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.
Parent/Carers Support Group
This academic year the Infant and Junior Schools will be trialing a joint Parent/Carers Support Group.
On Monday 12th December we had a coffee and meet Chris Engstrom from St Albans Plus (formerly VISTA). She told us about the services St Albans Plus can offer.
Our first event in October was at the Infants. We heard a short presentation by Stephanie Nunn from LINKS on: ‘Developing your child’s emotional literacy including top tips for emotionally resilient children’.
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
Vista (A Vision Of Inclusion In St Albans And Hatfield)
Vista run a range of parenting courses including some for special needs.
The Special Provision (DSPL) Centre of Expertise
DSPL 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. Please join them at their next parents and carers forum, they are running monthly from January to July 2017. Focus Group Flyer 2016-17
Their website details the work of the St Albans, Harpenden and Villages DSPL7 initiative and how you can get involved. www.dspl7.org.uk
Herts CC Educational Psychology
The Ed Psych team operate a 'quick queries' service via a telephone call three afternoons a week Ed Psych Contactline 2015-16
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.
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.
The Autism Education Trust
The purpose the Autism Education Trust is to improve the education of children and young people with autism.
The Dyscalculia Centre
The Dyscalculia Centre hase a series of books that are used by thousands of teachers, assistant teachers, parents, and friends to help people who have dyscalculia.
Families in Focus
This popular, award winning Families in Focus parenting course is facilitated by Francine & Lesley who are experienced and qualified trainers, one of whom also parents a young person with Autism and challenging behaviour. Ten sessions of two hours sharing tried and tested techniques and strategies to parent children with a range of additional needs and/or disabilities effectively in the 21st Century Complete Guide Course
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.
Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND)
HAND can be a benefit for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Their online newsletter is regularly updated and has lots of information on activities for children and young people, support groups, news of the Local Offer and changes to services, courses for parents and carers and much more.
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.
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.
The Family Service Directory
The Family Service Directory - This offers friendly, impartial information and guidance on a full range of childcare, children's services and resources across Hertfordshire.
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