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School Closure

Food Banks & PPE see attached doc for support for families.

Information Regarding Free School Meal Vouchers

Please read the attached document and respond to school if you have a child who falls in to one of the categories and you would like them to return to school in early June.

Please see the letter from the Director of Children's Services and Young People to explain Liverpool's position on the re-opening of schools. We will inform families of further details once all the necessary risk assessments have been carried out.

Save the Children UK Covid -19 Resource pack 1

Free School Meal Vouchers, 


As of week commencing 4th May 2020, free school meal vouchers will no longer be delivered to school for families to collect.  Unfortunately, the problems with Edenred have not been resolved and school has not been able to register for the national FSM voucher scheme.  However, school has managed to come to an arrangement with ASDA whereby we can order vouchers for families on a weekly basis during the remainder of the school closure.  We will send a code by text to families who are eligible for free school meals.   Families should copy and paste that code in to an internet browser, such as Google, on a smart phone, I-pad or tablet which should bring up the voucher containing a bar code.  Screenshot that voucher and save.  Then take the screenshot in to an ASDA store to redeem the voucher.


Please note, that in order for this process to work school must have your current moblie phone number to enable us to text the code to you.  Also, the vouchers can only be redeemed at an ASDA store."

Support for families


Restorative Thinking have published resources for families that you may find useful and helpful. Please use the link below to access the resources.



Helplines for Schools and Families

Please see below the link to Parenting through COVID19 Blog and details of the latest Virtual Coffee Sessions organised LivPaC (Liverpool Parent and Carers) thanks to Chris Cavanagh and Donna Phipps for sharing.


I have been working alongside Denise Wright & Kaya Nash at Liverpool City Council’s Early Help team to produce a blog that includes resources and information in many areas for parents.  The blog can be located here

Parenting Through Covid 19 – One city. One Effort. By Chris Cavanagh, Denise Wright & Kaya Nash (Liverpool City Council, Early Help Team) with contributions from citywide partner organisations. If like me, the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has … Read more…



The blog covers the following areas;


·       Local Organisation Support - CAMHS

·       Top Tips

·       Parenting Guides

·       Pregnant or New Mums

·       Home Learning

·       Museums and Places to visit online

·       Make Time To Play

·       Ideas for Playing Together

·       Six ways to maintain a routine

·       Managing your own Wellbeing

·       Employment Opportunities


Can you please share this on your social media platforms.  If you have any suggestions for resources for future blog please feel free to send anything over.


Finally thank you to all our partners for their support and resources shared, apologies if you believe something is missing but this can be added by the digital team.



Chris Cavanagh Parenting Coordinator,                                                                                                                                  Liverpool City Council I Cunard building, 5th floor, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1DS.       Mob – 07516 110617




Please find a list of the dates that we are holding our virtual coffee sessions.  Can we ask that you disseminate to school heads, so that they can put it out on their newsletters or email those families that they know would benefit from that extra support and would like to engage:-


  21st April- 10am – 12noon   SENDIASS and Lisa Cooper from Alder Hey                                                                  28th April- 10am – 12noon   The Brain Charity, Parent Coordinator LA and Education Phycologist LA


23rd April- 6pm – 8pm   Lisa Cooper from Alder Hey and Bullybusters                                                                        30th April - 6pm – 8pm    Local Authority and Health

 Sunday                                                                                                                                                                                   26th April - 10am – 12noon Lisa Cooper from Alder Hey

 Best wishes and stay safe,                                                                                                                      Donna                                                                                                                                                                                       on behalf of
LivPaC (Liverpool Parent and Carers)
c/o DCLP
5 Shelmore Drive,
L8 4YL
Tel:- 0151 7275271
mob:- 07504 544638

Chris Cavanagh (Parenting Coordinator) and LCC’s Early Help Team have created a blog for families that you may find useful:  


The blog covers the following areas;


  • Local Organisation Support - CAMHS
  • Top Tips
  • Parenting Guides
  • Pregnant or New Mums
  • Home Learning
  • Museums and Places to visit online
  • Make Time To Play
  • Ideas for Playing Together
  • Six ways to maintain a routine
  • Managing your own Wellbeing
  • Employment Opportunities


The NSPPC have re-shared their online safety resources for families:




Book on Corona Virus for Children

Urgent Needs Fund Information

Please see the link below for advice and details of support from CAMHS:

Parenting Support During Covid-19

Our Lady & St Philomena's Hub School


Please be aware that after Friday 27th March, our school premises will no longer operate as a Hub for the children of Key Workers and vulnerable families.


From Monday 30th March 2020, those eligible who wish to use the services  of a Hub, please use the one at Holy Name Catholic Primary School, Moss Pits Lane, L10 9LG.


There will be at least one member of Our Lady & St Philomena's Staff based there.

Cobalt Housing Association - Food Banks

Please see the link below from Liverpool City Council with information about the Hub schools that are remaining open during the school closures period.



As of today, Friday 20th March 2020, school will be closed as an educational provider due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


We have been informed that we are one of the Hubs in the city that will stay open during the nationwide school closures for the children of vulnerable families (those families who have an assigned social worker) and those were parents/carers are key workers.  Children with an EHCP whose parents are Key Workers are also eligible to attend if they cannot find alternative childcare provision.


Please see the information from Liverpool City Council (website link below) for a list of Key Workers and more detailed information.  Please note that you may be required to provide proof from your employer that you are on the published Key Workers list. 


If you have an adult at home who is not elderly, your child must stay at home even if the parents are key workers.  It is essential to find alternative provision for childcare without putting elderly relatives (over 70s) at risk if it is at all possible to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Hubs are a last resort for those Key Workers who cannot find alternative provision and it is in the children's best interests not to attend the Hubs if childcare provision can be arranged elsewhere.  Hubs are available to children of Primary School Age only.


The school building will be open for those who are eligible from 9:00 - 4:00 initially.


Please note, if you are planning to bring your child to school on Monday, you will be required to complete medical/allergy, contact and collection arrangement details (even if your child is a pupil of the school).


Weather permitting, the children will undertake outside activities so please ensure that they wear suitable dress and footwear. 


Stay safe and God Bless


Mrs Radford

Information on Autism

Information Regarding Home E-Learning


Children attending school today (19/03/20) will be given a letter to take home with their personalised usernames, passwords and QR codes to enable them to E-learn at home during the impending nationwide school closure. 


Quite a number of children are absent from school because of the health crises and will not receive the letter with their login details.  They will be available to collect from the school office on Friday 20th March 2020.  Could we ask that those families who are having to self-isolate send a family member, friend or associate who is well and will not be in danger of spreading the virus to collect the letter on their behalf.


If any families do not have the technology at home to facilitate E-learning and would rather have a paper home-work package please inform school with details of the child's name and Year Group.  These packs will also be available to collect from the school office on Friday 20th March 2020.  The same collection request applies.




Thank you and keep safe


Mrs Radford

Executive Head Teacher

Home Learning Useful Links

The Government has released a new website which hosts daily lessons for primary children The Oak National Academy. All the lessons will be sequenced to be used as a comprehensive curriculum. Each lesson will be an hour-long, with elements such as a quiz, a video explanation from the teacher and a worksheet. All accessible from the same website. 
Another great resource offering daily lessons, is BBC Bitesize, here you can find daily lessons for home learning in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

🌈A message from the staff at Our Lady and St Philomena's...🌈

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