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COVID update 4th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers Following this evening’s government announcement of a level 5 lockdown and the very late timing of this announcement, it is incredibly difficult to implement any of form of considered approach in the hours between now and tomorrow morning. As such, I would ask that if humanly possible, all students remain at home tomorrow. However, if you are a keyworker, if you are without any means for childcare and/or your son will experience extreme anxiety at the last-minute nature of this announcement, then we will have the staffing in place for your son to attend school tomorrow. If your son needs to attend tomorrow, please can you email [email protected] and ensure you inform transport if this is required. Once we have had the opportunity to meet in school tomorrow, we will be in contact with a clearer plan of how we will meet the needs of all our students over the coming weeks. I hope I have your understanding and support in what is once again, a very challenging situation. Simon

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 – 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. 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:

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

Dogs for Good – family dog service

We cannot endorse this or any other service but we publish it as a matter of interest to students and families

Family Dog workshops provide parents of children with autism with the advice and long-term support needed for choosing and training a dog to benefit the whole family.

Family Dog workshop

Book a workshop

View our workshop locations and dates for 2020Book nowOur Workshops are ideal if you:

  • Are at the early stages of considering getting a dog to help your child with autism
  • Know that you want to get a dog and are looking for help choosing and handling a dog
  • Already have a pet dog but would like training ideas and support

We run a series of three one day workshops for families. At these you receive a combination of practical demonstrations, discussions, hands on learning and course hand outs. Find out what our workshops cover.

Our specialist advice and support has brought life-changing benefits to whole families. Research has shown that the families we work with have lowered parental stress, they go out more together and children with autism have fewer meltdowns as a result of their pet dog.

Long-term support

Following the workshops, ongoing support is available to families that qualify including telephone support, online resources, and a private Facebook group.

50 Things To Do This Summer

Summer holidays are long. Often boring. This little book will hopefully give you a few ideas that you can use over the holidays to keep your mind active and even learn some new things. Why not try them out? What’s the worst that can happen?? Don’t worry – there’s ideas galore in here. Some involve some technology, some involve reading, some involve actually getting out of your chair,
but… if you try at least one of these, you’ll be better for it and you’ll learn something new!


Exams 2018


The 2018 exam timetable is now underway at Breckenbrough.

During this time we try to keep visitors to a minimum and your help and understanding with this is very much appreciated.