Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
How can parents contact the SEND Coordinator?
Our SENDCO is Mr David Hibberd who can be contacted through the school office.
Our SEND Governor is Mrs. Julia Kenny who can also be contacted through the school office.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision at our school.
Temple Herdewyke Primary School and Nursery is a mainstream school that strives to provide the best learning opportunities for all children. Our core values promote an inclusive school community. We recognise that all children are individuals who have different learning needs and we work hard to ensure they are given the right balance of support and challenge in their learning and join in with enriching experiences to build their cultural capital.
How does our school identify and assess SEND?
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator manages SEND provision by liaising with parents, school staff and external professionals.
Throughout the school, we continually monitor and assess the progress of all our children. We track the progress of children, and where expected progress is not being made, steps and interventions are put in place to support areas of need. We also work closely with our own nursery and health visitor to identify any special educational needs children may have prior to them joining us, in order to ensure they receive the correct support from the start.
If parents have any concerns at all regarding the progress of their child - or believe they may have an area of special educational need - then we would urge them to talk to their child’s class teacher or our SENDCo/Headteacher. Parents can also gain important advice and support from The Family Information Service: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis
How does our school provide support for children with SEND?
Through monitoring, observing and assessing a child’s needs, staff work together with the SENDCo to put in place appropriate support and provision. The progress of all children is monitored termly and in both the autumn and spring terms, Parents Evenings are held, to discuss how children are doing. Children with SEND are set individual targets recorded on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which is shared and reviewed with parents. In the summer term, all parents receive an end of year written report, detailing progress within all areas of learning and parents are invited to discuss this with their child’s class teacher. In addition, we have an ‘open door’ policy and encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have as and when they occur, in person with their child’s class teacher. Parents are also invited to contact our SENDCo/Head of School whenever they wish.
Class-based learning is adapted for all children in our school. Some individual targets are supported within lessons by the class teacher or a Teaching Assistant, others may be supported outside of a lesson through a specific intervention programme which may be delivered by a trained Teaching Assistant.
If a child has a complex SEND an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may be put in place, which means a formal meeting will be held annually to discuss progress and a report will be written.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by our school?
We have links with a wide range of outside agencies who offer specific guidance and support to our school and families. These include:
- Advisory SEND Teacher
- Educational Psychologist
- Therapists including those for Speech and Language, Occupational and Physio
- Advisors including those for Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Physical Disabilities
- Health Services including School Nurse and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Reasonable adjustments have been made to improve accessibility. Our school site is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet. Risk assessments are in place to ensure the safety of all children when they are using facilities such as our play equipment or local swimming pool.
For further information regarding the SEND offer from Warwickshire Local Authority can be found at the following link: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/send