Broomfield

Broomfield SILC

 

Welcome

 

Welcome to our school. We are an all-age generic special school serving South Leeds. We cater for a wide range of learning needs from moderate learning difficulties; severe learning difficulties; complex and multiple learning needs to Asperger’s and Autism. Some students have additional needs – physical; medical; speech and language; visual, hearing or sensory impairment. 

Many pupils are based on our main Broomfield site and in addition some within our mainstream partnership sites - Windmill Music Federation and Rodillian Academy, where opportunities for mainstream inclusion are maximised, if appropriate. 

Our strapline is ‘Investing in Individuals, Transforming Lives’ reflected in our aim to provide a nurturing and stimulating school environment in which all pupils are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle and feel happy, safe and secure. Our pupils demonstrate a strong sense of community and fairness for all. We endeavour to help our pupils take their place in society and be tolerant, understanding and respectful of the rights of others.

In return we expect pupils to work to the very best of their ability, in order to make the most of the opportunities that we offer. We believe in a personalised approach to enable all of our pupils to achieve their individual outcomes based on their aspirations for the future. 

We are a growing and developing school.  We have over 200 young people from 2-19 years on roll.  We have recently undergone a programme of refurbishment including a new building that opened in September 2015, a community internet café, a health and beauty suite, a state-of-the art creative/sensory room, sunken trampolines and an outdoor inclusive adventure playground.

Having joined the school in September 2018, I am an experienced special school Principal in Leeds, and I am delighted to be steering Broomfield in the next chapter of its journey to continued success. South SILC was rated "Good” when Ofsted inspection in November 2017. A visit is really the only way to see what we can truly offer to you and your child. Contact the school office and we will be delighted to show you around.

Michelle Wilman

Executive Principal  

I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as Head of School.  Since joining Broomfield in January 2019, it has been a privilege getting to know the students, staff and school community.   

Broomfield is a vibrant, happy and successful school where the needs of our learners are paramount.  All decisions are taken with the best interests of our pupils at the heart and we pride ourselves on providing learning experiences that are creative, aspirational and truly personalised to each individual; enabling all our learners to achieve their full potential. 

I am passionate about listening to the views of all stakeholders and encourage feedback from parents, external agencies and all our school community. I lead the School Council so the views of our pupils are always at the forefront with a ‘you said, we did’ culture.  Our school values are intrinsic to all ways of working and we celebrate individual achievements, work hard to forge excellent relationships and provide opportunities for all our pupils to develop their strength of character and independence. 

Although the last year has been very challenging, I am so proud of our entire school community for being so resilient and for working together as a team.  As a result, our young people are safe, happy and are making progress towards their individualised targets. 

I hope we can continue to work together to ensure all our learners are equipped with the skills to prepare them fully for adult life and a really positive future. 

Kathryn Bryan
Head of School 

Recently added news.

27.4.21- Please see attached, proposed changes to our school behaviour principles. If you have any comments or questions please contact us at broomfield@broomfieldshcool.org.uk
Internet Watch Foundation campaign launched to raise awareness of “self-generated” child sexual abuse material

In the last year, “self-generated” child sexual abuse imagery has increased by 77% and is a third of all child sexual abuse material identified and removed from the internet. These included images of girls aged 11 to 13 whose abuse had been recorded via a webcam in a domestic setting.

To help prevent the creation of this type of abusive imagery, a campaign has been launched by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) backed by the Home Office and Microsoft. It aims to help raise awareness of this type of criminality among parents and carers of young teens, empower and educate girls aged 11 to 13+ to spot the techniques used by sexual predators and give them the knowledge to Block, Report, Tell someone they trust.

It is a national campaign running from Wednesday 21 April for six weeks. You can find out more on the IWF website, as well as specific sites for parents and young people.

Please share this information with parents and carers in your network.

New NSPCC Helpline

The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to establish a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in educational setting. 

The helpline went live on 1 April, and will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline – Report Abuse in Education can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

 

Key Info/support for parents/carers.

