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Seaforth School Achieves Special ADHD Award

A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in the country to achieve an ADHD Friendly School quality mark.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff and working closely with the ADHD foundation.

Based on feedback from families, the school also introduced a parent’s skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods to positively support learners could be replicated at home.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award.

“All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools to go the extra mile to make every pupil’s experience of school the best it can be.”

Head Teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Joan Jenkins, added: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment.

“We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.

“A special mention should also go to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.”

Pictured is Rory Bremner presenting the award to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler during the fifth annual ADHD conference.

Free Support Workshop for Local Businesses

Every year businesses can face difficulties due to unforeseen factors such as fire, flood, unprotected IT systems, or the loss of a key member of staff.

If you own a business and have ever worried about the effect a significant business disruption could have on your customers, staff and your budget, then this workshop is for you.

 
Having an effective Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery plan tailored to your business needs can make all the difference in getting you back on your feet and reducing down time. 

Come along to the InvestSefton event on Tuesday, December 5 at Southport Town Hall to find out how you can protect your business. You will:

  • Hear about best practice business continuity principles and methods
  • Learn how to apply the principles and practices in your organisation
  • Have access to a free risk assessment tool to use in your own business

Contact InvestSefton for more details or to book a place on 0151 934 3452 or email  info@investsefton.com

Sharing Advice During #FraudWeek

Sefton Council is helping to raise awareness of the impact of crimes and how people can protect themselves during International Fraud week, 12-18 November. 

 It is estimated that fraud costs UK citizens £10 billion per year however only around 5% of crimes are reported due to a sense of embarrassment by the victms.

 Trading Standards regularly receive complaints about scams across the borough, ranging from rogue traders carrying out unnecessary, expensive and substandard building work, to individuals receiving phone calls and letters designed to trick them into providing bank details. 

 Fraud is often seen as a cold crime against organisations, however there are real people who suffer due to the actions of fraudsters. 

 It’s not just consumers that can become the victim of a scam. Businesses might receive invoices for adverts they claim they never agreed to, and others report companies offering their services work on their behalf submitting an appeal to gain a reduction in their business rates, when they know there is little chance of an appeal being successful. 

 Therefore, during International Fraud Week, Sefton Council are urging residents and local businesses to play their part and come forward with any concerns.  

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Fraud and theft can have a huge impact on the amount of resources available to the community and we are determined to do all that we can to stop it.

 “If you see anything suspicious, please report it on the Fraud hotline 08000 567 000 or via the Sefton Council website sefton.gov.uk/fraud.

 “We take all reports of fraud very seriously and the information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence before any necessary action is taken.”

 Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #FraudWeek.

Ian Brady Cremation

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The High Court ordered us to cremate the remains of Ian Brady because he died within the Sefton borough boundary.

 “In complying with this Order from the High Court, the cremation took place at Southport Crematorium outside normal operating hours and no other services at the crematorium were affected.

 “The coffin did not enter any public area and was cremated in a separate standby cremator which was professionally cleaned afterwards.

 “Following cremation, the ashes were immediately returned to the administrator of the estate and not disposed of anywhere in the borough.”

Sefton Launches Savvy App

 Young disabled people in Sefton have joined forces to create an app which provides information and support for anyone under 25 with additional needs.

 The Sefton Savvy app has been developed by a group of youngsters in conjunction with Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Inclusion service, Atomic Productions, Rix Wiki, and with support from the parent carer forum and the Children with additional needs network. 

  A key part of the technology is the opportunity for the young people to share ideas or feedback on local services with their peers, as well as simplifying the information on Sefton’s Local Offer website.

 Topics of interest range from being active and having fun to advice on healthy eating and personal hygiene.  

 In addition to the app, a number of short films and animations have also been created by the young people to highlight what services are available and explain more about the Education Health and Care Plans.

 To showcase all of the work, two special screenings have been planned for next month to officially launch the products to parents, carers, professionals and special schools. 

 Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson will be in attendance to officially launch the Savvy app at the Salvation Army Centre, Shakespeare Street, Southport on Thursday, November 2 at 11.30 am.

 In addition, a second premier will be held at The Plaza cinema, Crosby at 11.30am on Thursday, November 9. 

 Councillor John-Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “Seeing how the young people have been involved in this creative exercise and what has been achieved is very inspirational. 

“They have taken a complex subject matter around SEN reform and made a user-friendly resource, which I am confident will become a vital one stop shop for information and advice.  

 “Now that the app is available, I know that our SEN and inclusion service will be working hard with families and partners to make sure that young disabled people in Sefton can use the app as part of their everyday lives.”  

 Adele Hoskison-Clark, SEN and Inclusion Policy Development Officer at Sefton Council, added: “I am really proud of the creative talents shown by our young people in the borough – which shows genuine partnership working with Sefton Council, the young people and their families.”

 The Savvy app can be used on all mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. It can be downloaded free from iTunes and the App Store by searching for Sefton Savvy.

 Anyone interested in attending the events is asked to book their place in advance by calling 0151 934 2296 or emailing Adele.Hoskison-Clark@sefton.gov.uk

 You can find out lots of information within the Local Offer at seftondirectory.com/localoffer

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