education and childcare;
•​Key public services;
•​Local and national government;
•​Food and other necessary goods;
•​Public safety and national security;
•​Utilities, communication and financial services.
Please only bring your child to school if your work is essential to the fight against COVID 19. Please do not attend school if you cannot evidence your role in an essential service area. In order to ensure that we prioritise the provision for essential workers only, it might be necessary for us to request further evidence on the nature of your role. If this is not provided in a timely manner, the offer of childcare will be deferred or potentially removed.  Further details relating to essential workers is attached to this letter.
Your support in minimising risks for our children, staff and communities would be much appreciated so please only bring your child to emergency childcare if you clearly meet eligibility and cannot provide care in the home context.
Many thanks for your continued support.  

                            Emergency Childcare Registration Form

The following information is required in order to register your child and to ensure your child’s safety. Your child will not be admitted to the provision if this document is not completed. This information will be shared with the Hub leads as appropriate.


Name of Hub
Name of Child
Home Address
Date of Birth
Emergency Contact Details

Telephone Number
Relationship to the Child
Telephone Number
Relationship to the Child
Telephone Number
Relationship to the Child




Medical and Dietary


a) Does your child have any medical conditions that may affect them during the session?
If yes please give details; ____________________________________________
b) Does your child have a disability or specific care need?
If yes please give details;____________________________________________

d) Does your child have any special dietary requirements or allergies; including any type of non-prescription medication? If yes please give details; _____________________________________________________
First Aid and Medical Treatment


• I give permission for a qualified first aider to provide First Aid to my child should he/she have a minor accident:
• I give permission for my child to wear plasters:
• I give permission for my child to receive emergency medical treatment by medical professionals in the event of an emergency:
• I understand that every effort will be made to contact me or another person named as the emergency contact should the need arise:

I understand that my child will be supervised at all times during the sessions


Signed _____________________________​Date_________________________


Relationship to the child________________________


The Council is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure and keeping you informed about how we use your information. To learn about how your privacy is protected and how and why we use your personal information to provide you with services, please visit our service privacy notice here and the Councils data protection pages here  


Advice for Parents/Carers
1. The latest scientific advice
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. Everyone must, as far as possible, minimise social contact and make sure that anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus is able to adopt strict social distancing.
2. How does social distancing affect your children?
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has advised schools that emergency childcare should only be open to a limited number of children. We must keep the number of children in educational, childcare and play settings to the smallest number possible.
We also need to make sure children are not left with anyone who should be following strict social distancing guidance, such as anyone over 70 or anyone with the specified underlying health conditions.
Keeping children safe in their home should limit the chance of the virus spreading and protect those vulnerable to more serious illness as a result of the virus. Parents/carers should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should ensure that children remain at least 2m apart where possible and that gatherings are avoided. Play areas across the County have now been closed and should not be attended.  If your child is not in an emergency childcare setting please keep them safe at home during the day and in the evenings. This is essential to ensure the safety of your family, friends and neighbours and to limit and slow down the spread of the virus
3. What is the latest advice on key or essential workers?
A list of categories of critical workers has been published on the Welsh Government website. Places in schools and childcare will be highly limited and only particularly vulnerable children and the children of critical/essential workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should be attending during this time.
If you are classed as a critical or essential worker but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so.
Even for critical or essential workers, provision will only be made in schools or other settings where there is no safe alternative for your family.
4. I’m a key or essential worker but my partner isn’t. What should we do?
If one parent is a critical or essential worker but the other parent is not then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible. However, eligibility for childcare in RCT includes one essential worker in any given household.
5. What support is available in Rhondda Cynon Taf?
The Council is doing everything it can to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Please refer to the Council website for further detail. These plans will now adapt and change as we respond to the latest guidance available from the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales.
For the very latest advice, please check our local authority’s website at
If your child is eligible for free school means please check the Council website to see what support can be offered.  

The Local Authority has produced two well being packs to support families, staff and children. They can be found below.

Information for Residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf on - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated 10:50 am - 23/03/2020

While we take actions to reduce the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will endeavour to update this page with the latest information for residents on the availability of Council services and closures if and when required. 

Latest Public Health Wales statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

For the latest news and information follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook 

Information on Council Services affected during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic:

Emergency Childcare Request

Emergency childcare provision is available for key frontline workers and vulnerable learners during the Coronavirus school closure period.  This emergency childcare is for children up to the age of 14 years.

Please note, in relation to special schools only, all references to provision for children up to the age of 14 years should be interpreted as provision for children up to the age of 19 years.

Apply for Emergency Childcare

If you need futher assistance completing the form, please call 01443 281162.

This emergency childcare is available to RCT residents and RCTCBC employees only.

If you are a key frontline worker with a child/children between the ages of 3 to 14 years or have caring responsibilities for a vulnerable learner between the ages of 3 to 14 years, please click on the attached link to an e-form and complete the required details. 

Please note that if you have more than one child, a further form will need to be completed and there is a link at the end of the form to enable a further form to be completed.

During the week commencing 23rd March, emergency childcare will be offered in your usual school.  Core school hours will operate, breakfast clubs will not operate due to staff shortages, but usual school transport for those who normally receive it will be provided.

