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The Learning Support Department

A broad team of dedicated and hardworking Learning Support Assistants (LSAs), Specialist Staff, Teachers, Administrators & SENCO make up a team of over 20. By far the most extensive department in SJB it supports over 230 children with additional learning needs and disabilities.

Our primary focus is what goes on in the classroom. Throughout SJB, you will find a high number of students being closely supported via LSAs in class, fully included within a mainstream curriculum. The Learning Support department is currently supporting over 450 mainstream lessons per week!

LSAs have regular and continuous coaching to guarantee that the best possible methods are being used to support students. In addition, LSAs will overtly or discretely support a lesson with a range of tactics and methods, ensuring inclusion is paramount. Part of this inclusion is that students will build and learn resilience and independence as they develop up the school, no matter the severity of need.

The school’s Catholic ethos is integral to what we do and no doubt part of the school’s wider success of supporting all students. However, as a department, we go further and pride ourselves on the following values:

  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Sense of Humour
  • Kindness
  • Support
  • Sensitivity
  • Willingness
  • Adaptability
  • Versatility
  • Diplomacy

SEND Provision

SJB is a mainstream secondary school providing students with a curriculum that culminates in GCSEs at the end of Year 11 and GCE A Levels at the end of Year 13.

We are committed to providing for students with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) including those without an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We are also committed to supporting colleagues in school to provide the initial wave of support in the classroom, Quality first teaching (QFT).

SEND Population (Students on the Learning Support Register) 2021/22

EHCP (E)37
SEN Support (K)87
Quality First Teaching (QT)126
Learning Support Register250

The school currently meets the needs of students with and without an EHCP with the following kinds of special educational need:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs including ADHD and Anxiety
  • Speech and Language Needs
  • Specific Learning Difficulties relating to literacy or numeracy
  • Visual/Hearing Impairments
  • Sensory and Physical Needs

SJB has a huge wealth of experience working and providing for students with SEND. We run interventions to meet the need of the students proactively.

Below are some of the key provisions we currently offer. Many of these provisions are available to both students with and without an EHCP.

Before School Club

8.00am – 8.50am Learning Support Department opens first thing for students to have a good calm start to the day. Monitored by a small team of LSAs, students can study and complete homework. This is a great time for many of the students to organise themselves and prepare for the day ahead.

Breaktime Support

10.55am- 11.15am Learning Support offers a safe and calm environment for those who find the playground and canteen overwhelming. At break time students can interact inside, have a snack, play games and chat. As we want students to engage with each other openly during this time, we ask students not to use their iPad over the break.

Lunchtime Support

KS3 12.05pm – 12.55pm and KS4 12.55pm – 1.45pm Learning Support offers a safe calm and supported environment for students who find the canteen overwhelming. At lunchtime, they can eat their packed lunch in Learning Support if they wish. As we want students to engage with each other during this time, we ask them not to use their iPad over lunchtime. Learning Support Assistants are on hand to offer support socially to help set up games, activities as well as having a good chat with anyone who needs it.

Homework Club

15.25pm – 16:30pm Homework club runs every day in The Hub. Supported by a large group of LSAs, it is an environment where students can feel supported in making a good start with their Homework.

SEND Mentoring System

Every student with an EHCP (E) or on the Learning Support register as SEN Support (K) will have a Learning Mentor or Key LSA. The Learning Mentor / Key LSA is the students “go-to person”, they will also hold the administrative and communication responsibilities to gather and pass on feedback to relevant people. Effective mentoring can really be the glue that holds all the support together. Overseeing the students’ progress for a minimum of a year some mentors could oversee a student for up to 3 years. The mentor will create the ‘Student Passport’ and ‘SEND Learning Plan’.

Transition Programme (Year 7)

Transition operates a much smaller class size of around 15 – 18 students. These are students who are most in need of support. They are provided with a calm, constant and nurturing environment on their transition to secondary school. Core subjects – Maths, English, RE, Geography, History and Computing are taught by a primary trained teacher in the same classroom. Science, Drama, Music and Art are taught by subject specialist teachers in specialist rooms. For Design Technology, Food and Physical Education the students are taught amongst the rest of Year 7.

Removing the anxiety of multiple teachers, rooms and environments. Specific training and support can also be deployed in the same environment making it more effective.

The students become quickly familiar with the expectations of the school, whilst being able to receive the best possible support from the Learning Support department, whilst accessing the full curriculum in an inclusive environment. Overall having a better transition into mainstream secondary education. The school determines who will be placed in the transition programme each year based on the needs of the cohort.

Emotional Literacy Support Sessions (ELSA)

Carried out by trained and skilled Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs). These sessions are considered early intervention for emotional thinking and understanding. There is a variety of reasons why a student is referred to this support such as family issues, sickness or separation as well as school-related anxieties and concerns, however it is not always obvious.

We run a variety of different programmes to suit the varying needs of our students. The sessions all run once a week for 4-6 weeks and are either small group or one-to-one depending on the programme and the needs of the individuals. These include:

  • Social Skills – The sessions focus on age-appropriate aspects of social skills regarding the thinking and understanding of how we communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance. For many students especially those on the Autistic Spectrum, it is not automatic, and we need to provide a long-term understanding of our ability to understand why effective communication is so important.
  • Friendships and Relationships Skills – In this small group programme the students gain a better understanding of healthy friendships and relationships and explore different challenges that they may face. It also provides opportunity to for the students to build friendships within the group.
  • Building Self-esteem – These sessions will deliver an opportunity to reflect and build on the students’ self-esteem with a variety of practical activities.
  • Dealing with Low Level Anxiety – These sessions teach the students what anxiety is and provide them with the tools to work through it.

The impact of these programmes is reviewed by the ELSAs at 4-6 weeks and may be extended.

BEAT Sessions

Overseen and created by an Educational Psychologist, this 6-week workshop is delivered by an ELSA to a small group of Year 11, 12 and 13 students who might become anxious about exams. Students who access the group will have greater understanding and will be able to use strategies to help reduce anxieties with exams.

Lexia Power Up Literacy Programme

Lexia PowerUp Literacy is a computer-based programme that adapts instruction to the specific needs of adolescent learners. The activities in PowerUp support and build on English language focusing on developing reading skills in three areas: word study, grammar, and comprehension.

PowerUp uses a structured and systematic approach to filling in skill gaps for adolescent learners. The programme is broken up into three main skill areas since students may have different needs in each:

  • Word Study – Students develop reading accuracy and fluency by focusing on sound and syllable patterns in words.
  • Grammar – Students learn how written language works in order to improve their writing and reading comprehension. They learn how parts of speech function in sentences and how sentence parts convey meaning.
  • Comprehension – Students learn skills & strategies to become independent and strategic readers. Passages include original and authentic texts of multiple genres including informational texts, narratives, drama, and poetry.

Handwriting Group

Led by one of our experienced and trained Support Staff, this intervention delivers routine exercises in a quiet and calm space in school. It offers daily practice with fine motor & gross motor skills using a variety of every day and specific items. Students often find this time relaxing as well as an opportunity to have a chat before school. It can be delivered as a group or one-to-one.

Pathway 2

Pathway 2 is an invite-only alternative curriculum at KS4. Considerable time and care is invested into identifying those students who might benefit from this pathway prior to the Year 9 options process. Identified students and their parents are invited into school for a Pathway 2 meeting before the Year 9 options process begins and are given the choice as to which pathway model they would prefer to follow.

This provision provides greater flexibility in the school week by reducing the total number of GCSEs/BTECs taken by the student from ten to nine or eight. This allows us to create additional support lessons on their timetable. These lessons, run by teachers, will focus on Maths/numeracy, English/literacy and Science.

This combination of additional support lessons and study outside the classroom compared to the main pathway, allows students greater time to focus on those subjects that they are following GCSE/BTEC examination courses in. The end result of this is that Pathway 2 typically leads to better academic outcomes at the end of KS4 and to a wider range of options and courses Post-16 for those students following it.

