St John’s C of E primary school is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all the children in our school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having a special educational need and/or a disability, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life. We are committed to an inclusive approach meeting individual needs.
Some children have barriers to learning that require particular action by the school. These children are added to the school SEND register, which is reviewed termly. We support children with a variety of needs including: Autism, ADHD, Speech & Language difficulties, Dyslexia, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia and hearing impairment.
The school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) liaises with staff and ensures all staff are aware of SEND within the school and receive high quality information and training. We aim to quickly identify pupils who are making limited progress and provide targeted interventions and support to meet their needs. Teachers take account of these needs and make provision as required to support individuals or groups of children and thus enable them to participate effectively in all aspects of school life. This provision may include highly differentiated learning, additional support and resources which differ from that given to other children of the same age (please see below for a list of possible interventions and support we can offer).
The SENDCO works closely with different specialist services, our local educational psychologist and inclusion partner, as well as having regular contact with local SENCO’s. This ensures we have up to date guidance and support/advice where needed. We also access a wide range of services from the NHS such as speech and language therapists, community paediatrics and occupational therapists. These services help to provide parents/carers and staff in school with the right information to meet pupils’ needs.
The school also belongs to the Child First Trust (https://childfirsttrust.com/) which enables us to access counseling, speech and language training and support, OT, play therapy and family support.
We are committed to working with parents and all staff work hard to understand each child and family's unique situation. We ensure parents are fully aware of the SEND process and informed of their child’s learning regularly throughout the year.
Each child on our SEND register has an individual learning plan which detais strengths and difficulties, children’s wishes for the future and how they are best supported. It also includes information on current learning levels, next step targets and the provision the school is providing.
More information on the schools SEN arrangements can be found in the SEND Policy and the SEND Information report. These are both reviewed annually and undertaken in consultation with staff and parents.
We have a separate medical policy for children with medical needs.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact our school SENCO - Mrs Karen Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School SENDCO - Mrs Karen Lee
SENTA (SEN Teaching Assistants) - We have 2 SENTA’s in school. Mrs Vince & Mrs Tuckwell. They work closely with Mrs Lee and class teachers to deliver a range of 1:1 and group interventions. They also support children during whole class teaching.
SEN LSA’s - We currently have 6 LSA’s who work in school supporting individual SEND pupils.
The Four Main Areas of SEND
If your child has been identified as SEND, it will be determined which of the four areas will be their main area of need.
The SEND Code of Practice 2014 (updated January 2015) sets out four broad areas of special educational need that include a range of difficulties and conditions:
Students will be identified by their primary area of need. The purpose of identification is to work out what action the school needs to take, not to fit a student into a category. In practice, individual children or young people often have needs that cut across all these areas and their needs.
The code states that: Many children and young people have difficulties that fit clearly into one of these areas; some have needs that span two or more areas; for others the precise nature of their need may not be clear at the outset.
Children and young people with SEMH may have the following mental health difficulties: anxiety, withdrawn or feeling isolated, having challenging and disturbing behaviour, self-harming, depression, eating disorder, and substance misuse.or young people.
A medical diagnosis or a disability does not necessarily imply a special educational need (SEND). It may not be necessary for the child or young person with any particular diagnosis or medical condition to have any additional form or educational provision. At St John’s we have a separate Medical Needs register with individual care plans for each pupil ensuring their condition is properly managed, and therefore not hindering their access to education. These plans take into account the medical guidance and advice available.
At St John’s Primary School we use a range of interventions in school to support pupils with their learning. The intervention and delivery, will depend on the needs of the child. These include:
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
This area of need has always been of huge importance to us at St John’s. Since COVID we have seen an increase in need. To support children in this area we have a specialised LSA Mrs Norris who is in school 4 mornings a week. She works closely with Mrs Lee and supports pupils either 1:1 or in small groups.
Mrs Norris is also available once a week for parents who would like to discuss any issues/concerns they have at home. Appointments are on Monday mornings. Please contact Mrs Lee (email@example.com) if you would like to meet with Mrs Norris.
Further services & Support
Supporting you neurodiverse child - https://essexfamilyforum.org/resources/nd-pack
SENDiass - https://send.essex.gov.uk/search-support-groups-and-activities/send-information-advice-and-support-service-sendiass
School Nursing Team
In North East Essex, between the age of 0-8 years your child will be under the Health Visiting Service, from their 8th birthday onward they will be under the School Age Team up until the age of 19 or 25 for those with Special Educational Needs.
The team is made up of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, School Nurses and Healthy Family support Practitioners, who all specialise in the delivery of care to School Age children and young people.
They deliver health advice and support both within School, within the family home, our family hubs and delivery sites or other community settings.
The team can help with:
Government legislation in September 2014 asked schools to publish their 'Local Offer' for Special Educational Needs. St John's has worked with its local schools in 2014 to produce a 'local offer' that is in operation across up to 20 schools in the Colchester Area. These school include both Primary and Secondary. If you require any further information on the schools offer, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask to speak to the school Special Educational Needs Coordinator or SENCo.