Summer 2021



As Sunderland’s only specialist setting for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged 2-11 we have continued to remain open to all pupils that are not considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable since the beginning of the year.
Throughout the Spring term staff were tested twice per week using Lateral Flow Device tests and most of the school’s staff were vaccinated. Testing will continue throughout the Summer term. On review we have decided to leave our COVID-19 task based risk assessment un-altered from the Spring term as the measures outlined therein have served the school so well since January.
Whilst we are attempting to remain open to as many pupils as we are safely able, we must be clear that it is not possible to guarantee that the school will remain COVID-19 free. As such we are not able to provide face to face education for children that have continued to receive shielding advice. If you are unsure if your child meets this criteria please seek advice from their GP or Paediatrician.
The families of children that are unable to attend school due to vulnerability or isolation (due to COVID-19 contact) currently receive:

  • Weekly 'Home Learning Activity Guidance' (.pdf document) linked to the class Curriculum Connector theme.
  • A box of physical resources linked to the activities and ideas contained in the Home Learning Guidance. These are compiled by the Be More Connected team in school.
  • A weekly timetable of Virtual Learning Sessions with the rest of each child’s class that can be joined via the Zoom Meetings App.
  • A weekly support call from our Family Partnership Advisor, Jan Patterson, to talk through the activities for your child and to answer any questions parents might have about how you can successfully use them.
  • A half termly updated copy of their child’s PLP to reflect the progress they have made towards their developmental milestones whilst learning from home.
  • Guidance and feedback on individual activities via the Evidence Me App which is used for parents to report on what has been done at home and for teachers to inform developmental formative and summative assessment.

If you would like to keep up to date with news in school please see our regular news playlist on our Youtube  channel here
If you would like to read our COVID-19 task based risk assessment you can find that here.

James Waller