S.E.N. Relevant Links and Information

Dear Parents,

The school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Fran Lobban. Her contact details are:

Mrs F Lobban

St John’s Catholic Primary School

Trevu Road


TR14 7AE

Our Local Offer and Information Report can be found on our Policies page of this website.

Cornwall Local Offer

Please scroll down to the area of need that interests you and click on the headings. These will lead you straight to the online sites.

If there is an area of need that is not yet included on this page, please see Mrs Lobban, who will research reliable and recognised sites, and add these to this page.




This is the emotional bond between parent/ carer and child. It stimulates brain growth and shapes personality development and the life long ability to form  relationships.

Psychology Today

Attachment disorders

Attachment Parenting International

Cornwall Community Hospital Child and Youth counselling services

The Autistic Spectrum

Aspergers Syndrome Foundation

This site explains the nature of the autistic spectrum. There are information sheets, including the A.S.C guide, children with aspergers, related conditions, recommended books, cognitive behaviour therapy. An additional sections offers answers for frequently asked questions.

BBC Health: Aspergers Syndrome

This provides information regarding symptoms of aspergers.

The Social Skills software site, promotes a range of DVDs to support children on the autistic spectrum. Each DVD provides ‘Model me’ videos, that demonstrate a range of social skills.

Model me social skills

If you suspect your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you should seek professional advice. In order to receive professional support, you will require a diagnosis. The site below suggests relevant information your GP should gain in order to make a diagnosis.

What your GP needs to know: Autism/ Aspergers


Coeliac Disease

Some children are unable to eat wheat, gluten, rhy and barley. Below, are some links to useful sites with information about this.

Coeliac UK

Coeliac Disease NHS

Local Support group Cornwall (Plymouth)


What diet can aid dairy and wheat intolerance?

Symptoms and diagnosis

Acid reflux

Patient.co.uk What is this?

NCT reflux and parenting.

Reflux in children

Kids Health

Eosinophilic Colitis

What is this?

Parents with children who suffer with this

Frequently asked questions

Resources for families


Downs Syndrome

The Downs Syndrome Association

Some particularly relevant pages include a section for families and carers, and a section for people with Downs Syndrome. There are also links to local support groups.

BBC Health: Downs Syndrome

Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support group

The Down syndrome education trust

Locally, there is a Child Development Centre (CDC) at Dolphin House at Treliske Hospital. Here, there is a resource of trained and experienced professionals who care for pupils with Downs syndrome.



The Dyspraxia foundation

Dyspraxia and children

NHS: Dyspraxia

Free test for dyspraxia: DORE

There is currently no support for dyspraxia in Cornwall. However, the Cornwall Dyslexia Association has produced an information leaflet, which parents might find supportive and helpful. Dyspraxia Information sheet

Net mums is an online chat/ support site with parents sharing concerns/ frustrations/ advice about dyspraxia

Educational Psychology Service

01872 322888

Cornwall Council Educational Psychology Service offers a confidential telephone advice line for parent/ carers to talk about any concerns they have for their child in regard to SEN, disabilities or emotional health and wellbeing. The advice line is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 – 5.00, and calls will be answered by an experienced educational psychologist. They aim to provide:

  • quick and easy access to professional advice
  • a listening ear
  • working together to find solutions
  • signposting to other services if appropriate

Please note: this service is designed for parents who do not already have a named educational psychologist working with their child.


Family Befriender

“My name is Mrs Haynes and I currently work as as TA in Y5. I am also a trained befriender and for the past 27 years have supported families who have children with special needs. I help by providing a listening ear and by signposting families to agencies that are able to provide specialist help. Everything discussed is confidential. If anyone feels I can help a family in some way, in our school, parish or in our community, please contact Mrs Lobban (SENCo), Miss Teixeira HT  or Mrs Langley an Miss Giannasi (in the office).”

Family Support Services in Cornwall

Do you have a child with SEND? Are you aware of the support available for you and your family? The link below gives information of these services, including holiday support, sibling support and local events.

Family Information Service

Action for children This link will direct you to the Home page. Find OUR SERVICES, then DISABLED CHILDREN or FAMILY SUPPORT. There is a box to type your postcode and/ or town, which will direct you to local services.

If you are in receipt of support from an Early Support Worker, please ask him/ her about services available for families during holiday periods.

Contact a family


Grand Parents Raising Grand Children

There is a local support group SGRAG (Supports Grandparents raising a grandchild) to support grandparents who are involved in raising their grandchildren. The contact name is John: 07594553905. The support group is based at Locality 2, csf 2nd floor, WestWing, Council Offices, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne TR13 8SX

Below are links to national support organisations for Grandparents supporting grandchildren.

