Support for Families and School Places Update 23 April 2020
Support for Families and School Places
Good afternoon everyone
I wanted to communicate some key messages to all our families. Firstly, I really hope everyone is doing ok in these very trying circumstances, it is a challenge for everyone but for many of our Pictor families it is a much greater challenge. With this in mind I am in discussions with our staff team, Trafford SEND Team and Children’s Social Care on a daily basis to risk assess the needs of all of our families. The COVID-19 situation is a challenge that constantly changes for everyone and is hugely impacting on our daily lives and wellbeing – this is the case for us all!
Therefore, it is important to stress that we are there to support in any way possible. Our capacity to have children in school is extremely limited as we balance the governments lockdown and social distancing measures with providing places for our key workers children and most vulnerable, again as per government guidance.
These ongoing risk assessments have enabled us to provide places for our children that are in greatest need, we have enabled capacity to help families as circumstances change, we will continue to do this wherever we can. Unfortunately, guidance from the government is conflicting for the education of our children as all have Education Health and Care Plans and have varying levels of vulnerability, however if we were to have all of our children in school we would not have safe staffing levels and we would not be able to provide adequate social distancing and hygiene measures to safeguard our whole community from the spread of Coronavirus. This is the same for all of the local special schools who are working at similar levels of pupil attendance as ourselves. Please help us with our ongoing risk assessments by communicating daily with our teachers on dojo. Also you can call the school office on 912 3082.
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