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28/06/19

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Excited to announce that Freshwaters Primary Academy is expanding from 1 to 2 forms of entry from 2020; more information is available here: https://t.co/ULyva3omse Please share your views via our online survey https://t.co/IyIQEYvxG4 https://t.co/CGxH85EBUF

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27/06/19

Doctors, nurses, police officers, gymnasts and singers all attended school for a unique day. Pupils at Freshwaters Primary Academy wore outfits representing the career they are keen to go into on Dress for Work Day. https://t.co/8s88AQeBzQ https://t.co/S3TgiZxGNj

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19/06/19

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. is a Good school, has confirmed. Inspectors paid their first visit to the school in March since April 2015. The school will welcome a new headteacher on June 3. Jackie Diggle will join from fellow BMAT school https://t.co/GAcS1yPPkG https://t.co/Jl5UhkgVJT

19/06/19

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A bus full of books parked up in the playground inspired children to get reading. Book Bus visited , in Harlow, giving pupils and parents an opportunity to browse and buy books. https://t.co/UUDESTjW8r https://t.co/zxlfZGzinq

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19/06/19

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An unknown creature visited a Harlow primary school and laid a gigantic egg. Pupils at were excited to discover the large suspended nest containing the mystery egg in the grounds of their school. https://t.co/xpeEoZIlXT https://t.co/ioVqKjASqc

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19/06/19

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Excited to announce that Freshwaters Primary Academy is expanding from 1 to 2 forms of entry from 2020; more information is available here: https://t.co/ULyva3omse Please share your views via our online survey - https://t.co/XTlpzucuJz https://t.co/2Q1APaNCOs

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A primary school has adopted a new pet – that does not need feeding, watering or walking. , in Harlow, has adopted a donkey statue as part of the tenth anniversary of Harlow becoming the UK’s first sculpture town. https://t.co/0UgDzVjIhB https://t.co/pJGUQjLM4h

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19/06/19

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They may be miles from the beach, but children in Harlow are enjoying their own bit of the seaside. Pupils at Primary Academy arrived at school to find a seaside beach hut had appeared in the grounds. https://t.co/cu9l9D2B0p https://t.co/9Q03MKqp1y

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PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

PE sessions for SEND pupils a success

Posted: 18th July 2018

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are enjoying a full physical education programme in Harlow.

Pupils from the town’s BMAT primary schools – Cooks Spinney, Freshwaters and Little Parndon – who historically may have sat out of PE lessons are now thriving in their own tailored sessions.

Those with physical disabilities as well as pupils with developmental delays and conditions such as autism and ADHD take part in weekly classes with specialist sport teachers at partner school, Burnt Mill Academy.

Phil Dawes, BMAT director of PE and sport, has a team of PE apprentices working within the primaries, as well as students from Burnt Mill who are trained as Sport Leaders to assist with the sessions.

He said: “All pupils with special educational needs and disabilities from our primaries are invited to come and take part in PE lessons at Burnt Mill. While some take part in PE in their own schools, this gives them access to more facilities at the secondary school.

“Some of the pupils who take part have physical difficulties, while others have emotional or behavioural problems. We have pupils who are wheelchair users and others with dwarfism; so the class is full of a wide range of children with varying needs.”

A carousel of activities is set out and the sessions are, to a degree, led by the pupils and what they want to tackle.

Over time, changes are being noticed in attitude, confidence, behaviour and ability, which is having a positive knock-on effect in other areas of the pupils’ lives.

The sessions are equipping young SEND learners with the skills to take part inclusively in school once their confidence has been built through sport.

Mr Dawes, who has had training with his team on teaching children with SEND, said: “One pupil with autism took three weeks to step inside the sports hall; he waited outside with his teaching assistant until he became more comfortable with the environment. On the third week, he came in for 15 minutes and now he is starting to take part in the activities.

“We have to go with the pupils a little bit. It can’t be three minutes on one activity and then move on. We have visual aids on the wall, so children do know what we are doing when, such as snack time or packing up. It’s about inclusion and this way they have access to the facilities and help they need.”

As a result of this work, Burnt Mill Sports Leaders have been called upon to supervise at county events, such as boccia and swimming events for students with SEND.

Mr Dawes said: “We are picking up a reputation for working with students with SEND and so these opportunities are starting to come our way.

“It is giving our Sports Leaders a career pathway. One of our PE apprentices was a Sports Leader at Burnt Mill and is now working towards a degree and teacher training. We are showing students there is a pathway into careers in PE and sport that our leaders can move into.

“It is also breaking down barriers. When I was younger, schools were not so inclusive, but our students know how to work together; it’s lovely to see them support each other.”

Year 11 Sports Leader Kieran Biles has a new ambition since taking on his role: “I’ve wanted to be a PE teacher ever since these sessions. I am learning how to help people and teaching them new skills.”

 

Freshwaters Primary Academy teaching assistant Kara Coley has seen the impact the addition of a PE apprentice has had at the primary school.

She said: “Some of these children would often sit out of PE; they were too shy to take part or did not want to join in. Since we have had BMAT specialists in school, they have been bringing the pupils out of themselves. The lessons are more modern, so they’ll play Just Dance on the games console, for example. These are activities they know and are comfortable with, but they are still getting active. It is integrating them and making the connection between home and school.”

Mrs Coley works one to one with a Year 5 pupil with autism. She said: “In lessons, he finds it hard to be a part of a class and having a whole lesson on one thing. At the Burnt Mill sessions, there are lots of small activities going on and he can move on and try something different.

“He is a big success story for us. When he joined us 18 months ago, he didn’t understand the structure of school and would run around. Now, he sits in lessons, reads, writes and takes part. In PE, he used to just wander off. Now, he looks forward to coming to Burnt Mill.”

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