Grandparents plus

Grandparents Association

Legal, financial and care giving support

Support for grandparents

This is a downloadable booklet signposting support services to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.


NF1 (Neuro-fibromatosis)

Proprioceptive Processing

Reading with Children

Words for Life

This site is sub divided into age sections. each age section includes suggested reading books, age related developmental characteristics, support for helping your child read, and on line activities. use this site BUT remember to read real books!

The Dyslexia Association

This site includes: explaining the nature of dyslexia, support for parents and families and  general information and activities

Fun with phonics

Click here to access some activities to help your child develop their phonological awareness.

Easy Read. Does your child have difficulties learning to read and spell? Click on the link below to access this site, to help you support your child learning to read.

Easy Read

In school, many of our pupils who struggle with reading spend time using Nessy. This is an ICT programme which supports the learning of spellings. There is now a Nessy website, so whether your child is diagnosed as at risk from dyslexia, struggles to acquire reading skills, or is a reluctant reader, log onto Nessy for some reading fun. There are also hints and tips how to support the learning of some aspects of maths.


Relevant Documents Related to SEN

Special Educational Needs: Code of Practice 2014: this document highlights the rights and responsibilities for all concerned with young people from birth to 25, with a disability. Section 6 relates specifically to schools.

Code of Practice

A statement is not enough: Ofsted radical review and findings of SEN in UK schools.

Ofsted 2012

Every Child Matters: All children are individuals, and the 5 areas of excellence and enjoyment

Every Child Matters 2004

Rose Review: Review into reading, and recommendations for schools.

Rose 2009

Green Paper 2011 Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disabilities

Green 2011

Early Supprt: Information for Parents Neurological Support

(Causes, diagnosis, therapies, managing day-to-day, services and support, useful contacts)

Early Support Neurological Support DfES 2010

School Nurse

If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please refer to the document using the link below. It explains how the school nurse can help our children. If you feel she can help, please arrange an appointment to see Mrs Lobban, SENCo.

School nurse information

School nurse website

Sensory Processing Disorder

Social and Emotional Development

Does your child struggle making friends? Does he/ she have difficulty with social skills and building relationships?

This site gives some tips to you, as parents, how you might support your child.

Top tips how to make friends

We all want our children to be happy and confident in school. Here are some practical tips how to encourage this, from early days in EYFS, and throughout primary school

Confident happy children

We want our children to be happy at playtime. Here is a link to cards, with questions to discuss with your child if you are worried about how they deal with challenging playtime issues.

Play time question cards

If your child finds it difficult to manage his or her anger, the links below may help

Anger management snail This is a short power point to provide strategies to use instead of getting angry. Would be suitable for younger children.

Calming down girl

Calm down boy These are slightly longer power point presentations that tell the story of how a girl/ boy calms down from an angry situation, using a resource of strategies. Suitable for younger or older children. I suggest choosing the gender that matches your child.

If you are worried your child may be suffering form bullying, this site offers bullying solution resources. PLEASE INFORM YOUR CLASS TEACHER IF YOU SUSPECT BULLYING AT SCHOOL. As a small school, incidents are rare, however, we need to be aware of any low level incidents of unkindness, so we can rectify it, for the benefit of all children.

Kid Power

The below link leads to a leaflet designed to be read by primary children

Don’t bully me

Speaking and Listening

Good skills of speaking and listening an=re not only a life skill but can support learning in school. This document explains how to promote these skills.

Speech language and communication needs and primary school age children

Vestibular Processing

Parent Carer Council

Parent Carer Cornwall are an independent organisation run by parent carers of children who have additional needs/disabilities. They support the age ranges of 0 – 25 years.

The PCC can assist with enabling families and other organisations by:

  • Finding information that can support them
  • Enabling families to network with each other through activities, events and training
  • Assisting with the development of services, so they are the best they can be for families.
  • Supporting schools and pre-schools with signposting to organisations that families who have children with SEND may find useful.
  • Producing a newsletter with up to date information that is shared with many professionals.
  • Offering training to parents and professionals
  • Very importantly providing a united forum enabling parent carers to not only have a voice, but for that voice to be heard, through parent carer participation whether directly in meetings or via feedback through surveys.

The PCC was formerly known as Parent Carer Council for Cornwall. It changed its name to differentiate that they work in co production with Cornwall Council but as an independent organisation.

If you would like to know more about them, receive their leaflets, or their guide to services in Cornwall, then please contact them via this website, which is very user friendly. Contact can also be made by email to kaypcc@outlook.com or 07973 763332

Not sure what to do when your child is unwell?

The HANDi Paediatric app gives up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The app has been designed as a way to reduce the number of children and young people who visit A&E, but need no treatment. It has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care concerns.

