Mrs Dowling is responsible for coordinating Special Educational Needs and Disability and has responsibility for provision. She can be contacted via the school office.
The Governor with oversight of the arrangements for SEND is Lydia Cook. These people may all be contacted through the school.
Our school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs.
Some children have barriers to learning that may arise from having special educational needs and/or disability and require particular action by the school. Where it is decided that a child has SEND, the decision is recorded in the school records and the parents / carers are informed. We value everyone’s input into the SEND process so it is important to us to work with parents, families and the children so that everyone is involved.
Joint Discussion Plans (JDPs) and Intervention Plans (IPs) are created with the class teacher and SENDCO then a meeting is arranged with all invested parties to establish how the support will be embedded in school. This will have supportive elements within class and through discreet intervention sessions led by our Teaching Assistants and HLTA. Every afternoon, we have dedicated time for intervention. We focus on keeping up rather than catching up but if that is needed, a designated programme will be used to support the child’s learning at that time. Teachers inform T.As of the need of support which enables us to have same-day intervention; frequent interventions and interventions over a period of time. Our small classes and working environment affords for this to happen.
In addition to the above, one of our TAs is ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) trained. There are 6-8 week programmes for children who are in need of support.
The link provides you with access to more information about ELSA:
Click below to see our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy which provides further information and complies with the statutory requirement laid out in the SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 (July 2014), the Equality Act 2010: Advice for schools – (DfE May 2014) and Schools SEN Information Report Regulations (2014).
To ‘See Dorset’s Local Offer – SEND information for children, young people and families’
Our school has an accessible toilet and we can offer assistive technology, such as ipads, where this helps to provide access to the curriculum. Our accessibility plan is monitored, reviewed and reported upon annually to the Governing Body in compliance with legal requirements.
Other related policies are:
All information can be provided in hard copy and in other formats upon request. Alternatively, families without internet access may visit the school to use IT facilities to view the school and local authority’s websites.