How We Support SEND
Tow Law Millennium Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Types of SEND
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- Downs Syndrome
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Hearing Impaired
- Social and Emotional Difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Speech and Language Difficulties (SALT)
- Fine and Gross Motor Difficulties
- Development Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
- Specific Learning Difficulties
- General Learning Difficulties
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School , we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School , we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below:
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
The teaching and learning requirements of all children with SEND is primarily the responsibility of the class teacher. This reflects the principle that SEND is a whole school issue and a recognised aspect of all curriculum planning. All staff at Tow Law Millennium Primary School are expected to teach pupils with SEND.
Tow Law Millennium Primary School runs with 2 SENDCO’s: Mrs Claire Turner (point 6) in partnership with Mrs Lisa Jackson, Headteacher. This ensures that all meetings are attended and professional discussions are able to take place to ensure the needs of our SEND pupils are met. Miss Nicola Mawson has responsibility for pupils with medical needs.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School, Governors recognise our greatest resources are our ‘human’ resources. The work of our staff plays a crucial role in supporting and accelerating the progress of our SEND children. Governors believe that smaller class sizes are the key to meeting the needs of the pupils in our care. In September 2016, our class sizes are between 15 and 25 pupils organised as follows:
Teachers and Teaching Assistants:
- Miss Mawson Class Teacher Y5/Y6 – Second in Charge/KS2 Lead
- Mrs McCluskey Class Teacher Y3/Y4
- Miss Dobson Class Teacher Y1/Y2 – KS1 Lead
- Mrs Turner EYFS Teacher Nursery/Reception – EYFS Lead
- Mrs Bradford EYFS Teacher Nursery/Reception
- Mrs Macpherson HLTA
- Mrs Hurton Teaching Assistant
- Miss Morris Teaching Assistant
- Miss Coates Teaching Assistant
Regular Visiting SEND staff to school:
- Lorraine Wilson – Speech/Language Therapist
- Ruth Prested – School Educational Psychologist
- Family Practitioner and Inclusion Officer
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.