The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed. Parents generally don’t want to take your children to A&E unless it’s absolutely necessary – but often parents end up there because they are not sure what else to do. It is hoped this app will give parents more confidence in dealing with the more minor conditions at home.

Information on areas covered, and links to download the apps.

Have a go day 2019


Once again, Cornwall Council is putting on a Have a go day, which is a day for children to ‘have a go’ at activities they might generally not have the opportunity to enjoy. This year’s event is  at Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Pool, TR14 3rd on Friday 31st May from 10am-12pm.

If you would like your child to participate in this event, please contact Katie Pratt (katie@Disabilitycornwall.org.uk)


Mental health awareness week 2019

Monday 13th May – Sunday 19th May

Mental Health awareness week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • MHF will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
  • MHF will look at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.
  • MHF will also highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
  • MHF will publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies.

For more information, please visit their website


Child and adolescent mental health services Cornwall

How to avoid infection

Days out at farms are an enjoyable and educational experience for many people. However, animals can carry a number of infections that may be harmful to people, especially children and pregnant women.

Public Health England would like to take this opportunity to remind families who are visiting farms, how to avoid infections. Below are links to some useful information documents which might be helpful if planning family farm days out.




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Leave No one behind: Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week 2019

It’s Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week and we know many schools are taking part in the Lots of Socks campaign on 21 March to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

Here in St John’s, children (and staff) are invited to wear odd or fancy socks on Thursday 21st March. All children are also invited to enter the design a sock competition. Closing date is Friday 22nd March, when all entries will be judged. Winners in each class will be announced on Monday 25th March during Celebration assembly.

For families affected by Down’s syndrome living in Cornwall, the Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group has a whole host of resources and further information.

Landscapes of the Mind: FREE inclusivity Concert

Cornwall Youth Orchestra will present another FREE Inclusivity Concert on Thursday 11 April in Truro Cathedral at 1pm.  Presented specifically for people who would not normally have the opportunity to hear live orchestral music, the concert is tailored to be autism, dementia and special needs friendly along with carers and family members.

Dear Friends and colleagues,

I’m very pleased to announce that Cornwall Youth Orchestra will present another free Inclusivity Concert on Thursday 11 April in Truro Cathedral at 1pm.  Presented specifically for people who would not normally have the opportunity to hear live orchestral music, the concert is tailored to be autism, dementia and special needs friendly along with carers and family members.

Over the last decade Cornwall Youth Orchestra have developed a reputation as one of the most energetic and musically inspiring youth orchestras in Britain. Their Inclusivity concerts have been widely appreciated by many people who might never otherwise get to experience the unique thrill and often deeply moving live sound created by an orchestra of 80 committed musicians working together. Truro Cathedral is an inspiring space in which to hear music too.

The concert on April 11 explores musical pictures of real and imaginary places, some written in reaction to striking scenery and some relating to the inner landscapes of our minds.  Music being performed includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Anna Clyne Night Ferry, Martin Riley Eden and then the rain, and Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony.  The programme lasts about 1¾ hours including an interval. 

Entrance is free 

and to help us cater for everyone’s needs please register by emailing CYOconcert@gmail.com, letting us know how many people will be attending and if there are any wheelchair users in your group.  It would be helpful to leave a contact phone number too.

Please pass this letter on to anyone who you think might be interested.  We would like everyone who might appreciate this opportunity to be able to take part.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on April 11!

Tim Boulton

Holiday support: Easter 2019

Disability Cornwall are running FREE activities for children with additional needs or disability during the Easter holidays. For more information please  contact disAbility Cornwall:

Have a Go Days 9 and 16 April 2019 (information leaflet)

Easter Holiday Support 2019 (link to disAbility Cornwall website)
01736 759500 (phone)
info@disabilitycornwall.org.uk (email)

Parenting Courses 2019

Please read details of the Parenting Programmes locally. Parents are invited to attend any of these courses by booking through the Family Information Service on the booking form provided and send through to the Early Help Hub.

Family Support Services weblink

FREE SUPPORT for parents, carers and families in Hayle, St Ives and Penzance 

Locality 1 FREE COURSES for parents Spring summer 2019 v1

 FREE SUPPORT for parents, carers and families in Camborne, Redruth, Treloweth, Lizard Peninsula, Helston 

Locality 2 FREE COURSES for parents Spring 2019

Grants for Disabled children

Finding enough money to pay for essentials with any child is an uphill struggle. But when you have a child with extra needs the demands are even greater. Toys, bikes and even holidays are more expensive.

Because everything with a disability or special needs label has an extra cost!

And trying to earn more with a caring responsibility, between juggling appointments and SEN reviews with the normal hassles of everyday life, is a tough ask.

In the UK we are fortunate that many charities and trusts provide grants for disabled children. Whether they have a learning, physical, emotional, or other life-limiting condition.

The charities work hard to raise the funds so they can give grants to those in need. Each charity is independent and has its own criteria for giving grants. This includes who it will fund, what it will fund and how much it can fund.

A grant is a financial donation or contribution. Unlike loans they don’t need to be repaid and the money you receive is not taxable.

Who can apply?

Some charities are happy for individuals or family members to apply direct.

Other charities may prefer an application from a third party. This may be a medical professional or social worker who knows the child.

The charity may ask for a report from a qualified professional to support your application. This is to make sure that the need is genuine and beneficial to the child.

A qualified professional may be a health professional, social worker, family support worker, or headteacher.

The charity may ask for the report to be included on your application form. Or it may just ask for the professional’s contact details so it can contact them direct.

Can I apply to more than one charity?

Yes, you can!

When you make an application, let the charity know if you are applying to other charities, as sometimes charities will negotiate between themselves and agree to joint funding.

The only exception is the ‘Dreams and Wishes’ charities. Only one application per child as these are often high cost items.

What information will they need?

All charities will need:

·                  The name of the beneficiary

·                  The beneficiary’s contact details

·                  Information about the child’s disability or special needs

·                  What the child needs and why they need it

Increasingly more charities are asking for financial information. This may include the parents’ income, household bills and loans.

This is not to question how you spend your money, but an attempt to give their money to those in the most need. Fundraising is becoming harder for charities and funds are limited, so choices have to be made.

What can you apply for?

Each charity will list its priorities for funding depending on its interests. One may fund disability equipment while others will fund anything that improves quality of life. As children’s needs change and new technology emerges charities are open to suggestions.

Give the reasons why the item for which you need the grant will help and the difference it will make to your child.

It also helps to include a picture of the item and a quotation to support your application.

How much will the charities fund?

This varies between charities and what you are applying for.

Larger charities may be able to fully fund an item and sometimes pay for the upkeep/servicing.

The majority of charities will make a contribution and expect the applicant to pay for part of the item themselves. This could be either from the child’s Disability Living Allowance or from personal fund raising.

How long does it take?

Each charity operates within its own time frame.

Smaller charities can turn round grant applications more quickly and they may accept applications throughout the year, while larger charities may meet two or three times a year and are more likely to set a deadline for applications.

This information can be found on the charity’s website or its application guidance notes.

What is match funding?

Match funding is when the charity asks the family to match the donation from the charity.

The charity will offer to pay an agreed amount after the family can show that they have found the remaining funds. This is often used when large sums are required, such as for a surgical operation in the USA.

If you feel this might help you  and your family, use the link below:

Disability Grants




34% of children are leaving primary school overweight. As a positive response to this, Change4Life has launched a newcampaign, “make a swap when you next shop”, encouraging families to cut back on sugar. Please follow this link to theChange4Life website for some fun ways to implement small changes to maintain the health and well being of your families.


Mental Health Awareness week: 4th – 10th February 2019

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out – the children’s mental health charity Place2Be is encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.Here are some resources you or your child might benefit from.

Tips for Children Tips for Parents and Carers

As always, please see Mrs Lobban (SENCo) or your class teacher if you have concerns regarding the emotional health of your children.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team (ASDAT)

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment Team at the Cornwall Foundation Trust will be running evening information sessions. These will run from January 2019 until May 2019 and are for parents and carers to tell you more about the ASDAT Team, the assessment process and what help is available while waiting for an assessment.

The first session is Wednesday 16 January at 1pm at St Stephen’s Children’s Centre, Roydon Road, Launceston.

Please see their flyer on the Cornwall SEND Local Offer Website for more information, how to book onto a session and more dates/venues/times.

Epipens: advice December 2018

If your child has an epipen, please use the link below to read current advice. Please be aware that there is currently a shortage of Epipen and Epipen Junior.

Parents epipen shortage letter

Resolving sleep issues and insomnia

The staff at Hunrosa, a sleep consultancy based in Cornwall, are experts in resolving sleep issues and insomnia at any age. Sleep is crucial for emotional, mental and physical health and academic performance. They provide accredited Sleep Wise workshops including parent sessions. They can also deliver individual sleep assessments.

They are trained by the NHS and are members of the British Sleep Society. Please visit the Hunrosa Website for more information.

Infection control and winter readiness 2018/19

Public Health has provided guidance ahead of the approaching norovirus season, to ask for your help this winter, to reduce the spread of norovirus.

