During the COVID-19 outbreak NCW is committed to keeping students and staff safe whilst still providing top quality accessible learning
On this page we will be sharing some of the wonderful examples of how NCW staff are still teaching and caring for the young people in our school community.
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.
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Virtual Assemblies & 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 turn 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 & Activities Programme
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 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.
Virtual Afternoon Activities and Clubs – May 2020
- Nature photography club with Mrs Ridley
- Fitness club with the Activities team with Phil
- Chat, Colour & Make Club with Mrs Kings
- Cooking with Ms Emmanuel
- Quiz with the Activities team – Megan
- Musical Theatre Sing-a-long with Mr Painter
- Fitness Club with the Activities team – Phil
- App Club with Miss Williams
- Reading Club with Mrs Wright
- Music Club with the Activities Team – Megan
- Creative Writing Club with Mr Hinds
- Craft Club with the Activities team – Chloe