Wider Opening
  
All of our services are increasing attendance where possible as long as it's safe to do so. The Nursery, School, Children's Home, and College are running provision and adapting practices in education and care to meet the guidelines. Our Specialist Employability Support service (SES) has performed really well for the DWP and has even managed to get some job outcomes for the clients they support during lockdown. We are really pleased that the people SES support who are deaf and have other learning disabilities are able to benefit from the service during a difficult time for the employment market. We know that there have been huge job losses and yet SES has still managed to find jobs for those people who are often the most marginalised during this time. The SES team have to work hard to find the job opportunities and even harder to support their clients into a position. It's a service that makes a big difference to the lives of the people who access their support.
  
It's been quite a challenge to help our pupils in School and students in College who are leaving us in July. The staff have worked hard on the leavers transition plans and their assessments to provide them with the qualifications they need for their next phase in life. One of the favourite times of the academic year is the end of year graduation when we all have the opportunity to say our goodbyes and celebrate achievements and successes. It does feel very strange for the staff, pupils, students and families not to be able to hold the graduation event. When we are able to hold an event next year then i think we'll have to invite all of this year's leavers back so that we can have an even bigger (and hopefully better) celebration! 
  
Governance
  
We have our Board of Governors meetings for School and College this week where our Governors will be reviewing what we have provided so far during lockdown and what our plans are next. We need to continue on with our governance processes especially at this time to ensure that additional level of scrutiny, challenge and support. I have been in close contact with both Chairs for School and College during lockdown and we really appreciate their input, advice and support which has been invaluable. They have asked us questions to challenge plans and practices which always helps to get things right and it has been done in a spirit of supportive challenge. The governors, like everyone else, want what's best for our children, young people and staff. 
  
Once again, thanks to all of our staff this week who have been marvellous. They still continue to demonstrate dedication and commitment and we are really grateful. They take everything in their collective stride and focus on what needs to be done. Our services shine because of them. 
  
Alexis Johnson
Executive Principal