From September, the government announced plans for all students to return to school on a full time basis.
Following the guidelines provided by the government, which can be found below.
Erdington Academy will be providing the following:
- Students will be taught in ‘bubbles’ linked to their year group, for example:
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9
- Year 10
- Year 11
Each year group bubble will have a member of the Pastoral Team assigned to it. Subject teachers will be working across bubbles and will therefore follow government guidelines and keep a 2m social distance between themselves and the student.
- Students will have access to their relevant curriculum through planned lessons, set by class teachers, which take into account the gaps students may have in their learning due to the extended school closure
- Students will have, where possible, to all SEND provisions appropriate to their individual needs identified through the work of the SENDCo. This includes:
- Activities linked to the outcomes on their Education, Health, Care and Plans.
- Visual supports such as visual timetables, working memory boards, now and next cards or task boards.
- Coloured overlays, ear defenders and sensory boxes.
- Technology where appropriate, such as laptops and iPads.
- Access to resources to support emotional well-being, such a social or emotional stories.
- Online provisions, such as Lexia
- In class support, where staff can work safely with students
- Interventions will take place within bubbles. Trained Teaching Assistants will deliver these interventions following government social distancing guidelines and hygiene.
- 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.
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, Erdington Academy will ensure:
- 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.
- Teachers will check work regularly to gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum.
- Class teachers will set work and provide resources for individual SEND children relating to the outcomes/targets on their EHCP or SEND support plans.
- Key workers will provide printed resources, such as workbooks and worksheets for SEND pupils whom require it
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.
We are aware that the transition period for our pupils with SEND has been greatly affected by the current situation. Each student in Year 7 with SEND and their family was contacted by their allocated Key worker in the Summer Term. Each student returning from the extended break has met with their Key worker in the first few weeks of term to set up new systems and discuss their needs. The SENDCo has liaised with all primary schools throughout the extended break to ensure all information.