We are writing ahead of the approaching norovirus season, to ask for your help this winter, to reduce the spread of norovirus. We hope the following points help to minimise the risk of outbreaks. We are also writing to GPs, district nurses, pharmacists, nurseries and childcare establishments and others.

Norovirus  causes  viral  gastroenteritis,  which  is  characterised  by  the  sudden  onset  of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, it can spread rapidly in closed environments such as schools, childcare settings, hospitals and nursing homes. However, most people do not require treatment and recover at home within one or two days.

Norovirus is easily transmitted from person to person and by consuming contaminated food or water or by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Soap and water should be readily available.

If someone develops symptoms of norovirus, please help avoid spread by following this advice.

Children and staff with symptoms of norovirus should:

  • Stay away from work or school until they have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours and avoid contact with others where possible.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking fluids as tolerated
  • If symptoms persist (more than 48 hours), phone the GP or the NHS non-emergency number 111 for advice.
  • Encourage staff and students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly but particularly after toilet visits and before eating and handling food. Alcohol hand gel is not effective against norovirus
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital or residential care homes as there is a real risk of introducing the infection to the establishment
  • Do not handle or prepare food for other people until symptom free for at least 48 hours.
  • Exclude ill children and staff from school trips and residential trips, consider postponing during an outbreak.

Please read the useful; leaflet using the link below for more information:

Stop Norovirus spreading this winter

Supporting children with social and emotional difficulties – self-harming

mental health in children is significantly on the increase. If you are aware of anyone who is suffering to the point of self-harm, here are some useful sites that can offer support and advice.


Family Lives

A guide for parents and carers

Young minds


Health talk (leaflet)

World Sight Day: 11th October

This year, World Sight Day is drawing attention to eye care issues so that everyone, everywhere has access to good eye health. There are a wide range of visual impairments from severe sight impairment (blind) to sight impairment (partially sighted).

As the implications of vision loss are different for everyone, a wide range of strategies may be needed to enable our young people to have equal access to the educational and broader curriculum.

Parenting support meeting

The next Better Together  parenting session will be held on Tuesday 11 September at Ladock Community Hall. The session with cover courses that are available, networking opportunities, the fact and fiction about parenting courses and top tips. 

For more information click this link

Family Learning Drop in

All familes are warmly invited to a Family drop in session in Hayle at the Hayle Family Hub  on Thursday 14th June 3.30 – 4.30. Families, carers and children welcome. For more details, please:

Phone: 07968 992495 or 01736 759058.

Email: vicki.salvidge@cornwall-acl.ac.uk

Please click on the link below for more details

Family Learning poster Hayle June 2018

Action For Children’s TALK

Sarah Brown is a part of Action For Children’s TALK. This is 3 month pilot doing an online chat service, where parents/carers with children under 5 years, can access advice and support from qualified experienced practitioners with any issues they are facing such as behaviour, weaning, budgeting, teething etc.

If you feel this service would be of benefit to you and your family/children please use this number to phone:

or for more information visit this website:

Talk leaflet This leaflet provides information that might be of help.

Scarlet Fever

We are writing to inform you of a recent national increase in notifications of scarlet fever to Public Health England, above seasonal expected levels. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the signs and symptoms. In the case of a suspected outbreak, please:

  • Contact your Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 for advice
  • Your Health Protection Team will provide you with a letter to cascade to staff and parents if appropriate

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, patients can develop complications and if you have any concerns please contact your local Health Protection Team for advice.

Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever


Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS). The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on the skin of some Black and Asian people, although the ‘sandpaper’ feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’. As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur.

Useful resources

Scarlet Fever: FAQ

NHS – Scarlet Fever

images of scarlet fever

Children’s Mental Health Week: 5 – 11 February 2018

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week – Cornwall have produced a newsletter with lots of information to support this which includes:

  • Place2Be free resources
  • Headstart Kernow update
  • Resilience Boss animated film created by Headstart Kernow
  • Headstart Learning Evidence Report 1
  • Mind Your Way – the new mental health website for young people in Cornwall
  • Mental Health conference
  • The government’s mental health green paper consultation
  • Your Way Services mental wellbeing case study

 special mental health edition of the Raising Aspiration and Achievement newsletter

Information also available on the Children’s mental health website

Parenting Programmes

There is a new parenting programme to support parents and carers in our local area. This includes FREE courses and support. Details below:

The next Passionate about Parenting Workshop being held at the Camborne Children’s Centre will run Monday 5 March. This is aimed specifically at EYFS parents and new parents, however it will support all parents, particularly if you are experiencing new difficulties coping with children’s behaviours. Please use the link below to find out more.

Passionate about Parenting

The dates for the 2018 Challenging Behaviours Support Group for Parents and Carers in Penzance are now available. These free support groups are aimed at parents and carers who are finding their child’s behaviour difficult to manage. Please use the link below to find out more.

