During the COVID-19 outbreak, NCW is committed to keeping students and staff safe, whilst continuing to provide top quality accessible learning.
During the first lockdown in 2019, NCW ran a full remote timetable and support programme via Google Meet. Here are some great examples of how we are continued to teach and care for the young people in our school community during the national lockdown.
If you are the parent of a young VI learner in a mainstream setting and would like your child to be able to access this learning get in touch as we may be able to provide resources, tips or even include your child in some our lessons. Contact us via our Contact Us page.
Virtual Assemblies and Form Groups
Google Meets has been really effective for everyone coming together for assemblies and form time. There is no limit to the number of people who can join and after a a couple of times most people have become competent users. It is accessible for those who are vision impaired and participants are able to join with or without video. Anyone not speaking needs to disable their microphone to cut out background noise.
These gatherings have facilitated a routine feel to the virtual school day, with staff and students joining for assembly and form time first thing in the morning – ready for the day!
Clubs and Activities
At NCW we have found during these difficult times that by reacting quickly and being flexible is a key to success in running a virtual school. On lockdown, we ran a full virtual programme of lessons but over the first few weeks it emerged that students were becoming exhausted, as were parents and staff! The students were missing the down time with their peers, House Parents and Key Workers.
We reacted to this situation and instigated a bi-weekly timetable, which freed up afternoons for a series of well-being clubs that students could sign up to. From sing-a-longs to fitness, arts & crafts to App club – there was something for everyone.
Care Staff and Key Workers have also been running activities outside of school time, in the evenings and at weekends, including Quiz Nights, Open Mic Evenings and even a Saturday Afternoon Baking Club.