20. Special arrangements in relation to COVID-19.
From September, the government announced plans for all children to return to school on a full time basis.
Following the guidelines provided by the government, which can be found here, St Agatha’s will be providing the following:
o Children will be taught in Class and Year Group ‘bubbles’
o Each bubble will have set teachers and teaching assistants assigned to it.
o Children will have access to their relevant curriculum through planned lessons, set by class teachers, which take into account the need for a ‘recovery curriculum’, to cover any knowledge and skills missed during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as any well-being needs children may have.
o Children will have access to all provisions as listed in SEND Provision section of the SEND information report.
- activities linked to the outcomes on their Education Health Care Plans.
- visual supports such as visual timetables, working memory boards, now and next cards or task cards.
- coloured overlays, ear defenders and sensory boxes.
- technology where appropriate, such as laptops.
- Access to OT activities for fine motor skills. The use of larger objects such as the peanut ball or the adventure playground for gross motor skills and the Sensory Room is restricted.
- Access to resources to support emotional well-being, such a social or emotional stories.
- Online provisions, such as Nessy Reading and Spelling and Nessy Fingers.
- In class provisions, such as precision teaching, Numicon, SNIP Literacy and vocabulary and topic word banks, when appropriate.
o Interventions will take place within bubbles. Teaching Assistants will deliver these interventions following government social distancing guidelines and hygiene.
o Some SEND children will have access to break out spaces, should they need time out of their classroom for any reason relating to their SEND needs.
o Children will have access to Individualised Behaviour Plans should they need one.
o Pupil Passports and SEND learning support plans will continue to be in place for children on the SEND register and reviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
o EHCP annual reviews or meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams with professionals and parents.
o Outside agencies will begin providing support within school or online via Zoom/ Microsoft Teams/Telephone calls, where necessary, following all guidance on social distancing and hygiene.
The offer shown below applies to any children that may need to be taught remotely.
As stated in the government guidance:
‘Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education’.
Should there be a case for children to work from home, St Agatha’s will ensure:
o Work will be set by class teachers. It will take in to account the needs of the pupils in their classes and will follow a well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
o Teachers will check work regularly to gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum.
o Regular contact with children via Microsoft Teams or a Telephone call, to ensure that pupils outcomes are kept at the forefront and that their emotional needs are being met.
o Class teachers will upload learning for their class which is appropriate for their year group.
o Parents can use remote education resources such as Oak National Academy specialist content for pupils with SEND. This covers communication and language, numeracy, creative arts, independent living, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language therapy. This will complement the other remote education resources set by the class teacher.
o We will provide printed resources, such as workbooks and worksheets for pupils who do not have suitable online access.
Parents of SEND pupils may continue to require our support at this time and the SENDCO can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SENDCO will continue to guide parents towards/send out resources that support our pupils’ SEND needs throughout the school year.
External agencies will become involved if necessary following the usual graduated response process detailed above.
We are aware that the transition period for our pupils with SEND was greatly affected by the current situation. All class teachers were engaged in handover meetings, using the SEND children’s Pupil Passports, with the incoming class teacher as well as the SENDCo where relevant. We also continued to work alongside our secondary colleagues, ensuring that the information needed was shared and any children needing enhanced transition received it.