Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Please see below for information on our special educational needs, SEND provision, SEND Policy, SEND Policy Summary and our Accessibility Plan.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator is Mrs. Emma Lintin.
It is estimated that approximately 20% of all children will experience some difficulties during their school careers. These may be in learning, behaviour, medical or social.
Mrs. Lintin and our extremely experienced and well qualified team of staff ensure that the support for these children in our school is of an excellent standard. We endeavour to establish a good relationship with the children and ensure that they feel secure and well supported within their learning environment. Parents are kept well informed at all times of progress with termly review meetings and Mrs. Lintin is always happy to have meetings with parents who may have questions or concerns.
If your child is experiencing problems in school, their class teacher will pass on his or her concerns first to you, the parent and then to Mrs. Lintin who will then monitor your child's progress and do a classroom observation. Various assessments may also be carried out.
Following this you will be invited in for a meeting and it may be suggested that your child is placed on the 'Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Register'. This means they will be given a Learning Passport which will have some targets for the next term. The Learning Passport will also show you how the school is going to help your child and suggest ways in which you can help at home. Initially your child will be at the 'school support' stage which means that their class teacher will monitor their progress very carefully and invite you in for a progress report three times each academic year.
If your child requires additional support with emotional or behavioural difficulties they may be given a Pastoral Support Plan which will be reviewed every eight weeks within a meeting with all professionals working with your child. Where necessary the Pupil Re-integration Team (PRT) and/or the Behaviour Outreach Support Service (BOSS) may also become involved.
If it is felt that your child needs additional help and that expected progress is not being made we will suggest that an outside agency becomes involved. The school has access to a number of such agencies including the Educational Psychologist (EP), the Specialised Teaching Team (STT), The Working Together Team, the Speech and Language Team (SALT), the Sensory Impaired Service and Health Visitors (depending on the age of the child).
If your child requires additional support from an outside agency, a representative from that agency will come into school to observe and assess your child. Sometimes they may work with your child. We will always keep you aware of who is involved and what is happening and all the agencies are happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns. Once an agency is involved they work closely with the class teacher to inform the Learning Passport and to advise on teaching and classroom strategies. As before there are termly review meetings but this time they are held with Mrs. Lintin, the class teacher and, if possible, the representative from the agency.
In some cases, where there are many agencies involved we recommend that a 'Team Around The Child' (TAC) meeting is opened . This helps us to get all the people concerned in the same room every 6-8 weeks and makes the whole system a lot more effective. It is particularly useful where you, the parents, are also experiencing problems at home.
www.ipsea.org.uk - this is a nationally based charity providing legally based advice to families on SEN.