Back to School Support for Families

Support for families as schools welcome pupils back to the classroom 

As children and young people start the new school term this week, Northumberland County Council is reminding families that support is available for those who need it.  
While many children will be looking forward to being back with their friends, starting or returning to school can also be a challenging time.  
We’ve put together a guide to the support available for families, children and young people – from help with the costs-of-living to advice on health and wellbeing.  
Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member for Inspiring Young People said: “We are looking forward to welcoming pupils back to school after the summer break. 
I’m really proud that so many of our young people will be starting at their first choice of school – and that a record number of schools in the county, 93.8%, are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.  
“We continue to roll out our biggest ever school investment programme with over £100m earmarked for projects across the county - making it a really exciting time for education in Northumberland. 
“However, we know that getting back into school for some children and for some families is more difficult. 
“We hope families and young people will continue to work with our schools, and our children and family services, so that we can understand any challenges they may face and can work together to support them.” 
There are 167 schools, academies and free schools in Northumberland with 42,849 pupils.   
The council continues to work closely with all Northumberland schools to develop a county-wide approach to improving achievement, promoting inclusion for children and young people, improving outcomes for pupils in vulnerable groups, including SEND, keeping children safe, secure and healthy. 
The council and schools also work alongside a range of services and organisations that can provide support and help to children, young people and families. 
David Street, Director of Education and Skills, added: “We have the highest aspirations for all our children and young people and want them to thrive and reach their full potential. 
I’d like to say a huge thank you once again to all our brilliant school staff for all your hard work and to our parents and carers too, it really is a whole team effort and I wish everyone a great start to this new academic year.” 
Back to School Support for Parents and Carers 
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