The SEND code of practice has been published which 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.
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.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
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 therapists, personalised social and emotional programmes etc.
Members of staff all have Basic First Aid Training and Safeguarding Level 1. Identified staff have Paediatric First Aid training and Safeguarding Level 2/3 qualifications. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Autism, 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. use of suction devices, PEGS feeding, Diabetes, use of Epi-pens, Asthma, Lego Therapy, Reading Inference, Dyslexia, Fine Motor Skills, Sensory, Therapeutic Story writing etc
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.
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school. Their teacher and SENDCo 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.
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 our termly Parents Forum, school performances, our annual sponsored and Enterprise events, sports events, learning together mornings, family cookery sessions, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day lunches and in certain year groups we also have phonics training sessions during the year. They are also encouraged to help with our school garden as part of an after-school club.
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