Elfrida Primary... Inclusion at its best!
At the King Alfred Federation we believe that every child has the right to access a full and varied curriculum within an environment that ensures each individual is valued and respected. We strive to deliver a differentiated and creative curriculum which meets the needs of each pupil whether their need is academic, physical, emotional, social, sensory or behavioural.
Children with any special need or disability should have the same opportunities to achieve and associate with their peers, and have access to the whole range of opportunities in education, leisure and community activities.
At King Alfred Federation we aim to identify needs as they arise and to provide teaching and learning contexts which enable every child to achieve to their fullest potential.
Our SENCO position is held by Mrs Melody Hadjipetrou-Laryea, Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion
Dramatherapy at Elfrida
Hello! My name is Jeannie and I am the Dramatherapist at Elfrida School. I am a highly experienced clinician with over 14 years’ experience. I am registered with the Health and Care Practitioners Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADTH).
I really enjoy my job working and playing with children of all ages and supporting positive mental health in school.
Did you know that play is included in the Convention on the Rights of the Child? It’s Article 31. It’s really important for children to express themselves through play and play always has meaning and purpose for children.
So what is dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy uses drama related techniques such as storytelling, metaphor, play and movement, improvisation, puppets and music, to support children to understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives.
Dramatherapy can be of help to those who are
• feeling anxious
• struggling with communicating
• feeling isolated
• having problems with peers
• experiencing family difficulties
• living with depression
• trying to overcome trauma
• encountering difficulties at school
• having behavioural problems
• facing a bereavement or loss
• enduring low self-esteem
• engaging in self-destructive behaviour
• struggling to self-regulate
You do not need to have any skills or experience of drama, theatre or the arts to take part in dramatherapy. The aim isn’t to perform but rather to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace. Dramatherapy uses stories, drama games, artwork, sensory play,movement, role play and many other forms of creative expression to help children to find their own language to express what is important to them. My role is to support them to do this, to promote agency and to listen.
In addition to my work as a dramatherapist, I am an approved Creative Arts Supervisor and as such, I supervise the practice of dramatherapists, dramatherapy trainees and other therapists. I offer staff support across the King Alfred Federation and run placements for dramatherapy trainees in the school.
(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service)
We are currently offering: -
* A confidential, impartial service with a team of dedicated practitioners
* Virtual meetings with a SENDIASS practitioner
* Telephone and email support on matters relating to SEN Law
* We are providing parents/carers and young people with information and advice specific to their case
We would like to encourage our parents/carers and young people to visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KIDS-Lewisham-Sendiass-1317153604969071/ which has up to date information from central government, the LA and CDC on guidance and advice for our parents/carers; young people and schools.
Alternatively please visit our website at https://www.kids.org.uk/lewisham-sendiass which also has up to date information on what is currently happening for our families with SEND. (guidance and advice)
Lewisham SENDIASS. Lewisham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years). We also provide this independent advice directly to young people aged 16 up to 25 years with SEND.
Below is the SENDIASS Leaflet and our initial questionnaire for our parents/carers and YP to complete and email into our inbox using Lewisham@kids.org.uk, this will give our practitioner some basic information on their individual case and a practitioner will contact the parent to offer support and advice with their concerns.
We want to hear from our families, how they are doing and how we can help them during these unprecedented times.