As from September 2020, Mrs Claire Nicholls is our new SENCO.
You can contact her by ringing the school office on 01474 566 411.
If you have any questions or need to talk to me, you can contact me using the following email address: email@example.com
Early Language Development
So much research has shown that a child's ability to communicate orally, has a huge impact on their continuing academic progress, as well as their satisfaction with relationships and wellbeing. At Westcourt, we are committed to ensuring that we identify difficulties children may have in acquiring good oral language skills as early as we can, and that we then take steps to intervene and support the child in making progress in this area.
Below are some websites, that offer guidance as to activities that you can do at home. If you have younger children, who are not yet enrolled with us, these activities will be hugely beneficial in building the foundations, which we can build on when they start at Westcourt. Additionally, you can use the guidance for your EYFS children and they will enjoy the time spent doing this.
At school we carry out routine Speech and Language assessments and the results of these show us which children we need to support using in-school measures. One of these measures is a tool called Wellcomm, which is used in the nursery and will be used in Reception. The second is a new tool called Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI), which staff are currently being trained in, so we can implement this through the Spring term.
If you use the resources below and feel that you have ongoing concerns over your child's progress in this area, please use the contact form/email to get in touch. It is hugely beneficial for us to hear of your experiences with your child, as you know them best.
NHS - Here for you leaflet.
The NHS have just released the document below in support for mental health of young children. Please take time to look at it and if you feel it would benefit your family, then follow the links on the document. Please remember, we are always here for you.
If you are finding it difficult to discuss the current situation then this website might help:
Please remember, no-one knows your child better than you do. You will know how much they should be told. The clearest message to give them is that they need to stay safe by following your instructions.