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Bradford Council is providing information and advice to help parents, carers, schools and other settings during the disruption to education caused by coronavirus (Covid-19).
Colleagues are advised to keep up to date with Governement guidance at DfE Education and Childcare.
Our Wellbeing and Education at Home - Information Pack contains a comprehensive list of resources for children from early years to the
end of their school age and including resources for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Department for Education has also pulled together resources for home education. DfE
The government has also released a set of
on-line resources for children to access at home.
In addition, to support the hard work of schools in delivering remote education, the Oak National Academy launch on April 20. Created by teachers, with government grant funding, it will provide
180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.
This is free and open access. It may be particularly useful to mention this to any families with children not on roll at school.
The BBC has also launched its own education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and some of the best teachers – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents.
Obviously, accessing these services is dependent on online access. So, the Education Secretary has announced that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free
laptops. The LA is communicating with schools around this.
With many children at home and spending more time online, there is information on how to keep your child safe online in our
Online Safeguarding for Parents Guide.
SEND specific resources for supporting learning from home have been developed under four separate areas, to support children with a range of needs.
Cognition & Learning
Communication & Interaction (Autism)
Social, Emotional & Mental Health
The Linking Network has created a
home learning resource webpage to support wellbeing and integration which can be used by teachers still in school and families with children working at home with focus on hope, resilience, friendliness, kindness, wellbeing, talk and connection with others
A new open Facebook page has also been set up The Linking Network - support for families learning at home. Find it
Open letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families sent to children
and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them. Dated 23 March 2020.
CPOMS, a digital safeguarding and pastoral recording system,
is offering its service free of charge during the crisis to schools without a digital recording system. CPOMS offer.
Kooth is a free, safe, anonymous online counselling and support service for children and young people aged 10 to 25. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service and self-help resources, such as ‘10 ways you can
manage coronavirus panic.’
The government has issued guidance on the reimbursement
of exceptional funds to schools who have had additional costs during the Corovid-19 crisis from March until July 2020.