 

19.7.21 Parent carer comms night owls

14.7.21 Letter to Parents Letter to Parents July 21

 

 

 

8.7.21

1.7.21

 

28.4.21 Parents and Carers Need to know re ROBLOX


 

25.1.21 surgery Registration form

One-to-one surgeries we are offering parents at the moment

See info below:

We can personalise their support by matching them with an expert to meet their individual needs. This will be up to 30 minutes via Zoom (virtual). We have experts able to offer advice on:

•             Autism

•             ADHD

•             Behaviour

•             Sensory Issues

•             Social stories

•             Sleep

•             EHCP

•             Parents mental health 

Attached is our referral form, please call the family and complete together.

PC Workshop programme

4.12.20 Grief & Loss Service Info:

The Grief and Loss Service is for anyone who is experiencing loss of any kind and the grief and emotional distress that loss may cause. It’s a service which is available to everyone living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, including staff in Partnership organisations

The service is a free telephone counselling support service that operates 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and includes text and live online chat facilities as well as translation options.

 The support service is staffed by experienced counsellors who offer information, advice and emotional support, as well as signposting into local place based services for longer term/specific counselling or other support.

 If you, or anyone in your school community, is experiencing feelings of grief or loss, from any cause, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Grief and Loss Support Service can be accessed seven days a week, 8am – 8pm. Call the service on  0808 196 3833, or use text or online live chat at griefandlosswyh.co.uk

 Translation services are available

08.09.20 - SEN Children back to school leaflet

07.09.20 - Leeds City Council Jobshop Leaflet

30.6.20- Reporting domestic abuse:

DVA Contact Card

Local and National Support Agencies

West Yorkshire Police have created a simple online form to enable people to report domestic abuse as an alternative to speaking on the phone. Please see link below:

https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it/report-domestic-abuse

Domestic abuse online reporting form. A short online form allowing you to report domestic abuse. The form will take about five minutes to complete and allows you to state the safest method for police to get in touch with you and at a time and date that suits you. If an incident of domestic abuse is ongoing, you should report it over the phone by dialling 999 immediately.
www.westyorkshire.police.uk

 

11.6.20- Bereavement Services available to access

In collaboration with Leeds City Council, Child Bereavement UK offers a bereavement service in Leeds that supports children and young people, and their families, who have lost someone important in their life. The service is for Leeds families with young people up to and including age 18, and up to age 25 with SEND, who are in need of support. The services are provided free of charge and are offered by trained bereavement support practitioners. They are currently offering:

·       Access to a range of online support and information resources https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

·       Access to a helpline: 01133 503598 and support email: leedssupport@childbereavementuk.org  9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

·       1:1 and family telephone booked bereavement support, 1:1 and family zoom sessions and Zoom Bereavement Groups for Young People, aged 8 upwards. 

·       Free and certificated online bereavement training to Leeds-based education professionals.

They are also offering some Bereavement Awareness Webinars for which educational professionals can sign up:

Thursday 11th June at 15:30 (Early Years/Nursery) https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lP28pDGgRlm6gGKSGWkiaQ

Monday 15th June at 12:00 (Primary)

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UKHDUxgSRe-_APxvSILjZg

 Tuesday 16th June at 09:30 (Secondary)

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k46ZyxWtQzahP4-ab69g6Q

18.05.20 - Wellbeing Newsletter - Click Here

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 24th May 2020 Activity Sheet

Click here for financial advice during the COVID 19 Pandemic 

 

29-04-2020 - Other Support available

In these unprecedented times, please do be aware that support is available to you. Please do read and access below if required.

