Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning or Special Educational Needs (SEN)? ▾
The Head teacher: Mrs A Wallis, is responsible for:
• The day to day assistance in all aspects of school life, this includes the support and provision for children with SEND. • The Head teacher will give responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers, but they are responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met. • Making sure the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND. • Ensuring our school follows statutory guidance for all pupils including children with special educational needs and or with a disability.
The SENCO: Mrs Jess Fitzgerald, is responsible for:
• Coordinating support for children with special educational needs and /or with a disability (SEND) and developing the school’s SEN Policy to make sure all children have access to high quality teaching and provision. • Supporting teaching staff in the identification of special educational needs, providing guidance and practical advice to remove barriers to learning and deploying support staff appropriately. • Reviewing your child’s progress and planning ahead for your child • Liaising with other agencies who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning, for example: Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology, School Nurse etc. • Monitoring provision and the impact of interventions. • Providing specialist support and training for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help pupils with SEN to achieve the best possible outcomes in school. • Applying for or reviewing Education Health Care Plans for children with more severe or complex needs. • Ensuring that you are involved in supporting your child’s learning.
The SEN Governor is responsible for:
• Making sure that the school has an up to date SEND policy. • Making sure that the school has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school. • Making sure that the appropriate and necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEN and/or disabilities. • Making visits to understand and monitor the support given to children with SEND in the school and being part of the process to ensure your child achieves his/her potential in school.
The Class Teacher is responsible for:
• Ensuring that all children have access to good teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to the individual needs of all learners (also known as differentiation.) • Monitoring the progress of all children in their class and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help that may be needed (this could be things like targeted work, additional support, adapting resources) and discussing amendments with the SENCO as necessary. • Keeping you informed about the support your child is getting. • Planning for and reviewing provision with support from the SENCO, phase leaders and the leadership team, contributing to the assessment process which informs Pupil Progress Meetings. • Ensuring that all members of staff working within school are aware of children’s individual needs and /or conditions within their class, and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable all pupils to be included and make progress. • Ensuring that the school’s SEN Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with SEND.
The Learning Support Assistant is responsible for:
• A Learning Support Assistant (LSA) may be allocated to a pupil with exceptional special educational needs and/or disabilities or they might be trained to deliver group or individual interventions. Their role is guided by your child’s class teacher and the SENCO. Whilst they take a very valuable role in your child’s education, we would prefer that questions regarding your child’s learning and progress are directed initially to the class teacher and/or SENCO. • We welcome daily dialogue between parents and LSAs about how your child is getting on at school and we do actively encourage this continued feedback.
How does the school know if children need extra help? ▾
What should I do if I think my child may have SEN? ▾
Maintaining regular contact with school is very important at this stage. You will be asked to share your ideas on how best to support the needs of your child, and your child will be invited to share their ideas too.
Contact details can be found by following the ‘Who can I contact for further information?’ tab on the home screen.
How will the school staff support my child? ▾
The amount of support offered will depend on the needs of each individual child. Sometimes it may also be necessary to involve a specialist from an outside agency. Parents and carers will be fully informed and involved at each stage of the process.
How will I know how my child is doing? ▾
How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs? ▾
Provision is organised in 3 waves:
Wave 1 – Quality first teaching – All pupils; Wave 2 – Small group interventions – Some pupils; Wave 3 – Individual interventions (usually with involvement of outside agencies) – Few pupils.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing? ▾
What training have the staff had, who support children with SEND? ▾
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by our school? ▾
Support from external agencies is only available upon referral, before this is able to happen there is a period of time where school based assessments will need to take place, the views of the child and the parents or carers will also be sought to ensure everyone is fully informed and working towards the same goal.
How will you help me to support my child’s learning? ▾
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?▾
For a few children an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) may be required, again the views of the child and the family are central to putting together a coordinated plan that involves advice from education, health and social care. An EHC Plan replaces the previous Statement of Special Educational Needs. Before an EHC Plan can be devised, there is a period of time where evidence of your child’s severe, complex or lifelong need will be collected. A meeting will take place with all the people involved in your child’s care, including yourself, and the final decision is made by the local education authority.Sometimes it may also be necessary to apply for extra funding to meet the needs of a few pupils, this is known as Exceptional Needs Funding (ENF.)
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips? ▾
How accessible is the school environment? ▾
• St Catherine’s is an accessible school, which complies with the Equality Act 2010. http:/www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents • The school Accessibility Plan is updated on a regular basis according to need. This document can be accessed via the school office upon request. http://www.stcaths.herts.sch.uk/keyinfo.html
Who can I contact for further information? ▾
Class teacher Via the school office on 01992 463214
SENCO: Mrs J Fitzgerald Via the school office on the above telephone number or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head teacher Via the school office on the above telephone number or by email: Mrs Wallis: email@example.com
SEND Governor Please contact the school office for the current SEND Governor’s contact details.
SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services. Tel: 01992 555847
KIDS East HUB – Offers information and support to parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 0-19yrs in Hertfordshire. Tel: 01992 504013
We are a welcoming and open school. We always aim to resolve any problems that occur from time to time within school, however, should it be required; a copy of the complaints procedure is available from the school office. It is also good to hear when things are working well, so please be sure to share positive comments with us too.
How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life? ▾
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?▾
• All classrooms are equipped with interactive ‘Clever Touch’ technology. • Each classroom is equipped with a variety of resources to support phonics, reading, writing and mathematical concepts. • Other topic based equipment is centrally stored to allow access to all. • Allocation of resources for each subject is based on budget allocations, which is decided by the Head teacher and Governors. • Funds and resources are allocated according to the level of need.
In exceptional circumstances additional funds can be applied for for individual pupils, this is called Exceptional Needs Funding (ENF).
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive? ▾
All additional support children receive will be recorded on a whole school provision map and impact of this support on the children’s progress or development will be measured at regular intervals.
How can I find information about the Local Authority’s Local Offer of services and provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability? ▾
Hertfordshire’s Local Offer is the door to finding information and support available for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
What do we mean by special educational needs and or disability? You will also find our key SEND strategies, Hertfordshire 0-25 Integrated Commissioning Strategy and Hertfordshire County Council SEND Strategy 2015-2018 in the Local Offer as well as a range of services such as short breaks, transition, Education Health and Care Plans and more.If you need to speak to someone directly or require help to find the information you want, contact: SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services or KIDS HUBS We are keen to know your thoughts about the Local Offer so we can continue to improve it. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments. Further information Helping families without internet access If you know someone who would like to use the Local Offer but they cannot access the internet, ask them to contact their local library, or children's centre. Find your local library here or your local children's centre here. If you need further assistance, you can call the customer service centre on 0300 123 4043. Other Local Authorities' Local Offer You can find more information and documents about the Hertfordshire SEND Local Offer here.
Where else can I find reliable advice concerning SEND? ▾
Information on what Autism is, and offers: support, advice, resources and courses.
Information on what Dyslexia is and offers information to support co-occurring difficulties at home and at school.
Information to support speech language and communication needs.
Information to support dyspraxia. NHS information on dyspraxia and developmental coordination disorder can also be accessed here
Information and support where there may be concerns about mental health.
CHIPS offer activities for children with SEND both term time and during school holidays.
Information to support children and their families with Autism, ADHD or related condition. SPACE meet regularly in the local area to support making connections and building relationships with others.
HABs offers support and advice directly to families living in the Hoddesdon or Broxbourne area. The service includes: parenting courses, family support advice, Autism advice, as well as term time and school holiday activities for children.
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