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Supporting Parents of students with additional learning needs

15th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

This letter has been created in order to give you, as parents of students with additional learning needs, as much assistance and information as we can so that your child feels confident, supported and can access the online learning provided for the foreseeable future.

A member of the school staff will be contacting you regularly and if you have any queries or concerns this will be passed to myself in the first instance. If you would prefer to contact me directly my email address is: egay@themarvellcollege.com.

We will be constantly reviewing the provision for your child and while it is extremely challenging, due to the current national circumstances, we will do our upmost to discuss with you in partnership how best to meet the needs of each individual.

We have had a few questions raised about visual stress, coloured home learning booklets and other resources. All requirements for each student have been shared with teams so children receive the correct colour. If, on the occasion, this is not the required colour your child can use their overlay and the variation of colour not being black and white would reduce the stress for your child until we can support you further.

As teachers will be delivering to a large number of students online, I have confirmed the guidance nationally and they will be asked to ‘use cream or pastel colours on your slide or background’ Irlens Syndrome Foundation. We have asked all staff to use pale yellow or green to support consistency.

This may mean the PowerPoint/work is not presented in the preferred colour. In this case your child can use their overlay or follow the guidance below to change the settings on your device:

Click here

You may also want to increase the size of the font on your screen as this will aid vision and reduce any blurring of letters.

Below is a guide for visual stress for parents if you think your child needs support with this and another showing you how to adapt your device to support visual stress and dyslexia:

Click here - Visual Stress Guide

Click here - How to adapt your device

Below is a guide for visual stress for parents if you think your child needs support with this:

Click here

There is also a free downloadable programme pupils with dyslexia can use to put a coloured overlay on their computers and tablets to aid reading. Once the program has been downloaded the colour can be changed to suit individual needs. Instructions on how to do this are online, please see the link below:

Click here

The following link is a useful document to share with your child if they are worried or nervous about having a Covid test:

Click here

Please see the link below for some additional resources that you can download for free to support with your child’s learning:

Click here

We understand that going into another national lockdown can be worrying and upsetting for all members of the family. The link below is a useful resource to signpost you to many different resources and guidance:

Click here

Finally, if there is anything else you would like to discuss please contact me via my email address: egay@themarvellcollege.com and I will respond directly and promptly. A copy of this letter will be uploaded onto the school website to help you access the links more easily.

Yours faithfully

Mrs E Gay

SENCo and Assistant Headteacher

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