Special Educational Needs/Disability Information
St. Patrick’s Catholic School is a fully inclusive mainstream school. We strive to support all children to achieve their potential spiritually, personally, socially, emotionally, physically and academically in all areas of the curriculum. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. This document is intended to give you information regarding the ways in which we support all our children, including those with SEND, in order for them to realise their full potential. St. Patrick’s is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers, external agencies and the Local Authority to ensure the best outcomes for children identified with special educational and/or disability needs. Our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is responsible for the operation of the SEN policy and coordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEND.
‘Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs receive good additional support to help them master the skills they are struggling to master. Their progress is equal to their classmates’ (Ofsted March 2013)
The SENCO / INCLUSION Leader at St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is Mrs. H. Bell
What are Special Educational Needs?
How does St. Patrick’s Catholic School know if my child has a Special Educational Need?
We know when pupils need help with their learning if:
What should I do if I think my child has Special Educational Needs?
How will St. Patrick’s School support my child?
Step 1 – Each pupils education programme will be planned by the class teacher. It will be differentiated to suit the pupils individual needs. This may include general support from the teacher or teaching assistant.
Step 2 – If a pupil has needs related to a more specific area of their development e.g. Spelling, handwriting, Literacy or Maths skills, the pupil will be placed on an Intervention programme. Intervention programmes are delivered by trained teachers or teaching assistants. They will vary in length of time but will be regularly reviewed to assess the impact on the child’s learning and progress and to inform future planning.
Step 3 – Sometimes a pupil may require expert support from an outside agency e.g. Learning and Behaviour Support Services (LABSS), Educational Psychologist (EP), Speech and Language (SAL). A referral will be made, with your consent. After an assessment a report and programme of support is provided to the school and parents/carers. A meeting will be held with parents to discuss the support that will be provided. A plan will be put in place and reviewed regularly.
How will you make sure that SEN support is helping pupils make better progress?
How will I know that my child is making progress?
How will the curriculum be matched to the needs of my child?
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
The school offers a wide range of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional difficulties. These include:
What training have staff had to support children with SEND
All staff have received whole school training to improve the Teaching and Learning of all children, including those with SEND.
Different members of staff have received training relevant to SEND, including
The SENCO and class teachers work closely with specialists from external support services who provide advice, support and training.
What happens if my child needs specialist equipment or other facilities?
As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have at present include:
How will I be involved with planning and supporting my child’s learning?
You will be involved at all stages in planning and supporting your child’s learning through
Throughout the year School seeks to provide support for parents through the Parent Partnership and leaflets or notices are available in school, on the website or on the newsletter. We may offer Parents workshops throughout the year to advise and support parents in the way Literacy and Maths are taught in school, healthy diets and other issues related to health, social and emotional well-being. Our Learning Mentors are also available to sign post you to other support services.
How will my child be involved in their own learning?
As a school we engage in a number of pupil voice activities throughout the year. Teachers set targets for pupils and support them in reaching them. Children are encouraged to respond to their own work through self-assessment activities and by acting on the teachers marking. At all times we recognise the importance of how children feel they are achieving and what they feel they need to improve. At the end of the year we expect children to review their learning and progress and set new targets. This is reported to parents as part of the annual report.
What external services may be involved?
These are some of the external services used by St. Patricks to support children with SEND
|Communication and||LABSS, CASS, CAMHS, Speech and Language|
|Cognition and Learning||LABSS, EP, Speech and Language|
|Social, emotional and||CAMHS, CASS, EP, Social Care, CFFS, counselling services e.g. Time|
|mental health difficulties||for You, Bereavement counselling|
|Sensory and/or physical||Occupational Health, Physiotherapy, Sensory Support Service, School|
Who should I contact to find out about other support for parents and families of children with SEND?
The Parent Partnership Service – 024 76694307 Parenting Support – 0800 4346127
There are a number of Local Parent Support Groups for particular areas of SEND e.g Speech and Language, Dyslexia, ASD, Down’s Syndrome. The above contacts will provide details on how to access specific support.
How will the school prepare and support my child when joining St. Patrick’s Catholic School or transferring to a new school?
Many strategies are in place to enable a pupil’s transition to be as smooth as possible.
Where can I find additional information that might be available to support my child and my family?
The Coventry Local Offer website has information about the services that are available. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the school.