SEND Support and Information

SEND at St. Mary Federation

We will aim to update you on relevant information, signpost you to the help available and support you through your childs' learning journey.  

SENCO - Mrs Lucy Wines 

Curlews Teacher (Mon)

SENCO (Tues & Weds)

The St Mary Federation

Brancaster 01485 210246

Docking 01485 518344

Check Class Dojo for further updates on SEND resources, course details, ideas for helping at home and more…

Posts from earlier…

Summer Reading Challenge - Sign up at your local library 

Please see the attached flyer for holiday activities at Holt country Park


Summer Term

I have added two dates to the newletters. Please pop in and share a coffee and a catch up! We will look at Just One Norfolk Website and can also explore SHORT BREAKS

DOCKING Tuesday 20th June 2.30pm

BRANCASTER Wednesday 21st June 2.30pm

Follow the link to the latest newsletter from Norfolk SENDIASS

North Norfolk District Council is pleased to be hosting a series of drop-in sessions across the District, on behalf of the North Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Partnership, with the aim of fostering improved community wellbeing. 

Norfolk & Waveney Autism/ADHD Support Service May 2023 Newsletter ( 

Please see above link to this months Norfolk and Waveney ASD/ADHD Support Service Newsletter

Family Voice Norfolk ( 

Latest Family Voice Newsletter

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Link Newsletter

A really useful flow chart to show the timelines with EHCP applications. 

Family Voice Family Voice Norfolk ( Click on the link to see all the exciting offers from Family Voice

Please Read

Important safety information. 

Product Safety Alert: Baby Self-Feeding Pillows / Prop Feeders (PSA3)

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued a Product Safety Alert for baby self-feeding pillows and prop feeders presenting a risk of serious harm or death. Consumers, local authority trading standards and businesses are asked to take specific action to cease use or remove them from the market. More details can be found here: Product Safety Alert: Baby Self-Feeding Pillows / Prop Feeders (PSA3) - GOV.UK (

Family Support - see the leaflets for further information.  


See the attached leaflet about the Steamhouse Cafe in KL. 



We have been asked by the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board to share two surveys about the Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Service (NDD Service). And were wondering if you could share with your parents?


Commissioners are looking at waiting list initiatives across Norfolk & Waveney to help address long waits. They want to understand what is important to parent/carers in relation to the assessment process to help inform their service design.


This survey is for parent/carers who have supported a child or young person through a NDD assessment  process.



Below is a separate survey for children and young people that have been through the assessment process themselves. If you could ask (if appropriate) and/or parents if they could help their young person to fill out their views it would be much appreciated.


The deadline for completion is Wednesday 13th October.



Well we are all feeling a little chillier, Autumn seems to be creeping in. Teachers are busy reviewing Induvial support plans and looking to new targets for the term ahead. Be sure to book a parent consultation to discuss these and the progress your child is making. 

Below are two great support groups (sadly Norwich and Great Yarmouth) but  felt I'd share in case you are that way! 

Autumn 2022 

Welcome Back! Well we all say they fly past but my goodness wasn't it a fab holiday? Great to see the sun and spend time with our loved ones. I must apologise as having attended the Inset training days I was feeling a little unwell and have now tested positive for COVID so I am confined to the computer this week but catching up on emails and referrals. I hope you have had a super summer and are ready for the adventures of the term ahead. 

Not sure it is specifically SEN related but affects everyone!  At the St Mary Federation we follow the national curriculum and your child has the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons,  but it is everyone's responsibility to teach their children how to stay safe in the water. Click the link above to teach the basics of floating - It could be a life saver

May 2022 - The Blog has been up and running for sometime and our school website St Mary Federation - Home offers policies and documents for you to access. Is there anything you would like to see? Information you would like? We welcome feedback and would love for it to become an interactive resource to support you and your child on their education journey with The St Mary Federation. 

Newsletter 53.pdf


What would you like to see on the Blog? What information would you like to have to hand? Do get in contact and we can work together to make a really useful resource. 

Please click the link for the latest SENDIASS newsletter.  Lots of help and support for SEN families


Sign up for a fun packed Easter!


This is a great page to link into;

Learn about special needs services that can help children, young people and their families 

Find information on support in education

Find a support network - parents, groups and organisations

Get guidance and advice about how to help a young person plan their adult life 

Use the link below to find their Facebook Page 

(3) Norfolk SEND Local Offer | Facebook 

Just received this via email and thought it may be of interest to some. The coffee morning in Swaffham is also a useful one to note. 

Dear Parent,

Do you have a child with additional needs?  Are you sometimes dealing with challenging behaviour?  Do you want more understanding of how to meet their needs?  Are they still awaiting a formal diagnosis from the Neurodevelopmental Service teams?  Or perhaps you have a diagnosis but still need some practical strategies for home or support around any difficulties at school?



Please also note that we run drop-in support sessions each month, in a quiet upstairs room in Costa Coffee, Market Place, Swaffham.  Drop in anytime between 9:30 and 11am to meet other parents who are dealing with similar issues and to meet members of our team for advice and support.  And Costa will give you 10% off if you tell them you are there for the Family Action meeting.  No need to book, just turn up.







Susan Wood

Co-ordinator (West) Norfolk & Waveney

ASD/ADHD Support Service

Office phone: 01760 725801/720302

Mobile:07584 529428

I work Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursday.


FamilyLine is a free service available to support adult family members on all aspects of family life issues via telephone, text message and email. Whether it’s emotional support or practical advice on any aspect of parenting or broader family issues, call: 0808 802 6666, text: 07537 404282, email: or live web via our website

Monday to Friday: 9am –9pm. The helpline will be covered by SHOUT our text crisis line outside these hours including weekends and bank holidays.

50 Things to Do Before You're Five in Norfolk

SEND in England's Schools 2021

One of the areas that each school is acutely aware are the number of children on role that have an identified Special Educational Need. The percentages in the image show information taken from the January census and is a way for our schools to compare our numbers to that across the UK.  Each child on our special educational needs register is treated as an individual and all plans are tailored to their individual need. 

Brancaster school presently have 8.8% of their children with an EHCP and 17.6% of the children have an identified special education need. Docking has under 1% with an EHCP and 6.8% of the children with an identified special educational need. We also have several children that we are monitoring and providing additional support to within the class.

We welcome questions about our provision in the schools and also feedback on the information we provide to parents. 

Welcome back to school!

We are all really pleased to have returned to our classrooms new and old and feeling like things are slightly more 'normal' than they were before. I have worked with some parents but ones new to the school may not be familiar with the SEN process across the federation or familiar with how things work. I have updated the SEN information report and would love some feedback! Is this something you find helpful? How could it be improved? 

St Mary Federation - Policies & information The SEN Info report can be found on the final page (page 4) of the policies and information section on the federation website. Please take a peek. 

SENCO - Mrs Lucy Wines 

Curlews Teacher (Mon)

SENCO (Tues & Weds)

The St Mary Federation

Brancaster 01485 210246

Docking 01485 518344

Thank you - another rather unusual year where your children have shown resilience and stamina. Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.  

Lucy Wines

SLEEP - Click on the link below.  Some super ideas to support your child's sleep. Information to follow on free Solihull parenting training - JON70 is the code needed for a free place! 

A wealth of information! 

Men’s Shed

Men’s Sheds are kitted out community spaces where men can enjoy practical hobbies. They’re about making friends, learning and sharing skills. Many guys come just for the tea and banter, everyone’s welcome. During the pandemic many Sheds have used online means of staying in contact. Sheds are often run by volunteers, so if you have tried to contact them and not heard back don't lose heart.

Currently just Poringland and North Walsham are open, but more are looking to open soon. This is dependent on the ‘shedders’ themselves and their own personal situations regarding the impact of Covid.

There is no minimum or maximum age for joining – any man can be a “shedder”. The Men’s Sheds are welcoming all men to join. Traditionally Sheds have been made up of older gentlemen, but they are seeing more and more that younger men want somewhere to find a safe space to be with others. If you are referring a man with complex or high needs it would be best to talk to the organiser to ensure that there is appropriate support available at the Shed or if there are better services available at another Shed, as each Shed offers different services and skills.

Men’s Shed provides support and guidance to individuals and groups across the UK in starting and managing Men’s Sheds. They raise awareness of the social and health benefits of Men’s Sheds in reducing isolation, loneliness and in empowering local communities. They support the growth of Men’s Sheds by:

-        Promoting the Men’s Shed movement and individual Sheds within communities.

