Thank you to all at Oakfield for the advice given which was really useful and is already making a difference to the child's behaviour, work, self-esteem and general happiness at school. It was also useful to hear strategies for the other children discussed, which made us think about how to help other children we teach.
Mandy Unwin, Meadow Dale Primary School
I'm so happy that Conner is enjoying school and wants to go. He has been different at home as well; hardly any upsets and if one happens it doesn't last long. He is more polite saying thank you and more understanding if an incident happens, always says sorry and empathetic, I feel I have my Conner back. Thank you.
Jane, parent of child at Oakfield
29 March 2019
My son has recently transitioned to an ASD unit following a traumatic year in mainstream. He was struggling terribly and his mental health hit crisis point. The school knew that they did not have the expertise to help with his complex needs so turned to Oakfield for support and advice. Fran Phipps visited the school on a number of occasions and helped with strategies to implement whilst us as parents applied for an EHCP. Fran supported us as a family and the mainstream school through the whole process. During the assessment process Oakfield also supplied information to the LA in support of the EHCP.
Our little boy is finally happy, content and accessing education in a suitable provision that meets all of his needs.
I would very much like to thank Fran and Oakfield for all their support.
If the LA could increase your funding so that you had more capacity to support schools in this way (like it used to be when I was in the city) I would love it. If Oakfield had 'spare' staff to 'swoop in' and support schools trying to keep children in mainstream it would be ideal. We would then be able to build a relationship where I could call earlier and say I am worried we are we are not managing could I have more help. You would also then have more of an idea about our school and its particular issues and hopefully be thinking 'If I.J.S are ringing they have probably tried a few things already, but let's remind them about...'
Mr P. Lewin
Head teacher, Ibstock Junior School
Faye and Caroline were wonderful today. They also seemed to enjoy themselves a lot. I think it was Conner's best day ever! We have some things in place for tomorrow and Faye spoke to many staff about the approach we should take. They have suggested some good improvements we we shall adopt. He does love adult company and attention, so today was ideal for him, particularly after Monday's incident. It would be good to speak tomorrow to see what you think we do in the medium term. It was great to see your staff weave their magic.
Mr P. Lewin, Head teacher
Ibstock Junior School
Thank you Fran for the email and all your help; it really is appreciated and I am totally in awe of your knowledge!
You really are fantastic, I can't thank you enough for all the support and advice and often a new perspective you give on how to help the children gain the best education possible with the constraints we have. You probably are not told often enough what a great job you do supporting school - thank you.
Heather, The Pochin School
Thank you so much for letting me visit your lovely school earlier.
Your passion for the children, your staff and your values shone brightly. It was truly inspirational, and so heart-warming to see such a nurturing and caring environment for the children to be successful in. I was incredibly impressed with the behaviour and levels of engagement in learning that we came across throughout the school, something which mainstream schools would love to emulate. Indeed, no behaviours, from any of the children we saw would stand out in a mainstream setting, other than that they were inquisitive and focused learners, clearly enjoying school.
As I said, I would love to arrange for some of our staff to visit yourselves in the future, something I feel would be invaluable to them as they progress in their teaching careers.
Mr G Williams, Chief Operating Officer, LiFE Multi Academy Trust
Lucy has worked with us during Autumn term and has been a great source of knowledge. She has worked effectively with all staff and children and has shown us many strategies for dealing with children with behavioural difficulties. I can’t thank Lucy enough for her hard work and commitment whilst with us.
Mariesa has worked with us during Autumn term and has been a great source of knowledge. She was the first person from Oakfield to come and work with us and she came with a wealth of knowledge and skills that she shared and taught to us all. She has a very professional attitude and this works very well with the children she works with. Mariesa has been a real asset and I can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work and support.
It would be great to have more of our staff Team Teach trained. Knowing that we can contact you is help enough.
Desford Community Primary School, (School 2 School Support provided by Oakfield)
'After much agonising and discussion, if the LA and Oakfield feel that our son can access mainstream education based on Oakfield's direct experience and observation, we have decided to prioritise community for our son and attempt to remain at his Community Primary School'.
Father of a child supported in a mainstream school by Oakfield staff
Just had to let you know what a pleasure it has been to have K today. Talk about a dramatic transformation in behaviour and character! I was greeted with a huge hug from him followed by lots of chats about school, his Oakfield teacher, friends and the secondary school he is going to . . . . it was just lovely and the whole day went perfectly. I think it has helped to heal some wounds for him and he will remember his happy times at our school.
Head Teacher (Willowbrook Primary School)