Priority Questions asked by parents
Q. What services and expertise does your setting provide support for?
A. We have supported children with learning needs, medical needs, physiotherapy, speech and language and communication needs and children on the autistic spectrum. We also work closely with agencies such as CAMHS, Occupational Therapy Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service, Social Care and the Virtual School.
Q. What training do staff receive on supporting children with SEND?
A. Regular professional development is planned as a whole school initiative focusing on a particular area of SEND along with individual requirements to supplement expertise. The Head is open to requests from staff to pursue training that will enable them to further develop an understanding of their role and meet an individual child’s needs. We have had recent training on ASD support and de-escalation techniques.
Q. How does the school know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child might have SEND?
A. If your child is transferring from a pre-school or another school, staff there may have already raised their concerns with you in which case information they have gathered will be shared with our school usually at a meeting or by other means.
Your child’s progress is continually monitored over the year and if they are deemed unlikely to meet their targets then extra help will be considered and planned for by the class teacher. If you have concerns you are welcome to come and discuss your child with the class teacher, Head and SENCO at any time and together we will consider how best to support them and advise on what to do next.
Q. How will I know how my child is doing? How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
A. There are regular parents’ evenings throughout the year (3) where your child’s progress and any concerns are shared with you. The Home Learning Policy is available on our website and this explains what is expected for children in each year group to be doing for homework each week. We ask that you read their Home Link book for information about homework set and provide your child with a quiet place to work.
If your child has a My Support Plan or an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) then regular formal meetings will take place during the year too.
Q. What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) or My Plan?
A. An EHCP or My Plan is a holistic way of support planning for children and young people with SEND, looking at the whole person, their strengths and interests as well as their needs and challenges. Solutions will focus on what is important to the person concerned, as well as capturing the views of their parents and carers. To find out more information, click on the image to watch a video explaining what an EHCP is.
Q. If it is decided that my child should be assessed for an EHCP, how long will the process take?
A. To view an Education, Health & Care Needs Assessment Timeline, click here.
Q. How will the school help my child achieve their potential?
A. Every child has individual targets for reading, writing and maths and, through regular assessments throughout the year, they are monitored to ensure they remain on target. Opportunities are planned to develop a broad and balanced curriculum which will appeal to all children and there is a range of after-school clubs to foster specific skills.
Q. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
A. Mrs Weyman, the Pastoral Manager for the Trust is ELSA trained and works with children requiring emotional, social and behaviour guidance. So far this academic year, she has supported children who have suffered early trauma and she is running a Friendship Group.
Q. What support is there for parents/carers?
A. Mrs Spanswick - SENCO and Mrs Weyman – Pastoral Manager are available in school to meet with parents/carers.
Q. Who can I contact for further information and how?
A. Please call into the office and speak with our administration team who will be happy to advise you or alternatively speak directly to the Head. Contact details are on our website.