SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
As a Church of England Primary School, we are keen to promote the Church’s vision that all our school community will live ‘life in all its fullness’ John 10 v 10.
Our aim is that all pupils at Brabourne Church of England Primary School should be able to achieve their goals with the right support and guidance.
This can be accomplished through many different methods:
- The delivery of Quality First Teaching in the classroom to all pupils.
- Targets are set which are challenging but achievable.
- Staff reflecting on their practice, supporting children’s needs at the time.
- The identification of concerns which is followed by communication with families, carers, staff, outside agencies and pupils.
- Support through well-developed interventions to enable a child to make expected or accelerated progress.
What are Special Educational Needs?
Many children will experience an SEND of some form during their education. Our school can help those children overcome their barriers quickly and efficiently. However, sometimes children may need some extra help.
An SEND could mean that a child has:
- Learning difficulties – especially in English and Maths.
- Emotional, mental and behavioural problems – making friends or relating to others, behaving appropriately in school or expressing their emotions.
- Specific learning difficulties – with reading, writing, number work, visual or auditory memory or understanding information.
- Sensory or physical needs – such as co-ordination, hearing or visual impairment which might affect them.
- Communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying, meaning or implying.
- Medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s progress or involves treatment which effects their education or well-being.
The school welcomes parents in contacting teachers to discuss any concerns they may have over their child’s progress. Often, through these types of conversations, areas of concerns are identified. However it is worth noting that children will always make progress at different speeds and in different ways and that is dictated to by how they learn best. Teachers take this into account when they teach their lessons or organise their classroom. Children who might be experiencing slower than usual progress, or are having difficulties, may be given help through this planning to ensure they succeed. Please never assume, that just because your child is making slower than expected progress, or if the teachers are providing a different type of activity or support, that your child has an SEND. It might just be they are experiencing a difficult barrier and the teacher is using their experience and expertise to help your child meet that target.
It is the school’s aim to always ensure that any child identified as struggling should be supported. It is only when that support is not having the success the school and family would expect, then further conversations should be held about the next step.
The progress of SEND pupils is examined regularly within the school and their next steps are always at the fore front of everyone’s minds. Please read the school’s SEND policy and other documentation to familiarise yourself with our procedures.
The school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Mrs Rebecca Simmonds, who can be contacted via the school office:
Telephone: 01303 813276