Special Educational Needs & Inclusion

The Emmbrook School prides itself on being an inclusive school, working in partnership with parents and carers to actively support its pupils from all cultures and backgrounds and across all abilities.

Current or prospective parents or carers are welcome to contact our Special Needs Department with any enquiries or queries and we will be pleased to offer advice and support as appropriate.

Prospective parents or carers are encouraged to contact us prior to joining The Emmbrook School community, so that we can arrange a tour of the school and a meeting to discuss the young person’s needs and how best to support them. Every year we publish the Information report. This year's report can be found below:

2018-19 SEN Information Report

For details of Wokingham Borough Council’s Local Offer please click on this link.

How To Contact Us

Miss Kate Andrews – SENCO & English teacher
kandrews@emmbrook.wokingham.sch.uk

Ms Gail Oliver – SEN Manager
goliver@emmbrook.wokingham.sch.uk 

Mrs Jane White – HLTA Maths & ASC Team Coordinator
jwhite@emmbrook.wokingham.sch.uk

Telephone contact via Ms Oliver please – 0118 9784406.

Useful Information

CAMHS SHaRON Jupiter (Support Hope and Resources on Line): this online service offers support, information and advice. SHaRON is a support network for parents and carers of young people with autism or parents and carers who have children waiting for an autism assessment. It is moderated by CAMHS clinicians, other autism professionals and staff from voluntary agencies across Berkshire - and also offers the opportunity for families to receive parent to parent support. . If you would like to join please email Sharon.Jupiter@berkshire.nhs.uk stating your name, the name of your child and your child’s date of birth. SHaRON is available to you pre and post assessment.

Autism Berkshire: offer pre-assessment support, information and advice to parents while they are waiting for their child to receive an assessment. This includes targeted pre-assessment workshops run by Autism Berkshire.   If parents would like to book a place on the Autism Berkshire workshops they can do so online by going to  http://www.autismberkshire.org.uk/preassessment-autism-workshops-reading or by telephoning Autism Berkshire on  01189 594594.  Autism Berkshire also offer other activities such as Mindfulness Groups for young people, and again these are available for young people who are waiting for an assessment.

Parenting Special Children offer a range of parent workshops, a sleep service as well as a one to one support and information to families who are waiting for an assessment. Families can refer themselves for this support by completing an online form on the website http://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk or by calling 0118 9863532.

The Autism Group: offers free Parent Support and Social groups, parent training sessions and a home visit service for residents in the Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell.  These services are offered to parents of children and young people of any age who either have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition or are awaiting assessment.

https://www.theautismgroup.org.uk/ or call 07423 636339

The CYPF online resource: has a large number of leaflets to advise parents on a range of concerns.

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/support-and-advice/mental-and-emotional-health/

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/support-and-advice/0-4-years/

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/support-and-advice/5-10-years/

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/support-and-advice/11-19-years/

If your child is having mild or moderate difficulties (such as mild anxiety or depression, moderate behavioural difficulties, school refusal, family relationship difficulties) there are a number of services across Berkshire that can provide support. Select your locality to find out what alternative services are available in your area:

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/mental-health-services-camhs/other-support-in-your-area/

Online resources: The following may be also be helpful

Young Minds has a lot of useful information about children and young people’s mental health conditions and also the types of support available for parents or carers. They also provide a free, confidential online and telephone support service ‘Parents Helpline’

MindED for Families provides online advice and information to help parents and carers understand and identify early issues to best support their child or young person. This also includes a parent helpline and advice on managing a crisis .

Useful contacts:

SENDIASS

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service - SEND IASS - is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Special Educational Needs decision makers and aims to provide free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to parents of children with special educational needs, including the very young.

Contact: Phil Cullimore, Manager
Tel: 0118 9088233
Email: Sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk
Website: https://www.sendirect.org.uk/providers/information-advice-and-support-services-network/my-services/wokingham-sendiass/

ASSIST

The ASSIST team (Autism Spectrum Service for Information, Support & Training) – is part of the Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Service of Wokingham Borough Council Children’s Services, based at Highwood Annexe, Woodley.  The team supports children and young people with autism, people who live with them, and people who work with them from diagnosis up to their 18th birthday, and who live in the Wokingham Borough.

Contact: Pam Breslin, Manager of ASSIST
Tel: 0118 9746882 or 0118 9746881
Email: assist@wokingham.gov.uk
Website: https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/service.page?id=GjGnkwjmheI

Explorers Extreem, Woodley

Youth Club for children with additional needs.

Contact : Kay Nicker, Youth Worker
Tel: 0118 908 8054
Email: kay.nicker@wokingham.gov.uk or joanne.davies@wokingham.gov.uk
Website: https://directory.wokingham.gov.uk/kb5/wokingham/directory/service.page?id=VPyuQ29_6Zk#

Me2 Club

Me2 Club enables children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, aged 5-19, in the Wokingham Borough, to attend mainstream activity clubs. We do this by recruiting, training and developing volunteers to provide 1:1 (2:1 when required) support to the young people at an activity of their choice, from uniformed groups such as Cubs and Brownies, to Taekwondo, youth groups or swimming. Me2 Club trained volunteers support young people by encouraging them to be independent, participating in the activities alongside them and adapting activities to ensure they can take part. No formal diagnosis is necessary our only requirement is that you are a Wokingham Borough Council resident.

Contact: Tess Eagles, Manager
Tel: 0118 969 6369
Email: info@me2club.org.uk
Website: http://me2club.org.uk/about-us/

CYPIT (Child and Young Person’s Integrated Therapies)

Useful Documents

Click here to view autism specific workshops offered by Wokingham Borough Council ASSIST service to parents, carers, practitioners.

Click here for information on an anxiety and stress talk from the Wokingham and Reading Dyslexia Association.

Click here to view information on improving fine motor skills.