Riccall Community Primary School – SEND and Inclusion –
Supporting your child’s educational needs
As an inclusive school, we cater for a wide range of additional needs. Every child is unique and this is something we celebrate! My name is Mrs Nicola Wilson and I am the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) for Riccall Community Primary School. If you need to contact me regarding the needs of your child, then my email address is:
Our school SEND policy is updated at least annually to reflect the current needs of our pupils and how we make provision for them. The link below will take you to our current policy (updated March 2017):
We are a community primary school and we take great pride in knowing all of our children as individuals maintaining positive relationships with them so they continue to grow. In collaboration with parents, we take account of every child’s needs and differentiate their learning to support and challenge as appropriate, whilst having high aspirations for all.
The SEND report shows what we have achieved in school in the past year and how we have supported our SEND pupils. It looks at what the profile of SEND is in school currently and how we are training staff to meet these needs. It also explores wider school impact and what progress our pupils with identified SEND are making. Click on the link below to read this:
We believe that most children will need extra support at some stage in their school career in order to achieve and extend their potential. Some children may be given this support immediately in a lesson if they have entered ‘the learning pit’*. This is where we encourage them to use their growth mindset* to try strategies and not to be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are where we learn to do something new! We use our ‘think pinks’ to move learning forward and to give them opportunities for reflection. This is then turned into a ‘growth green’ in their books when they have done it well.
The 2014 SEND code of practice outlines 4 main areas of special educational need that include a range of difficulties and conditions. Children can have difficulties that clearly fit one of these areas; some, more often than not, have needs that span two or more. These are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
- Sensory/and or Physical
Click below to read more about the 4 areas and what they each mean:
Some children may find it harder to learn than others of the same age and require additional support tailored to their particular needs. This is when they become SENS (Special educational needs support) and your child’s class teacher will complete a provision map. This means we have identified them as needing additional support at this time. We then start tracking and monitoring this level of need and look to close the gaps. SENS is a working document for teachers, pupils and parents and we look for children to be placed on it when needed, but then removed if the need is no longer an issue. The provision map gives clarity and allows everyone involved to see what we are working towards. This clearly identifies the area of difficulty for your child and what teachers are proposing to do to meet the need. Click on the link below to see the provision map template, it has clear parent notes to explain each section:
These plans are reviewed at least 3 times a year (this can be more if it is appropriate for your child at that time) and you will receive a copy of the review. You are also asked to add your thoughts on this document. YOU are the expert on your child and you will know what has worked and what hasn’t. It is important to complete and return these as it informs the next plan or helps teachers make the judgement that a plan is no longer needed as targets have been reached. See below for an example:
The North Yorkshire Local Offer and Riccall Community Primary School
The North Yorkshire Local Offer shows what provision is available in our local area. Local authorities are required to provide a ‘local offer’ of SEND services, which can help parents to access further support and advice and know what is available to both them and their children. School enjoys good working relationships with a wide range of people who provide services to children with SEND and their families, particularly when a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent. External specialists may:
*Act in an advisory capacity
*Extend expertise of school staff
*Provide additional assessment
*Support a child directly
*Suggest statutory assessment
*Consult with all parties involved with the child
A referral to any of the services named in the ‘local offer’ is made by the SENDCo, following a discussion and consultation with parents, child and relevant members of staff and takes all views into account. A referral is appropriate AFTER school has implemented all the interventions and programmes they have available in school and need additional support to meet the continuing needs of the child.
It is found at this website:
Our ‘School Information Report’ is updated annually following consultation with staff, pupils, parents and governors. It aims to answer some common questions from parents by detailing our approach to SEND provision at Riccall Community Primary School. It also links to the North Yorkshire ‘Local Offer’ and shows how we are meeting what has been outlined by our local authority. Click below to read:
SEND can be difficult to understand and can also be very worrying as a parent. We have an ‘open door’ policy, which means that our staff are available to talk to you about your child and any concerns you have regarding their education. All staff are out on the playground in the morning or will return phone calls if you have left a message with the school office because you work. We are a team working together to support you and your child and you are central to this process. The local authority offers support to parents through an organisation called SENDIASS. They will offer you free and impartial advice, they will give additional information and help explain your choices to you. More information can be found at this website:
We look forward to working with you and making your child ‘the best that they can be’ whilst they are with us at Riccall Community Primary School.
Mrs Nicola Wilson
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