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SEN support during school closure

Home schooling is a challenge for all of us during this unprecedented time and even more so for those of us with Special Educational Needs.

We are still available to support you as best we can, should you need to contact us about SEN you can email our SENCo, Mr Dawson or the SEN team.

It is our priority that everyone comes through this with good physical and mental health. Our teachers are a very supportive group of people and we have asked our teachers to show extra discretion and understanding at this time with our SEN students.

If you have any difficulties with work set, please contact teachers or tutors directly. We are here to support with these difficulties, including when it all just becomes too much. If you are having difficulties, please communicate with us and we will do our best to help.

For those of you who have children with EHCPs who require an annual review, Mr Dawson will be in touch regarding how we complete this process.

Below is some video advice on how to use immersive reader in TEAMS to help with reading/literacy and some links to avenues of support.


TEAMS: Immersive Reader


10 Top tips for parents

  1. Routine is important - set up a timetable for learning. You can copy the times of the school day if you wish but this may be difficult for children with SEN to mirror at home. We recommend 40 minute learning sessions with a 20 minute break between each one. Aim for at least 3 sessions a day but use your discretion, reduce them if you need to and be flexible if it is getting stressful.
     
  2. Allow extra processing/thinking time when asking questions - count to 5 slowly in your head once you have asked a question before you say anything else or offer prompts.
     
  3. When giving instructions give one instruction at a time. If you need to give more than one instruction, then write them down on a sticky note (for example).
     
  4. When you have given an instruction ask them to explain back to you so you can check their understanding. Often when you ask a child if they understand, they will say yes when they do not.
     
  5. When helping with reading and spelling, use a phonics based approach. Help with this can be found here: Oxford Owl parent guide to reading with phonics
     
  6. Use assistive technology such as the immersive reader or word processing software with a spellcheck.
     
  7. Use concrete examples and visuals to support learning. Generate ideas using a mind map.
     
  8. Work in a quiet distraction free environment if you can. Sometimes sitting next to a window will cause too many distractions.  Headphones with music can be used to help focus if the environment has sound distractions. Make sure they are working somewhere where you can monitor and prompt them.
     
  9. Support them with planning work by helping to set achievable targets for completing work.
     
  10. Reward effort and perseverance.

Oak National Academy Online

Oak National Academy have released some specialist online lessons which can be found here. These may be suitable to support some students with topics such as Independent Living but please ensure that if you choose to use this material you look through it yourself to assess its suitability.


Dyslexia

Advice for parents from the British Dyslexia Association can be found here.

Lexonik have made some of their excellent home support / intervention materials available for free, which can be found here.


ADHD

Advice for parents from the ADHD Foundation can be found here.


Autism

Advice for parents from the National Autistic Society can be found here.


SENDIASS

Information on Dorset Special Educational Needs, Information Advice and Support Service can be found here.