Our SEND Local Offer

Shurdington C of E Primary School is totally inclusive and we welcome all children. Where a child has a recognised special need or disability, we will make reasonable adjustments to meet those needs to ensure your child thrives in our mainstream setting. Our school is fully accessible and whilst supporting our children we will also encourage independence skills.

Your child’s Class Teacher and the school’s SENDCo are your key points of contact to discuss your child’s needs.

What is SEND?

SEND or Special Educational Needs and Disability is when pupils may need additional or different provision to enable them to achieve their potential. It is when one or more of the following is a barrier to their learning:

  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Behaviour- Emotional or Social
  • Learning
  • Medical, Physical or Sensory Need

What does SEND Support look like here?

Additional SEND support may include small group or 1:1 teaching, additional or different resources or strategies used to support their learning or advice and support from outside agencies. These may be:

  • School Nurse
  • Advisory Teaching Service ( ATS)
  • Speech and Language therapist
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Consultant Paediatrician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Identification, assessment and support

Assessments by your child’s class teacher will quickly identify if your child is having difficulty in an area of learning. Each child’s progress is closely tracked. Lessons will be adapted by the teacher to meet your child’s needs.

All our staff receive on- going training to support children with additional needs.

Our SENDCo will discuss with the class teacher an appropriate additional targeted intervention of support to help your child make better progress.

This could be the form of: extra small group work; 1:1 support; and may involve using specialist published materials or equipment.

If despite all the extra support, your child is still struggling to meet their expected targets, it is likely your child has special educational needs.

At this point your child will be given an individual plan – “My Plan”. This will ensure your child is monitored closely and receives appropriate on-going additional support. You will then be invited for additional review meetings with the Class Teacher and SENDCo.

A small minority of children will have complex SEN, needing significantly higher levels of support. If this happens our SENDCo in consultation with parents and other professionals may request to the Local Authority to undertake a full assessment of the child’s needs.

If the Local Authority is in agreement they will draw up an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) for the child. The EHC plan will ensure additional support for your child and will be reviewed annually.

Transitions

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. We work closely with other schools, secondary and

pre–school, to ensure a careful transition plan is arranged when your child moves schools. Parents are always involved in this process.

Family Liaison Officer

Our Parent and Child Support Advisor, Laura Abraham is able to offer advice, guidance and assistance to parent/carers of children attending Shurdington school, as well as monitoring student’s time keeping and attendance. You will be contacted if there are any concerns for lateness and attendance.

REMEMBER

Please get in touch with your class teacher if you have any concerns. The SENDCo and Head Teacher are also available to discuss any concerns and offer advice.

Further Information

SENDCo- Mrs Jo Townsend

Assistant SENDCo - Mandy Harper

Our School SEND Governor - Craig Mitchell

Our School SEND policy can be found in the policies section

Partnership with Parents

Gloucestershire~ www.glospps.org.uk