Inclusion, SEN&D Needs and Disabilities
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The point of contact for our school SENCO is Mrs Elizabeth Orr - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01380 813436.
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.
All children may experience some difficulties in learning from time to time during their school life. We aim to provide equal access to the whole curriculum for all children including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). All teaching staff are involved in the learning and development of pupils with SEND. Parents and carers are involved at all stages.
We place great emphasis on identifying pupils with additional needs as early as possible, therefore ensuring a differentiated curriculum to accommodate individual needs and allow maximum access to the curriculum. Where a child has a particular individual need, we will make reasonable adjustments to help them overcome their difficulties which may include additional support. Depending on the identified need this support may take place in class, in a small group or on an individual basis. On occasion, additional support is sought from an external agency such as, School Health, the Behaviour Support service, or the Educational Psychology Service.
All Wiltshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible. The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
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 the 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)
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 a 'My Support Plan’ or an 'Education Health Care Plan' (EHCP) depending on their level of need.
What is a My Support Plan?
A My Support Plan is Wiltshire's way of supporting young people who do not meet the criteria for a My EHC Plan.
At this level, a Lead Worker will not be involved, but a My Support Plan can be completed by an educational setting or another professional working with a young person and used to plan and co-ordinate their support.
Who will have a My Support Plan?
My Support Plans are person centred and outcome focused. This means they are designed to concentrate on individual needs and prioritise the things that important to, and important for, an individual. If used properly, My EHC Plans and My Support Plans should evolve with an individual.
What should you do if you think your child needs a My Support Plan?
Talk to the class teacher or SENCo in the first instance. Although Wiltshire Local Authority SEND Lead Worker will not be involved in writing a My Support Plan, because it is not statutory, they may still be able to give advice if you call our Single Point of Contact (01225 757 985)
What is the connection between a My EHC Plan and a My Support Plan?
A My Support Plan is not a legally binding plan, so not all schools will complete one and some will have their own approach to this level of support. However, Wiltshire Local Authority have tried to design a My Support Plan to match up as closely as possible with a My EHC Plan, so that if a young person’s needs increase, their support can be delivered without interruption.
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 class teacher 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 class teacher or the SENCO at any time. Please do this by ringing or emailing the school office on 01380 813436 or email@example.com.
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.
At St Barnabas CEVC Primary School we ensure that we offer an ASD friendly school environment and approach to learning. All of our classrooms are designed to be Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) friendly with visual timetables and clear prompts on display. We believe in early identification and intervention of additional needs. We work with parents of children who display signs of ASD to put provision in place to remove barriers to emotional wellbeing, learning and social interaction. In some cases where intervention has not successfully removed barriers and the child continues to struggle, we carry out a referral to the Wiltshire Children's Community Services. This referral requires the school and parents to work together over two terms to complete a questionnaire and gather evidence of what has worked for the child and what remains a concern. This evidence is then submitted to the pathway and will be triaged to decide if the child requires further assessment.
At St Barnabas CEVC Primary School we offer a range of approaches and strategies to children with ASD. These include visual approaches to communication, social communication groups, use of clear, unambiguous language, play therapy, quiet spaces, sensory aides, visual timetables, checklists, alternative ways of recording, work buddies, short sensory breaks and regular check ins with an adult.
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 organises 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, cross country, dance, football, athletics, Times Tables Rockstars, gardening, art and drawing clubs, book 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 regular Nurture Group sessions that are run by a teaching assistant 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, where parents/carers are provided with termly progress reports 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 with the SENCO and class teachers.
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.
Termly SEND Surgeries for parents and carers to find out more about particular SEND concerns.
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 focused 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 Jardine Broom.
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.
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 Local Offer
Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. Information is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.