Kensworth is a fully inclusive school. We firmly believe that all children can make great individual progress and do so in a supportive happy community.
We work closely with families and actively encourage parents and carers to come into school to meet with class teachers and Mrs O Bates (SENDco main school). We hold My plan meetings termly, when small achievable targets are set with you and your child. But our open door policy means we can meet more regularly if your child's needs are greater.
The Willows (nurture provision)
We have worked closely with the Jigsaw centre to develop and open a nurture provision at Kensworth. It is a small group of between 6- 8 children.
Nurture groups are now in over 1500 schools in the UK and give children the skills to do well at school, make friends and deal more confidently and calmly with the trials and tribulations of life, for life.
Nurture groups are developed around six principles of nurture:
Two members of staff run The Willows. The children will attend the nurture group but remain an active part of their main class, they will continue to register in class, and in the mornings complete literacy (or Read Write Inc) in their sets and maths as they do already. They will spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within two to four terms. Nurture group runs on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. The children are from a mix of year groups. Their class teachers provide the planning for the term and the nurture staff adapt learning activities that the children complete whilst in nurture. This means they will come across the same topics that they would be seeing in class, just in a smaller group. By being in nurture children do not miss out on learning opportunities, they gain more attention and time from the adults in the group.
The Nurture group assess' learning and social and emotional needs and gives whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by role modelling and demonstration. The relationship between the two staff, always nurturing and supportive, provides a role model that children observe and begin to copy. Food is shared at 'snack time' with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.
As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become more responsive to others feelings, learn self-respect and take pride in achieving. This is especially important at times of transition, for example moving up a year group or changing schools. The nurture group gives children time to reflect on the time in their current class and start to explore worries or concerns about a forthcoming change.
Nurture groups have been working successfully for more than 40 years in the UK and now in other countries including Canada, New Zealand and Romania, and have been praised, supported and recommended by organisations such as Ofsted.
We review each child’s needs and wishes as the term progresses, some children may spend longer in nurture than others. Each child is unique and we will be guided by them, in consultation with you.
If you would like to speak to any of the Nurture staff they are available Thursday and Friday from 3 – 3:30pm.
Bedfordshire CAMHs are launching a podcast called ‘CAMHs Talk’. This is a fortnightly podcast that is being produced by CAMHs's young people and staff. The podcast is user led and will include topics such as who works here, interviews with staff and user participation. You can subscribe to the podcast through all of the main streaming channels, including Spotify and iTunes.
CAMHs Talk also has a twitter account called @CAMHsTalk.com.
Click here for a flyer about SEND support that is available to you!
October activities in half term for families with children with SEND.
Please see the flyer for details of drop-in sessions offering free, impartial and confidential support service for parents/carers, children and young people with SEND.
At Kensworth it is part of school life to be part of a group outside of the normal classroom day. We strive to extend and stretch all children's learning and development to achieve a greater depth of understanding.
For example small group work can be:
Fine motor (hand writing)
Social skills games group
5 minute daily keep up phonics (RWI)
More able maths
More able English
Keep up maths games
Keep up writing
Brain Biscuit club (after school for invited children)
A note is sent home each term informing parents/ carers if their child is to be part of a group. The groups are moved around the school day each half term.
If you would like more details please speak to your child's class teacher.
Please click here for more information about the independent advisory service called parent partnership.
There are a number of useful information booklets that you can access here.
Annual Reviews a5_annual_reviews.pdf
Drop in Dates Autumn 19
EHC Needs Assessment
Getting the Most out of Meetings
Looking at Schools
SEND Support Plans
Service Information Leaflet
Understanding the Jargon
or contact them:
Please see below flyer for the Central Bedfordshire Council SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service information, advice & support Spring Term Drop Ins held in local Children’s Centres together with a leaflet regarding our service.
Further information regarding our service is available online via Central Bedfordshire Local Offer:
CBC SEND Parent & Young Person Partnership Service
Direct Dial: 0300 300 8088
Speech and Language support can be found here on their new facebook page: