Langar School

Mar 082013
 

The handy guide to infection control downloadable from this page has been supplied by the Health Protection Agency.

It covers a range of conditions and contains advice about the recommended period for a child to be kept away from school.

Download the guidance on infection control leaflet here (PDF 138kb)

Dec 042012
 

The Food Standards Agency have produced a handy chart of suggestions to help you pack a healthy balanced lunch for your child.

A whole month of lunchbox ideas have been carefully put together to make sure they balance over the week for energy, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, protein, salt and sugar.

Lunchbox Suggestions from the Food Standards Agency (PDF 23kb)

Oct 042012
 

Dear Parents,

A case of threadworm has been reported in school and I would urge you to carefully check your child(ren) for symptoms. I hope the following guidance, provided by Netdoctor, is helpful but I would recommend you to seek medical assistance if an infestation is suspected.

What is threadworm?
Threadworm (Enterobius vermicularis) is the most common worm infection. Both children and adults can be infected, although it is mostly found in children.

How does infection spread?
Threadworm is passed from person to person and is usually spread via children. The female worms lay eggs on a person’s skin around the anus. This leads to itching and scratching of the area and then leads to eggs being transferred onto the fingers. The eggs can then be passed by direct contact, or through sharing toys, pencils and food, etc. Good hygiene is essential to stop the infection being spread, including washing hands and scrubbing under the nails before eating and after visiting the toilet.

Eggs can survive in dust for two weeks, which may lead to infection by inhaling dust. Children in childcare institutions are easily infected by each other.

Symptoms
Threadworm begins with an itchy feeling around your anus (back passage), usually at night under warm sheets. Without treatment threadworm may give rise to vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) in girls and women. You can often see threadworms, a 1cm thread-like worm, in your child’s stools or their bottom.

Treatment
Infected children or adults should be treated as soon as possible. The rest of the family should also be treated at the same time. Threadworm can be treated with one of two medicines, mebendazole or piperazine, both of which can be bought over the counter from pharmacies. Both medicines can be given as a single dose. Your pharmacist can give you appropriate advice. Children under two years of age will need to be seen by a doctor. One treatment is usually enough.

Children can still go to school or childcare, in spite of having threadworms.

What can be done to control threadworms?

  • If you have threadworms, it is important to shower in the morning in order to remove eggs and bacteria from the anal area.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after each visit to the bathroom and before each meal.
  • Underwear should be changed daily.
  • Bed-sheets should be changed frequently, especially 7 to 10 days after the treatment.
  • Infected children and adults should keep their nails short.
  • Infected children should ideally wear cotton gloves when sleeping.
  • Clean your home thoroughly, especially the bedrooms, and remove as much dust as possible.
  • Do not eat food in your bedroom.
  • If several family members are infected, you should all be treated on the same day.
  • Avoid food and drinks containing a lot of sugar, and eat high-fibre food to prevent constipation.

I hope this is of some help.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Hillary
Head Teacher

 

Sep 072012
 

Dear Parents,

Wearing Jewellery in School

I would like to clarify our policy regarding the wearing of jewellery.

The simple answer is that children should not wear any jewellery whilst in school. Health and safety guidance advises that children should not take part in PE or swimming whilst wearing jewellery. Even the rough and tumble of playtime games or activities on the climbing frame can result in jewellery related injuries. Accidents have occurred in local schools, where children have had their ear lobes split and in one such case, the parents took the school to court!

Our policy is stated in the ‘Helpful Reminders’ letter issued at the beginning of a new academic year. However, there has been some misunderstanding regarding information contained in the letter. After stating that no jewellery should be worn, we suggest that parents wishing to have their child’s ears pierced should do so at the start of the summer holidays, enabling time for the ears to heal and assuming that the studs will then be removed during the school day. Additional information now suggests that earrings should not be removed for any length of time for the following six months, to prevent healing up!

We therefore propose a compromise for those who have followed our advice, by giving permission for those children to wear small studs, until it is appropriate to remove them during the school day. It will be helpful if a child can independently remove the studs for physical activities, otherwise they will (i) need to be taped up (in school) or (ii) miss the swimming lesson at Bingham. Once children move to secondary school (Toot Hill) they will not be allowed to wear earrings.

I hope that this is clear. Should you wish to discuss this further, please contact school.

Yours sincerely,
Brian Hillary
Head Teacher

 

Mar 092012
 

We are proud to share this report of an inspection by the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Langar as a Church of England school are outstanding

This is a school where pupils’ needs are met on an individual basis within a framework of Christian values. Good relationships between all stakeholders are key to ensuring the high standards of care that pupils receive. They are provided with an outstanding education in a Christian context which prepares them to face the challenges of life. Relationships with the local church are very strong.

