Virtual Coffee Morning
Thursday 28th January 2021
For parents/carers of children & young people with Autism (or undergoing a diagnosis). This will be a chance to ‘meet’ other parents, share ideas & tips, and ask questions. There will be members of the Nottingham City Autism Team on hand to offer general support and advice.
Bring a cuppa and enjoy!
Fantastic Free Resources for wellbeing
Wonderful PowerPoint learning to use each day with fun characters to help children's wellbeing. There are lots of additional resources too. All from ELSA Support.
CAMHS YouTube page have some videos based on wellbeing, mindfulness and coping strategies.
Self-Harm-Awareness-Resources-Project YouTube page, a team who work within Nottingham City with young people, parents and staff in regards to self-harm:
Useful Websites for Home Learning
New update from Rainbow PCF
Read their recent Rainbows Newsletter
So, here we are again in lockdown. I can imagine there are a lot of emotions right now from children AND adults. Please remember, you are not alone and you can only do your best in what is an incredible difficult period. We have been here before and we got through it so stay positive.
If you need any advice or support then please contact your child's class teacher via Seesaw or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Children need structure and routine to feel safe and secure. This will also help them complete learning tasks throughout the day.
Clear visual timetables are important for structure and routines but let's face it, unless you have a love of Hobbycraft, we're not going to have laminators and velcro at home!
One thing you probably do have though is access to paper or cardboard (especially after Christmas!) This can be cut up to make a visual timetable.
You can even get the children to draw the icons! For some children it is useful to set time limits on activities e.g. Maths for 20mins or Maths at 9.30am but do what works for you as a family.
This can be stuck up on the wall with blue tac or just on the table. When each task is finished it can be turned over or put in a 'finished' pile. Maybe each task that is finished adds a star on their reward chart?
Now and Next boards may be more suited to children who can't cope with a full day's timetable. This also helps children to see that there is something to look forward to when they have completed their task. Again, a now and next board can be created using the back of a cereal packet.
Rewarding positive behaviours and completion of tasks will help to create a positive environment at home. You can work together to create a weekly reward chart - the children can add designs to it and personalise it. There are also APPs which you can use too. Remember to reward all the positives - making the bed, cleaning the pots, dusting etc as well as finishing their school tasks.
Make sure that their reward is achievable so they don't give up and agree this together - if they feel involved in the discussion, they are more likely to engage. Maybe it can be something that builds up time like each star is worth 5minutes on the computer. If there are tasks the children are finding hard to engage in such as reading, then make this 'double points' to increase the incentive.
Again, remember that this is a difficult time for everyone and there may be bad days - if that is the case, just start again tomorrow!
An online get together with other SEND parents, carers and professionals who understand.
Click this link to book - Cuppa and Chat
About this Event
We are delighted to bring our highly regarded Cuppa & Chat to ZOOM online, to support parents, carers and professionals of children with SEND.
This is an opportunity grab a cuppa (or a gin!) and chat with others who understand online.
BOOKING IS REQUIRED - places are free. You're welcome to make a donation that goes towards keeping the services we provide for families alive during this difficult period. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK MAIL FOLDERS FOR THE LINK TO THE ZOOM EVENT! This will take place every other Wednesday at 8:30pm
Winter is here...
It is vital, now more than ever, that we ALL look after our mental well-being. Here are some useful tips to help through the winter months.
Please remember to come and talk to Rachel Mousley or Lorraine Whistler should you need any support for yourselves or your children.
Caudwell Children is excited to announce the launch of our Get Sensory Packs! We’ve listened to our families who told us that occupying their children, finding appropriate and safe toys and the money to provide their children with the equipment they would like is even more difficult than usual at the moment.
In response to this, we have created The Get Sensory Pack to provide affordable sensory equipment to support disabled children during this especially difficult time. These packs are available to children who have a confirmed disability or chronic illness. Click the link below to see if you can apply.
Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach, with empathy at it’s core. There are a wide range of courses available to support you. (Some incur a small cost but many are free)
Speech, Sign and Song Club
We're a small friendly music club for young children who need extra help with social and communication skills.
We provide regular music groups for children who have communication difficulties, with their parents or carers. Click this link. Speech Sign Song
A well resourced and informative website.
In this challenging time, we are all concerned about the mental health and well-being of our children. This website has lots of resources on a range of topics including trouble sleeping, anxiety, grief, loss, and worry.
