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  • Parental Controls - eSafety @ Christmas Time

    Published 12/12/18

    It's that time of year again where children get new technology for Christmas or spend more time on their computers/tablets over the Christmas period. To help parents/carers make sure their children are safe online, we have updated the 'Parent Zone' eSafety section with a lot of information regarding 'Parental Controls' to help or guide you in the right direction on how to keep your children safe online. 

    The Parental Control section covers:

    • Broadband providers (Virgin, BT etc.)
    • Games consoles and other devices (Nintendo, XBOX, Google home etc.)
    • Mobile network operators (O2, EE etc.)
    • Online platforms (Netflix, iTunes etc.)
    • Operating systems (Windows 7, 8 etc.)
    • Search engines (Google, Bing etc.)
    • Social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.)
    • Tablets and Smartphones

    Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. And the good news is, parental controls are really easy to set up.

    Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, the guidance we have provided should help. 

    It’s simple to get started. And, along with talking to your child regularly, using parental controls is one of the best ways to help keep children safe online.

    Conversations starters:

    • Encourage your child to behave safely online
    • Help them identify potential risks
    • Help limit the risks they may face online
    • Know what to do and where to go if they need help.

    TALK!

    You’ll find lots more information under the eSafety section of the Larwood School website <-- Click Here or call 0808 800 5002 to chat to an NSPCC or O2 advisor.

    If there are any parental controls for devices you would like that are not listed, please contact school, and we will try and source them for you. 

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  • Outstanding Governor Awards 2018

    Published 06/12/18

    Outstanding Governor Awards 2018

    Picture left to right;
    Andrew de Csilléry - Managing Director HfL
    Sandra Barr - Chair of Governors @ Larwood School
    Michael Taylor - Chair @ The Hertfordshire Association of School Governors   

    Earlier on in the year, Mr Newman nominated our Chair of Governors, Sandra Barr for the Hertfordshire Outstanding Governor Award 2018. Sandra has been in Governance for over 30 years, and Chair of Governing Body at Larwood School since it was opened by Tim Wood MP; on the 4th October 1996. That’s 32 years’ voluntary and outstanding service! 

    Herts for Learning (HfL) welcomed over 200 governors to the 2018 Hertfordshire Governors’ Conference, held at the Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage on Saturday 17th November.

    With the theme of ‘School Leaders Managing Change’, delegates enjoyed a comprehensive conference programme jointly put together by the HfL Governance Services team and the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors (HASG). Opening the conference, HfL’s Managing Director Andrew de Csilléry, recognised the important and integral role that governors play, as volunteers, in raising school standards in Hertfordshire. Rachel Macfarlane, Director of Education Services at HfL, shared an overview of Hertfordshire’s current academic results. However the most exciting part of the conference was the announcement that Sandra had been selected as the outstanding Governor of The Year for 2018. 

    Sean Trimble (Headteacher) stated that this is a fantastic award and it is great to see Herts for Learning recognising Sandra's dedication and impact, during many years of service. She has always put pupils first, but has constantly considered the challenge that staff and families face when trying to create the very best learning circumstances for our pupils. I have never known a governor to give so much of her time for all concerned. She really is a 'one of a kind!'

    Thank you, well done, and congratulations Sandra!

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  • LARWOOD LOWDOWN VOLUME 7 ISSUE 1: NEW ACADEMIC YEAR!

    Published 21/11/18

    The start of a new academic year always promises so much! New pupils have been welcomed, and changes have been made during the summer term and holidays. There are clear examples of new plans continuing to use and improve upon old strategies, but also new ventures are part of our future plans. This includes the following:

    • A new curriculum - which is the Chris Quigley model. Please see our website for more information and information shared by Mrs Osobu: Assistant Headteacher
    • The end of the residential consultation process in September. This now proceeds to a governing body vote and sharing information with the DFE.
    • Increasing work with another SEMH school (secondary) - Brandles in Baldock. This is one of our main feeder schools for our pupils and we are considering ways of formalising this approach in the future, if possible.

    During the summer term, we spent much time evaluating many areas of school life. As in previous years, all of this information is on our website. The relevant section can be found in the following way:

    Within this area, you can see other sections titled ‘What Others Think of Us’, ‘What Pupils and Parents Think About us’ and ‘What We Know About Ourselves’. The website is always under review and being changed. Have you seen the video about Frank?

