Staff at SEN school in Cheltenham explain challenges looking after pupils during lockdown

Staff at a school for children with special educational needs in Cheltenham have been explaining the challenges they face looking after pupils during the lockdown.

Bettridge School remained open through the Easter holidays to a limited number of children, including those whose parents are key workers.

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Alison Morley, whose daughter Hazel is a pupil and loves school, admits she was worried about Covid-19.

However, seeing how the school is managing the practicalities of dealing with children who require close supervision has made her all the more confident.

Headteacher Mandy Roberts says she is overwhelmed by her staff's dedication. Credit: ITV West Country


Staff say managing the safety of children has required some creative thinking.

Teachers and care assistants use different entrances, stay with the same groups in different parts of the buildings and even using separate facilities.

At the end of the day each of those facilities is deep cleaned.