  • Healthy Start - during lockdown we know that many financial situations have changed. The Healthy Start scheme may be able to help. If on certain benefits, families, including pregnant women and children under 4 can get free milk, fruit and vegetables and vitamins with Healthy Start vouchers. You can apply on line at the following website https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ . A change in the law means the form no longer needs to be signed by a health professional which should make the application process easier. One approved you will receive the vouchers through the post which can be exchanged at supermarkets and small retailers.  
  • Leeds City Council – support is available for Food which can be accessed by calling 0113 376 0330 and there is an additional COVID helpline number for none food related support which can be reached on 0113 378 1877
  • Counsellor Support – St Gemma’s Hospice and Wheatfield’s Hospice have joined together to support Leeds residents affected by COVID-19 during this time with trained specialist counsellors available. Additional information is below.

 

Planning For Emergencies

Below is the link for 'Planning for emergencies' by Carers UK. Which may be useful if carers want to create an emergency plan – for you and all those you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your worries if you are not able to care for those you look after at any point in the future.

https://www.carersuk.org/search/planning-for-emergencies

Online Safety Information 

 
Online Safety Message: We have had reports that if you type 'Peppa Pig piggy' or 'Peppa Pig Peppa Pig' into Youtube, an edited, dubbed over version of Peppa Pig comes up, made by Youtube channel Bomber B which is inappropriate for children. Please make sure you are always vigilant and supervise children when using devices.

Internet Watch Foundation campaign launched to raise awareness of “self-generated” child sexual abuse material

In the last year, “self-generated” child sexual abuse imagery has increased by 77% and is a third of all child sexual abuse material identified and removed from the internet. These included images of girls aged 11 to 13 whose abuse had been recorded via a webcam in a domestic setting.

To help prevent the creation of this type of abusive imagery, a campaign has been launched by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) backed by the Home Office and Microsoft. It aims to help raise awareness of this type of criminality among parents and carers of young teens, empower and educate girls aged 11 to 13+ to spot the techniques used by sexual predators and give them the knowledge to Block, Report, Tell someone they trust.

It is a national campaign running from Wednesday 21 April for six weeks. You can find out more on the IWF website, as well as specific sites for parents and young people.

Please share this information with parents and carers in your network.

Online Safety Leaflet COVID 2021

MONITORING THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA:

We would urge all Parents/Carers to ensure they are checking their child’s social media use. We have been made aware through our safeguarding networks that there is a distressing video currently accessible on the social networking service, TikTok.

Please visit the links below for more information:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54069650

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/tiktok/

 

E-SAFETY GUIDES:

Each week school receives a guide from the National Online Safety website as part of the #wakeupwednesday programme.  I will share these on the school website and social media.  Examples are below and more can be found in the E-saftey section under the 'Parents' tab on the website.

                                  

HOUSE PARTY APP:

The Education Safeguarding Team have had numerous queries and safeguarding concerns raised about an APP called House Party in respect to live streaming.

The house party is taking social media by storm. It’s from the same company that created Fortnite. Over the last 48 hours there has been lots of misinformation over social media about it.  As with all live-streaming platforms, screenshots, unsolicited messages and self-generated sexualised imagery can put young people at risk.

Links to ‘rooms’ can also be shared publicly – to other platforms which could see uninvited users joining.

‘Rooms’ should be locked to prevent uninvited guests from joining – remember all rooms will lock by default if a user enables ‘private mode’. 

If an uninvited guest joins a room they can easily ‘friend’ others taking part in the live stream. 

It appears that when a friend is invited, their friends can also join a ‘room’ without the invitation. Therefore potentially increase the opportunity to cyber-bully and troll others.

Here is a web link to the blog. https://www.ineqe.com/2020/03/30/houseparty-how-safe-is-the-app-taking-the-uk-by-storm/

 

ONLINE SAFETY INFORMATION:

Here is the information from ThinkUKnow to help both with Primary and Secondary children at home.

 

E MAIL SCAMS:

West Yorkshire Police have advised that a number of fake emails are circulating with a message similar to the below:

If your child’s school is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then to send your bank details to the school and they will help you with funding while schools are closed.

This is a not a LCC process so please do not disclose any personal bank details if requested by E mail.

Thanks