Actions for schools during the Coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
COVID-19 Government Updates
All government updates can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare
Covid update to parents/carers from PCC & CCC Education Service Director, Jonathan Lewis. Dated 29th April 2021
Important information about face coverings:
The Department for Education announced 6 April 2021 that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary schools and college classrooms when students return after the Easter break to help limit transmission and enable continued monitoring of the effect of school and college returns, as twice weekly testing of students is established and embedded. It is important to note that those who rely on visual signals for communication, or speak to or provide support to those individuals, are currently exempt from any requirement to wear face coverings in schools or in public places.
It is expected that face coverings will no longer be required to be worn in classrooms, or by students in other communal areas, at step 3 of the roadmap, which will be no earlier than 17 May. At that point, the next stage of easements, including increased social contact indoors, will be confirmed following a review of the latest data on infection and vaccination rates.
They have also published updates to the following guidance to reflect this announcement:
- Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Letter from Minister Ford dated 5 March 2021
On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced that all children and young people should attend their educational setting from the 8 March. Alongside this, the government published a document setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and the Secretary of State wrote to all parents, carers and guardians
Single Route of Redress national Trial Extension
COVID-19 Update – Court and Tribunal Users
If there are wider changes to the operational running of the courts this will be communicated in the first instance through their digital channels:
The Tribunal are increasing the use of phone, video and other technology to continue as many hearings as possible remotely throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out more here.
Shielding Guidance and Supported Internships Returners Announcement
from Thursday 1 April, shielding guidance will be paused for clinically extremely vulnerable people (CEV). From that date they will no longer be advised to shield and must continue to follow the national restrictions that are in place for everyone.
From Thursday 1 April:
- all CEV children should attend early years provision, school, college, wraparound childcare and out-of-school settings, unless they are one of the very small number of children under paediatric or other specialist care and have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend.
- CEV students who are enrolled in practical, or practice-based (including creative arts) courses should return to in-person teaching.
- CEV staff are advised to continue to work from home where possible, but if they cannot work from home, they should now attend their workplace.
There is guidance to assist school leaders in actions they should take to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their setting. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE).
Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums
The Peterborough SENCO COVID Forums are multi-agency forums which were formed in response to feedback from Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was to ensure settings received topical, timely and consistent communication from a range of stakeholders, including the opportunity to share best practice across Peterborough (and beyond with colleagues attending from further afield) which SENCO's have reported have had a positive impact on children, young people and families during these unprecedented times.
The Peterborough SENCO Forums run in parallel to the 'Peterborough SENCO Network' - which is our co-produced SENCO Network.
Education Health and Care Plan Questionnaire
Education Health and Care Plan Questionnaire
Letter to parents
Further information about the interim requirements and a copy of the letter to parents/carers with the questionnaire is available here.
Thank you to everyone who was able to complete and send back the questionnaire. The online questionnaire closed on 30 June 2020.
You may wish to still complete the questionnaire with the school in order for your views to be recorded regarding the arrangements that are in place and how they are working.
Your setting/school/college will be in contact with you and your child/young person over the next few weeks to discuss the provision in their EHCP and how that is to be delivered. A record of that conversation will be made and sent to you and the LA. This record will be kept with your child/young person's EHCP.
You can find a paper copy of the questionnaire to download here.
Letter to Young People
You can find a copy of the questionnaire for young people here.
Easy Read letter and questionnaire
There is also an Easy Read version here.
Educational Psychology Service (EPS) Resources
Information for professionals
A team of psychologists from across Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published three webinars to support staff as they (start to) return to school following COVID-19.
The first module outlines how we understand the experiences and emotional response associated with pandemics, and ways to ease the transition that might be helpful for all.
The second module introduces Seligman’s PERMA model, a useful model for well-being and resilience which can be applied to everyday life.
The third module focuses on the needs of children and young people that have experienced loss and bereavement over the last few months.
Without time for reflection and discussion (which is recommended), the webinars run for 15 – 20 minutes each.
The modules can be found at….
You can also view documents to support the webinars:
Other resources for professionals can be found below:
- Peterborough Educational Psychology Service Covid-19 Resource Pack for Professionals Working with Children and Young People.
- Looking after ourselves, staff wellbeing
EPS Covid-19 Related Critical Incident Response
This document provides details of the support the Educational Psychology Service can offer in the event of critical incidents related to Covid-19. You can view the document by clicking on this link
Information for parents and young people
Autism / ADHD Advisory Teaching Service Resources
Autism: Self Isolation - Guidance and resources for parents.
