The Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) at Greatwood Community Primary is part of the Inclusive Education Service (IES) provision that provide an Outreach support service to pupils in mainstream schools with a Special Educational Need. The aim and purpose of the EMS within Greatwood, is to increase the capacity of our cluster schools to have an inclusive approach to support, cater and meet the needs of those pupils who experience Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) resulting in behaviour that challenges.
Pupils with SEMH are well supported by the EMS. The provision offers an excellent contribution to the pattern of SEND provision within North Yorkshire. The team are passionate and committed professionals and their work is highly regarded both within the school and the local area (NYCC Mainstream Specialist Provision Review - Autumn 2016)
The EMS at Greatwood is one of 9 Primary Schools across North Yorkshire who are Specialist in SEMH. The EMS serves a large community of 35 cluster schools in the Craven area of North Yorkshire stretching as far north as Ingleton.
Outreach work that takes place is usually in the form of advice, support, guidance and training for staff around the pupil experiencing these difficulties and may include teaching support for the pupils in their ‘home’ mainstream school. We aim to up-skill the staff in our community by sharing expertise and breaking down preconceptions associated with SEMH in order to support children, their Teachers and Teaching Assistants within schools, to ensure best possible outcomes for these young people’s education.
Young children often described as having SEMH present as having behavioural difficulties and can experience developmental, learning or communication problems that have been overlooked or not fully understood. Our role is to work with the home school to develop their ability to identify these pupil’s needs to develop and inclusive approach within their own school, with our support and guidance.
To support the home schools, we provide advice and model and or modify strategies and resources. We support with transition and work alongside Multi-Agency partners. These methods allow us to up-skill and improve knowledge, expertise and confidence in Teachers and Teaching Assistants in their practice.
The EMS is fortunate to have a Parent Support Adviser who works with families to support them and build skills within the home. Our Parent Support Adviser provides specialist support and advice to strengthen family dynamics and liaises with Multi-Agencies and indeed the Specialist Teachers at the EMS.
Within Greatwood School the EMS Team also have on-site facilities. This allows the team, if required, to deliver more intensive support a time specific period through ‘in-reach’.
The EMS Team
Julia Stega Teacher-in-Charge
Bledd Hughes Specialist Teacher
Elaine Whamond Specialist Teacher
Orna Cumiskey Advanced Teaching Assistant
Yvonne Hockey Parent Support Adviser
Natalie Wright Admin Assistant
Telephone: 01756 794588
'If you would like to further your understanding and knowledge of Behavioural needs there is a freeeducational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults called MINDed. This is online training and information for professionals and parents/carers. All you need to do is log in and you will have access to a wide range of information on many different issues relating to behaviour and mental health.
Please use this link to access: https://www.minded.org.uk/ '