-        Training for those within the Shed to be able to run the Shed including mentoring and volunteer recruitment.

-        Holding networking events to connect men from different Men’s Sheds, bringing men together to share experiences and break barriers and stop isolation.

-        Talking about the social and health benefits of Men’s Sheds in reducing isolation and empowering local communities.

If you would like support in accessing a Mens’ Shed for a man you are supporting you can access more information at

Dads Matter

Dads Matter is a free 12-week course supporting fathers across Norfolk. Whether a father is living with his children or apart from them, his role in their upbringing is of huge importance. They welcome not just biological dads but any significant male role model in the child’s life this includes, stepdads and uncles.

Dads Matter is not a parenting course, it’s a course for parents. They are happy to announce that Dads Matter will be starting real world groups again. They open the week beginning 17 May. See times and venues for the Dad's Matter course

See the first in a series of short films here - Dads Matter - YouTube

Read My Mind

Read my mind is a library project which encourages men who are either experiencing depression or low mood levels, to take part in social reading activities. Funded by Norfolk County Council Public Health, the project is for men aged 18+ and explores whether there is a link between reading and improving men’s mental health and well-being. The project is currently being delivered online and the types of activities we’ve offered so far include shared reading, poetry workshops and reading for wellbeing sessions.

Activities include:

Reading for wellbeing

These are relaxed social events to chat about reading for wellbeing and share book recommendations. There is also an opportunity for you to read aloud an excerpt from a book but this is purely voluntary, you can sit back and listen if you prefer. The sessions are for men aged 18+.

Reading for Wellbeing events take place over Zoom fortnightly on Thursday’s 3rd June & Thursday 17th June at 7pm.

Find out more by joining Read My Mind Facebook group.


They are keen to develop the project by working with partners in farming, engineering and manual labouring industries.


All Read My Mind participants will receive two free books by Matt Haig and a short welcome questionnaire to fill out, the questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to let them what kind of reading activities you would like to take part in.

To book your free place or find out more please email 


A series of Read my mind podcasts have been created, which feature participants of the project. The first podcast is a poetry workshop, led by Norfolk playwright James McDermott. You can take part in the workshop or listen along. Listen to the Read my mind podcast on Soundcloud.

Recommended Reads

Throughout the project participants have recommended books which they’ve enjoyed or found to be beneficial to their mental health and wellbeing. All of these books are available as eBooks and eAudio books which can be downloaded from Norfolk Libraries.

For more information visit

The World’s Biggest Bike Ride is back for Bike Week! 30 May 2021

It's not about distance or duration, it’s about giving it a go. Any kind of cycle ride counts no matter how far you go or what your motivation is. Together we will create the World's Biggest Bike Ride on one day!

World's Biggest Bike Ride | Cycling UK

Thousands of people of all abilities, experience and age took part in Cycling UK’s first World’s Biggest Bike Ride event on 12 September last year.  From roadies to mountain bikers, seasoned tourers to family groups, the fit to the not so fit, cyclists from across the country logged rides to celebrate the bike and the joy of riding.

Pledge to ride.  They will send you tips, advice and inspiration ahead of the big day

Get out and ride on 30 May. Tell them you took part by logging your ride

Medieval Merriment

Medieval Merriment - Free and Fun activities for families with children 2-11 years this half-term. Get ready for some medieval fun by joining the Norfolk Adult Learning team to make a medieval sword, some treats and decorations for your own medieval banquet & learn how to use what you have made with a visit from a medieval knight!

Sessions are bookable online, by emailing or by calling 0344 800 8020 option 5.

Power of Youth Day - 2nd June 2021

Power of Youth Day is an annual celebration of the contributions children and young people make to society through volunteering and social action. It’s a chance to spotlight the achievements of children and young people in the #iwill movement and beyond – through volunteering, mentoring, peer education, campaigning, and fundraising.

This year Power of Youth Day will take place on 2 June, during Volunteers Week, which is led by NCVO, Volunteer Scotland, WCVA and Volunteer Now.

When the pandemic began young people were already supporting their communities through volunteering and social action. And they continued to do so over the past 14 months despite huge challenges, disruption and sacrifices. They also responded to the changing needs around them to support others through the pandemic.

