Castle Newnham School
How we support your child's learning
* Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting Head Teacher/ SENDCO or Inclusion Manager, know as necessary.
* Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/program for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
* Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed within their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
* Identifying pupils who will need additional support as early as possible and liaising closely with SENDCO, Inclusion Manager and families to secure ways of moving towards agreed desired outcomes.
* Delivering well planned interesting lessons accessible to all children so children can learn at their own level.
* Communicating with parents through the home school book, parents’ evenings, reports or informal meetings as necessary.
* Using a ‘person centred approach’ to supporting children with SEND, taking pupils and parents views fully into account when reviewing practice and strategies.
The Head of Primary and SENDCO, Mrs. P. Ross (supported by Mrs Baker, Inclusion Manager).
* Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing and reviewing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs within school.
Ensuring that you are:
• Involved in supporting your child’s learning and in planning future support systems for your child
• kept informed about the support your child is getting
• involved in reviewing profile of support at least termly
• Liaising with all the other people who may be coming in to school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy,
• Updating the school’s Inclusion Register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs and updating each classes provision map at least termly to ensure staff are aware of the needs within each class.
• Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
• Writing, sharing and reviewing provision in liaison with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
• Updating governors on issues relating to SEND.
• The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND.
• Ensure that the Governing Body is kept up to date on any issues in the school relating to SEND.
• Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.
Accessibility of our service
Teachers at Castle Newnham School are teachers of all children and our physical learning environment and curriculum is designed to allow all children within our care to thrive in safe and stimulating surroundings. The displays around the school and within classrooms are bright and engaging and we have a brand new purpose built nursery available to children on a full or part time basis. We endeavour to make our curriculum and learning environment accessible to all children regardless of SEND.
We have wheel chair ramps and automatic doors to every block and we also have disabled toilets and changing facilities. The building is fully secure with codes on every entrance door. The before and after school Care Club and all extra curricular activities are fully accessible to children with SEND. The systems of support used for children within the classroom are mirrored on the playground during play time and lunchtime and during our extra curricular clubs and Care Club.
How we identify SEN
At Castle Newnham School progress, attainment and the well being of each individual pupil is monitored continually. Staff really know the children well and are quick to notice any problems children may be experiencing. If your child is identified as not making progress the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to listen to any concerns you may have. During the meeting we may plan future support and discuss the possibility of outside referrals to professionals who can offer advice on how best to support your child’s learning in school.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing in school you should speak to your child’s class teacher initially. If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak to the SENDCO, Mrs. P. Ross or the Inclusion Manager Mrs S. Baker. If you are still concerned that your child’s needs are not being met you can speak to the Head teacher or the school SEND Governor.
How we support your child/young person
Class teacher input via excellent targeted classroom teaching (Quality Teaching First):
Castle Newnham School teachers plan and deliver dynamic lessons designed to be accessible to all pupils. The teachers across the school have the highest possible expectations of all children. Ultimately, teachers and support staff know the children very well and all teaching is based on building on what children already know, can do and can understand. A variety of different ways of teaching are in place so that all children are fully involved in learning within the classroom. Such strategies may involve using more practical learning activities and employing a range of visual resources to engage children and support learning. Teachers are familiar with specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENDCO, Inclusion Manager or outside staff) to aid children’s learning. Teachers carefully check on the progress of individual pupils and will implement some extra support where needed in order to help pupils make the best possible progress. All children in school receive this as a part of excellent classroom practice.
Specific group work:
Castle Newnham School runs a wide variety of intervention groups to support pupils with their academic and social development if excellent classroom practice is not enough to meet their needs. These groups are usually run outside of the classroom and are all run by teachers or trained teaching assistants. Each child within a group is set specific and measurable targets. Castle Newnham School has an SEND ‘base’ where some 1 to 1 support sessions are run by trained staff. Pupils may need support on the playground to facilitate social development where the pupil may be offered a named adult they can go to if they feel they need to. Such pupils are also invited to take part in supported play activities and social communication groups to help them develop their self esteem and social skills. All of these interventions and support groups are set up and monitored in full liaison with pupils, teaching staff, the school’s SENDCO, Inclusion Manager and parents / carers.
How we match the curriculum to your child's needs
Class teachers at Castle Newnham School plan lesson which allow all children to progress. Specific teaching strategies and ancillary resources can be used within the classroom to make learning accessible to all groups of children. The environment within classrooms at Castle Lower is designed to promote a high level of engagement in learning activities for all pupils. If your child has additional needs then the SENDCO and Inclusion Manager will design a personalized program of support in liaison with parents and teaching staff. This support would be reviewed termly. Support staff may deliver targeted group work or 1 to 1 work which would be planned and adapted to suit your child’s needs in liaison with the class teacher, SENDCO and Inclusion Manager. All support offered at Castle Newnham is planned with the view that parents know their children best and a co- operative approach to managing your child’s support is developed.
The support we give to your child's well being
At Castle Newnham School staff work hard to develop the ‘whole child’. Teachers and support staff work alongside the PSHCE coordinator to deliver a high quality personal and social education. Castle Newnham School is a values school where children’s personal and social development is supported through values such as tolerance, respect, and kindness underpinning our curriculum. Pupils at Castle Newnham can be nominated for values awards where they have lived out the values of the school in their daily lives.
