Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Information for COVID 19 school closure
While school is closed your child’s class teacher will be providing lots of activities and work for your child to complete at home. If this work is too hard or you are struggling with any aspect of this please do not hesitate to contact either myself or their class teacher. We are here to help (from a distance).
Some children have been sent home with packs of work from a different year group. I will be in touch with you if this is the case so you can continue to follow the correct year groups work.
We recognise that this is a stressful time for everyone. I have posted some links below which might help with explaining COVID 19 to children and a social story in the files section. There are already links for dealing with other additional needs. If you find any useful links for explaining or coping with COVID 19 please email these to me and I will share them on here.
If you are still struggling with your child’s mental health, behaviour or any other issues please feel free to contact me by email. I may not be able to help but I can listen and sometimes that’s all you might need.
Annual reviews for children with EHCP funding will still go ahead, remotely, I will be in touch if this applies to you. If you have not received your child’s spring term First Concerns or SEN Support plan these should be with you this week, contact me next week if you still haven’t received them.
Please note: I am working off site at this time.
COVID 19 resources
My personal favourite is Relax like a cat! http://www.socialworkerstoolbox.com/relax-like-cat-relaxation-exercise-children/ This might produce lots of giggles rather than calmness the first few times but giggles are good!
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/20-relaxation-cards-for-children.pdf – Very short, simple and lovely activities to do as a family.
https://www.innerhealthstudio.com/relaxation-for-children.html free relaxation scripts.
Also, remember that you are your childs safe person, they look to you when they are stressed. This might come out as crying, anger or as challenging behaviour. Behaviour of any kind is communication.
Cuddling up and watching a film, mindfulness colouring, going for a walk (if allowed) or reading together will feel just as relaxing for many children as any of these activities.
Special Educational Needs Policy
The arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils
Miss Egginton is the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at Marlborough. Miss Egginton organises support for children from across the school who need extra support with aspects of their learning and development to ensure that pupils with SEN are treated as favourably as other pupils. This work is in addition to the interventions being carried out by teachers and our experienced teaching assistants. A number of our interventions are nationally accredited including:
- Maths Support (Mrs Jones and Mrs Dempsey)
- Fisher Family Trust Wave 3 Literacy (Miss Gillespie)
- Better Reading at Primary (Mrs Leah)
- ECaR Inference Training (Mrs Yeates)
- ELS (Miss Gillespie)
- Reception Literacy Programme (Miss Tune and Mrs Warburton)
Support can be seen in many forms at Marlborough and may include 1-1 support in class or 1-1 work out of class, small group interventions targeted and children’s individual needs.
Children with additional needs are supported through SEN Support Plans, Individual Health Care Plans or First Concerns Profiles. If this applies to your child then you will have been informed and invited to attend a meeting with the class teacher and sometimes Miss Egginton and or other staff. Your views are very important to us when creating targets and deciding on provision for your child. If you wish to discuss any of the paperwork please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Egginton.
Children with the most complex and long term needs may have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in addition to an SEN Support Plan.
Working with Parents and Carers
Supporting parents is also very important for us at Marlborough. Miss Egginton will meet with parents of children with additional needs when needed or upon request. You can see Miss Egginton in school, phone and ask for a call back or email if you prefer.
The purpose of this section of the site is to provide reliable information sources on different Additional Needs. Please also see the video section for some interesting videos about children/young adults with Autism and other special needs.
This list is not exhaustive and the information does not replace professional advice/diagnosis, our aim is to keep adding to the list of sites. If you know of any other good quality websites/groups/phone numbers which may be of use to other parents or if you would like information on a specific need to be published then please let Miss Egginton know.
Mental Health – A rising area of need. Sometimes parents are concerned about raising concerns about their children’s mental health. At Marlborough mental and physical conditions are treated with equal importance and we will never judge.
https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/guide-to-camhs/ information for those who have been referred to CAMHS.
Guidance on self-injury in children – please talk to us if your child displays any self injurious behaviour.
http://www.ndcs.org.uk/ National Deaf Children’s Society
Speech and Language Needs
http://www.ican.org.uk/ An excellent website, clear
explanations and further links, general ideas on helping all children with their communication
www.afasicengland.org.uk – Probably best used after a diagnosis by a Speech and Language Therapist.
Parent to Parent (P2P) is a confidential telephone support service for parents and carers of an adult or child on the autism spectrum. (recommended by the NAS) 0808 800 4106
The Girl with the Curly Hair has a series of books (these are available in school) and also has a Facebook page. She focuses on girls and women with Autism.
NAS Recommended Autism Helpline Call 0808 800 4104 – Lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday (free from landlines and most mobiles) We give impartial, confidential information, advice and support to people on the autism spectrum, their families, professionals, researchers and student
www.autism.org.uk Website of the National Autistic Society (NAS)
http://autismteachingstrategies.com/free-social-skills-downloads-2/ Lots of downloadable resources for home and school.
You can also contact CEAT. http://www.autismlinks.co.uk/support-groups/group-support-north-west/ceatcheshireeastautismteam?region=North%20West Ruth Wangermann is our schools link teacher and visits school regularly.
Sensory Processing Disorder
http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/ – this is an area which is being more widely investigated and recognised in children. It can present with Autism or as a stand alone condition.
http://www.cafamily.org.uk/ This site enables parents to contact each other and to get advice from each other on many issues.
http://www.specialneedsuk.org/ provides parents and educational professionals with in depth information on the schools/colleges/education centres and support groups for children and young adults with special educational needs.
http://www.sossen.org.uk/ offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
www.wellatschool.org – A site which provides an overview of a range of medical and mental health conditions.
https://www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs/overview Government Website for SEN
https://www.teachervision.com/special-needs Aimed at teachers but may be useful for parents when doing homework etc.
Parental support with paperwork
http://www.edgeinc.co.uk/ehcp-independent-support/ If you or the school has decided to apply for an Education Health Care Plan for your child you may wish to use this free service to help you complete the paperwork. They are very supportive and we have used them to support a number of families already.
https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/keeping-seniors-special-needs-individuals-safe-around-construction-sites Hints and tips for keeping SEN children safe during building work.
https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/declutter-and-organize-your-home-seniors-special-needs Ways to organise your home to support your child.