At Offham Primary School we want all of our children to be supported and challenged to meet their full potential. Sometimes our pupils may need additional support to do well in school. Miss Rodgers our wonderful SEND coordinator works hard, alongside parents, outside professionals and her team of specialist support assistants, to ensure that in these cases children have the support and guidance they need.
At Offham we are confident in dealing with a wide range of needs including; dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech & language needs, autism, sensory needs and behavior difficulties. We are always looking to keep up-to-date on new initiatives and ensure all our staff are fully trained to support the needs of our current pupils.
In 2017 we added a new nurture provision to the school, this includes a calm and well equipped classroom space to allow children to complete booster and intervention sessions in a positive environment and an outdoor area where children can interact with our school chickens, guinea pigs, fish and garden to help them to feel calm and confident when times get tough, or simply as a reward for their hard work.
Children experiencing difficulties with social, emotional health or mental health (SEMH)
This section includes all those pupils who experience short but significant periods of high anxiety, stress, distress or anger that may have an effect on their well-being or education.
It also includes young people who have a range of longer-term recognised mental health conditions.
For both groups, issues can include:
Every child at Offham Primary School can access:
Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice)
Support may include:
The SEMH Team
At Offham Primary School we value the mental health of our children above all else.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, or would like some support in managing this at home, please contact either Rebecca Rodgers (SENCo) or Wendy Heeley (ELSA - TA).
Further information about Social, Emotional and Mental Health Problems
The BBC Newsround website is a great source of further information about child and adolescent mental health problems. Here is a short film about the importance of talking about your feelings and problems:
This short film explores autism from the perspective of an autistic child, Rosie: