The Government is simplifying the welfare system by gradually replacing a number of income-related benefits with Universal Credit. This means that a number of the legacy benefits that previously entitled families to free school meals are being phased out and will cease to exist. The Government has now made amendments to the eligibility criteria for free school meals to reflect the introduction of Universal Credit. 

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Childline app helps teenagers say ‘no’ to sexting

An anti-sexting app from Childline is using humour to help teenagers deal with unwanted requests for sexual images of themselves.

The Zipit app has been updated as new figures from Childline reveal the NSPCC service held 2,634 counselling sessions about sexting and self-generated explicit images in 2016/17. Sexting was also the most viewed topic on the Childline website last year with 221,840 page views.

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Academy uniform consultation

Members of the Freebrough Parlimament have been working to develop the current uniform with the intention of improving its professional appearance in line with the Academy’s values as a school community and were presented with a simple brief to improve the professional appearance of our uniform, keeping the quality high and cost as low as possible.

Parents have been provided with an Academy Uniform consultation letter and flyer showing the new uniform proposal with a request to make any comments in writing to Freebrough Academy prior to 18 April 2018. We will contact parents after that date, along with details of the ordering process for the uniform items.


Whitecliffe Academy wins national award for performance

Congratulations to Teesside Learning Trust Academy, Whitecliffe Academy who are proud to announce that they are in top 1% of schools in England for progress made by pupils between KS1 and KS2.

The hard work and determination of staff and students has also been rewarded with national recognition from SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network) for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT.

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