Special arrangements in relation to COVID-19
Following the closure of schools from the 23rd March 2020 Government guidelines stated:
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school in consultation with the local authority (LA) and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.
In order to ensure that our pupils with EHC plans are supported, we have consulted families with regards to whether or not their child needs to attend school. We have ensured that the expectations for work being done at home is understood and that pupils can access the work being set by school staff. As a school we are undertaking weekly check ins to ensure that pupils outcomes are kept at the forefront and that their emotional needs are being met. Work set by class teachers takes into account the needs of the pupils in their classes and is open-ended in nature to allow pupils to engage with and further their own learning. There will be some small group support and social skills support.
Parents of SEND pupils may require our support at this time and are encouraged to contact the SENCo at firstname.lastname@example.org,uk or the SEND administrator at email@example.com. Each parent and student has a weekly check-in to offer regular support with both the curriculum and wellbeing.
We are aware that the transition period for our pupils with SEND has been greatly affected by the current situation and we continue to work alongside our infant and secondary colleagues to ensure that the information needed is shared. As the summer term progresses we will begin to send out transition style material that will endeavour to support all our pupils at this transitional time.
Resources that support our pupils’ emotional and social development during this unprecedented time have been uploaded on to the school website in the SEND section. Specific strategies and support are available for our dyslexic students - but these resources will be useful for all students at this time. There are also specialist resources for parents/ carers of students with ASD and ADHD. In addition to this students have access to the newly created Digital Wellbeing Hub where there are general resources to support their mental health. These will continue to be updated as time passes.
There is some support from external agencies via Southwark which will continue virtually but this will be scaled back. Our personal Speech and Language Therapist will continue to offer weekly support for students on her caseload. Referrals to external agencies will continue and offer support if needed - and this will be accessed through our standard systems of referral.