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Message from NPT Local Authority – Childcare

Message from NPT Local Authority

 

Dear Parent / Carer

 

In response to the early lockdown period, Neath Port Talbot local authority provided hub childcare facilities for critical workers. This was an immediate response to the emergency childcare needs for those on the frontline of the national cause to minimise the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools were repurposed in line with Welsh Government’s guidance to provide these facilities.

 

Following consultation with other agencies including the NHS and as we progress our national recovery programme, the same level of need no longer exists and the lifting of restrictions allows for childcare to be delivered by more normal means. The repurposing of schools has been reversed and as a result, the local authority will not be providing summer childcare for critical workers. This decision is in accordance with other neighbouring local authorities, Welsh Government decisions and paves an opportunity for childcare providers in Neath Port Talbot to re-establish their businesses and ensure that childcare needs are met accordingly.

 

Families wishing to access childcare are welcome to contact the local authority’s Family Information Service (fis@npt.gov.uk ) who will provide a list of registered providers who would be able to meet their needs.

 

The local authority’s Children Services and Education Directorate are currently constructing a summer support programme for our most vulnerable learners, many of whom have found lockdown conditions particularly challenging and detrimental. This programme will seek to deliver bespoke support for those assessed to be our most isolated children and young people suffering from increased stresses and substantial psychological inequality. The programme will be configured around current resource, allowing services to deliver increased opportunities for safe social interaction and enhanced wellbeing and mental health interventions.

 

Again, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to parents and carers for their understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.

 

Yours sincerely,

Aled Evans

Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning

 


 

Neges gan Awdurdod Lleol CNPT

 

Annwyl Riant / Gofalwr

 

Mewn ymateb i’r cyfnod cynnar o gloi, darparodd awdurdod lleol Castell-nedd Port Talbot gyfleusterau gofal plant mewn hybiau ar gyfer gweithwyr critigol. Roedd hwn yn ymateb uniongyrchol i anghenion gofal plant brys y rheini sydd ar reng flaen yr achos cenedlaethol i leihau effaith y pandemig coronafirws. Cafodd ysgolion eu hailbwrpasu yn unol â chanllawiau Llywodraeth Cymru i ddarparu’r cyfleusterau hyn.

 

Yn dilyn ymgynghori ag asiantaethau eraill gan gynnwys y GIG ac wrth inni symud ymlaen â’n rhaglen adferiad cenedlaethol, nid yw’r un lefel o angen yn bodoli mwyach ac mae codi’r cyfyngiadau yn caniatáu i ofal plant gael ei ddarparu trwy ddulliau mwy arferol. Mae ysgolion bellach wedi dychwelyd i’w pwrpas creiddiol ac o ganlyniad, ni fydd yr awdurdod lleol yn darparu gofal plant haf i weithwyr critigol. Mae’r penderfyniad hwn yn unol a’r hyn sy’n digwydd mewn awdurdodau lleol eraill cyfagos, penderfyniadau Llywodraeth Cymru ac yn rhoi cyfle i ddarparwyr gofal plant yng Nghastell-nedd Port Talbot ailsefydlu eu busnesau a sicrhau bod anghenion gofal plant yn cael eu diwallu yn unol â hynny.

 

Mae croeso i deuluoedd sydd am gael mynediad at ofal plant gysylltu â Gwasanaeth Gwybodaeth i Deuluoedd yr awdurdod lleol (fis@npt.gov.uk ) a fydd yn darparu rhestr o ddarparwyr cofrestredig a fyddai’n gallu diwallu eu hanghenion.

 

Ar hyn o bryd mae Gwasanaethau Plant a Chyfarwydiaeth Addysg yr awdurdod lleol yn llunio rhaglen gymorth haf ar gyfer ein dysgwyr mwyaf bregus, y mae llawer ohonynt wedi canfod amodau cloi yn arbennig o heriol ac niweidiol. Bydd y rhaglen hon yn ceisio darparu cefnogaeth bwrpasol i’r rhai yr aseswyd eu bod yn blant a phobl ifanc mwyaf ynysig sy’n dioddef o bwysau cynyddol ac anghydraddoldeb seicolegol sylweddol. Bydd y rhaglen wedi’i seilio o amgylch adnoddau cyfredol, gan ganiatáu i wasanaethau ddarparu mwy o gyfleoedd ar gyfer rhyngweithio cymdeithasol diogel a gwell ymyriadau lles ac iechyd meddwl.

 

Unwaith eto, hoffem achub ar y cyfle hwn i fynegi ein diolch i rieni a gofalwyr am eu dealltwriaeth a’u cydweithrediad yn ystod yr amseroedd heriol hyn.