Functional Skills English (Level 1 and 2)

Each year a very small number of students are disapplied from GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and instead work towards the Functional Skills English qualification. Those who achieve a pass at Level 1 in Year 10 go on to study for Level 2 in Year 11.

English & Maths Boosters

Bespoke individual packages of English and/or Maths intervention delivered by a subject teachers or subject specific LSAs help students who find it hard to access the content of the GCSE curriculum. The support on offer will cater to the learning needs of the student, pre-teach and gap-fill in all areas of the subject.

Work Skills

Students will be given the opportunity to have some lessons from SJB Career Advisor, then to follow a plan to ensure they are prepared for life after education giving them the opportunity to complete CV writing, work related life skills, communications and finance.

Paired Reading

Peer-led reading intervention for students in Years 7 and 8 allows students to practice their reading skills with trained tutors from Years 10 & 12. This would take place periodically, usually over a single term.

Speech & Language Therapy

Our in-house Speech and Language Therapist provides treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication. Provision is in small groups or one-to-one depending on need.

Learning Support Assistant

The Learning Support Assistant (LSA) works with students with SEND in and out of the classroom. Supporting academically, physically and mentally; the students wellbeing, social development and focus within the classroom are all supported. This could be in the form of gentle and occasional prompts within the lesson to correct focus to being seated next to a student to physically support them access the curriculum and work set by the teacher.

LSAs are much more nomadic than other support staff and will often support a range of students throughout the school, working across multiple classes and years over the week. LSAs at SJB are broadly linked to year groups and to subjects and will work in all types of lessons. It is rare that LSAs work one-to-one with individuals.

Joining SJB with SEND

SJB understands the journey all parents have when deciding their child’s next school. With so many factors and pressures on parents, it is understandable that the process and pathways can become overwhelming particularly at points of transition. However, we want to reassure all parents from the outset that we are here to help. We will guide parents and provide concise and easy to understand information that will help them to make the best and most informed decisions for their child.

If a child currently has an EHCP and is in Year 4 or 5, we recommend that parents book a SEND Tour to see all about the provision at SJB. The tour, lasting for about an hour will consist of all the significant parts of the school and the Learning Support Department. At the end of the tour, parents will get the opportunity to ask any questions relating to what the school does to support all students. Our SEND Tours start at 10.15am and 11.15am – please email info@sjb.surrey.sch.uk if you would like to book onto one.

Whilst much of our work supports those students with an Educational Health & Care Plan (EHCP), we continue to provide support and expertise to those students with any additional needs throughout the school. More information about what we provide for non-EHCP students is on our Learning Support page.

Starting at SJB does not always mean day one of Year 7. Once a child’s place is confirmed, The SJB SEND team will be in touch to arrange the first visit whilst they are in Year 6. All students who need a supported transition will be offered a range of opportunities to get to know us before they start.

Yr 6 into 7 SEND Transition Morning (June)

The first morning will take place largely within the Learning Support Department a week or two before the main Year 6 into 7 Induction Day (see below). After a few introductions we will unpick the schools’ expectations on them as students. The students will then be split into a few groups and then, supported by our team of LSAs, embark on a tour of the school, several fun lesson-based activities and enjoy lunch together. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to get to know key members of the Learning Support Department and some of the other students joining SJB in September.

Yr 6 into 7 SEND Transition Afternoon (June)

The second visit will be to build on their experiences so far with the aim of increasing their independence. It is timed to fall after the main Year 6 into 7 Induction Day. They will spend the afternoon with the team, getting to know each other and the school a little better. This afternoon provides the students with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns that they have in a safe and supportive environment. They will also do several fun activities to check their knowledge and understanding of some of the key information they have been given so far. The afternoon will culminate with a short and informal talk for parents about life at SJB. This also provides an important opportunity for parents to ask any questions regarding what to expect from the school.

Induction Day (July)

Open to all new starters to the school; their first whole day at SJB. The opportunity to start making lifelong friends and getting to know many of their new teachers and support staff who will be working with them for the next few years. This is a fun-packed day anchored around time spent getting to know each other in form groups.

