1 Appropriate and effective teaching and learning A Partnership approach Open and honest communication Hello and welcome to St Matthew s Special Educational Needs zone. My name is Ms Devi and I am the SENCo. I work with children, teachers, parents and agencies to ensure that our pupil s needs are met. Please contact us to find out what St Matthew s can offer you, if you think your child has special educational needs.
2 How to speak to the SENCo, if you have a concern. How we try to make the information about your child clear and easily understood. Which agencies might become involved with my child? How we ensure the necessary people are aware of your child s needs. What happens when your child moves school?
3 If you have a concern about your child, Ms Devi is available to speak to you. We always encourage you to speak to your child s teacher too. Ms Devi works every day in school. Sometimes she may be busy or she might not be in the building, so you can do the following: Speak to Mrs Blewitt or Mrs French in the office to find out when she may be available. Make an appointment to see her or ask if she can telephone you. You can also her on We operate an open door policy and you are welcome to come into school. We hold regular termly meetings with parents during the day so that you can find out how your child is doing in school.
4 We will make all the information we need to share with you clear and easy to understand. You can read our Inclusion Policy if you click here. The policy explains how we identify and assess children who we think might have special educational needs. If you prefer information on paper, please ask for a copy of our Special Educational Needs leaflet. Mrs Blewitt or Mrs French will be able to give you a copy. If you need help to understand this in your home language, we will do our best to help you. Our governing body has a governor who is responsible for special educational needs. Her name is Jacqueline Lewis. Teacher/ parent concerns re poor progress. We will meet to produce a plan of support in school. Provision made input from teacher, pupil, parent and SENCo. If there are still concerns then the SENCo arranges for external agency support.
5 St Matthew s works with a lot of external agencies to help identify specific needs. These are: Pupil and School Support Speech and Language Therapy City of Birmingham School emotional and behavioural needs Communication and Autism Team Educational Psychologist School Nurse School also provides services such as a play based counsellor. If your child requires support from these services, school will always consult you and request written permission. This is Miss Sutton from Pupil and School Support Service. She regularly comes into school to assess, offer support and advice.
6 The SENCo, Ms Devi, will make sure that all necessary school staff are aware of your child s needs and worries. If your child has been identified with extra educational needs, an Individual Target Plan will be written with the teacher and shared with you and your child. If your child has emotional or behavioural needs only, an Individual Pastoral Plan will be written with the teacher and shared with you and your child. If your child reacts to situations in an emotional way, suggestions to help calm your child will be included. If your child has medical needs, a plan will be written and shared with you. All staff have access to a copy of these plans in the classroom. The plans identify how your child should be helped to succeed and make progress. Occasionally, your child s teacher may not be in class and this extra information is useful for the covering teacher. All of these plans will be reviewed on a regular basis.
7 If school thinks your child needs extra support, we will always talk to you about this. Your child s teacher will talk to you about the progress that has been made each term. We also operate an open door policy and you can make an appointment to speak to your child s teacher or the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at any point during the year. If your child has individual targets, these will be discussed and reviewed regularly with you and your child. If your child has more complex needs, then we may review your child s progress and needs through a Person Centred Review. This approach very much values the views of the child, the parents as well as the school s. Ms Devi has undergone specialist training to ensure these meetings run smoothly and everyone is involved. Parents who have already been involved in such meetings, say they find them very useful.
8 Your child s progress will be reviewed regularly and you will be invited into school to discuss the outcomes and give your views. Your child s views will also be listened to. We use a set of criteria to assess some of the children who are working below or significantly below the same level as national standards. All the teachers and teaching assistants do this together in the autumn term so that they can talk to each other and gather evidence. This helps us identify any targets your child may need to make faster progress in English or Maths. We use the criteria to make an Individual Target Plan. This plan is shared with you and your child and sets out what needs to be in place for your child to make as much progress as possible. We then review it each term and talk about what has gone well and what might still need to be worked on. Sometimes children don t need an Individual Target Plan any more because they have caught up with national standards. Sometimes we involve outside agencies, such as Pupil and Support Service to support us in making our assessments and these agencies offer advice.
9 Your child s progress will be reviewed regularly and you will be invited into school to discuss the outcomes and give your views. Your child s views will also be listened to. If your child has an Individual Target Plan and you move your child to another school, the SENCos at both schools make sure that information is shared. If your child is at Nursery School and is about to start in Reception here, we liaise with the SENCos at the nursery schools to find out as much information as possible about your child s needs. This will include any targets and paperwork or agencies which might have been involved in supporting your child. We also arrange for a home visit and complete a one-page profile; this is information from you about your child s interests, likes and dislikes. (possible link to example of blank one page profile here) When your child moves from Year 6 to secondary school, Ms Devi will ensure that all information regarding your pupil s special educational needs are passed on to the new SENCo. Extra visits to the secondary school may be arranged and sometimes the new SENCo will come to review meetings held at St Matthew s.