On Wednesday 2nd June 2021 Power of Youth Day will focus on the incredible efforts that young people made during the last year, a year impacted by a global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Power of Youth Day wants to recognise the resilience, energy and strength of young people – as volunteers, mentors, peer educators and more – while overcoming the challenges the pandemic brought.

To find out how to get involved


Child Safety Week Monday 7th to Sunday 13th June

This is run every year by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide.

For more information on child safety, visit their website Child Safety Week | Child Accident Prevention Trust (

Family Voice Norfolk

If you are a parent carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and/or disability (SEND) you are very welcome to join the Family Voice online meetings

Mon 7 June 2021 10:00-12:00 Let’s talk… about autism.

With Tom Bassett, Partnership Boards Transformation Manager 

Tues 15 June 2021 10:00-12:00  Let’s talk… about sleep

With Joy East, Sleep East and Louise van Melsen NANSA Sleep Practitioner

Mon 26 July 2021 10:00-12:00 Let’s talk… about looking after your child’s teeth.

With Angela Sims, Clinical Lead and Gemma Sargent Dental Therapist Norfolk and Waveney Special Care Dental Service.

Drop in to Family Voice friendly get togethers and chat to other parent carers of children and young people with SEND.  There’s no need to book, just use this link 

Thursday 24 June 2021 13:45–14:45

Thursday 15 July 2021 13:45-14:45

National Bug Busting Day

National Bug Busting Day 

15th Jun 2021 

Schools and nurseries requiring a free sample of a Bug Buster detection comb with step by step instructions should contact our Help Line on 01908 561928 or email us at 

Why take part on Bug Busting Days? 

Because informed, united action stops head lice from circulating endlessly. Combing wet, conditioned hair with a Bug Buster comb is a reliable detection method even when very few lice are present. Thoroughly wet lice stay still; dry or damp lice move quickly away from disturbance evading detection. 

Bug Busting is an educational programme in reliable head louse detection. It delivers the ‘whole school approach’ (National Healthy School Standard).  

Make Music Day

On the 21st June 2021 sees the return of Make Music Day. This is a double cause for celebration as this is the day that it is hoped all restrictions in the UK will be lifted (Monday June 21st, 2021).

Join the celebration with a performance of a newly commissioned piece, written by Tim Brain from Louder than Life. This piece of music is called Bucket Beats.

This year Make Music Day are teaming up with Louder than Life, NYMAZ and Norwich Cathedral to offer a performance like no other. Whether you stream it from the classroom, school hall, school field or your home you will be able to join in for a cacophony of Bucket Beats! This opportunity is a blended offer which can either be streamed into any location across the county or you can register for the opportunity to be selected to join in at the Cathedral.

Children’s Hospice Week 2021!

This year's Children's Hospice Week will run from 21st to 27th June.

EACH have some exciting plans to share with you during this week, so keep checking back to Children's Hospice Week (  to find out more in the coming weeks!

Events Include:

Superheroes Family Weekender 2021 at Stradsett Estate

Superheroes Family Weekender 2021 is now on its successful 3rd year, the event will be held this year at the Wonderful Stradsett Estate, King's Lynn  PE33 9HA, on the 26th & 27th of June 2021

Come along and enjoy a memorable day out with your family, everyone is encouraged to get dressed up in their favourite Superhero/Princess costumes, to come along meet & greet and take photos of their favourite characters and make treasured memories.

Tickets from £8 - £16 from Superheroes Family Weekender 2021( STRADSETT HALL) Tickets, Sat 26 Jun 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

Find out about Norwich Bubble Rush 2021, due to take part at Earlham Park, Norwich on 3rd July, here

Norwich Bubble Rush 2021 *NEW DATE* ( 

International Women in Engineering 23rd June 2021

The Women’s Engineering Society began at the end of the First World War, when a change of law meant that women were unable to continue with their (engineering) jobs and were unwanted in the technical professions. The pioneering and influential women of the time set up the Women’s Engineering Society and have been working since that time to ensure equality for women in this non-traditional sector.

National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. 

The theme for 2021 will be 'Engineering Heroes'. 

This year they will be celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing not just to respond to the pandemic but also to support lives and livelihoods every day - the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, who recognise a problem, then dare to be part of the solution; who undertake everyday ‘heroics’ as much as emergency ones.

