Outreach and Training Support Service
In 2016 we set up an outreach and training support service to support mainstream schools with SEND pupils. We ran regular training opportunities for headteachers, SENDCOs, teachers and support staff at Chellow Heights. We also ran three SENCO networks a year providing practical learning opportunities for mainstream staff and opportunities to network.
During the Covid Pandemic this has had to stop but we hope to re-establish this project once lock down is over.
District Achievement Partnership (DAP)
We are a member of the Bradford Special Schools’ District Achievement Partnership (DAP) which is a company limited by guarantee. It was formed by the Bradford Special Schools in March 2013 out of the voluntary partnership that had been in place since 2010. The group focuses on
- school to school support and challenge for achievement
- joint working, support and challenge with the Local Authority on a range of developments and consultations particular, place sufficiency and High Needs Finding reviews.
- hosts an annual joint special school training day
As well as working as a full DAP, the primary special schools also work together on activities and projects for example IT, Early Years and we are just developing a football league.
Yorkshire Special Education Partnership - School Direct
Chellow is the lead school for the Yorkshire Special Education Partnership School Direct ITT programme. We continue to work closely through School Direct with Leeds Trinity University to deliver our programme. Anne Slack, our deputy head, leads on the School Direct programme. For more information please contact her through our south site on 01274 679972.
At Chellow Heights we are very lucky to be co-located on our west campus with Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, a 500 place primary school. We are also part of the Heaton/Belle Vue community of five schools which means we are part of a large education community which includes two special schools, ourselves and High Park, an all age school for Communication and Interaction and two secondary schools, Belle View Girls Academy and Beckfoot Upper Heaton Academy.
Some of our children live in the local Bradford West community and we have been involved with the Upper Heaton Group, a local community group, since we opened in 2010.
In addition to the partnerships above, we also work with other mainstream schools from Bradford and special schools across Yorkshire and Humberside to provide training, support for pupils through access to specialist provision and joint working through dual placement and staff partnership working. The headteacher (LLE), deputy head, and two acting deputy heads are all working as system leaders to help other schools develop good practice.
We have a fantastic relationship with Bradford Grammar School who fund raise for us and provide us with some of their fantastic young people weekly to come and support our children over lunchtime.
We have a good relationship with four local F.E. providers
- Leeds Trinity University
- Bradford University
- Bradford College
- Leeds Metropolitan University
We provide placements, specific training and lectures for students annually. Placements are mostly in teaching but also in other fields were students are looking for SEND experience
We work with a range of professionals to support the needs of pupils, families, staff and the wider community.
Due to the needs of our pupils we work closely with the NHS. A nurse and assistant attend school daily usually between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm. The pediatricians hold regular clinics at school so that parents and carers do not have to take children out of school to attend appointments.
We get regular visits from a Speech and Language Therapist and Physiotherapist and support from an occupational therapist. We regularly host Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings in school. The NHS provides us with support and training to enable staff to provide appropriate medical interventions. We provide placements for Health and Social care placements and trainees within the health service.
The School Nursing Service has issued a guide to the services they provide at Chellow, click here to download your copy.
We work closely with Social Care to meet the needs of our children, parents and carers including attending and hosting Children in Need (CIN) meetings, Looked after child (LAC) reviews as well as offering the school as a venue and funding Stay and Play activities for families of primary children with SEN from across Bradford.
Local Authority (LA)
We work closely with the LA to ensure that Bradford pupils with SEND get the best education possible. We have a close working relationship with the SEN placement officers, High Needs Funding Group and the Inclusion team. We have hosted visits to support the knowledge and understanding of educational psychologists in SEND and continue to welcome visits from professionals and officers within the LA and the council to support their work and understanding of current issues in SEN. We work with a range of services including the Education Social Work team and the Transport Team. We are representatives of the Special Schools on
- Schools Forum
- Early Years Strategic Board
- SEN Placement Panel
- SEND Formula Funding Review Board
Fundraising & Work in Kind
Other Community Groups and Businesses that have supported school in a variety of ways are
- Arrimar LTD
- Bradford Bulls
- Bradford Grammar
- Creation Hair Studios, Crossflatts
- Dylan’s Day
- Hunter Wolff
- Irwin Mitchell
- Kingdom Gardens
- Ladylike Fashion
- Leeds Building Society
- Lloyds Bank
- Lords Tavernors
- MJK Sports Events Ltd
- Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust
- Relay Recruitment
- Sovereign Healthcare Charitable Trust
- Team Zenith – Woodcraft Folk
- The British Toy and Hobby Association
- The Lions
- The People’s Millions
- The Rotary Club
- The Variety Club
- The Wooden Spoon Charity
- The Woodward Charitable Trust
We hold a range of fundraising events throughout the year to support the wider community including:
- McMillan Coffee Morning
- Jeans for Genes
- Children in Need
- Wear it Pink
- Sports Aid (Bi Annually)
- Comic Relief ( Bi Annually)
We offer training for parents, carers, other schools and community groups in a range of areas including:
- special needs
- supporting pupils in school with special educational needs
- communication including Makaton training
- behaviour management including Team Teach training for maintained schools – we are sorry but we cannot support academy schools as we do not have the licence for this.
Please contact school through our contacts page if you wish to have further information about training we can offer.