Norfolk County Council Trading Standards – Scam Alert
The Department of Education are warning that parents and carers are being targeted by scammers.
Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as “if your child is entitled to Free School Meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed.”
The email contains links for parents to follow if they want to reserve the funding. These links are fake. This is a scam.
The HEART Education Trust in Norfolk has launched an initiative to increase the uptake of universal infant free school meals across its four primary academies. From 6th January, pupils will no longer bring packed lunches to school but will instead get a free hot meal. Trust CEO Christina Kenna said, “We have introduced this new initiative as part of our vision to give children the best possible chances in life. Not only will they concentrate better and be ready to learn if they have had a proper hot meal at lunchtime, but they will also learn to make healthier choices about what they eat and get the right nutrition to grow up healthy.” A 2012 pilot study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that Year 6 students in areas of universal provision made an additional two months’ progress over the course of two years relative to similar students in other areas. These significant effects were roughly equivalent to the benefits from national programmes such as the “literacy hour”.
Trust leaders cite a 2018 Education Policy Institute report, where parents were said to be saving an average of 50 minutes and £10 each week as a result of UIFSM. “Schools receive funding specifically for the purpose of providing hot meals to children in Reception and Key Stage One” says Trust COO, Hazel Cubbage. “It seems ridiculous for parents to struggle to plan and pay for lunches when we can provide them for free.”
The Trust says that parents of children with special dietary requirements should not be concerned by the move. “We have worked closely with our caterers to ensure we can provide a wide menu selection that accommodates a range of dietary needs, including vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options. Children will have a choice between three hot meal options, a jacket potato with a selection of three different toppings and access to a salad bar.”
In its letter to parents communicating the initiative, the Trust referred to the positive difference it would make to preserving the planet for its children. Trust COO, Hazel Cubbage, said “Everything we do is about improving the futures of our children, but what future will they have if we destroy their planet and teach them to do the same? We are incredibly conscious of our responsibility as an organisation to make sustainable choices.”
The Trust advises that the initiative is completely in keeping with its organisational values, which include inspiring and empowering personal growth, promoting social mobility and a commitment to social responsibility. “At The HEART Education Trust we are trailblazers. It is our hope that other schools and academies will see what we are doing and follow suit.”
Key Stage 2 pupils, who are not entitled to free meals under the government’s UIFSM programme will continue to bring in packed lunches.
Role: Academy Support Assistant
Location: Heartsease Primary Academy, NR7 9UE
Salary Range: £14,941.43 – £15,097.79
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 41 weeks per year (i.e. Term Time plus 3)
Start Date: ASAP
Heartsease Primary Academy is seeking an Academy Support Assistant in its school office, to start ASAP.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team committed to improving the life-chances of children through education. In this role, you will support the school’s teaching and educational support staff to make sure that our pupils get the high-quality education they deserve. This is your chance to contribute to improving education in Norwich.
Heartsease Primary Academy is part of The HEART Education Trust. You will work with the Academy’s current Academy Support Manager, but also be part of a collaborative working environment that expands across four primary schools.
- A good level of literacy and numeracy
- Grade C Maths / English GCSE (or equivalent)
- Previous administrative / secretarial experience, or experience in a school office
- Ability to relate well to children and adults.
- Work constructively as part of a team, understanding school roles and responsibilities and your own position within these.
- Identify your own training and development needs, and work to address these
About the Role
- You will provide a high standard of secretarial, Information Technology and administrative services to the Academy its teachers and pupils and, by working flexibly with other administrative staff across the Trust, ensure that duties are carried out efficiently and effectively.
- You will work between 08:00 and 16:00 Monday – Friday with a half an hour lunch break
- You will be given support by the Trust head office, Academy SLT and current Academy Support Manager
- You will be given a high level of CPD and support for career development.
About Heartsease Primary Academy
Heartsease Primary is one of the four Norwich based primary schools that make up The HEART Education Trust. The school is rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted, and has a lively, buzzing environment with pupils who are excited to learn and staff who are excited to teach.
The HEART Education Trust is committed to improving the life-chances of children and young people through excellence in education, encouraging pupils to challenge themselves and hold high aspirations in their academic learning, personal and social development. We encourage pupils within our family of Trust Academies to challenge both the self and externally imposed restrictions, to hold high aspirations for their futures and to develop a thirst for learning. We understand that the way to achieve this is through ensuring consistently high standards of teaching and broad opportunities for learning via a rich and relevant curriculum. Our Trust Academies aim to ensure that our pupils are well prepared to make the most of future opportunities as citizens within an ever changing world.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and comply with Child Protection and Safeguarding policies.
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019
Interviews: w/c 6 January 2020
Please note, the application window will close sooner than stated if a suitable applicant is found – therefore early applications are encouraged
Please send completed applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to
The HEART Education Trust
Heartsease Primary Academy
Rider Haggard Road
Norwich NR7 9UE
If you would like to visit the school, please contact the school office on 01603 307 820
The Trust is proud to announce that its latest Ofsted-graded “good” school, Henderson Green Primary, has been selected as the venue for a free event open to Norfolk schools that have received Read Write Inc. Phonics training.
To book your place, please visit:
Venue: Henderson Green Primary Academy, Earlham Grove, Norwich, NR5 8DX
Date: Wednesday 13 Mar 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm