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Background

The Primary Learning Centre was opened at Bentley High Street Primary school in September 2011. This was to mirror the work that had been started by the ARC at Longtoft who had originally worked with Key Stage 1 children. Both ARC’s were extended to work with Key Stages 1 and 2 and were then renamed as Learning Centres to come in line with the Secondary provision. 

Bentley High Street PLC provided mainstream children in the North of Doncaster with outreach support, putting programmes in place to support the children experiencing behavioural difficulties and the staff working with them.  

For some children, who had more complex needs, a placement at the PLC could be applied for through the Inclusion panel.

 

At Present

In September 2014 Bentley High Street became the only Primary Learning Centre in Doncaster and now delivers outreach to all of its 98 primary schools.

The services that we now offer have grown and are often bespoke, dependent upon the individual children that we serve.

 

The Referral Process

Schools have many resources and strategies that they implement to support the children in their care not just with behavioural difficulties. However, if a school identifies a child as needing more support than they feel they can offer they can refer them to the PLC for support.

In order to do this the school will need the correct referral forms. These can be obtained by ringing the PLC on 01302822920 or by emailing us at plc@bentleyhighst.doncaster.sch.uk  Once the completed referral forms have been emailed back to the Learning Centre, an initial observation of the child can take place. The PLC prides itself on its quick response times to these concerns and works hard to support schools as quickly as possible. 

After the initial observation, a report including recommendations/offers of support will be sent to school. These can be one or more of the following:

 

  • Behaviour Strategies; advice may be given on the report for further behaviour management strategies for staff to implement to support the child.

  • Training; advice for further staff training may be given. This may involve them finding a course to attend or taking part in some research. Some courses are available on the Partners in Learning Directory linked to the Teaching School at Bentley High Street.

 

The PLC can offer some staff training that will be recommended on the initial observation. Most of these are free of charge:

  • Star Time; (free) a member of the PLC team will come into school for a week to deliver Star Time to a child and at the same time train a member of the school staff to deliver this programme. Star Time is a special time (usually about half an hour) set aside every day to support children with emotional needs.

    Playing for Purpose; (free) this is a programme delivered by a member of the PLC team and shadowed by school staff. The child who the school have concerns about is placed in a group with five other children from their class.  Over six weeks the group are taught skills that they can take into any social situation, but in particular the classroom. This programme can then be continued by the member of staff who shadowed.

  • Intensive weeks; (free) a member of the PLC team goes into school for fifteen consecutive mornings to work alongside the child, shadowed by a member of staff from the school. At the end of each week a report is produced, recommending behaviour strategies and further action to be taken if necessary.

  • Behaviour Management; (free) whole staff training is available on classroom behaviour management strategies. This is more appropriate for newly or recently qualified teaching staff, or for whole staff training as a refresher leading to a review of school policy. Some of this is based around restorative practice and attachment theory.

  • Lego Therapy; (free) this is a programme of work designed for children with social and communication difficulties. A member of staff from the PLC will come to school and work with an identified child and eventually two others. This will be shadowed by a school member of staff for six sessions who can then continue to deliver the programme in school.

  • LSA & Midday Supervisor Training; (free) this training lasts an hour and a half. Staff who attend are given the opportunity to discuss any issues that they may have. Through games and scenarios they are able to develop the way in which they work with children, in particular when dealing with challenging behaviour. The aim is also to empower Midday Supervisors to be creative in the way they structure dinnertimes and to make them more enjoyable for all involved.

  • Horizons Training; (free) this training enables mentors to help young people open up around experiences associated with bereavement, grief and loss in a safe environment. The resource can be used for primary age children who are experiencing loss and change as a result of bereavement, separation, divorce, illness or moving home.

  • Sensory Circuit; (free) this enables staff to deliver a sensory motor skills programme for children. This is bespoke training depending on the needs of the school and facilities that are available to them.

  • Emotional Literacy; (free) this training can be delivered on a one to one basis with a child or advice can be given to the school’s Learning Mentor on its delivery. The aim is to allow children to recognise and deal with their own emotions.

  • Team Teach Training; (£450 for one day training and £650 for two day training.)  this training can be one or two days. The one day training looks at personal safety and de-escalation techniques. The two day training enables staff to also use physical interventions to keep children and staff safe when children are at crisis point. Refresher training is also available. We can train up to 24 staff. This training is available by contacting the PLC.

  • Learning Mentor Training; Level 3/4 role specific Learning Mentor and Pastoral Support training is designed to equip practitioners to work with pupils across the whole school; they plan their own work for pupils, develop action plans and set targets. Through focused activities they help pupils to work towards removing significant barriers to their learning. The training is for both primary and secondary school staff. The two days training is a mixture of theoretical and practical training activities and following the two days training there are follow up 1:1 sessions that are tailored to the delegates identified needs and the needs of their establishment. Practitioners will be required to complete a range of work based tasks to gain their Level 3/4 Mentoring and Pastoral Support Certificate. This training can be accessed via the Partners in Learning team who can provide further information, including costs.

  • Learning Mentor Network; (free) the network is open to all mentoring or pastoral support staff working in both primary and secondary schools in Doncaster. The network is held at regular intervals during the academic year. Places can be booked through Partners in Learning.

  • Learning Mentor support in school from the PLC Mentors can be accessed by contacting the Primary Learning Centre. 

  • Key Worker Training; (free) intensive support training session designed to support key workers when working one-to-one with pupils.

 

  • Family Support; the PLC Family Support Workers help to maintain positive links between home and school. They are also able to offer additional parenting support if needed:

  • Home visits

  • Parenting groups-Triple P, Solihull, Mellow Parenting and Family Links

  • 1-1 parenting support

  • Living together sessions (working with parents and children on specific issues)

  • Prevention of school/home relationship breakdown.

  • Cook and eat sessions

  • Well-being sessions

  • Family SEAL

  • Work 1-1 with children on a range of issues including anger management, self-esteem, and support around loss, wishes, feelings, separation and bereavement.

  • Support with ASD based on Cygnet training

  • Support with sleep routines

  • Family support network meetings

 

  • What can this look like?

  • Home visits

  • Parenting groups-Triple P, Solihull, Mellow Parenting and Family Links

  • 1-1 parenting support

  • Living together sessions (working with parents and children on specific issues)

  • Prevention of school/home relationship breakdown.
  • Cook and eat sessions

  • Well-being sessions
  • Family SEAL

  • Work 1-1 with children on a range of issues including anger management, self-esteem, and support around loss, wishes, feelings, separation and bereavement.
  • Support with ASD based on Cygnet training

  • Support with sleep routines

  • Family support network meetings 

 

… Learning Mentor support; the PLC’s Learning Mentors work with children either in their school or at the Centre. They are able to deliver more personalised programmes of support such as:

 

What Support Do We Provide?

  • 1:1 Mentoring

  • Emotional Literacy

  • Drop-ins

  • Group activities

  • Parent/Carer Support and advice in conjunction with the Family Support Worker

  • Anger Management

  • Organisational skills

  • Anti–Bullying Programme

  • Transition Support

  •  Friendship group activities

  • Self-esteem

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