I would like to raise with you some crucial information. The media and government have widely communicated that the potential increase in primary aged children attending school will be for nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6. It is very important to note that this is guidance for mainstream schools NOT special schools. The guidance for special schools is a follows:
Government Guidelines for Special Schools
Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools should work towards welcoming back as many children and young people as can be safely catered for in their setting. They may want to prioritise attendance based on key transitions and the impact on life chances and development, and to consider creating part-time attendance rotas so that as many children as possible can benefit from attending their setting. Special settings should work with local authorities and families to ensure that decisions about attendance are informed by existing risk assessments for their children and young people, which should be kept up to date.
In addition, the government have promoted Monday 1 June as the date for this potential increase. However we have been informed by Trafford Local Authority that schools must honor their set holiday dates. Pictor’s Whit holidays commence after school on Friday 22 May with a return on Monday 8 June. We do however intend to consult with parents that are key workers and most vulnerable to see if any places are required for children for the four days of the week after bank holiday Monday (25 May – 29 May). School will be closed for ALL children week commencing Monday 1 June for essential maintenance work and a deep clean.
Have a good weekend and I will provide further updates next week
Longford Park School
Pictor Academy caters for children aged 2 – 11 with special educational needs arising from a range of conditions. A large number of pupils have an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that they have difficulties communicating and interacting with others. They will also have difficulties with play and imagination. Some of our pupils have physical difficulties whilst others may have a language disorder or have a general developmental delay.
We promote achievement for all and an enjoyment in learning for life
We help each pupil to succeed through a challenging curriculum, innovative teaching and highly trained, experienced staff
We build effective and engaging learning partnerships between school and home
We are now able to offer the following outreach support to settings:
• observation and advice on meeting the needs of a targeted pupil including strategies, differentiating the curriculum and developing Individual Education Plans
• training packages to support a school in meeting the needs of a targeted pupil