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If you have any queries or wish to talk about the needs of your child please contact:


Mrs S Gibbs

Inclusion Manager and SENCo


Telephone No:     01376 513418


Practical Workshops for Parents of Children with SEND – Mid Essex


Date and time

9:15am, 12 Jul 2018 - 2:45pm, 12 Jul 2018

The Essex SEND Information Advice and Support Service is holding a free workshop for parents/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, who live in the MID area of Essex only including Braintree, Chelmsford and Witham.

There will be three workshops (and a buffet lunch) offering knowledge and skills which you can adapt at home.

The event also offers the opportunity to meet other parents and visit the exhibitor stands representing organisations that offer support and services in this area.

Date: Thursday 12th July
Time: 9.15-14.45
Location: Pontlands Park Country Hotel & Restaurant, West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8HR

Practical Parent Workshop Mid Essex – July 2018 Poster

To book your place, please email with your name and your contact details. If you do not have access to email then please call 03330130330 to request a place. Please note that the last day for booking is Friday 6th July 2018.

** This event is for parents that live in the MID area only. Events in the North, South and West will follow shortly **


Aspire Storytelling Summer School 2018 (7-12 years)


Date and time

10:30am, 6 Aug 2018 - 3:30pm, 10 Aug 2018

A 5 day workshop using drama, movement, light and sound to develop storytelling skills.

Mercury Theatre’s ‘Aspire’ series of workshops use theatre to help young people explore their creativity, meet new friends, build confidence, and develop communication and social interaction skills. Sessions are taught by a range of arts professionals alongside staff with experience of working with young people with additional needs.

Social Stories are provided for all Aspire workshops and sessions are held in accessible spaces.

Groups are limited to a maximum of 15 young people, with 4 staff to allow young people the space to explore their creativity and receive individual attention when required.
Participants that require one-to-one care will need to be accompanied by their parent/guardian or carer. Regrettably, staff cannot administer medication to young people.

This workshop is for young people aged 7-12yrs with learning disabilities and additional needs. Groups are inclusive and participants at any point on the spectrum are encouraged to take part.
The Mercury Theatre also run an Aspire Storytelling Summer School for ages 13-18 years.

Mon 6th – Fri 10th August 2018, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Mercury Theatre Studio, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948 /

What is ADHD?


Date and time

7:00pm, 19 Sep 2018 - 9:00pm, 19 Sep 2018

This event is an introduction to the condition of ADHD and how it affects individuals with it.

• Our speaker is an inspirational, motivational, and humorous man, with a unique understanding and extensive personal experience of ADHD and coexisting conditions;
• Our events are always conducted in small groups, have a personal touch and are very informal;
• Ideal for those who have anxieties over meeting new people or being amongst crowds.

It is an ideal event for ADHD’ers (Teen & Adult), parents/guardians, family, teachers & LSA’s, and those training for employment roles involving children.

Areas Covered:

• Introduction to the Biology of ADHD
• Day to Day Symptoms of ADHD
• Explanations of how it affects the individual on a day to day basis
• Details on the coexisting conditions
• Q&A Session

Refreshments are provided.

CSVA, Burgess Well House, Coval Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1FW

Please click here for more information and to book your place.

Useful links.

If you have any concerns about the mental health or well-being of your child?  Or if your child seems anxious or worried?  These websites are really useful as sources of information and support, not only for parents, but also for older children to access if and when they want advice.  I would be really interested to hear if you choose to use them and found them useful.


A colleague from another school has also recommended the following to me;

an app called Head space for helping to reduce anxiety and promote feelings of calm and well being.  Down load the app for a trial period or log on to to find out more.

Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple - Headspace
Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.


Also if you are concerned that your child may at risk of behavioural problems please visit the ministry of parenting at, they have recently run two successful Incredible Years' courses at our school and feedback from parents has been very positive.


Finally there is always lots information, advice and support available from the Essex local offer at, if you haven't taken a look yet, please do take some time to check it out.