Wilden VA Lower School

Mission Statement

Wilden VA Lower School, is an inclusive school and we embrace the fact that every child
is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child is different; this is
certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

How we support your child's learning

We hold termly consultation evenings to discuss their child’s progress with parents and carers. Parents are also welcome to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at any time mutually convenient to both parties. Through ongoing assessment by the class teachers, those children who are making less than expected progress are identified and parents informed as necessary. The school holds curriculum evenings to inform parents of the teaching strategies employed and how they can support their children at home. If further support at home is required, the class teachers will discuss this at consultation evenings or at arranged meetings. Referrals can also be made for parents to visit their local CDC for further advice in areas such as diet or physical development.

Accessibility of our service

Wilden VA Lower School is fully compliant with DDA requirements. The main school is all on one floor and there is a disabled toilet on site. There is a disabled parking space outside the school. Reasonable adjustments would be made to support any children with additional needs in our care from our SEN budget.

How we identify SEN

Children who are considered to have SEN in a particular area are identified as those who have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. A child may be considered to need additional support if they are not making the expected progress given their age and individual circumstances.
Parents can contact the school to discuss any areas for concern with their child’s progress and speak to the class teacher in the first instance, or the SENCO or Head Teacher.

How we support your child/young person

Our provision at Wilden VA Lower School is inclusive and we promote an environment where all children feel safe and valued. We actively seek to identify any barriers to learning and support children to enable them to achieve their full potential.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

All teaching is differentiated to accommodate a range of learning styles. Specific resources are used to support individual children’s learning as needs are identified. Teaching assistants are used in a variety of ways to support 1:1 and small group learning both in the classroom and through targeted intervention.

The support we give to your child's well being

At Wilden VA Lower School we recognise that some children have additional emotional and social needs that need to be developed and nurtured. Through Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons we support children in understanding their own motions and feelings. Our whole school Values also help children to recognise their own and others’ feelings. Throughout the school day there are many opportunities for children to develop their social skills, both during lesson times and at playtimes. For children with specific emotional and social difficulties an IEP may be required in order to help address specific areas of need. This will be written by the Class Teacher and /or SENCO and shared with parents.

The expertise we have access to

All school teaching and support staff participate in regular CPD training throughout the school year.
As appropriate the school will involve external agencies, for example Educational Psychologists Speech and Language Therapists to support staff and children on specific occasions.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

At Wilden School our policy is to ensure all children are included in extra-curricular curricular activities, trips and visits.

How we prepare your child to join us or transfer to another setting

Home visits, familiarisation days and transition days for children leaving pre-school and starting school are available for all children. Children starting new to the school are also invited to have taster days in order to make the transition between school as smooth as possible. Where a child may have specific physical or emotional needs additional sessions can be arranged as appropriate.

How we match our resources to your child

Class teachers/SENDCO/Head teacher/SEN TA all agree support requirements (making reference to outside agencies as necessary) of each child. Arrangements are reviewed and amended at least half termly. Input from parents is also included in this decision making process.
SEN budget is allocated as required to support the needs of the children

How we involve parents

We have an open door policy-parents are always welcome in school.
Parent volunteers in class and on trips.
Class teachers meet with parents at termly Parent Consultations.
We have an active PTA.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

Children are fully involved with the consultation process or support in school through regular conversations and formal meetings.
Children have regular circle time to discuss specific school or personal issues.
A “buddy” system operates where children can discuss and plan in small groups facilitated by a member of staff.
We build good relationships in school enabling children to express their needs and to fully discuss options.

General Contact Information

Contact in the first instance is with the child’s class teacher, they are happy to discuss any issues or worries with parents at any mutually convenient time during the day.
Admissions are dealt with by the Head Teacher.
The school’s Parent Support Advisor can be contacted through school, as can the school nurse
The Local Authority Offer is available on their website.

Contact for more information

Mrs Joanne Freeman
High Street, Wilden, Bedfordshire, MK44 2PB
01234 771313

Record Last Reviewed On: 02/05/2017