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SEND Information, Advice and Support

We have been advised of the SEND Specialist Advice and Support Line, which is available for both parents and professionals to use.  The number is :  01442 453920.  The Advice Line runs on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1.30pm – 4.00pm during school term-time.  If you would like to discuss an issue or query about a child or young person with autism or communication needs, please call the above number.   Similarly, if you would like me to call to discuss a particular issue, please contact me on : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Many thanks,  Mrs Nichols above.

uss an issue or query about a child or young person with autism or communication needs, please call the number above.

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Workshop for Parents

I have been advised that there are still spaces available on the following workshop for parents, please follow the link below if you would like to know more about it or to book your place: 

Moving On to Year 7 - Transition to Secondary School

Thursday, 19 April 2018

9:30am to 11:30am

Letchworth

Booking online :

http://nhdspl.org.uk/home/event-list/book/11-moving-on-to-year-7-transition-to-secondary-school-practical-support-for-your-child-with-send.html

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Training course for parents

  Natural Flair Coaching Limited

 
 

Understanding and Supporting a Child With Anxiety 
Saturday Parent Masterclass 

  • Does your child experience anxiety?
  • Worried about how to support them?
  • Want to learn ways to support your child?
  • Dealing with anxiety - The How To!
This bespoke and inspiring parenting masterclass session is delivered by Sharon Lawton, an award-winning parent coach and who is the resident family coach for The Chrissy B Show, UK's only TV show dedicated to Mental Health and Wellbeing.  
It will develop your confidence in understanding anxiety and discusses how to explain the process to children, reduce a child's stress levels and help children recognise their body's early warning signs whilst developing safe ways to deal with their anxiety
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You will also get the opportunity to practice strategies to help children manage anxiety and develop good emotional wellbeing.  This not just about the theory - lots of practical tips will be shared in this masterclass.
 

Benefits to you:

  • Understand what anxiety is and what causes it
  • How to recognise and understand different types of anxiety
  • How anxiety and stress are linked
  • What happens when anxiety overwhelms someone
  • Learn practical and powerful tools to support your young person to handle anxiety so life is manageable

Price: Only £45 per person - price includes refreshments, all handouts and 3 hours of coaching with Sharon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Anxiety%20Masterclass%2021st%20April%202018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Places are limited book now:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Understanding%20Anxiety%205th%20Feb%202017" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Anxiety%20Masterclass%2021st%20April%202018" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Saturday 21st April 2018  from 9.30am to 12.30pm  (registration 9.15am)

Venue: The Members Lounge,   University of Hertfordshire Sports Village de Havilland Campus,  Hatfield.  AL10 9EU How to find us:
Come along and network with other parents whilst enjoying a masterclass designed to enable you to discover and implement parenting skills leading you to become the parent you want to be.
Spaces are limited: to book your place please reply to: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=Anxiety%20Masterclass%20Saturday%2021st%20April" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.natural-flair.co.uk

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Parents information

I  have been sent some information about parent courses and workshops that are available for parents and carers of children with SEND.  Please do get in touch directly on the contact details below, or speak to me if you would like to find out more information.  Many thanks,  Mrs Nichols

The Child Puzzle - what makes my child tick

Supporting your child with SEND.

An interactive light bite masterclass which looks at understanding behaviour by looking at the unique personality of your child in a way that unlocks the door to effective communication and strengthens relationships.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

9:30am to 11:30am

Venue: Letchworth Garden City Partnership Pod, Northfields Infant and Nursery School, Burley SG6 4PT

Provider: Natural Flair Coaching

Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bringing Up Confident Children for Parents and Carers of Children with SEN

Tuesdays, 9.30 to 11.30

23 & 30 January, 6, 20 & 27 February and 6, 13 & 20 March 2018

Hitchin Youth Trust, 111 Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9SP

Contact Louise on 01163 666087 for more information or to book a place

 

This group is aimed primarily at North Herts parents and carers and offers the opportunity for them to gain a new perspective on parenting by :

Ø  Understanding children's behaviour

Ø  Helping children manage their feelings

Ø  Learning new strategies to address challenging behaviour

Ø  Exploring helpful and unhelpful discipline strategies & how these can help make a difference in family life

Parents can also call us on 01163 666087 to complete a referral over the phone and ensure a place.

