SEND during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
A letter from Vicky Ford MP, Minister responsible for SEND, setting out how the Government intends to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be accessed via the SEND Local Offer page which provides SEND specific information in relation to COVID-19:
Worcestershire Speech and Language can offer the following support and resources:
The service is working remotely offering telephone and video appointments.
Parents can contact the service direct to help with children's communication and behaviour at home.
(Parents do not need a referral or already be know to the Service)
OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY - Online classroom https://www.thenational.academy/
Offers differentiated lessons for pupils with additional needs to help parents with home learning. New lessons are added weekly.
PARENTS ACTIVITIES AT HOME: https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/childrensSLT
Lots of resources to support children's language at home with a demonstration video and all resources to download as PDFs
Resources to help at home, Social Skills Resources, Parents Activities at Home
Further SEND help and support during the Covid 19 pandemic
Nosy Crow have released a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds but would be also appropriate for some older children and young people with SEND.
Helping Children with Autism Podcast
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health have produced a special edition of their podcast about helping children with autism during the coronavirus pandemic.
In this podcast, they discuss issues that may arise for autistic children including the disruption of closing schools, anxiety and obsessive behaviours. They focus on practical tips like how to help manage anxiety, maintain structure and support and explain the situation to young people. Additionally, tips on how to keep well as a parent and reliable sources for coronavirus updates.
Mental Health and Well Being
As well as implications for physical health, the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 is very likely to have a significant impact upon the emotional well-being of people around the world. It is a distressing, confusing and worrying time for adults for multiple reasons and it is likely that many children are experiencing high levels of anxiety. This may be exacerbated by finding it hard to fully comprehend what is happening or have difficulty in expressing their emotions verbally.
In response to this, the Educational Psychology Team at Babcock Prime have compiled a range of resources designed to help children.
The team of Educational Psychologists can be contacted through the helpline on 01905 678200.
They are able to offer emotional support by telephone to all schools and early years’ staff and can also be contacted to discuss bereavement support.
At Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy all staff and governors are committed to working together to provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment to ensure every pupil is part of the school community, whatever their ability or need.
From April 2012 schools were expected to meet the requirements of the Equality Act. The Equality Act 2012 brings all legislation under a straight forward law which is less complicated to understand and apply. The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”. There are protected groups and schools have to ensure that the curriculum is delivered to allow access for all. To protect those people considered to have a disability reasonable adjustment must be made.
Wolverley Sebright is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the school.
Wolverley Sebright’s Accessibility Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010. School Governors are accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.
This Accessibility Plan should be read in conjunction with the Special Education Needs Information Report.
The SEND co-ordinator is Mrs Shelley Reeves-Walters (Headteacher).
The SEND Team:
Mrs D Brown (SEND Assistant)
Mrs W Reeves (SALT Link)
Mrs S Cadwallader (Mental Health First Aider)
Mrs K Valentine (Year 6-7 Pastoral Link)
You can contact The SENDco or a member of the SEND Team directly on email@example.com or call on 01562 850268
In accordance with legislation, a child with an Educational and Health Care Plan (ECHP) or Statement of special educational needs will be offered a place if Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy is named in the Statement.