For further information and for resources INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY 2020 - International Women in Engineering Day (INWED)

Or visit the Science Museum - Women in engineering | Science Museum

Harry Potter Book Night 2021

Due to Covid,  Bloomsbury elected to move the date of Harry Potter Book Night 2021 from Thursday 4th February to Thursday 24th June.

Registration for the kit has been extended through to the summer and will be available to download until the 23rd June 2021. For teachers, parents, libraries or booksellers looking for other Harry Potter resources in the meantime, there is a wide range of magical activities here. The theme for the 7th annual Harry Potter Book Night is DIAGON ALLEY!


What is Harry Potter Book Night?

Harry Potter Book Night takes place each year and is a chance for everyone to join together to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful series – whether you’re a school, library, bookshop or simply a group of friends and family, this global event is open to anyone who wants to take part! 

There is a brand new Harry Potter Book Night kit for 2021, filled with amazing activities, event ideas and practical resources themed around Diagon Alley – in it you’ll find everything you need to host a spectacular celebration. Given the current situation, and that large-scale gatherings may not be possible at the time of Book Night, the activities and ideas can be easily adapted to any group size, and as many as possible will be suitable for virtual online events. 


How to take part

You can register for an event kit here!

It’s never too early to start planning and sharing your creativity as your celebrations take shape. Please do share your plans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #HarryPotterBookNight or #HPBN21.

Thursday 24th June 2021. The magic starts here …

Sleep East

Sleep Workshops for parents of children with sleep deprivation

from 10 am - 12.30 on Thursday 24 June.

Follow on support clinics 8 and 22 July 10 - 11am

These free, ZOOM Sleep Workshops cover:

•         How sleep works

•         Sleep information and strategies

•         Developing a good bedtime routine

•         Self settling

•         Sleeping through the night

•         Early waking

•         Maintaining a good sleep pattern

Contact: to book your free place.


Find out more about YoungMinds training at YoungMinds Training Online. These free mental health training courses can help you improve children and young people's mental health in the UK. There are a variety of free online training courses to support professionals in their response to the pandemic. Subjects include:

Enabling Resilience in Light of Covid-19 (for school staff) - This session will focus on understanding the wider impact of Covid-19 and look at how schools can support pupils and staff through building resilience 


Intro to Adolescent Mental Health

This foundation level course will help participants to develop and practice new skills, reflect and build upon current practice and will enable them to better support the young people they work with.

Book your free place for:


Intro to Children & Young People’s Mental Health

This foundation level course will help participants develop and practice new skills, reflect and build upon current practice and will enable them to better support the children and young people they work with.

Book your free place for:


Involving Young People in Improving Wellbeing Support, Services and Systems

Learn how to meaningfully involve young people in wellbeing support and services and how their participation can support a whole system approach to mental health.

Book your free place for:


Transition from Primary to Secondary School (for school staff)

Ideally for those working with Year 6 and 7. This session will focus on your school’s approach to mental health during transition from primary to secondary school and how to help children to prepare for, and cope with, change.

Book your free place for:


Trauma and Adversity

This foundation level course will enable participants to use trauma-informed approaches to support children and young people who have experienced multiple risk factors to their mental health or have been impacted by trauma.

Book your free place for:

For further details on upcoming dates and how to book onto the course, please see the training page on our website



ECHP Annual Review Twilight Sessions

These sessions have been organised to share our approach for both annual reviews and to improving of the quality of existing EHC Plans. As you will be aware, in line with SENDCOP 9.166 EHC, plans should be used to actively monitor children and young people’s progress towards their outcomes and longer-term aspirations. They must be reviewed by the local authority at a minimum of every 12 months and every 3-6 months for children in early years. Reviews must focus on the child or young person’s progress towards achieving the outcomes specified in the EHC plan. The review must also consider whether these outcomes and supporting targets remain appropriate.

We have designed a new Annual Review document which has been streamlined to ensure we are capturing the correct advice and evidence as per SENDCOP and should make the process easier, which we would like to guide you through. This will be launched next academic year 2021/22.