Some useful supporting videos on a range of topics.
Please note that there may be a small fee for some of these (normally around £5)
- Bedtime and Sleep Available to watch here
- Home schooling Available to watch here
- Creating Positive Relationships Available to watch here
- Hungry Heart Available to watch here
- Calming the angry child Available to watch here
- Teens in Crisis Available to watch here
- The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting with Sarah Naish Available to watch here
- Introduction to De-escalation and Protective Interventions Available to watch here
- Therapeutic Parenting in Real Life Available to watch here
- Separation Anxiety Available to watch here
- Lying and the Shame Game Available to watch here
- Managing Siblings Available to watch here
- Introduction to Attachment Available to watch here
Learning Support Team are Live on Facebook.
They are there to support you during lockdown so visit them at Facebook Learning Support
Some times we need some help with our emotions. This website has lots of fantastic resources you can download to use (or make yourself if you don't have a printer)
There are fantastic links to learning resources and webpages as well as SEND resources and Well-Being support.
Useful support and advice
Condition Specific Videos
Outstanding Resources from Rosehill School
More Sensory Resources here.
Ask Us Nottinghamshire is your local Information and Advice Support Service (IASS) for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire - they have create an informative and useful magazine to support you and your family during the coronavirus pandemic. Click the link in the sidebar.
Please see updates from our main school page. https://www.victoriaprimaryschool.org.uk/index.php
Other useful websites. Talking to children about Coronavirus
Please see useful link to a social story on the sidebar to help children following government closures to schools. Also, have a look at the class pages on the school website - choose a year suitable for your child's level of learning. There are many useful tips and ideas to support children learning at home.
Scroll to the bottom for local support groups!
Super Sock Day was Friday 3rd April and staff put on their snazziest socks to support Autism Awareness Week.
A huge thank you to those who attended our Cadbury class Art Gallery event - the children worked extremely hard on their art work and we all appreciate you coming to support us. We raised enough money to pay for our trip to see The Gruffalo at the theatre and the children had a wonderful time!
It's always nice to be recognised for our hard work and dedication to give our children the best possible experience at school.
Here is what OFSTED had to say. "Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported and make good progress." OFSTED June 2019
You can read our report here:
Here's a tweet from the Behaviour Support Team.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We take the emotional well-being of our pupils, families and staff very seriously and we work hard to support everyone in the best way possible including, where necessary, working with outside agencies such as CAMHS. We have several staff who are fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and Miss L O'Donoghue is our Mental Health Lead for school. Should you have any concerns about the mental well-being of your child or yourself then please come and speak to Miss Mousley (SENCo) or Mrs Lorraine Whistler (Family Support Assistant)
A new Dropbox has been created full of resources, leaflets and information on a range of topics such as EHCP, transition, sleeping, toileting, social stories and much more.
Access Dropbox by clinking this link https://www.dropbox.com/
For the username and password, please ask Miss Mousley (SENCo)
This Summer term, I will be looking for parents/carers to join/lead a new Focus Group. We will work together to improve provision for children both in school and at home, whilst helping to engage parents/carers. Our first focus will be related to improving vocabulary for all children and reviewing the school's Information Report.
More information to follow, or come and speak to me in school.
Miss Rachel Mousley (SENCo)
Children's SEND Forum
Here at Victoria Primary School, we believe ALL children should have a voice in school.
Similar to the school council, representatives from years 4-6 meet once a term to discuss what is working well for children with SEND in school and what changes they would like to see to help them make progress and access their learning more efficiently.
Our next meeting will be when school opens again to plan for the remainder of the year!
HOW HAVE THE CHILDREN BEEN INFLUENTIAL AT VPS?
In February, the group met to discuss Autism Awareness Day and agreed to another Super Sock Day following last year's success. Unfortunately, school was closed but children and teachers still got involved (see top of the page).
On Thursday 12th December, we met to discuss the SEND Targets. Children were confident that these were effective documents but offered a few tweaks including how to make them even more personal to them.
On Tuesday June 18th, we discussed our findings on what has helped us to make progress in our writing and what we could do better - including using dictaphones to help record ideas! We also discussed our transition to new year groups and those of us moving to secondary school. Miss Mousley has already passed on some of our ideas to the SENCo at NUAST!
On February 11th 2019, the SEND Forum conducted a learning walk around school focussing on learning environments. They looked at what would help or hinder their concentration in classrooms, discussed how the classrooms made them feel and what positive/negative impact it might have on their ability to learn. It was an insightful journey, with lots to celebrate and staff have already made changes to their classrooms to consider the needs of ALL learners!
We also discussed difficulties faced when writing and how teachers can adapt teaching and learning to better support children with SEND, this will form our focus for our next meeting in April. Finally, we agreed on a focus for Autism Awareness Week - see below!
On November 19th 2018, we discussed what makes us anxious and how we can keep our minds healthy. We also began investigating some new interventions to help us with our learning across school and developed a questionnaire which we distributed before the end of term for Miss Mousley to collate.
We met again on June 18th 2018 with our school governor, Mr Henderson, to talk about transition and managing anxiety. This discussion has enabled us to change and improve our transitional support for children with SEND. Mr Henderson was very impressed by their questions and discussions.
On April 17th 2018, Some of the children from our SEND Forum briefly met the school's SEND Governor. They talked about what is working well and any improvements they would like to see in the school. Mr Henderson was incredible pleased with the children's responses and the confidence they showed in their very important role!
On 20th March 2018 at our meeting, the children were fantastic and helped to organise resources for Autism Awareness Week. They also came up with the motto for the week;
"We are all different, but we stand together as one."
New Sensory Room
For some children, the lights and sounds of school can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety or difficulty with learning. Our new sensory room will allow children time to process and understand their sensory needs. Our new projector, which creates moving images across the walls, will also be used within our curriculum to support children with their reading and writing.
Lunchtimes can be another difficult time for some of our children so we have created a 'Restaurant Club' for a small group of children where they can manage their sensory needs but also develop their fine motor skills.
Previous Parent Forums.
The aim of these termly events is for you to find out about specific support that is available in school for your child and to be able to see resources and activities that you can use at home to support your child’s development on a range of topics such as
- Speech, Language & Communication development (0-11years)
- Emotional well-being
- Behaviour support
- Routines and timetables.
- Support with housing, finances and local support groups.
Thank you to those who came to our previous events to meet other parents/carers, take resources and ask questions.
Congratulations to our raffle prize winners.
Our next event will involve outside agencies - keep your eyes peeled.
April 1st - 5th 2019 was Autism Awareness Week.
Thank you to those who attended our ASD Parent/Carer Event on 3rd April. We look forward to the next one.
Our Children's SEND Forum agreed on 'Super Sock Day' on April 5th and we were delighted to see so many snazzy, colourful and interesting socks from both children and staff!
Last year, on March 28th, we celebrated Autism Awareness week by creating a whole school photograph to show that despite all of us being different, we stand together as one.
At Victoria Primary School we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes provision for those children attending EYFS and the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
We aim to be an inclusive school by ensuring that:
- All children and young people are valued equally and take as full as part as possible in all school activities.
- We promote the highest standards of achievement for all pupils through a broad and balanced curriculum.
- We provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to individual’s needs and abilities.
- We identify barriers to learning and participation that require additional provision as early as possible in a pupil’s school career.
- We have high expectations and suitable targets for our children.
- We acknowledge the vital role that parents play in their child’s education and ensure they are informed of progress and achievements.
- Pupils with additional needs are involved, where practicable, in decisions affecting their future provision.
- Seek the advice and expertise of other agencies and professionals as required.
Our co-ordinator for pupils with Special Educational Needs is Miss Rachel Mousley. Miss Mousley is happy to provide families with support and advice; she can be easily contacted via the school office.
The "Local Offers" for SEN Provision for both Victoria Primary School and Nottingham City Council can be found to the right of this screen
SENCo: Miss Rachel Mousley.
SENCo post taken up: January 2017.
NASENCo Qualification: October 2015
Certificate of Competency in Educational Testing: December 2017
British Psychology Society Registered Test User: February 2018
To be part of a team, building an extraordinary school for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities to ensure they feel safe, equal to their peers & happy.
To support staff to help these children achieve the best they can, develop their holistic growth whilst improving inclusion across the school and wider community.
SEND Governor: Mr Richard Henderson
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Parent Partnership Service supports parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities living in two local authority areas – you can contact us if you live in Nottingham City or anywhere within the county of Nottinghamshire. You can also contact us if you are about to move into either of these areas.
