Returning to School September 2020

We have come to the time now where the thoughts of returning to school will have become a reality and for many of our students with additional needs and their families, this will be even more daunting.  I want to reassure you that we are here to support you in this time of transition.

Our first priority is ensuring all students feel comfortable and safe at school.  Over the first few weeks we will be focusing on helping students readjust to the systems, routines and expectations of being back in school.  As Mr O’Regan’s website update states, there are some changes to ensure the safety of everyone and to make sure all government guidance is followed.  Please read this carefully and take some time to talk these changes through with your child to help prepare them for their return to school. 

We understand that you may want to get things back to being ‘as normal as possible’ for your child in terms of support and we hope to get interventions up and running as soon as we have had the time to settle back into school and to properly risk assess all activities.

As we return to school and things become clearer, I will contact you via email, text or the school website. Please ensure that all contact details we hold for you are up to date and where possible, you have the MyEd app on your smartphone.  This will enable me to update you on any changes or plans in a timely way.

In my previous website communication, I included an updated pupil profile sheet which can be found below. Please complete this as it will help staff understand how your child has coped during lockdown and it gives the opportunity to share concerns or information that will help with reintegration back to school.

All students will have extended time in form on Friday 4th September to ensure that they have time to fully understand the new systems and to adjust to being back in school.  There will be time to ask questions and to share any worries they may have.

If you have any concerns that need addressing prior to returning to school, please email myself at j.bibby@alderchs.uk, Ms Graham s.graham@alderchs.uk or the appropriate progress leader for your child.

Again, we look forward to welcoming our students back to school and thank you for all your support.

SEND documents

 

Ideas to help prepare your child for their return to school

  • Reassure them that although there will be some changes, a lot remains the same.  They will still have the same number of lessons, they will see different teachers and move to different rooms.     
  • Expectations will still be high, prepare them that to understand that all changes to systems and routines are based on keeping them safe and it is important that they follow what staff say to make sure that happens.
  • Like with most public spaces at the moment, we will be using extra hygiene measures like hand sanitiser, hand washing and social distancing.  If your child will have any difficulties with these measures due to their additional needs or medical conditions, please let us know. 
  • Ask them to discuss their worries and concerns and write them down.  This can be shared with us in school so we can understand where your child is emotionally.  Support is still available if they are experiencing difficulties or they need help.  Although we will need to work differently to provide it, we are still here to support.
  • Let them know there will be less students on the corridors at breaks, lunches and lesson changeovers which might help with some of the anxieties around being on busy corridors and sharing spaces.
  • Help them prepare their uniform, bag and equipment.  Encourage them to create a checklist of things to prepare each evening and establish a routine around checking what books and equipment may be needed each day.  To avoid cross contamination students will be expected to carry books etc. so supporting with this organisation will be beneficial to increase independence.

 

Previous SEND Updates:

Preparing for our return to school (Updated July 2020)

We are currently working hard to devise the plan to safely reopen for all our students in September.

Following the latest government guidance, we are working on the plan to safely welcome our students back in September. Ordinarily our students with SEND would be expecting some small changes each academic year like timetables and staffing, however this year the transition will be very different.

We know that preparing our SEND learners for each transition is incredibly important and in normal circumstances we would be discussing timetables and provision for the next academic year but that is not possible at this time.

When the whole school plan is ready, Mr O’Regan and our leadership team will ensure all parents are updated and are fully aware of all changes and systems that will be in place. Once this is clear, someone from the SEND team will make contact to discuss any worries or concerns you may have and will hopefully be able to share what provisions may be appropriate during these exceptional times.

To ensure our staff are up to date with any changes to your child’s needs, I ask that you take some time to complete an updated one page profile which includes questions about how your family has been during this period. It is a chance for you to let us know of any positive changes or any other difficulties that may have become more apparent in this period of time.

You can download the document from the link below. It can be printed and returned to school or can be emailed directly to s.graham@alderchs.uk

Take care, stay safe.

SEND documents

 

We are here to support you (March - July 2020)

As we continue in this strange and unprecedented time, we understand that all of our students may be struggling adjusting to a new way of doing things.  However, for our students with additional needs and their families, we appreciate that this time may be even more of a challenge.

Should you need support with subject specific questions relating to home working, you can contact subject teachers directly via their email.  If you need some additional help with structuring and supporting your child’s additional needs whilst home learning or just wish to talk through your experiences and ask any questions, you can contact a member of our SEND support team.

Mrs Bibby (SENDCO) j.bibby@alderchs.uk

Ms Graham (SEN Support Manager) s.graham@alderchs.uk

If your child has an EHCP there is the Tameside helpline that is also available.  The details are as follows:

Mon-Fri 9am to 11am on 0161-3438381/ 11am to 1pm on 07971132375.

 

Tips on structuring home learning:

  • Two/ three 20-30 minute sessions per day is enough.
  • Create a visual timetable or a to do list to mark off planned activities in a day.  Crossing them off will create a sense of accomplishment and positive feelings about working.
  • Enrich studies by doing other life skill building activities: helping with an online food shop, gardening, helping with jobs around the house and cooking are all vital skills that will benefit your child.
  • Create a dedicated work space so that work can be organised and ensure that the space is clear of distractions.
  • Encourage daily reading and discuss what has been read and understood.
  • IDL and Sumdog are both excellent and engaging ways of supporting basic skill development.  Short frequent bursts on interventions such as these will help to develop literacy and numeracy skills.

 

Useful webpages:

 

To Do Grid

Below is an example of a to do grid that has been created to demonstrate the structure and types of activities that can be used to support learning.  This one has been designed for students with social interaction difficulties.  Should you need some support with ideas or creating something like this, please contact Mrs Bibby on j.bibby@alderchs.uk

 

To Do List

Each day you have a list of things to do.

You can shade in each box when it is done.

On Friday of each week, Mrs Bibby will check in and find out how you are doing.

You need 20/24 activities completed each week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

As soon as you are up/ ready you must check your daily task sheet.

As soon as you are up/ ready you must check your daily task sheet.

As soon as you are up/ ready you must check your daily task sheet.

As soon as you are up/ ready you must check your daily task sheet.

As soon as you are up/ ready you must check your daily task sheet.

Physical exercise- if possible outdoor

Physical exercise- if possible outdoors

Physical exercise- if possible outdoors

Physical exercise- if possible outdoors

Physical exercise- if possible outdoors

Speak to someone who isn’t your mum- this can be an email to a teacher/ face time/ voice call/ social media

Speak to someone who isn’t your mum- this can be an email to a teacher/ face time/ voice call/ social media

Speak to someone who isn’t your mum- this can be an email to a teacher/ face time/ voice call/ social media

Speak to someone who isn’t your mum- this can be an email to a teacher/ face time/ voice call/ social media

Speak to someone who isn’t your mum- this can be an email to a teacher/ face time/ voice call/ social media

30 minute learning- English

 

 

30 minute learning- maths

 

 

30 minute learning- English

 

30 minute learning- maths

 

 

30 minute learning- science

 

30 minute learning- science

 

30 minute learning- choice

 

 

30 minute learning- choice

 

 

30 minute learning- choice

 

Reading- 20 mins

Reading- 20 mins

 

Reading- 20 mins

 

Reading- 20 mins

 

Reading- 20 mins

 

 

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