SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)
Special Educational Needs (SEN) at Shavington Primary School
Our aim is to raise the aspirations and expectations for all pupils with SEN by focusing on outcomes that will improve children's attainment in all areas.
Our Objectives are:
- To identify, at the earliest possible opportunity, barriers to learning and participation for pupils with SEND.
- To ensure that every child experiences success in their learning and achieves to the highest possible standard.
- To enable all children, whatever their special educational need or disability, to receive appropriate educational provision through a broad, balanced curriculum that is appropriately differentiated.
- To involve parents/carers in planning and supporting at all stages of their child’s development.
- To ensure that pupils with SEND have a voice and are given opportunities to express an opinion and that this opinion will be taken into account in matters affecting them.
- To work closely with external support agencies, where appropriate, to support the needs of individual pupils.
- To ensure that all staff have access to training and advice to support quality first teaching and learning for all pupils.
The SEND Team at Shavington Primary School
Enquiries about a child’s progress should be addressed to the class teacher in the first instance since they know the child best. Other enquiries can be addressed to the school’s SENCo:
Amy Brock - Acting SENCo BA (Hons) MA NASENCo
Julia Gawn BSc(Hons) PGCE NASENCo PGCert (Dyslexia) NPQH
Our SEN Policy contains information on how we aim to support children with special educational needs. It states the school's vision and aims for SEN and includes information about the rules and laws that shape the day to day processes of the school.
Key features of the policy include:
- All children benefit from ‘Quality First Teaching’: This means that teachers expect to assess, plan and teach all children at a level which allows them to make progress with their learning. In addition we implement focused interventions to target the development of particular skills.
- We have high expectations of all our children. Children on our SEN register are expected to make progress that compares well with progress made by other children at the school.
- We work closely with parents and children to ensure that we take into account the child’s own views and aspirations and the parents’ experience of, and hopes for their child. Parents are invited to be involved at every stage of planning and reviewing SEN provision for their child.
- All children are closely monitored, and their progress tracked each term. Children on the SEN Record are additionally tracked by the SENCo.
- There are 4 broad categories of SEN:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health
- Physical and sensory
SEN Information Report
The SEN Information Report explains how the school's SEN Policy is used. It explains how help and support works for children with SEN at Shavington Primary School. It details what happens and how.
Cheshire East's Local Offer
Cheshire East publish a Local Offer. The purpose of this Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. It includes provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care. Cheshire East’s Local Offer is available from the website
Resources re the Corona virus situation which may be useful for families of children with SEN
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
- Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
- Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
- Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
- Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here.