Support staff and teaching staff within the school are fully trained in working with children with additional needs such as ASC. All staff at Castle Newnham School are vigilant in supporting children within our care during less structured times of day and work hard to help children develop into happy, confident and successful individuals. Many members of staff and support staff are trained in delivering first aid and administering medicines where necessary.
Castle Newnham promotes positive behaviours in all children and a clear system, of sanctions and positive reward is used across the school. Each classroom has an interactive and visual reward chart allowing pupils to engage with the behaviour policy within the school.
The expertise we have access to
Castle Newnham School is in a fortunate position as we have many staff trained in providing specialist services for children with SEND. We have an SEND base where small group work and 1 to 1 work can be delivered. We have staff who specialise in working with children with phonological difficulties (Dyslexia), social communication problems, English as an additional language and most staff are trained in the Sounds Write Program which underpins the delivery of phonics throughout the school within classes and targeted groups. We also have a wide range of visual resources used with children on an individual basis or within groups to support progress and development and to facilitate children with SEND fully accessing the curriculum.
The local authority sometimes provide services for the school designed to supply staff with educational advice. These services may include:
- Autism Outreach Service
- Educational Psychology Service
- Sensory Service
- Parent Partnership Service
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Early Years Advisory Service
- A School Nurse
- Occupational therapy
How we include your child in extra curricular activities
All children are included in trips and visits outside of the classroom. Castle Newnham School offers a wide range of engaging trips and extra curricular activities to its pupils, which are operated on a fully inclusive basis. The school also runs a before and after school Care Club which is open to all children regardless of SEND. Staff and the schools SENDCO would liaise fully with parents to ensure the level of support provided throughout the trip and lead up to the trip would facilitate a safe and enjoyable experience for your child.
How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting
Transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND. Therefore we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible for each child.
If your child is joining us from another school:
The SENCDO, Inclusion Manager and support staff who will be working with your child will visit pre-schools with the Foundation Stage Leader when appropriate.
If your child would be helped by a book/ passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them including photos of their classroom and key staff. Your child would be invited to visit our school and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.
If your child is moving to another school:
We would contact the school SENDCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that would need to be made for your child. Where possible, a planning meeting would take place with the SENDCO from the new school or from the Polhill site. We encourage staff and SENDCOs from the Polhill site or other schools in coming to see year 4 children in their setting at Castle Newnham School. Information between the two sites is shared and additional visits are encouraged. During these visits the individual needs of pupils can be discussed. We also liaise with middle schools to set up additional transfer mornings for pupils we feel are vulnerable during this process.
When moving classes within our school:
Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and in most cases a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. Provision maps will be shared with the new teacher outlining all support offered. If your child would be helped by a book/ passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them. Children will take part in a transfer morning to allow them to meet their new teacher and children with SEND may be offered additional opportunities to visit their new classroom before they move classes.
How we match our resources to your child
The school budget, received from Bedford Borough LA, includes money for supporting children with SEND. The Federation Head Teacher (Ruth Wilkes) decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs within the school. They discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
o the children getting extra support already
o the children needing extra support
o the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected
They decide what resources / training and support is needed for staff. All resources / training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as necessary to meet the profile of needs within the school. The deployment of budget, staff and resources is closely monitored to ensure we provide as much support as possible for pupils within our setting with SEND.
How we involve parents
At Castle Newnham School we endeavour to make our curriculum and teaching strategies transparent to all parents. Year groups send out their own newsletters detailing their curriculum to allow parents to support their children’s learning at home. The home school book offers a comprehensive guide to some of the things your child will be learning within their year group and parents are welcome to write notes to staff in these communication books. Parents are invited to come to the school for information evenings, curriculum workshops, shows, concerts and parents evenings to facilitate further insight into what children are learning and how individual pupils are progressing. Parents have contact emails for each member of staff and you can speak to your child’s teacher at drop off / pick up or by e mailing the class teacher. The school’s SENDCO with the Inclusion Manager will design an individual education plan (IEP) for a child or include their support on a provision map in full liaison with parents and carers. This provision will be monitored and reviewed during a meeting with parents termly or at the twice yearly consultation evenings depending on the needs and support of your child. We welcome parents involving them selves in school life through becoming a parent helper attached to a class or through joining the schools active and successful PTA.
How we include your child in the planning of their support
Pupils are given the opportunity to comment on their support, likes and dislikes during the review of their IEP or provision map. Pupils with an EHCP will be asked for their comments as part of the annual review of provision. Pupils will be asked to comment on their likes, dislikes and how they feel they learn best. Pupils can also stipulate personal targets they would like to achieve from learning to ride a bicycle to getting their letters to sit on the line properly. Every pupil in the school completes a ‘One Page Profile’ which gives information on their likes, dislikes and strengths and areas for development. This allows for an ethos of personalisation within the classroom.
General Contact Information
Your first point of contact if you have concerns regarding your child is the class teacher. If your child is not yet at the school and you wish to discuss queries then contact Mrs. P. Ross on 01234300800 email@example.com
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Record Last Reviewed On: 15/11/2016