At St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what his/her background or personal circumstances. We adhere to the Equality Act of 2010 and have ensured our school is as accessible as possible for pupils with SEND.
SEN Provision – Our Local Offer
If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.
The school has a disabled access to the front of the main building via a separate gate and as it is all on one level, it is easily accessible. The school has a disabled toilet in school.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility
- Further information on SEND Provision
- SEN Provision – Statement of Intent
Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.
- We aim to:
Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued;
• Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
• Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people;
• Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity;
• Inclusion is embedded in our practise.
- Support at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School for children with SEN
- How we support SEND
- We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many children, at some time in their school life, need extra help.
- We offer the following support for SEND children:
- We talk to parents/carers if they think their child has a special educational need and let them know what special help the school can offer. Mrs. M. Fulton is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
- We have a written Special Educational Needs Policy – View our School Policies section to view or download the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy. This policy is also available from the school office.
- As a school we provide quality first teaching if a class teacher identifies a need they will find ways to support a child within the classroom setting. This may involve:
- Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
- Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
- Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Support Plan
- With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
- Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
- Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
- Suggest resources that would help the child make progress
- Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENCO to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help their child at home.
- Our school staff will set targets for SEND children which will be shared with parents, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting.
- If your child has Special Educational Needs our SENCO will:
- Ensure the right support is put in place for each child
- Advise other teachers and teaching assistants on how to help each child and ensure they have an up to date Support Plan detailing how their needs will be met in school
- Arrange training for staff so they understand each child’s needs
- Work closely with parents on a regular basis to talk with them about their child’s needs and listen to any ideas or concerns they might have
- work with other professionals (if necessary) who may be able to help individual children, e.g. speech and language therapist /medical professional/educational psychologist
- A Support Plan / Provision Map details what the school, the class teacher and the SENCO plan to do to help individual children learn.
- A Support Plan will be written especially for any child with SEND. It will include:
- Short term targets for the child which are linked to their needs
- Details of any extra support the child will get
- Who will give the child help
- How often the child will get help
- How and when the school will look at the child’s progress again (usually at least three times a year)
- These plans are shared with parents / carers.
- If a child’s needs are very complex and/or severe we may ask the Local Authority to carry out an Education, Health and Care Assessment:
- This is a very detailed assessment of each child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will all be asked to provide written reports.
- At the end of the assessment phase the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for the child.
- Parents/carers also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
- Education, Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Your school SENCO or the Parent Partnership Service will be able to advise you about this.
- How do we identify and assess children with SEN?
A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be having problems with reading and number work, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
Types of Special Educational Need and Disability
At Our Lady & St Thomas we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- General Learning Difficulties – children whose learning progresses at a slower pace
Speech and Language Difficulties
- Dyslexia (difficulties with reading, writing and spelling)
- Autistic Spectrum
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder –
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Downs Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Other Physical or Medical Needs
Mental Health issues
Within in school we have teaching staff who have extensive knowledge of SEND. The SENCO and Head Teacher have both completed accredited SEN courses. The school has two Teaching Assistants who have been specifically trained in the following areas;
- Fine and gross Motor Skills
- Speech and Language
- Better Reading
- Talk Boost
- First Class Maths
- Relax Kids
Pastoral Medical and Social Support
At St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met.
For some children it may be necessary to develop and share a care plan to ensure that all staff are aware of the medical or pastoral care that child needs.
SEND provision – Consultation with SEND Pupils and Parents/Carers
Our primary concern is that all children attending St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School receive provision that maximises their enjoyment and achievement.
Working with children and their families is key to securing success in this area.
- Consultation with SEND Pupils and Parents/Carers
The SEND children attending our school are aged 4 – 11 years therefore seeking their views about how we will meet their needs has to be age appropriate.
We use the following strategies to ensure that children with SEND are happy, motivated and achieve their potential throughout their time in school:
- Make close observations to identify the types of activities and experiences that most engage each child so these can be developed further and be used inform future planning.
- Involve SEND children with planning their own activities and encouraging them to share what they would like to learn and participate in.
- Have regular meetings and discussions with parents about their child’s achievement and future targets. We strive to link this with interests demonstrated at home.
There are a range of ways this is facilitated, for example:
- Termly parents/ carers evenings
- Ongoing discussions with a class teacher and/or SENDCO
- An ‘open-door’ policy, where parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have
- Through a review of a child’s SEN Support Plan or the Annual Review of their Statement of SEN or EHC Plan
- The support of our Parent Support Worker
- Supported Liaison through the process of transition between different educational providers.
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment with Mrs Donnelly (SENCO) if you require additional help or support.