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Personal Support Plans

It was lovely to see so many of you at Parents consultations recently.  If anyone would still like a catch up with me but was unable to make the parent consultations, then please feel free to email me on : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If your child has a Personal Support Plan which details any additional support that they receive to help them with thier learning, then you will have been given two copies at your parents consultation appointment.  Please can you sign and return one copy to your Class teacher or to me as soon as possible.  We really value your comments and feedback so don't forget to complete the Parents comments section, and the Pupil comments section with your child.

 

If you would like any suggestions for games, apps/ websites or activities that you can try at home to support your child with any of the objectives on their PSP then please get in touch with me.  Frequent repetition of key concepts and ideas is really valuable, so anything you can do at home to complement the learning at school will be really helpful. 

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

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Personal Support Plans

We are still waiting for a number of Personal Support Plans to be returned.  These are for some children who have additional support to help them meet their educational and personal objectives.  If relevant, please can you double check that you have signed a copy and returned it to us. 

We really value your comments  and feedback to check that we are aligned about the priorities for your child.  Having up to date PSPs in school informs our intervention planning, and is an important part of our provision under the SEN Code of Practice.  

If you would like to discuss the objectives written on the Personal Support Plan, please feel free to speak to your child's Class Teacher, or to get in touch with me directly.  Many thanks,  Mrs Nichols

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Personal Support Plans

If your child receives any additional support in order to help them make faster progress in their learning, you will have received a copy of their updated Personal Support Plan last week.

I hope you have had the chance to read through them, and, especially for the older children, had a chance to discuss their new objectives with your child. We have found that children are beginning to make links between their personal objectives and which Learning Powers they need to use to make the most of any additional support or intervention time.  Any additional support you can provide at home or opportunities to reinforce learning whilst out and about will help your child to make faster progress. 

We are really grateful for any information you can provide to help us more closely match our support to the needs of your child.  We strongly value our partnership with parents and are hoping that 100% of Personal Support Plans will be signed and one copy returned to us.  If there is anything you would like to discuss in more detail, then please feel free to speak to your child's class teacher or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an appointment with me. 

Please return all PSPs by 2nd October to ensure that your comments can be incorporated into the additional provision being given to your child.

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

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Free courses for parents /carers of children with ADHD or Autism

I have been sent flyers for 2 FREE Workshops for parents.  Please find details below.  You can book directly via email, or please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss with me first.  Many thanks,  Mrs Nichols

 

For parent carers of children and young people with ADHD or Autism.

 

Managing Anxiety

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

9:30am to 2pm

Letchworth Garden City Partnership Pod

 

Sensory Needs

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

9:30am to 2pm

Letchworth Garden City Partnership Pod

 

Provider ADD-vance - ADHD/Autism specialist trainers

Funded by North Herts DSPL Area 1

 

Bookings: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Parents course: Anxiety Masterclass

I have been sent details of the following course for parents.  Details are included below for how to book a place.  Many thanks, Mrs Nichols.

 

A Natural Flair Coaching Limited

Anxiety Masterclass

 
 
 
 
 

This unique and inspiring parenting masterclass develops confidence in understanding anxiety and discusses how to explain the process to children, reduce a child’s stress levels and help children recognise their early warning signs whilst developing safe ways to deal with their anxiety. 
There will also be opportunity to practise strategies to help children manage anxiety and develop good emotional wellbeing
 

Ring: 01992 446 051 to reserve a place

Delivered by:
Sharon Lawton – Award Winning Parent Coach and Director of Natural Flair Coaching

Venue:  The Players Lounge,
University of Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU
 
Time:    9.15am – 12.30pm             
Date:    Sat 7th October 2017
 
Price:    £45.00 – previous course sold out

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Asthma Inhalers

I hope that you have all had a very happy and fun filled summer holiday.  I am looking forward to seeing all the children next week and hearing all about their adventures.

As you are getting ready for the new term, please can you make sure that any asthma inhalers, spacers are fully labelled with your child's name, and that they are in date. Please make a note of date of expiry so that you can ensure we always have in date medicine in school.  It is helpful if you provide the inhaler in a see through plastic bag so it can be found quickly.  

For ongoing asthma conditions that we are already aware of, please fill in a green medical form for the academic year 2017 -2018 which gives parental consent for staff to administer medicine. You should have received these when the old inhaler was returned in July, or additional copies are available from the office.

If your child has a newly diagnosed condition or your child is new to the school this year, you will need to fill in a green medical form but you will also need to complete an Individual Health Care Plan which gives us more information about your child's symptoms, triggers and needs.  Email me at :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I can either email you a form, or arrange an appointment to meet with me to discuss, whichever is more convenient. 

If your child has any other medical needs that you wish to discuss, please feel free to speak to your child's new teacher, or get in touch with me.  Please note that I only work part time (2 days per week) so I will respond to your email as soon as possible but it may not always be immediately.

Best wishes,

Mrs Nichols

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Transition Support

Hello

Everyone is now beginning to think about transition as the Summer Holiday approaches.  For many children this is really exciting.  But we also recognise that for some children, experiencing any change can be scary and sometimes difficult.  All children are fully prepared for their new class, with plenty of opportunities to review their progress and learning this year, and to anticipate and think about moving to a new year group. However, a few children will need additional transition support to help them respond to the change happily and with confidence.  They may already have had some additional discussions and activities to make sure they are prepared and know what to expect on Transition Day on Thursday.  Following this, there may be additional activities/ time to talk depending on what we feel your child needs and any concerns or worries that they raise.  If you think your child needs extra support, please feel free to speak to your child's class teacher or email me on :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have also worked hard to improve the format of our Final Personal Support Plan of the year, to ensure a better format for passing on information between one teacher and the next.  We would love your feedback on what has worked for your child this year, together with anything that hasn't had as much impact, so that we can pass this useful information onto their next teacher.  I would really love it if we could have 100% return rate of signed PSPs from parents by Monday 17th July; your input is valuable, we know it makes a difference to our understanding of your child's needs and we really appreciate it.

I hope you all have a brilliant summer holiday, and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures in September.

Many thanks,

Mrs Nichols

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Hertfordshire Local Offer

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I thought it would be useful to communicate about Hertfordshire’s Local Offer.  The Local Authority has recently invested a huge amount of time and effort into making it easier for parents, families and professionals to find out about support available to children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). 

The key information can be found below.  I have also put postcards with this information out on display in the spinners in the School entrance.   I have used the search website myself and have found it very clear and helpful.   

I believe that they will shortly be adding information about holiday clubs and activities that will be especially suitable for children with SEND. 

If you would like more specific information about SEND provision in our school, then please feel free to contact me at any time on : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively you can leave a message with the School Office.  I work part time, so you will not get an immediate response, but I endeavour to reply as quickly as I can.  You can also read our SEN Information Report on the website, which has a list of FAQs about SEND provision here at St Ippolyts. 

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

Hertfordshire’s Local Offer (information provided by Local Offer): 

Are you concerned that your child has special needs? Have you recently received a diagnosis for your child? Are you unsure whether your child may need help? Finding information about where to go for this help and advice can be confusing.

Hertfordshire’s Local Offer explains what support and services are available for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer

For impartial and confidential support, contact: SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01992 555847

The KIDS East and West HUBS East HUB (Hertford): 01992 504013 West HUB (Watford): 01923 676549 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Information for Parents

I have been informed of a number of events taking place locally that you might be interested in. Please email me on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be sent full details of the event including information about how to book a place.    Many thanks

I have been sent information about a number of events organised by SPACE. SPACE is a support group for Parents/ Carers of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions. Their website is www.spaceherts.org.uk

SPACE have secured an exclusive trampolining event at Gravity Force in St Albans on Thursday 15th June between 5 – 6pm. 

SPACE has organised an event at 360 in Stevenage on Friday 30th June between 6 – 8pm.

Saturday 29th July, 12 -4pm.  A sponsored walk for children with Autism or ADHD and their families.  This takes place in Stevenage and raises money for ADD Vance.

ADD-vance is running 2 training sessions. The first is ‘Understanding ADHD for Parent/ Carers’ and takes place in Hatfield on 23rd June, 9.30 – 12.00pm.    The second is ‘Understanding Autism for Parent/ Carers’ and takes place in Hatfield on 28th June , 9.30 – 12.00pm.  There is a cost of £22 per person for tickets to either session. 

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Personal Support Plans

Hello

Following Parent Consultations at the end of the Easter term, you should have received an updated Personal Support Plan, if relevant for your child.  There are 2 copies - one is for your records; the other is for you to complete your Parent comments and to discuss with your child their comments about their learning and progress. Once signed, can you please ensure one copy is returned to school.   These termly documents are a really important link between home and school to ensure that we are aligned about the best strategies to support your child's needs so we really value their return. 

If there is anything that you do not understand or wish to discuss further before you return the PSP, then please let me know on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I am happy to help in whatever way I can. 

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

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Parents Courses

Hello,

I have been sent details of the following courses that are available to parents and carers at no cost. Please get in touch with me on:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like more details, or to find out how to register for these courses. 

