At St. John’s Catholic Primary School, Special Educational Needs applies to children who need extra support to fulfil their potential. The School’s SEND Policy and ultimately the school’s practice will take into account of this need. A link to this policy is lower down on this page.
A child is considered to have a special need if they have to be catered for in a way that is significantly different from the rest of the children due to behavioural, emotional, medical or academic reasons.
We currently identify and assess pupils with Special Educational Needs according to criteria laid down by West Sussex Audit guidelines. Normative data, outside agencies, teacher assessment and discussions with parents is used collectively to ascertain whether a child needs a particular supportive programme. Whilst extra support is important, what is crucial to the child’s progress is the effective management and provision for the child by the class teacher on a day-to-day basis.
The school has detailed records of children with special needs and we formally review the progress of these children every term with parents and occasionally external agencies.
The SEND Policy can be seen on the school website.
The school keeps records which detail interventions with SEND pupils. These records are reviewed termly.
Progress of Pupils with SEND
The progress of all pupils with SEN are discussed with class teachers, Inclusion Lead and the Headteacher.
All Individual Plans are reviewed during the year and these reviews are shared with the Inclusion Lead, as well as pupils/parents/carers.
All pupils who have Education Healthcare Plan also have an Annual Review.
Our SEN budget covers a percentage of the Deputy Head’s salary, as well as the salaries of dedicated SEND learning assistants. It also pays for
The following external agencies either are or have been actively involved with specific children, many of whom are on the SEN register:
Educational Psychology Service
Speech and Language Therapy Service
Children and Family Centre
School Nursing Service
Behaviour Support Team
CAMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools)
Educational Welfare Officer
Liaison with secondary schools
Staff from the local secondary schools, visit St. John’s to talk to staff and pupils in preparation for transfer. All Y6 pupils have Induction Days. Those pupils who are considered to be vulnerable have the opportunity to have an additional visit to ensure a smooth transition.
Our Inclusion lead is a certified ‘Numbers Count’ teacher having completed the accredited course through Edghill University. She is also taking the National Qualification in SENCO co-ordination in 2017-2018. This is a masters level course at the University of Chichester.
When our new hygiene room was installed a number of staff had training on Moving and Handling including how to use the hydraulic hoist.
Our Learning Assistants attend a variety of workshops, courses and conferences linked to the work they are expected to do in school. Two of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants are trained as Learning Mentors.
To explain to you how we support children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities we have produced a parent information leaflet.
If you need any further details or are worried that your child may have further learning needs, please come and talk to your class teacher or our SEN Co-ordinator.