Re: Coronavirus concerns

You’re likely aware of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. At Youth Challenge, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There’s currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Updated Letter to Parents 17th March 2020

Prevent the spread of infection
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
> Wash your hands often – with soap and water or a hand sanitiser for at least 20 seconds
> Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
> Avoid close contact with people who are sick
> Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
> Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
> If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

If you or your children have returned from anywhere in Hubei province in past 14 days
If you or your children are currently well:
> Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses
> Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
> Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell:
> Please call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible

If you or your children have returned from a specified country in last 14 days
The specified countries are:

> China (other than Hubei)
> Hong Kong
> Japan
> Macau
> Malaysia
> Singapore
> South Korea
> Taiwan
> Thailand
If you or your children are well:
> You don’t need to avoid contact with other people
> Your other family members don’t need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities
If you become unwell:
> Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
> Call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist in hospital, as quickly as possible

Symptoms to look out for
If you’ve returned from the specified countries or Hubei, look out for the following symptoms:
> Cough
> Difficulty in breathing
> Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)

If you have any of these symptoms:
> If it’s an emergency, call 999 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days
> If you’re unwell, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 and tell them which country you have returned from in the past 14 days

While you wait for further advice:
> Avoid contact with others
> Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
> Don’t travel while sick
> Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, throwing tissues in the bin
> Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available

Youth Challenge – Secondary Pupils
During the admissions process, parents will be given information about purchasing Youth Challenge jumpers directly from the school at the cost of £15 for 2 jumpers. Pupils can wear their own clothes, however they must wear their uniform jumper everyday.

Youth Challenge – Primary
On admission, pupils are provided with a Youth Challenge Primary yellow polo shirt, a blue sweatshirt with the Bolton Impact Trust Logo on. It is expected that the children wear their mainstream schools black/grey trousers or skirt and black school shoes.

Youth Challenge – Primary
Transport daily to and from Youth Challenge Primary is provided by the Local Authority and will be provided by a taxi with an escort person on board. The taxi will transport at least 6 other children to and from Youth Challenge Primary.
Parents/carers must escort their child onto the transport in the morning and collect them from it in the afternoon.
Parents must ring the taxi company before normal pick up time to cancel the transport if your child does not require transport due to illness or for any other reasons.
Safe behaviour on the transport is of paramount importance – children must wear their seatbelts at all times, there are to be no snacks or drink consumed on the taxi.
If safe behaviour is not followed, parents will be contacted, your child may receive a short term transport ban, a warning letter from the transport company, or a full ban. It will then be up to parents to transport their child to and from Youth Challenge Primary daily.

Youth Challenge – Secondary
Pupils either make their own way to the site or are picked up from a number of sites around the town. Parents will be informed of options available upon enrolment.

Bolton Impact Trust have a complaints procedure to ensure we respond to complaints as quickly and as effectively as possible.
This procedure is to deal with complaints relating to the Trust and any Academies within the Trust.
We value all comments about our Trust and we will endeavour to address your complaints at the earliest stage possible to prevent escalation to the formal stage and a protracted complaint that can be distressing for all involved.
When making a complaint it is important you identify your desired outcome, that is what actions you feel might resolve the problem at any stage. If the complaint concerns the Executive Principal, an Academy Lead or individual governors you should contact the Chair of Trustees directly in writing.
Please find below a link to the Complaints Policy. In this policy you will find all of the information you require and the form that needs to be completed:

Bolton Impact Trust Complaints Policy

Bolton Information and Advisory Service

Bolton IAS provides families with impartial support to families and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities in Bolton , from birth to 25.

Here’s a link to their website and a copy of their recent newsletter:

IAS newsletter 1

Parent/Carers Group
Parent Group runs fortnightly, sessions are aimed to support our parents, carers and grandparents of pupils attending the various academies within the Bolton Impact Trust. The group is led by our Trust counsellor and experienced learning mentors from both the primary and secondary academies.
The group is held at: The Forwards Centre. (Roscow Fold), Stephens Street, Bolton BL2 5DX
Time: 9.15 -11.15 am
Parents and carers are invited to attend via flyers, texts and telephone calls.
During the group session, parents have time to talk about and share their views and experiences in a supportive setting.
Parents and carers are able to drop in and out of sessions.
The group are often able to sign post parents/carers to activities out of school; offer parenting classes and support understanding of the assessment processes.

The Prevent Strategy
What is the Prevent strategy?
Prevent is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes. The Prevent strategy covers all types of terrorism and extremism, including political and religious extremism.

How does the Prevent strategy apply to schools?
All schools (as well as other organisations) have a duty to safeguard children from radicalisation and extremism. This means schools have a responsibility to protect children from extremist and violent views, in the same way we protect them from drugs or gang violence.

Importantly, schools can provide a safe place for pupils to discuss these issues so that they better understand how to protect themselves.

What does this mean in practice?

Different schools will carry out the Prevent duty in different ways, depending on the age of the children and the needs of the community. Many of the things we already do in school to help children become positive, happy members of society also contribute to the Prevent strategy.

At Youth Challenge we help and support our pupils and provide them with the knowledge they need by:

> Exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity through our SMSC programme
> Challenging prejudices and racist comments
> Developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
> Promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, as well as British values such as democracy
> Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation, such as using filters on the internet or vetting visitors who come into school

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Prevent relate to British values?

Schools have been required to promote British values since 2014, and this will continue to be part of the response to the Prevent strategy.

British values include:
> Democracy
> The rule of law
> Individual liberty and mutual respect
> Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Isn’t my child too young to learn about extremism?

The Prevent strategy is not just about discussing extremism itself, which may not be appropriate for younger children. It is also about teaching children values such as tolerance and mutual respect.

Schools should make sure any discussions are suitable for the age and maturity of the children involved.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and ideological extremism. Some of these may be a bigger threat in our area than others.

The intention is to give children the skills to protect them from any extremist views they may encounter, now or later in their lives.


Extremism – vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Ideology – a set of beliefs

Terrorism – an action that endangers or causes serious violence to a person/people, causes serious damage to property, or seriously interferes or disrupts an electronic system, and is intended to advance a political, religious or ideological cause

Radicalisation – the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism

Where to go for more information

Contact the us at school

If you have any questions or concerns about the Prevent strategy and what it means for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01204 333872.

See our policies

Safeguarding Policy revised January 19

External sources

The following sources may also be useful for further information:

Revised prevent duty guidance for England and Wales, HM Government (Adobe pdf file)

The Prevent duty: advice for schools and childcare providers, GOV.UK – DfE (Adobe pdf file)

What is Prevent?, Let’s Talk About It

Parent Support for children using Social Media

As parents, growing up in a digital world is very new to many of us. Knowing what our children can access, who they can talk to and what is happening via the screen is a minefield. We have put together some very useful websites that will give you lots of support and advice on how to keep our children safe online.

Age restrictions

Many social media sites have minimum age limits for their service. The UKCCIS has published guidance for social media providers, which says that many services do not allow children under the age of 13 to create an account.

This age limit has no specific legal bearing in the UK. It originates from a US law (the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act 1998) which sets out safeguards on data collection for children under 13.

Click here for Child safety online: a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services, see page 7, GOV.UK (Adobe pdf file)

The NSPCC has published a report which suggests that 59% of UK 11 and 12 year-olds with internet access have a social networking profile, despite being underage. Of these, 23% had experienced something upsetting on social media. See the following for the document:

Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot, NSPCC, see page 6 (Adobe pdf file)

Please click on the images below to open the links to several website for information on how to keep your child safe using social media.

For Government support and advice click the following image:

Click the following images for links directly to the charities websites: