Mental Health Awareness Week: A message for children
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health means keeping your mind happy and healthy, as well as your body.
Usually we would be in school doing lots of activities to boost our mental health. But as we are staying safe by being apart we would like you to do some kindness activities while you stay safe at home.
1. Create a Kindness Cup: draw, paint, decorate, add words, whatever you like! There is a Kindness Cup template for you to print or draw but you can design your own cup too.
2. Nominate someone for the Virtual Kindness Cup: this could be a friend, family member, teacher or parent.
Tell us about the person you have nominated. Why are they kind? What do they do to show kindness? What can you learn from someone being kind to you?
Send your nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Be Kind: Try and do one kind thing each day. Be kind to your parents, your brother or sister, your pets or your neighbours.
Stay happy, healthy and kind.
Best of luck to you all as we begin this homeschooling journey - we are all in this together!
I have put some advice and idea on this page for children with special and wonderful differences.
I'll keep updating it as the weeks continue, so please check in regularly.
If you need any further help or guidance please do get in touch and we can advise you.
Lockdown support for parents and children with SEND
Please take a look at the guidance and resources available. Check back regularly to see what's new!
We hope you will enjoy reading about the variety of ways in which Holy Family School is able to support SEND students to reach their full potential.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Alison Kelly-Keegan.
Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Mrs Liz Buffini.
All children may experience some difficulties in learning from time to time during their school life. We aim to provide equal access to the whole curriculum for all children including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). All teaching staff are involved in the learning and development of pupils with SEND and we ensure Parents and careers are involved at all stages.
We place great emphasis on identifying pupils with additional needs as early as possible, therefore ensuring a differentiated curriculum to accommodate individual needs and allow maximum access to the curriculum. Where a child has a particular individual need, we will make reasonable adjustments to help them overcome their difficulties which may include additional support. Depending on the identified need this support may take place in class, in a small group or on an individual basis. On occasion, additional support is sought from an external agency such as, Speech & Language Service, the Behaviour Support service, or the Educational Psychology Service.
All Ealing Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible. The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
SEND information for Parents/Carers:
Speech and Language Therapy advice/drop-in sessions (No booking required):
Dormers Wells Children's Centre - 3rd Tuesday of the month 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dormers Wells Lane, Southall, Middx UB1 3HX
Academy Gardens Children's Centre - last Thursday of the month 9:30am - 11:00am
1 Academy Gardens, Northolt UB5 5QN
Jubilee Children's Centre - 2nd Tuesday of the month 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Drayton Green Park, West Ealing, W13 0JF
Maples Children's Centre - 3rd Thursday of the month 9:20am - 11:00am
East Churchfield Road, Acton W3 7LL
Children with Additional Needs Register (Ealing):
The Children with Additional Needs register is a database of children in Ealing with additional needs or disabilities. Under the Children Act 1989 it is a legal requirement for local authorities to keep a register. However it is voluntary to register and parents can ask to have their details removed at any time.
Parents who have a child who receives specialist services from Health, Education, Social Care or the Voluntary Sector, can add or update their details on the register by completing this form. The Additional Needs register collects more accurate information about the needs of children and young people in Ealing. We would ask that you please give this consideration as this gives parents the opportunity to help plan services for children and young people in the borough with additional needs, and improve services for families in the future. The form is easy to complete and can be found outside the school office.