Challenging behaviours Support Group

FREE Parenting Programme January to March 2018

Also, there is a new series of Oasis group sessions, provided by Scope, specifically to support parents of children with SEND. Please see dates on whole school dojo message, or on the school noticeboard.

Your Child’s Health

These booklets are developed each year to ensure any national or local changes to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) are reflected and communicated clearly to parents. This booklet contains details about what to expect when your child participates in the health checks in YR and Y6.

The process for opting children out of the health checks has been clarified by placing this form on the front page. Please remember; if a parent/carer does not return the opt out form your child will be included in all of the health checks, including the NCMP.

Your child’s health YR

Your child’s health Y6

Parenting Courses

Camborne Wesley Methodist Church to offer all parents the opportunity  to 4 week parenting courses being run at the church throughout the year. Parents are invited to the first session as a ‘taster’ with no obligation to come back again. There are 4 courses planned through the year: The next opportunity is running on consecutive weeks from Monday 15th January to Monday 5th February from 19:00-20:30.

Parenting courses are a great opportunity for parents to take time out to consider their parenting skills, learn new ones and share their experiences with one another.

The sessions are all DVD and discussion based and cover topics such as “We’re not alone”, “Disciplining with Flexibility”, “Showing you care” and “Communicating with your child”. Parents can book on the course by ringing James Preston (see below)

Details are available in the office or From Mrs Lobban

*James Preston*

Children and Families Worker

Camborne Wesley Methodist Church

Work: 07460 945244

Email: cambornewesley.families@gmail.com

Registered Charity 1127807

Infection control and winter readiness

Cornwall Council has been working with Public Health England and other partners to produce an infection control and winter readiness pack to support schools and nurseries this winter. The information below may be of use to you. Fingers crossed for a healthy and absence from school free winter season! It might be useful or helpful to share these with your work places too.

Hand hygiene poster

“Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” poster

“Stop norovirus spreading this winter” leaflet

Norovirus guidance for 2017/18

The Pearl Centre

If you have a child with autism, or on the spectrum, or if you know a family with a child with autism, please share this latest news from the Pearl Centre.

As you may know, our open sessions which we hold every month at the Pearl Centre are very popular and are often oversubscribed. We understand that at times it is hard to organise things to attend and last minute things happen resulting in you not being able to make it. 

Could we please kindly ask that if you have booked or do book in the future and for some reason, you can not make it that you let us know as soon as possible so that others may attend in your place. This would be really helpful to us, ensuring those that want to come can but also helps ensure we are not running open sessions with only 4 people when potentially 10-12 could attend. 

Our free Open Sessions are held once a month.

They provide an opportunity for interested people to put their questions to our clinical psychologist and a behavioural expert. It’s a great opportunity to put the professionals in the hot seat, ask questions relevant to your situation or learn more about Autism.

These sessions have proven to be very helpful in helping with questions you may have, signposting and information giving. They also provide a place to meet others in similar situations.

Our next open session is on November 14th at 1pm This session currently is fully booked. 

The next session after this one will be in January. We have not yet confirmed the date but as soon as we do we will send the dates out. 

Many thanks for your support



Gavin Pedley

Pearl Centre Manager

If you would like more information, please use the website link www.spectrumasd.org or email Gavin using this email address:gavin.pedley@spectrumasd.org or phone  01872 278378

Flu vaccination

If you have a child aged 2 or 3, get them vaccinated against flu with the free nasal spray flu vaccine from your GP. School children from reception class through to year 4 will get their vaccinations through their school.

Below are links to useful leaflets with information that might support your decision making with regards to these vaccinations:

Useful sites for families and carers of children with SEND

Legal Resources for Special Needs

Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive

Teacher Resources for Special Needs

Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Disability and Credit Scores

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor

Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home

Financial Planning for Special Needs

Free Sleep Workshops

Does your child  find it difficult to sleep? Do you find it challenging supporting your child to settle to a good night’s sleep?

SCOPE are running two FREE workshops to support children and parents with sleep difficulties. One in  Truro on 19th October and one in Penzance on 10th October.

If you feel this would be of help to you and your family please use the contact details below. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL


tel: 07767 111 867 or 01872 302 411

Flyer PZ   Flyer Truro

The Council for disabled children

A practical guide to supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities to make their own decisions and to be engaged in the best interests decision making process.  The Council for Disabled Children have designed this toolkit to enable professionals and parents to support young people with SEND in

  • making their own decisions and

participating as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf in line with the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Carers week: 12 – 18 June 2017

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

For further information visit:  www.carersweek.org

The following activities are taking place throughout the week:

Mental health Awareness week: 8 – 14 May 2017

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is flipping the focus away from mental ill-health to exploring how we can cultivate good mental health using the theme ‘Surviving or Thriving?’

