Following the closure of school from Tuesday 5th January 2021, SEND practice at Erdington Academy has been changed to align with government guidelines. The guidelines for schools provided by the government can be found below.
Erdington Academy provides the following arrangements in-line with these guidelines:
- Students will access ‘remote learning’ from home
- Resources for lessons will be uploaded onto the TEAMs (Students have had training on how to access this in school)
- Students will submit their work, using the resources on TEAMs via Show My Homework – now called Satchel One
- Teachers will be available on TEAMs via the ‘chat’ function for 10-15 minutes during the lessons to answer queries and provide support to students
- Teachers will also be available to provide feedback on Satchel One
- All students working at home will receive weekly calls from key staff in school to offer support and guidance
- Assistive technology that can be used to support students with SEND with remote learning has been sent out via the school app. For example, speech to text technology and colour-tinting the screen
- Students in school will have activities linked to their outcomes on their Education, Health and Care Plans.
- SEND support plans will continue to be in place for children on the SEND register and reviews will be conducted via Email, Edukey provision Map or Telephone call.
- EHCP annual reviews or meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams/Telephone call/Planned Meetings with professionals and parents.
- Outside agencies will begin providing interventions within school or online via Microsoft Teams/Telephone calls, where necessary, following all guidance on social distancing and hygiene.
Parents of SEND pupils may continue to require our support at this time and the messaging facility on Edukey, which allows for private conversations to be had between staff and parents. The SENCO can be reached at [email protected]
External agencies will become involved if necessary following the usual graduated response process detailed above.
Key Workers for students with SEND
Each student with SEND continues to have an allocated Key Worker, these have not changed. These are points of contacts for students, parents and teachers and are vital in supporting each for the benefit of the child.
Key Workers will continue to be responsible for setting students targets and liaising with staff to support students throughout the remote learning period.
Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 Transition
We are aware that the transition period for our pupils with SEND has been greatly affected by the current situation.
Key Stage 4
- Each student in Year 11 with SEND will continue to have support and advice from the Careers Advisor in school
- Key Workers will continue to contact students/parents regularly and support with applications to post-16 provisions
- ‘EA Careers’ twitter page directs student to a variety of options regularly
- Each student has a ‘Unifrog’ log in providing support to them during the transitional stage of Year 11 to post-16 provision
Key Stage 2 to 3
- March 1st is the National Offer Day for Year 6 pupils
- From this date parents of students with SEND will begin to have communication in preparing their child for the move to secondary school
- We encourage all parents of Year 6 students offered a place at Erdington Academy to contact the SENDCo as soon as possible to ensure that the transition process can begin