Year 11 Leavers: End Date
is currently not clear whether year 11 students who, very often would have left
the school roll on the last Friday in June, will be counted by the DfE in their
estimations and as part of their eligibility cross checking. SCC are working to
secure clarity around this, and will provide further information as soon as
this clarification is being sort, SCC now advise the following action for
schools regarding the end date of year 11 students to reflect the updated DfE
guidance. This is to best support schools to ensure minimised risks around
claiming for the COVID-19 Summer Food fund.
- Apply a leaving date for
non-FSM year 11 students of 26th June 2020.
- Remove the leaving date for
year 11 students in receipt of FSM or those who may be eligible for the COVID-19
Summer Food Fund.
will enable the school to add a backdated leaving date for these pupils at an
appropriate time in the future once clarification is received on eligibility or
vouchers have been ordered and secured.
you need any assistance in amending or removing leaving dates please contact
the SIMS Support Helpline on 01823 355090.
Alternatives to Edenred
Where eligible families would be unable to access any of the
supermarkets available through using Edenred eGift cards, schools can make
alternative voucher arrangements with a local supermarket that is not listed
Schools can claim for the £90 per pupil costs incurred in
supporting benefits-related free school meal pupils through this alternative
support during the summer holiday period.
Schools can claim for this through the exceptional costs fund in
the autumn, providing schools have ordered their vouchers one week before their
school term ends. Further details on when and how schools can claim for this
will be confirmed in due course. Read more about claiming for exceptional costs associated with coronavirus
rural areas we have been providing food boxes as 10% of our pupils are not
served by Edenred Supermarkets (Morrisons,
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, M&S food, Aldi, McColl’s and Martin’s). As
expected families do seem to prefer the option of buying their own food and
therefore we have looked at how all Somerset families can access the vouchers.
This will mean that the food boxes will stop from the end of the summer term.
can make arrangements for other local supermarkets.
who find it difficult to travel to the shops
those families who are not able to travel, we with have partnered with Somerset
Community Foundation Village Agents who will work with families to ensure they
can get their food:
- The village agents will help
families secure on line supermarket delivery slots. This will be helped by
DFRA securing additional supermarket delivery slots for rural homes
and in West Somerset, the area most challenged by the lack of Eden Red
Supermarkets the Opportunity Area has funded pupils laptops which
will help the families connectivity. The Village agents are
coordinating the slots.
- For families both unable to
travel to the supermarket and are unable to access on line shopping; the
Village agent will facilitate the family getting their shopping by making
a local arrangement with a Neighbour or another local volunteer.
your school would like to work with the village agent please contact: https://somersetagents.org/find-an-agent/