Brook Green Centre for Learning.

'This is a school where no one stands still...pupils enjoy the learning and make strong progress' (Ofsted, March 2018) We continue to be an 'Outstanding' school (Ofsted,March 2018) and are all really proud of our students and school community. The school is purpose built for young people aged 11-16 who have cognition and learning and social, emotional and mental health needs. Our accommodation is superb and enhances the teaching and learning environment. At Brook Green, we offer an innovative curriculum, vocational learning and a caring, supportive environment where we celebrate the value of all individuals within our school community. We are proud of our students who are fantastic ambassadors for our school. The best way for you to really know and understand our school is by coming to see us so the young people, staff and governors can share their experiences of Brook Green with you.

Updated:
10 August 2018
Local Alliances:
Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Working with students with additional needs and their families on an everyday basis means that they come across at times as being more isolated. Prevention as well as a support network for students and their families are essential to improve understanding and Mental Health of those involved. Not only will it benefit the student and their family but also a whole community as they can disseminate information and create support groups themselves if they wanted to. It would mean that the person with dementia would be better supported and stay with their family for longer.

Early signs, caring for someone with dementia as well as the aftermath of losing this person as a second loss is something that staff, parents and students face at times, so keeping themselves well is essential.

Not only will it benefit the school community, parents'/carers' community but also new communities as we intend to make more links with care homes as part of our career and work experience programmes. This will improve parents' and students' outcomes in real terms. In fact, our students will have real life experiences if they wish to continue in the care sector which will directly benefit the public.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Low understanding of students as own learning difficulties, clear and simple, straight to the point information as well as visual are essential.
  • Revisiting concepts as some students have short term memories.
  • Sensitivity of staff and students that have family with dementia.
  • Time, staffing.
  • Low attendance of parents when asked to attend workshops
  • Carrying on with the programme cross-curricula.

2. Actions

  • Staff CPD.

    Organise dates with Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to deliver a CPD opportunity which includes early signs, strategies for living with someone with dementia, how to keep yourself and the one you care for well during and after that time.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Whole School Assembly and follow up lessons in building blocks and PSHE.

    Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to deliver a whole school assembly and planned lessons on diagnosis, how to support and be a friend to someone with dementia, how to support and be supported by parents and carers, how to keep a healthy Mental Health throughout and after end of life. Organise a small project led by students to make our school and their community dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Awareness meeting for parents.

    Organise dates with Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) to deliver a CPD opportunity for parents and carers which includes: early signs, strategies for living with someone with dementia, how to support your child, how to keep yourself and the one you care for well during and after that time.

    Status:
    Planning