Why I am passionate about supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities...
My name is Miss Lee and I am the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) lead at St James’.
I have always been passionate about supporting the needs of our most vulnerable children. All children have the ability to learn and should be equally valued whether or not they have SEND. Inclusion is most likely to be achieved when their diversity is recognised and regarded positively. All staff are responsible for inclusion.
Children are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. We recognise that appropriate advice, support and resources are required to achieve this for some pupils in the mainstream curriculum.
All children and their parents/carers are entitled to be treated with respect and have their views taken into account.
If we stumble across any barriers along the way, I see it as my job to find a solution. The job can sometimes be challenging but it is also very rewarding. Seeing children with SEND develop socially, emotionally and academically is the highlight of my job! I strongly believe that listening to the child is important; their voice is our priority and is always valued. I want to help the children to be the best they can possibly be.
Overview of SEND
The four areas of need as stated in the Code of Practice are:
Area of Need
Communication and interaction
Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication.
Speech & Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger’s Syndrome.
Cognition and learning
Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning.
Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Children and young people may experience a wide range of social, emotional and mental health difficulties. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging or disturbing behaviour. Other young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.
Mental Health Difficulties (anxiety, depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders) Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attachment Disorder (AD)
Sensory and/or physical needs
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. Many children and young people with will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning.
Vision Impairment (VI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI), Physical Disability (PD)
‘Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, understands the power of connection and insists they become the best that they can possibly be.’ - Rita Pierson
'I know that any teacher will help me if I am struggling' (Year 6 child)
'I often access nurture support. It gives me time to talk about how I am feeling.' (Year 5 child)
'My teachers know how to help me.' (Year 3 child)
'I enjoy talking to Ginger the bear about how I am feeling.' (Reception child)
'The SEN support at St James' is excellent. They always go above and beyond in supporting and including my child and making him feel a valued part of the school. I am always kept up to date and included in all aspects of his learning, making it easy to work together to achieve the best outcomes. (Year 1 parent)
St James’ Catholic Primary is an inclusive school that recognises and celebrates pupils’ diverse talents and interests. Every child is unique and it is our job to help them become resilient, confident and self-assured learners who develop at their own pace and in their own individual ways.
Our intention for Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) is to ensure that all children receive a high-quality and ambitious education regardless of their need or disability. We believe that it is vital that our pupils are equipped with the tools needed to become independent, inquisitive learners both in and out of the classroom.
Through our high quality planning, teaching and provision we:
* Pride ourselves on early identification and intervention for SEND to ensure that progress and opportunities are capitalised on.
* Ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is adapted to enable children to progress at their level.
* Provide an accessible learning environment which is tailored to the individual needs of all pupils.
* Develop children’s independence and life skills.
* Regularly monitor the progress of children with SEND, using a child-centered approach.
* Provide good quality and relevant training for all staff members supporting children with SEND.
* Work in partnership with parents and carers.
* Work closely with external agencies and other professionals to develop and enhance our provision for children with SEND.
At St James’ Catholic Primary School, every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Consequently, inclusion runs through every area of the school and is enhanced by collaborative relationships between senior leaders, teachers, support staff, external agencies, parents and most importantly, the child.
At St James’ Catholic Primary School, pupils with SEND will:
* Be included in all aspects of the school day.
* Be provided with high quality first teaching, adapted if necessary to their needs.
* Be respected and their contributions valued and acknowledged.
At St James’ Catholic Primary School, pupils with SEND may:
* Have specific 1:1 or small group intervention to support their Phonics, Maths or Literacy learning.
* Take part in social and emotional support interventions such as ELSA, Time to talk or Hello Happy.
* Have access to additional support from our pastoral support worker Mrs Allan either in the classroom or within our Nurture room.
* Work alongside external agencies such as an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or specialist teachers to develop specific targets/programmes tailored to the child’s individual needs.
As a result:
* Children at St James’ Catholic Primary School will feel happy, safe, respected and a valued member of our school community.
* Behaviour at St James’ Catholic Primary School is excellent and diversity is celebrated.
* Children demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities, developing their speaking, listening and social skills in all areas of the curriculum.
* Children with SEND make good progress at St James’ Catholic Primary School from their starting point due to the resources and interventions put in place to meet the needs of the pupils.
* When leaving St James’ Catholic Primary School, children with SEND have developed good independence and life skills and are prepared to face the next stage in their learning journey.
A child has Special Educational Needs if they have a learning difficulty, behavioural difficulty, physical difficulty or medical problems which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.
Special educational provision is that which is additional to or different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age.
Lancashire County Council's Local Offer – Information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice– Provides free, legally based Special Education advice.
National Autistic Society – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families.
Widgit Symbol Resources – Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists.
Special Needs Kids – An information directory for parents and carers.
Autism UK –Contains lots of information on ASD.
Autism Speaks – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library.
One Place for Special Needs – A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends.
Winston's Wish – A fantastic website full of information to support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.