Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Virtual NCW and COVID-19

During the CODVID-19 outbreak NCW is committed to keeping students and staff safe, whilst continuing to provide top quality accessible learning. During the summer lockdown NCW ran a remote timetable and support programme via Google Meet.

Returning to campus after the summer break, we have strict COVID safety measures in place, a clear ‘bubble’ system and are working to a frequently updated risk assessment.

On this page you will find some of the wonderful examples of how NCW staff were still teaching and caring for the young people in our school community during the summer 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

Ready for virtual assembly
Home Learning with Jake
Joe learning to butter bread via video link
Mrs Browning teaching ILS remotely
Mr Painter ready to teach Musical Theatre remotely

I just wanted to pass on my thanks and total respect for all of your interaction with the kids over these difficult times. It has been extra difficult for [daughter] as she is worrying that she might never go back given this was her last term. You and your staff have kept her going, engaged and motivated - thank you. I have been really impressed with the provision and remote support. Thank you to everyone.

Parent - May 2020

I cannot believe how much Rico’s changed! I can't believe that he's the same boy! I am sooooo proud! He gets up everyday ready for school without me even having to ask! By the time I get up he's already up dressed and ready to go. He wants to do so well with his work! He was so happy to hear about his options for GCSEs. I can't believe we have come this far. There been such a dramatic change in his attitude. I want to say a massive thank you to you guys! He wouldn't have achieved this without you and the rest of the staff! I really do appreciate everything you have done for him! I really mean it from the bottom of my heart!

Parent - May 2020

I have been very impressed with how you have all very quickly adapted to the situation. I wanted to thank you and hope you will pass on our appreciation to all - for the continued support, excellent communication, and the amazing effort everyone has put into continuing during these very challenging times. I think what you all do is amazing and I have always felt we made the right decision trusting you with [son's] education. You and the rest of your team have only solidified our belief!

Parent - June 2020

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 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!

Assembly - 100 attendees

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 running during Summer Lockdown

4.15pm – Musical instruments
4.30pm – Fitness with Phil

Lunchtime – Musical Theatre sing along with Mr Painter
4.15pm – Craft, Colour & Chat with Mrs Kings

4.30 – Fitness with Phil

Lunchtime – Reading Club with Mrs Wright
4.15pm – App Club with Miss Williams

Lunchtime – Creative Writing Club with Mr Hinds
4.15pm – Craft Club with Chloe

10am – Music Club with Megan
1.30pm – Quiz with Megan

Ms Emanuel makes scones
Mr Painter runs Musical Theatre Singing Club
Harrison at Baking Club
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