GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
What does St Barnabas CEVC Primary School offer children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families?
St Barnabas CEVC Primary School has a SEND policy, in which its definition of SEND is taken from the 2014 Code of Practice (Department for Education: 2014). This is available to view on the Policies and Documents page of this website in addition to the link below.
St Barnabas CEVC Primary School
We are a small, friendly staff at St Barnabas CEVC Primary School. We work hard to ensure that the school has a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere, where children feel safe and secure. We pride ourselves on ensuring that we plan and deliver fun and exciting lessons, which are well matched to the curriculum objectives.
What do we mean by “Special Educational Needs”?
• Under the 2014 Special Education Needs Code of Practice, Special Education Needs and Disabilities are placed together, and abbreviated to SEND.
• Any child who has a learning need or a disability which is sustained (i.e. lasts, or is likely to last, more than a year) and substantial (defined as ‘not trivial’) may be classified as having a Special Educational Need and placed on the SEND support register.
• Wiltshire produce checklists for schools to use to identify children whose difficulties mean they should be placed on the SEND support register.
How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child has Special Educational Needs?
At St Barnabas children are identified as having SEND in a variety of ways including the following;
• Concerns raised by parents
• Concerns raised by teacher or teaching assistant (i.e. social and nurture needs preventing progress)
• Child performing below age related academic expectations as noted by class teachers on-going assessments and by reviews of data by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and headteacher
• Liaison with outside agencies (i.e. speech and language therapists)
• Liaison with a paediatrician who has made a health diagnosis
• Consideration of the WIPD (Wiltshire Indicators Performance Descriptors)
What special needs does the school cater for and how?
The types of difficulty identified in the Education Act are:
• Communication and Interaction; this includes children who experience a difficulty in communicating with others; children who may not understand or use social rules of communication and children who have speech or language difficulties.
• Cognition and Learning; this includes children who may learn at a slower pace to their peers even with appropriate differentiation and excellent classroom teaching.
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties; these difficulties manifest themselves in many ways including withdrawal or disruptive behaviour.
• Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties; this includes disabilities which prevents or hinders a child from making use of the educational facilities generally provided.
How will St Barnabas CEVC Primary School support my child to achieve their full potential? Who will oversee, plan and work with my child and how often will this happen?
• Our SENCO oversees all support and progress of any child needing additional support in school.
• As a whole school we aim that all children with special educational needs have their needs met to the best of our ability with the funds available.
• Your child’s class teacher will oversee and plan work within their class setting to aim to ensure that progress is made in every area.
• A teaching assistant may work with your child, either individually, or as part of a group, if this is seen as necessary by the SENCO and your child’s class teacher. The regularity of these sessions will be explained to you when support starts.
• Sometimes, specialist support from outside agencies (i.e. Speech and Language Therapists) will be sought for your child if, after discussion between yourselves and the SENCO, this is thought to be appropriate. The regularity of these sessions will be explained to you when support starts.
How is SEND recorded in school and my child’s progress monitored?
• If it has been agreed, in partnership with yourselves, to place your child on the SEND register, then they will either be assessed as needing ‘School Support’ or ‘School Plus Support’ depending on their level of need.
• Children at the School Support level will be offered focussed differentiation in class and may have access to intervention programmes and/or booster groups in school. Class teachers and teaching assistants will monitor the progress made.
• Children at the School Plus Support level will have a ‘My Plan’ which will monitor and aim to accelerate their progress through individual targets and actions. Your child’s My Plan will be written in partnership with your child, yourselves and school. The targets will be achievable and time scaled and the expectation is that the targets will be achieved by the time of the next review meeting, which will be organised by the school SENCO.
• If your child has complex SEND they may have a Education Health Care Plan as agreed by the local authority. If you or school feel that this is an appropriate level of support for your child then formal meetings will be held with the SENCO to discuss this.
Who will explain this to me and help me to support my child’s learning?
