Coronavirus Advice & Information

Dear Parents,

 

We thought that you might like to know about recent advice that the DfE (Department for Education) have published about learning at home.  The first section of this email details their general advice for everyone and the second part details suggestions for children with SEND and includes specific advice for children on the autistic spectrum. 

 

We hope you find some of the information useful, but remember, you are not expected to be teachers and the most important thing is that your children are happy and safe.  We can help your child to catch up on missed work when they are back at school - your chid's mental health and well-being is more important than anything else.

 

This link to Young Minds contains a lot of good advice on supporting your child's mental health during the pandemic. 

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

 

General advice from the DfE 

 

On the 19th April, DfE released guidance on helping primary school children continue their education during coronavirus.  The document gives advice to parents about structuring the day, using digital resources and recommended activities for different age groups.

 

The document states: No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning. 

 

In terms of structuring the day the guidance says: 'do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school.' 

 

It recommends: 

get up and go to bed at the same time each day; 

have regular meal times; 

have regular breaks; 

make time to be active - children are used to regular play at lunch and break times. 

 

In terms of using digital devices, it recommends that parents 'set appropriate parental controls on any devices your child is using and supervise their use of websites and apps'. 

 

However, it goes on to recommend reducing screen time: 

 

use books and other printed materials that school has provided or that you have at home; 

write by hand - try asking children to complete work by hand, write a diary, a summary of things they have learned or done each day or 'to do' lists; 

be active and get away from the screen regularly 

stop using digital devices at least an hour before bed. 

 

The guidance goes through appropriate ways to work with Reception, Y1 and Y2 and it encourages: 

sitting with them while they work and breaking down activities; talking and explaining new words; 

reading together and techniques for this

 

The guidance goes through appropriate ways to work with Y3-6 and it encourages: 

encouraging independent work, including active and practical things; 

talking about what they have learned; 

reading and asking questions about what they have read;

  writing. 

There is some specific advice for Y6 parents about English heritage, science, geography, BBC Bitesize and TATE Kids.

 

There is more detail here;

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Special Educational Needs advice from the DfE 

 

On the 19th April, DfE released advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities. The guidance give parents access to:

 

a list of online education resources for children with SEND; 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education#special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-send

 

coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects; 

http://www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk/covid19-resources

 

 

SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability;

www.techability.org.uk/resources/aiding-learning-from-home/

 

  advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children; 

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/supporting-children-learning-disability-asd-coping-covid-19-isolation

 

recommendations on special educational needs from the Education Endowment Foundation.

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/tools/guidance-reports/special-educational-needs-disabilities/

 

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools | Education Endowment Foundation | EEF

Five recommendations on special education needs in mainstream schools. Support for schools. EEF Partnerships is our new regional initiative to ensure all schools have access to the resources, training and support they need.

educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk

You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!

  • Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.