Providing two Sensory Cabins located in the Early Years outdoor areas so that pupils with sensory needs or a retreat for those who feel overwhelmed can work in them with a trusted adult. The school has seen a significant rise in pupils with additional needs or those displaying distress and needing immediate on site support. Having the facilities to give this helps the pupil progress and reduces potential impact on the class. The insulated cabins will isolate and stimulate giving the users the space and environment to both recover and learn. The Cabins located outside will require secure, specialist fit-out with the right decorations and soft furnishings and insulation for privacy, sound and heating. Appropriate branded cabins will need adaption and insulation, then decoration as well as being located on a concrete base, in a landscaped setting with safe power connections. We need your help to make this happen, so please make a pledge today. Even £5 will go a long way!
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Why it's a great idea:
South Green Infant and Nursery School has seen an unusual increase in the number of pupils with sensory issues or needing some well-being support. In order to ensure that the pupils concerned and their class mates have their needs met this project focuses attention on the on-going support and positive impact early identification and support can improve outcomes for every child. With no withdrawal rooms in school the cabins will be housed in the outdoor learning areas of Early Years pupils. This project can be seen as a pilot which if it is developed and implemented correctly will ensure improved health and well-being of young pupils and reduce the impact that such needs can have on a classroom.
Steps to get it done:
At present, due to restricted budgets schools cannot afford to respond to the need nor can the Education Department while Heath & Social Services restrict priorities to confirmed cases which are usually more advanced and affecting older pupils. This project will support early diagnosis and support within the school to the benefit of all the pupils and allow it to continue to concentrate on providing the best education possible. The eventual aim will be to support the teaching sta This project confines itself to a capital scheme to provide the additional specialist accommodation for treatment of SEND on site in school. As a next stage additional specialist resources are being investigated to provide dedicated carers for the project and whether the growth and extent of the needs justify this school becoming a local hub for specialist early diagnosis and treatment . Alternatively, this project may be a pilot for similar schemes in other primary schools as the need appears to be growing.
About the space
The Sensory Cabins will be provided on sites within the playground of the school. The area is relatively deprived with higher numbers of families requiring support and assistance which in part gives rise to the incidence of Special Educational Needs. of Custom Location
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Billericay Mayflower Rotary have been working with Stephanie Ireland and her team at South Green Infants School since last year, looking at the sensory needs of young pupils and what assistance can be provided to help their education. Although the School has excellent support from the teaching staff and Friends organisation (PTA) as well as the local community, there was nothing left in the budget for the project this year. Working together, Mayflower Rotary developed the Sensory Cabin concept which is specially designed to provide, outside the class room, a comforting environment and induce a feeling of well-being when the pupil needs it. The Cabin will be well insulated and internally dressed with comforting materials and furniture to provide a recovery area for the pupil with teacher. There seems to be a more general need for mental health support for pupils and students but we agree with South Green School that by providing Cabins for the younger pupils, the beneficial impact can be studied and the real difference measured, particularly as early treatment may mitigate later needs. Mayflower Rotary have also agreed to support the Sensory Cabins Project by helping to organise funding, contributing £5,000 directly from Rotary Trust Funds for the first Cabin and providing Volunteers to work on site preparation and erection. Current President Mervyn Rogers in announcing the grant said " We are very pleased to be helping the local community in this pioneering work to provide better care for very young pupils to support a stronger and healthier educational future. What is learnt from this may influence educational provision and environments in the future so its a good investment for South Green School and for Rotary."