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Community Care Centre
Speech and Language Therapy Service
North Ormesby Health Village
2 Trinity Mews
Tel: 01642 944488
INFORMATION FROM THE SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICE
Dear Parents / Guardians
We have tried to keep you updated with our service over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown and the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.
We’ve made contact with you via telephone, video and our social media channels.
Now, as everyone is preparing for returning to school, we are working with our colleagues in education and day care settings to consider the best way to see your children again, as safely and effectively as possible. We will start to offer school and nursery appointments towards the end of September, giving your children time to settle into their new school routines.
We have developed a risk assessment for our Speech and Language Therapy Service but we will also be working to the risk assessments developed by schools and nurseries. This means we may ask you not to attend a school appointment but we will contact you to discuss it afterwards. We may ask you to limit the number of adults who come to appointments to 1 where possible. If you do need more than 1 adult to attend please do contact us so we can discuss the best way to support you with this.
We all have a responsibility to continue with precautions as guided by the government, this includes:
- social distancing to 2 metres where possible
- wearing face coverings
- cancelling appointments when someone in the family, or our own staff, develops symptoms of coronavirus
At all of your appointments with us, including those in schools and nurseries, our staff will be wearing face shields and, where possible, will maintain 2 metres social distance.
We understand that young children cannot understand the need for social distancing so we will be able to work at 1 metre where necessary.
Our professional organisations are still recommending that we continue with telehealth appointments wherever possible and we will continue to offer telephone and video contact where we feel this is appropriate.
We’re sure you will appreciate that there are now a number of children and young people who are waiting for a face to face appointment from our service. We appreciate your patience during this time – we will see your children as quickly and safely as possible but there will be an increase in our waiting times. Please do continue to view our social media pages for advice and support.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s speech and language therapy, please get in touch with us via TVCCG.email@example.com. Please include your child’s name and date of birth so we can access their patient records.
(Please note that whilst NHS emails are secure, we cannot guarantee a secure link when forwarding information to private email accounts – we will not be in a position to send specific clinical information about your child in this manner but would willingly send anonymous resources and hand-outs).
You can also find general information and advice on our Facebook page, our Twitter page, and our YouTube channel – South Tees NHS Speech Therapy.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding at this time.
South Tees NHS Speech and Language Therapy Service Manager
on behalf of the Speech and Language Therapy Team
Please be advised, as we have came to the end of the academic year, the firstname.lastname@example.org email address will no longer be available. If you require any help or assistance, you can contact school by the usual methods.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you have a fantastic Summer break.
Due to the reduction of pupils attending school during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to re-evaluate our school’s approach to the provision on offer for our pupils when they return to school, in September.
We have been given clear expectations from the government regarding the delivery of a recovery curriculum, which will ensure that all our children have the level of support that they will need to become ‘efffective’ and ‘engaged’ learners who are able to access all that school has to offer.
At the heart of our curriculum, is the development of the whole child so we will continue to provide an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects in order to support the needs of our pupils and address the gaps as a result of lost learning time. This will form part of our recovery curriculum.
The term will begin with some initial baseline testing so we can identify key gaps in learning. Once the initial identification of need has been established we will offer a ‘pathway of support’. This will have three explicit strands:
- Our universal-whole school holistic approach.
- Targeted personalised small group/individual support, personalised to pupils needs.
- Specialist support-where it is required.
- Crucially, we will ensure that all our pupils will have access to high quality PSHE lessons to support children’s well-being through this time of great change and transition.
- We also believe that our new Relationships and Health education programme will also endorse our emotional well-being programme by teaching children about the importance of healthy relationships.
‘’ The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they will be able to recover. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.’’ Bruce D.Perry
As a Catholic school with a very strong ethos and sense of community, pupils will have their full entitlement to our R.E curriculum, and collective worship will continue within individual classrooms. Our pupils will be also encouraged to contribute to our ‘Called to Serve’ mission.
Pupils with Special Education Needs and Disability will continue to be supported in line with our SEND offer, however individual support plans will be reviewed in the first two weeks to take into account the impact of lockdown and partial school closure; and amended to support the needs of the individual child.
Our Pastoral team will also continue to provide advice and strong support mechanisms for our families, during this time of transition.
Please see the attached list of help available for families during the school holidays. Please pass it on to anyone else that you think may find it useful. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, I will not see you at Feast of Fun this year. I do plan to assist with distribution of hot meals at UCA and would love to see you there.
Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday and look forward to seeing you again in September. I am in the process of putting together a list of courses and activities for the new term so please watch this space. Trish