For week commencing Monday 30th March, emergency childcare will be offered in seven emergency centres Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm for key frontline workers.  Provision for vulnerable learners will be for core school hours only. The Council is exploring future transport arrangements for 3 to 14 year olds from 30th March onwards for the emergency childcare between normal school hours.

The provision for 3 to 14 year olds is being offered in seven school settings throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, namely:-

  • Aberdare Community School
  • Heol-Y-Celyn Primary
  • Ferndale Community School
  • Tonyrefail Community School
  • Ysgol Nant-gwyn
  • Ysgol Llanhari
  • Ysgol Hen Felin (only for pupils requiring specialist provision)

You are able to select the most suitable setting to yourself from the list of the seven available school settings.  (Please note that Ysgol Hen Felin is only available for pupils requiring specialist provision).

If you are a key frontline worker with a child / children aged 0-3 years please email to arrange your support.

Free School Meals Breakfast and Packed Lunch Request

Apply for Free School Meals Breakfast and Packed Lunch

If you need futher assistance completing the form, please call 01443 281162.

Parents / carers of children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to collect a breakfast and packed lunch from their local primary school during the Coronavirus school closure period.  The food will be a cold provision which will be packaged for take away and can be collected between 11am and midday each day.  Each pack will contain a packed lunch for the collection day and breakfast for the following morning.

Please click on the following e-form and complete the required details.

Public Conveniences

The majority of Council-run public conveniences in Rhondda Cynon Taf will shortly be closing – with the exception of the seven facilities listed below. Those at all other locations will be closed by Saturday afternoon (March 21)

Facilities remaining OPEN include: Mountain Ash, Tonypandy, Talbot Green, Aberdare (Duke Street), Pontypridd Bus Station, Porth, Treorchy

Community Centres/Community Recreation Centres

RCT Community Centres are closed to the general public. Centres that offer Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) registered childcare services, will continue where they are able to.

Further details on centres that previously provided access to Food bank/Food Cloud will follow.

Contact Centre

From Monday, 23 March the Council’s contact centre will be repurposed to respond to coronavirus – please only contact the Council for essential/emergency requests. Our full focus is to prioritise all services in response to coronavirus. Normal Council response standards will not apply in these circumstances.

The Lifeline service will continue to run to help our most vulnerable.

In current circumstances we will no longer deal with requests via social media - ONLY urgent/essemtial requests should be made to the Council's contact centre at this time

Leisure Centres

In response to public health advice, Leisure Centres are now closed to the public until further notice.

As a result of the closure of our facilities we will be freezing all Leisure for Life membership payments and swimming lesson direct debit payments.  Customers will have days added to their accounts (or extensions to annual and cash payments where applicable) to make up for the days lost in March once we re-open for business.

If you have any specific enquiries, please email the leisure membership team

*Leisure Centre facilities are now CLOSED to the public - but residents are still able to continue to pick up recycling bags from these locations. Please can residents be responsible and only take what they need and avoid over-stocking. Find your nearest leisure centre opening times.*


The following libraries remain open;

We have now delivered additional recycling bags to the below libraries, which will remain open until further guidance is given. All other libraries are closed to the publicPlease can residents be responsible and only take what they need and avoid over-stocking.  Please click on the link for your nearest library to find out opening times.

Library opening hours

Refuse, Recycling and Bulky Waste Collections

  • Green Waste - From tomorrow (Tuesday 23/03.20) there will be no green waste collections until further notice
  • Community Recycing Centres - Due to staff issues the following CRCs will be CLOSED until further notice: LLantrisant, Ferndale, Treherbet, this includes ‘The Shed’ shops in Treherbert & Llantrisant, Ty Amgen, Ty Glantaf & Dinas are OPEN at this time, but a 6 car limit is in place to allow social distancing.
  • Bulky Item Collection - The Council will not take any further bookings for bulky waste collections. Customers booked in untill Friday 10th April may be contacted with an amended/earlier date.  We will be contacting those customers directly affected with their amended collection dates.
  • The Shed - Llantrisant - Due to the recent increased risk of the spread of Coronavirus, The Shed at Llantrisant and Treherbert will be close this evening (23/03/2020)until further notice.

Helping your community

5 steps to stay connected in your community

Bereavement Services

The Council is in contact with Funeral Directors, in accordance with the guidance and information provided by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. To discuss individual service arrangements, please contact your chosen Funeral Directors direct.

Glyntaff and Llwydcoed Crematorium:

Due to the current Covid 19 situation, members of the public are asked to kindly please not attend either Crematoria office during this period. All payments can be made via the telephone and enquiries can be dealt with via the telephone or email as below:

  • Glyntaff Crematorium – 01443 402810 – Enquiries for Glyntaff Crematorium and Taff and Cynon cemeteries.
  • Llwydcoed Crematorium - 01685 874115 – Llwydcoed Crematorium enquires and enquiries for Cynon cemeteries.   We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


ALL RCT Theatres are now CLOSED to the public, to allow the Council to redeploy staff to priority services and also in line with the UK and Welsh Government guidance to limit unnecessary social contact.