 

Yr eiddoch yn gywir,

Aled Evans

Cyfarwyddwr Addysg, Hamdden a Dysgu Gydol Oes

Aled Evans
Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning,

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Cyfarwyddwr Addysg, Hamdden a Dysgu Gydol Oes,

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot

End of Term Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As we approach the summer holiday, there are a couple of points I would like to bring to your attention and ask for your co-operation:

Uniform

The school has a Uniform Policy which can be viewed on the website. I would like to reiterate that:

  • Pupils in Year 7-11 are not allowed to wear jeans, skinny trousers, leggings or tracksuit bottoms to school.
  • Jewellery is not allowed in school however a watch and a single set of stud earrings are permitted. No facial piercings are allowed.
  • We do not permit extremes of fashion in students’ hairstyles. Added hair colours must be natural and subtle. Hair braiding and patterns cut into hair or eyebrows are not acceptable.

If you are concerned about whether a particular item/style is suitable then you should contact the school for advice before buying or sending your child to school.

Attendance and Punctuality

Your assistance in ensuring that your children attend school regularly and are punctual are greatly appreciated. The Welsh Government target for attendance is 95%. School begins at 8.30 a.m. and the expectation is that pupils are at their classes by this time.

Once again, thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully,

R E Rees (Mr)

Deputy HeadteacherLetter to parents – July 19

 

Transport and parking at YBB

We are currently reviewing parking provision at Ysgol Bae Baglan to ensure that our pupils are safe coming onto and leaving the school site. We have a large number of pupils who are taxied to school from across the authority and need to ensure the smooth operation of pick up and set down times. Unfortunately we still have a very small minority of parents that park on double yellow lines at the front and rear of the building and continue to reinforce the inappropriateness of this.

Like all schools we do not provide parking for parents and want to encourage healthier ways for our pupils to get to school. Our pupils benefit from an agreement with local bus companies that they can use this provision with a YBB ticket and we have got ample, and well used, cycle and scooter storage on site. From this week we are also trialling a walking bus for lower school pupils and hope that this encourages as many parents and pupils as possible to think about the school journey.

Once final decisions have been agreed on future transport plans we will ensure we communicate this to all parents and carers. During this period we will not be issuing any parking passes as this is a central focus for changes.

 

Non-negotiables

Prior to Easter I sent out a letter reinforcing our non-negotiables for staff and pupils. This was a result of feedback received from parents via our online questionnaires and serves to reinforce the ethos of opportunity for all at Ysgol Bae Baglan. These non-negotiables are very easy to remember and are therefore simple for all of us to follow but the impact that they have on the climate and ethos of YBB is huge. To recap:

1) Limited use of phones. Phones are to be in bags if they are brought to school (they remain the responsibility of parents/ carers if they are brought). Pupils can use phones at lunch or break only in the dining rooms.
2) Good work ethic, high levels of cooperation, engage with work and always do your best.
3) Good punctuality: to school and to lessons.
4) Respect for staff and environment.
5) Full uniform/ correct equipment/ remove outer garments in class.
6) Leave social issues outside classroom.

We will continue to reinforce and refine these values with feedback from staff, pupils and parents throughout this half term.

Year 11 Exam News

It is now only 14 school days until the start of the main GCSE period for our Year 11 pupils. Hopefully they have all used their time over the Easter holidays wisely and are feeling confident. Welsh orals have been taking place today and yesterday and pupils will continue to have their normal timetable right through until Friday May 26th. After half term there will be a bespoke revision timetable in place to support them through the final few weeks of exams. It is critical that all pupils continue to attend every day and ensure that they wear full school uniform throughout this period. A timetable for revision support will be available on the school website.

School Timings from September 2018

Following several months of consultation the new school timings have been agreed. These will start from September 2018 and will ensure parity across all key stages, help develop cross phase working and provide all our pupils with greater opportunities as one school. Can I thank all staff, parents and carers for their feedback.

Years 7-11 Years R-6
Breakfast club 8am 8am
Start of day/ registration 8:30-8:50 inc assembly 8:30-8:50 inc assembly
Lesson 1 8:50-9:50 8:50-10:20 Session 1
Lesson 2 9:50-10:50 10:20-10:40 Break
Break 10:50-11:10 10:40-12:10 Session 2
Lesson 3 11:10-12:10 12:10-1:00 Lunch
Lesson 4 12:10-1:10 1:00-3:00 Session 3 with break as appropriate
Lunch 1:10-1:50
Lesson 5 1:50-2:50
Registration Period 2:50-2:55