Rainbow Parents Carers Forum is a support group and voice for parents & carers
who have a child with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND). We are a parent led organisation whose mission is to “Support and Empower Families to be Heard and Achieve Better Outcomes”.
The IRIS Project is a one-stop shop offering information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities based in Nottingham.
Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. Our innovative services reach out to those in need, we strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of children and adults.
The Family Grapevine is an amazing directory-style magazine for parents and carers in East & South Notts and Nottingham, full of the sort of local information that every family needs from bump to teens!
With a more thorough understanding of special needs on the rise, autism friendly events have begun to be implemented throughout the UK, allowing those on the autism spectrum, along with their carers and families, to enjoy and take part in regular events and attractions.
One of the leading experts in child relaxation training, classes and resources. We offer quality products and services to help children become resilient and give them tools and techniques to manage their emotional, and mental, health.
Self Help UK is the leading specialist organisation in promoting, supporting and encouraging Self Help Groups, both locally in Nottinghamshire and nationwide.
Self Help groups enable people to take better control of their circumstances or conditions, gain strength and support from others, and improve their self-care.
SKY BADGER IS A CHARITY THAT FINDS HELP AND ADVENTURE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ALL OVER THE UK.
We offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Pawsitive Squad CIC was founded in July, 2018 by Heather Pyne, a Nottingham based student and dog trainer to provide dog support services to young people with disabilities who’s needs were not being met by other organisations.
Please note that during current Covid restrictions, some of these events may not be running.
Lego Fun! @ the Meadows Library
Lego clubs helps encourage creativity, problem solving and skill development as well as being great fun! Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. First Saturday of the month 12.30-2.30pm
Telephone 0115 915 2834
Jigsaw Youth Club
Jigsaw Youth Club works with young people on the Autistic Spectrum who would like to develop social and lifeskills. This is done in a variety of environments that are aimed to provide opportunities for lifelong learning.
Our approach is very practical, seeing a young person and their strengths and talents before any different abilities. We work with the young person to involve them in the planning of their journey to adulthood, helping them discover their future by taking control of the present.
Monday 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Oliver Hind Youth Club, Edale Road, Nottingham NG2 4HT
- Contact Name: Danek Jackowski
- Telephone: 0776 220 7532
- E-mail: email@example.com
Relaxed Skating Sessions
Come along and enjoy one of our public skating sessions within a quiet and calm environment, with no music or flashing lights. The sessions are perfect for those who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere – including those with a learning disability, an autism spectrum condition, or sensory and communication disorder. They are open to all but designed for those who may find ice skating that little bit more challenging. We want to create and encourage an atmosphere where all our guests feel safe and in-control and able to exit the ice with ease at any time. We want people of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the ice and encourage both families and individuals to come along to our monthly Relaxed Skating Sessions.
Our Tots Zone will be available to use, with free equipment within the area.
On-ice equipment will be available to hire at standard cost price. Sledges are available upon request for those with mobility issues.
If the sessions fall upon an event night at Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, there will be a quiet exit available to use upon leaving.
Autism Friendly Cinema Experience
Join us on the second Sunday of every month at 10am for our Autism Friendly Screenings
Showcase are proud to present Autism Friendly screenings in partnership with not-for-profit support provider, Dimensions. We think it's important that anyone can experience the delights of cinema, and hope that with a few adjustments, cinema can be enjoyed by those that are sensory sensitive.
You will also be able to bring your own food and drink and we welcome you to move around the auditorium.
Relaxed Performances at the theatre and concert hall.
Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre.
It is still the same show but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.
Awarded for being Autism Friendly.
- Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND
Mobile Planetarium Venue
- 44 Dental Care
44 Fosse Road North, Leicester LE3 5EQ
- Auriga Astronomy Mobile Planetarium
Mobile Planetarium based out of 12 Pingle Lane, Belper, Derbyshire,DE56 1DW
- Beechenhill Farm
Ilam, Ashbourne, DE6 2BD
To Be Updated
- School Open
5th January 2021 (Whole School - 04/01/2021)
- School Newsletter
14th December 2020 (Whole School - 14/12/2020)
- Non-parent Governor Vacancies
Expressions of Interest Invited (Whole School - 07/12/2020)
- School Newsletter
4th December 2020 (Whole School - 04/12/2020)
- Academy Trust Leadership
A new CEO (Whole School - 01/12/2020)