Putnoe Primary School

Mission Statement

The Headteacher, Staff and Governors at Putnoe Primary School aim to help all pupils enjoy and achieve. We strive for academic excellence while seeking to provide a balance between academic subjects and the aesthetic, practical, musical and physical activities.

We believe all pupils should have the opportunity to develop those life skills that will raise self-confidence and self-esteem and contribute to their role as responsible citizens.

The success of our mission is focused around the following themes:
Working together with the wider community, seeking continuous improvement and innovation, celebrating success and taking pride in our achievements and being responsible for our own actions.

How we support your child's learning

Parent's evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring term, parents also receive a progress report from their child's class teacher at the end of each term
For children with SEND teachers discuss progress with parents every half term at the SEN review, during this time there will be an opportunity for the teacher to discuss ways in which you can support your child at home. In addition to this children with a statement will have an Annual Review which is reported to the Local Authority.
If your child's teacher is concerned that they are not making the progress they should you will be invited in to talk to them. Your child will be given an Individual Support Plan which will include information about the targets that have been set for your child as well as information on how they can help themselves to achieve these targets and how other people such as school staff and parents/careers can provide support. The teacher will also talk with you to decide which type of support best matches your child's needs.

If it is felt that it would support communication between home and school a home/school support book can be created.

Accessibility of our service

Putnoe Primary school is wheelchair accessible and there are disabled toilet facilities on both floors. The school is on two floors with easy access and double doors, lifts and ramps We ensure where ever possible that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs Any specific physical requirements will be assessed individually and equipment will be provided to meet these needs with the help of Local Authority SEND services.

How we identify SEN

When children have been identified SEND before they start at Putnoe, we liaise with the professionals who already know them and use the information already available to identify what their SEND will be in our own school setting and how we can manage it.
If you tell us you think your child has a SEND we will discuss this with you and look into it. We will share what we discover with you and agree with what we will do next and what we can do to help your child.
During the first half of the Autumn and Spring terms there are parent consultation meetings with your child's teacher followed by a progress report in the second half of the term, both of these times provide opportunities to bring up any concerns that you may have. However if you would like to arrange a meeting sooner, speak to your child's class teacher who will arrange a time to meet with you after school.

How we support your child/young person

We check how well a child understands and makes progress in each lesson through ongoing assessments and evaluations.
We use a computer software programme; Target Tracker to monitor progress Reading, Writing, numeracy and Science.
Every year group has a half termly tracking meeting with the Head Teacher to monitor the progress of all children. During these meetings we discuss what we are doing to make sure that they make good progress including those with SEND.
Progress in all subjects is tracked on a termly basis by the subject coordinator and a report is submitted to the schools Governors, included in this report is information relating to the progress made by SEND children. The SENDCo also submits a report on a termly basis identifying the progress made across the school by SEND children.

How we match the curriculum to your child's needs

All our staff are trained to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all puils in their care. When teaching, we use different approaches to learning: these are visual, aural and kinaesthetic methods

The support we give to your child's well being

The school offers a wide range of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional difficulties. These include; members of staff such as the class teacher, Family Worker and SENDCo who are readily available for pupils and parents who wish to discuss issues and concerns.
If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed care plan is complied with support from the school nurse in consultation with parent/carers. These are discussed with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
Staff have received Epipen training delivered by the school nurse.
Where necessary and in agreement with parents/carers medicines are administered in school but only where a signed Medicine consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member.
There is a dedicated member of staff who oversees attendance at the school; she works closely with the class teacher and Family worker to support parents and pupils who are struggling in attending school regularly.
Pupils are asked to complete questionnaires on an annual basis relating to different aspects of their school day, these questionnaires are analysed to support the school in improving the well -being of all pupils at the school

The expertise we have access to

We deliver speech and language programmes provided by the Speech Therapist Service. A therapist will demonstrate to school staff how to use the programme and this will then be taught and assessed after a given period of time.
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialist expertise.
The agencies used by the school include:-
Educational Psychologists
Early Years Advisors
Occupational therapy (OT) for children who need assessment for special seating or other specific needs.
Physiotherapy for children who need any physical interventions.
CAMH(child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Social Services
School Nurse
Inclusion team
Music therapy

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

We have a number of after school activities, which are open to all children. Should any child need support to access these activities, school will make the necessary arrangements.
We have a breakfast and after school club, any child can access these.
We have regular educational visits as well as people coming into school to support different topic areas. We usually have one residential trip each year; this is open to Year 5 and 6 children. All children, as well as those with SEND are always included in these. We provide any support required for their full inclusions. We choose visits that are accessible to all. Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
However, if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during the activity
carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
However, if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during the activity

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

Both the Reception staff and the SENDCo liaise with the local pre-schools and arrange meeting to meet the children in their pre-school setting. Information will be gathered regarding SEND and any necessary support put in place on their entry into school. Children and parents are also invited to the Reception Open Day at the school. Additional visits to school are encouraged for those children who find the transition difficult between home and school.
Meetings will be arranged for those children who are already known through the Early Years SEND Services to make school aware of their needs to ensure the correct support is in place.
When children leave Putnoe to go to secondary school they are invited to the new schools open day. Meetings are arranged between SENDCos of both schools to discuss pupils' individual needs and to organise extra transition visits if it is considered appropriate.

How we match our resources to your child

If during their time at Putnoe it is felt that your child will benefit from extra support, their class teacher will provide them extra differentiated support in the classroom. If even with this support your child is still making the expected progress in their learning you will be asked to come in to discuss your child's progress with their class teacher, and, with your input a schools support plan will be written up to support your child's individual needs. This may include extra general support by the teacher or teaching assistant in class.
If your child needs relate to more specific areas of their education, such as spelling, reading or numeracy skills etc, then you child may be placed in a small focused group. This will be run by a teacher or a teaching assistant. The length of time of the interventions will vary according to need. The interventions will be regularly reviewed by all involved to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning.
Occasionally a pupil may need more specialised support from an outside agency such as the educational Psychologist etc. A referral will be made, with your consent and forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, a programme of support is usually provided to the school parents/ carers

The SEND budget is allocated each financial year, The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependent on an individual's needs.

How we involve parents

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child's education, this may be through:- discussions with their class teacher, during parents evening and discussions with the Family Worker, SENDCo and Head teacher.
We review all targets set at a School Support Plan meetings together with parents and pupils. We agree what everyone will do to make teaching more effective to support learning. New targets will be discussed and a date set to review how well your child is doing, if the targets are making a difference and what we need to do next. All parents are encouraged to comment on their child's success plan with possible suggestions that can be incorporated into it. Included on the support plan will be strategies / activities that the parents can complete with their child at home to support them in their learning.
Every year parents and pupils are asked to fill in a questionnaire relating to their experiences of the school over the previous academic year. These questionnaires are analysed by the Senior Management Team, with the results helping to identify areas in the school that we can improve.

How we include your child in the planning of their support

Children are invited to all parent evenings, and are supported in evaluating their success when reviewing their targets on their individual support plan. Children who have a statement complete a questionnaire as part of their Annual Review.

General Contact Information

If you wish to talk about your child your first point of contact should be their class teacher. If you wish to discuss your child's educational needs parents should contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the schools SENDCo.
If you are not satisfied that your concern has been addressed, speak to the Head Teacher then ask to speak to the school Governor's representative.

The Parent Partnership Service provides independent, individual information and advice for children with special needs

Contact for more information

Claire Woodfield
Church Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire
01234 303400
01234 303401

Record Last Reviewed On: 03/10/2016