26th March 2020

I just wanted to send a quick email out to all parents to offer any support I can during these unprecedented times, and to let you know a few things that I will be organising from school.  

Firstly, I wanted to let you know that, with the help of the Parish Council and Weston Foodbank, we are running a local Foodbank hub from Banwell Primary School. It is being run in the same way as usual, where we can issue a voucher for a food parcel. But instead of it needing to be collected from the Weston depot, we can make up the boxes here and you can take them with you. Many of us are going to find it tough over the next few weeks, so please, if you need to use our food hub, let me know by emailing me at  

I will be phoning families that I am working with / have worked with to make sure everyone is doing okay, and offer any support and guidance I can. If you would like a chat about anything, please let me know via my email, and I will make contact with you as soon as I can. 

Jo Arnold

Please see the link below which is to the Government guidance for parents to help support children's Mental Health while schools are closed.
As well as having the contact with your child's teacher / school we thought the following resource may be of help.  It is one we have been made aware of and is a home learning helpline/website that you could find useful.  To help make it accessible to all we have also added a link to the resource below onto our school website.   
StarLine home learning helpline
A new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide.
A group of partners including David Ross Education Trust, Freshworks, Future Academies, Inspiration Trust, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, PLMR, StarAcademies, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and United Learning have come together to create and deliver StarLine. Each partner has pledged their people, expertise and resources to support StarLine. This initiative is supported and welcomed by CST and also by the DfE.
StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning.
Further details can be found on the StarLine website.

North Somerset Council have produced a Newsletter (see link below) to help support children, young people and parents at home. 


It has some helpful resources and links to help with home educating and support for mental wellbeing.