We are in it together! Covid-19 2020
As an Inclusion Team we have absolutely loved hearing the stories of all your adventures and seeing the amazing things you have been making. Here is a collection of some of your memories. Thank you for all you have done to support the children over the last few months and for your support to us as a school - we really appreciate it. We all hope that you have a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.
Millie the PAT dog (Pets As Therapy)
As most of you know, I have a PAT dog (Pets As Therapy) who I take into Southend Hospital, as we can't do that at the moment, at different times, Millie and I have been in school looking after the Key Worker's children. Here she is taking her 'PAT' dog role very seriously! This has been a strange time for us all. But I know you have all been working very hard and learning lots of new skills. In amongst the difficulties we have had to face, hold on to the positives:
'Pollution has dropped, this means we are able to breathe more easily. The canals in Venice are clear and there has even been some dolphins spotted swimming! Lots of people are showing kindness by helping others. People are shopping for those who can't get out, some have donated money and others are volunteering at the hospital, this is GREAT! What can you do to help your parents, neighbours and friends? We are all in this together! If you have any photos of things you have achieved, learnt or helped out with then send any photos to my email address which is: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Grove Wood Primary School we believe that all children can achieve and succeed in all things. We have a highly specialised team of adults who work alongside many of our children on a regular basis including a Deputy Headteacher/SenCo (Miss Cubberley), a Family Support worker (Mrs Marshall) and a Learning Mentor (Mrs Backhouse). We also have a Counsellor who comes in one day a week to support children, a Speech and Language Therapist who will undertake assessments and a Family Support Worker who is employed by the YMCA who comes in half a day each week. Our work is varied as we try to meet the needs of all the children.
We are very proud to be an inclusive school which provides the highest quality of provision for all. We currently have a large number of children with Education, Health, Care Plans and who are on SEN Support. We are fully committed to improving outcomes and to have high expectations for all children with SEND. We believe that all children are amazing and have their own set of talents and skills. The above is a lovely Youtube video which we use to help children to understand that we are all different and yet unique!
If you would like further information about how we support children with SEND please follow these links:
SEND Policy updated January 2019
The details of the Essex County Council's Local Offer can be found here: Essex Local Offer. You will find an array of information and organisations that will assist you in supporting your child.
The final version of the Code of Practice, which is the statutory guidance for organisations working with children with Special Educational needs was released in January 2015. It states that there are four main areas of need:
1. Communication and Interaction
Children who have speech and language or communication difficulties or who have a diagnosis of ASD will fall under this category. Please follow these links to help you if you feel your child is struggling in this area:
2. Cognition and Learning
Some children will struggle to keep up with their peers. They may have difficulties with dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.
3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Children may struggle with social or emotional difficulties in different ways. They could be withdrawn, finding it difficult to concentrate, they may display challenging behaviour or may become overly anxious.
4. Sensory and/or Physical difficulties
Some children will have a special educational need due to a specific physical difficulty. This may also include visual or hearing impairments.
If you have any concerns about your child please do speak to a member of the Inclusion Team and we will be more than happy to try and help.
The School's Aim
It is the school’s aim to challenge all pupils and enable each child to fulfil his or her own potential. At Grove Wood Primary School we endeavour to continuously develop teaching resources, skills and methods to enable all pupils to succeed. Sometimes children experience temporary difficulties, such as medical problems or life challenges, which can affect their learning, and some children have specific educational difficulties which require support. Children with special needs will be supported within the classroom with appropriate teaching materials, learning aids and equipment. Where children need support beyond the normal teaching programme, they may be withdrawn individually or in small groups from the classroom.
Essex County Council is developing a new Commissioning Strategy for Services for Children and Young People with Disabilities. This involves our commissioners and research team deepening their understanding of the diverse range of needs of the children and young people and identifying and improving the support and opportunities in place to meet those needs.
Our first job is to look at the short breaks offer known as “clubs and activities” and “light touch care”. These are the opportunities that provide leisure time, informal education opportunities. This might include dance, sports, arts and life skills such as cooking.
The contracts for these clubs and activities expire in September 2021. To help us put the right things in place for after September 2021 we want to hear what works best for children, young people and families, for example what you enjoy doing and things you would like to achieve by attending these opportunities.
The information you provide will help us start to design the new offer with you from now until the new services are in place.
To complete the survey please follow this link https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/commissioning-delivery/f70bdfb5
If anyone has any questions or would require the survey in another format please email CYPengagement@essex.gov.uk
Children & Families Hub Directory of Services - https://www.essexeffectivesupport.org.uk/media/1077/directory-of-services-200818.pdf
Essex Family Support Service - https://www.community360.org.uk/efss/
Butterflies Club now has
Their very own clubhouse!
Butterflies Clubs has been running across Essex since June 2018, providing clubs and activities to children and young people with additional needs and disabilities right across Essex. we now have a clubhouse in Hockley that we opened in September!
Throughout the week we will be running classes and activities such as science club, performing arts, multi sports, safety awareness as well as general social sessions where we support the children and young people with making and sustaining friendships.
We will also be having regular activities for the siblings for children with disabilities and a weekly coffee and
chat session for primary caregivers (with a crèche!)
If you would like to get registered to have a fun-filled time at our Butterflies clubhouse, please message us on Facebook or text us on 07586842345!