Special education

As with the mainstream schooling ideas, special needs hubs at the moment and ASN schools need to be looked at in a similar way. Many of these children have serious illnesses or exceptional health needs, and autism. My concern is that there needs to be clearer and more definitive guidelines and staff need to follow these, as well as parents! To ensure these are happening perhaps ‘checking or quality assurance’ of some kind are carried out?

Why the contribution is important

To protect those most vulnerable (Staff and pupils), to ensure the safety and health of pupils with exceptional health needs in additional needs in a special school setting is being met. Many of these parents have already perhaps lost a child, are dealing with extreme anxiety- and the staff who are working in schools, many of them feel anxious too.

by Tubsarooni on May 10, 2020 at 10:45AM

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  • Posted by AnnMac May 10, 2020 at 13:08

    Totally agree that Special Education hubs/ ASN Resource bases cannot return until it is completely safe to do so. The very nature of working very closely with special needs pupils does not allow for social distancing. PPe and strict guidelines would have to be in place. Test, Trace & track would also have to be in place first.
  • Posted by hannah_smith May 10, 2020 at 20:01

    There's a balancing act here - many of those attending special needs educational facilities will have a high dependence on contact with the schools/hubs (such as a heavy reliance on routine, or risk of behavioural regression etc.). For some, resuming contact as soon as it is feasibly safe to do so is likely to be important.
  • Posted by Underhill May 11, 2020 at 13:25

    I want to know how the government will support and safeguard pupils and all staff (teaching, support admin etc), who are in schools which provide provision for students with profound and multiple disabilities, where social distancing is impossible due to moving and handling, personal/intimate care, giving medication, violent incidents (including biting and spitting). Pupils who have severe and profound autism and challenging behaviours. There are often many adults in one room to support students and at least two adults when carrying out personal care. This environment is almost more like a care/medical environment, so what protections/safeguards will be put in place? And can guidance be issued for these specific types of settings for safe practicies and not just forgotten about.
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