Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School SEND Information
The Children and Families Act 2014 informs our School Offer and provides information for Parents/Carers of children who have Special Education Needs or a Disability. This information details the support and provision children with additional needs can expect to receive whilst attending Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if my son/daughter needs any extra help?
As soon as your child enters school he/she will be continuously monitored by teaching staff. If the teacher has any concerns, they will contact you. We know when a child needs help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents /carers, teachers or the child
- Limited progress is made
- There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress
What should I do if I think my son/daughter may have special educational needs?
Speak first to your child’s teacher and explain your concerns. Further advice can be sought from the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) Mrs J. Mullin.
How will school support my child?
Sacred Heart Catholic School is an inclusive school and offers a range of provision to support children with SEND including:
Social Skills programmes/support including strategies to enhance self-esteem
Access to a supportive environment
Strategies/programmes to support speech and language
Strategies to reduce anxiety/promote emotional wellbeing
Strategies to support/develop literacy
Strategies to support/develop numeracy
Strategies to support/modify behaviour
Strategies/support to develop independent learning
Support/supervision at unstructured times of the day including personal care
Access to Medical Interventions
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
When a pupil has been identified with special needs their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum more easily. Teaching assistants (TAs) may be allocated to work with the pupil within a small focussed group or on a 1:1 basis to target more specific needs. If a child has been identified as having a special need, they will be given a Person Centred Support Plan. Targets will be set according to the child’s area of need. Support plans will be monitored regularly by the class teacher and the SENCO.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
School offers a variety of pastoral support for children who are encountering emotional difficulties. The class teachers, Headteacher, SENCO and Family Liaison - Mrs Birch are available to discuss issues and concerns with pupils and parents. Interventions will be offered where it is felt a child needs more support.
How will I know how my son/daughter is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
There are three opportunities during the year to meet with the teacher and discuss progress at parents’ evenings. The SENCO is also available to talk to you about your child’s support on these occasions. Some children with additional needs may require more regular meetings with the SENCO and other agencies. Teachers will be able to advise parents on ways to support their child. If an outside agency has been involved with a child a report will be provided which will contain strategies to support the child at home.
What specialist services and expertise are available and accessed by school?
School Liaises with a wide range of professionals including the following:
Educational Psychologist, Gilbrook Outreach worker, ASC support team, Speech and Language Therapist, CAMHS, School Nurse and Community Paediatrician, SENAAT.
Who is the School SEND Governor?
Our SEND Governor is Imogen Foulkes.
How are staff in school helped to work with children who have SEND?
All teachers have qualified teacher status. (QTS) The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of pupils, including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues such as: autistic spectrum condition, dyslexia, behaviour management and speech and language support.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
Your child will be able to access all activities. If your child has medical or physical needs this will be referenced in the school’s risk assessment and procedures will be put in place to enable the child to participate. If it is deemed that an intensive level of support is required 1:1 support will be made available and/or a parent/carer will be invited to accompany their child during the activity. Any necessary medication will be taken and administered.
How accessible is Sacred Heart School?
As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Both buildings have wheelchair access and a disabled toilet. For children with medical and physical needs school will seek advice from a specialist teacher and the occupational therapy service.
How will you prepare and support my child to join your school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education?
In June there is the new parents meeting which gives parents/ carers the opportunity to discuss any additional needs with the class teacher. Foundation 1 pupils have the opportunity to visit their class. (Pupils with additional needs may require an extra visit.) Each year pupils visit their next teacher in class for part of an afternoon. This takes place late in the summer term. Year 6 pupils visit their chosen secondary school in the summer term. Some children with additional needs may require a transition programme prepared by the class teacher or the SENCO. In addition an extra visit can be arranged for specific pupils who are moving to a new secondary school.
Moving classes at the end of each school year:
- All support plans and any other documentation regarding the children are passed to the new class teacher at the end of the summer term.
Moving to Secondary School
- SENCOs from the secondary schools that the children will be attending meet with Year 6 teachers and the SENCO in order to discuss the specific needs of individual children. If a child requires more than one transition visit this will be arranged at this time.
Moving to another school
- The SENCO will contact the school to ensure that they will know about any special arrangement s or support your child needs.
- All records including support plans will be passed to the new school.