During the week of 8-14 May, the Mental Health Foundation will be producing a new report to highlight the numbers of us who feel stuck on ‘survive’. They will be providing advice and insight into how we can build good mental health in the context of our work, our digital world, our parenting approach and in our communities.

You can learn more about Mental Health by following the work using the the following links:

 Mental Health Foundation,


Time to Change


If you have concerns for your children linked to mental health, please contact Mrs Lobban.

Foster care fortnight: 8 – 21 May 2017

Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. It’s main aim is to recruit foster carers but it is also a great platform to showcase and share knowledge about the difference that foster care and quality support and education makes to the lives of fostered children and young people. 

If you would like to know more about the fostering service, or what it would involve to be a foster carer, please use the links below.

Pathway Care

The Fostering network

We have a member of staff who is an experienced foster carer. Please contact Mrs Lobban if you would like to arrange a meeting with this member of staff regardng any aspect of foster care.

Support for parents of pupils with SEND

Scope is a charity that actively supports parents and families of children with SEND. There are support networks locally, in addition to other services. These services are FREE and confidential, and  include a befriender service, Face2face support among others. Please use the links below to see how this service may be of support to you and your family.

SCOPE – home page

Scope – parents supporting parents Scope

Scope – parents supporting parents Scope.dates

Parenting Courses 2017

Please see if there is support suitable for the age of your child. Additional information can be found using the links. These are FREE!

0 – 12 months – Redruth Start date Friday 2nd June  Incredible years 0 – 12

1 – 3 years – Gooseberry Bush Start date Tuesday 25th April  Incredible years 1 – 3

3 – 6 years – Pool Start date Wednesday 26th April  Incredible years 3 – 6

6 – 12 years – Camborne Start date Monday 24th April Incredible years 6 – 12

Supporting parents of children with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) Start date Thursday 8th April Time out from ASD

Eating Difficulties Wednesday 10th May Eating difficulties – children and young people

Keeping our families and children healthy!

Change 4 Life has now rebranded as Food SMART. The revised and updated website has lots of information about how to make manageable and positive lifestyle changes to support the health and well-being of you and your family. There is also a free app, with on the go info…. enjoy!

Be Food Smart

Sepsis awareness

On 15 December the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, launched a new sepsis awareness campaign, supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis amongst parents of children aged 0-4.

Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

The campaign will be launched with a series of new videos explaining the key symptoms, fronted by campaigner Melissa Mead, and a number of other families affected by the condition, as well as the release of posters and leaflets below to help raise awareness.

Sepsis information leaflet


For more information visit  www.nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org.

Sleep solutions

Cerebra is a charity to support parents and their children with sleep difficulties. If you are experiencing sleep difficulties with your child, use these links below. We all need a good night’s sleep, parents as well as children!

Guides to parents

Sleep advice

Help in your area

Stress helpline

SCOPE are offering sleep workshops in our area, for parents of pupils with sleep difficulties. Please access the leaflet using the links below for more information.

Sleep Workshop – Truro – Feb 2017

Sleep Workshop – Weeth Primary School – Jan 2017

For more information about Sleep Solutions and Scope, follow the link below:

Scope – Sleep solutions

School Immunisation Programme

All pupils in Y1, Y2 and Y3 have received their information leaflet explaining about the School Immunisation Porgramme in Cornwall this year. For more information please use the link below:

Kernow Health: School Immunisation Programme

NHS Kernow: parents encouraged to immunise children against flu

Cornwall’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Disability Cornwall has secured the contract for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly SENDIASS for the next three years. This service is independent of the Local Authority and is available to children and young people with SEND, their families and the professionals that work with them.

SENDIASS provides information, advice and support for any child or young person aged 0-25 with a special educational need or disability and their parents and families. Their service is confidential, impartial, accessible and free.

They can assist with:

  • Understanding the Local Offer, personal budgets, the law on SEN and disability, health and social care
  • Advice on SEN support, Education, Health and Care plans and can refer parents  to one of our Independent Supporters
  • Preparation for meetings and when relevant attend meetings with parents, children and young people
  • Resolving disagreements, including mediation and tribunal support
  • Offering  confidential information and advice  to children young people around SEN issues
  • Linking parents/ carers and young people with local support groups and forums.

Contact SENDIASS’s friendly and professional team by:

SEND 0 to 25 – Knowing where we are, moving forward together

Different people and groups have a range of experiences and views about what it means to live in Cornwall and have special educational needs and / or disability (SEND), to have a family member with SEND or to work with children and young people with SEND.

