FRIENDS OF ELMWOOD
All parents and carers are warmly welcomed to Elmwood School and are invited to join the ‘Friends of Elmwood’ group. Regular coffee mornings and invitations to other events are made throughout the year. Our work with parents and carers was recognised with the the Leading Parent Partnership Award in 2013 which was reconfirmed following reassessment in both November 2016 and December 2019.
The School was recognised for its range of involvement with external agencies, the regular and varied sessions for parents to come together, how parental engagements forms a key part of the School’s Raising Achievement Plan and the celebration of achievement for both pupils and parents.
Three parents met with the Assessor and stated how pleased they were with the level of support they receive, the high level of confidence in staff and the supportive environment the School offers. Parents appreciated the termly attainment and progress meetings and feel well informed about their child’s academic achievements. The new technological methods of communicating such as the use of ‘MarvellousMe’ was praised and parents felt that their views and feedback were taken into consideration when making decisions.
Our certificate is now proudly displayed in reception for all to see Parents can access can access the LPPA website by clicking on the link below in addition to reading our final report: http://www.lppa.co.uk/
Looking ahead we would like our parents and carers to become involved with their child’s learning and will actively encourage them to take part in family learning sessions. Watch this space!
We employ two Family Welfare Officers who are there to help support any parent or carer who needs help and guidance.
The School have subscribed to a fun and motivational tool that supercharges family conversations about school and facilitates better at home support. It helps families to celebrate their child’s good work and reinforces positive behaviours. All parents and carers who have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer are provided with individual log ins enabling them to be kept informed of their child’s activities and achievements at school.
The link to the site is: www.marvellousme.com.
A quick reference guide answering common questions like joining up, logging back in and seeing a child’s history can be found below.
MarvellousMe Parent App Update
MarvellousMe has upgraded their Parent app this week. This new version delivers a 30-day News Centre (the number one feature parents have been asking for!), fixes notification bugs and includes other improvements.
You may have already seen an email from MarvellousMe however, if you haven’t already done so, it is essential that you follow the below:
- Check your device is running the latest operating software.
- Update the MarvellousMe app via the App Store or Google Play.
- To do this, type ‘MarvellousMe’ into the search bar, click on the ‘MarvellousMe for Parents’ icon and select ‘update’.
- Your phone may have already updated MarvellousMe automatically in which case it will just have an ‘open’ button.
- Open the MarvellousMe Parent app then
- Tap ‘Settings’
- Toggle the ‘Get device notifications’ switch off and back on again. Even if it shows as ‘On’, you must switch it ‘Off’ and ‘On’ This step is particularly important to ensure you receive MarvellousMe notifications going forward and benefit from the upgrade.
Please refer to the guide attached or contact MarvellousMe directly through the ‘User Guide & Help’ section in the app if you need any support.
Thank you for using MarvellousMe.
UNDERSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS, SEX AND HEALTH EDUCATION
A guide on the changes that are coming into effect with regard to the above is available below. Parents and Carers will be updated with further information via our Lead Teacher, Mr Wood and Link Governor, Mr Holmes over the coming months.
INFORMATION AROUND MENTAL HEALTH
Parents/Carers may find the following posters helpful which identifies 10 ways to help your child look after their mental health, 8 ways a child’s anxiety shows up as something else and self regulation coping strategies.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
MindEd for Families is a vital online resource providing evidence-based advice and information for family members concerned abut their child’s mental health. The site has been developed in partnership with YoungMinds and co-written with parents and carers. The resources are engaging, ineractive and accessible on all mobile and tablet devices. Find out more – www.minded.org.uk/families.
All parents and carers are warmly invited to come along to coffee mornings. A number of parents/carers and outside organisations have previously enjoyed coffee mornings as you can see from the pictures below.
Our Family Welfare Officers have tried to incorporate an event or a speaker at the coffee mornings but the preferred option from parents and carers is for a more relaxed informal event where they can speak to each other about their day to day lives, offer each other advice and use the time to catch up. Events held during the year have included Contact a Family (stress management), Safer Internet Day, Fund Raising and Sports Day.
PACE training was delivered at our coffee morning being held on 9th October at 9.30. Parents/carers were encouraged to attend as many children are online and they may not be aware of who they are speaking with. Parents against child exploitation was an informative workshop aimed at supporting families to keep their children safe.
Our School Nurse attended our coffee morning on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 9.30 am and was able to advise on services that were available for both parents and students.
SCHOOL MEALS SERVICE
A copy of the autumn term menu is available below. Our school kitchen is only able to offer one of these choices in addition to providing either a filled baguette or jacket potato.
Please be aware that new guidance has been introduced with regards to non payment of school meals. Details are contained within the letter from Walsall Council below.
REFERRAL TO WALSALL PSYCHOLOGY HUB (WPH)
If a child in School is displaying negative behaviours at home and does not fit the CAMHS remit or has a diagnosis of autism/extreme behaviour, our Family Welfare Officers are able to speak and pass details onto WPH. Parents are always contacted in the first instance for their consent and given an explanation as to the role of WPH. WPH will then contact the parents to arrange a suitable appointment.
If a parent is struggling with some form of low level mental health, anxiety, depression, worries or bereavement, our Family Welfare Officers can recommend the parent to the WPH. The parent has to phone and make an appointment. If School feel that the appointment needs to be more urgent we can consult with WPH. A number of sessions are usually offered to parents.
Case study a) – one family on long term child protection, parents needs not met, a counselling service was offered to mom. Due to the relationship with Family Welfare Officer and parent, WPH was offered. Mom was supported with making the appointment. Support given to attend appointment. Mom is able to talk about trauma from the past going back to when she was a young girl. Mom is enjoying attending sessions and feels it is benefitting her.
Case study b) – a Year 10 puil was showing some signs of anxiety which was manifesting in negative behaviours at home. The anxiety was around difficulties he was having outside of School and he was bottling this up continuously and resulting in Children’s Services being contacted and Police involvement. Several visits were made to WPH to discuss and talk through these anxieties. This has resulted in an improvement in his emotional state. Parent accompanied the pupil to all of the appointments.
WPH are based at The Haven, 55 Upper Forster Street, Walsall WS4 2AB. Telephone 01922 649000 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
JOBCENTRE NEAR ME
It is now easier to find local Jobcentre Plus offices, benefits and employment information. To help students and parents find their nearest jobcentre more easily the link below will take you to the nearest centre – http://www.jobcentrenearme.com