Special Educational Needs
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Mrs Nicki Windle is the school’s Assistant Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).
Weston Park Primary School is a fully inclusive and accessible school where every pupil is treated and provided for as an individual. The school has ramps and accessible toileting facilities and aims to make arrangements for specific needs as required.
Throughout a child’s time at school they may experience a range of issues such as difficulties with aspects of their learning or social, emotional, behavioural needs, or require extension support if they have been identified as able, gifted and talented. If children are identified as having a special need, the SENCo, class teacher and parents will work together to ensure that they receive a personalised plan that states very clearly the needs of the child and the appropriate support/provision that the school will put into place, to ensure the needs are met. The plans are reviewed at least half termly by the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant and shared with parents where contributions are welcomed.
The SENCo has access to a range of outside agencies (educational psychology, education welfare, school health, social services, speech and language therapy etc) which are used as and when appropriate to support and offer advice on how best to support individual pupils and families.
The majority of children with special education needs or disability will have their needs met by the school through Quality First Teaching alongside carefully planned intervention and support. Senior staff routinely monitor the progress of all children to identify those at risk of underachievement. We recognise that needs are sometimes affected by other factors which are not educational but nevertheless impact on learning. These are identified as far as possible and addressed appropriately using additional processes and other strategies.
In a very small number of cases a child’s needs may require a request to be considered by the Local Authority for an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Parents/ carers are involved at all stages of this process. These plans are granted in cases whereby children are deemed to require provision that is outside of the remit of Quality First Teaching and this provision is bespoke to the individual. Weston Park Primary School are committed to working to enable these pupils to learn in a context that best suits them, making sure they remain at the centre of all we do. Making provision for these children is a challenge as each individual child requires a different approach at different times whilst helping and encouraging them to achieve a good standard or education.
Our children with EHCPs and those being assessed are provided with a carefully planned provision and curriculum that is personal to them; this will include enabling them to access teaching and learning alongside their classroom peers, as well as precision interventions to meet their specific needs and enrichment activities (these could include gardening, cookery, practical science investigations and creative activities and more) that will offer a raft of opportunities (such as developing cross curricular links, social development, skills development and more). Curriculum provision is based on the needs of the pupils and is part of a wider plan of support led by the SENCO.
Our rationale for our EHCP provision is that we offer these children at Weston Park an education that enables them to;
- Achieve the best possible educational outcomes – holistic and rounded; enabling every learner to be the very best they can be
- Develop strong positive attitudes and resilience
- Make the best possible positive engagement and progress in their learning and development