How We Support SEND
Leadgate Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Types of SEND
At Leadgate Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Speech, Language or Communication Needs
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs
- Physical Disabilities
- Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
We also manage a range of ongoing medical conditions/needs such as:
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Leadgate Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
How do we Teach Children with Additional Needs?
- School offers targeted intervention group work where children are supported by a member of staff focussing on specific needs taken from support packages. The intervention groups can focus on addressing literacy and numeracy skills, speech language and communication, social skills and therapeutic work and targets are set by SENCO and class teachers.
- Within the classroom teachers will adapt their curriculum to meet the needs of any child with additional needs offering practical support and differentiated work where appropriate.
- We can provide children with SEN therapeutic work through art therapy, lego therapy and early interventions in SALT and behaviour support. We can provide visual timetables for children as well as adapting weekly timetables to offer more personalised learning suited to their needs.
- School will set homework weekly however this can be discussed with parents and carers as to how to deliver it appropriately for each child.
- In and out of class support.
- Assessment of pupil’s progress and an emphasis upon achievements and success.
- Reading recovery scheme project X.
- Opportunities for small group work within the school day.
- A variety of engaging teaching styles to meet a broad range of need.
- School counselling service
In order to offer the best education to each child we promote the relationship between school and home, we value a parent’s perspective and want to hear what families would like to see for their child’s education. This will be done through regular contact via phone calls, review meetings and parents’ evenings. School will endeavour to listen to concerns parents may have regarding their child’s education and in turn help school to develop its provision for SEND.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Leadgate Primary School, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below:
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
Our school SENCo is Mrs Nesom who has the National SENCO award and a Masters Degree in special education needs and inclusive practice (awarded 2017).
Our SEN coordinator also has several years of experience working with specialist settings and has worked in a Special School.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.