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Spring 2022 Newsletter 7 (06/05/22) 

Please see updates from wider teams and services. Any questions or queries please ask!

**New EAL Cluster Group** 

EAL Cluster - Summer 1
Thursday, 12 May · 4:00 – 5:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:

EAL Cluster - Summer 2
Wednesday, 22 June · 4:00 – 5:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:

Find more resources and support here 

SALT survey from CYPIT **please complete

SALT in terms Summer Term/Terms 5 and 6

As we head towards the last two terms of this academic year, unfortunately, the Speech and Language Therapy team continue to have vacancies in our team that means we are still unable to allocate a core therapist.  In order to ensure we are using our time in the way you find most beneficial, we would appreciate your thoughts on how we best use the limited therapist time available in the Summer term (terms 5 and 6).  This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. We thank you, as always, for your understanding and support at this time.   
SEND strategy feedback event! 

Wider stakeholder event, including school staff (Online)
Wednesday 11 May 11.30am to 12.30pm
Register your interest here

GEMS football social

GEMS (An Autism and ADHD Support Service across East Berkshire) will be hosting a football social for 11-15 year olds on Friday 13th May. This will be held in partnership with 4Future Pro FC in Slough. This session is for young people that have been diagnosed with Autism or ADHD and those currently on a waiting list for an Autism or ADHD diagnosis. Please contact for further information.
Please find attached the social flyer for distribution to parents and carers via your social media and newsletters.

Staff Well-being resources
  • DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter. Schools who sign up to the charter are demonstrating a public commitment to support the wellbeing and mental health of their staff – and 1300 settings have done so since the charter was launched for schools to sign up last November. There’s also a series of wellbeing resources section at the end of the charter page, which explores the significance of staff wellbeing, guidance and tools to measure wellbeing.
  • DfE has awarded a contract to the charity Education Support, to provide peer support and counselling to around 2,000 school leaders from autumn 2021 to March 2023, building on a previous pilot. Settings who don’t already have access to Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can sign up for 1:1 counselling, 1:1 supervision, and group peer sessions for school leaders starting at deputy head level and above. The website also provides some useful resources of schools and individual teachers.  In addition, Education Support provides a free helpline for all staff working in education (regardless of whether they already have access to EAPs).
  • DfE has also appointed the training provider Timewise to train school leaders to implement flexible working practices in schools.
  • Anna Freud can provide bespoke support and training to schools, including on staff wellbeing. They also produced this fantastic booklet on the topic – including some top tips and case studies
  • Some resources from Mind that aren’t school-specific but might still be useful:
  • A couple of schools have written blogs for DfE on their approach to staff wellbeing:
    • Ben Levinson from Kensington Primary who writes about the significance of protecting staff mental health and some top tips – I think this will be particularly useful in getting the school’s buy-in for a staff wellbeing piece, particularly as Kensington Primary was one of the co-creators of the staff wellbeing charter
    • Laura Fordham from Bedford Academy who highlights the significance of staff voice/participation, workload, training and development
  • DfE has collated lists of mental health and wellbeing resources for children and young people – one aimed at education staff and the other for education settings to pass on to their students to enable them to seek support on a range of issues independently, should they wish to.
Onwards and upwards: Summer Transitions Programme

This summer, the Family Hub Service will be delivering the Onwards and Upwards: Summer Transitions Programme previously delivered by the Behaviour Support Team. Attendance is FREE. Referrals must be made by school staff only.

The programme is designed for those moving from Year 6 to Year 7 this summer running 22nd-24th August, 10am-3pm. We have a few spaces available.

UPDATE: Following interest from Windsor based schools, we have the opportunity to run a second programme for either First to Middle OR Middle to Secondary if we receive a full cohort of successful referrals. This will run 16th-18th August, 10am-3pm. If you have already made a referral for a Windsor student, there is no need to re-submit.

There will be 16 spaces available on a first come first serve basis with an initial limit of two places per referring school, additional referrals will be managed on a waiting list. Each referral will be discussed internally to ensure the programme can meet the needs of the child, this will be discussed with the referrer. Places will be confirmed by email. 

The programme will be located at Windsor Family Hub, transport can be organised for those families who do not have access to transportation. Food will also be provided for FREE under the boroughs FUEL Programme (Holiday Activities and Food Programme). 

*Please ensure before referrals are made that the programme is discussed with family and the child is available to attend all three days provision*

Referral Form

Referral Deadline Date: Friday 3rd June
Contact Email: 

Poster attached 

Other resources

Fantastic Fred (booklet attached)
Young carers newsletter and training attached
IAS newsletter attached
ELSA conference (flyer attached)

(Flyer attached) NHS Frimley CCG would like to invite you to attend a 90 min ‘Five to Thrive’ training webinar titled ‘Attachment, Trauma & Resilience: the importance of relationships from birth and beyond’ on 1 of the following 3 dates;

Monday 9th May 2022 (19:00 - 20:30 hrs).
Tuesday 10th May 2022 (15:30 - 17:00 hrs).
The purpose of this training is to help practitioners:
- Understand how relationships promote healthy brain development in children and young people and maintain healthy brain function throughout the life span,
- Understand the impact of unregulated stress on brain function,
- Understand promoting recovery for traumatised people
- Understand key issues in building resilience.

GEMS May/June workshops attached

Emotional Health and well-being webinars (flyer attached)