Learning Support Summer Camp – (August)

This opportunity enables new students to ease into their new life at SJB before the school term begins. For 2 – 4 days, support staff and teaching staff will lead on several practical activities in many of our specialist facilities on-site. Previously, we have offered activities in Food, Art, Drama and Physical Education as well as a range of other core curriculum areas.

The advantage to running these taster days at this time is that new students can begin to get comfortable with the school surroundings without the added anxiety of moving around a busy school full of students, as will be the case the following week in the first week of term. The camp will also be offered to a select number of students in Years 8 and 9, who remember the tough transfer to secondary very well, but will also offer their help and support as a buddy.

Tackling sexual harassment amongst young people

It has been widely published that sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ amongst teenagers within society. Sexual harassment is an example of peer-on-peer abuse. Incidents can include:

Verbal comments or comments made on social media:

  • Sexist name-calling
  • Unwanted or inappropriate sexual comments
  • Rumours about sexual activity

Physical contact:

  • Unwanted touching eg in school, on the bus, walking home, at parties
  • Sexual assault

Being pressured:

  • Feeling pressured to do sexual things they did not want to do
  • Being put under pressure to send sexual images of themselves

Social media incidents:

  • Being sent unwanted sexual pictures
  • Having pictures or nudes that they sent being shared more widely without their knowledge or consent
  • Being photographed or videoed without their knowledge or consent
  • Having pictures or videos taken without their consent circulated on social media

What parents/carers can do?

We ask parents/carers to be aware of these issues and encourage your children to talk to you about any worries. We would also encourage them to report to us these concerns too.

My advice to parents and carers is to create the culture before the crisis. Children have told us they want their mums and dads to create a safe, judgment free space for them to talk about these issues. It’s better to do that before you hit a problem rather than trying to create that mood while you’re dealing with one.

Helpful Links

Digital Parenting

Digital Parenting is a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone. The free annual magazine is an online safety guide for families, providing parents and carers with practical information and advice directly from teachers, other parents/carers and online safety experts on a range of subjects.

The latest issue features a number of articles including the topics of:

  • Digital resilience and how to nurture it in children
  • PSHE and it’s role in keeping children safe online
  • Body image and social media
  • Live streaming
  • Cybersecurity: A parent’s guide
  • Spotting harmful sexual behaviour online
  • Age ratings and what they mean
  • Tools and controls

Helpful Links

Staying Safe Online

At SJB we are committed to ensuring that students are safe when using the internet at School. Nonetheless, much of a child’s internet usage occurs outside of school, and we ask parents/carers to be interested, supportive and vigilant to their children’s usage. This page has been designed to give you information that will support you in this role.

What is my child doing online through social networking?

Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to browse the internet for information, chat with others and play games. They may:

  • Search for information or content on search engines like Google and Bing
  • Share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps like Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube and Whatsapp
  • Use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
  • Play games alone or with others through websites, apps or game consoles
  • Chat with other people through online games, webcams, social networks and tools like Whatsapp.
  • When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family. There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.

What are the risks that my child could face?

Understanding the potential risks and encouraging safe and responsible use of the internet are crucial steps towards ensuring the safety of your child. Depending on the role that your child takes, whether the recipient, participant or actor, there are a number of potential risks.

Keeping your child safe online:
The internet is used every day in almost every home, we all know how useful it can be for research, gaming, keeping in touch with friends and even homework. But, as a parent, do you know what your child is researching, who they are playing games with and who their ‘online friends are.

A few tips to help keep them safe are:

  • Ensure you know who they are speaking to.
  • Do they know all their friends ‘online’ or are they “friends of friends”?
  • Do they have internet access all night in their bedrooms – do they need it?
  • Emphasise the danger of meeting someone they have only spoken to ‘online’.
  • Cyber-bullying is increasing – it is easier to type/text nasty things than say them face-to face.
  • Know how to report incidents and block unwanted contacts.

Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.

  • Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
  • Carry out spot checks on the devices that your children use, looking at images, videos, and social media
  • Use safety tools on social networks and other online services.
  • Use parental controls on your home internet
  • Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer. A useful guide can be found on the UK Safer Internet Centre’s website.

Helpful Links

Uniform Requirements

School uniform for Years 7-11 is compulsory, and we ask for the full co-operation of every parent in the maintenance of high standards in dress and appearance. The key words are smartness and general appropriateness; extremes should be avoided. The list below is quite detailed particularly with regard to shirts, skirts and trousers. Since uniforms are expensive it is essential that all items of clothing are clearly marked with the owner’s name, so that they can be returned quickly when mislaid. Iron-on labels are not sufficiently secure. School uniform must be worn from home to school and to home in the evening.

No jewellery may be worn except for medical bracelets, watches and matching plain gold or silver stud earrings – no more than one per ear. In line with Surrey County Council guidelines no jewellery at all may be worn during PE lessons even if it is taped up. Please ensure piercings are only done at the start of the summer holidays. Make-up and nail varnish may not be worn.

Extremes of fashion in clothing, footwear and hairstyle are not permitted. A haircut of Grade 2 and under is not acceptable. Unnatural hair colours are not permitted. If a member of SLT judges that your child’s appearance or clothes are unsuitable you will be contacted and he/she will be sent home.

Download a printable copy our uniform requirements

Girl’s Uniform

  • Description
  • Compulsory Items
  • Optional Items
  • Purchase from Valentino’s
  • Blazer
  • Navy blue complete with School Badge or Navy blue blazer from a High Street supplier with School Badge from Valentino’s sewn on
  • Blouse
  • Plain white
  • Skirt
  • Grey knee length skirt from Valentino’s
  • Trousers (FROM SEPT 2022)
  • Full length mid-grey tailored trousers not stretch or jersey material
  • Tie
  • School Tie yrs7-10
  • Tie
  • School Tie yr11 (available from School or Valentino’s)
  • Socks/tights
  • White socks or black tights with school skirt, grey or black socks with school trousers
  • Jumper
  • Navy blue v-necked
  • Shoes
  • Black flat or low-heeled shoes that can be polished (non-fabric)
  • Coat
  • Plain black or navy blue outdoor coat with no motifs
  • Gloves
  • Plain navy blue, black or grey
  • Hat
  • Plain navy blue, black or grey

Boys’s Uniform

  • Description
  • Compulsory Items
  • Optional Items
  • Purchase from Valentino’s
  • Blazer
  • Navy blue complete with School Badge or Navy blue blazer from a High Street supplier with School Badge from Valentino’s sewn on
  • Shirt
  • Plain white
  • Trousers
  • Mid-grey tailored trousers
  • Tie
  • School Tie yrs7-10
  • Tie
  • School Tie yr11 (available from School)
  • Socks
  • Grey or black
  • Jumper
  • Navy blue v-necked
  • Shoes
  • Black shoes that can be polished (non-fabric)
  • Coat
  • Plain black or navy blue outdoor coat with no motifs
  • Gloves
  • Plain navy blue, black or grey
  • Hat
  • Plain navy blue, black or grey

PE Kit

  • Description
  • Compulsory Items
  • Optional Items
  • Purchase from Valentino’s
  • Polo Shirt
  • Navy with school crest
  • GCSE Polo Shirt
  • Only if your child chooses PE as an option in Yr10 (available from school)
  • Shorts
  • Navy with school crest
  • Socks
  • Navy with school crest
  • Socks
  • White ankle socks (summer term only)
  • Rugby Shirt
  • Navy with school crest
  • 1/4 zip sweatshirt
  • Navy with school crest
  • Indoor trainers
  • Non-marking soles
  • Outdoor trainers
  • Football boots
  • No blades
  • Shin pads
  • Gum Shield
  • Holdall
  • With School Crest or plain from a High Street store
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Plain navy blue with no logo or motif
  • Base layer
  • Plain navy undertop and/or leggings from High Street store
  • Base layer
  • With SJB logo from Valentinos

Sixth Form Dress Code

  • Boys
  • Tailored suit with a collard shirt, tie and smart leather shoes.
    A smart jumper may be worn underneath (but not instead of) a suit jacket.
  • Girls
  • A tailored skirt suit (knee length) or trouser suit (full length) with a tailored jacket, smart blouse or top, and smart leather shoes.
  • General
  • Hair should be a natural colour.
    No chunky/fluffy knitwear or fluffy coats.

