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18/01/19

Pixies have been busy today making gingerbread men https://t.co/xHMtmnxeBM

17/01/19

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James Shone

Was ⁦⁩ yesterday. A great primary school: lovely head, delightful staff and charming kids. https://t.co/WQpfwBg4PA

17/01/19

Foxes taking over Math lessons! https://t.co/D3jphiow1H

16/01/19

⁩ inspiring confidence in our Year 5 and Year 6 children today https://t.co/G1hsRYjEtk

16/01/19

Year 6 have had fun learning about how chromosomes are inherited https://t.co/uz9K3eCaSa

16/01/19

Look we've found Nemo! https://t.co/fCGxvpzIMT

16/01/19

Year 2 on their Sealife trip today. https://t.co/OQhEpmRaYI

15/01/19

Student Council in full swing this morning discussing the topics that matter to them https://t.co/FGmtDUZYg5

15/01/19

Maddi and Layla taking assembly this morning in the first Spinney Speaks. Well done girls https://t.co/0cbBoJO1O7

11/01/19

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Robert Halfon MP #WorkingHard4Harlow

Incredible newspaper from some wonderful and extraordinary pupils . Congratulations and thank you for all you are doing to https://t.co/YbLdsiXCBX

11/01/19

Our newspaper group went to Chelmsford County Council today to hand deliver a petition with over 400 signatures in an effort to save our local library! ⁦ https://t.co/i4Ck8hi3JR

11/01/19

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BBC Essex

May, aged 10, says she and her friends would be very upset if Mark Hall library closed and explains why she prefers books to smart phones, TV and films 📖 📚 https://t.co/dj9HfrFchf

11/01/19

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BBC Essex

Meanwhile, a student newspaper team from in Harlow have launched a petition - to save their local library - which they’ll present to with . https://t.co/ZK6aX9HS4S

11/01/19

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Michael Rosen

This evening I saw at Cooks Spinney School a fantastic school newspaper entirely written by the children. I thought, yes! That's just what we mean when we say schools can spend a %ge of their time being publishing and performing houses.

09/01/19

Please come and help yourselves to a free dictionary from our school reception. First come, first served. https://t.co/R4xKBrzYef

04/01/19

A fascinating interactive assembly delivered by ⁦⁩ covering 100,000 years of the history of Harlow https://t.co/IWBHcxgg9i

14/12/18

Year 6 at Academy looking at fragments of the moon. https://t.co/GVvvA3nnUK

14/12/18

On Tuesday evening at the BMAT under-11s & under-9s both won their respective finals of the LZ evening super-league. What a fabulous way to end the year https://t.co/kLNWJOJ1jc

14/12/18

Squirrels class are ready for their Christmas class party https://t.co/oPVFwzgROl

14/12/18

Year 5 Adders class have enjoyed making fairy angels this morning https://t.co/2y48J8QDNS

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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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