All the documents below are available in paper copy, on request. You can also contact our SENCo, Mrs Susan Meagher, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looked After and 'Post Looked After' Children
At The William Alvey School we are totally committed to supporting every one of our families. We are incredibly proud of all our children and know that many of them start their young lives with additional challenges. We also know we have some amazing parents who dedicate their lives to children from all backgrounds. We recognise that if you have adopted a child or are looking after a child in short or long term care arrangement then you may have specific needs with their education and / or emotional support.
Looked after children or 'Post looked after' for adopted children now have priority in school choices. This means when making applications for Nursery, Reception and Secondary Schools your child will be prioritised over other children in recognition that sometimes they have had a difficult start in life and they may need some additional support. We would be happy to support you with any school applications and navigate the somewhat complicated process.
Did you know that Adopted children and those in special care arrangements receive additional funding in school? Each child identified by the school received an additional £1,900 (2014/15 allowance) for the school to spend on supporting the children. This may be used to employ additional adults, support with school trips, uniform or additional educational resources. This additional money is called 'Pupil Premium Plus'. Our Adopted Children’s Champion is responsible for the monitoring and tracking of this spending and its impact.
Specific Support for Adopted Children and their families:
This service premium was designed to address the emotional and social well-being of forces children and address any gaps that may have arisen in their education.
We do this at William Alvey in a number of different ways but essentially through our Bluey Club.
Aims for club: to provide support for children with parents in the armed forces by offering a safe and stimulating environment to discuss feelings, and strategies to deal with them in a positive manner.
This can be done through:
* group activities
* group discussions
* one to one emotional support
The Bluey Club meets fortnightly and over the last two years we have taken part in a variety of different activities:
Trip to Digby
Trip to Aviation Centre in Cranwell
Access to counselling/inclusion worker
Fisher House link
Rotary Club Awards
Visitors (Sgt, Gordon x 3)
Trip to Skegness Aquarium
Elastic band powered models
St Geroge v The Dragon Audience
Alongside the social and emotional input we track the service children to ensure there is no gap between their attainment and national expectations. Funding is used to help pay for any identified intervention. Unlike the FSM funding we do not use the service premium to subsidise trips, uniforms or music tuition.