Inclusion and SEND
Thrive Weekly Activities:
Understanding the Coronavirus
There are a number of free resources available to help talk about the coronavirus with your child:
Coronavirus - A book for children is written with input from education and medical professionals, illustrated by Axel Schefller and answers common questions in simple language.
Suitable for children with autism, Carol Gray has written a social story called 'My story about pandemics and the coronavirus'.
And if you are looking for a bit of inspiration during the change in weather, further lockdown activity suggestions can be found in 100 things to do indoors.
Thrive are publishing weekly timetables of suggested activities that can be done at home to support social and emotional development.
Children's Services at Bath and North East Somerset have also put together a list of apps and websites to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of families, parents, carers, children and staff during this period. Please click here to explore what is available and to make sure that you are all looking after yourselves as well as each other.
School Nursing Team
The school nursing team have sent the following message regarding support during this time:
Dear Parents, Carers and Young People,
We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks should there be school closures or you needing to self isolate.
As a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you during this time.
For secondary school age young people:
• We have set up a confidential telephone drop-in service Monday to Friday 12-2pm. Any young person that would like to call and speak to a qualified nurse on the end of the phone can call 0300 247 0090 Monday to Friday 12-2pm and speak to them.
• We also have our CHAT health text service so you can text a school nurse for advice or support for any health issues or worries, again this is confidential and you don't need to give your name if you don't want to the number is 07480 635513
For parents of any school age child:
We have duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support. If you would like support please call one of our nurses through our Single Point of access on 0300 247 0090
Wiltshire School Nursing Service
If you are looking for continuing support for literacy skills for your child, Nessy is a dyslexia-friendly, personalised computer programme that uses motivating games to systematically improve reading and spelling. They do have a free trial available so you can have a home account to see how it works for your and your child. Please visit https://www.nessy.com/uk/
If you have any other queries about how to best support your child during the time of school closures, please send an email any time to email@example.com and I can arrange to give you a call.
At St John’s, we strive to be fully inclusive, providing opportunities for all our pupils to meet their full potential. We recognise that every child is unique, and can benefit from support in a wide variety of areas, be it academic, physical, communication, social or emotional as well as valuing the distinctive contribution that every child brings to our school.
The range of methods that we use to support children in school is detailed in our SEND Information Report below.
We strive to give children access to a full range of inclusive activities across the school including:
Sing and Sign
Social and emotional activities in our Thrive area
Emotional Literacy Support, with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
If you have any questions about special education needs, disabilities, or inclusion, or have any concerns about your child, please contact me, Catrin Geeson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or come and find me or Mrs Gower in the Rainbow Room situated in the Infant corridor.
School Nurse Information Session - Thursday 23rd January at 2.30 in school.
On Thursday 23rd January, Yvette Taylor, our school nurse gave a talk for parents about how to support children's worries and anxieties. This included tips and strategies, direction to resources and an opportunity to consider whether specialist advice may be appropriate.
The presentation can be found here.
In addition to this, Bath and North East Somerset's Public Health in Schools Programme has developed an information guide for parents and carers on how to support their child if they are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems. This can be accessed here:
Further information for parents:
The local authority have their local offer presented as a ‘Rainbow Resource’ website, which provides information to families with a child or young person with SEND.
The Thrive website has lots of useful information regarding the Thrive process used in school
School Nursing Service
Our school nurse is Yvette Taylor. She can be contacted via email on Yvette.Taylor@virgincare.co.uk , or by telephone on 01225 831666.