• The school will keep you informed about your child’s progress with twice yearly parent’s evenings and an annual written report. Your child’s classteacher will explain their expectations for your child and how he or she will be supported to achieve them.
• If your child has a ‘My Plan’ to help accelerate support and progress then you will meet with the SENCO at least three times a year to work together and agree next steps for your child.
• In addition to this we are always keen to hear of any questions you may have or share any special celebrations of your child’s progress at any point throughout the year. You are always welcome to make an appointment with either your child’s classteacher or the SENCO at any time. Please do this by ringing or emailing the school office on 01380 813436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will my child’s voice be heard?
• As a Church school we celebrate diversity, respect children’s rights and encourage children to honour their responsibilities. Regular class Personal, Social and Health Education activities, supported lunchtime groups and an organised school council all provide regular forums in which children can share their opinions in an open context. Classes all also have their own agreed arrangements for how to share thoughts, worries and ideas on a one to one basis.
• Children working on intervention programmes will discuss their targets with the teacher or teaching assistant leading them.
• Children with a My Plan or Education Health Care Plan will, when appropriate, be invited to contribute to the review meetings. Where it isn’t fitting for them to be present, their views will always be sought beforehand with the help of a supportive and trusted adult.
Accessibility of the setting environment
The site is accessible for wheelchairs. Although there are steps within the building there are ramps in place at the site to allow access to the building.
We have a modern and well equipped disabled toilet which is large enough to enable changing.
All of our classrooms are designed to be Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) friendly with visual timetables and clear prompts on display
Activities outside of the classroom, including school trips
At St Barnabas CEVC Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that we are inclusive to the needs of all children. Trips are carefully planned and the needs of the group are assessed at the planning stage. Where possible, extra resources are put in place to allow every child to take part, e.g. ensuring there is an extra adult to supervise a child on a 1:1 basis if needed.
Social / out of school opportunities
The school PTA (Friends of St Barnabas) organise various events throughout the year, such as school discos and film nights. There are also a variety of clubs run over the year by outside agencies and by staff within the school. Examples from last year include: netball, football, Mathletics, gardening, art and drawing clubs, cookery clubs, and many others. If additional support is required in order to access an activity, school will provide staff or volunteers.
Supporting children’s social development
Each class teaches PSHE weekly to the whole class. Support is given to individuals and groups as issues arise. Where a need is identified that is additional to the support given in class, Social Skills groups are set up for groups of individuals to take part in. We also currently have a morning Nurture Group that is run by a teaching assistant that is trained in emotional literacy.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child/young person’s needs?
The needs of the majority of children will be met in the classroom. In all classes teachers are responsible for the teaching and learning of all pupils, including those with SEND. They ensure that the work is appropriately planned and differentiated so all children can access it. Teaching assistants (TAs) or the teacher may be allocated to work with the pupil in small focus groups or 1:1 to target more specific needs. Where appropriate, specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slope or pencil grips.
For some children it will be necessary for them to spend time in small group work or being withdrawn from the classroom for specific, timed activities related to the needs identified in their ‘My Plan’. This may be delivered by the teacher or teaching assistant and will complement classroom work so that the skills, knowledge and understanding will be transferred to the classroom. The SENCO will oversee this provision.
Who can I talk to / how, if I am not happy with what / how my child is learning?
The class teacher will meet with parents/carers two times a year, as well as reporting comprehensively on your child’s progress in their annual report. For children on the special educational needs register , further review meetings will be held.
If you are unsure at any time, please talk to us. Your first port of call should always be your child’s class teacher. Together, you can then decide whether it is a matter for the SENCO or whether the issue can be dealt with by yourself and the class teacher. You are more than welcome to make an appointment with the class teacher or SENCO through the usual channels.
What Specialist Support and Expertise can St Barnabas Offer?
