When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) provides statutory guidance for all schools, local authorities and health providers and sets out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. You can find information specific to our school in the school information report and information relating to the local authority on their Local Offer.
How accessible is your school?
Our school has ramped access to buildings directly from the main entrance and yards. Parents of children with SEND that require access of this type are permitted to use the main entrance. We have a disabled toilet and a selection of specialist furniture within school to meet the needs of a variety of physical conditions.
For full details on accessibility, please see our Accessibility Plan here.
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, further details can be found here. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise and staff will implement any guidance or programmes as recommended.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Within school, members of staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid and all staff receive annual Safeguarding Level 1 training. In addition, staff within school are trained in a wide range of areas specific to SEND in order to provide the best support possible for the children in our care. Further details can be found here.
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. Further details on transition can be found here.
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, our annual sponsored events, annual events such as the Summer fair, sports events, parent meetings are conducted prior to any residential trips and additional parent support sessions are conducted throughout the year, for example phonics training in EYFS and KS1.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs Hill (SENCo) if you have any further questions you would like to ask.