SEND Parent/Carer Leaflet

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. 

What kinds of special educational needs might the children at High Halstow Primary School have?

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  
How are children with Special Educational Needs identified and assessed?

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.  
What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in the school?
  • 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.  
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
  • 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?

Within school 

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.  

Our partnerships  

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