Coronavirus Doncaster: Update by Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health – 4th June

This week has seen some significant milestones in our local Coronavirus response. Firstly, for the majority of the week our hospitals have reported 0 cases of COVID-19 being treated. We have also seen, for the first time this year, our case rates drop significantly below the national average, our current figures show our rates are 21.5 per 100,000 (from 23 to 29 May) compared to the England average of 32.5 per 100,000. Local COVID data

Our vaccination programme has also continued at a pace – with almost 75% of the eligible Doncaster population having received their 1st dose and just under 50% of Doncaster residents now being fully vaccinated.

This is all great news, and I want to thank all of you for continuing to make safe choices in how you enjoy the relaxations of restrictions. It has been great to see families enjoying half term activities across the borough (including at our newly opening Danum Gallery and Museum) while being sensible and thinking about hands, face, space and fresh air. I urge everyone to carry on, and let’s try and get our figures even lower ahead of the decisions due around 21st June and step 4 of the roadmap.

Please remember the best way to protect yourself and the rest of Doncaster, is to continue with your weekly testing regimes, isolating when you need and getting your vaccination as soon as you can. Visit the Doncaster Council Coronavirus Update website for more information on Drop In Vaccination Clinics,  more information on testing and Danum Library.

Free course available for families

Doncaster Council has shared with us the following information regarding a course which parents/carers/ grandparents and extended family members may find useful.

We want to make sure you are aware of this fantastic, locally sponsored, offer: Maybe you have heard about the brilliant online courses for parents, FREE (with access code: STGEORGE at: for residents in our area? The Solihull Approach (NHS) have launched a NEW online course!

How do I access?

What’s the code?

If you haven’t used it already here is the access code for all the online courses (funded for residents of Doncaster): STGEORGE

If, like many parents, you have already used this code, log into your account here and this course will be ready in your dashboard to start whenever you are ready.

Can I tell my family and friends?

Absolutely! Share the news with other families in the area so that they too can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

How long is it?

There are 7 modules which each take about 5 minutes to complete and will benefit from time to digest in between.

If you like this… …you might like the bigger ‘Understanding your child’ or ‘Understanding your child with additional needs’, or other courses in the series.

Doncaster Sumdog Competition Results

Over the last week, children at Wadworth have been taking part in a Doncaster wide Sumdog competition. The aim of the competition was to try to answer 1000 questions in 7 days.

For each correct answer, the children earned 1 point. There are certificates and prizes awarded for children and classes with the highest average scores by the end of the week. Well, I am delighted to announce Badgers class won the overall competition, Owls came second and Hedgehogs came 3rd.

PositionNameClass nameScore
1stLeo MBadgers883
2ndMatilda GBadgers729
3rdWilliam SHedgehogs605
4thEmilia SSquirrels589
5thOlivia SSquirrels432
6thJayden JBadgers317
7thHarriet MBees277
8thSophie MOwls237
9thOscar LOwls220
10thRae TOwls213
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Using Whatsapp and other online messaging apps/websites

I am writing another article this week to remind parents about the importance of monitoring their children’s internet and mobile phone use to ensure that the children are sticking to the rules to keep themselves safe and to use the platforms responsibly.

I received a few emails from parents this week who had followed the school’s advice when they noticed some inappropriate messaging during an online gaming session. We advise parents to:

  1. Firstly  screen capture any inappropriate inter actions or conversations (photograph the screen with your mobile phone if necessary)
  2. Then block and report the child sending the inappropriate messages.
  3. Finally, send a copy of the offending photographs to school
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Safeguarding update

Recently, we subscribed to National Online Safety, who provide online training courses for all members of the school community, including staff, governors, parents and children. I encourage you to visit their website which has has a full range of free safety guides for every online platform to help keep young people safe online:

We are trying to become a certified school, and are 83% towards certified status, but need parents to sign up and watch the online safety videos, hosted

Food and Energy Vouchers

You could be eligible for things such as supermarket and fuel vouchers through our Local Assistance Scheme If your application is successful, assistance can be given by providing any of the following: Food vouchers to purchase food Energy vouchers that can be used to pay your gas or electricity supplier Vouchers for clothing including school uniform

Furniture items and white goods such as cookers, washing machines, beds and bedding to help you remain in the community, or move back into the community after a period in supported or temporary accommodation. Find out more and apply:…/local-assistance-scheme

Owls and Squirrels Bubble Closures

Unfortunately, on Friday, we had to send children in Owls and Squirrels home when we heard 2 children from these classes had tested positive with Covid-19. The children have been isolating since Wednesday, and were last in school on Tuesday 26th January. Consequently, children in these two classes need to isolate until Sunday 7th February and will be able to return to school on Monday 8th.

We hope the children who tested positive make a speedy recovery and our thoughts go out to them and their families. Online learning will of course continue for these classes next week, so please login to Goggle classroom each day and take part in the live lessons.

Parents of children in these classes eligible for free school meals can expect a 16 digit code to arrive in their email inbox on Thursday. These codes can be redeemed for a £15 supermarket voucher for each child by visiting:  

Children’s Mental Health Week 1st to 7th February 2021

This week, we are taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’. Place2Be has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home including activity ideas and tips for parents and carers – please see the link below.

It would be lovely if you could email in photographs of any activities that you have completed with your children throughout the week.

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Safer Internet Day: February 9th February

Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.

The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.

Click here for free resources to talk to your child about online safety this Safer Internet Day.

Doncaster Library On-Line

Doncaster Libraries have an ever-growing free Digital Library and they are constantly buying new eBooks and eAudio for their library customers to download, including many new popular titles.

They have 2 platforms for you to use, each with a different selection or titles to choose from. All you need to do is download the BorrowBox app and Overdrive appto get full access to all the titles we own. They also have a free music download service called Freegal, again you download the app and have instant access to millions of songs.

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