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.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child? The SEND Code of Practice 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.
How accessible is your school? Our school has appropriate access to the buildings. On a morning, pupils enter school from the playground and their route to all teaching spaces is on one level. There is no disabled toilet in the school building at present, but all toilets can be accessed by all, as they are available on the ground level. Visitors to the school as well as parents collecting children during the day, access the building through the main entrance. Nursery and Reception children in the Yellow and Red Rooms access the building through the gates near these classrooms which does cross the car park. These gates are locked then re-opened for Nursery children being collected and dropped off at lunchtime. Parents and carers are invited to discuss their children’s accessibility needs with school at any time and we endeavour to address these as effectively as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and also refer to our accessibility policy (see the policy section).
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 occupational therapists, recommendations from ASD professionals etc.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have? All members of staff working in the Early Years have Paediatric First Aid and all staff have first aid training. We have three designated first aid officers on site. All staff have Safeguarding Level 1 qualifications and Miss Harper, Miss Caulfield and Mrs Calvert have their Safeguarding Level 2 qualification. Mrs Calvert is also a qualified SENCO and has completed her qualification. In addition, our teaching and support staff have a selection of training relating to supporting children with Autism, Relax Kids training, ELKLAN Speech and Language Training, Team Teach (restraining training), Movement Difficulties Programmes and training centeed around supporting children with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH). Each year or where appropriate, the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training is organised to up-skill staff.
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 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. In addition, where appropriate, our SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs.
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. 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.
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 for many occasions including Masses, liturgies, cake mornings, family learning sessions, Christmas and Summer Fairs and other fundraising events. They are also invited to help with our school trips when appropriate to ensure adequate supervision of children at all times. Parents are invited into school twice a year to discuss their child’s progress, once in October and once in March. An annual school report is also sent home in July. Should parents have any concerns, they are welcome to make an appointment with their child’s teacher at an appropriate time.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.