Back to school week after the Easter break has been slightly different this year - including for our Heathermount School, which welcomes pupils living with autism. With most schools remaining closed for the foreseeable future, apart from for the children of key workers, we wanted to highlight and celebrate the incredible work of the school in continuing to help children learn, despite these challenging times.

The school is still open, but right now lessons are being adapted for those pupils learning from home. We are making it possible for those at home at the moment to keep up with their studies from a distance. Pupils have continued learning online and staff have kept in touch with regular calls. We have also been supporting families with information on sensory diets, and other ways to keep children happy and learning throughout this period when we are all social distancing as much as possible. We have also worked with parents to produce guides to help pupils connect safely with others digitally, as they are spending more time online.

One parent at Heathermount School, said: “Please thank all the staff for all they are doing for the kids. Our family really appreciate everything you do and will do in the future.”

Here is a video showing the great work of the school, filmed before the coronavirus pandemic. It really lifts the spirits!