The Lennox Centre is a team of trained and experienced professionals who work in partnership with children, their families, schools and other agencies to prevent exclusion of primary age children from school.
The Lennox Centre accepts referrals from mainstream schools of children with emotional/behavioural difficulties who are considered to be at risk of exclusion and have had other agency intervention e.g. Behaviour Support Team, Educational Psychologist or Health.
Following acceptance of the referral, members of The Lennox Centre team gather information to help determine the most appropriate type of work to be carried out and by whom.
Following this and in consultation with all involved (including the child themselves), the main targets to support the child’s progress are defined.
The actual work carried out varies from child to child according to circumstances. For all children on the project, a member of The Lennox Centre team will consult regularly with the parent/carer, school staff and any other professional involved to devise appropriate targets and strategies to address the concerns raised. Formal reviews will take place half termly.
The children spend 3 days a week within the unit and 2 days in their mainstream school. Whilst in the unit they will work in small groups or individually with adult support on an individual learning and behaviour programme.
The Referral Process Consists of:
The Lennox Centre team strongly believes that the aims of the project will not be achieved unless parents/carers are involved from the outset. A home support plan will be put in place and the Behaviour Support Worker will visit the parents/carers on a weekly basis to help the family work towards agreed strategies and targets. The parents/carers are supported in taking an active part in decision making at all stages.
As well as being invited to regular reviews of progress, parents/ carers are given copies of all reports and will be contacted regularly in person. In addition, parents/carers are also encouraged to keep in contact with the project at all times and make visits to The Lennox Centre classroom whenever possible.
Recently a parent support group has been set up by one of our parents and regular coffee mornings are held.
Criteria to be considered for a placement in the centre consists of: