We are committed to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) of all children. We aim to educate and raise the achievements of every child in the school including those with special educational needs. We aim to be an inclusive school giving equal opportunity to all children to have access to the National Curriculum.
The Special Provision Centre of Expertise (DSPL)
DSPL (Delivering Special Provision Locally) aims to bring together information about support and services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as well as their families, and teaching professionals. DSPL7 Newsletter January 2019
Do you have a child in Year 3 to Year 7 whose brother or sister (of any age) has a special needs? We have a Sibs Group which runs on the last Tuesday of every month (unless it’s school holidays!). SIBS Flyer 2018-19
If you use DSPL please complete this survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2RYY5ZG
Their website details the work of the St Albans, Harpenden and Villages DSPL7 initiative and how you can get involved. www.dspl7.org.uk
Alban TSA (Teaching School Alliance) are running a growth mindset workshop on 4th March in the Maltings Theatre for parents. Tickets are priced at £19 each. Keystone Talk - Growth Mindset - A Guide for Parents - Mon 4 Mar 2019
Supporting Parents and Carers of Children with Autism / ADHD and Related Conditions
Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions.
Our group has been running since 2007 and we became a registered charity in 2017. See www.spaceherts.org.uk
Activities in Hertfordshire
Herts County Council has produced a booklet providing information on a wide range of activities for young people with additional needs in Hertfordshire, many of which can be found on the Local Offer.
Activities for Young People with SEND (April 2018)
Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND)
HAND can be a benefit for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.
The February edition of HAND News - a free online newsletter for parents, carers and professionals - is available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/handnews .It includes free courses for parents, inclusive activities for children and young people, support groups and much more. Feel free to access it yourself or pass to any friends or family members.
Keystone is a local Parent Support group who run a variety of workshops for parents on different subjects in our community. Keystone believe the more informed parents are informed, the more they can positively impact their child's life and learning.
Speech and Language Links
The Speech and Language team have sent out links to a website which has excellent information on communication and language.
This is the general site with links to a range of leaflets, available in 17 languages:
This leaflet is specifically about children with EAL:
Stages of development:
Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
Windermere Outreach Service
Windermere Outreach Service (previously the SpLD Base) provides an outreach service to support pupils with specific learning difficulties in English and Maths, eg Dyslexia. One of ten SpLD Bases in Hertfordshire, the Windermere Base is part of HCC’s outreach provision.
SALT (Speech & Language Therapy)
The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service offers a child and family centred approach to support children and young people with speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire and West Essex.
Links is an Alternative Provision Academy, supporting pupils from 3 - 17 yrs in partnership with schools and nurseries. Their core aim is to promote integration, inclusion and education of pupils through individually focused learning programmes. They support children to know their strengths and develop both strategies to overcome difficulties and positive relationships to equip them for the future. Links' core aim is to promote integration, inclusion and education of students/pupils through individually focused learning programmes in partnership with schools, parents/carers and other agencies.
The Autism Education Trust
The purpose the Autism Education Trust is to improve the education of children and young people with autism.
Directory of Parenting Courses
Hertfordshire County Council have developed a directory of parenting courses, which is available on the website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parentingsupport. The parenting directory lists all courses that are available to parents/carers in Hertfordshire and cover a range of topics including: • parenting a child with additional needs • healthy relationships healthy baby programme • confident fathers programme • caring dads • understanding teens. You are able to view the courses you are interested in by district, type of course and also see if there are any costs involved.
The Wellbeing Service
The Wellbeing Service is an NHS service based in Hertfordshire, offering practical support and talking therapies to adults from 16 years onwards. The service aims to support adults towards achieving better psychological health and well-being.
Family Lives is a charity to support families 24 hours a day, seven days a week through their free helpline. You can call about any family issue, big or small. You can also email or chat online with one of their parent support workers. They also run face-to-groups throughout England and work in schools, GP surgeries and prisons. Helpline - 0808 800 2222