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Carer’s Grant

Please note this information about the Carer’s Grant:

Parents and carers of children with SEN, from global learning difficulties to Autism and more significant difficulties including medical conditions from allergies and asthma through to significant medical needs, can apply for this grant.  The grant can be up to £300 although in some instances this can be more depending on need.

Parents must be prepared to provide information about themselves and the child/children and be willing to be put on the carers register as part of the process. They must also be able to provide the reasons they are experiencing difficulties/hardship – this can be from issues like social isolation of the carer, need for resources for home learning, tablets, laptops, books etc. and even assistance with for example: replacing a broken hoover for a family where a child has allergies – all matters will be considered and put to the panel. The grant does not cover bills and debts although parents with this need can contact the centre for help and advice.

Parents and carers can register their interest in this grant by contacting NPT Carers Centre on 01639 642277.

Advice to parents and carers

Dear parents and carers,

Please note the following information and advice:

Home Learning

Please do not feel that you have to complete all tasks set by teachers!  It is impossible to recreate a school day at home, with all the other demands that you have to juggle.  We understand that you want the best for your children, but we would advise breaking the learning down into small sections.  Reading is extremely important, and we suggest finding time to work on reading together every day.  Then please prioritise work on basic skills – maths and English.  If you can complete other tasks, then this is brilliant, but please don’t make learning with your children a stressful experience for either you or your child!

Once we are back in school again, it will be our priority to catch our children up in their learning.  In the autumn term, the children made excellent progress and caught up well in their work.  They will do this again in the summer term, when hopefully life will be much closer to normal again.

If you have any worries or questions about home learning, please contact your child’s class teacher.  We want to support you in every way that we can.

Key Workers Children and Vulnerable Learners

There is provision in school for children who need it, but please remember that if we keep pupil numbers down it will vastly reduce the spread of the virus.  If you can make alternative arrangements for your child, our advice is to keep them home.  We now have our registers organised for each class, with the correct amount of social distancing and supervision.  Please never drop pupils off at school without first contacting me, so that I can ensure that every pupil is safe and that class numbers follow our risk assessments.

For pupils who are attending school, please remember to send in a piece of fruit for breaktime, a bottle of water and plenty of warm clothes (hats, gloves and scarves too).  We have to keep the windows open for ventilation and it will be cold in school during January and February.

Our thoughts are with all our families during this difficult period.  Please stay safe and look after yourselves and your families.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Quin.

Further school opening update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Mark Drakeford has now announced (on the news an hour ago before letting schools know) that we will now be continuing online learning for most pupils until February half term.  The current school organisation will now run until half term.  Our first day back after half term is Monday 22nd February.

I apologise for the number of updates that we have been posted recently but it is better to now have a long term picture of what is happening with schools in Wales.  I will keep you updated if there are any further changes.

Kind regards,

Mr. Quin

Important School Opening Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we all expected, Kirsty Williams has made the decision to extend the present system of online learning for most pupils until 29th January.  At that point the situation will be reviewed.  We will therefore be continuing with the current school organisation until the end of January.

There will probably be a letter to parents from the Local Authority or the Welsh Assembly in the near future.  For clarity, here is a section of the letter that I received from Kirsty Williams this morning:

Inevitably, we have seen a difficult start to 2021 with Wales at alert level 4, and schools moving to remote learning, due to increased transmission of the new COVID-19 strain.

The First Minister will confirm today that we will bring the decision-making on schools and colleges into line with the Welsh Government’s three-week review timetable of 29 January.  This means that learners will continue to learn remotely and vulnerable children and children of critical workers will have access to on-site provision, until then. 

At that point, unless the rates of community transmission in Wales reduce significantly by 29 January, most students in schools and colleges will continue working remotely until the February half term.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families,

Mr. Quin


School Organisation January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday, we were informed that all Neath Port Talbot schools will now extend online learning until 18th January.  This means that the school will only be open to the children of Key Workers from tomorrow to the end of next week.  I have now contacted all relevant parents and carers by phone.

Pupils at Home

Online learning will be provided to all pupils.  We are now putting together lesson introductions by video that you will be able to access at home – this is a new skill for teachers so please bear with us as we are also learners!  Online learning will be available via the website and the homework files that pupils already use.  Class teachers will communicate with you directly regarding the work they are setting.  Paper copies of work will be made available for collection from the school office – please let Mrs Uzzell know if you require this facility.

Provision for Key Workers’ Children

This will start at 8.40 am and end at 3.00 pm for all pupils who are attending the provision.  Aberdulais pupils will be brought to school by bus, although there will only be one bus due to the lower pupil numbers.  Breakfast Club will be provided from 8.20 am.  Hot meals will be provided at lunchtime.

Teachers will need to have time to provide online learning as well as teaching pupils in the provision.  To support this, we will combine pairs of classes that are already in the same area to make new bubbles.  Staff will then be working in school on a rota.  This importantly also protects our staff during the current situation.

Mrs Goss will take Reception and Nursery, Mrs Richards and Mrs Godding will take Year 1/Class 7 on alternate days, Mrs Lambert-Jones and Mrs Williams will take Year 2/Class 8 on alternate days, Miss Davies and Miss Matthews will take Year 3/4 on alternate days and Mr Tay and Mrs Barnes will take Year 5/6 on alternate days.

Children in the provision will be kept in these bubbles throughout the day and our hand washing and social distancing procedures will be carefully observed.

As always, please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Quin

Head Teacher

Changes to Start of Spring Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas with your families, and that you are all safe and well.  Happy New Year from all at Cilffriw Primary – we all hope that 2021 is a year that brings some relief from all the problems of 2020.

Happy New Year Messages Wishes Quotes 2021

As you will be aware, the Welsh Assembly and Local Authority have been monitoring the situation with Covid-19 throughout the festive period and the decision has been made to delay face-to-face learning for most pupils until 11th January.  Following this advice, our plan for next week is as follows:

  • Monday 4th and Tusday 5th are “Buffer Days” for planning and risk assessments – school is closed to all pupils.
  • Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th – the school will only be open to children of key workers.  Online learning will be in place for all other pupils.
  • From Monday 11th we will hopefully be open again to all pupils, but obviously the Welsh Assembly/Local Authority will be continuing to monitor the situation.  If there are any updates, I will let you know as soon as possible.

If you are a key worker, I will contact you on Monday to draw up register lists for the week.  The school office will reopen at 8.30 am on Monday if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy New Year’s Day and your weekend – at least it’s not raining!

Kindest regards from Mr Quin and all the staff at Cilffriw Primary.