Online Safety: “Screen Addiction”

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week,  the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding “Screen Addiction” – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’. Please access the free guide for parents here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/996772687132446721

Year 9 PSHE Programme: Tapestry

“Tapestry” is a theatre production designed to give pupils a safe space to discuss sensitive and controversial questions about how and why young people can get drawn into extremist ideologies. The play is interactive, with the action stopping at intervals so that pupils can talk to the characters in the play and ask them questions or give them advice. This production addresses the five fundamental British Values of democracy , rule of law, tolerance of different cultures and religions, mutual respect and individual liberty and is part of the school’s response to the “Prevent” strategy. For more information about Tapestry, follow the weblink below:

http://theplayhouse.org.uk/tapestry/

Work Experience: Year 10

If your Year 10 child has not yet confirmed their Work Experience, please support them by contacting employers as Work Experience starts 16th July and places must be confirmed by 29th March. For more information, contact Miss Homer or click on “pupils” and read the “Work Experience” section.

Parent View

We would like to remind parents that Ofsted’s “Parent View” facility is always open and allows you to give feedback across a range of areas. Please click here to access the site, where you will be prompted to login or create a new account. You can also access this page through our “School Performance” tab, in the Ofsted section.

CONGRATULATIONS

Year 11 Leavers

Congratulations to our Year 11 leavers who performed superbly in this summer’s GCSE exams. We are delighted that 67% of our pupils gained a good (9-4) pass in both English and Maths and that 45% gained a strong (9-5) pass in both English and Maths. 27 pupils also managed to gain an average of an A grade or better in their best 8 subjects. Our school P8 score is +0.03, above the national average of -0.03 for state-funded schools. Good luck to all of you in your next steps after Hall Green School.

Special Educational Needs

The Learning Inclusion (Linc) Department at Hall Green School aims to provide high quality support to pupils with a range of additional needs; pupils may have learning difficulties and/or physical difficulties. It is the job of the Linc Department to help all pupils overcome these difficulties and to make sure they can achieve their potential; promoting achievement, participation and independence in the pupils to inspire confidence and trust to ensure that they all feel valued, secure and highly regarded by both staff and peers. All pupils in our school know that they can access a helpful, caring and consistent approach from any member of the Linc Department.

The SENCo deploys a range of tools to assess pupils’ needs and uses the data to inform intervention for either small groups or individuals. New intake pupils undertake a series of tests on entry to Year 7 and all pupils in the school have their reading and spelling tested at least once every year for the duration of Key Stage 3 and on demand in Key Stage 4. The Linc Department works together to monitor and track the progress of all pupils on the Code of Practice, working very closely with subject teachers and outside agencies, whose input is used to support our work and offer advice on ways forward – both as a whole school and for individual pupils.

The school has a wealth of experience and expertise in recognising the needs of pupils with physical difficulties and is acknowledged as a key Birmingham resource. We participate in the use of the disability symbol (‘Positive about Disabled People’), which is recognition of the very positive attitude and commitment we have towards our pupils with disabilities.

All SEND pupils are able to participate fully in all out of school activities including residential language trips to France, Year 7 and 8 camps and Work Experience. Our pupils are always able to make a positive contribution to the school community and they have a voice in the school, which is heard regularly in Learning Council meetings; they are also involved in a range of sporting activities. They are able to do well, according to their academic ability at all levels in the secondary curriculum and many have embarked on university courses.

The department aims to ensure that all needs are met and support is provided in-class by a team of experienced and dedicated teaching assistants (TAs). We also deliver a range of interventions, at less formal times throughout the day, to help pupils to overcome any barriers to learning.

A Fantastic afternoon of cricket at @KingsHeathCC. Congratulations to all the teams who have progressed to the @YourSchoolGames finals in July! @UoBSchool_PE team 2, @ArkBoulton @HallGreenSch @SmallHeathLA @KNGSlife .Thank you to everyone who took park with @BCSGO @KingsHeathSP

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Well done to @HallGreenSch who won the Softball competition today and who now progress onto the @YourSchoolGames @SportBirmingham School Games Finals! @KingsHeathSP

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The Learning Inclusion Team

Mrs C McLoughlin

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) /English Teacher

 

Mrs M Griffiths

Assistant to The SENCo

 

Mr B Bevins

Foundation Learning Assistant

 

Teaching Assistants

Miss N Balogun

 

Mr A Craddock

 

Mr A Cook

 

Mrs C Daly

 

Mrs S Gregory

 

Mrs S Halai

 

Mr S Hussain

 

Miss J Kandola

 

Mr S Lamba

 

Miss L Lynch

 

Mr A Martin

 

Miss Z Matthews

 

Mrs G McLarnon

 

Mr P Ogle

 

Mrs C Ophey

 

Mrs C Painter

 

Mrs L Rist

 

Mrs J Bullows

 

Mrs J Kelly

 

Miss S Mehboob

 

As well as making excellent academic progress, we regard our success as the degree to which our pupils develop independent skills commensurate with their disabilities and the extent to which they develop their confidence and self-esteem. We are proud of all our pupils, many of whom still come back to visit us and keep us informed of their successes many years after they have left us.

Parents play a central role in supporting the work of the Department and we welcome their involvement. The department offers an ‘open door’ policy, with respect to parents who are encouraged to make contact if they have concerns.

For further information about The Learning Inclusion Department please contact the SENCo – Mrs C McLoughlin on c.mac@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk