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 The aim of this document is to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision available at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

 

The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child. You can access the local offer here: https://www.access-unlimited.co.uk/send-and-the-local-offer/

 

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

First of all speak to the class teacher about any concerns you have. We have an open door policy and you can arrange to see your child’s class teacher at a mutually convenient time. If you require any more information or help you can contact the SENCO, Mrs Ridall or the Head Teacher Mrs Sandvig.

 

How does St Mary’s know/identify if a child needs extra help?

Children may be identified in a variety of ways including:

 Liaison with previous school/playgroup

 Child performing below age related expectations

 Concerns raised by parent

 Through termly pupil progress meetings held between the teacher and the Senior Leadership Team including the SENCO.

 Concerns raised by the teacher for example behaviour or self esteem is affecting performance

 Liaison with external agencies

 Health diagnosis through a doctor or paediatrician

As a school we measure progress in learning against National and age related expectations. The class teacher continuously assesses each child and notes where they are improving and where further help is needed. As a school we track progress from entry to the Nursery or Reception class through to year 6 using a variety of different methods including National curriculum levels and Foundation Stage Profiles.

Children who are not making progress or who are experiencing difficulties are picked up at our termly pupil progress meetings and ways of supporting them to overcome barriers to learning are discussed.

 

How will St Marys support my child with SEND?

Our SENCO will closely monitor all provision and progress of any child requiring extra support across the school. The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with each child with SEND in their class and to make sure progress is made in every area. There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group, if this is seen as necessary by the class teacher. The regularity of these sessions will be explained to parents when the support starts.

 

How will the curriculum be pitched to my child’s needs?

All work is pitched to meet a variety of needs within the class. Typically this means that work is differentiated at three different levels but may be more individualised for children who need extra support. This means that all children can access the curriculum at their own level and make progress.

 

How do we know if the support or strategies used are helping?

We use an Individual Pupil Profile at St Mary’s to identify strengths and areas for development in your child These also list the strategies, equipment and people involved in helping your child overcome barriers to learning. They are devised in consultation with parents, teachers and the child and include a set of targets which are broken down into achievable and measurable steps. These enable us to have a picture of the whole child and assist us in developing a person centred approach. They are reviewed at termly meetings with the parents, the child and the class teacher.

Your child may move off the SEN register if the support has enabled them to catch up and work at national expectations.

 

How will my child be able to contribute his/her views?

Your child is invited to attend the termly meetings with parents and contribute their views. The Individual Pupil Profile gives them a chance to record the things they like and are good at as well as agree to the targets. This enables them to celebrate achievements and strengths as well as to have ownership of the targets they need to meet in order to make progress.

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational Health and Care plan they can attend the annual review and give their views. If they do not wish to attend the meeting their views are sought in advance and presented to those present.

 

What support is there for my child’s overall well being?

We at St Mary’s take your child’s well being seriously. We are an inclusive school who incorporate Christian values into the day to day running of the school. We understand that high self esteem and positive well being are vital for your child’s happiness and progress. Teachers aim to foster a caring and understanding environment within the class and treat all pupils with respect. Children are encouraged, from Nursery, to tell other children if they do not like a behaviour and are taught the skills to manage conflict.

The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every child in their class and should be contacted if a parent has concerns about their child’s well being. Further support can also be obtained from the SENCO who may contact outside agencies such as Social Services or the Local Authority Behaviour Support Team for advice.

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Who are the other people providing services to children with SEN at St Mary’s?

As a school we work closely with outside agencies who offer support and advice on Special Educational Needs. The Local Authority Special Needs Support Teacher is available termly to discuss individual children and recommend strategies.

We also have access to Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, CIR support for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Behaviour Support Team, Dyslexia Outreach Service, Child and Mental Health Services and Social Services.

Within the school we have a TA trained in emotional well being, as well as one who has Speech and Language Training.

 

How are staff helped to work with children with SEND and what training do they receive?

The SENCO is currently studying for the National SENCO award.

One of the TA’s has completed ELKAN speech and language training and two others are currently undergoing training.

Several TA’s have been trained to deliver sound discovery a phonics programme and one can deliver the Fisher Family Trust training

The school development plan identifies staff training needs in relation to SEND and training on various interventions, approaches and strategies takes place at staff meetings.

 

What are the Governor’s responsibilities?

Mrs J Blacker is our SEND Governor and she can be contacted through the admin office. She has regular meetings with the SENCO where current concerns, changes and priorities are discussed.

 

How is St Mary’s accessible to children with SEND?

 The building is accessible to children with physical disability via ramps where needed.

 We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.

 After school clubs are accessible to all children including those with SEND.

 School trips, including residential trips such as PGL are accessible for children with SEND

 Risk assessments are carried out prior to school trips to ensure everyone’s health and safety. In the unlikely event that it is deemed unsafe to include a child on a school visit alternative arrangements will be made to provide for them on the school premises.

 

How will St Mary’s support your child as they leave this school or move to another class?

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.

 If your child is moving child to another school:

o We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.

o We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

 When moving classes in school:

o Information will be passed on to the new class teacher IN ADVANCE and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. All Individua Pupil Profiles will be shared with the new teacher.

o Children will have an induction visit to their new class teacher at the end of the summer term.

o You will be offered a meeting with the new teacher at the beginning of the new academic year.

 

o If your child would be helped by a book to support them understand moving on then it will be made for them.

 In Year 6:

o The SENCO from St Mary’s will liaise with your child’s secondary school to discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO there.

o Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.

Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.

 

How are resources matched and allocated to children’s special educational needs?

We ensure that the needs of children with SEND are met to the best of the schools ability with the funds and access to expertise available. Our Teaching Assistants are funded from the SEN budget and are used to supply individual support and deliver group interventions.

We also employ a qualified teacher to provide small group intervention and one to one support for a number of children.

The budget is allocated on a needs basis.

 

How is the decision made about how much and the type of support my child will receive?

The class teacher with advice from the SENCO will discuss with you the amount and type of support which will best meet your child’s needs. Different children need different levels of support at different times to bridge progress gaps and therefore support is continually monitored. Review meetings can be used to discuss and changes to provision and you will be kept informed.

 

What support is there for improving behaviour, and avoiding exclusion?

We have a clear positive behaviour policy which rewards desired behaviour. Each class has a set of rules which are clear and set out the behaviour which is expected. Anyone who finds it difficult to manage their behaviour is dealt with sensitively and any triggers identified. An Individual Pupil Profile is used to boost self esteem and identify the positive aspects. Behaviour targets are agreed with the child and these go on the pupil profile and can be monitored. Any incidents are dealt with and the child is given an opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and given strategies to manage it in future

We also have access to a Pupil Referral Unit which can work with us to prevent exclusion by providing advice or a dual placement for up to two terms.

 

What should you do if you feel the local offer is not being delivered or is not meeting your child’s needs?

First speak to your child’s teacher and share your concerns, and following this you may need to speak to Mrs Ridall the SENCO, and or Mrs Sandvig the Head Teacher.

You may also wish to contact SENDIASS or the SEN team at Suffolk County Council.

 

Who should I contact if I am considering whether my child should join St Marys?

Contact the school Admin office to arrange to meet the Head teacher Mrs Sandvig or the SENCO Mrs Ridall who would willingly discuss how the school could meet your child’s needs

 

How is the annual offer reviewed?

The aim of the offer is to meet the individual needs of our children and as such is reviewed annually as the cohort and the needs change. As part of this process the views of parents are welcomed so that we can best target provision to the children who need it

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