Our SENCO is fully qualified and accredited in line with Code of Practice requirements
Our teachers are all trained in how to make their classrooms and lessons accessible to all and have a wide and varied SEND background
Our teaching assistants (TAs) share an extensive experience of many different SEND needs and all teaching assistants have dedicated areas of expertise in which they lead interventions across the whole school
A TA trained in Emotional Literacy support (ELSA) who provides intensive nurture and social skills support alongside the curriculum
An TA trained in Narrative Therapy to support speech and language
Regular and established links to specialist learning support provided by Wiltshire Council specialist teachers
Regular and established links to behaviour support specialists provided by Wiltshire Council
Regular and established links to Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (PCAMHS)based at Melksham Hospital
Regular and established links to an occupational therapist
Regular and established links to a named Educational Psychologist
Links to child counselling service.
A named school nurse to advise and support with medical needs
Trained first aiders in school
A lunchtime team led by a playleader trained in resolution focussed outcomes
A parent support advisor able to lead and enable access to counselling, parenting courses, signpost to family therapy and adult mental health services and offer long term support to families with children with SEND
How are school staff trained to manage SEND?
The SENCO provides regular training to school staff at staff meetings, TA meetings and on training days.
The SENCO attends regular training provided by specialists in SEND and also attends local SENCO cluster groups
Outside agencies come into school or organise local cluster groups to provide training in their own specialist fields (i.e. visual support for children with ASC)
If specific training is required to meet the needs of your child (i.e. specialist medical training) then the SENCO will liaise with outside professionals and yourselves to ensure that this happens.
The SENCO is responsible for ensuring that resources and provision is effective. This is monitored through on-going analysis of progress and reported in the SENCO’s reports to governors.
How are the governors involved and what are their responsibilities?
The SENCO reports to the governors at least twice a year to inform them of progress being made by children with SEND. This report does not refer to individual children and confidentiality is maintained at all times.
One of the governors is named as having responsibility for SEND and meets regularly with the SENCO to ensure that they are informed of all progress and needs for the future. They also report back to the wider governing body. The Governor with responsibility for SEND is Bridget Herniman.
Our school is aware that when it is time for a child to move schools or year groups these transitions are key times and need to be planned for to ensure it is as smooth as possible.
If your child is moving into our school:
We like to have had records sent from the previous school or nursery and to have spoken to the parents and/or SENCO to know about any special arrangements that need to be made for your child.
We would like you to arrange for your child to visit our school before their first day. If your child is moving into Reception from nursery education your child will have planned induction visits.
If your child is moving to another school:
We will contact the SENCO to pass on key information about your child and to inform them of any special arrangements for your child.
We will pass your child’s records onto the new school as soon as possible.
When your child moves year groups and/or classrooms:
Information about your child will be passed onto their new teachers.
Our school has a ‘Meet the teacher’ session for the children to meet their new teachers as a whole class.
Parents have an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher within the first week of a new school year.
If your child needs more support with transitioning to their new class, we will support these special arrangements for your child.
In Year 6:
Our Year 6 class teacher and the SENCO meet with the Year Group Leaders and/or SENCOs of the feeder Secondary Schools. At these meetings key information about your child is passed on and a discussion is held if your child needs extra support with their transition.
Your child will have an induction day at their new school with the rest of the of the Year 6’s transitioning to the same school.
If you child would benefit from extra visits and contact with their new Secondary School please speak to your child’s class teacher and this can be arranged.
If your child is moving to a Secondary School further afield then please let your child’s class teacher know and they along with the SENCO will pass key information over.
Questions from young people
The child is at the heart of everything we do and therefore their feelings and responses to the new way SEND is delivered must be taken into consideration.
The children will obviously have many questions that will need to be answered. Some of these might already be covered within our general information pages or welcome packs. However, as these issues specifically relate to anxieties and concerns felt by the young people with SEND, we will endeavour to answer those questions as and when they arise.
The point of contact for our school is Lindsay Clough (SENCO) or Jill Hibbs (Headteacher).