Learning Support and SEN Information

Mrs Maria Hewton

SEN Co-ordinator

maria.hewton@ssscp.org.uk

Special Educational Needs Information

At St Stephens Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school.

In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey.

Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is:

Mrs Maria Hewton

Roles & Responsibilities of the special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  

Our SENCOs are responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN.   We liaise with staff to monitor the pupil’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. We regularly have contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice.  If you have any concerns regarding SEN matters do not hesitate to contact us. 

There are many SEN terms that are abbreviated which can lead to confusion (even for us!). Below is a glossary of the most used SEN terms.  

APP

Attendance Advisory Practitioner

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD

Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

BESD

Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

CAF

Common Assessment Framework

CAMHS

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

COP

Code of Practice

CP

Child Protection

DCD

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

EAL

English as an Additional Language

EP

Educational Psycologist

FSM

Free School Meals

HI

Hearing Impairment

IEP

Individual Educational Plan

ISR

In School Review

KS

Key Stage

LAC

Looked After Child

LEA

Local Educational Authority

MLD

Mild Learning Difficulties

NC

National Curriculum

OT

Occupational Therapist

PSP

Pastoral Support Programme

SaLT

Speech & Language Therapy

SEN

Special Educational Needs

SEND

Special Educational Needs & Disability

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulty

VI

Visual Impairment

What is a local offer?

First introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) the local offer identifies services available to support disabled children, children with SEN and their families.

How do we know if children need extra help?

We know when pupils need help if:

  • Concerns are raised by parents/carers and teachers or the child
  • Limited progress is being made
  • There is a change in the pupils behaviour or progress
  • When pupils have identified SEND, we work with people who already know them and use information already available to support their needs

What shall I do if I think my child may have SEN?

The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns.  The class teacher will then liaise with the SENCO and a way forward will be established.

How does the school involve pupils and parents/carers in meeting SEND?

  • Planning and review meetings
  • Advice on how to support learning at home
  • Regular contact between home and school
  • Individual pupil/teacher conversations

What Support is Available?

High quality class teaching

  • All learning opportunities are differentiated
  • Support with managing and understanding behaviour
  • Support with health needs and/or disabilities
  • Whole school curriculum adaptation to support inclusion
  • Specialist teaching (group or individual as appropriate)
  • Consideration as to how children learn best
  • Collaborative working with outside agencies as required

How accessible to children with SEND?

  • Physical accessibility
  • Facilities for personal care
  • Specialist teaching areas

How will the school know how well children with SEND are doing?

Children’s progress will be assessed in line with the schools assessment policy, in addition children may have individual plans and provision mapping as appropriate.  We also have additional assessment resources to help us break down and measure achievement in children whose progress has been slow.

How will the school support children with SEND to change classes or move onto a new school?

Teachers liaise with parents and carers sharing information and preparing the pupil in advance of the move.  Teachers and the SENCO pay particular attention to preparing pupils with SEND for transfer to secondary school.  Information is shared from primary SENCO to secondary SENCOs prior to transfer.

How are school staff trained and supported to work with children with SEND?

We identify training needs and call on the services of specialist providers in line with our school development plan. 

What support and training is available to parents and carers?

  • Parent learning support groups
  • Informal parents coffee mornings/afternoons
  • Family Support Worker
  • Occasional training offered by outside agencies

How does the school ensure that children with SEND are included in all activities at school?

Pupils with SEND are encouraged to participate in all school activities.  Where possible, adaptations are made to ensure the inclusion of all children.

We hope this information has answered any queries you may have, but do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.

Telephone number: 01752 843561

Email address: secretary@ssscp.org.uk

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