The government has said that all children should be at home if this is possible. The Bridge School does have some children attending: children whose parents are key workers and are providing vital support to the country. The school is also providing placements for children whose families need safe-guarding/safety support. Risk assessments support those decisions. All school places we offer depend on week by week staff capacity. We have a large number of staff who cannot due to health needs/family situations be in school due to the government guidance on vulnerability or shielding.
Most of our parents/carers have their children at home. We want to do all we can to support the children and families. Every situation is different. Every pupil and their needs are different. We are offering the following bespoke support for all families:
All families will have a regular phone-call if their child is not in school- this is usually weekly. It will not necessarily be from a school phone number.
Teachers will offer a range of support. We do not want any families to feel under pressure as we know every home circumstance will be different and all needs will be different. Many schools will offer packages of work through organisations. We know this is not possible for your children so our support is bespoke and personalised to your child and your situation.
Teachers can offer a range of things:
A listening ear and advice on strategies and ideas of things to do to structure and fill the day or on routines or behaviour.
Emailing (or we can in some circumstances print and deliver supportive resources), e.g. Social Stories, visual schedules that may help our pupils to understand the changes in their routine or their communities. This will be dependent on individual pupils understanding and needs.
Advise on communication systems and check you have what you need. Most parents do have the same low–tech communication systems that we have in school, e.g. communication books, PECS resources, Makaton signs etc. We can though support with this and extend if this is needed.
Email ideas for learning activities
Provide work activities, again all dependent on pupils needs.
Provide resources where we are able to: we have to take advice on things we can share due to infection control guidelines.
Suggest projects and themes children could engage in.
We stress that we do not want any parent/carer to feel any pressure but we also want parents to know that the support is there.
We have sent to all parents/carers details of sites where parents can access online activities for their children. We have paid for subscriptions for some sites to give parents access. If you can’t find the information or passwords then please do let the teacher know or email us on A7017@taw.org.uk
We were already developing a range of materials to support parents/carers with learning from home pre this national crisis. PLEASE SEE ABOVE TO ACCESS THESE.
We have uploaded a lot of ideas and materials that may be helpful and these will be extended and added to over time so please do keep checking in. We have to be mindful of licencing and copy laws. There are hyperlinks to some websites and we advise all parents to access sites used by their children via things like View Pure as these will filter more inappropriate pop ups etc. Please check the tab on Internet Safety on the website. Any parent who does experience any problems please email A7017@taw.org.uk and we will ask our IT Technician if he can offer any advice on any issues you are facing regarding safe use.
If you do want more advice in the meantime, as ever, please contact us on A7017@taw.org.uk
In the meantime, we send a collective heartfelt best of wishes that our children and families are safe and remain safe. When we applaud the Key Workers, we also applaud you for your support of your children and your families.
Please see our Homework statement statement below.
(Please note the text on homework is our usual home-work statement). We are currently working with families to provide bespoke support if wanted through teacher calls. Please scroll to the top of the page to the links for ideas (not all will be relevant for all children) and check in regularly as this is something that will continue to be updated. Please though remember due to our pupils needs the teachers will be able to provide advice and bespoke things to support you)
At The Bridge School we understand the importance of working with parents and carers to support learning both at home and at school. We value the need for learning to be extended beyond the classroom; working with parents to enable their child to achieve the very best they can.
Each child’s homework will be personalised to meet the needs of the individual and homework may change as a pupil gets older, develops, or if their needs and priorities change. Our policy is that we agree what homework would be appropriate at the two regular meetings we hold with you as parents/carers in school when we hold the annual review and the outcome meetings. The 12 monthly outcomes document has a box that we have added to the bottom which states what home work would be appropriate. Our homework policy is underpinned by the belief that we want to support and work with you to help your child achieve the very best they can.
Homework can involve a range of different things. It may include:
It is important that parents and carers liaise directly with their child’s class teacher to determine suitable activities.
Please discuss with your child’s class teacher if you want more support or guidance in this area and if also use the opportunities at the annual review and outcome meetings to discuss further.