We will be holding twilight sessions over the next term and will cover statutory school age children, Early Years and Post-16 on all sessions. The sessions will be interactive with opportunities for Q&A. and will include:

• LA & Settings responsibilities around the Annual Review Process.

• LA & Settings responsibilities around the Annual Review Process.

• The new Annual Review documentation.

• How we are going to review the quality of all CYP’s EHC Plans

All sessions will run from 4.30 – 6pm, on the following dates:

Wednesday 9th June 2021 – click here to book

Thursday 10th June 2021 – click here to book

Monday 14th June 2021 – click here to book

Wednesday 16th June 2021 – click here to book

Tuesday22nd June 2021 – click here to book

Thursday 24th June 2021 – click here to book

Child Protection Conference Virtual Training

This session is suitable for all staff attending Child Protection Conferences. The aim is to equip practitioners with the knowledge and analytical skills to promote sound professional judgements when working with the Framework for Assessment and to produce effective conference participants by the child protection staff.

By the end of the session, attendees will:


15th July 2021, 10am

19th October 2021, 10am

18th January 2022, 10am 

To book your place, please visit the NSCP training website NSCP Booking – Training - Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership ( Sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.]

Early Help Hub Collaboration meetings

Did you know that the local Early Help Hubs throughout Norfolk are now facilitating Virtual Collaboration meetings? These are multi agency support meetings which professionals can attend to obtain peer support and guidance. See the details below  to find out more about the collaboration meetings near you:


Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting : Wednesdays 09:30am. All compliant partners will be invited to attend the meetings and given access to the password protected case tracker. How to refer a case to the Collaboration: Complete referral information, including consent agreement.

Who to contact to join a meeting: E-mail referral to the designated mailbox / submit referral online by close of play Friday. Please contact Sophie Soto if you are interested in attending in the future at   What digital platform do the meetings take place: Meetings are currently being held via Microsoft teams. 


Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Collaboration meetings are held Thursday’s at 11a.m. 

Who to contact to join a meeting: Please contact Amanda Smith at 

What digital platform do the meetings take place: Meetings are currently being held via Microsoft teams. 

East Norfolk:

Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 9am

Who to contact to join a meeting: Please contact Sue Robinson at 

What digital platform do the meetings take place: Meetings take place on Microsoft teams


North Norfolk

Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Collaboration meetings normally alternate Wednesdays starting at 9.30am

Who to contact to join a meeting: Please contact Sonia Shuter – Health & Communities Manager 01263 516173 or 

What digital platform do the meetings take place: Currently meeting remotely via Skype, Zoom or Teams please contact Sonia for more information. 


Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Thursday at 09:30am

Who to contact to join a meeting: Gina Warren (Business Support Officer)

Call 01603 987800 Hub or email

What digital platform do the meetings take place: Microsoft Teams

South Norfolk:

Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Thursdays at 11am  

Who to contact to join a meeting: earlyhelphubsouth@S-NORFOLK.GOV.UK 

What digital platform do the meetings take place: Microsoft Teams 

West Norfolk:

Day(s) and time of the collaboration meeting: Tuesdays at 10am.

Who to contact to join a meeting: 

To join the meeting please see the online referral form

Your local area

Visit our district pages to find up to date information compiled by our district community focus officers. This includes details on local resources for professionals and information about local activities and groups for children and families:

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A great opportunity to find out more about how sleep works, the importance of sleep and how to get a restful night! 

FREE - email Joy 

to book your free place. 


Dear Family,

Are you dealing with challenging behaviour?  Would you welcome some information and advice about managing that behaviour?


Information Session for Parents and Carers – Thursday 13th May 2021 – 10am to 11am – on ZOOM


Family Action’s ASD/ADHD Support Service has been running our well-regarded Positive Behaviour Strategies course for some time now.  The aim of the course is to help you to understand and then support the challenging behaviours you are seeing from your children or young people.


Join my colleagues, Anne and Mary, this Thursday on Zoom.  The joining details are below.  This hour long information session will share with you some of the key messages and strategies of the course and allow time for your questions.   They can also give you information about where you can access the full PBS course if you want to know more. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this informal and friendly session.  

Kindest regards.