    Please do let me know what you think about our website, if you can spare the time.

    Our new School Development Plan highlights the continued need to make improvements in the areas of Progress, Well-Being and Sustainability. We have various plans involving the curriculum, assessment, outreach, well-being, mental health training for staff, governance, teaching and learning and developing our work with pupils who have autism. Your support is essential as we move forwards. There were many areas of our plans that were successful last year.  However, we have also identified areas that we want to make improvements with. For example, the new curriculum has been adopted to promote even better engagement from pupils building on last year’s practice, where pupils were leading themes with their own ideas in writing.

    Please do not forget that our half term break starts today and pupils are not expected back until Monday 5th November at the normal time.

    S D Trimble - Headteacher

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  • What We Know About Oursleves!

    Published 12/10/18

    The Larwood School 2017 - 2018 data for:

    Behaviour and Attendance
    Leadership and Management
    Personal Development
    Progress and Attainment
    The Pupil Premium
    The Sports Premium
    & Key Data Overview; is now LIVE! Please follow this link:
    http://www.larwood.herts.sch.uk/page/?title=What+We+Know+About+Ourselves&pid=64

    Or follow the links from the main menu: How Effective Are We//What we Know About Ourselves//and then click on the 2017 - 2018 data.

    Please note:
    If you require any information that isn't currently listed; please call 01438 236 333, and a copy can be printed off, and sent home. Thank you

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  • Data Protection & Privacy Notice

    Published 07/09/18

    CONTENTS

    1. Aims...............................................................................................................................................

    2. Legislation and guidance...............................................................................................................

    3. Definitions.....................................................................................................................................

    4. The data controller........................................................................................................................

    5. Data protection principles.............................................................................................................

    6. Roles and responsibilities..............................................................................................................

    7. Privacy/fair processing notice.......................................................................................................

    8. Subject access requests.................................................................................................................

    9. Parental requests to see the educational record..........................................................................

    10. Storage of records.......................................................................................................................

    11. Disposal of records......................................................................................................................

    12. Training........................................................................................................................................

    13. The General Data Protection Regulation....................................................................................

    14. Monitoring arrangements...........................................................................................................

    15. Links with other policies..............................................................................................................

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  • This is Frank! :)

    Published 07/09/18

    What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

    “a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialised expertise and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. Outcomes are documented, measured and evaluated” — SOCIETY COMPANION ANIMAL STUDIES

    PAWS Animal Assisted Therapy was founded in July 2016 by Sarah Gordon. PAWS is based in Harlow, Essex.

    Sarah is a qualified teacher and has experience teaching children with complex behavioural and educational needs.

    Animal Assisted Therapy is becoming a popular form of therapy in the UK. It is of great importance that both practitioner and therapy animal are certified appropriately. Please find below a list of qualifications that Sarah currently holds.

    • Qualified Teacher BA (HONS)
    • Special Needs Teacher for 2+ Years teaching children with complex needs including; Autistic Spectrum, ADHD, Global Development Delay, PDA, Attachment/Traumatised Child Disorder, Genetic Disorders (chromosomal deletions), Speech and Language Delay, Sensory Integration/Attachment Disorder.
    • Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Practitioner, BSY
    • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, CPCAB
    • Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling Certificate, Humanim CIC
    • Certificate in Therapeutic Play, IATE
    • Animal Assisted Play Therapy, Level 1, IIAAPT
    • Animal Assisted Play Therapy:  Level 2 Relationships and Applications, IIAPT
    • Canine Communication in Animal Assisted Play Therapy, IIAPT
    • Essentials of Canine Behaviour & Training for AAPT: Building the Therapeutic Partnership, IIAPT
    • Level 2 Award in Speech and Language Support for 5-11s, AptEd
    • Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™, IIAPT

    “We are very pleased to announce that Sarah has been awarded the credential, Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ (CPP-AAPT). Sarah’s Approved AAPT dog is Frank, a Newfoundland. It takes a substantial amount of training (online and live) as well as specialized supervision to become certified in AAPT, but it is a prized credential because of its depth and breadth, as well as its attention to animal welfare while providing a very valuable service to clients and students.” — INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ANIMAL ASSISTED PLAY THERAPY™

    Therapy Animals

    Currently our one therapy animal is a Newfoundland dog named Frank.

