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.
Special School provision?
Children with SEND who have been issued with an Educational, Health and Care plan can attend St Mary’s RC Primary School. When considering the move to secondary education, a child can then be assessed for Special School if a parent wished them to attend this type of setting.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?
A new SEND code of practise 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 been built as a single storey structure. As it is based on one level it is easily accessible for all children and adults. We also have a disabled toilet and changing area in addition to a selection of specialist furniture within school to meet the needs of a variety of physical conditions.
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. 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 staff 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, Elklan.
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.
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 or sooner if necessary. 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. There is the opportunity for vulnerable children to attend a summer school at St Bede’s, Lanchester, during the school holidays, to help them familiarise themselves with the school, and new faces and routines.
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. Parents are invited to attend many school events such as Masses, Liturgies, performances and concerts. They are also encouraged to help with our school garden as part of an after-school club.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs Gardner 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.