Read the whole report by downloading it here:
Inspection of Anglican Schools Report- Langar C of E Primary (PDF 93kb)

Read the outstanding judgement grades by downloading it here:
Judgement Recording Form (PDF 75kb)

Nov 192009
 

Guidelines from the Government to schools regarding holidays taken during term-time were tightened in 2009 in the interests of higher pupil attendance and improved achievement. Schools must work within these guidelines, which may require permission to be refused for parents or carers who absent their child from school for the purpose of a holiday.

DfE Guidance can be summarised as follows:

Holidays in term time interrupt the continuity of teaching and learning, disrupt the educational progress of individual children and create disruption in schools. In a recent survey the DfE estimated that one in six truants is away with their parents on a family holiday.

The DfE are asking schools to encourage parents to avoid term-time holidays whenever possible. Schools must remember that they can only approve absence for family holidays if they believe that there are special reasons which warrant the holiday.

Holiday prices and the fact that parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons. Ten days absence for a family holiday can result in pupils with poor attendance becoming persistent absentees.

Further information is available on the DfE website. A copy of the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 is accessible via http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

The DfE has defined ‘special circumstances’ where schools may agree to grant up to 10 days holiday leave as:-

  • For service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking holidays outside term-time if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education; and
  • When a family needs to spend more time together to support each other after a crisis

The DfE strongly advise schools NOT to authorise holidays for the following reasons:

  • availability of cheap holidays
  • availability of the desired accommodation
  • poor weather experienced in school holiday periods; and
  • overlap with beginning or end of term

Applications for permission to absent a child from school for the purpose of a holiday can only be made by the parent/carer that the child normally resides with.

Bronze (98%), silver (99%) and gold (100%) awards have been introduced to reward good attendance.

In future, holidays will be marked in the register as unauthorised, unless the above criteria is met. We trust that parents and carers will understand our position and support our stance on this matter.

Nov 182009
 

As children grow up, parents and carers have to teach them a variety of things to ensure that they are equipped to face the challenges of the modern world. We have to teach them how to cross the road safely, how to deal with strangers and how to engage with other children and adults appropriately in a variety of different settings, including the home, school and in the world at large.

When our children go out to play we want to know where they are going. We satisfy ourselves that they know how to get there without any mishaps or being exposed to any real dangers en route, that they will be safe when they get there and that they will be with responsible people throughout. Typically, when our children come home we ask them if everything was OK. We take a very close interest.

Using the internet safely requires similar skills, which is why it is important that parents and carers find out more about the internet for themselves.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the benefits of the internet easily outweigh any drawbacks. To keep it that way, parents and children need to know that there are places on the internet which promote racial hatred, contain violent images or pornographic material all of which adults, as well as children, may find distressing. Regrettably it is also true that certain sites will attract a number of adults with a highly inappropriate interest in children.

Beyond these dangers, other websites have the potential to harm impressionable young people through the presentation of extremist views. Sites may be very disrespectful of other people’s religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds or seek to distort history. Sites may also promote anorexia or self-harming, for example, in ways which might attract the attention of a particular child who could, at that moment, be going through a vulnerable or difficult phase in their life. There are other more insidious threats around too. Without the experience to distinguish between genuine and misleading messages, children may be fooled by scams of various kinds.

There are however, a few simple steps which parents can take to help their children use the internet safely.

Some simple ways to keep children safe online

  • Get to know your child’s online habits. Children are inquisitive. They will look to explore the internet as much as they do the real world. Knowing the sites they go to, the people they meet there and what they do will help to keep children safe.
  • Stay alert to any sudden changes in mood or appearance, or to any major change in habits or to increased secretiveness. These are often tell-tale signs that something is not right.
  • Keep lines of communication open – tell your child they can always talk to you or another trusted adult, such as a teacher, if they do end up in some sort of trouble on the internet. Make children aware that there are things on the internet which may distress them.
  • Spend some time surfing the internet yourself. The more that you know about the internet, the better able you are, in turn, to help your child navigate around it without coming to any harm.
  • Install internet filtering software showing a Child Safety Online Kitemark on your computer.
  • Filtering products with a Kitemark have been independently tested to provide a simple and effective means of support to parents, helping to ensure that a child’s online experience is a safe one. The Kitemark scheme is sponsored by the Home Office and Ofcom.
  • Be aware of professional sources of help. These include:
    • www.thinkuknow.co.uk: the main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online
    • www.ceop.police.uk: the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP.
    • www.iwf.org.uk: the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images, other obscene material or material which incites racial hatred, you can report it to the IWF.
    • A number of specialist websites contain general advice that may be of help to parents. These include www.nspcc.org.uk, http://actionforchildren.org.uk, www.barnardos.org.uk, and www.bullying.co.uk.
    • Other sites can offer parents support on broader issues. This includes http://familylives.org.uk