    Being a Newfoundland, Frank is an exceptionally large dog with an extremely charming personality. Newfoundland’s are known for the gentle temperament and their patience with children. Some may recall "Nana" the Newfoundland in Peter Pan.

    Frank was selected very carefully from a quality breeder. 

    Like Sarah, Frank has also worked very hard for his qualifications:

    • APDT Puppy Pre-School
    • APDT Puppy Foundation
    • Kennel Club Puppy Foundation
    • Kennel Club Bronze Good Citizen Award
    • Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award
    • Kennel Club Gold Good Citizen Award [working towards]
    • Pet as Therapy assessed
    • Approved Animal Assisted Play Therapy Dog, IIAAPT™
    Sarah Gordon BA (Hons), QTS, CPP-AAPT
    Professional Practitioner in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™/
    Special Needs Teacher

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKoAbGJ_k_s&t=21s

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  • Polite reminder: Thursday, 30th August; Back to school for everyone!

    Published 28/08/18
    All staff and children are expected back to Larwood School for the 1st day of Autumn Term, Thursday 30th August 2018. School starts at the usual time of 9am. We hope you've all had a nice break and we look forward to a great year ahead. Ple
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  • Larwood Lowdown Volume 6 Issue: That's all Folks!

    Published 19/07/18

    Another year has flown by and we are very close to the start of the holidays. I am sure we are all hoping that the lovely weather continues!

    I would like to thank you all for supporting our recent sports day and our review meetings. Having read and commented on all the annual reports for pupils, it is really pleasing to see and reflect upon how much progress many of your sons/daughters have made. I will always be just as keen to notice and celebrate the ‘softer skills’ that cannot be measured via a test, such as holding a door open for others or by offering a caring gesture to a friend in need. We are lucky to see so many magic moments during the year and although there are always challenges that we face, we will always remember those magic moments.

    Staffing
    For September, we do welcome some new staff, as part of planned expansion and associated activities (please see below). Therefore, we have already inducted Mrs Patey, Mrs Friedrich and Miss Steer to join our team of Learning and Support Staff. We also welcome Mr Rooke and Miss Wood to the teaching staff and they will join us at the start of the new term.
    We say a fond farewell to Miss Minster who will be starting a teaching role, closer to home. We also wish Mrs Crocker good luck in her new role at anther school from September.

    Year 6
    As always there will be a few tears when we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils on Friday. They have undertaken transition activities with staff and have visited their new schools. I have really enjoyed seeing so many of them develop during the last few years and I really do wish them well in their new schools.

    2018 - 2019
    There will be some critical changes to our school as we go into next year. These include:

    • The conclusion and final decision in relation to the residential review consultation and potential expansion of day school numbers
    • The start of provision that will see our school supporting Stevenage primary schools and their pupils/staff with aspect of behaviour management and meeting the needs of some pupils.

    Finally, my thanks are extended to all the staff and governors who have made this year such a positive one at Larwood School. The staff do an amazing job with huge dedication and our governors continue to challenge and support us to try and create the very best learning environment for your children.

    All the best for summer!

    S D Trimble - Headteacher

     

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  • Term Dates Sept 2018 - July 2019

    Published 19/07/18

    Term dates will go live on the website calendar in September , as we are still generating dates for the new academic year.

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  • IMPORTANT CONSULTANT INFORMATION - MUST READ!

    Published 19/07/18

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION - MUST READ! Consultation in relation to potential residential closure and expansion of day places at Larwood School - CLICK HERE

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  • ESAFETY!

    Published 28/02/18

    On January 19th 2018, Larwood introduced you to The Digital 5 A Day! A guide to help parents encourage their children to have a good digital diet which includes a balance of being connected, active and creative, giving to others and being mindful.

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  • DO IT FOR SPORT RELIEF 2018

    Published 27/02/18

    This year we are really excited to be raising money for Sport Relief 2018!  As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise money and change lives.

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