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Durrington C of E VC Junior School

"Love your neighbour as yourself" Matthew 22: 37-39

Support and information for families and parents

of pupils with SEND, additional needs and/or mental health difficulties

Keep checking this page for new information from the school and Wiltshire's services.

Please scroll down the page to find any information that may be useful to you and your family.  The most current posts are to be found at the top of this page.   

Term 6 2023 

Welcome back following generally a very sunny half term holiday!  The summer term can be very busy, creating excitement for some and apprehension for others as we start to prepare for the new academic year.  At school we will do our best to support the pupils' transition, however if you would like a top tip for one simple yet effective exercise to do at home when a child may feel some level of apprehension, have a go at this...

On a large piece of paper, divided in two, write the tiles at the top, What is different? What is the same? Then with the child list things they know will be the same eg same playgrounds, same school values, same collective worship, same exercise books, same lunches and some things that will be different eg classroom, teacher.  Often the 'same' list becomes very long and the 'different' list is shorter.  This exercise can become a conversation, if questions are unable to be answered, always make a list of those a the bottom of the page, and share that collectively you will both aim to find out the answer before we break up in July. 

Please continue to use this site this term to support you and your child's needs. I will post new and relevant materials linked with SEND, additional needs, mental health and SEND Wiltshire support materials. Again, I encourage you to scroll down to the bottom of the page again as there are a number of materials from last year which continue to be useful. 

As usual if you have any queries or questions about SEND at Durrington CE Junior School which can't be answered from reading our website, Facebook page or by reading our SEND Information Report, please don't hesitate to contact me at school Monday to Wednesday. 

Mrs Jessica de Vries

SENDCo and Senior Mental Health Lead


Please remember the county Local Offer website when looking for Wiltshire SEND information too.

Education (primary) - Local Offer (wiltshire.gov.uk)

EHCP (primary) - Local Offer (wiltshire.gov.uk)

SEND Newsletter:

SEND newsletter - Local Offer (wiltshire.gov.uk)


Also don't forget the WPCC (Wiltshire Parent Carer Council)



Places2Be Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2023

Places2Be are focusing on anxiety next week as part of their Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Please use the resources below for more information.

Place2Be: Parenting Smart: My child is anxious


If your child seems anxious – for instance, they’re not their usual self - take time to understand what’s going on. Take a look at our free tips for parents and carers.


6 ways to cope if you’re feeling anxious | Place2Be


Place2Be’s Principal Educational Psychologist, Dr Julia Clements, shares some tips on how children and young people (and even adults) can cope in moments of feeling anxious. 


When to be worried about worrying: typical versus clinical anxiety | Place2Be


Isaac Winterburn, Jenny Saxton and Professor Tamsin Ford of the University of Cambridge explore the line at which typical experiences of worry cross over into clinical levels of anxiety.


Change of Contract for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Wiltshire Council has asked the WPCC to share the following update about the new contract for the SENDIASS service…
Wiltshire Council has awarded a contract to Family Action to provide the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) from 3 April 2023, who will take over from the current provider (KIDS). The service will continue to be an important support for SEND families offering help advice and information.
Wiltshire Council and the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Integrated Care Board (BSW ICB) have increased the investment for SENDIASS to build on the current service and keep up with the increasing demand. Work will continue to decrease waiting times over the coming months, and we are working with the new provider to ensure this meets the needs of our families and children.
Amy Brooke, Family Action, Deputy Director for Services and Innovation, South, said: “We are delighted that Wiltshire Council appointed Family Action to deliver the Wiltshire SENDIASS. Family Action’s years of expertise, across our eight existing SENDIAS services, will enable us to provide families in Wiltshire with a service that is free, high quality, impartial and confidential. We are looking forward to working with children and young people with SEND in Wiltshire, and their parents/carers. We will be working together to empower them to have an informed and active role in decision making, and we will ensure that they continue to receive the highest quality of support.” 
The current service continues to be provided by KIDS until 3 April. As a result of the change of provider, there will be no service on 3 April to allow the new team and systems to be made operational.  There may also be some short-term disruption over the Easter period while colleagues familiarise themselves with new systems and processes but we will be working hard to minimise this.
If you have questions about this change and want to discuss them you can contact Wiltshire Council at CandFcommissioning@wiltshire.gov.uk

Neurodiversity Week

Our children at Durrington CE Junior School are starting to use the term and become more familiar with the language and its meaning. Please check out the resources and become more familiar yourself. 

"People vary in the way that their brains
take in, process, and respond to information..."  (The British Psychological Society)

Someone who is 'neurodivergent' may learn, think or behave differently
than what is considered "typical" (also known as 'neurotypical').
Misunderstanding can lead to children feeling isolated,
excluded from their peers, and frustrated.

(EN-UK VER.) Neurodiversity Week Pack 2023 (website-nessycdn.com)

Place2Be is a great site for support to 'improve children's mental health'.  We support the organisation and make use of its many resources. This is a resource I came across that may be of help to parents, please take a look. 

Place2Be: Parenting Smart: Articles


With the help of our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse.

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Charlie Waller

We provide mental health training, resources and consultancy with a focus on children and young people.

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Wiltshire Parenting Course

Our courses can help you find new ways and ideas to strengthen relationships with your children and young people, how to problem solve, reduce stress and understand and guide behaviour.

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Happy Maps

Happy Maps is a charity developed by healthcare professionals, parents and young people. We’ve pooled what we think are some of the best mental health resources for parents, carers, and young people, all in one place.

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Please encourage children to visit this page and watch the video if you feel your child needs support with their feelings and thoughts at present. 

Thoughts and feelings getting you down? When to seek help - BBC Bitesize

 Worksheet 1.pdfDownload
 Worksheet 11.pdfDownload
 Worksheet 12.pdfDownload
 Worksheet 8.pdfDownload
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Many free resources can be found on the ELSA Support Website.  In schools an ELSA is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. ELSAs support children with their social skills, emotions, bereavement, anger management and self-esteem by using social stories, therapeutic stories and counselling skills. 

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Sibs is the only UK charity for children and adults who are growing up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. We provide information, support and training on sibling issues for adult siblings, young siblings, parents and professionals.

 Helping Concentration Top Tips.pdfDownload
 Spelling-Support-Strategies from DYT.pdfDownload
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Home Support 

 ADHD Leaflet - Information for Parents.pdfDownload
 Classroom Learning Prompt Cards.docxDownload
 Classroom-Ideas ADHD.pdfDownload
 Coronavirus-home-challenge - 14 Day.pdfDownload
 Good manners at the table.docDownload
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Learning Support

 100 Square.pdfDownload
 100 word mat.pdfDownload
 72 Multi Sensory Spelling Strategies.docDownload
 alphabet formation.pdfDownload
 multiplicatio square.pdfDownload
 number bonds.pdfDownload
 number formation.pdfDownload
 numicon number line.pdfDownload
 phoneme mat (1).pdfDownload
 Sentences structures.pptxDownload
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Emotional Support

 Blank Flow Chart.docxDownload
 Calm Kids -Sheet.docDownload
 Emotion fans.pdfDownload
 Example social story Going To The Park.docxDownload
 Planning For Events.docxDownload
 Reflection on an Event Sheet.docxDownload
 School Closure Planner.pptDownload
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