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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Baldersby St James Primary School is currently open for key year groups and families requiring essential child care cover (children of key workers, those with SEN needs & vulnerable children)

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Due to the Covid 19 pandemic schools have been required to close their doors to most of their families, with the majority of our children with SEN being expected to stay home, if it is safe to do so, unless they have a social worker or a parent/carer who is a key worker. 

In these unprecedented times the legislation around provision for children with Education Health and Care plans has been temporarily changed meaning that current provision is likely to be different to that listed on the plan. Working with the Local Authority, Hope Learning Trust continues to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children, including those with EHC plans.

In accordance with the latest guidance, brief risk assessments have been completed by the Trust SENDCos for all children with EHCPs (including those currently undergoing statutory assessment) and the content of these have been agreed with parents. Consideration is given as to whether or not a child’s needs can continue to be met at home each week during a welfare call between parents and the SENDCo. The vast majority of children with EHC plans are being well supported at home and provision is co-produced between home and school to include a variety of strategies to meet individual needs, including

·signposting to free educational resources e.g. BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, Oxford Owl etc.

·regular updates on school websites and Twitter accounts.

·personalised resources to meet learning needs shared electronically via email, Google classroom or Tapestry, or in paper copy where required.

·regular contact with the class teacher via telephone, email, Dojo or Google.

·weekly telephone contact with one of the Trust SENDCos. SENDCos may also link in some external agencies with families to provide additional advice and resources if this is agreed.

·any EHC plans due for annual review will still be completed remotely.

For specific enquiries please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. The Trust SENDCos can also be contacted via email s.cope@hlt.academy and k.mills@hlt.academy.

 

For more general guidance on supporting your child at home please follow the links below.

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-sen-provision

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

 
 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Support is led in school by our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) Mrs Sarah Cope.

 

Mrs Cope has attained the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination and is a Specialist Leader in Education. Both our SENDCo and all members of our staff regularly receive training to support pupils with SEND in school.

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Please see our SEND Information Report for Parents and Carers below for information on special needs provision in school. For further information please talk to your child's class teacher.
 

The school regularly reviews and updates the Accessibility Plan to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all pupils.

 

Should you wish to highlight any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our SENDCo on s.cope@hopelearningtrust.org or contact the school office for further information.

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