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‘To create a calm and purposeful school where everyone feels valued and able to achieve their full potential’
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Provides a positive environment for scale model construction.
At Bedford Academy we recognise and value the importance of working in partnership with parents. We listen to parents/carers and work together with them to ensure their children get the best out of their time here. All parents are able to contact key staff at the Academy by email, phone or in person and are welcomed to attend a number of events, including target setting and review days, parents’ evenings and information evenings during the school year.
During the academy day, parents/carers are encouraged to contact their child’s form tutor or Learning Village Leader if they have an urgent query. In addition to the support provided to all parents/carers, parents/carers of SEND students with more serious or complicated SEND needs will have an identified ‘key person’ at the academy, who will be their main point of contact and will also meet with them at least once every term to review their child’s progress and agree targets and strategies to ensure good progress. Parents/Carers are invited to attend the Access Coffee mornings/evenings throughout the year to give feedback and share ideas on the SEN support provided by the Academy. Refreshments will be provided.
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Provides welfare benefits advice for people referred through Social Services.
Public Libraries provide access to reading, learning, culture, information and IT, and help to bridge social and digital divides. They support well-being, encourage reading and learning, and help to foster identity, community and a sense of place for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
The Borough's library service is provided through five Libraries (Bedford, Putnoe, Kempston, Bromham and Wootton), the Mobile Library, the Library Link service for those who cannot visit the library themselves, Kempston Homework Centre, the Virtual Library, and a range of community outreach and library based activities, as well as the Schools Library Service and Bookstart Service.
The service fulfils its role by providing libraries where people can read and borrow books and other stock, use a library computer or wifi, discover information, get help from knowledgeable staff, and make use of the safe, welcoming, community space which libraries provide; as well as providing a service via the virtual library with online access to library services, information, e-resources and other content, including areas especially for children and young adults.
Libraries also provide a range of events and activities for children and young people including Rhymetimes, Family Fun and Holiday Story and Craft activities, and the Summer Reading Challenge.
A parent carer forum is a group of parent carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabilities. We work in partnership with those that provide and plan services for our children to make sure that they know what we need. Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum was formed in October 2012 and we have had a steering committee since May 2013.
The special needs reforms have implemented a new approach which seeks to join up help across education, health and care, from birth to 25. Help will be offered at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEND and their parents carers fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. In Bedford we want to ensure that this approach will lead to better outcomes and more efficient ways of working. This document seeks to lay down key next steps to achieve our aspirations for SEND by April 2018.
Please click the link for further information.
Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children in Bedford – which they achieve well and fulfil their potential in their early years, at school and college, through transition to adulthood, have equal life chances and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
Please click the link for further information on the SEND Improvment Plan December 2016 - April 2018.
Early Childhood Partnership Bedford offers a full range of FREE services to expectant parents/carers and families with children up to the age of 5.
Bedford College offer programmes of education for young people and adult working from pre-entry to Higher Education in a wide range of academic and vocational areas. The college successfully support young people and adults to progress into Higher Education and work. The college also provide specialist provision for young people within discrete groups, should you be interested in this offer please refer to our section on Supported Learning Courses.
The college offer a range of support for those young people with an identified Learning Difficulty and/or Disability according to individual need. Typical services provided can include:
• 1-1 or small group support outside of the main class where students may develop study skills, English and/or maths to support them to achieve their main qualification.
• Teaching Assistant support within both structured and un-structured times if appropriate.
• Learning Support Assistants to support with physical and personal care needs if required.
• Specialist exam arrangements
Alongside these services we have specialist Autism, Deaf and Dyslexia Co-ordinators.
The Autism Co-ordinator provides specialist support to both students and staff to promote effective support and student achievement to those on the spectrum, this can include mentoring support, staff development and assessment. The Co-ordinator is supported by an Assistant and together they provide daily drop in sessions for students at both our Cauldwell Street and Shuttleworth campuses.
At our Cauldwell Street site we have a dedicated base room called ‘The Haven’ which students can access throughout the day. The specialist team also work with students to plan social activities which have included bowling, ice skating at Christmas, meals out and an arts evening with pizza!
The Deaf Co-ordinator is herself Hard of Hearing and her preferred method of communication is British Sign Language, this provides her with a unique insight that she is able to utilise to meet the needs of students both in terms of mentoring and pairing to a communicator. The Deaf Co-ordinator delivers training to staff in develop their awareness and BSL communication skills. The Deaf Co-ordinator is supported by a team of experienced communicators.
The team also have two Dyslexia Co-ordinators who provide staff awareness training, specialist teaching and exam arrangements.
The focus of the college support team is very much upon supporting students to become as independent as they possibly can within their learning to support their longer term aspirations.
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