Welcome to Platform 1 – Where will your journey take you?
What is a SERF?
Blackpool Borough fund Boundary Primary school to have two Special Education Resource Facility for children in Blackpool. We are special classrooms in schools that cater to meet the needs of children who show challenging behaviour.
While your child is in our care we will aim to:
- Teach them to communicate difficulties appropriately.
- Help them to make and keep positive relationships with children and adults.
- Develop their ability to recognise and respect the rights of others.
- Help them to take increasing responsibility for their own behaviour and to accept logical consequences.
- Help them to develop a more consistent level of self-control.
- Ensure SERF staff identify each child’s preferred learning style and so accelerate the pace of learning.
- Improve the child’s ability to manage the completion of set tasks.
- Significantly improve their self-esteem as learners through success.
- Transfer information and successful strategies between agencies and base school.
Meet the Staff
- Miss Ashton – Head teacher
- Mrs N Bunday – Deputy Head teacher
- Ms H Moyes – Deputy Headteacher
- Mrs S Murfin – SERF manager
In The Butterfly Garden:
- Miss C Tomlinson – EYFS/KS1 Teacher in charge
- Mr S Hall – Keyworker
- Miss S Vandenbery – Keyworker
- Mr J Slater – Keyworker
- Mrs S Agar – Keyworker
What will we learn?
Our morning curriculum is focused on English and maths. Our priority is to assess any learning need the children might have and address them, whether they are academic or more personal. Children will be encouraged to be confident learners so that they are successful in return to their ‘base school’.
Learning and personal achievements are supported by lessons which are matched to assessed need, have differentiated and varied tasks and outcomes and have personal support by a key worker who knows the child well.
Children are also encouraged to be:
- Responsible for their own learning
- Active listeners
- Active seekers of solutions
- Positive communicators of their difficulties
- Confident (to have a go and make mistakes)
Our afternoon curriculum is based on learning key skills, knowledge and understanding for your child to be successful in your child’s ‘base school’.
Children experience learning opportunities through
- Individualised learning programmes
- Paired activities
- Group activities
- Circle time
Your child will learn with us for four days a week. On Wednesday they will return to their base school and practice their skills. Their Keyworker will visit to help and support your child and school staff.
Pupils arrive by 9.00am, transport pending and are collected (by parents or taxi) at 3.00pm.
Each day consists of Numeracy and Literacy. The morning playtime is at 10.30 and the children use the playground attached to each SERF.
There is an established routine whereby additional pupils join the group for lunch and also for ‘protected’ play in the SERF playground. It is SERF policy to invite/involve/include similarly aged pupils as frequently as possible in a range of activities.
The afternoon timetable begins at 1.00 with a more topic-based approach. At 2.45 the children participate in a group meeting to evaluate the day.
You will be invited to an induction meeting to meet the staff, see the rooms and have this booklet explained to you. You will also be invited to special celebration events that we hope you will take part in. We will expect to see you at review meetings every half term that will be held with us, base school staff and you. Again these meetings will be to celebrate success and set future targets. Other agencies may also be invited as part of the support for your child.
Our Rules and Rewards
Each child has personal targets that they need to work upon and improve but we also discuss our class rules as part of our daily routine. Rules and routines help us to work together fairly and enjoyable. At the end of every session, we reflect on our learning, our targets and our behaviour. We award points which when added up the lead to a reward. Points are lost through poor behaviour. At the end of each lesson, children fill in a chart which they will bring home with them every day. This allows us to celebrate success and for you to discuss the school day at the home. This record supports us in monitoring your child’s progress and readiness to return to base school.
Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour
In the SERF, the following are seen as behaviours which are not acceptable:
- Physical Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Damage to property
- Disrespect of others learning
- Our Rules and Rewards celebrate success but also develop a sense of responsibility and ownership for our actions; included in this is developing strategies to deal with inappropriate behaviour in a more acceptable way.
The following steps are used when a child displays behaviour which is not acceptable:
- The child is reminded of the rules and given a way to help them make the right choices.
- If the behaviour continues or gets worse, they are asked a second time and reminded that they may need to take some time to think and calm down.
- If they are unable to calm or they refuse to comply and their actions are affecting the classroom, then a more significant approach will be used.
When the child has become calm and is self-controlled, they are ready to join the group. They will spend some time discussing and reflecting on the incident with their key worker so they can learn from it and move forward.
All staff are fully trained in positive handling techniques and this will only be used when ALL other means have been exhausted.