COVID-19: Schools Update... 17 June

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schools update

In today's update

"Team around the school" posters – all your professional contacts in one place

We are pleased to share an initiative from partners linked to the Children’s Trust Board which we hope will make it easier for you to contact the right professionals to help you support children and families during Covid 19 and beyond.

The ‘Team around the school’ poster is designed to be a one-stop information sheet, providing the contact details for a range of professionals who are available to your school.  This is part of wider activity taking place to strengthen ways of working amongst the professionals around schools within the Early Help approach.

Our intention is for this to be a live document and we will continue to review and improve. We welcome any feedback you might have about how these documents can be improved and made more useful for you in future.  Please send any feedback to  

+ Download your poster from the schools portal here: (Tip - you can use the ‘Find a file’ search box to locate your own poster quickly).    

+ Further guidance on the Team around the schools initiative

Children's Summer Reading Challenge in Cumbria’s libraries

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event in Cumbria County Council’s libraries over the school summer holidays. Aimed at 4 – 11 year olds, children are encouraged to read six (or more) books of their choice during the summer holidays, with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the Challenge.

This year, with the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, an all-new digital  Summer Reading Challenge is launching, earlier than usual, to keep children reading over the summer and to support parents and carers with children at home.

Launching on 15th June, and running until September, the theme for the 2020 Challenge is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

The Challenge website ( is free to access and is a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home.

Schools data return

Thank you to all schools for continuing to complete the daily LA data return form.