Our Inclusion Lead is Mrs T Pugh.
If you have any queries or concerns relating to Inclusion/Special Needs Provision in school then please contact Mrs Pugh either by telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
A child or young person has SEN (Special Educational Needs) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
(SEN Code of Practice 0-25 2014)
A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition of the paragraph above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Section 20 Children and Families Act 2014).
At St Paul’s C of E Primary School we strive to fully include and support any child with special educational needs and/or a disability by identifying barriers to learning at an early stage and working with parents, staff and outside agencies to decide on the best provision for the individual. This School Offer will allow parents to be advised on any questions they may have.
If a child’s teacher has concerns about a child they will contact parents to discuss these concerns. Teachers will use assessments of the children in terms of academic progress and behaviour. The school will then decide on how they will be able to meet the child’s needs. Key indicators that a child needs extra help and may have special educational needs are that the gap between their attainment and their peers’ is widening or that their social, emotional, health or physical development is of concern.
The Inclusion Lead, Mrs Pugh, may also be consulted about the needs of your child. Mrs Pugh works closely with the teachers at St Paul’s, advises on extra support or interventions, and will consult with outside agencies. Mrs Pugh also monitors the progress of all children with SEND (Special Educational Needs/Disabilities) and chairs all review meetings.
Parents are invited in for parents evening in the Autumn and Spring term, in which parents are told how their child is progressing. Concerns from both parties can be raised in this meeting too.
Any child, who is supported 1:1 by the Learning Support Service (LSS) or Behaviour Support Service (BSS), will have regular review meetings with the Inclusion Lead, class teacher and support teacher to discuss specific work which has been done with these agencies and progress made.
Any child who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a new Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) will have an annual review meeting to discuss progress and support. It is vital that parents attend these meetings so that you can be involved in discussions about how to best support your child in school.
However, if at any other time parents are concerned about their child’s progress or development or if they need to share information, their first contact is always the class teacher to arrange a meeting or telephone call.
The class teacher, Inclusion Lead and other outside agencies will be able to advise you on what help and support you can give at home to best support your child.
St Paul’s strives to be fully inclusive and has many approaches to best supporting children with SEND.
If a child is having specific difficulties with their social and emotional behaviour and following the school’s behaviour policy is difficult, a child may be placed on a behaviour plan. The Behaviour Support Service may be consulted, with parental permission to advise on support and strategies.
A number of key staff have been trained in ‘Team Teach’, which helps them promote positive behaviour and support children to make good choices if need be. It also enables staff to carry out positive handling strategies, which parents will be advised of.
The progress of children with SEND is carefully monitored by the Governing Body, and there is a designated SEN Governor who discusses any queries or concerns regarding SEN when needed. The SENCo and SEN Governor work closely and meet termly to ensure children with SEND are being supported appropriately, included fully in school life and are making good progress.
St Paul’s carefully monitors continuing professional development for teachers and any support staff and allocates expertise where required. All staff at St Paul’s have recently had training in Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), ADHD awareness and Dyslexia Friendly Schools. Other training that staff have received is plentiful but includes Speech and Language, Makaton, Team Teach, Cerebral Palsy in mainstream schools and Motor Skills United. The school SENCo is qualified in a Postgraduate Certificate for The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
At St Paul’s we strive to include every child in all aspects of school life where possible. The school is currently undergoing extensive building and expansion work, which will make the school fully accessible to wheelchair users.
St Paul’s run different after school clubs which children are encouraged to join, and if a child finds certain elements difficult, school will work with parents and the child to try and alleviate problems. All children are invited on school trips and additional support is available if need. Risk assessments are completed and discussions are taken where necessary with the venue. We take into account any children with SEND to ensure they are safe at all times.
St Paul’s works with a number of outside agencies from who we can ask for advice and support, and to refer children so they may be assessed and support put in place. It is important to note that supporting children with outside agencies is part of a graduated response and they require work to have been done in school before they assess them for additional support.
The agencies we currently work with are:
When a child joins St Paul’s they are invited with parents to visit the school and class they will be joining. We are happy to help with any additional transition work from previous settings.
If a child leaves us before the end of a key stage, we will speak to their next school to discuss the child’s needs and current arrangements. Any paperwork will be sent to the new school so the child can carry on where they left us.
As children move classes, teachers meet to discuss the progress and any SEND children, and will spend time getting to know the children, especially those who may find the move difficult.
All year 6 children do transition work before moving to secondary school and if your child has SEND, they can have additional visits and have a familiar member of staff with them if appropriate. Any child with a Statement or EHC plan applies to their chosen secondary school in the Year 5 annual review.
Any extra transition work can be done by the class teachers, support staff, LSS and BSS.
St Paul’s staff undertake regular training to equip them to deal with known medical needs within school such as Asthma. Teaching Assistants are first aid trained.
Only prescribed medicines are administered in school. Parents are required to complete a medicine form before any will be given. These can be found at the school office.
Parents can contact their child’s class teacher, the SENCo or the Head teacher. Parents may also find it useful to read the school’s policy for Inclusion, Disability Equality and Special Educational Needs, which can be found under the ‘Policies’ tab on our school website.
Below is a link to Stockport Council’s Support for Children with Additional Needs’ web page where you can find out more information and find links to services involved in SEN support.