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Things to do at home for you and your family

Whilst we’re all staying at home, working and studying. Here are a few ideas and suggestions for you try:

Scouts – the Great Indoors, activities that can be done indoors!

Joe Wicks PE class – daily at 9am

David Walliams is releasing an audio story every day for 30 days for free

Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites & Galleries For Children

British Sign Language – learn how to sign

Our very own Art Departments Pinterest page

OT at home – as a starting point, there are two very good Facebook groups, ‘sensory stuck at home’ and ‘sensory stuck at home teens’ which are being run by Sensory trained OTs offering advice, activity ideas, movement opportunities and support as required. How to create a sensory room in your home and hand writing without tears are both sites you may find useful along with Rachel’s OT Pinterest page. SENSEable is a weekly sensory workout which students can access with limited resources. 

Chatterbox – a list of free online, boredom busting resources!

Clare’s Coaching for Kids

Universal Project Guide

Radioblogging.net – daily shows with interactive activities to keep everyone busy and engaged

TTS – free downloadable workbooks

The Maths Factor – created by Carol Vorderman for children aged 4 – 12

Booktrust – stories for kids online and fun games and on youtube

Free children’s book online through Project Gutenberg. There are all kinds of categories and within each one a whole list of novels and stories – fact and fiction.

Twinkl – a large range of different subjects and focuses, arguably the best host of any resource you could need. Twinkl have offered a free account as a result of school closures.

BBC Bitesize – a huge range of different resources and information broken down into Key Stages and year groups.

Topmarks – a treasure trove of activities that cover a whole range of subjects. Also holds links to games etc. that are hosted by other sites.

GoNoodle – videos and games, mindfulness and meditation

TypingClub – learn touch typing for free

Mapzone from Ordnance Survey – quizzes, games and skills to try out

Imoves – fun activities for teachers and parents to keep children happy, healthy and focussed

Microsoft Teams – a guide to the basics

Immune system guidance and Supporting Your Immune System for students from our Nutrionist, Roz

CEOP Online safety guidance

CEOP E-Safety

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 risks online.

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:

  • Establish ground rules with your child about how they can use the Internet, when and for how long.
  • Talk 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 online.
  • Ensure your child knows to come to you or another trusted adult if they see something that upsets them.
  • Talk to your child about the internet and ensure they don’t share personal information with others online.
  • Encourage your child to use a nickname and avatar online and to speak to you or a trusted adult if personal information is requested.
  • Agree that if your child receives an email with an attachment that they will talk to you before they open it.
  • Talk to your child about rules for being polite and kind to others.

Parental control

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.

Get involved

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.

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There are some useful websites for children and young people to access regarding internet safety:

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And useful websites for parents are:

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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:

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Mencap have produced a handy document, Learning disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Guide for Parents’ which is free to download and contains lots of helpful tips on how you can keep your child safe online.

Online safety guidance

Books for Africa

Books For Africa

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.

Attendance & Engagement

Attendance

Attendance for 2019/20 during Autumn term: 87.8%

Adjusted attendance figures: 90.6%

Phased Transition and Integrated Starts

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.

Engagement

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 achieves quality standard for careers work

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.”