Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

SEND at St Eanswythe’s

We pride ourselves on our caring ethos. We foster an environment where every child matters. We have a child centred curriculum that encourages children to be independent and learn skills that are going to benefit them throughout their lives. We have an open door policy that encourages parents to come and talk to us regarding their children’s progress.

We believe everyone is unique. We believe all children are capable and extraordinary. We celebrate diversity and the richness it brings to the school community and encourage the children to do the same. We are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children.

At St Eanswythe’s Primary we strive to ensure every pupil’s needs are clearly identified and supported at all levels. Quality first teaching with targeted interventions are used to support misconceptions and enhance learning on a daily basis. Teachers provide differentiated learning opportunities for all the children within our school and provide materials appropriate to children’s interests and abilities.

Teaching assistants are deployed very effectively in all classes to work with all pupils, either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. If a more specific support programme is required, interventions are planned with the teacher and SEND team. The progress within this intervention is closely monitored in order to ensure pupil’s learning is on track. At times more specialised support programmes are required and we work closely with a range of professionals to support a variety of needs. These professionals include Educational Psychologists, Community Paediatricians, Speech therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Specialised teachers in behaviour, learning difficulties and ASD.

As a school we endeavour to support and to develop children’s emotional, social and physical well-being. Our SEND team is supported by a family liaison office (FLO) and child liaison officer (CLO). We have staff trained in counseling, play therapy, youth mental health first aid and mindfulness.

The school follows the SEND Code of Practice and ensures assessments take place to support statutory assessments. Pupils on the SEND register and with Education Health Care Plans and High Needs Funding are supported closely within school to allow them to develop academically, emotionally and socially.

St Eanswythe’s supports the Local Offer and works closely with Parents and Carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disability, to ensure a range of specialist or targeted service providers are available.

We have an open door policy and welcome your questions and views.

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