How We Support SEND
South Stanley Junior School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented in order to:
- ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities;
- help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have;
- allow pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem;
- make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum;
- ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement;
- promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels;
- give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
In order to achieve this we will:
- ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs;
- work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities;
- identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional);
- regularly review our policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Miss Taws, SENCO, co-ordinates the work of all staff with SEND pupils. Pupils with SEND are supported in class by their Class Teacher and Teaching Assistants.
All classes at South Stanley Junior School have TA support. Pupils may also work with other TAs in school to support them or to do specific work e.g. speech and language programmes. Your child may work in class with individual or small group support or may sometimes be withdrawn from the classroom to work one to one with a TA or in small group
Examples of the type of support which may be provided may be as follows, but will depend on the nature of the child’s needs:
- Differentiation of work in class (and homework)
- Some additional small group support with a teacher or support staff
- Additional resources e.g. word banks, number squares, use of commercial schemes
- Teaching activities to be adapted to the preferred learning style of the child, e.g. a multisensory, practical approach or use of visual cues
- Use of ICT to support learning
- Individual behaviour systems/charts
- Adaptation of the Curriculum or classroom
- Interventions to support specific difficulties (i.e. dyslexia, dyspraxia)
- Use of communication aids to support communication skills at all levels
Types of SEND
Children have Special Educational Needs if they have a learning and or physical difficulty. This means that the child will need educational support, which is additional to, or different from, the provision made generally for children of the same age in a mainstream school.
Children may have needs that fall within one area or have needs that fall across two or more areas and these will be recorded on the school’s SEN register. The nature and level of the needs will impact upon the child’s ability to function, learn and succeed.
The identified areas of need are:
- communication and interaction
- cognition and learning
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and
- sensory and/or physical
At South Stanley Junior School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- speech, language and communication needs;
- attachment difficulties;
- behavioural difficulties;
- cognition and learning needs;
- hearing problems;
- visual impairment;
- movement difficulties;
- medical and physical needs;
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At South Stanley Junior School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
Your child’s work in all subjects will be tailored to their individual needs. Pupils who have identified SEND will have an Individual Education Plan which helps staff, pupils and parents to tailor learning to your child’s needs.
School offers a range of programmes to help pupils with SEND.
- Lexia – A computerised programme to help develop phonic knowledge & spelling patterns. It is particularly helpful for children with dyslexia.
- Accelerated Reader – A computer based programme to develop pupils ability to read and understand texts.
- RM Maths – A computerised programme to develop basic maths skills.
- Hornet – A programme which is delivered in very small groups to help children develop phonic knowledge and spelling patterns. It is particularly helpful for children with dyslexia.
- Frostig – To develop fine motor skills (e.g. handwriting).
- Read, Write Inc & Fresh Start – To help pupils to develop reading and writing.
- Counselling – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties.
- Crisis Response – Early Intervention Programme – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties which impact on their relationships in school or at home.
- Communicating with Children – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties.
- Movement Programme – A programme to develop fine and gross motor skills e.g. balance.
- Catch-up Literacy – To develop reading, spelling and writing.
- Catch-up Numeracy – To develop basic maths skills and understanding.
- First class@number – Small group work to develop basic maths skills and understanding.
Some children benefit from special equipment to aid their learning. These may include, for example, special pens, rulers, cushions, coloured overlays etc. These, or other special equipment, would be provided if recommended for your child.
Support from other professionals
School works closely with other professionals who may be involved in the care/education of your child. These may include one or more of the following:
- Occupational Therapy – For pupils with fine and gross motor difficulties.
- Camhs – For pupils with social and emotional difficulties.
- Speech & Language Therapy.
- School Nurses.
- Health Visitors.
- SEND team – Assess pupils for specific SEND and may suggest individual support programmes.
- LACES team – For looked after children.
- Educational Psychology Service – To assess pupils for specific SEND and provide individual support programmes.
Support for parents/carers
- Open Door Policy – Come into school at any time if you feel you need to discuss anything.
- Termly parents evenings.
- Termly SEND reviews/annual reviews depending upon your child’s needs.
Extra Curricular Activities
We want your child to enjoy their time at South Stanley Juniors to the full and offer regular after school activities which are open to all pupils.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At South Stanley Junior School, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
It is important that any learning difficulties are picked up as early as possible. At South Stanley Juniors we track pupil progress really closely to ensure that this happens.
We do this by:
- Collecting evidence from teacher observations/ assessments.
- Tracking your child’s progress through:
- National curriculum testing.
- Other tests e.g. phonic tests.
- Tests to identify any specific problems e.g. movement difficulties
- Records from other schools your child has attended
- Information from parents/carers
If we have concerns about the progress a pupil is making, we may refer them to other professionals for assessment.
These might include:
- Health professionals e.g. Camhs
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Educational Psychologist
- Learning Support Service – a service who can carry out assessments for a range of SEND
Specific training to deliver interventions has included:
- EKLAN-working with children’s Speech & Language difficulties
- Speech and Language Link
- Communicating with Children
- Supporting children with attachment difficulties
- Supporting children with ASD
- Supporting children with social and emotional difficulties in a Nurture Group
- Therapeutic storywriting
- All together now (Developing social understanding and social skills)
- Supporting children with movement difficulties-gross and fine
- Write from the start-to develop fine motor and perceptual skills necessary for effective handwriting
- Read, Write, Inc
- Team Teach
- De-escalation strategies
- Catch up Literacy
- Catch up Numeracy
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.