Wixams Tree Primary School

Mission Statement

Wixams Tree Primary School embraces children as individuals. By recognising and valuing children’s particular strengths and talents, we seek to encourage their full potential. We work hard to celebrate all successes, whenever and wherever they occur, no matter how big or small. Children are encouraged to become well rounded and sociable. It is important to use that our children believe in themselves and are both confident and resilient.

How we support your child's learning

We have a close working relationship with all families. Parent’s evenings are held in the autumn and spring term, parents receive a progress report from their child’s class teacher at the end of each term. We hold information sessions about our curriculum and in particular, how we teach reading, writing and maths. 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.

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.

We ask you to sign your child’s reading record every time you hear them read, and you will be able to read the comment the member of staff has made.

At the end of each academic year there is a school report to show what level of effort and success your child has achieved during the year. You can arrange to see the class teacher, SENDCo, or the head teacher at an appropriate time if there are any areas you wish to discuss.

Accessibility of our service

Wixams Tree Primary 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 wherever possible that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.

How we identify SEN

When children have been identified as SEND before they start at, 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 an ICT software programme; to build a profile to monitor progress Reading, Writing, numeracy and Science. Every year group has a 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.

The class teacher tracks progress in all subjects on a termly basis and a report is submitted to the schools Governors, included in this report is information relating to the progress made by SEND children. The SENCo 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

At Wixams Tree Primary, the curriculum is organised to meet the needs of our learners. We have a priority focus on developing the language, literacy and mathematics skills of our learners.
All our staff are trained to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all pupils 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 overall well-being of all children is a central theme of education at Wixams Tree Primary School. All staff prioritise respectful relationships and developing understanding of each other, especially when things go wrong. The school offers a range of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional difficulties.

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 and asthma 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 Headteacher and class teachers and to support parents and pupils who are struggling in attending school regularly.

The expertise we have access to

We access support from agencies who can support learners in a variety of ways. We discuss any referral with parents /carers first. Some services we use are: Speech and Language Therapy; Child Development Centre, including Paediatric Services, Occupational Therapy, Autism Advisory Service; Educational Psychology Services; CHUMS Emotional Well Being and Bereavement Services.

How we include your child in extra curricular activities

Class trips are inclusive, with additional adults and sometimes, family members supporting specific children. We have regular educational visits as well as people coming into school to support different topic areas. 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

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 nurseries and arrange to meet the children in their pre-school setting. Information is 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 Wixams Tree Primary to go to secondary school they are invited to the new schools open day. Meetings will be arranged between SENDCo’s of both schools to discuss pupil’s 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 Wixams Tree 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 not 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’s 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. A teacher or a teaching assistant will run this. The length of time of the interventions will vary according to need. All involved to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning will regularly review the interventions.

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 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, SENDCo and Head Teacher.
We review all targets set at a School Support Plan meeting together with parents and pupils. We agree what everyone will do to make teaching more effective to support learning. Targets are 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.

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 parents’ consultation 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. We hold pupil voice sessions to enable pupils to have their say to ensure that their voice is heard.

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 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.

Contact for more information

Mary Langley
Green Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 6BA
01234 608960

Record Last Reviewed On: 24/04/2018