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NYSCB Briefing – Snap Maps

Please find below a link to the latest North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Boards Briefing which focuses on the social media app Snapchat.

Snapchat have recently launched a new functionality called Snap Maps which has been raised by a number of professionals in North Yorkshire as a concern to the safety of children and young people.


To access the Briefing visit:

NSPCC & O2 – Be #ShareAware – keep children safe online

Just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online. That’s why the NSPCC are working with O2 to bring you Share Aware – to help keep children safe on social networks, apps and games.

Teach your child

Share Aware offers simple, step–by–step advice that will help you have the right conversations with your children about online safety.

Learn how to untangle the web through the Icebreaker email series. In just six weeks you’ll be an expert in a child’s online world and how to spot potential risks.

Untangle the web

DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability – Sensory Chairs

Your support can provide sensory sanctuary for students with autism

 The charity DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability is hoping to produce two specialist sensory rocking chairs to help the students at Breckenbrough School in Thirsk.

The project is being supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund, and the charity need local people’s support to raise the £2268.00 needed to make these chairs.

Each chair is built to accommodate the needs of children and teenagers with autism and other sensory processing disorders using a fabric hood to restrict light and sound input. The chair provides a safe place that students can learn to go when the stresses of the day simply get too much, meaning the children can recharge, recollect themselves and better cope with sensory overload.

Co-op members can choose to support this project as part of the Co-op Local Community Fund by visiting and non-members can join the Co-op for just £1 to offer their support. Visit to join.

“With enough local support we’ll  be able to provide two Sensory Shell Chairs and give the students at Breckenbrough School a place to go when the stresses of the day get too much, providing an opportunity to learn the valuable skill of self-regulation which will help them to better access learning and continue to benefit them throughout their adult lives.” Denise Gillies, Fundraising Manager at DEMAND

“The Sensory Shell Chairs will be a much used and welcomed addition to the provision we offer, as bouncing is a widely used technique to help calm anxious children and can be particularly beneficial for those on the autism spectrum.” Diane Walker from Breckenbrough School explains, “The gentle, repetitive motion helps to reduce anxiety through a physical action that requires no thought. The unique hooded design of these chairs offers a warm, cocoon and valuable privacy to young people.


Outstanding Residential Ofsted Report

We would like to share some good news following our recent Ofsted Social Care inspection; we were, once again, graded as “Outstanding”.

It was really lovely to read about the comments that the inspector made about our students and also the things that they said to her. This is a great achievement for the school (according to the Inspector it is very difficult to continue to be graded outstanding) and a reflection on the hard work that the Social Education Team, in particular, and all school staff have put into making this school a better place for our students, where they can feel safe, increase their self-esteem, reduce their anxieties and make progress socially and academically.

Breckenbrough at the National Finals of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), NEC Birmingham

In June 2016 pupils from Breckenbrough School were crowned winners in their group at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths tournament in the regional heats held at York.  On the back of this, they are at the NEC at Birmingham on the 14th to 16th March 2017 for the final, where our project will be pitted against the winners from other schools around the country.

What makes our entry stand out? Our project (pictured above) was designed and built from scratch by pupils who attend Breckenbrough School.

The project is a self-propelled vehicle fitted with ‘bumper bars’ and hazard sensors.  The vehicle was designed to be used by children with disabilities and visual impairments, this design means that if they approach a hazard, the sensors activate and issue a warning sound to alert them to stop.

Supported by the Design & Technology department within school.  All the boys worked hard on the project, with one of the individuals who was responsible for the major part of the welding, going on to attend a local college to further his welding qualifications.

Headmaster at Breckenbrough, Geoff Brookes said ‘We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our pupils.  The pupils and staff have worked hard to get to this point.  We are looking forward to the trip to Birmingham and we have everything crossed for the outcome. ‘


Our boys being interviewed at the Big Bang

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