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At The Canterbury Centre each young person’s provision is bespoke to encourage them to re-engage with education, develop social skills and learn to manage issues related to their mental and/or physical health; each young person has an individual provision map which is regularly shared and evaluated with them and their parents. All academic work is planned by teachers, taking into account robust baseline assessments. When necessary, young people will receive one to one tuition in literacy, numeracy, behaviour management and emotional regulation. Work will be well differentiated and all barriers to learning will be taken into consideration. We ensure that children taking exams have, where appropriate, special dispensation applied to them to give them every opportunity to succeed.
Class sizes are considerably reduced to accommodate the needs of pupils and are rarely above 7 per class. Classes are taught by experienced teachers accompanied by dedicated support staff, all of whom receive regular SEND training. All staff are Team Teach trained and practise de-escalation techniques. A wide range of ICT is used to encourage and support learning within classes and around school. Learning Outside the Classroom is encouraged by senior staff.
The Canterbury Centre works closely with CAMHS, sharing information which can be used to enhance each young person’s learning experience. The Canterbury Centre leads in Salford on the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Several staff have completed Mindfulness training and its use is established in the school day.
Teaching Assistants and a Learning Mentor will work closely with pupils to support reintegration into mainstream where appropriate.
Home tuition may be offered as a short term option to build relationships with young people and their family and develop a young person’s confidence before bringing them onsite. Every young person on home tuition has a key worker who tracks the young person’s progress via home tuition records, discussions with teaching staff, pupil feedback and liaison with their mainstream school.
Young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan will have an Annual Review. Parents will be notified of the date of the Annual Review by the SENCo, although interim reviews may be called at any point during the year to discuss areas of concern. Young people will be included in the process of their Annual Review; they will be asked to share their views in their preferred style prior to the Annual Review. Any other professionals who work with the young person will be asked to attend the Annual Review also.
A representative from the Local Authority (LA) will be present to note any additional support that may be required or changes that the LA needs to be made aware of.
This process is an important part of the partnership we want to develop with parents to ensure we are meeting their child’s needs. If there are any causes for concern we take this very seriously and will endeavour to try to resolve any issues as quickly as we can.
Many young people are transported to and from The Canterbury Centre by LA transport via taxi. As children develop confidence and the skills required, we encourage independent travel and will support students in getting ready for this by undertaking travel training with them. A small number of parents transport children to and from school. Again once confidence develops, parents are encouraged to let their child walk into school independently. Members of staff are on duty ready to receive students from 8.10 a.m. into Morning Club. During morning, lunch and break times there are staff on duty to encourage socialisation and supervise young people in activities.
Comprehensive risk assessments, including a pre-visit, are carried out for all trips and activities, including offsite P. E. Lessons; these risk assessments are reviewed by senior staff. For all activities that take place, an adequate staffing ratio is ensured. If senior staff are not happy with the staff: pupil ratio then the activity will not be allowed to go ahead. Likewise, if a pupil is deemed to be too high risk, they may not be permitted to join an offsite activity.
A member of staff is assigned to promote Anti-Bullying by raising awareness at least half termly of how to report bullying of self or others. The Canterbury Centre’s Anti-Bullying Policy can be found on the school website, likewise our Safeguarding Policy.
A member of staff is responsible for the promotion of e-safety amongst pupils and parents. An e-safety committee, chaired by a pupil, has been established.
Three senior staff have completed Safer Recruitment training. The Designated Teacher for Safeguarding is a Senior Teacher.
It is the responsibility of parents/carers to inform The Canterbury Centre of any health needs including the need to take medication during the school day.
Consent forms, included with the admission pack, must be completed by parents/carers prior to any medication being given out at The Canterbury Centre. Where possible, short term medication should be given at home. If a pupil requires long-term medication this can be stored at The Canterbury Centre by prior consent with the Headteacher.
Medication brought into The Canterbury Centre must be:
• In the original packaging from the Doctor or Chemist
• Clearly labelled with pupil’s name
• Have timing, side effects and dosage made clear
• Handed to the young person’s key worker
All medication taken within The Canterbury Centre will be recorded in the medication file and kept in a locked cupboard in the staff room.
Care Plans would be drawn up with Parents and the School Nurse. Care plans would be kept on the wall in the staff room. Several members of staff are trained first aiders and will be familiar with any care plans. Care plans will be regularly reviewed and updated by the young person’s keyworker.
Senior staff would call paramedics/parents in the event of an emergency. The Headteacher would always be informed. Staff would treat as necessary and stay with the casualty until help arrives. Staff would go with the young person to hospital until parents arrive. Staff involved must always complete a report for major incidents.
