When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posed by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?
A new SEND code of practice will be published and this will set out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it, when providing for SEND children/young adults.
We will be adding a link, to the Code of Practice document, as soon as it’s available.
How accessible is your school?
Our school has easy access to the building, directly from the main entrance and yard. We have a disabled toilet and a selection of specialist resources within school, to meet the needs of a variety of physical conditions.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
What specialist services are available, at your school, to meet my child’s needs?
We work with an extensive range of services and professionals, to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. We encourage these professionals to visit school, as often as possible, to work with our staff and share their expertise.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training, including Speech and Language, emotional wellbeing etc.. Each year, the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff.
How will my child be included in activities, outside of the classroom, including school trips?
We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities, outside of the classroom, by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support, if going out of school. We organise transport, that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included. In addition, our SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits, to settings that meet their specific needs e.g. sensory play.
How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school. Their teacher and SENCo will discuss with secondary colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits, to the new school, will be carried out with the child and Secondary School Staff, in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine, with the support of a familiar adult.
How are parents involved with your school?
We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. Parents are welcome to arrange additional dates, to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision, as well as staff being available, on the school yard, at the end of the day. We invite parents to school performances, sports events and parent ‘pop in’ sessions. They are also encouraged to help with our school garden, as part of an after-school club and we warmly welcome parents to become actively involved in our Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Miss Joy Hodgkinson (SENCO), if you have any further questions you would like to ask.