Family Action is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Positive Behaviour Strategies for Parents/Carers

Time: May 13, 2021 10:00 AM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 914 5281 5684

Passcode: 300645




Susan Wood 

Norfolk and Waveney ASD/ADHD Support Service

Co-ordinator (West)

Family Action, Swaffham

Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across England. Founded in 1869, today we work with over 45,000 families through over 140 community-based services, and provide grants to thousands more.

Registered charity no: 264713. Registered company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no: 01068186


Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear that is experienced as a combination of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings.

All children and young people feel worried sometimes, and this is a normal part of growing up. At certain points, such as on their first day of school or before an exam, young people may become more worried, but will soon be able to calm down and feel better.

Anxiety can become a problem when a young person feels stuck in it, or when it feels like an overwhelming, distressing or unmanageable experience. If this kind of worrying goes on for a long time, it can leave a young person feeling exhausted and isolated, and limit the things they feel able to do.

If your child is struggling with anxiety, there are things you can do to help them – including providing emotional support, working on practical strategies together and finding the right professional help if they need it.

Helping Your Child With Anxiety ( 

Some great ideas to get you out and about and exploring the beautiful place we live in.

Outdoor Activities for Families in Norfolk


Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS to attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Great fun for all the family, orienteering enthusiasts and fun days out with friends, simply download the free app to start you off on your adventure. For more information on geocaching and how to access the free app click here


Wyms Trail

Come and see Wymondham's history brought to life through the state-of-the-art interactive heritage trail. Under 12's can meet Henry the Hare and join him on an adventure. The walking trails have child and adult versions that can be used in parallel on your smart device. The trail merges real and virtual worlds, allowing you to view Wymondham as it was in its medieval hay-day through 360 degree virtual reality and 3D imaging. There is also an amazing VR experience during the trail at Wymondham Heritage Museum

Download the app for free and visit the website for more information.

Weavers Way

Weavers Way links the North Norfolk Coast starting at Cromer through to East Norfolk at Great Yarmouth.  It’s 61 miles of pathways take you through a diverse landscape of woodland, mixed farmland, historic country estates such as Blickling Hall, disused railway lines, riverside walks and the famous Norfolk Broads passing through Hickling Broad and finally Breydon Water. With many access points and short walks such as North Walsham to Honing where you can take a short stroll or longer treks for the more adventurous.

For more information please visit the website.

Snettisham Park, Snettisham, Kings Lynn

With lambing well under way Snettisham Park is open every day so why not come help feed the lambs, with sessions daily from 11am to 4pm. Other activities available include feeding the calves, piglets, egg collecting and pony grooming and much more.

A fabulous day out for all the family. Reduced prices on season tickets are now advertised on the website.


Jurassic Jaunt

The latest GoGoDiscover Adventure will see 20 large T-Rex sculptures around the streets of Norwich starting at Norwich Cathedral from Monday 12th July to Saturday 11th September 2021. Following the map you can explore the historic streets of Norwich while on your Dinosaur quest.

For more information on how you can take part please visit the website and click Take Part.

Dippy the Diplodocus on Tour visits Norwich Cathedral

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will be taking up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave and the Dippy on Tour exhibition will run from Tuesday 13 July 2021 until Saturday 30 October 2021. For more information or to join the volunteer team please visit the cathedral website


This is a brilliant place to download e-books/. If you click on the link then look at the left and column you can select books according to your childs current book band. Well worth a look.

Free eBook library – practise reading with phonics eBooks | Oxford Owl 


The Easter Holidays are just around the corner, and to help keep children occupied, below are some ideas for activities that can be shared with families to do  at home :

Norfolk Feel Good Fun Webpage, to help you keep smiling! It includes keeping active, wellbeing tips, puzzles and games, cooking, reading and much more! 

Norfolk Feel Good Fun

BBC webpage full of games, quizzes, cooking ideas for the Easter period: 

BBC Games

Activity ideas to do together as a family over the Easter Holidays: 

Family Education

Ideas to celebrate Easter whilst at home: 

Active For Life

Free colouring printable Easter Sheets and much more! 


