Inclusion and SEND

At St. Mary’s we believe that all children have the right to a high quality education, where all children are supported and feel that they belong.

We operate an inclusive culture where everyone is welcomed and all staff and children respect each other.

We have policies and practices which respond to diversity and value everyone equally.

Our School environment is accessible to all through accessible parking spaces outside the school, wheelchair access and accessible toilet facilities.

We have a range of specialised equipment and resources available to ensure that all children are able to fully access the curriculum.  In 2014-2015 academic year we  invested in a new reading scheme which includes a range of books for children with reading difficulties. In 1015-2016 academic year we introduced a new handwriting policy which teaches cursive handwriting and supports spelling throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Within Teaching and Learning we have a Specialised teacher who can complete a range of screening assessments and tests in school to help with the identification and assessment of children with special educational needs. They also undertake specialist training for other members of staff so that our staff can deliver a range of interventions to meet the needs of individual children.

We complete half termly provision maps illustrating the support required across the school and also the resources needed.    Staff receive regular training on SEN and one member of staff has completed the Dyslexia Awareness Course (to offer specialist dyslexia teaching and assessment) is a member of AMBDA.

We have a team of staff who complete daily interventions to support additional needs on a 1:1 basis.  This includes individual intervention programmes covering literacy, reading and numeracy also the Hickey Multi Sensory Package.

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Within Class, support is given to individuals and also small groups of children.  Planning is differentiated and resources are created and adapted to support all needs.

The school liaises regularly with external agencies to support teaching and learning and the identification of individual needs.  Children with additional needs have super targets set every 6 weeks.  Each child is fully involved with their own super targets and all targets are discussed and reviewed with teacher, teaching assistant, parent and child. Every 6 weeks  an ‘Open Hour’ is held between the Senco and parents to discuss progress and any areas of concern or issues.

Communication with parents is paramount and a weekly class and school newsletter is sent to all parents.  An open door policy is in operation where parents can contact the Head/Senco or teacher through email, telephone or make an appointment for a longer 1:1 session to discuss any issues.

We have an excellent relationship with the local secondary schools.  We liaise with the secondary schools to support each child’s individual needs.

An individual transition programme is completed with each child which can include additional visits to their high school to support individual needs and concerns – such as layout of classes/timetable/ lunchtime routine or concerns over transport to and from school.

To view our school Special Education Needs policy please click on the link below

SEN Policy February 2018

The following link will enable you to view the Lancashire Local Offer for SEND Provision.

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities.aspx