Online learning resources, sensory play ideas, tips and strategies to support families through periods of self-isolation.
Newsletters provided by Peterborough City Council
You can read the following newsletters on our Local Offer COVID-19 - Information page.
- Cosy Crew - The half-termly newsletter for primary aged children with Autism
- I'm a parent, get me out of here - The half-termly newsletter for parents/carers of children/young people with autism
- The Lift Up - A newsletter for young people with Autism. This is available on our Local Offer for Young People Coronavirus page
View archived editions by clicking on the links below.
We are able to offer parent/carer consultations on a weekly basis. These must be booked in advance by calling 01733 863702
Early Years SEND Specialist and Portage Service Resources
The SEND Specialist and Portage Service top websites. The information in this document has been collated by the SEND Specialist and Portage Service to provide links to resources, information and websites to support parents and carers of pre-school children at this difficult time. The links work at the time of publishing. These packs will be checked and updated if necessary as the situation evolves.
Resources for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs)/professionals
Peterborough SEND Hubs
May 2020 - SEND Hub communication during COVID 19
Southfields Primary, Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Send Hub
Ideas for home-based activities to support communication and language skills in primary aged children. The website has been updated to take account of Covid-19. It is useful for both parents and professionals. Access via the link below:
St John Fisher SEND Hub
Teaching Assistants training/CPD opportunities and tracking sheets
Tracking sheet (See the Tracking Sheet link in the Useful Documents column to download the excel spreadsheet)
The Hungry Little Minds is a campaign from the Department of Education launched in July 2019. The website is aimed at families with children aged from newborn to five years old. It has short videos of activities parents can do with their children and are broken down by age groups. As well as the videos there are more ideas and activities to try at home. Access via the link below:
The BBCs Tiny Happy People has some fabulous resources to help families to develop Speech, Language and Communication Skills at home. The website has been developed working closely with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. It has a collection of short videos demonstrating interaction broken down by age groups starting with pregnancy to five year olds. Access via the link below:
Afasic voice for life
Visual 'Boredom Busters'
Information and resources from Sheffield NHS Trust for children with additional needs:
Ideas to support communication and language development at home
Have a look at and try the selection of activites below:
Try the cooking challenge using two ingredients here
Create your own Origame Fox
Have a go at the 5 day Activity Challenge
Create your own Comic Strip using this template
Can you break the Emoji Codebreaker?
Produce your own Daily Diary
Have a look at a Workout Plan here
I can Tell the Time Activity Pack
Write your own News Article
SEN and Inclusion Services Brochure - A Guide to our Services 2020/21
Welcome to the SEN and Inclusion (SENI) Services
The SEN and Inclusion Services consists of:
• Specialist Teaching Services (including the Autism / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Advisory Teaching Service (AATS), and the Sensory and Physical Support Service (for Hearing and/or Vision impairment and Physical Disabilities),
• the Educational Psychology Service (EPS),
• the Early Years SEND Specialist and Portage Service,
• the SEND Partnership Service Information, Advice and Support (SENDPS),
• the Local Area SENI Support Service
• the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS).
Each of our services has a specific remit to help our children and young people to achieve their potential and overcome barriers their additional needs may present to them and their educational settings.
Our contact details can be found in this guide
Top tips for SENCOs, teaching staff and wider stakeholders - remote learning during COVID
Top tips for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs)/ Teachers and wider stakeholders to enable remote learning for children/young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during COVID
This document has been created by the Peterborough Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Services (SENI) with co production from Family Voice Peterborough, some Peterborough SEND Hubs, SENCOs and various specialist professionals.
Autism Advisory Teaching Service - guide to supporting students with return to school - March 2021
Guide to Suggested Strategies for supporting students with their return to school in March
This is a GENERIC resource which will require EDITING in order to make it specific to your setting and, ideally, for the CYP with whom you are sharing it (NB it is currently 'branded' for KSCS as this is the Hub which developed it- you have permission to 're-brand' it)
All measures are SUGGESTIONS - please add in any missing steps/information that your setting is putting in place and remove/edit those that your setting is not implementing.
Replace images with 'real life' photos if you think that this would benefit your CYP
There is also a poster version-'COVID 19 test poster'