SENCO – Miss R Heard
What we offer
We aim to give every pupil the opportunity to develop his/her full potential. We recognise that all pupils have their own individual needs and seek to ensure that each pupil is able to learn, experience success and feel valued in an environment free from obstacles and prejudice.
We are committed to ensuring all pupils receive their full entitlement to a whole school curriculum and make reasonable adjustments for pupils as appropriate.
Special educational needs and provision can be considered as falling under four broad areas:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health
- Sensory and/or physical
At High Halstow, all our children’s needs are identified and met as early as possible through:
- observation, assessment, target setting and monitoring arrangements.
- listening to and following up parental concerns and the child’s views, wishes and feelings.
- the analysis of data including baseline assessments and end of Key Stage achievement to track individual children’s progress over time. ∙ reviewing and improving teachers’ understanding of a wide range of needs and effective strategies to meet those needs.
- liaison with schools and other settings on phase and in year transfer.
- exchanging information from other services across education, health, care and the voluntary sector involving an external agency, and the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) as a minimum, where it is considered that a special educational need may be significant and long term and may require more in-depth and frequently reviewed cycles of assess, plan, do and review.
- Pupils’ progress is assessed and discussed within ‘Pupil Progress meetings.
- Class teacher input, through targeted classroom teaching (Quality First Teaching)
- Specific group work with LSAs. This may take place inside the classroom or in an intervention space.
- Specified Individual support from out side agencies such as SaLT, OT or EP support.
- All parents/carers are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education.
- All parents/carers are invited to attend a parents’ evening for their child.
- Parents/carers are invited to attend meetings held in school regarding the progress of a pupil with SEN status.
- Any changes to the provision in place for a SEN status pupil are discussed with parents /carers.
Who will support my child?
All teaching staff are responsible for the progress of all pupils. Pupils with SEN will work closely with Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Our SENCO, Miss Heard, coordinates provision, carries out observations and screening for pupils across the school.
At High Halstow Primary Academy, we work closely with other professionals:
- Marlborough Outreach Team ∙ Fortis Trust Outreach Team ∙ Medway Inclusion Team
- Speech & Language Therapists at MCH.
- Speech & Language Therapists at OWLS.
- Occupational Therapist at MCH. ∙ Educational Psychologist at MCH and LAT.
- Dog Training
- Art and Play Therapist
Your child may work with other professionals in addition to school staff to support their learning.
Frequently Used SEN Terms
- ADO – Attention Deficit Disorder
- ADHD – Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
- ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- BESD – Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties
- CAF – Common Assessment Framework
- CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- COP – Code of Practice
- CP – Child Protection
- EAL – English as an Additional Language
- EHCP – Education, Health and Care Plan
- EP – Educational Psychologist
- FSM – Free School Meals
- HI – Hearing Impairment
- ISR – In School Review
- KS – Key Stage
- LEA – Local Education Authority
- SEN – Special Educational Needs
- SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
- SENCO – Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
- SpLD – Specific Learning Difficulty
- VI – Visual Impairment