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.
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
Talk to us – first contact your child’s class teacher. If you require more information contact our SENDCO or Head Teacher. We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We are open and honest with parents and hope that they are able to do the same with us.
What training have the staff supporting children with SEND undertaken?
We regularly invest time and money in training our staff to improve Quality First Teaching (QFT) for all children, to develop enhanced skills and knowledge to deliver Supported Planning Interventions and furthermore to provide specific individual support for children who require an Education Health and Care Plan.
Our SENDCO holds the National Award for SENCO and is a fully qualified and experienced teacher and regularly receives training in specific areas.
All our teachers hold qualified teacher status and all our staff members receive regular training to best support our children with SEND, for example, in Dyslexia, Autism, Speech and Language needs.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and we aim for all children to be included on school trips. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful. A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health and safety will not be compromised. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity, then alternative activities which will cover the same curriculum areas will be provided in school.
How are resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
We ensure that all children’s needs are met to the best of the school’s ability with the funds available. We will often allocate teaching assistants who are funded by the SEND budget to deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs. The budget is allocated on a needs basis.
How do we know if the support or strategies used have had an impact?
In school we use Supported Planning Documents to set targets and review progress. We can use these targets to monitor pupils’ progress academically against national/age expected levels and update or adjust the Supported Planning Document. This may involve updating into smaller steps or using a different approach to ensure progress is made.
Children may move off the SEND register when they have made sufficient progress.
What should you do if you feel that the Local Offer is not being delivered or is not meeting your child’s needs?
First point of contact would be your child’s class teacher to share your concerns. You could also arrange to meet Mrs Ashton our SENDCO. You may also wish to:
- Look at the SEND policy on our website
- Contact Parent Partnership or the SEND team at Durham County Hall
How is the local offer reviewed?
This local offer will be reviewed annually to reflect the changing needs of the children who join and are developing in our school. Part of this review process will involve contributions from parents.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.