10 How we train staff to support the needs of your child. How we ensure good teaching for your child and how we give extra support if your child needs it. How we ensure that parents and children with additional needs are fully included in all school activities. How we ensure that your child has work pitched at the right level to make good progress. What resources does the school offer, if my child has significant social and/or communication needs? What sorts of learning resources are available for my child? What support is available if my child needs support with managing behaviour or dealing with social situations?
11 All school staff will receive appropriate training so they have the knowledge and confidence to support children s needs. At St Matthew s we hold a weekly staff meeting. These are used to ensure staff have up-to-date knowledge to teach children of all abilities. Sometimes training is run by specialists e.g. Epipen training or training by a member of the Communication and Autism Team. Ms Devi holds a weekly surgery for staff to come and ask for advice about teaching approaches and resources for children with additional needs. Our Teaching Assistants also have specialist training.
12 We offer support through some key interventions. We identify the children by looking closely at their progress and what we can do to support them. This intervention is aimed at improving basic number skills. Teaching Assistants work with a group of four children for 10 weeks in the afternoons, three times a week. This intervention is aimed at improving basic reading skills. Teaching Assistants work on one to one basis for 10 weeks in the afternoons, three times a week. This intervention is aimed at improving reading and writing skills. Specialist teachers work on a one to one basis for 30 minutes every day. This is aimed at children with very low starting points. Teachers and TAs work closely together so children can apply what they have learnt in lessons.
13 Here are some comments made by children who have participated in our interventions. I like reading with Miss Pringle helped me to get better at my number bonds and my doubles and halves. We played lots of games! This is what we think! Miss Middleham. She helps me with my phonics and makes it fun! Ms Devi lets me choose books to read and I can write about them. I can write lots of sentences on my own now with Ms Devi and in my classroom.
14 Teaching and support staff will be able to accurately assess the level children are working at and differentiate the curriculum. We use a range of criteria and evidence to help us identify the level children are working at. This might include: Checking the words children can read and spell independently Judging writing together Making observations, particularly regarding speaking and listening and maths Use of tests, where appropriate This helps teachers to plan work for all children to make progress. The work and support will be different for different groups of children. We use the following to support children with additional needs to become independent learners: Interventions One to one or group support Learning mentors Adapted tasks and resources Children s work is regularly looked at by the SENCo and the Senior Leadership team.
15 A range of resources will be available in all learning areas to support learning for children operating at different levels. These are identified on children s Individual Target Plans. Specific resources for some children are held in the Rainbow Room, which teachers are welcome to use. All classrooms have a maths box with different types of practical and visual apparatus to support learning and progress. Our reading books, in class and to take home, are book banded so that they are at the right level for your child to make progress. We have a range of ICT equipment including laptops, ipads, cameras and recording equipment to support children recording their work in different ways across the school environment. Our teachers and teaching assistants use horse shoe-shaped tables to guide the children they are working with. Positions of tables and chairs are always considered for children with physical, hearing or sight impairment. Reading materials are enlarged for children with sight impairment. Our working walls have examples of teacher models to support independent learning. Children are encouraged to talk with partners or in small groups to develop their ideas, reason and articulate before recording them.
16 Where necessary, resources will be available to support the learning of children who have significant social and/or communication needs. Our Individual Teaching Plans/ Individual Pastoral Plans identify the types of need a child may have. For example, autism, behaviour, cognition and learning. Our staff are TeamTeach trained, so that we understand how to safely diffuse a situation. We use visual timetables in all classrooms, so that children understand the bigger picture. This supports children who have difficulty with changes in routine. We work with the Communication and Autism Team. Members of the team visit to observe, assess and offer advice on ways to support children with autism. We can provide individual workstations for a pupil whose needs require them. Mrs Oram is our Senior Learning Mentor. She works with pupils and families to support their emotional, health and well-being.
17 The school will provide support for children if they need support with managing their own behaviour and/or to build up skills and confidence in dealing with social situations. We work with City of Birmingham School, who provide support for pupils who have difficulty in managing their behaviour. We run social skills groups across the school to support children who can find social situations difficult. We follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning Curriculum. The school makes links to this aspect of the curriculum through whole school assemblies and class assemblies. We have a set of sanctions and rewards, as set out in our Behaviour Policy to encourage children to make the right choices. This is consistent across the school. Click here to read the Behaviour Policy. Mrs Oram is our Senior Learning Mentor. She works with pupils and families to support their emotional, health and well-being.
