When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posed by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health services should be providing for my child?
A new SEND code of practice sets out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it when providing for SEND children/young adults.
How accessible is your school?
Our school has been built as a single storey structure. As is it based on one level it is easily accessible for all children and adults. We also have a disabled toilet and changing area in addition to a selection of specialist furniture within school to meet the needs of a variety of physical conditions.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
What specialist services are available at your school to meet my child’s needs?
We work with an extensive range of services and professionals to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Makaton, Movement Difficulties Programmes and specific training from Speech and Language Therapists. The SENCo is currently working towards the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO). Each year the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff e.g. Makaton, PECs, Think Good Feel Good, Lexia, Elklan.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure children with SEND have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included. In addition, our children with SEND are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs e.g. sensory play.
How are parents involved with your school?
We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. We welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of a school day and they are welcome to arrange additional dates to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. Parents are invited to attend many school events such as class Masses, liturgies, performances and concerts. They are also encouraged to help with our school garden as part of an after-school club.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Mrs Dunne our SENCo if you have any further questions you would like to ask.