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

Group : Bringing Up Confident Children for Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

Duration : 8 weeks

Day of the Week : Wednesdays

Dates : 17 May to 12 July, excluding half term

Times : 9.30 - 11.30

Venue : Fairlands School, Pound Avenue, Stevenage, SG1 3JA

Understanding ASD

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 - 10am to 12pm

Letchworth

Understanding ADHD

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 10am to 12pm

Letchworth

Provider: ADD-vance - ASD/ADHD specialist trainers

Funded by North Herts DSPL (Area 1)

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Parent workshops and training

I have been advised of a number of new workshops and training events that are available for parents and carers to attend.  Please email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information or details of how to book. 

Network for Parents and Carers of children and young people with SEND.  Topic:  Mood Management.

Saturday 18th March, 9.45am - 12.15pm, Royston

Managing Anxiety Tuesday 25th April,  10am - 12pm,  Letchworth

Understanding ASD, Wednesday 3rd May, 10am - 12pm, Letchworth

Girls and Autism:  What's the difference, Monday 20 March, 7 - 9pm, Letchworth

Sensory Needs, Wednesday 22nd Feburary, 9.30 - 1.30pm, Letchworth

Managing Anger, Wednesday 26th April, 9.30 - 1.30pm, Royston

Understanding ADHD, Tuesday 9th May, 10 - 12pm, Letchworth

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Nichols

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Parent Consultations with Inclusion Co-ordinator

Hello,

If you requested an appointment with me for Monday 28th November, then you should have received an appointment time via your child's class teacher.

If you haven't received this yet, then please either ask them, or email me on : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will confirm. 

 

I still have a few appointments available, so if you would still like to book an appointment, email me directly and I can let you know what times are still free.  If you were unable to attend on the Monday, but still would like to discuss a specific aspect of your child's learning, please get in touch.  We can arrange another appointment during the school day, or I am happy to arrange phone appointments or provide information by email.

 

If your child has a Personal Support Plan (PSP) which details additional support that they may receive, then you will receive an updated version of this from your child's teacher at your parents consultation.  

 

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols

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Courses for parents/ carers

I have been sent information about the following courses for Parents/ Carers. Please contact me on :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information.

  1. ADHD Workshop on 27/28 January in Hertford.

  2. Autism and Girls workshop on 7th Feb 10-12pm in Letchworth.

  3. Protective Behaviours course on Thursday evenings from 26th January to 30th March. This will run in Letchworth.  This is offered for free by the Families Feeling Safe programme. It offers mums, dads and carers ideas and strategies to help their family and children…..

Build confidence and self-esteem

Manage stress, anger, anxiety and worries

Deal with peer pressure, bullying

Cope with change and transitions

Know how and who to talk with to get help

Stay feeling in control and make safe choices

Improve communication

Know ways to keep themselves feeling safe

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Library Resources

Fantastic new library resources

We are very lucky to have some fantastic new library resources to support SEN and PSHE. These will be available to teachers to use in their lesson planning, and also to children who wish to borrow them as part of their weekly library session.  Please let me know if there is any book that you, as a parent, would like to borrow.

SEN Resources

  • All Cats have Aspergers Syndrome

  • What to do when you worry too much

  • All Dogs have ADHD

  • The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD

  • The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum disorders

  • Different Like Me – My book of autism heroes

  • Don’t call me special

PSHE Resources

  • I have the right to be a child

  • We listen…. We don’t interrupt

  • We are kind and helpful

  • We work hard …. We don’t waste time

  • We look after property…we don’t damage things

  • We are gentle…. We don’t hurt others

  • Wait your turn Tilly

  • Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids

  • Your Fantastic Elastic brain

  • The Huge Bag of Worries

  • The Good Mood Hunt

We are keen to grow our bank of resources for both PSHE and SEN. If your child/children have outgrown any relevant books, I would be grateful for any donations.

Many thanks

Mrs Nichols.

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Parents Course - Managing anger

Parents course – Managing Anger

I have been given information about a seminar for parents/carers of children with ASD/ADHD. This is a free workshop to help support families to manage anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.  The workshop is being delivered by ADD-vance who are specialist ASD/ADHD trainers.  The workshop is on Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 9.30-1.30pm in Letchworth.  If you would like more details and information about how to book a place, please email me at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our LocationFind

Our Address:
St Ippolyts C.E. Primary School
Ashbrook Lane,
St Ippolyts,
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire.
SG4 7PB
Telephone:
01462 432080
Fax:
01462 438524
Email:
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