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.
This link to Young Minds contains a lot of good advice on supporting your child's mental health during the 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.'
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;
There is some specific advice for Y6 parents about English heritage, science, geography, BBC Bitesize and TATE Kids.
There is more detail here;
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;
coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects;
SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability;
advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children;
recommendations on special educational needs from the Education Endowment Foundation.
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus!
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.