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Some of the winners of our Stay Safe Online Posters competition. Well done to all https://t.co/mCEMXbq4fe


Sprites and Unicorns enjoyed making and decorating some poppies for Remembrance Day. Both classes made a giant poppy and the children also made one of their own to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. https://t.co/mR0jDZ0cId


Made by the children to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 https://t.co/UJQE0RA2eH


Students really enjoyed the dodgeball tournament at Mark Hall School today. Unfortunately we didn't win on this occasion but we will be a force to be reckoned with in next year's competition. https://t.co/qkbBls8dOQ


More group pictures from Duxford https://t.co/mruUPdJ3tI


Remembering the Battle of Britain 🇬🇧 https://t.co/Bp109LwFcG


Duxford Wolves! https://t.co/fFlXf7XZ6t


Robin Hood performing for Yrs 1-5 today https://t.co/RJuU1hEHER


Our Year 6 students at Duxford War Museum in Cambridge. https://t.co/Fanvk8xqDl


Today Pixie class have been learning all about Diwali! We created rangoli patterns with rice and have also made our own Diva pots from clay. https://t.co/EWKUKzZ2rx


Year 5 and 6 writers worked with poet and author, Neal Zetter, during a workshop at Freshwater's School. They wrote some fantastic poems, discussed writing techniques and made some new friends across the trust. https://t.co/jg8uCjey9a


Ladybirds have been investigating local habitats. We found living, dead and never been alive creatures. https://t.co/JgghyIAbZM


Well done to our Year 5 students who took part in the Table Tennis tournament on Friday. All students won at least one or two games each which was brilliant and all the students really enjoyed the event.


Sadly, we are leaving Kingswood now and are on our way back to Harlow. ETA 4pm.


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PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

Posted: 18th July 2018

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are enjoying a full physical education programme in Harlow.

Pupils from the town’s BMAT primary schools – Cooks Spinney, Freshwaters and Little Parndon – who historically may have sat out of PE lessons are now thriving in their own tailored sessions.

Those with physical disabilities as well as pupils with developmental delays and conditions such as autism and ADHD take part in weekly classes with specialist sport teachers at partner school, Burnt Mill Academy.

Phil Dawes, BMAT director of PE and sport, has a team of PE apprentices working within the primaries, as well as students from Burnt Mill who are trained as Sport Leaders to assist with the sessions.

He said: “All pupils with special educational needs and disabilities from our primaries are invited to come and take part in PE lessons at Burnt Mill. While some take part in PE in their own schools, this gives them access to more facilities at the secondary school.

“Some of the pupils who take part have physical difficulties, while others have emotional or behavioural problems. We have pupils who are wheelchair users and others with dwarfism; so the class is full of a wide range of children with varying needs.”

A carousel of activities is set out and the sessions are, to a degree, led by the pupils and what they want to tackle.

Over time, changes are being noticed in attitude, confidence, behaviour and ability, which is having a positive knock-on effect in other areas of the pupils’ lives.

The sessions are equipping young SEND learners with the skills to take part inclusively in school once their confidence has been built through sport.

Mr Dawes, who has had training with his team on teaching children with SEND, said: “One pupil with autism took three weeks to step inside the sports hall; he waited outside with his teaching assistant until he became more comfortable with the environment. On the third week, he came in for 15 minutes and now he is starting to take part in the activities.

“We have to go with the pupils a little bit. It can’t be three minutes on one activity and then move on. We have visual aids on the wall, so children do know what we are doing when, such as snack time or packing up. It’s about inclusion and this way they have access to the facilities and help they need.”

As a result of this work, Burnt Mill Sports Leaders have been called upon to supervise at county events, such as boccia and swimming events for students with SEND.

Mr Dawes said: “We are picking up a reputation for working with students with SEND and so these opportunities are starting to come our way.

“It is giving our Sports Leaders a career pathway. One of our PE apprentices was a Sports Leader at Burnt Mill and is now working towards a degree and teacher training. We are showing students there is a pathway into careers in PE and sport that our leaders can move into.

“It is also breaking down barriers. When I was younger, schools were not so inclusive, but our students know how to work together; it’s lovely to see them support each other.”

Year 11 Sports Leader Kieran Biles has a new ambition since taking on his role: “I’ve wanted to be a PE teacher ever since these sessions. I am learning how to help people and teaching them new skills.”


For one Year 3 pupil from Cooks Spinney Primary Academy, PE lessons were not an option in the past.

But, his one to one teaching assistant, Tracy Taylor, is working with the PE specialists to ensure he gets active and takes part.

She said: “At first, he hated PE. Now, he wears ear defenders and we come in for ten minutes at a time and then have a break. Every week, I get his PE kit out, but he isn’t comfortable with getting changed into it. Three weeks ago, I managed to get him to put his shorts on.

“This group is great; it’s amazing. It’s helping him with his social skills and being in a new environment with people he doesn’t know. It’s such a major step for him. He has come on in leaps and bounds.”

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