The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

SEN, ELSA & Family Support

SEND

The Federations Inclusion Manager is Mrs Georgina Westhorpe supported by Mrs Heather Eggleton. We are also very lucky to be supported by our Federation Family Services Manager Tracey Castle.  

Our SENCO team can be contacted on SENCO@federationshalfleetyarmouth.co.uk 

As a federation we are passionate that every child deserves a fully inclusive education to ensure they have the best chance to succeed. We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and our strong relationships with our school families and outside agencies.

In all schools there are children identified as having Special Educational Needs. Children can be identified by their parents, class teachers or outside professionals when they are unable to make adequate progress through the provision that the school provides for the majority. Children identified as having a Special Educational Need who, through discussion involving parents, teachers and the child, are placed on the SEN register. When identified as having a SEND need, the child will be added to the class provision map and where appropriate will have an Individual Education Plan depending on their specific needs. These detail any additional arrangements and teaching enabling them to progress. 

Nationally all schools will now publish a document called a ‘local offer’; which will outline what schools are offering for pupils with additional needs and/or disability. Please click below to download Yarmouth and Shalfeet’s ‘local offer’. We have tried to make sure that we haven’t used jargon and that our school local offer is easy to understand. If you would like to comment on this please email us at the above SENCO email address.

 

Yarmouth SEND Local Offer

“The Isle of Wight Council is committed to giving all children and young people high quality education that enables them to make progress and achieve well. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs or a disability, additional or specialist support may be needed to enable this. To support the process of identifying the range of provision and advice that is available, the Isle of Wight Local Authority have published a local offer. For more information about the Local Offer please use the following link: 

http://www.iwight.com/localoffer

 

Shalfleet SEND Local Offer

“The Isle of Wight Council is committed to giving all children and young people high quality education that enables them to make progress and achieve well. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs or a disability, additional or specialist support may be needed to enable this. To support the process of identifying the range of provision and advice that is available, the Isle of Wight Local Authority have published a local offer. For more information about the Local Offer please use the following link: 

http://www.iwight.com/localoffer

If you are at all concerned about your child’s progress and development you are able to make an appointment with the headteacher for further discussion.

 

Please see below some useful links to further SEND information:

Local Authority SEND Service

Special Educational Needs Service
Thompson House
Sandy Lane
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 3NA
Tel: 01983 821000 ext. 8423
Email: sen@iow.gov.uk

Parents Voice IW for SEN and Disabilities – http://www.parentsvoice-iw.co.uk

 

Autism / Asperger’s – This document is helpful in spotting the possible signs and understanding Asperger’s / High Functioning Autism – IOFW0601-17AA-AutisumfriendlyClassroomsPresentation-3

 

Family Support

Family Services brochure Shalfleet and Yarmouth

Child Bereavement Resource Sheet

 

Speech and Language Support

The following document from The Communication Trust includes recommended games and activities to promote children’s speech and language development that are fun and easy to do whilst at the same time encouraging your children’s communication skills.

The Communication Trust – Summer Talk

Visit www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk for further information, free resources and to sign up for regular updates.

Games to help SLCN children at home

 

Mental Health Support

CAMHs – Please find below the link to the new CAMHs website for Hampshire; there are some helpful materials on the website. Hampshire CAMHS is an NHS specialist service for young people aged 0-18 years and their families who are experiencing difficulties with their mental and emotional health.

www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk

 

Action for Children – https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/children-s-mental-health/

Help you understand the signs and behaviours that could point to a child or young person needing support to maintain their mental wellbeing.

Young Minds – https://youngminds.org.uk/

Supporting mental health and wellbeing – Covid-19 and general

 

ELSA Support       

ELSA support is an Intervention, just like a numeracy or a literacy Intervention.

The role is to support children in school, to understand and regulate their own emotional wellbeing whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them. Offering children the opportunity to express their feelings and describe their emotions is a positive experience for both the individual and school.

Emotional literacy explores children’s Emotional Intelligence, working on the 5 key elements; Social Skills, Empathy, Self-awareness, Self-regulation and Motivation. We do this through all kinds of activities. Sewing, making self-esteem and self-confidence books, talking about emotions, recognising emotions in other people and playing games to name a few.

We also look at friendship & relationship skills when needed.

The 5 elements are simplified for individual age and ability to give maximum effect and understanding.

The ELSA will usually meet with a child once a week for 40mins to an hour, starting at half a term up to the full term. However, depending on the need of the child this could be adapted. During this time we hope to have given the child better understanding of their own emotions and feelings and of those around them, giving them the tools to manage any difficult situations easily.

The usual guidelines around safeguarding are respected.

We are very lucky at both schools in the federation to have a room which is very comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly a safe place for the children to explore their emotions.

You can find out more about ELSAs at http://www.elsanetwork.org/

 

FEIPS – Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support FEIPS 

We also offer FEIPS sessions for those children who need it. This a different approach to ELSA and is used in different circumstances; whilst ELSA teaches skills for the children FEIPS facilitates a helping conversation using counselling practices.
 
FEIPS Practitioners are trained members of staff who can offer a young person a safe and supportive environment to talk about difficult issues in confidence. They listen to a young person’s views, experiences and feelings without judgement in an atmosphere of respect and empathy based on a secure and trusting relationship. FEIPS practitioners have regular supervision from Educational Psychologists to help them with their work.
 
The child has a regular slot during the school week for 30 minutes, for a targeted period of time, but can be longer. Sessions are confidential and offer the child an opportunity to talk about issues that are of concern to them. Nothing will be shared with anyone without the child’s consent, unless there a Safeguarding concern. Sessions are one to one and pupil-led. Sessions may involve play based materials or activities.
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