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Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information for parent and carers

Our lockdown learning plan

To provide the most appropriate safe education to all of our students, we are offering the the following, subject to the availability of the appropriate staff:

  1. Our most vulnerable students and students whose parents/carers are critical workers – 5 days per week, in school.
  2. Our vulnerable students whose parents/carers want them to have time in school – minimum 2 days per week in school with a remote learning offer for the other days where this can be safely arranged.
  3. Our clinically vulnerable students whose parents/carers want them to stay at home – a daily remote learning offer.

The most appropriate remote learning offer will look different for each curriculum pathway, and potentially for each student in that pathway.

Remote education provision: information for parents 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. 

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Students will be following their usual curriculum, based on the Areas of Need and the targets and outcomes in their EHCP. 

For our PMLD learners, activities will come from the following curriculum areas, taught holistically.

Communication, Sensory, Physical Wellbeing, Cognition, Self-determination, Creative.

Our learners in the Cognition and Learning Pathway will do activities across these curriculum areas: Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Creativity, Independence, World About Me, My Body.

Our learners in the Communication and Interaction Pathway will be offered activities which support their curriculum areas of Feel safe, Be Healthy, Enjoy Learning, Understand the World, Communicate Needs & Be Independent.

Our Vocational learners will continue with activities that support their journey through Preparing for Adulthood. 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If a pupil is absent from school through ill health there is no expectation that they participate in remote learning, if however they are sent home as part of a ‘close contact’ isolation period of up to ten days, then on the first full day of isolation, a member of the class team will contact the parents to discuss the most suitable remote learning package. This will usually include an element of direct teaching using Google meeting platform, as well as the option of a delivery of a home learning resource pack, for use with the support of family members.

During ‘lockdown’ conditions there will be a one day hiatus whilst the school staff convert their teaching arrangements to enable whole class teaching through remote education, or ‘blended learning’ with a mixture of school attendance and online teaching.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes, though some usual classroom sessions will look and feel different from home. We intend to provide home learning activities that are optimised to learning, based on student’s individual learning styles and work towards their own needs, outcomes and targets. These will be built on prior learning, add a bit of new learning and not just provide tasks to keep pupils busy. We will continue with assemblies, celebrations and other social engagement opportunities where possible. 

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged SEND pupils Individualised and tailored to the student’s needs.

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Methods of access will differ depending on the individual and family experience and knowledge of different platforms. These will include: 

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Meet video call
  • Evidence for Learning platform
  • Email correspondence
  • Internet materials such as The Oak National Academy

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

We will contact families as early as possible to find out what online access they already have available. Provide, where necessary, any additional appropriate technology required and support families with information, advice and guidance to help facilitate access and develop skills to engage with remote learning. This may well look different for individual students and families.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Paper copies of work sent through the post 
  • Resources dropped at home
  • Online content through Google Classroom / email  
  • Evidence for Learning App
  • Google meet video calls 1:1 and small group activities where appropriate 
  • Telephone calls

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

The majority of students will need support throughout their daily remote learning sessions. We therefore will liaise with families to find the most effective way to support our students. 

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Regular calls through the school week to check engagement and feasibility of assigned work.

Some students will be able to return work independently and we will track this over the sessions.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Regular calls throughout the remote learning period to offer feedback and gather information
  • Google meet video calls 1:1 and group discussion
  • Some online work will be automatically marked and returned
  • Written comments direct to students via preferred correspondence medium

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • No expectation on minimum hours spent accessing remote learning
  • A high level of tasks and activities that promote independence
  • Work alongside families to develop feasible, meaningful and rewarding educational experiences
  • Access to on site remote learning coordinator for help, advice and guidance. 
  • Individualised home learning that works for the student and the family

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

As live teaching will not be possible whilst the teacher is with the remainder of their class, they will join other students in virtual classes with work related to their EHCP targets where appropriate. The remote teachers will be notified the previous day in order to ensure work is available for the following day.

 

Our operational risk assessment:

COVID-19: Operational risk assessment for 2020/21 January 2021 revision

Useful numbers:

Children’s Social Care Initial Contact Point – 01274 435600
Early Help Gateway 01274 435600
Adults Social Care (age 18 and over) – 01274435400 option 2
School Nursing Team (SNSN Service) – 01274 221203
First Response Team – CAMHS (crisis /risk of harm) – 01274 221181
Barnardos – 01274 513300
Bradford SEND team – 01274 435750
Wheelchair Services  01274 322555
Physiotherapist Team 01274 365612
Speech and Language Therapist Team – 01274 221166
PTS Transport 01274 438859

New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak

New advice from the Department of Health which includes some useful links. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-advice-to-support-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

and Bradford Council has information for those with young children and babies: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/health/improve-your-childs-health/public-health-early-years-guidance-for-families/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery