How we support children with SEN/D
We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, some children, at some time in their school life, may need extra help and support in a variety of different ways.
Initially, children’s needs are met through quality first teaching provided by the class teacher; all teachers at All Saints are teachers of children with SEN/D. If staff feel that a child’s needs cannot be met through quality first teaching alone, then additional support or intervention may be put into place and short term targets will be set in consultation with the staff, parents and the child. Support may be offered through an additional adult working alongside the child or their group, and/or taking part in intervention or enhancement programmes outside of the classroom. These approaches support us in a cycle of assessing the needs of children, planning to meet their needs, implementing strategies and reviewing their impact.
The school aims to work in partnership with parents as well as other agencies for additional assessments and advice, if necessary. eg, the Educational Psychology Service, Lancashire Special Educational Needs and Disability Service, Speech and Language Therapy Team, CAMHS, school nursing, Pediatricians etc. Parents will be consulted at every stage of this process.
As a school we offer a variety of interventions and enhancement programmes in school including:
Memory skills intervention- auditory and visual memory
1:1 working memory support
Socially speaking - social skills and emotional literacy support
PAT- Phonological awareness training
IDL- dyslexia intervention
Interventions and support provided to a child are closely monitored by the SENCo in order to evaluate their effectiveness. Assessments may be carried out before the intervention and again at the end as well as discussions with class teachers and parents to measure impact.
Children with SEN/D may also access additional support in order to attend extra-curricular clubs provided by the school.
For children with more complex needs, a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) will replace statements. We have worked alongside families of children with statements in our school to draw up ‘All about me’ documents. These pupils will eventually have their statements replaced by EHC plans
Children on the SEN register who do not qualify for a statement/EHC plan are now deemed to be requiring 'SEN support'; the terms 'School Action' and 'School Action Plus' are no longer required.
SEN characteristics at All Saints
- Percentage of pupils supported on SEN support (1.5%) is significantly lower than the national average
- Percentage of pupils supported with statements / EHCs (2.9%) is significantly higher than national average
Medical Care - Arrangements for Children with Disabilities
At All Saints School we believe every person should be treated equally and with respect. As long as this school is the best place to meet the needs of an individual child, he/she will be admitted and every care taken to ensure appropriate access to the full curriculum. As far as possible the physical needs of every child and adult will be catered for.
The school provides disabled toilet facilities for children and adults. The school building includes internal steps however classrooms can be accessed via an internal lift. The main entrance to the school building is also accessible via an external ramp. All uneven surfaces and steps within the school grounds are marked for the visually impaired.
There are twelve members of staff within school who are first aid trained and two members of staff who are fully trained paediatric first aiders.
Children with additional medical needs may have a care plan written in conjunction with the school nurse. The school endeavours to cater for all medical needs as practically possible and will request any additional training that is required.
If you would like to discuss your SEN/D requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.