18 The school will try to make sure that children with additional needs and their families are able to take part fully in school trips and social events. Our school mission statement is that With God, nothing is impossible. This statement underpins our ethos of inclusion at St Matthew s school. Children with additional needs participate in after school clubs. You just have to apply! The school curriculum includes trips out to enrich the experiences children have. We also have trips for children whose attendance is one hundred percent and whose punctuality is outstanding. Children with additional needs are often in this group. Our risk assessments are inclusive of children with additional needs; one to one adult support is provided, should this be required. Parents are consulted regarding specific needs, including those children with medical needs, so that all children have a safe and enjoyable experience. All children participate in their class assemblies and other performances, such as musical performances. When we have outside theatre companies in to perform, the additional needs of pupils are considered. Whenever possible, all children join in unless participation, especially around noise level, may cause the child distress and anxiety. We will provide these children with alternative provision.
19 The school will provide good teaching for your child and extra support when needed. St Matthew s uses a range of strategies to monitor the progress of children and to ensure that good teaching is in place for all pupils. We do this through: Tracking your child s progress and holding teachers to account through termly pupil progress meetings. Half-termly book scrutiny for all classes and constructive feedback to teachers. Classroom observations and learning walks, including monitoring the learning environment. We also provide a play based therapist for children who may be encountering emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Her name is Mo Perkins. If we think your child would benefit from some sessions with her, we will contact you to discuss this and ask for written permission. Picture?
20 How we will work with you to identify your child s needs. How we will ask for your permission to involve other professionals to work with your child. How we will involve you in all decisions and listen to your views. How we will involve your child in decisions about their learning. How we can support you in contacting organisations who can give advice and support.
21 We will work in partnership with you to identify the needs of your child and put in place the correct support including family support if you need this. The governing body has a duty to ensure that the school adheres to the new Code of Practice under the Children and Families Act This means that the school governors hold the Headteacher, Miss Osborne and SENCo, Ms Devi to account. The governing body appoints a governor who is specifically responsible for special educational needs to ensure that the school and the SENCo carry out their duties. One of the key responsibilities of the governing body is to make sure that the school s policy for children with disability and special educational needs (SEND) is published on the school website. The information on the school website must be reviewed annually by the governing body. The governing body also has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place for all pupils, including those who have special needs.
22 Sometimes we may need to ask for your permission to involve other qualified professionals to support your child. The governing body, through the SENCo, ensures that other appropriate agencies are involved in meeting the needs of of pupils with special educational needs. Click here to find out about the agencies which school regularly works with. Jacqui Lewis, the SEN governor, meets regularly with the SENCo. The SENCo, reports regularly to the governing body regarding the number of pupils and their additional needs. The governing body regularly reviews both policy and the information published on the website to ensure it is up-to-date, parent and pupil friendly and in line with government policy and the Code of Practice. When another qualified professional works with your child, permission is granted and the member of the outside agency is introduced. The content of the meeting is confidential and is only shared with parents and the SENCo. Please speak to Ms Devi if you require any further information.
23 The school will involve you in all decisions and listen to your views. Parents or teachers raise a concern about the progress of a child. Discussion with parents/teac her/senco takes place. Concerns are addressed. Continued progress to be monitored. Outcomes are assessed are reviewed with the parents and the child what s worked well, what still needs to be worked on. Assessments are carried out to find out the specific need(s) of the child. Ways to support at home discussed. Teaching with regard to the Individual Target Plan, takes place. Appropriate support/interventions are included and progress is monitored with child. Possible involvement of outside agency. Targets to address the needs are written with parents and pupils. Resources and teaching approaches are identified. Individual Target Plan or Behaviour Plan is implemented.
24 The school will try to involve your child in decisions about their learning. Here are the things we do at St Matthew s to make sure your child is listened to and involved in decision making: Home visits in Reception Our voice! One page profiles Person Centred Reviews Being involved in reviewing our progress in interventions. Pupil conferencing Open door policy children can speak to the Head, Deputy or SENCo, Learning Mentor as well as their class teacher. Being involved in target setting and saying how well we ve done.
25 Sometimes we may need to ask for your permission to involve other qualified professionals to support your child. The governing body, through the SENCo, ensures that other appropriate agencies are involved in meeting the needs of of pupils with special educational needs. Click here to find out about the agencies which school regularly works with. Jacqui Lewis, the DSEN governor, meets regularly with the SENCo. The SENCo, reports regularly to the governing body regarding the number of pupils and their additional needs. The governing body regularly reviews both policy and the information published on the website to ensure it is up-to-date, parent and pupil friendly and in line with government policy and the Code of Practice. When another qualified professional works with your child, permission is granted and the member of the outside agency is introduced. The content of the meeting is confidential and is only shared with parents and the SENCo. Please speak to Miss Devi if you require any further information.
26 For more social care information and advice visit the Birmingham City Council's social care information and advice website:
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