For children and young people on the autistic spectrum,
the internet can provide real opportunities for social interaction and learning
as it removes some of the challenges of face to face communication.
Despite this, they can be especially vulnerable to
Many of our students have access to electronic
devices, play online games and have social media accounts to communicate with
others. This has a big impact on developing identities, friendships,
relationships, passions and aspirations.
Breckenbrough aims to empower and protect our
students by providing them with the knowledge to stay safe online. In order to
achieve this, it is important that staff, parents and carers have a good
awareness of the risks and dangers too.
Preparing your child to use the Internet
There is a great deal of guidance available on
how to support your child to use the internet safely.
Essential Guidance Includes:
ground rules with your child about how they can use the Internet, when and for
to your child about the kind of things it is ok to look at. A basic rule could
be if I won’t let you watch it on television, it’s not ok to search for it
your child knows to come to you or another trusted adult if they see something
that upsets them.
to your child about the internet and ensure they don’t share personal
information with others online.
your child to use a nickname and avatar online and to speak to you or a trusted
adult if personal information is requested.
that if your child receives an email with an attachment that they will talk to
you before they open it.
to your child about rules for being polite and kind to others.
One way of setting appropriate boundaries
online for your child is by setting controls on devices that connect to the
internet. InternetMatters.org offers a step by step guide to make
it simple and straight forward for parents and carers to set controls on
smartphones, broadband, gaming and social media.
Create a family contract
Decide as a
family how your child can use the internet, when and for how long and write it
down and/or draw pictures. Clearly displaying rules and boundaries will make it
easier for your child to keep themselves safe. Many children on
the autistic spectrum struggle to interpret their own emotions and recognise
risky situations. It’s important that you set clear boundaries for them online
and communicate these in a way they will understand, clearly setting out what’s
ok and what’s not ok.
More young people are using the internet to
socialise and grow and it shouldn’t change the way you guide and support them.
Spend time with your child, show an interest in their online lives, talk about what
they’re doing online and reassure them they can approach you if they need
support. A number of our students use social media, I recommend to familiarise
yourself with social media applications so you can show support.
There are some useful websites for
children and young people to access regarding internet safety:
useful websites for parents are:
If you’re worried about online abuse or the
way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know safely and securely by
clicking the link:
A simple name for an organisation with a simple mission. They collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to students of all ages in Africa. Their goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 47 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988. Last year alone, Books For Africa shipped 3.3 million books, and 155 computers and e-readers containing over 400,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.7 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.
Breckenbrough School are pleased to support this by donating resources no longer required by the school. We are pleased to share the certificate received from them for our latest donation.
When a student comes on roll at Breckenbrough, the transition into the school must be sensitively managed with a coordinated approach involving the family and other professionals.
The vast majority of our cohort have experienced a lengthy period out of education prior to arriving here, sometimes as long as two or three years. Therefore, in returning to education, there are both high levels of anxiety to support and the need to build up stamina in getting through the school day.
With an integrated start, it is our goal for a student to be accessing a full timetable as soon as possible, with attending outdoor education sessions usually the final part in completing the transition to full-time attendance.
Whole School Engagement
The engagement of every student on a lesson-by-lesson basis is tracked and recorded across the curriculum. This system supports us in praising positive engagement, including improvements in engagement, whilst also identifying any engagement issues or patterns and introducing appropriate interventions.
Breckenbrough, has been recognised for its outstanding careers work this week, 30th July 2018. The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded under licence by Prospects. The Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.
Breckenbrough is a Good, with Outstanding features school, continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all the students. Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.
There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.
Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the head teacher, governors and leadership team at Breckenbrough embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise the part it plays in the overall success of the school and its students. The school offers a range of activities to introduce students to the work of work and help them make decisions about life after school through Beyond Breck.
Simon Bannister, Headteacher said:
“We are thrilled to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects. At Breckenbrough we recognise the important role school plays in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and experience so they can go out into the world and achieve personal success. This standard has provided a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience so they are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.”
Please call Diane to find out more: 01845 587238
Simon Bannister – Headteacher – BA (Hons) PGCE Dip (SEN) NPQH
James Shutt – Deputy Headteacher – BA (Hons)
Stuart Edwards – Head of Social Education and Designated Safeguarding Lead – DipHE Sue Jones – Bursar
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