ALL Events across the County Borough are now CANCELLED to allow the Council to redeploy staff to priority services and also in line with the UK and Welsh Government guidance to limit unnecessary social contact.

Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park

The Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park is now CLOSED to the public to allow the Council to redeploy staff to priority services and also in line with the UK and Welsh Government guidance to limit unnecessary social contact.

Parks and Open Spaces

Dare Valley Country Park is closed in order to allow the Council to redeploy staff to priority services and also in line with the UK and Welsh Government guidance to limit unnecessary social contact (this only applies to the Visitor Centre and Ranger Service and is not presently extended to the café and toilets, however the wider Park areas will not be staffed by the Council).

Day Centres

Gilfach Goch Day Centre is now CLOSED to the public at 6pm to allow the Council to redeploy staff to priority services and also in line with the UK and Welsh Government guidance to limit unnecessary social contact.

Public Transport

You are advised to contact the relevant companies directly for further information on how the pandemic is affecting services.

Traffic information

Local radio and television bulletins will help to keep you informed of any traffic issues or road closures.

Useful information and links

Useful Contacts

Contacting the Council

All residents are reminded they can contact the Council with an emergency issue via the Contact Centre on 01443 425001 or 01443 425011 which is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. 

You can also access a wide range of online services via this website.


Coronavirus Advice & Information for Parents


You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.


For the latest information from the NHS Wales website, please visit


Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

coronavirus advice re: handwashing etc.

Stop germs spreading with our fun
e-Bug resources

You can help stop germs spreading by using our range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

KS1: Horrid Hands
KS1: Super Sneezes
KS2: Hand Hygiene
KS2: Respiratory Hygiene
KS3: Hand Hygiene
KS3: Respiratory Hygiene

These resources are on the e-Bug website.


Stay safe – message from Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education

Today, Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education, called for everyone’s help to slow down the spread of coronavirus in Wales.  The clear message to all childcare and education settings it that they should remain open at this stage. These decisions are based on the latest scientific evidence.


We recognise new guidance on Coronavirus that members of the public should stay at home for seven days if they develop either a high temperature or a new continuous cough has the potential to cause staffing pressures on schools and public bodies.

We are postponing Welsh Government education conferences due to take place before Easter, as not to cause unnecessary staffing pressures on schools and to allow teaching staff to focus on health and well-being of children. We are keeping this position under review, and the latest advice will be communicated to teachers and parents through the usual channels.

Coronavirus: travel guidance for education settings and students

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised schools, colleges and universities against international travel, including school trips overseas. 

Advice and guidance to educational settings is being updated on a regular basis to reflect current advice

Latest advice on assessments and exams from Qualifications Wales 

For the latest information please visit the Qualifications Wales website

Digital distance learning page live on Hwb

We want schools to remain open, but they can start to prepare in case they need to close by using the Hwb platform and the updated advice on distance learning.


Anti-bullying guidance

Whilst COVID-19 appears to have originated in China, we need to tackle the incorrect impression that Chinese people are more likely to be spreading Coronavirus. We all need to work collectively to reinforce this message and challenge negative attitudes and behaviours, where they occur, that underpin this misconception. The Welsh Government suite of guidance ‘Rights, respect, equality’ provides statutory guidance and advice to help address and prevent all forms bullying in education settings in Wales, including racist bullying. We expect all education settings and education services to make sure all pupils and staff are properly supported and respected.


Latest advice on Coronavirus from Welsh Government:


Welsh Government coronavirus website:

Welsh Government guidance for educational settings:

COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector:

Public Health Wales advice:

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School governing body functions in the light of COVID-19 novel coronavirus

Dear Colleagues
You will be well aware of the extraordinarily challenging circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment.
We have received some queries about how school governing bodies should proceed over the coming months and this information is intended to provide some clarity for you. Please do share with your governing bodies as appropriate.
1. Termly governing body meetings
While ordinarily school governing bodies are obliged to meet at least once termly, we realise this may prove impractical and in some cases impossible as a result of coronavirus. There is nothing in the Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005 which prevents a governing body meeting ‘virtually’. The Regulations were drafted with the idea that GB members would be physically present. Nonetheless, they do not preclude members being virtually present.
Where possible, video conferencing such as Skype is preferable, as you can see and hear the individual so as to ensure the governing body members present are those expected. Use of such technology is not uniform across governing bodies and so a judgement call would need to be made as to its practicality.
Please be assured that if meetings are unable to proceed as a result of coronavirus, school governing bodies will not be penalised.
2. Records of governing body meetings
The Regulations currently state that paper records of meetings must be kept, but I don’t expect any governing bodies to be taken to task on this issue given the current circumstances.
3. Making decisions via email
Again, given the unprecedented circumstances, if making a decision by e-mail means that a governing body can more easily conduct its core functions, this is acceptable. Clerks must of course keep a record any such decisions and associated discussion and votes.
4. Non-urgent business
Please consider delaying any business that can wait. Your wellbeing is of paramount importance. As mentioned in the letter from the Minister, consideration is being given to which statutory requirements can be removed or relaxed as a result of coronavirus and we will keep you updated on this.
Thank you for your continued support as always, and please stay safe and well.

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