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Sadly the Arun Court building is now closed (as of 24/03) until after the Easter holidays - however 'school' is very much open and you MUST make sure you register each day please 

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The government's advice now is that:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. Announcements on 22/03/2020 also made it clear that social distancing applies to all within the UK, including schools. Please read the information sheet above as it important that students who will be attending are prepared and able to follow these social distancing measures whilst on site after Easter.

 

For the latest DFE advice please see:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

 

 

 

Update: Tuesday 24/03 We are having to close the building now as several staff have had notification that they need to 'shield' and others are in isolation. Shielding staff will continue to run the online classrooms, phone calls, emails and skype services. We have two staff members available for home visits and drop offs in emergency circumstances. In addition the cleaning company can no longer provide us with cleaning services due to staff isolating.

 

When the unwell and isolating staff are back, we aim to be open to the children of key workers after Easter and to any families who can demonstrate that their child is too vulnerable to be at home. 

 

We can't open over Easter due to essential building and maintenance works which had already been planned and scheduled. These include the creation of a kitchen, which will be essential moving forward if we are called upon to provide meals to vulnerable young people in our community. We will still be maintaining the online school, emergency drop-offs and well-being calls over Easter. 

 

Answers to questions we have been asked:

 

If my child has an EHCP do they have to attend the onsite lessons after Easter, I'd prefer to keep them at home? 

 

No, you have the same rights as other parents. However, the children in school after Easter will be working on the same online platform and we will need ALL students to register online by 11:00 am for safeguarding. We will also expect parents to participate in our well-being calls and checks which will happen as a minimum on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hannah will be continuging these calls throughout the Easter holidays. Remember Dr Vikki Petch, clinical psychologist, will still be on site on Mondays - it is important high risk and high anxiety children continue to access this service. Children attending will have to obey the social distancing rules that you can download above - several children on Monday found the school in these circumstances to be more anxiety inducing than being at home, please bear this in mind when making your decisions. 

 

What if I have wider concerns - can I talk to the school about these too? 

Yes, Hannah will be calling you at least 3 times a week to check on student participation and well-being, family issues and your basic needs - if you are struggling to find supplies for example, or struggling yourself - let her know. We can't guarantee we will be able to help with supplies, but we will try. 

 

 

Student Question: What if my parents can't help me with school work?

We will not intentionally post exercises that require a lot of parental suppport, our programmes are intuitive and will change the difficulty level with your progress. If you are finding it too hard, email your teacher - there are other ways we can support you. 

 

Student Question: I was due to take a functional skills exam, what will happen now?

We do not know if actual exams will take place at this stage. In case of exams being decided by 'course work' it will be very important that you continue with your workbooks and online evidencing of the level of your skills 

 

 

Student Question: I'm really scared and worried, what should I do?

Keep talking to us - we can ring you if you need us to

Only look at reliable sources of information like the mainstream news channels 

Do the maths - what % of the population are actually infected? remember most of you are not in high risk categories and would hopefully only get a mild version of the illness, if you get ill at all 

Take control - you have 'power' over this; keep hand washing measures and social distancing up 

Use your techniques - rememebr all the anxiety reducing techniques we have taught you and try to maintain exercise, even if it is following Joe Wicks exercises in the morning or doing air guitar in your bedroom 

Keep taking part in school - maintaining your routine, keeping up your learning and talking to your friends is so very important

Remember it will all end - it is awful right now, but one day this event will be just a memory. You are stronger than you think you are. 

 

 

PARENT INFORMATION

  • A PHONE CALL FROM WELL-BEING STAFF (usually Hannah) ON A MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, & FRIDAY - Please use this to discuss any issues with work you'd like a teacher to contact you about, any issues you may be having with isolation or mental health, any needs your family may have. We are keen to ensure that those who feel vulnerable are not too isolated. Hannah will be discussing issues with the SLT daily. 

 

  •  Teachers and members of the SLT may be calling you at other times, especially if your child is struggling with the work or mentally anxious, or if you have a named social worker - please check your emails and phone calls regularly 

 

  •  MONDAY to FRIDAY work will be set and students are part of 'google classrooms' in groups of 3-4 to each teacher - students can submit work for discussion or marking. Teachers can also call and skype if needed and can also post / send some items. We will be contacting students during non official holiday periods to make sure work is being carried out and will aim to support families where students are maybe not keen to take part. If there are siblings who would like to join in tasks then they are welcome to do so if it encourages our student - sometimes having a go as a whole family is a better approach. 

 

  •  A break time social classroom online has also been set up, so that students can chat 

 

  •  AQA CERTIFIED SCHEMES - We will send parents the AQA Life skills criteria for the certificate your young person is currently working towards - these are often practical tasks that require evidence being collected (such as photos) the more practical nature may appeal to students if they are at home - contact us for further support if and when you need it, as evidence can be collected in a huge variety of ways. Again, you may want to do these activities as a family and siblings can also potentially gain certification. Please also forward photos to Bev at bigbearbespokeeducation@outlook.com and she will post them on these new pages!  

 

  •  FULL UNLIMITED ACCESS to maths and English IXL online learning which will be monitored remotely by staff - if you have lost any passwords for this, or google classroom let us know and we'll re-send them

 

  •  THESE PAGEs will be used to celebrate achievements, set projects and fun tasks, give advice on how to deal with stress, boredom and anxiety.

 

  •  Students who will struggle to access the online classroom, particularly those attached to R-OUT-ES, will be tutored by phone calls and email - with the teacher having the same copy of the book in front of them.

 

  • If you need to email a staff member -
  •  Bev: bigbearbespokeeducation@outlook.com
  •  Nheke/Reception: info@aruncourt.co.uk 
  •  Chris: chrisb@aruncourt.co.uk 
  •  Gillian: gillianw@aruncourt.co.uk 
  •  Maria:  mariam@aruncourt.co.uk 
  •  Vicki (teacher): victoriaw@aruncourt.co.uk
  •  Sarah: sarahb@aruncourt.co.uk 
  •  Jess: jessa@aruncourt.co.uk
  •  Linda: lindar@aruncourt.co.uk
  •  Pauline: paulineh@aruncourt.co.uk
  •  Hannah: hannahe@aruncourt.co.uk
  •  Lisa - off long term sick, please do not contact 

SOURCES OF HELP

These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies. 

ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice 

Text line: 07537416905

Info line: 03444775774

www.anxietyuk.org.uk  

www.autismeye.com 

 A magazine packed full of useful articles around not just ASD, but the mental health aspects associated with it - fascinating reading and lots of signalling to specialist support. 

YOUNG MINDS.

www.youngminds.org.uk

Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258

CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY (CALM)

depression and suicide prevention charity for men and young males. Very useful overnight support line 5pm to midnight.

0800 58 58 58 

OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services. 

www.ocduk.org

03332127890

PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41

www.papyrus-org.uk 

An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.

01482 718130

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