Our SEND Information Report explains the school's approach to supporting children with additional needs.
SEND during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these challenging times for schools.
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:
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.
Worcestershire's Local Offer provides information about the provision families can expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND). For further information follow the link below:
Special educational needs and provision can be considered as falling under four broad areas:
1. Communication and interaction
2. Cognition and learning
3. Social, mental and emotional health
4. Sensory and/or physical
Some useful links for support can be found in the document below.