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 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. 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 ramps to allow wheelchair users to access the building, as well as power assisted doors and a lift. We also have a disabled parking space at the front of the school. Our infant building is fully accessible with an accessible toilet. The junior building is still only partially accessible at this present time.
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?
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staffs have a selection of training relating to Makaton, Movement Difficulties Programmes 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 e.g. Makaton, PECs, Lexia.
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 children with SEND 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.
Who is the SEND Governor for the school?
Our SEND Governors are Mrs Anne Coulson and Mrs Marie Scott.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs Brunton our SENCo if you have any further questions you would like to ask.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.