Our SENCO is Lyn Hopkins
You can contact her through the main school office on 01823 337313 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at Staplegrove Church School. It will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed. This is linked to the Somerset Core Standards, a framework which describes the entitlement of children and young people in Somerset schools. In our school, all Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) falls under the six categories of: Cognition & Learning, Communication & Interaction Needs, Physical, Medical & Alternative Communication Needs, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Social Emotional & Well Being Needs.
To find out more about SEND at Staplegrove Church School then please download our SEND Information Report below or read it directly at the bottom of this page.
Staplegrove Church School
SEND Information Report
Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at Staplegrove Church School and this report will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed. This is linked to the Somerset Core Standards, a framework which describes the entitlement of children and young people in Somerset schools. In our school, all Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) falls under the six categories of: Cognition & Learning, Communication & Interaction Needs, Physical, Medical & Alternative Communication Needs, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Social Emotional & Well Being Needs.
How do you know if a child needs extra help?
All children at Staplegrove Church School are monitored closely by their Class Teachers. This is done through regular monitoring, assessment and termly Pupil Progress Meetings to discuss individual needs and progress. We have developed a graduated response to identifying children with needs. Initially, this is completed by the Class Teacher to ensure needs are being met within the class. If the Class Teacher feels the child still isn’t making the required progress, they will be discussed with the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). Assessments may be carried out and, if necessary, referrals made to external agencies with the consent of the Parents/Carers. If Parents/Carers have any concerns, they should see the Class Teacher in the first instance. Teachers are available for brief discussions at the beginning or end of the day. An appointment can be made if a more detailed discussion is needed.
How will the school support my child?
Your child's education will be overseen by the Class Teacher. They will oversee, plan and work with each child with additional needs in the class to ensure that progress in every area is made. Our SENCo co-ordinates all support and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school. There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group. If this is above the normal support given in the class, these sessions will be explained to the Parents/Carers when the support starts or during parents/carers evenings (an additional appointment can be made with the SENCo for one of the evenings).
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access it according to their needs. Typically, this might mean that in a lesson there would be different levels of work set for the class, however, on occasions this can be individually differentiated. Groupings of children can change regularly according to needs and understanding.
How will I know how my child is doing?
The school uses School Pupil Tracker Online (SPTO) which tracks children's progress in the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. All Parents/Carers will receive a username and password to access their child's online report on SPTO. Interventions are also tracked and monitored for impact and how successful they are by the SENCo. There are Parents' Evenings in the autumn and spring terms and reports are written in the summer term. In addition to this, children with complex needs, higher needs funding or in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (previously known as a Statement) will have an Annual Review meeting to inform and plan for next steps.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing, including emotional and social development?
In addition to support received for academic subjects, there is a range of pastoral support available. We run a nurture group, social communication groups, Forest School provision and employ a Thrive practitioner. There is always the opportunity for any child to talk with a trained and experienced adult over any concerns and anxieties. We also have a Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA) who can work with children and families. Specific support plans will be put into place for children experiencing social, emotional or mental health difficulties and those needing medical support or intimate care. All children have access to a trusted adult who they can talk to. Children's views are expressed through pupil questionnaires, school council meetings and 1-1 interviews.
What are the specialist services that the School can access?
When a child has a specific need, we can access the County’s services such as Educational Psychology, Learning Support Services and the Physical Impairment and Medical Service (listed below). We can refer pupils to Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists via the NHS when needed and whilst on their caseload, these therapists will review the child in school and liaise with school staff. We are fortunate to have a Speech and Language Therapist who works in school for an afternoon every week.
How accessible is the School environment?
Our school site is wheelchair accessible and all our classrooms are fitted with a sound field system. We have two accessible toilets, one of which is fitted with a shower, an adjustable therapy bed, a low level toilet and a hoist. All children have the right to access class trips wherever it is safe for them to do so. For children with additional needs, alternative provision can be made eg: additional adult support, alternative travel arrangements, or alternative arrangements for the administration of medicines. For more information please see our separate Accessibility Plan.
How will the School support my child’s transitions to a new setting?
Prior to starting in Reception, children identified as having Special Educational Needs will have a School Entry Planning meeting. This will be attended by Parents/Carers, pre-school staff, school staff and any external professionals involved in supporting your child. It plans out how all concerned can make the transition to school as smooth as possible. For children with medical needs, this will include identifying staff training to ensure your child’s needs are fully met. All families will be invited to new Parents/Carers meeting to gather information. The Reception class teachers, and at times,the SENCo, will also visit pre-
schools to meet the children in a familiar setting. All children will be invited to attend transition afternoons to ensure they are familiar with the staff and the setting in advance. Home visits are also carried out in the autumn term by our Reception class staff.
On moving to secondary school, children in Year 6 with additional needs are discussed with the SENCo at the Secondary School once places have been allocated. Additional visits are organised with the new school for our more vulnerable pupils. If your child is in receipt of higher needs funding, an Annual Review meeting will be held once the secondary school placement is confirmed and a representative from that school will be invited to attend, together with you and any outside professionals involved. The SEN policy provides further information.
What training is provided for support staff who work with children with SEN?
All adults who work with individuals or groups of children on specific interventions will have received training to deliver the sessions. These sessions are overseen by the Class Teacher and SENCo to monitor the progress of the children. Where additional specific training is required to address a child's individual needs, the School brings in external trainers to delivery this. On-going training and updates are delivered by the SENCO through regular meetings.
How are the School’s resources allocated and matched to children’s SEN needs?
We ensure that children with additional needs are supported to the best of the School’s ability with the funds available. This may include specialist equipment and/or facilities. We have a team of Teaching Assistants (TAs) who are funded from the SEN budget and deliver programmes to meet groups and individual needs. The budget is allocated on a needs basis. The children who have the most complex needs are given the most support often involving a TA.
Who do I see if I am worried?
Who might work with my child?
A range of outside professionals might be called in to support the School in providing the best opportunities for every child. These include:
For further information, contact details for these services and to access the Local Offer, please look at the Choices website for further SEND information: www.somersetchoices.org.uk
For more information
Contact the School Office on: 01823 337313