Our SENDCo is Mrs Tina Foster and she can be contacted at school on 01253 855 215 and our Assistant SENDCo is Mrs Jane Carter.
The Schools’ SENDCo works closely with our parents to discuss their child’s needs and progress. Some individuals may have a Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in place (these were previously known as statements).
At Anchorsholme Academy, we aim to ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced, differentiated curriculum and realise their full potential in a happy and caring environment. The whole school approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs and disabilities is child centred and relies on a collective, collaborative and shared responsibility thereby ensuring they feel an integral part of their class and the school. All teachers at Anchorsholme Academy are teachers of pupils with SEN.
The School makes every effort to welcome and accommodate disadvantaged pupils. All pupils are treated equally, regardless of disability, race, gender or religion.
The SEND Reforms placed a statutory requirement on schools from September 2014 to make information available to parents about how the school supports children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This information formed the main basis for what was referred to as the Local Offer.
Our local Offer is available to download below.
At Anchorsholme Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
- Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better.
- Encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’.
- Help children socially to form and maintain relationships.
- Promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count.
- Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
We offer different levels of support:
- Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
- Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing Resilience for All.
- Additional support – For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Lead staff members:
- Tina Foster – Accredited Adult Mental Health First Aider
- Jane Carter – Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider
- Helen Eckersley – Accredited Youth Mental Health Champion
National Sleep Helpline
One in four children in the UK are not getting enough sleep, this has an impact on their behaviour and ability to learn, as well as their physical health.
The new National Sleep Free Helpline is run by trained sleep advisors who can talk to young people directly, or parents (we can also talk to parents about their own sleep issues).
The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7-9pm and the number is 03303 530 541.
Further information can be found here: https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/national-sleep-helpline/
- Anna Freud Parents and Carers Advice
- Lancashire Mindmatters
- Dealing with anxiety
- Every Mind Matters
- Young Minds Parents’ Survival Guide
- Family Lives Confidential Helpline Service
- Resources and free helpline for single parents
- Coping with the changes and transitions during their time at school
- NHS Alcohol Support
- Place 2 Be
- Young Minds
- Kooth Online Mental Wellbeing Community
- Blackpool CAMHS
- Primary Mental Health Workers
- Anna Freud – National Centre for Children and Families
- MindEd Free Learning Resources
- Winstons Wish
- Child Bereavement UK
- Beat Eating Disorders
- Action for Children
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
- Mental Health
- Blackpool Young Carers
- Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide
- How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine
- Brain Breaks: Helping Children Settle Back into the Classroom
- Blackpool CAMHS COVID-19 Booklet
- Breathing and Thinking Guided Meditation
- Childhood Trauma and the Brain
- Circle of Control
- Primary Age 7-11 Managing Stress
- Useful Mental Help Apps
- Looking After Your Emotional Health and Well-Being
- Alarming Adrenaline
- CYP Services and Self-Help Blackpool
- Keeping Safe Online Toolkit
- Ready to level up your lingo?
- Ollee Mental Health Supporter Promotion Pack