Emily Kelsall, SENDCo
Staff at St Martin’s aim to
- help all pupils develop their personalities, skills and abilities;
- provide appropriate teaching which makes learning challenging and enjoyable;
- provide an inclusive educational opportunity
- promote well-being for all our children, maximising progress
Definition of SEND
A child has a special educational need if he or she has a learning difficulty, which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
A child has a learning difficulty if they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
In addition, we identify special educational needs within the context of the usual differentiated curriculum within the school.
Children are identified as having a SEN if they are not progressing within a curriculum that
- sets suitable learning challenges
- responds to pupils’ diverse learning needs
- overcomes potential barriers to learning
Special Educational Needs are identified within 4 broad categories
- Cognition and learning
- Communication and Interaction
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Physical and Sensory
St Martins C of E Primary School 3 Levels of Provision
At all levels of provision we really want to work in partnership with you and your child to identify aspirations, understand needs and support with provision. This will enable your child to flourish within school. Please talk to your child’s class teacher as a first point of call to see how you can get involved.
This is simple, reasonable adjustments to meet your child’s identified needs. It is supported at St Martin’s by the continuous use of the graduated approach tool:
At the heart of this cycle is the aim that your child will make good progress and secure good outcomes from their education.
This provision for your child starts in the class with quality first teaching. It also includes phase specific support as outlined below:
This is specific support for your child beyond Universal Provision. This includes small group and individually targeted intervention approaches. We use our best endeavors to meet the needs of your child. For a flavour of the interventions currently used please click here.
Example of a Provision Map for a child starting in Early Years
This is support for your child if they have significant and persistent needs despite appropriate interventions and support. This is highly personalised for the few children who need it.
Information and Links
www.new.devon.gov.uk/send/ This Link will tell you what you can expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs in Devon across education, health and social care services.
www.devonias.org.uk DIAS -Devon, Information, Advice & Support provide confidential and impartial information, support and training for parents and carers who have children (age 0-19 years) with additional educational needs.
http://www.devon.gov.uk/disc_services DISC is the Family Information Service for Devon. They are the main source of information for parents and carers of 0-19 year olds, including registered childcare and other services and support for children, young people and parents in Devon.
http://www.adviceeastdevon.org.uk/ AED provides a free and impartial advice service in and around Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidmouth and Axminster.
Plymouth Children’s University
Plymouth Children’s University is an exciting project that the university are running rewarding children for undertaking fun home learning. Why not check it out?