Westfield shares good practice to other schools – January 2017

In recent months, Westfield has been approached by other schools to share their good practice. We are very proud to have shared the following:-

Lexia Reading Intervention:

Children in Year 6 shared with the SENCO and Deputy of Greenway Primary the positive impact the Lexia reading programme had had on their reading progress. This is a computer based reading intervention programme which Westfield introduced into school last academic year, which has greatly supported accelerating the progress of reading for some of our children.








Dacorum DSPL SEN Conference:

In October, Mrs Stace and Mrs Long, a parent of our school, were approached by Dacorum DSPL to talk at their SEN conference about the reasonable adjustments that can be put in place to support children and their parents with special educational needs. This was attended by over 100 teachers, parents, carers and local professionals working to support children and young people with SEND, it was another great opportunity to see what’s on offer in the local area and talk about our future work. The event also included presentations from John Short, Hertfordshire County Council’s Autism Workstream Lead about County-wide

Feedback included:

“Great range of speakers including parents”

“Parent speaker was especially powerful and informative”

Photos and videos of the event are now on our website at www.dacorumdspl.org.uk

We were delighted to be asked to share our practice and receive such positive feedback. Since this event we have been approached by a school that have now created a ‘Calm room’ and were also inspired with how we have introduced mindfulness into school and created a Sensory garden.

Vicky McKirgan the DSPL Dacorum Area SEND lead also visited Westfield where she asked what provision and effective strategies we put in place to support children with autism to share with other schools in the local area. After her visit.

Vicky feedback the following:

“It was lovely to see such a warm and inviting school and to observe such good practice which will support other schools.”


Very special visitors from Dubai:

On Tuesday 24th January, we were extremely honoured to welcome a group of Education delegates from Dubai who are currently visiting schools in England to learn more about our education system. During the afternoon, we shared with them our school’s ethos and vision, information regarding the curriculum the children are taught as well as the additional rich opportunities on offer for our children. In addition to this, they enjoyed a tour of our school and met some of our Year 5 children who shared their learning with them. Well done to all of the children who made our visitors feel very welcome during their visit.