Special Educational Needs
Miss Cooper and Mrs Corin are our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators (SENDCO). They have completed the following information which outlines our core offer with regards to SEND.
Our school philosophy is to help every child realise his or her true potential, socially and academically. The school delivers a broad, full and balanced curriculum in an atmosphere where children feel valued, secure and happy. We are committed to ensuring that children with special educational needs have the same opportunities as other pupils and we aim to meet individual needs to promote successful learning.
Inclusion within Totley Primary
Our aim is that all children receive quality first teaching which maximizes progress. We ensure that classroom activities are appropriately differentiated so that all children are involved, and that children have access to appropriate resources to support their learning and support is provided. Our team of TAs, HLTAs and teachers are trained in specific areas of SEN and can offer personalised learning program to meet individual need.
Identifying learners with SEND
All children are carefully tracked to ensure that they make sufficient progress for their age and capability. We meet on a termly basis to discuss the children and this is an opportunity to highlight any difficulties that any child is having that may be impacting on their academic or social development. Where issues are identified, an action plan between the school and the parent/carer is created and the class teacher is given advice on how best to support the development of the child. This is reviewed after a six week period. If at this point the child is still not progressing, we seek advice from external support services and the child will move to school action. Once the assessments have been completed and support has been received from the outside agencies, the child will be placed on our SEND register. This means that they will now have an individual educational plan (IEP), which will have guidelines on how to meet the child’s needs within school. This may be achieved through the use of addition support and an adapted timetable if necessary. The progress of children on the SEND register is monitored at 4 points throughout the year, with the aim that the additional support will have a positive impact. For children that have more acute needs, the school could apply for an Educational Health Care Plan and would receive more support from outside agencies, if appropriate. When identifying the needs of our SEND learners, we aim to ensure that the child and parents/carers have an input into the support they receive and that they can see the impact of any extra support given.
What the school can offer
Our school offers a nurturing ethos in which all children are appropriately challenged in order to reach their true potential. We strive to ensure that our children are happy and able to enjoy a wide curriculum which includes both social and academic learning, as well as promoting learning in the outdoor environment. We also have disabled facilities within the school.
Our school has expertise in dealing with children with social and emotional difficulties. This includes staffing expertise and strategies to ensure that we offer a curriculum which is achievable and personalised according to particular need.
We also have a speech and language specialist within school who aims to develop children’s understanding of language and communication.
Under the Mercia Learning Trust, we have established close links with the SEND team within the Trust and are working together to develop a consistent SEND approach together.
At Totley we feel that parental involvement is crucial in order for children to make progress and be happy. We hold termly review meetings in which parents of SEND children are invited to discuss the progress of their child and the next key steps in their learning, as well as more informal meetings such as coffee mornings. At these meetings there is an opportunity to include other agencies and seek specialist advice. We also offer an open door policy and encourage a supportive relationship between our parents and teachers. Mr Barnes, our SENDCo, can be contacted at mbarnes.sheffield.sch.uk.
In ensuring the well-being of our children, we use a child centred approach to make sure that what we do is for the benefit and happiness of the children and families within our care.
All our children follow the Golden Rules which encourage children to be supportive to one and other. Our ethos is inclusive and our children are aware of how to support children that have additional educational needs. Integration into school life is key and all children are happy to play and work together. Our SEN children make good progress and leave Totley knowing that they have achieved their desired outcomes.