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Breckenbrough School

We are a ‘special’ school in so many different ways; we pride ourselves on providing a nurturing, supportive and low stress environment to help our students learn to manage their behaviours and make good social and academic progress.

01845 587238

Children Employment / Performance

The purpose of my service is to protect and safeguard children/young persons in employment and entertainment.

A child can work from the age of 13 year and above, the most common employment is the newspaper delivery.

Child Performances licences are issued to children/young people who perform in non broadcast and broadcast programmes, even if there is no payment or time taken off school. Chaperones act as loca parentis to children who take part in these performances, individuals who look after children would need to apply for a chaperone licence, parents are allowed to chaperone their own child.

It provides children/young people with confidence and experience of life skills.

I go out to Bedford Borough Schools to present Child Employment in school assemblies covering both Child Employment and Child Performance legislations. Young people can approach me after the presentation.

On receipt of applications, I process and send them to the employers/producers.

However the young person and their families can enquire by ringing/emailing or writing to me.

01234 228178

Children Missing Education

The Government has placed a duty on the local authorities Section 436A of the Education Act 1996 (Education and Inspections Act 2006) to make arrangements to establish (so far as it is possible to do so) the identities of children in their area who are of compulsory school age and not receiving a suitable education. This duty is supported from Revised Statutory Guidance - January 2009.

The purpose of the Child Missing Education (CME) Procedures (2009) is to establish a set of principles which all agencies can subscribe to and is underpinned by Bedford's Children and Young People's Plan, to ensure that Bedford Borough Council (BBC)

1) Is able to fulfil its statutory duty to provide an education for all children of compulsory school age.

2) Is able to locate, assess, monitor and track children and young people missing from education in order for them to reach their full potential.

3) Identifies those at risk of becoming missing from education and accordingly allocates appropriate staff to intervene.

4) Maintains contact with those missing from education and those at risk of becoming so.

5) Is able to produce, monitor and evaluate data on CME for Elected Members and Senior Officers in Children's Service.

6) Ensure their responsibility is to be carried out through a strategic and multi-agency framework where all agencies share information on the identification of children and young people missing education.

01234 228178

Dove House

Dove House -Boarding at Overstone Park School

Welcome to Dove House a small, caring residential special educational facility at Overstone Park School, a co-educational school for children age 4-18 years with a separate nursery department.

Park is registered with the DFE as a SEN independent school.

The list of SEN categories are listed below:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Asperger's Syndrome
Speech communication Language needs (SCLN)
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
Moderate learning difficulties (including Global development delay).

01604 643787

Education Welfare Service

The Education Welfare Service supports parents and schools in ensuring all children have acceptable levels of school attendance in Bedford Borough. The Education Welfare Service has a legal responsibility to monitor school attendance and consider court action against parents whose children do not attend school regularly. We also have responsibilities to do with protecting children from abuse and danger, protecting children in employment and icensing children in entertainment, modelling and sport.

01234 228304

Educational Psychology Team

The Psychology Team, within Bedford Borough Council, work to promote the learning and development of children within the Borough.

Educational Psychologists (EP) offer consultation, advice, assessment and training on how our early year’s settings/schools and parents/carers might help children to learn effectively, and to make the most of their education.

We work with:
• Groups and individual staff in educational settings to develop ways of working with children as individuals and in groups
• Educational settings to provide guidance on managing whole school issues, such as reducing bullying, improving playground behaviour and teaching children to read
• Individual children and/or their parents/carers
• Other professionals from health authorities, social services and voluntary organisations
• Pre-school providers, parents and carers for children under school age.

Services we provide:-
• Free Drop-in service for all settings and parents/carers, within Bedford Borough
• Research and project work to promote inclusion and support school improvement
• Awareness raising and training for professional staff and voluntary groups about using psychology in education.
• Direct work with individuals and groups of children
• Advice and support in response to critical incidents in the community.
• Advice and support for strategic planning & policy development within the Borough Council

01234 276397

Elective Home Education Service

The Elective Home Education Officer offers advice and support to families who are considering home educating their children or to families in Bedford Borough who already home educate to ensure that the children are receiving an education suitable for their age, aptitude and ability.

01234 276581

Free School Meals Administration

We administer the Government Free School Meals policy to determine free school meal eligibility for pupils attending Bedford Borough schools.

01234 228948

Inclusion Support Team

The Inclusion Support Team works in partnership with schools in Bedford Borough to provide support to pupils who are at risk of permanent exclusion from school. We also provide advice and guidance to families, schools and governing bodies regarding the Department for Education's statutory processes regarding exclusion from school. The aim of the team is to ensure that exclusion from school is a final resort, and that those involved in the process have access to the guidance provided by the Department for Education.

The team currently consists of a Senior Inclusion Support Officer, an Adviser for Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, a Behaviour Support Worker and a Parenting Support Officer. The Senior Inclusion Support Officer attends meetings in schools where a pupil is identified as being at risk of permanent exclusion, attends governors' meetings and Independent Review Panels to review the decision to permanently exclude a pupil, and can be contacted for advice and guidance regarding the exclusion process. The Adviser for Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and the Behaviour Support Worker work with schools to provide strategies to support young people at risk of exclusion and also work with pupils to support them with the difficulties they are experiencing in school. They can also offer training to school-based staff.The Parenting Support Officer works with parents of pupils at risk of exclusion to help them work in partnership with their school to try and help them reduce their child's behavioural difficulties.

01234 276809

Kids

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.

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