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We support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England.
KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.
LITTLE SWEET PEAS is a new early-intervention special-needs play and support group. This is an open-door group where parents can bring along their disabled child and any siblings under five years old to play and share a lunch or breakfast together. Young people under eight whose health needs are so great they cannot access school are also able to attend.
Parents and carers also get the chance to share ideas and gain support and information from each other and from the support staff.
There are three Little Sweet Peas Groups across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire and all parents living within the two areas are welcome to access them.
Who’s on the SEND Team?
The SEND Team at MVM involves everybody. Every teacher and member of staff is responsible for ensuring pupils with SEND have a positive learning experience and make progress.
The day to day leadership and management of SEND across the school has been charged to the SENDCo, who works closely with parents, pupils, teachers, support staff and external agencies.
Everyone on the team is recognised for being skilled, hardworking and committed to placing pupils’ aspirations at the heart of everything we do.
We value pupils as individuals and want them to feel safe and supported to enable them to be confident and to flourish regardless of their special needs or differences. This is vital for them to grow up to lead happy, healthy and successful lives. Our aim is to prepare them for adulthood.
How we achieve this
Provision for pupils with SEND begins with high quality first teaching. At MVM we have clearly recorded our core offer. Thereafter, we collaboratively decide on appropriate provision that is ‘additional to and different from’.
In collaboration with parents, governors and the community we aim to provide an accessible curriculum by removing barriers to learning and addressing needs.
At Marston Middle School we value individuals, welcome diversity and believe in achievement, ambition and progress for all pupils. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support pupil through their learning journey. Quality first teaching is vital; however for some pupil there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their potential.
There is an emphasis on early identification of needs through supportive and preventative strategies which reduce barriers to learning.
We work in a flexible way to develop effective partnerships with pupil and their parents/carers, staff and external agencies to ensure that the school can meet a broad range of special educational needs and foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent living skills for all pupil.
Training for young people aged 6 years to 14 years to develope their physical, mental and spiritual abilities.
All indoor, outdoor scouting activities for boys and girls regardless of abilities.
Beavers (6-8yrs): Monday - 6.15pm to 7.30pm
Cubs (8-10 1/2yrs): Tuesday - 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Scouts (10 1/2 to 14yrs): Thursday - 7pm - 8.30pm
‘Sing and Sign’ combines a music group with the chance to learn some useful signs that will encourage early communication with your child. It is aimed at all children from 0 to 30 months, ie pre-speech and as speech is developing, whether they are developing normally or have a hearing impairment, developmental delay or communication difficulties.
Studies have shown that use of baby signing can lessen frustration in babies and toddlers, develop the language centres of the brain and stimulate learning and understanding in general. Signing also helps to develop positive social skills and effective parenting.
Each class lasts 45 minutes including age-appropriate signing, action songs, instruments, props and visual aids.
A very warm welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Bedford, which has been providing quality part time training in singing, dancing and acting for over 20 years. Principal and Vice Principal team Chris and Katie, have enjoyed varied and extensive professional careers. They believe passionately that the life skills children learn at Stagecoach Bedford, will help throughout their education and into their adult lives. We focus on helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and imagination in children, whilst making sure they always have fun in a safe, professional and supportive environment.
I am a singing teacher and a qualified school teacher. My degree is in drama, dance and English Cultural studies. I am also an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music Festivals.
I taught KS3 English, Music and Drama GCSE and also teaching English as a second language.
I write my own unique poetry and encourage and enable pupils to create their own poetry and lyrics for songs etc.
My approach is to meet the need of the 'whole person'. I work on building a positive relationship with pupils in order for them to enjoy and experience the full joy of expressing themselves through their singing voice. The emphasis is on enjoyment and fun through vocal exploration. Building confidence is a major factor in my teaching method.
Children will have the opportunity to sing for pleasure and perform in informal concerts.
Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama and/or take singing exams.
Are you looking for a grant? Help at school? Advice about finding support for your other children? Need an accessible family holiday? Want to find out what else is out there for your special needs or disabled child? Then you've come to the right place!
Sky Badger is an award-winning charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families all over the UK. We do this by building bridges between disabled children and the charities and services available to help. We find everything from disabled sports clubs to sibling groups to help at school to ‘make a wish’ charities and tell families about them though our website, social media platforms, videos, information packs and helpdesk. We help about 1,000 families every day and we are completely free to use.
Sports Development aims to provide quality opportunities at all levels of sport, promoting sport as an activity that enables individuals to develop their own performances to their maximum potential, whilst highlighting the personal and social benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Sports development is concerned with increasing sporting opportunities for ALL members of the community.
For more information please visit our website via the link to Sports Development page.
Sport Zone is a weekly sports club run by Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Unit. It provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 8 – 18 years old who have disabilities or additional needs (and their siblings) to have fun, develop skills and try new sports in our multi-sport
Children are often introduced to activities that we run on other programmes including our Multi Activty Club (16 yrs +) and Summer Sport Courses.