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This is a new list that the school will be adding to regularly. Please check back for more content and updates.

Latest Information

  • Please find below some updated service information from our Speech and Language at Norfolk and Waveney.

Norfolk and Waveney Speech and Language Therapy Services Parent Update (Sept 21)

  • Norfolk County Council are running a wide variety of free courses throughout June and July. Their  “Little Movers”, “Little Talkers”, “Making Friends” and “Promoting Positive Behaviour” sessions focus on developing essential skills children haven’t had the opportunity to develop because of lockdown and the impact of COVID-19.

 They are also running courses for parents about “Bring a Story Alive” and many more.

Families can enrol onto their courses using the links/details below:

 

  • You may or may not be aware that you can now apply for 'free school meals' online. It is very easy to do, and by clicking here you can find out if you are eligible. If you find that you are entitled to free school meals and sign up, you will also be entitled to vouchers paid in lieu of free school meals during the Christmas holidays.

Further information can be found on the poster below.
Norse Free School Meals Information

Learning Support

The 'Hungry Little Minds' Website is recommended by the UK Government and contains lots of different activity ideas for young people, many of which may be suitable for our young people.

Hungry Little Minds Website

The Oak Academy has a range of online learning resources for pupils with SEND, including videos and free printable resources.

The National Academy Online Classrooms

The 'Fizzy Programme' was developed by specialists from the Kent Community NHS Trust and includes a variety of activities to help improve children's balance, dexterity, fine and gross motor movements. Further information and downloadable activity sheets can be found in the website below.
The Fizzy Programme - Occupational Therapy

Communication

In school we support our spoken word using 'Signalong' which is a sign supported communication technique. More information, including free resources and course details can be found below or for further support please contact our Signalong Tutor, Trina on cmacleod4nrp@nsix.org.uk 

The Signalong Charity

Signalong have also produced a free training booklet for parents and practitioners which can be accessed here.

Signalong Training Handbook

'Proloquo2go' is an augmentative and alternative communication system that we use with many of our students to support their communication. Click on the link below to find out more.

Proloquo2go by Assistiveware

In school many of of our pupils use 'Widgit' symbols produced on an application called 'Symwriter', which adds symbols above each typed word, to either support their typing or understanding when reading written English. Further information along with details regarding a free trial can be found on their website.

Symwriter Infromation

Behaviour and and Self Regulation

 We use the 'Zones of Regulation' system to support our pupils to develop their understanding of emotions and self regulation techniques. More information can be found on their website.

The Zones of Regulation

At school we use the 'Norfolk Steps' approach to help support our pupils at times of crisis through a series of theraputic techniques such as deescalation and the safe application of physical intervention when necessary.  

Norfolk Steps Information

Starfish LD CAMHS is a specialist provision offering help and support for young people with SEND and their families on a referral basis primarily regarding emotional and behavioural needs. More information regarding the support they offer can be found on their website.

Starfish LD CAMHS

Health and Wellbeing

Norfolk and Waverney have produced a comprehensive  support and self help guide for young people, full of information and links about mental health services in our local area. The guide can be found below or you can use the link to their website for further information.  

Support and Self Help Guide About Children and Young People's Mental Health

Just One Norfolk Website - Mental Health Support

'Just One Norfolk' has lots of helpful advice and information regarding support for children with additional needs, their health and wellbeing, including support with sleep and development

Just One Norfolk Website

Below you will find two documents giving advice and ideas about how to maintain good mental health in young people, which were created by the CAMHS service.

Top Tips for Feeling Good for Children Aged Between 5 and 11

Top Tips for Feeling Good For 11 to 18 Year Olds

The Children's Sleep Charity offers help and advice for parents who are having difficult with their children's sleep habits or bedtime routines.

The Children's Sleep Charity

'Go Noodle' is a website containing a range of workouts and keep fit sessions for all ages and it is free to sign up for families to sign up to.

Go Noodle Website

'Able2B' are a local organisation offering adapted and accessible fitness classes for young people and adults with a range of complex needs and disabilities.

Able2B Website

EHCPs and Funding

 The Norfolk SEND Partnership publish many useful documents on their website aimed at informing families about different areas of SEND education and services. Below you will find two of these documents, one about understanding EHCPs and the other about personal budgets.

Reading and Understanding EHCPs

Personal Budgets

Information from Norfolk County Council regarding Education, Health and Care Plans can be found using this link.

What is an EHCP? - Norfolk County Council

'EHCP Journeys' is a website dedicated to explaining and supporting the EHCP process from the families prospective.

EHCP Journeys Website

The following link offers information regarding moving from childrens to adults social care services and what to expect during this transition.

NHS Advice - Moving from Childrens' to Adults Social Care

Parent Support

You can navigate to our  'Local Offer' page using the quick link below, where you will find lots of information about support in our local area and details of the schools contribution to these services.

Quick Link - Local Offer

Please also see our community links page for further information about support and services available in our area.

Quick Link: Community links

The Norfolk SEND Partnership offer free impartial advice and information for families about Special Educational Needs
Norfolk SEND Partnership

Norwich Early Help Hub offers support and information for families about a range of worries and difficulties. More information can be found on the website below.

Norwich Early Help Hub Information

The Autism Discussion Page is a Facebook feed which is run by expert Bill Nason and contains lots of really useful tips and advice for supporting children with complex needs.

The Autism Discussion Facebook Page

Kids Matter is a national charity who have now set up several 'hubs' in the Norwich area, offering help and advice to any parents with children aged 0-10. They are currently offering free access to an online parenting course and support group which runs for 6 consecutive weeks. For more information please click on the link below, where you will also find an information poster and an application form to sign up for the course.

Kids Matter Website

Kids Matter Online Learning Information

Kids Matter Acceptance Criteria

Kids Matter Online Referral Form

Here at Harford Manor School we understand the important role carers play in many of our students and their wider families lives. Carers Matter Norfolk are a group who offer a wide range of support and information for carers across the region. More information can be found on their website using the link below.

Carers Matter Norfolk Website

The Norfolk County Council offer regular, fully funded adult learning courses in a wide range of areas. You can find the latest list of available courses below or form more information click on the link to their website.

Adult Learning Courses for Autumn 2020

Adult Learning Courses from Norfolk County Council - Website

Adverse Weather

In case of adverse weather please check this website or listen to local radio stations for further information or visit the Norfolk County Council School Closures page using the link below.

Norfolk School Closures