OVERVIEW OF SEND SUPPORT AT DUKE STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL
The staff and Governors of Duke Street Primary School believe that every pupil in our school has an entitlement to develop to their full potential. To do this, we provide an educational experience that allows children to show achievement and recognise their individuality. All our children are valued equally and so inclusion recognises a child’s right to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is appropriate to their individual needs, talents and abilities.
The term ‘Special Educational Needs’ has a legal definition. Children have special educational needs if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning or has a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than the majority of children the same age. Therefore, all staff are dedicated to ensuring that the needs of all of the children are met by planning and delivering provision, through high quality teaching and setting intervention in place in order for children with SEND to succeed and reach their full potential within our nurturing ethos.
INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH SEND AT DUKE STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL
We use a range of interventions to support a wide spread of needs at Duke Street Primary School. Some interventions which are successfully used are…
* Indirect Dyslexia Learning (IDL) for children with reading and spelling difficulties.
* Nurture provision for children with social and emotional difficulties.
* Precision teaching to support reading, spelling or maths.
* Power of 2 provision to support mathematical understanding.
* Time to talk provision to support communication and social difficulties
* 10 minute exercise programme to support children with motor skill difficulties.
* Talk boost to support children with speech, language and communication difficulties.
* Social stories/Social games intervention to support children with social and emotional difficulties.
We also have an abundance of games and resources to support children with an unmet need in a fun and inspirational way.
KEY CONTACTS FOR CHILDREN WITH SEND AT DUKE STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL
All class teachers and teaching assistants are instrumental to providing support and provision to allow all children, regardless of ability, the opportunity to access the curriculum.
However, there are three key individuals who are key contacts for SEND provision at Duke Street Primary School. These adults are;
* Mr Reay (SENCO) – It is the role of the SENCO to oversee all SEND provision and progress across the whole school. The SENCO meets with parents/carers and outside agencies to discuss areas of need and ‘pool’ together expertise to support the school, child and family.
* Mrs Abbott (SEN Governor) – The SEN governor meets with the SENCO termly to discuss progress, impact and next steps with SEND provision and finance in school.
- Mrs Haddon, Mrs Cheston and Miss O’Neill- These ladies are our Nurture professionals. They work with the children to develop their social and emotional aspects to learning.
ASSESSMENT OF NEED
In accordance with the new Code of Practice (2014), there is a graduated approach set up in order to determine which children have a special educational need and the process which the SENCO, practitioners, parents/carers and outside agencies become involved in.
The graduated response works in a cycle of assess – plan – do – review (More detail of this can be found in the school’s SEN Policy (Section 4). The link for the policy is on the page. There is also a link which shows the pathway which
Duke Street Primary School takes for all assessment of need cases. This was devised by Mr Reay (SENCO) – Please see the link below named ‘Pathway.’
Created in August 2015, the annexe now includes the TLC room which stands for ‘The Little Chadwick’ room as well as meaning ‘Tender Loving Care’ room. The annexe is the heart of Duke Street Primary School, as it contains SEN provision in the TLC room as well as nurture rooms on either side. Mrs Birnie works with identified SEND children in the TLC room every afternoon and it is a calming room with resources to develop children’s confidence, resilience, self-esteem and enrichment as they work towards achieving their SMART targets in 1:1 or small group situations.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS/CARERS
Parents are encouraged, at Duke Street Primary School, to become fully immersed and involved with the education of their child through participation in open mornings, parent sessions, discussions regarding ILPs and also parents evenings.
However, the school operates and ‘Open Door’ policy and this encourages parents to discuss any concerns with class teachers, identified teaching assistants, SENCO or members of the senior leadership team at any point before or after school or via appointment.
Parents/carers are encouraged to complete feedback forms on the end of year school report. They also receive annual SEND provision feedback forms, in order to retrieve the parents/carers opinions and views on the support which has been offered to their child with special educational needs and disability.
LINKS WITH LOCAL SCHOOL
We are currently completing joint projects with Mayfield Special School in Chorley. We have collaborated with a class from Mayfield and completed activities such as sensory room experience, Science investigations and getting to know each other.
Staff also attend training sessions at Mayfield and staff from Mayfield have visited Duke Street Primary School to support staff with strategies for providing excellent provision to children with certain SEND needs.
Take a look at our pictures to see how well our project is going with Mayfield!