Together we can draw together a shared understanding of SEND in Cornwall and have a clear view of what needs to happen next.

Every part of the country has to have a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), evidence about what life is like. Cornwall Council wants to share this, and some broader SEND information, with a wide range of people so we can identify what is important to keep the same or to change in the future.

How can you take part?

Watch out for details about on line information when you will be able to say what your experience is like and identify what is important to you.  The online survey will be live from 9 November to 9 December 2016.

Prefer discussing face to face?

Meetings have been arranged where there will be a presentation and opportunities for discussion and feedback. These are informal and open to everyone who has an interest in SEND.

  • Wednesday, 9 November 2016- The Pavilion, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2016- The Lecture Theatre, Penwith College, St Clare, Penzance
  • Friday, 25 November 2016 -The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, RCH Treliske, Truro (If possible, please use the Langarth Park and Ride which is located on the west side of Truro on the A390 at Threemilestone for an easier cheaper car parking option. The postcode is TR4 9AN)

All events will be 10.00 am – 12.00 noon

National Child Measurement Programme 2016.17

Pupils in Reception and Y6 are measured in schools every year. School will contact all parents with information about this. Please use the link below for further information.

NCMP Information for Parents


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You may be aware that measles is circulating in many areas across the country; there continues to be cases in many parts of the South West. Transmission is occurring most in areas with a lower uptake of MMR vaccine; in particular parts of Devon, Somerset and Dorset.  The majority of cases are of secondary school age but people of all ages are being affected. Following an outbreak in South Devon in the summer we continue to see the majority of our cases in Devon.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread through coughing and sneezing and close personal contact. Most people feel very unwell but do recover completely from measles, however, on rare occasions there can be serious complications.

The first stage of measles includes a runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes), a cough and an increasing fever that comes and goes. A rash appears on day 3 or 4 while the individual is still feverish and miserable.

Anyone with suspected measles should be excluded from school or work until five days after the rash first appears.

MMR vaccine offers a high level of protection against measles. The first dose should be given at 12 months of age and the second with the pre-school booster, but if these have been missed it is never too late to have them. Two doses are required to provide a high level of protection. This is important for the protection of the individual and also to protect those who cannot be immunised because of age, pregnancy or an underling medical condition causing immunosuppression. For these vulnerable people, measles can be a particularly serious disease.

If you are unsure whether your child/children have been fully immunised, you can check with your GP surgery and make an appointment to receive any doses of MMR vaccine they may have missed to ensure they have the 2 doses to provide protection against measles and also rubella and mumps.

MMR is also beneficial if given within 72 hours of exposure to the virus.

If your children do have signs or symptoms of measles, please contact your GP to seek medical advice. Please telephone the GP surgery before visiting and tell the receptionist that the person may have measles so that the surgery can ensure that arrangements are made to avoid exposing other patients to a potential infection.

Scarlet Fever

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Please note that scarlet fever is circulating in the community. This is to be expected in spring and early summer.

Signs and symptoms

Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS). The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. If you have any concerns about your child, please seek medical advice from your GP. In the case of scarlet fever, children will be prescribed a course of antibiotics, for approximately 10 days.

Infection control advice

Infections can be spread through mucus secretions, aerosols and through shared contact with contaminated surfaces such as table tops, taps, toys and door handles. As per national Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings, children and adults with suspected scarlet fever will be excluded from school. They may return if they are feeling better but only 24 hours after commencement of antibiotics. The antibiotic course for scarlet fever is 10 days and it is important that the full course of antibiotics is completed, even if the patient has started to feel better. In addition to exclusion, good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

Advice received from:

Dr Sarah Harrison Dr Caroline Court

Deputy Director of Interim Director of Public Health

Health Protection Educuation, Health and Social Care

Respiratory/flu-like illness

Flu is circulating the community. One of the circulating flu strains at present is H1N1, previously known as swine flu. As this strain is now not a pandemic strain, it should be treated like any other circulating flu strain as outlined below.

Infection control advice

Simple hygiene kills germs

• Hand washing is essential. It is really important to encourage your children to do this.

• It is best to use warm soapy water and encourage a thorough handwashing technique.

Further information about germs and hand washing is available at:http://www.e-bug.eu/. It contains games and other information to help children learn how to prevent the spread of germs.

When can a child return to school?

When a child is free of the symptoms of a flu-like illness they can return to school. This is usually about one week after the symptoms start. We understand that this can be difficult for parents with work commitments and childcare to manage. However, this will help us to reduce transmission of the infection.

Additional Information

Information received from:

Dr Sarah Harrison Dr Caroline Court

Deputy Director of Interim Director of Public Health

Health Protection Educuation, Health and Social Care