Milton Ernest VC Lower School
‘At Milton Ernest Lower School we believe that education enriches people’s lives and aspirations. We value everyone and strive for all to reach their full potential’. (Taken from School Vision statement)
We believe that every child should have access to all aspects of school life so that they are able to be involved active learners and benefit from all that the school has to offer. Some children have pre-diagnosed Special Educational Needs (SEN) when they join us and some children are identified with such needs when they have been with us for a while.
We will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate a child with Special Educational needs or disabilities and will work to support a child’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Children who have special educational needs will be identified as quickly as possible so that these needs can be addressed. We recognise and value the importance of parental involvement and are happy to meet with parents to discuss any concerns.
We are guided in our work by the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014).
The code sets out a legal framework in which the school operates. This document defines SEN as follows:
‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which call for special education provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
a) has a significantly difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age,
b) has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post- 16
The school receives money within its allocated budget to support children with additional needs. Most of these funds are allocated to employ our teaching assistants and the rest is used for purchasing appropriate resources.
If a child has a Statement of Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care Plan there may be additional funds available from the Local Authority to supplement our own budget.
Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations requires all schools to publish their SEN offer and below you will find a series of questions and answers that set out our current provision.
How we support your child's learning
• Accessible staff who are happy to discuss your child and any concerns you may have
• Learning, Care and Behaviour Plans for children who have additional needs
• Termly discussions and review of children who have additional needs with parents
• Annual written report detailing your child’s effort and attainment over the year
• Curriculum information evenings e.g. Early Years, Literacy, Maths
• Regular assessment of pupils and tracking progress
• Curriculum Information sent out termly to parents and available on the school web-site.
Accessibility of our service
• We occupy a very small, two storey Victorian building. Due to space restrictions and steps / stairs the building is not accessible for wheelchair users. There are no lift or disabled toilet facilities.
• We make reasonable adjustments for children with visual and auditory difficulties.
• We use our SEN budget to provide resources to support pupils with educational needs.
• We use support from Bedford Borough Council for parents and children who do not have English as a first language
• We are happy to discuss any special requirements your child may have.
How we identify SEN
• Parent concerns – parents are encouraged to share their concerns with school staff
• Discussions with parents
• Information passed on by nursery or previous school
• Regular assessments and tracking pupil progress
• Staff concerns raised with SENCo
How we support your child/young person
• The SENCo will work with other staff and parents to plan for the needs for a child with additional needs.
• The Class Teacher will plan work to meet the individual needs of a child when necessary
• Teaching assistants may deliver a programme of work, work with a child on a one – to one basis or in a small group.
• Teaching assistants will give feedback to the class teacher so that future learning can be planned for
• Teachers and Teaching Assistants take part in the termly reviews with parents
• There is a named Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
• The Head Teacher’s termly report to the Governing Body gives information about SEND
• Pupils’ performance is assessed regularly and tracked over time to ensure that progress is being made
How we match the curriculum to your child's needs
• Classes at this school are mixed Year Groups and teachers are skilled in adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of all children.
• A variety of teaching styles are used
• Teachers regularly review the progress made by each child and will further adapt the curriculum where necessary
• When children find a concept or task difficult the teacher will take a different approach
• A wide range of resources are employed to stimulate learning
The support we give to your child's well being
• We have a policy for the administration of prescribed medication
• Support will be given for personal care where needed
• Staff receive training from medical staff (e.g. school nurse) for children who may have severe allergies or other health issues
• Emotional literacy sessions are provided to support children expressing their feelings in an appropriate way.
• Although the class teacher has responsibility for the overall well-being of every child in their class, all staff work together to ensure that children are cared for and their different needs are met
• The class teacher liaises with the SENCo who may involve outside agencies for advice and support.
• Children with more complex needs may require a Care Plan.
• We have a team of trained First Aiders and there is always a First Aider on school visits.
• On school visits some children are provided with one-to-one support
• Attendance is monitored and absence is followed up if not reported. Registers are checked by our Education Welfare Officer. Discussions are held with parents in cases of frequent absence.
• Our Behaviour Policy outlines our expectations and approaches to behaviour management so that it can be applied consistently across the school.
• Reward systems are in place
• Some children may require a behaviour plan to target specific issues. Parents will be involved in this process.
• Personal, Social and Health Education lessons support the development of children’s skills and knowledge
• School Council and School Games Committee provide opportunities for pupils’ voices to be heard
• A range of clubs with high attendance levels are available
The expertise we have access to
• Services from Bedford Borough Council – Behaviour Support, Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychology Team, Early Years Intervention.
• Services from local health – Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, School Nurse, Paediatrician
• Height, weight and vision screening – carried out by school nurse
• The school works with the appropriate Social Care team.
How we include your child in extra curricular activities
• All children are included in school activities, day and residential visits.
• The school will liaise with parents, staff, external providers and transport companies to ensure that all children will be included in visits and that their needs will be met.
• Risk assessments are carried out and adjustments to activities will be made where necessary.
• Medication can be administered where necessary.
• Our ‘Before and After School Club’ is open to all pupils.
• The school will discuss children’s needs with parents.
• Many of the clubs are run by school staff who know the children well and are able to support children with special educational needs.
• If necessary, we will seek advice from outside agencies.
How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting
• The school provides an induction programme for all new entrants.
• We hold an information meeting for all new parents
• There are opportunities for children and their parents to visit the school,
• Staff visit children and their parents at home and, where possible, nursery providers.
• Where necessary we will liaise with outside agencies who may have prior involvement with the child.
• There are well established transfer arrangements for children moving to Middle School.
• Additional visits to the school are arranged for children who may require them.
• Meetings are held with the SENCo and Year 5 staff to pass on information and records to the receiving school.
How we match our resources to your child
• Each child will be allocated time / resources according to need.
• Where children have a Statement or Education, Care and health Plan, the school will provide support according to the requirements of the plan.
• Children’s learning and progress is tracked
• Discussions with staff will identify on-going or new needs
How we involve parents
• Parents are welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss any ongoing or new concerns
• There are termly meetings for parents of children with additional needs to review their progress and set new targets
• Parents have copies of plans and targets and are encouraged to support their children at home
• Where appropriate the school may provide resources or activities to work on at home to support the learning targets
• When outside agencies are brought in, parents are involved in discussions about their child and any resulting actions
How we include your child in the planning of their support
• Teachers’ written feedback on children’s work shows what has been achieved and what the next steps are
• Children know their learning targets
• Teachers discuss work with children
• Planning and teaching takes account of children’s needs
• Surveys and questionnaires
• School Council
General Contact Information
• The first point of call for parents who may have concerns is the child’s class teacher.
• The Teacher may then discuss such concerns with the SENCo / Head Teacher.
• The school may make a referral to services provided by Bedford Borough Council
School SENCo Mrs Lisa Virnuls
SEND Governor Mrs Cath Hill
Local Authority Bedford Borough Council
Contact for more information
- Mrs Lisa Virnuls
- Thurleigh Road, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire, MK44 1RF
- 01234 822079
- SEN Link:
Record Last Reviewed On: 08/11/2016