Have fun with Peter Rabbit and Friends. Create pictures and watch stories online: 

Peter Rabbit

Simple kids cooking ideas for creating tasty Easter bakes 

Kids Cooking

Fun free activities to include Disney inspired indoor games 

Change For Life

National Trust - ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activity list

National Trust

Wildlife Watch has lots of activities from colouring in; to making bird feeders; to scavengers hunts to do on your daily exercise. To find out more visit their website:

Wildlife Watch

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has a family learning page which has lots of ideas for activities to do at home and can help you to identify birds and flowers. To find out more visit their website:

Wildlife Trust

Nature based activities to enjoy together at home or in the garden 

Woodland Trust

Health Advice & Support for Children - Just One Norfolk 

Just One Number and Parentline

Just One Number is our single point of access for all Norfolk Healthy Child Programme services. 

You can get in touch with Just One Number by calling 0300 300 0123.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

If you haven't already heard of Special Needs Jungle it is a fab site with so much information. 

Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system.

We aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.

Special Needs Jungle - News, info, resources & informed opinion about Special Educational Needs, disability, children’s physical and mental health, rare disease. Campaigning to #FixSEND 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Are you feeling lonely or isolated? 

LILY (  LILY is available to anyone over the age of 18 who needs a little help, there are some great ideas on their web site and they have up-to-date events and ways to connect locally and nationally. 

Re-opening of the schools to all pupils 8th March 2021 

If you are a parent of a child with SEN you will already be considering the impact of the return to school for your child. Both schools are keen to aid this transition and create a smooth return for all our pupils.  If you have any concerns please raise them with your childs class teacher in the first instance and do feel that you can contact me if you need any further assistance.  Individual support plans and provision for your child are already in place and we will make time to discuss these with you at the first opportunity and continue to look forward to working in partnership with you. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Welcome back to the second half of the 

Spring term 2021

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Afternoon tea reminder.pdf

Family Voice Reminder and new session available. 

Home – Family Voice Norfolk 

Let's talk. about Early Years.pdf

Solihull Approach

UPDATE… Online Learning ( 

IT'S FREE! Follow the link above for some free on line training 

Scroll down for info on the SOLIHULL parenting course or follow the link

Online Learning ( 

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Link Newsletter Jan 21

I will aim to add these newsletters as they are sent through. Really informative and posters below with further information. 

This link will give you further information on the work of Ormiston Families. 

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Youth zoom[11574].pdf

Have you come across Family Voice Norfolk? 

Home – Family Voice Norfolk 

Family Voice Norfolk is the parent carer forum for Norfolk. We work with (not for) the local authority, health and social services to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

We are not a support or information service, but communication is key to what we do. We listen to the experiences and wishes of families and make sure that those views are heard by those providing services, so that we can be part of every stage of planning and decision-making. Wherever possible, we aim to work in co-production.

We are an independent, voluntary organisation, funded by the Department for Education, Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Norfolk.

Solihull Approach

Being a parent is a tough business and from time to time we need to ask for help. The schools are always a great place to start as we can support you and often signpost you to a wealth of support. The Solihull approach is a well established model and have offered support to parents for many years. They are currently offering an online course for parents (amongst other training) called 'Understanding Your Child'  Online Course for Parents ( There is a small cost involved (£39) but again the school may be in a position to help out with this so do please get in touch.

SEND weblinks for home learning

Additional places for SEND pupils 

Don't get overwhelmed! Your class teacher will be delivering the appropriate work for your child. The links below are available as additional ideas  if you need them. 



 We are thrilled to tell you that our new EHCP County Contact Number is NOW LIVE! We have set up this number so that any family with a child with an EHCP or having an assessment for one can contact us quickly and easily. We've set up the County line so parents know they can always get through to us and get answers to questions. This new county wide line will build better communication between our teams and the families they work with.

The new customer contact telephone number is: 01603 679183

The phone line is open between the following times:

0900 and 1700 Mon to Thursday

0900 and 1600 on a Friday

This is a fabulous site with lots of practical ideas to support your child's mental health.

The St Mary Federation is committed to provide a quality education for all its pupils. We realise that one size does not fit all so will aim to work with you and your child to provide a tailored learning experience. 

St Mary Federation - Home 

Our school website is a great place to start. We have produced an SEN information report which should explain the graduated approach to children and how we go about initially  identifying a child's needs and the stages of response to this. We welcome any questions and our SENCO Mrs Lucy Wines welcomes any questions or comments about the SEN process. We look forward to working together as your child journeys through the school. 

By following the link above you well be able to navigate round the local offer for all parents of SEND, there are lots of links and information.