The Nurse at The Canterbury Centre offers a weekly drop in to pupils and is able to offer advice and information to staff, pupils and their parents on health related issues. First aid may be administered by the School Nurse or one of our trained first aiders.
Children access a wide range of health services onsite to minimise disruption to their education; this includes the School Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Hearing Impaired Team, Visually Impaired Team, Doctor, Podiatrist, Dietician, Counsellor, EP and CAMHS consultant.
Pupils’ emotional wellbeing is assessed on entry and exit. All pupils are offered Mindfulness sessions and encouraged to practise Mindfulness regularly. Pupils take part in workshops about Healthy Relationships, Drugs and Alcohol and Sexual Relationships.
Regular home school contact to ensure that students’ needs are being met is prioritised by The Canterbury Centre.
In addition to the Annual Review, there are three evenings per academic year when parents can come into the centre, see their child’s work and speak with teachers about their child’s progress. End of term progress monitoring sheets are sent to parents as well as a full report once each year. Some young people will have a home-school communication book. We are always happy to take phone calls, text messages or emails from parents and same-day appointments can usually be booked if parents would like to meet a particular member of staff.
The Canterbury Centre welcomes feedback from parents. This may be given in a number of ways: in person, by telephone or in writing by letter, text message or email. Parents are encouraged to have their say about The Canterbury Centre on Parent View.
A website has recently been created canterbury.salfordpru.org.uk and a Twitter page @CanterburyPRU gives updates about school and community events as well as news about mental health.
The Canterbury Centre admission pack garners assurances from parents and pupils that they will make the most of the opportunities presented to them and that pupils, supported by their parents/carers, will adhere to policies and procedures e.g regarding uniform and electronic devices.
We have recently set up a school council which will meet every half term with key staff to discuss pupils’ views and voice any concerns. Pupils also have opportunities everyday to voice opinions and concerns within Learning Zone time – staff are always available to listen. Our Chair of Governors will meet with the school council to make sure the young people are happy with the care and education they are receiving.
We have a parent playing an active role on the Management Committee and plan to set up a Parents’ Forum this year.
We work with a wide range of agencies from health and social care to ensure we can sign post services to parents and ensure children get the wrap around care that they and their families need.
We liaise with a wide range of external agencies to help to support families.
Through working with EWOs, the Educational Psychology Service, the SEN Department, Social Services, CAMHS, Health and a range of other practitioners we can ensure that a package of support is put in place for the whole family’s needs to be met thus improving outcomes for the young person involved. Should parents/carers require assistance in completing paperwork, guidance is offered by The Canterbury Centre. If parents would like any help or support then they can contact school directly on 0161 921 2550 to arrange an appointment to discuss with us their requirements.
Parity of progression for our young people is important so CEIAG is prioritised in The Canterbury Centre; destinations are as important as exam results. The changing labour market has implications for the curriculum and how young people are prepared for life after school therefore all pupils are supported in making choices about options and subsequent accreditation at KS4.
A dedicated Connexions adviser is available weekly to speak with pupils and parents about pathways to further education, employment and training.
All KS4 pupils have the opportunity to spend at least one week doing work experience in a sector of their choice. Transition activities such as college visits and talks from apprenticeship ambassadors are delivered alongside careers-related schemes in discrete CEIAG lessons, sometimes in partnership with an Educational Psychologist.
A designated member of the Management Committee monitors how Labour Market Information (LMI) is being embedded into the curriculum and subject teachers are actively encouraged to develop ‘real world’ links. Staff will receive regular LMI updates.
Young people are supported on results day/ college enrolment day as necessary and we remain in contact with leavers and parents for at least the first two terms of their post 16 placement.
Working with parents to make them aware of the influential role they play and broaden their perspectives on CEIAG is an area for development in 2014 – 2015.
Morning club starts at 8:10 a.m. Lunchtime activities such as ICT, construction toys and sports are free of charge. After school extra curricular activities are also free of charge. These have included golf, music lessons and snowboarding in the past year.
Residentials are held at least twice a year. Pupils have had the opportunity to go to Derbyshire, Wales and France in the past year. All school trips and residentials are subsidised by the school to ensure inclusion, in that minimal cost is passed onto parents.
All young people are encouraged to make friends by sharing common activities and developing good listening skills.
Does your child have special educational needs and/or a disability?
The ‘Local Offer’ has just been launched to make it easier for parents to find information, services, activities and support.
From things to do, advice about money and preparing for adult life, to information about transport, health and education, it can all be found in one place on Salford City Council’s website: www.salford.gov.uk/localoffer. You’ll also find information about the changes to support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
If you don’t use the Internet you can call 0161 909 6566 to request a booklet.
You can also look on school’s website to find out about the support at school for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.