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Reasonable Adjustments - Bitesize Video

 
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Contact a Family (opens a new window) has an A-Z guide to over 400 conditions on their website

 

Statement from Achieving for Children on PDA:

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent. AfC and South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust follow the guidelines in the DSM-V or ICD-10 manuals of diagnostic criteria currently used in the UK and internationally. These guidelines do not recognise PDA as a condition and therefore diagnostic services such as CAMHS will not make a separate diagnosis of PDA and do not fund independent assessments. Frequently, children who present with this profile of difficulties meet the criteria for Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).  An autism assessment is important / helpful if you feel your child has features of a PDA profile because alongside assessing for ASC, it also identifies the type of interventions that  would be supportive. 

We appreciate that all children and young people are unique and that some parents and carers may have an interest in understanding more about this subject. We have therefore included information on PDA on this website to meet this need. 

Positive PDA - Simple strategies for supporting children with Pathological Demand Avoidance at school (pdf)

There are organisations that offer information about PDA in the Local Offer Directory on this website - just search for PDA or Pathological Demand Avoidance

The Diana Award's Anti-Bullying Campaign (opens a new window) involves a number of different projects aimed at reducing bullying in schools. The website contains useful advice for schools, parents and young people. It also contains links to other anti bullying resources including some specific for children and young people with special educational needs or disability.

Family Lives (opens a new window)

Autism (opens a new window)

The Antibullying Alliance website (opens a new window) also contains resources and training for school, both genearal and relating to disability on a range of subjects including cyberbullying.

Colour Blind Awareness (opens a new window) is a Community Interest Company, formed for non-profit making purposes, to raise awareness of the needs of the colour blind in the community. All profits from the company will be used to provide free colour vision testing in schools and provide educational supplies suitable for colour blind students.

 

 

Above: Short film produced by Studio Tinto in partnership with the British Dyslexia Association.

 

There are national organisations which offers support and information about Dyslexia:

Dyslexia Action (opens a new window)

The British Dyslexia Association (opens a new window)

Locally there two organisations:

Sutton Dyslexia Association (opens a new window)

Richmond Dyslexia Association (opens a new window)

 

Text from the Restorative Justice website:

A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm.

Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.

Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen.

Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement.

It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff.

Restorative Justice website (opens a new window)

Alison Carey
Restorative Practice Lead - Youth Resilience Service

Phone: 020 8547 6589 / 07864 609239

Email: alison.carey@achievingforchildren.org.uk

alison.carey@rbk.kingston.gcsx.gov.uk (secure)

Guildhall One, High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1EY 

 

The SEND Governance Review Guide is now available to download. Commissioned by Whole School SEND and co-funded between the Department for Education (DfE) and Driver Youth Trust in partnership with governance leaders, the guide, drawing upon the six features of effective governance, sets out a framework for how to ensure that learners with SEND access high-quality provision.

Every board is responsible for holding leaders to account for the education of learners with SEND. This guide has been developed to allow boards to effectively deliver on this responsibility. The guide builds on previous work to support strategic governance by the DfE and NCTL. An effective review of SEND governance should not become a simplistic box-ticking exercise. Therefore, this guide will help support and promote discussion and reflection with regards to outcomes for learners with SEND.

The SEND Governance Review Guide is based on the SEND Review Guide framework, which has now been downloaded over 3,000 times and adopted by schools, clusters and Local Authorities nationwide. The guide is suitable for all educational settings – including mainstream and special schools, post-16 provision and Alternative Provision.

The aim of the Review Guide is to ensure that all boards are able to have a positive impact in their setting. We hope that it will help to embed a culture of inclusion, collaboration and support within education. The SEND Governance Review Guide is free to download from the sendgov.co.uk website   

For more information, or to find out more about Driver Youth Trust contact info@driveryouthtrust.com.