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19/02/19

Two Harlow school girls are proving they are among the best in the country at trampolining. Burnt Mill Academy students Shannon Waterman and Lois Tappenden represent their school in national competitions in the sport. Full story - https://t.co/DnydFyCCrR https://t.co/RgdTjEt8xT

13/02/19

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Well done to those students from , proudly representing . Good luck with the competition! https://t.co/GBEkbXR0B4

13/02/19

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Panathlon Challenge

Fantastic support as ever from students as Young Leaders today at our Eastern Regional Final between Essex, Herts and Cambridgeshire https://t.co/9KieSjnqD3

13/02/19

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Well done to on winning their first East Regional Championship today Report, photos and results here - https://t.co/4j944XqXsJ Thanks also to our leaders from https://t.co/i1XEa7ECJ6

12/02/19

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Two days until Valentine's disco!! 💕💝💘💖💕 https://t.co/QYK4K07lm7

08/02/19

A brand-new show choir is bringing smiles to the faces of its audiences. Burnt Mill Academy has launched the performance choir to breathe new life into performances by encouraging singers to move and dance as they sing. Full story - https://t.co/WErvzWsNwo https://t.co/yHOYAOVi6x

07/02/19

A TV actor is taking time out of his filming schedule to coach teenagers in Harlow. , who plays Patrick Truman in the long-running soap opera, is working with students at Burnt Mill Academy. Full story - https://t.co/sEMLhyqZLf https://t.co/e10z2nvIsc

07/02/19

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I had a fantastic day - thanks to all the teachers, volunteers & all the impressive young people, including who shared these inspiring words “We are students today, engineers tomorrow” https://t.co/v2DPTx0jlS

06/02/19

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New vacancies have been added to our website. A variety of teaching and support roles across our trust - https://t.co/UCU0OUBsP0 https://t.co/S5v0fwV9Yh

31/01/19

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Vacancy - Lead Practitioner with responsibility for Maths at Harlow, CM20. https://t.co/2sBbeQixZM https://t.co/OQYgHUX0zv

31/01/19

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Vacancy - Lead Practitioner with responsibility for English at Harlow, CM20. https://t.co/6ua483tGNy https://t.co/b90hXsLR2Q

31/01/19

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Vacancy - Catering Assistant at Harlow, CM20. https://t.co/WoNBTvtOUi https://t.co/FOHVjFs7ST

30/01/19

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Consultation event for with . Taking place at on Monday 11th February https://t.co/MdagwFO3GM

28/01/19

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Current Vacancies in a variety of roles across our trust - https://t.co/UCU0OUBsP0 https://t.co/Sua5F6y41z

28/01/19

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Students at in the mix with , we love seeing this kind of energy 👏🏼🤘🏼 https://t.co/6Ty9Y90ZSP

23/01/19

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Children’s author shared his tips on inspiring a love of reading at a training session with teaching staff. The writer of classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt worked with staff from BMAT schools when he visited . https://t.co/beBH6MDXbM https://t.co/XU0WPIW2bs

18/12/18

Students in Harlow have been chosen to take part in a national project focusing on sculptures. Burnt Mill Academy is working on the three-year Your Sculpture project. https://t.co/hHDIG4aSBb https://t.co/7wluGJbv4F

18/12/18

Animal lovers flocked to hear all about careers working with cats. , the UK charity dedicated to rescuing and rehoming cats and educating people about cat welfare, visited Burnt Mill Academy. https://t.co/om8PtTjziG https://t.co/DFaFFaDPpS

13/12/18

In 2015 we performed 's classic Happy Christmas War Is Over https://t.co/EqKCzv5AWV

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SEND children thrive through performing arts

SEND children thrive through performing arts

Posted: 7th December 2018

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are turning their lives around through performing arts.

Students at Burnt Mill Academy who find various parts of school life a challenge physically, mentally or emotionally are thriving through music, dance and acting.

Ben Eva, SENDCo and drama teacher, said the school is all about removing any barriers young people may have to achieve their potential.

He said: “It has always been known that children with SEND have hidden talents; to me, they are superheroes. Everyone has something, but it is knowing what works for that person. Children who are disadvantaged because of disability or need should not be limited in their ability to achieve greatness. It’s about smashing through the barriers to learning and that is what we are trying to achieve through a variety of ways.

“Students with SEND could feel different, they could feel their condition is a barrier or it could cause them anxiety. Sometimes, looking different to others could make them feel they are not included in society.

“We use performing arts in a variety of ways, through performance or independent work to build up social skills in rehearsals or learning an instrument, regardless of any barriers. We see improved attention and increased engagement in school, as a result.

“They find something they are praised for and a place they belong. It’s an opportunity to unlock a talent they may not have even known was there. It reduces social anxiety and builds resilience, self-regulation, motivation and independence.”

Success stories include –

  • Dilys Cook, Year 8, who suffers with anxiety. Mr Eva said: “Dilys is really nervous and worries about speaking to people. But, in Year 7 she took on a lead role in panto and in the summer performed in School of Rock. On stage, she has no anxiety – she takes centre stage and she owns it. She is now a performing arts lead and attends drama club and choir. The anxiety is still there, but in the performing arts environment, she is fine.”

 

  • Liza Berry, Year 7, is diagnosed with ADHD. Mr Eva said: “Liza talks a lot and likes to rap, so we are channelling that energy into performing. She turns up every week to practise and is really good at it. Being new to the school, she can find it difficult to manage, but we are confident by focusing on her rap she will continue to improve.”

 

  • Liam Cashman, Year 8, has autism and anxiety. Mr Eva said: “Liam had anxiety around school and sanctions, he was anxious about drama and about getting things wrong. We put him into a performance in drama and he started to like it. He is talented and now likes to show it and is building friendships that way. With autism, expressing your feelings can be a struggle, but he sees the performing arts department as a home and he comes to us if he needs support.”

 

  •  Emma Hua, Year 9, has a hearing impairment. Mr Eva said: “Emma started off nervous and shy, but through music and playing the piano, she has found her way and is quite sassy now. Her impairment has not stopped her ability to understand key features in music and she is on track for top grades in music. The one thing you need to be able to do to play music is hear, but Emma can feel the notes. It is magical.”

 

  • Aleena Ghani, Year 9 has Down’s syndrome. Mr Eva said: “Aleena was very shy in Year 7 and not very verbal. But, when she dances, she’s another woman! She has been in every school show and is studying GCSE dance, whereas she can’t necessarily access some other subjects. She has such a strong passion and can learn and retain a dance routine in no time. The subject has ignited the passion in her and it’s lovely to watch her on stage. It has helped with her social skills and she will now lead a warm-up session, even though she can find that difficult.”

 

  • Yoldas Soytoprak, Year 7, has Bardet Biedl syndrome which affects his liver and vision. Mr Eva said: “Despite worsening vision which means he can only see 6m in front of himself, Yoldas wanted to take up piano. He’s such a bright and happy young man and is just taking it in his stride. We have got him bright keys for the piano to make it more accessible for him as we will never allow a barrier to learning. We are making something that seems impossible, possible.”

Mr Eva said: “For us, it’s about changing the mindset from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’. It builds resilience and will reduce mental health and social emotional issues in the future.

“It feels lovely to see the progress they are making with us. It’s about small steps and looking at the journey from Year 7 to Year 11.”

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