Monday 8 February at 07:45. Woodcroft is open and our transport is running. We will monitor conditions during the day and may need to close early. Please check with local authority transport providers regarding the home-school run. There is ice and light snow on Whitaker’s Way and Baldwins Hill which has not been gritted. Pavements and roads are icy; but roads are improving and traffic is passing. The main road (Goldings Hill /A121) is flowing.
Woodcroft School has remained open during the pandemic, offering a place in school for every pupil who is able to attend. But there are times when pupils can’t be in, for example, if national guidelines require groups to stay at home, or if a pupil is self-isolating. The special educational requirements of our pupils means that our provision for remote learning is tailored to meet their individual needs.
Woodcroft Home School website
In the first few days of remote learning all pupils have immediate access to our protected Woodcroft Home School website, which has been running since Easter 2020. On the site, an archive of over a hundred activities, stories, lessons and musical items is available and added to weekly. In addition, each class has a home page where the class teacher and therapy team post material made or chosen for that particular class.
Because of the special education, health and social care needs of our pupils, each pupil’s household will receive a welfare contact at least twice a week from their class teacher when their child is not attending school.
Remote sessions with class teachers and therapists
We have two dedicated teachers available to provide remote lessons to pupils at home via Teams. The content of lessons will depend on whether the pupil is following our formal, semi-formal or informal curriculum in class. Therapy sessions with qualified therapists are made available for those with therapy requirements on their EHC plans. Before these sessions commence, the school will contact parents and carers to discuss the suitability of daily or less frequent sessions, and whether the supporting technology is in place at home. Where technology is required, but not yet in place, the school will provide assistance (for example tablets or laptops) to ensure access for all pupils. Where appropriate, we aim to have remote sessions available within a week of a pupil not being able to attend school.
Home School packs and library
In addition to the remote learning provided via communication technology, we also send out activities, toys and physical therapy support by post regularly to all pupils who are not attending. We also have a book, toy, activity and musical instrument library.