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?
The new SEND code of practice will be published and this sets 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. Here is the link to the Code of Practice Document
How accessible is your school?
Our school has appropriate access to the buildings. Pupils enter school from the yard and their route to all teaching spaces is on one level. We have a disabled toilet. Parents and carers are invited to discuss their children’s accessibility needs with school at any time and we endeavour to address these as effectively as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and also refer to our accessibility policy.
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. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Some members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Movement Difficulties Programmes, attachment training and specific training from Speech and Language Therapists. 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, where appropriate, our SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs.
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 SENDCO 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. We welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of a school day and they are welcome to arrange additional dates to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. We invite parents to school performances, liturgies, cake stalls, Christmas and Summer Fairs and other fundraising events. They are also invited to help with our school trips when appropriate to ensure adequate supervision of children at all times.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.