Mrs Sharon Cox – Family Support Advisor
I joined Binfield CE Primary School (VA) in September 2014. I have 16 years experience of working with children and families through various roles. As your FSA, I offer support, guidance and sign-posting on things like parenting strategies, self-esteem, boundaries, behaviour, budgeting and debt, relationships, mediation, bereavement, mental health, or anything that is impacting on family and school life. I am also very happy just to offer a non-judgmental friendly ear, because, for all of us, sometimes things just get too much.
I am available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and where possible I have an ‘open door’ approach, which means that if you have a problem that you want to discuss and I am free, we can talk it through there and then. If, however, you would prefer to make an appointment, then that is also fine. I can be contacted via the school office or email (FSA@binfieldschool.com).
Is your child entitled to Pupil Premium?
As of September 2014, all pupils in Year R, 1 and 2 will be entitled to a Universal (free) school meal under the Government’s new initiative. This does not mean they are entitled to the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is an additional grant from the Government which is given to schools in order to support pupils from low income families, children in care or those with parents in the armed forces. The grant allocated to the school for 2014-2015 is between £1300-£1900 per child, depending on eligibility category.
If you think you are eligible for Pupil Premium then please speak to the office for more information and a form to complete – this should either be returned to us or to School Admissions.
For further details and availability on parenting workshops including Anxiety, Managing Behaviour, Pre-Teens and many others, please contact me.
NHS One You campaign
Slimming World is working in partnership with Public Health England on a new campaign, One You, the government’s new adult health drive designed to help you live a longer, healthier and happier life. If you have a BMI of over 30 you can get a referral for 12 free weeks with Slimming World. For further details, please contact me.
Find out how to calculate your BMI here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/loseweight/Pages/BodyMassIndex.aspx
More information on the One You campaign can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou#etj2hP671yyo4MgS.97
Bracknell Forest and the Skills Funding Agency are running the following activities at the Open Learning Centre in Rectory Lane (near Brackenhale) for a small charge.
Maths Club: Tuesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm (term time only): A chance to improve your maths and help your children with their homework! Come along to the Maths Club on Tuesday mornings in an informal setting with friendly staff to help you improve your maths. £1 per session, including a cup of tea or coffee.
English Language Café: Mondays 10.00am – 12.00pm (term time only): Improve your English conversation over a cup of tea or coffee by chatting with others who have English as their second language. A weekly drop-in session that can be used to practice English skills – just turn up! If you would like to volunteer to help others to improve their English during this session, please come along too! Cost is £1 per session.
IT Open Session: Fridays 10.00 – 2.00pm (term time only): This is an opportunity to practice your IT skills with help on hand! Bring your own device or use one of those provided. If you are job seeker and need to complete an application form or update your CV, if you need to practice using Word or Excel or just want to know how to set up and get the most from your smartphone, this is the perfect session for you! Cost £1.00 per hour.
For further information or to book a place for the Maths or IT sessions, please contact the Open Learning Centre at Rectory Lane on 01344 354220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Useful links for advice and support:
Bracknell Forest SEN offer information and links
Family Lives – for information, tips and advice on most aspects of family life:
Grandparents Plus – useful information for grandparents supporting children:
Turn2us – a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services: turn2us.org.uk/
Bracknell Foodbank – the Foodbank provides nutritionally balanced emergency food for people in need in the Bracknell Forest area who are referred by a wide range of local agencies and organisations. Each food pack contains enough food for three days and the food is donated by local people and businesses. Bracknell Foodbank is open three days a week at The Kerith Centre: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 – 2.30 pm.
If you feel the Foodbank could help you, please contact the FSA in confidence (email@example.com):
Bracknell Clothes Bank – the Clothes Bank operates a voucher system, similar to the Foodbank. If you would like a voucher, please contact our FSA Sharon Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org. website/mission-service/clothes-bank/
Autism – advice and support: autismberkshire.org.uk
MIND – advice and support: www.mind.org.uk
BWA works against domestic abuse and violence, providing advice, counselling and places of safety in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, Berkshire UK: berkshirewomensaid.org.uk
SAFE supports young people affected by crime: safeproject.org.uk/youngPeople
Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties: careforthefamily.org.uk/
Christians against Poverty – whether you’re feeling the weight of debt, struggling to find work or trying to overcome a dependency, Christians against Povery can help: capuk.org
National Debtline – free online debt advice and helpline: nationaldebtline.org
Relate – relationship advice and support: relate.org.uk
ERIC is a UK charity, Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence, including bedwetting, nocturnal enuresis, daytime wetting, soiling and constipation: eric.org.uk
Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families. It offers those with the condition and their families the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full: Tourettes Action.org
Counselling Services – a useful tool if you are seeking counselling nearby: counselling-directory.org.uk
Parenting practices and partnerships with early years practitioners – interesting video blogs from parents from the Centre of Early Childhood Research: crec.co.uk/hawwc-boys-video-blogs
Support for Young Carers – young carers have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council. The link below includes a free guide explaining what those rights are. It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five: carers.org/know-your-rights-support-young-carers-and-young-adult-carers-england
Short breaks formally known as Aiming high
The Short Break Service in Bracknell Forest commissions and promotes activities for children and young people with disabilities and their families. More information can be found here:
Short Break information
Bedtime routine – if you are having difficulty with bedtimes and have children in the lower school, you may find this article useful: heysigmund.com/getting-kids-to-go-to-sleep-and-stay-asleep
Resilience in Children – an interesting article worth a read: heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/
Cyberbullying – useful advice for parents and carers: Cyberbullying
Staying safe on-line
Please find below a link to an interesting article on the effect of social media on the young brain:
The Teen Brain on Social Media
This page was updated on 27th April 2017