Special Education Needs
General Information and Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I think my child has a Special Educational Need or Disability?
If you think your child has a Special Educational Need or Disability ( SEND ), please contact school prior to their admission to discuss what we can offer to meet your child’s needs or disability. If you have any medical information or diagnosis please inform school. We will discuss your child’s needs and together determine the best course of action. If your child is already in our school and you have concerns, please talk to the class teacher and arrange to see the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
What is the school ethos/approach to SEN and Disability?
St Andrew’s CE Primary School aims to enable all children, regardless of their ability, to achieve their potential to thrive in an enabling environment. St. Andrew’s Primary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. The early years document ‘ Development Matters’ and the National Curriculum are our starting points for planning to meet the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. A minority of children have particular learning/ physical/ emotional requirements that could create barriers to learning. The consequence of these needs may present as a child having a Special Educational Need or disability (SEND). Teachers take account of these requirements and make provision, where necessary, to support individuals or groups of children, enabling them to participate effectively in curriculum activities. Children may have SEND either throughout, or at any time during, their school life. This policy ensures that curriculum planning for children with SEND takes account of the nature and extent of the difficulty experienced by the child.
How will I know if my child is making progress in school?
Parents are involved in the assessment and review process of the school’s provision, throughout their child’s schooling. Teachers will keep parents informed on their child’s progress and we welcome a dialogue about their child’s progress.
Identification of need by school will take place on entry to school. Sources of information will include:
Class teacher observations, pupil progress meetings have a focus on children with SEND.
Parents are asked for their feedback.
Previous school records (including SATs) are used to inform parents of their child’s progress.
Outside agency records are shared with parents.
Pupil opinion is sought and any outcomes in pupil’s books are shared.
Any available standardised test assessments will be shared with parents.
If pupils have already been identified as having SEND, the parents will be provided with the opportunity to liaise with the child’s previous teacher.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Social and emotional development is very important to your child’s progress in school. The school also delivers Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning through the curriculum. Classes address this area of learning through Circle time when children have the opportunity to discuss and share their feelings in a non-threatening environment.
School has close contact with Behaviour Support Services which will deliver individual and group support for social and emotional difficulties.
How will I be involved in discussions about, planning for and involvement in my child’s education?
Parents are informed about provision from the very beginning a concern is raised about their child’s progress. Parents are invited to discuss the progress and concerns with the Class Teacher, Teaching and Learning Support Assistant and SENCO at each step. Parents are involved in the writing and evaluation of Early Help Action Plan and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Parents are invited to meetings with school staff and outside agencies.
How will St Andrew’s CE Primary School involve children and young people in their education and in the decision making process?
Through the Assertive Mentoring Process each term, teachers consult with pupils regarding setting their targets and moving on when they have achieved them. Children are conferenced about their learning and how they learn best. Our Learning Challenge Curriculum provides opportunities for children to learn from their own interests and ideas.
Where can I find information about Local Authority provision for children and young people with SEND?
The Local Offer is published at: www.bolton.gov.uk
How should complaints regarding SEND provision be made and how will they be dealt with?
Although the intention is that everything which can be done for the pupils with SEND will be done, there may be times when parents may have a complaint about the provision for their child. In most cases, it is expected that issues can be resolved with the class teacher. If parents are still concerned about SEND provision for their child, they should make an appointment to see the SENCO. Should they find the outcome of this discussion unsatisfactory, they should contact the Head teacher or the SEND Governor.
Please find below a PDF showing our SEN report.
In the attached document you will see how we support those children who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, and their families.
12th October 2015
9th December 2016