Covid-19: our response
This page contains information about our trust and school’s response to Covid-19.
- Teachers and members of class teams plan activities and live teaching sessions linked to the relevant half-termly curriculum themes where appropriate.
- The work in the printed resource packs, which are sent home periodically, and the work emailed to parents, ensures that children who are learning at home can engage with broadly the same activities as those on site, this ensures a good degree of equality of access.
- The majority of Live Teaching Sessions are subject based, but with cross-curricular links.
- It is worth noting that some of the work that is sent home in the resource packs/emailed to parents is linked to pupils’ personalised targets (PIPs) and therefore different depending on the pupil.
- The children who are present on site often log in to the Live Teaching sessions from their classroom. This ensures that they are accessing the same sessions / content as those pupils who are accessing our home learning offer.
- Class teams write home-learning timetables on a weekly basis and share these with families via the class email address. Throughout the course of the week, the breadth of the curriculum is covered. Sometimes, exact equivalents are not possible in the home environment (for example, when the children on site go swimming). When this is the case, suitable alternatives are suggested for those pupils accessing home-learning (for example, instead of swimming, a live-streamed or pre-recorded PE session may be recommended). Class teams are careful to only suggest physical activities that can be carried out appropriately at home (bearing in mind space and resource limitations).
Live Teaching Group session access
- All Live Teaching sessions are conducted using Zoom, and only with pupils whose parents have given consent for its use – all relevant data protection and security checks have been carried out.
- At Manor School, there are 6 live teaching groups and each group aims to offer 4 Live Teaching sessions per day. If staffing issues dictate (i.e. staff absence) the number of Live Teaching sessions occasionally decreases to 3 per day. Depending on the needs of the group, sessions range from 20 to 40 minutes. At The Avenue School, there are 3 live Zoom sessions offered each day, the links to which are emailed directly to parents.
- For some of our more complex learners, members of the class team have arranged 1:1 Zoom sessions for pupils and parents. Some of these sessions involve a member of staff teaching a child directly, other sessions involve a member of staff offering instructions/training to parents.
- We have used some of our Catch Up funding to commission Amy Lewis (from ‘Love ABA’) to run sessions for children, and training for their parents. This has been exceptionally well-received to date. School staff attend all of Amy’s sessions so that they can follow up afterwards and ensure that there is genuine long-term benefit.
- Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and members of our Inclusion Team are also running 1:1 sessions where there has been an identified need or parental request. This is helping us to ensure that we’re working towards meeting the Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy provision detailed in Section F of pupils’ EHCPs.
Bridging the ‘Digital Divide’
- We received 64 devices (51 for Manor, 13 for The Avenue) in the summer term; these were allocated to pupils who had a designated social worker. We’ve recently received a further 49 devices (47 for Manor, 2 for The Avenue) and these have been issued to families.
- We’ve received 88 BT W-Fi voucher codes for use by pupils/families without a home broadband connection, these will be issues to families in the week commencing 22nd February 2021.
- As part of our “Eyes On” approach, whereby we’re asking teachers to video call any child that they haven’t seen on site or in a Zoom session, we’ve been able to identify which children don’t have access to a device or a home broadband service. We have used this knowledge to help us triage; identified parents have been invited to collect a device from school/receive a voucher code by email.
Additional learning resources
- In addition to that outlined in the ‘Curriculum offer’ section, all Manor School pupils have access to their own Reading Eggs and Maths Seeds account. This ensures that all children have access to digital content that is appropriate to their stage of learning. Teachers regularly signpost both apps in communications with parents and time is allocated within the weekly timetable to access the apps. Teachers can view the progress that pupils have made by logging in to the child’s account.
- Packs of pens, pencils, paper, playdough etc. have been sent home whereby a need for such resources has been identified. This ensures that pupils are equipped to engage meaningfully with our home-learning offer.
- As mentioned above; teachers often send resources, activities etc. via the class email address. Amy Lewis, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and members of the Inclusion Team are running targeted sessions.
Monitoring pupil engagement
- We are asking parents to let us know if they are accessing the home learning resources and asking them to request any additional resources they may need – this is done via weekly phone conversations and via the class email address. We are encouraging those parents who have not yet joined a Live Teaching session to participate when they are able to do so.
- Staff are having discussions with parents of pupils in Group D (who do not attend any onsite provision) on a twice weekly basis.
- Parents are supporting their children’s learning in a plethora of ways, including: setting up devices for Live Teaching sessions, supporting engagement within sessions, commenting on progress and engagement, supporting them to engage with printed resource packs, supporting them to engage with creative sessions such as music, baking, etc. and sharing progress towards activity packs verbally or via email.
- Parents are also supporting with behaviour management, especially during the Live Teaching sessions (e.g. by ensuring that microphone is muted, addressing any low level problem behaviour such as sticking tongue out, pulling faces, etc.)
- We’re mindful that parents are offering a great deal of support and that many of our pupils have siblings at home. Our Family Support Practitioner has sent a letter to all families explaining our expectations, and reassuring them that they won’t be penalised if it’s not possible to get through all of the work sent home.
- We’re trying to ensure that one adult per class attends every Live Teaching session. This enables them to support their pupils, ask targeted questions, listen for answers and report engagement, etc. to the child’s assigned class teacher.
- Teachers within each Live Teaching Group meet weekly to discuss sessions and share feedback. They share pertinent information about individuals’ learning, and they discuss factors such as pace, challenge, etc. where possible, a member of the senior team joins these discussions.
- On the rare occasion that a pupil exhibits a particular behaviour in a Live Teaching session, the teacher logs the incident on School Pod and calls the parent for a friendly follow up.
- Teachers discuss engagement and any possible concerns with parents during weekly calls. If teachers continue to have concerns about a child’s engagement they report this to a member of the senior team who then calls home. On very rare occasions, we’ve contacted our assigned Educational Welfare Officer to share concerns about pupils not engaging.
Assessment and pupil progress
- Currently, around 70% of children are accessing onsite learning (full time or part time) these children are being assessed against their Personal Intervention Plans (PIPs). It is more challenging to accurately assess some of the children whose parents have chosen not to access on site learning. For these children, teachers are having conversations with parents about progress, next steps, etc.
- We’ve also narrowed the PIP focus to centre on the two areas that are key to our Curriculum Intent (Communication and Functional Skills).
- As mentioned above, if children are attending Live Teaching sessions, a member of their class team will be able to feedback on progress.
- Many of the children who are not accessing on site learning are actively using Maths Seeds and Reading Eggs which helps to assess progress.
- Some pupils are receiving direct support from MAST colleagues, Inclusion Team colleagues and Amy Lewis. Progress is recorded in clinical notes and shared with class based staff as necessary
Extra support and advice for families
- Our Family Support Practitioner and others have been supporting families with Early Help Assessments and signposting relevant outside services.
- Our Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists are supporting some families with additional resources.
- We continue to work closely with social care to ensure that pupils emotional needs are met / their wellbeing remains paramount.
- Class teachers are confident with regards to signposting parents for support with specific enquiries (SaLT, OT, Inclusion Team, senior team etc.)
- Information about other support and services for families is included in our weekly ‘Parent Update’, which is sent to all parents and published to our websites
This page contains information about our trust and school’s response to Covid-19 during the 2020/21 academic year.
Additional information about our learning offer, and other Covid-19-related documentation can be found below.