The school Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Laura Vallance, who can be contacted on 01209 820456 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school have a 'Local Offer' to support families in accessing services for their child through the school. It is also hoped that this will support families when choosing which school they want their child to attend.
The Code of Practice for Special Education Needs gives the school the responsibility of identifying children with special educational needs and ensuring ‘appropriate’ provision is made.
It is the policy of the school to identify any child with a special educational need at the earliest possible age in order that the appropriate provision can be made. Those experiencing difficulties will, after consultation with parents, be placed on the SEN register of need. Children with special educational needs may include those with physical disabilities, hearing or visual impairment, emotional and behavioural problems, language or specific learning problems.
The role of the parents in identifying and helping their child with special difficulties is vital, and the school uses its policy of parental consultations to the full to maintain a close working relationship.
Not all children who are identified as having special educational needs have a formal statement. For these children, who often have language or reading difficulties, we endeavour to offer support in the classroom using non-teaching staff, and the advice of our SEN co-ordinator. The support these children are given is often on a daily basis and is linked whenever possible with the planned work of the class.
For a very small number of children a formal assessment of educational need is made, and a Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) written which identifies the help needed and recommends appropriate action. The procedure involves the SENCO, the Educational Psychologist, the teaching staff and other professional bodies who may be able to offer advice. This can be a lengthy process and the school will offer as much support to parents as possible.
The provision that is made for children with Educational Health Care Plans is varied and may consist of short periods of specialist teaching, ancillary support, physiotherapy, or possibly a place in another school offering specialist provision. The formal EHCPs of the children are reviewed annually, and parents are fully involved in this process.
If you have any concerns, or would like further help or advice about supporting your child's needs... please talk to your child's class teacher or our SENCo. We will be happy to help!