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Help with managing behaviour

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 31 October 2023

There is a great workshop on Zoom happening on Monday 6th November from 815pm until 930pm to help with managing behaviour in the home. It is being run by a teacher and assessor of specific learning difficulties who has a wealth of information to share. She will focus on some common reasons for difficult behaviour in children and how to develop effective managemnet techniques. Apart from being very helpful, other pros to attending are that your child does not need to have special educational needs for you to take part, it is free and you can take part from the comfort of your own sofa!

Don't forget to share any tips you learn so I can pass them on to other parents!

Growth Mindset workshop with BMX Academy

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 30 October 2023

We had an inspiring first day back at Fairlands today. Mike Mullen, a BMX champion, came to talk to us about how he developed a growth mindset and how by never giving up he went on to become a multi award winner. 

Mike was extremely passionate about his favourite sport and spoke all about how he had to demonstrate the values of resilience and determination in order to become the best that he could. He told us that he got used to making mistakes and instead of thinking of them as failures, he called them opportunities for 'FLEARNING'! 

After an awesome assembly for the whole school, year 5 got to spend the day with Mike learning how to perform stunts and tricks. We are so proud of all the year 5 pupils for giving it a go and showing great enthusiasm! Mike was blown away by the amount of pupils who actually learnt to ride a bike during their session todday. I bet you feel really proud of yourself if that was you! 

Next time you're finding something tricky, think back to what Mike told us - 'We can't do it ... YET!'

Showcase of Autism in Schools Programme

By Julie Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Monday, 30 October 2023

Hertfordshire's Showcase of Autism in Schools Programme is being held on Thursday 16th November at Robertson House, Stevenage, and will be an amazing opportunity for you to hear from Hertfordshire professionals about supporting children and young people with autism. 

See the attached flier to find out more about this event and to book your free place.

Tune into ASD

By Julie Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 27 October 2023

This is a bespoke training course to help parents gain knowledge and understanding of Autism and related conditions, and learn how to effectively tune into your child or young person to support them to be the best version of themselves.

This FREE Zoom course takes place on Monday 20th November from 7pm - 9pm

See attached flier for more details and how to book

Join Angels representative for a coffee and a chat!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Thursday, 19 October 2023

Don't forget to pop along for some or all of our coffee session tomorrow morning (Friday). It's on the lower site from 9am-10am and we have a representative from Angels support group coming along to share what they do and discuss how they can help families.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

World Mental Health Day Yoga

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 11 October 2023

Thank you to all of the families who took part in the yoga work shop with Mrs Toll, to celebrate World Mental Health day. 

We took mindful breaths and meditated to begin our practice before moving into a nourishing yoga flow that stretched and energised our bodies! 

We also had some fun playing games and creating our own sequences, you can see some of our families practising their sequence in the pictures. 


It was the perfect activity to care for our mental health. 


Free online courses

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 6 October 2023

Supporting links have a few great courses coming up to support children with suspected or diagnosed Autism or ADHD. They are all available to book online and are all virtual courses. Please don't forget to let us know if you attend and discover any great tips we can share with the rest of the school community. We hope you fnd them helpful!

They have the following coming up:

School avoidance

Tech Use

The teenage years

SEN Coffee Morning

By Julie Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 6 October 2023

This month's 'coffee and chat' will be taking place on Friday 20th October at 9.00 - 10.00am in the lower building Family Room (enter via the pre-school entrance).

As usual, this is open to all parents and carers of children with SEN and is an informal oportunity to seek advice, share tips and not feel alone!

This month we have representatives joining us from Angels Support Group and the Autism in Schools Herts Parent Carer Involvement. 

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Workshops (October-December 2023)

By Julie Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 29 September 2023

These on-line workshops are open to all young people & parents/carers of children and young people who attend a school or are registered to a GP in Hertfordshire.  Click on the link below for more details and a link to book your place.

Learn about SEN services available to you

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 20 September 2023

The Local Offer website lets parents, young people and professionals know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire, and who can access them. There is so much more than that, too.

There is a session on Thursday 28th September at 8pm where a friendly face from the Local Offer team will take you through what’s on the website and how you can use it to find the right services and support.