SEND: Children with special educational needs and disabilities
A new term starts and brings fresh hope and new beginnings. We are all looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and supporting you as your learning journey begins. For some this is their final year and we will be working on college applications, next steps and plans for the next chapter, for others we will be looking at options for GCSEs and the very beginning of their time at THS. Whatever the path your child/children are on, we will be working with them and yourselves.
Our Sanctuary Club will be open at break and lunch times and cold food can be eaten in there. Hot food will need to be eaten in the refectory but can be done through the calm zone. Please do familiarise yourselves and your child/children with the school uniform policy as well as the mobile phone policy. If you or your family have any questions please do not hesitate to make contact – we aim to respond to all forms of contact within 48 hours unless in an emergency. Staff may not always be available to respond if they are working with the young people or in meetings.
All meetings need to be pre-arranged, where possible, to enable staff to attend and for information to be collated.
Let’s all remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE:
Mrs T Mayes and team
School SEND information
Muster points for the Support Centre in the event of an emergency such as a fire alarm. This short video shows where to go to find your muster point.
Action for Children – Mid Devon Children’s center (Tiverton) – Online parenting courses available
A two–hour webinar for NEURODIVE..
Parents and professionals supporting children and young people with attention differences. The webinar will cover: * Understanding attention as a cognitive process and how it can differ in Neurodivergent people. * The challenges having attention differences can have and the distressed behaviours it can lead to.
* Supportive approaches and adjustments.
* Long term planning and creating positive environments and interactions.
Ticket £8.00 from Eventbrite.
You can access All Neurodive’s upcoming webinars and online events this winter. By clicking on the link below: https://www.facebook.com/neurodivetraining
Time for You
Supportive Zoom groups for Mums of children with additional needs
In these small, friendly groups we use words, images and coaching tools to find new ways to look at ourselves and our situations. It’s a place to be with others who ‘get it and a chance to build a toolkit to help you to navigate life’s ups and downs.
Supportive: “It’s not like other zooms, we feel close to each other”
Positive: “I can be myself and that leaves me feeling better.” “Sharing stuff with people who get it makes me feel I‘m not alone.”
Burnout Avoidance: “I can’t usually get 5 minutes to myself, Having this time has been so healing.” “It’s a chance to stop your mind racing, use self-compassion and avoid burnout.”
Creative Solutions: “Because my mindset is different I feel I can cope with things better now.”
To book a space,
For mums of children with additional needs in Devon – FREE 11 week Zoom group. Fri 9.30am – 11.30am from 14th Jan Booking essential Priority if on benefits, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook @mums4achange
Run by: Jo Bal, a life and career coach trainer, mum of two, with an Arts Therapy background. Supported by Clare Gate, a trained counselor who has a son with complex medical needs.
Is your child’s EHC plan review Advice and Support around the corner?
Do you want to know more about what happens and what you need to do? DiAS have information about the whole EHC review process on their website. Based on the questions that parents ask them, the EHC reviews webpage includes lots of tips and helpful strategies to help the process run smoothly and effectively. That includes information about: – what should be reviewed and how long things should take – the review meeting and how to prepare for it – what your roles is, and how your child or young person can take part – the decisions that can be made during the review and what they mean. – what to do if you disagree with decisions To find out more visit the DIAS website by clicking : Here
Kidscape – Advice and support for parents and carers. Kidscape offer Kidscape friendly, impartial, non–judgemental information, advice and support to parents, carers and family members who are concerned about their child or young person being involved in a bullying situation..
Parent Advice Line
9.30am – 2.30pm every Monday and Tuesday
020 7823 5430 Parentsupport@kidscape.org.uk
Space Youth Service Space offer a wide variety of services including:
- Youth services,
- Targeted support,
- Community Youth work,
- Volunteering mentoring and much more. To find out where your local Space Youth Service are located visit: https://www.spaceyouthservices.org/what we-do
* This year’s pantomime will be Aladdin and will run from 17th December 2021 – ‘15th January 2022.
The Theatre offer a range of Access Performances including:
Audio Described: Thursday 6th January 2022, 2.30pm & Friday 14th January 2022, 7pm
Captioned: Fri 07 Jan 2022, 7pm & Wed 12 Jan 2022, 2.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Thursday 13th January 2022, 12.30pm (inc. Audio Description & BSL Interpreted)
BSL Interpreted: Saturday 15th January 2022, 1pm To book and find out more click: Here
Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) & Dyslexia Support
This Facebook page offers a wide range of information. https://www.facebook.com/dyspraxiadylexia
Hypermobility and handwriting in children & Adults
The reason why hypermobility has an impact at school is that this child has to hold an object tighter than another to be able to control their hand movements. If you imagine asking a child with hypermobility to write their name and address. This child may tire quicker because the muscles in their hand are working harder to hold the pencil. They may even say their hand is hurting. This child’s muscles may also be working harder to keep them in an upright sitting position. Sometimes children with hypermobility need to fidget to prevent their joints from feeling stiff or painful.
You can learn more about hypermobility on the NHS website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/joint hypermobility-syndrome/
To view archive Snippets, go to the Children and Family Health Devon Signpost Plus webpage.
On offer are a variety of additional information sheets, hints and tips. For more details go to: https://childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk/signpostplus/
Useful Emergency Contact Numbers:
NHS Helpline: 111 Use 999 if a medical emergency.
Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, if you are concerned about your own safety or that of a child or young person: 0345 155 1071
National Domestic Abuse Helpline (Devon): 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) Use 999 if you are in immediate danger.
Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
Samaritans (24 hours): 116 123
Citizens Advice Bureau National Helpline: 03444 111 444
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This document will help with your transition to Tiverton High School from primary school.
SEND home learning
Downloadable resources and links to learning material.Click here
Download the Tiverton High School Local Offer.Click here