1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school make provision for?
Lawrence View Primary School has an ethos of inclusive schooling for all. As a school we will make provision for all areas of special educational needs and disabilities to the best of our abilities. Lynncroft primary will endeavour to provide personalised provision for each individual.
2. How does the school know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
Parents are welcomed to make an appointment to speak to the Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO) to discuss any concerns they may have about their child. Termly assessments are made by class teachers to look closely at how your child is developing both socially and academically and any concerns noticed will be raised by the teachers with parents and the SENCO.
3. a) How does the school evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?
The school closely monitors the progress of pupils with Special Educational Needs through a scrutiny of data and a range of other evidence available. Evaluations and reviews of provision and support is made to the governors in termly reports.
b) How will both the school and I know how my child is doing and how will the school help me to support their learning?
School will arrange termly meetings called structured conversations with you to discuss their progress and their provision. These meetings will enable you to tell us about your child outside school as well as discussing their learning at home.
c) What is the school’s approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?
As an inclusive school each child is considered as an individual and we aim to integrate any child with special educational needs within their class. Adjustments can be made to the learning environment to accommodate pupil’s needs as well as support from specialist support or provision as is necessary.
d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child’s needs?
Lawrence View School believes that an exciting and stimulating curriculum based around creating independent learners and accessing all types of learning styles will lead to our pupils becoming rounded learners. Specific strategies will be incorporated into daily classroom routines if this is required.
e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child will receive?
Through discussions with the head teacher and the special educational needs team decisions will be made about the type of support the school can offer. If it is thought that additional levels of support are required this may be discussed at a larger meeting of the local Family of Schools in order to access further support or understanding.
f) How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
We will do our best to ensure that all activities outside the classroom including school trips will be accessible to all pupils. All necessary Health and Safety precautions will need to be considered and discussions with parents will take place if there are any concerns.
g) What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
At the heart of our ethos at Lawrence View Primary School is the social and emotional well-being of all our pupils. We have a number of systems in place to support our pupils including small nurture group sessions away from the main school. Any medical and dietary arrangements can be made so that we can provide the best possible care for your child whilst at Lynncroft School.
4. Who is the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details?
Mrs McGrenaghan is Lawrence View's SENCO and works with Mrs S Arnold (Assistant SENCO) can be contacted on the school’s phone number 01773 719463 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
If they are not available please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
5 a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?
All staff working with pupils with special educational needs are qualified. At the start of every year all staff have training and guidelines are set for Safeguarding procedures. All staff are trained in First Aid. Sessions are planned for looking at supporting pupils with special educational needs within the classroom. Training for Maths support will be taking place for supporting the development of maths skills by four teaching assistants. Throughout the year specific training will be delivered to support pupils with Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum.
b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?
Specialist Service support can be accessed through the Family of Schools Springboard meeting and by direct referrals depending on the services referral procedures. In the last year
Lawrence View school has worked in partnership with Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Disability Support, Behaviour Support, Inclusion Support, CAMHS, Sure Start and paediatric health team.
6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities be secured? How accessible is the school?
The school will source and provide specialist equipment to the best of its ability. The site is wheelchair accessible through the provision of ramps within school enabling access to all areas of the building and playground. The school will work with Fountaindale School to make any further adaptations as necessary and wherever possible.
7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will I be involved in the education of my child?
Parents are invited to termly review meetings about your child where you will be able to discuss the progress of your child and the provision they are receiving.
8. What are the arrangements for consulting children with SEN and involving them in their education?
Where possible, children will have the opportunity to voice their thoughts and feelings about their school environment and their needs. This may be through specially adapted pupil voice questionnaires, social stories, talking mats or conversations depending on the child.
9. What do I do if I have a complaint about the SEN provision made by the school?
If you have a concern please contact Mrs McGrenaghan the SENCO or Mrs Arnold Assistant SENCO on 01773 719463. If they are unavailable please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?
Working closely with a range of organisations ensures that both the families and children with special educational needs are supported. The governing body evaluates the school’s SEN policy and provision termly and reviews the year’s provision through an annual report.
11 How does the school seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/children?
Leaflets about general local services are available and are advertised in the reception area. More specific organisations and services are signposted to families and children in their review meetings.
12. How will the school /setting prepare my child to:
i) Join the school?
Before a child starts at Lynncroft School we would encourage the child and the family to visit the school. On the visit they will be taken around the school by a member of staff to visit key areas and meet key staff. A pupil form will need to be completed detailing any special educational needs, including medical needs so that provision can be arranged before your child starts school. Any additional visits or special arrangements necessary can be discussed with the SEN team before your child starts school
Ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)
Great care is taken at all phases of transition to make it as stress free as possible. Additional transition visits can be made between phases to ensure your child is familiar with their new phase of education.
iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?
We promote the values of independence and friendship and encourage all children to be as independent as possible.