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NEWS

Internet Safety Meeting for Parents & Carers

Wednesday 11th October 2017

1.30pm-2.30pm

At Shepwell Short Stay School 

FREE event – refreshments provided. Contact the school to book a place.

As part of our commitment to keep children safe we have organised another online safety meeting for parent on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 1.30pm. Nicola Rudge, the online safety advisor for Walsall will lead the session for parents and carers, which will focus on how to keep safe online, the dangers to be aware of and how to keep children safe in a digital world.

Download the letter here:

The recent 5K sponsored event raised a fabulous £5300 to help one of our pupils to receive treatment in the USA.

We now offer the Friends Resilience Programme:

FRIENDS for Life is an internationally recognised programme that teaches our pupils techniques to cope with anxiety and promote wellbeing, social and emotional skills and resilience.

FRIENDS for Life builds skills using the FRIENDS mnemonic:

F: Feelings
R: Remember to relax
I: I can do it, I can try
E: Explore solutions and coping step-plans
N: Now reward yourself, you’ve done your best
D: Do practice 
S: Smile, stay calm, use your support networks

FRIENDS for Life is the only programme of its kind endorsed by the World Health Organisation as "efficacious across the entire spectrum, as a universal prevention program, as a targeted prevention program and as a treatment."

Research on the programme shows reduced anxiety and depression, increased coping skills and self-esteem, with improvements maintained up to 6 years after the completion of the programme.

It enables children to learn a range of skills, including how to:

  • identify 'anxiety-increasing' thoughts and to replace them with more helpful thoughts
  • identify anxious (and other difficult) feelings and learn to manage them
  • learn to overcome problems rather than avoid them.

Brett Mills Year 11 wanted to deliver cakes and a certificate to the local emergency services to say thank you for their hard work. I am very proud of this act of kindness.

NEW INITIATIVE

Aspirations Programme

This intervention strategy allows us to target individual pupils and highlight areas where interventions are required. The aim is to improve one area of development that has been or could form a barrier to learning. Pupils will work in small groups with a designated member of staff on a daily basis over a set period to improve that area.
 
The five areas:

Reading - for pupils that have a decrease in their reading age and comprehension.

Development - highlights those pupils who find difficultly with their fine motor skills such as hand writing and manipulating pieces of equipment.

Academic - this is specifically for Key Stage 4 pupils to increase their self-belief and esteem in academic subjects.

Inference - for pupils who find inference difficult in written and social communication. Help pupils to understand that words can say one things but mean another and to highlight that exam questions are used to infer different meanings.

Social Interaction - to help pupils improve their social and interaction with both peers and adults.

13th January 2017: Music workshop  - an exciting day of music making led by a professional group of musicians.

17th January 2017: Key Stage 2 provision information afternoon

31st January 2017: School closed to pupils for staff training

Friday 3rd February 2017: Year 11 will take part in a world of work day as part of our PHSCE programme. Pupils will look at different employment routes and gain interview experience with professional business people.

 28th February 2017: School closed to pupils for staff training