    No biker/DM boots/DM shoes or similar.
    No strappy/low cut tops
    No nose rings or multiple piercings.

The school uniform can be purchased at:

G & S by Valentino Ltd
23-29 Broadway
GU21 2DR
Tel: 01483 475051/473357 Fax: 01483 473505

Download a printable copy our uniform requirements

Support for Parents

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.

Pope John Paul II

Parenting is an incredible privilege that brings huge responsibility and joy, in equal measure. Parenting provides so many moments of happiness and pride, however, it is not without challenge. As teenagers grow and develop they require support to navigate the challenges that today’s society can present.

In this section of our website we have provided some useful support/ guidance for parents on a variety of key themes.

Supporting your child with their Wellbeing

Building Resilience

Through our curriculum, assemblies, form time activities and PSHE, we have a real focus on helping to develop resilience among our students. Resilient children are less afraid of making mistakes and more prepared to take risks – because they can cope if they get things wrong. They are also more able to be adaptable when they face challenges as they have developed a range of strategies to help them to overcome these. There are some fantastic resources you can access to help to support your child with this at home.

BBC Bitesize
Five ways to build your child’s resilience - BBC Bitesize
Raising resilient children

Additional Support – School Based Support

We do however understand that there may be times, for a variety of reasons, when your child is struggling and you may need some additional. We have a really clear structure of support at SJB with form tutors always being the first point of contact. Any additional support your child may need will be co-ordinated through your child’s Head of Year. We offer a wide range of additional support including:

  • Coping Strategies
  • Wellbeing Mentors
  • Small group Wellbeing Sessions (for anxiety and self esteem)
  • Bereavement support
  • Short term counselling sessions / support
  • Referrals to external / additional support

Should you feel like your child needs additional support please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance. They will be able to pass on your concerns to the most relevant person.

Parental Guide

As a school we are regularly asked by parents and carers for advice on how to best support children with their well-being at home.

So we thought it would be helpful if we put together a booklet with strategies and organisations that have been particularly helpful / effective in the past.

Whilst this is by no means a complete picture, of every method that can be used or every organisation that can be accessed, we do hope that you will find this a helpful starting point.

Supporting your child with their Wellbeing at home
Download the booklet

External Support

There are a number of organisations who offer support for families and young people covering a range of specialities. Below are organisations which have been successfully used by families and young people in the past year.

Healthy Surrey
...Surrey is a website created by Surrey County Council to provide support for emotional wellbeing and mental health needs. The website has a range of self help resources, online help and details of where to access more help if you need it.
Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing
Someone is available 24 hours a day to listen to any concerns without judgement or pressure. Website and phone service.
Young Minds
...are an organisation who specialise in working with young people. They have a wide variety of resources on their website which cover a range of topics.
...are an online service who provide digital support to young people who are experiencing issues with their mental health. They provide articles, wellbeing ideas and online community support.
...has a wide range of resources which provide information to help your child understand how they might be feeling. They also offer a range of ideas of things that can be done to support wellbeing.
Coming out of lockdown
...is a website produced by the NHS with a range of help and advice for parents who may be concerned about their childs mental health
MindEd For Families
BEAT ...is an organisation specialising in Eating Disorders. They offer a phone and online chat support. 0808 801 0711
Chat Health
...is a confidential text messaging service for young people. You can get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support
...offers facts, advice and support on drugs and alcohol. They operate online and via phone support.
...offers support for young people suffering bereavement. They have a website full of really useful information plus they offer online support

In a crisis situation

Should you find yourself in a situation where you need URGENT support regarding your child’s mental health or wellbeing please use the following services:

Surrey Mental Health Service offer a Mental Health Helpline

They operate 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year 0800 915 4644

If you cannot get an appointment with your GP and it is an emergency, take your child to A&E.