How We Support SEND
Castleside Primary School prides itself on promoting the equal inclusion of all children in all areas of school life. All pupils follow the National Curriculum through a wide range of stimulating and exciting topics planned for by each class teacher. These are at a level and a pace that is appropriate to the abilities of every child. At times and when it is felt appropriate, further modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. Further information about our topics can be found on the our curriculum page.
We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many children, at some time in their school life, need extra help.
Quality First Teaching and what this means for your child:
If staff feel that your child is not accessing the curriculum fully, if they begin to experience difficulties or if they are working below the expected level for a child of their age in a particular area of the curriculum, our first step is to begin Quality First Teaching. Your child will receive additional support in class to address their needs. For example, they may be supported by the class teacher in a small group for a short period of time or they may work with a member of our support staff 1:1 or in a small group to work on their specific needs.
Specific group work and what this means for your child:
In addition to the in class support available, our team of support staff also provide group interventions. Once your child’s needs have been identified, they will receive additional support in a small group or in a 1:1 setting to meet their needs. Children work in small withdrawn groups for many reasons and most children in each class will receive this support at some point during the academic year. Some support may take place each week for the year, while other interventions may only be needed for a very short time. If you are at all concerned about the group support your child receives, please speak to your child’s class teacher or Miss Barrass (SENDCO).
Specialist group support from outside agencies:
Some needs require tailored support from trained professionals. When these specific needs arise, we will contact relevant agencies.
If children experience social or behavioural difficulties, social groups can be beneficial.
We are also able to make referrals into Occupational Therapy Services and CAMHS when required.
If we feel that outside agency support would be beneficial, we will contact Parents and Carers to discuss our concerns. Consent from Parents and Carers is required before any referrals can be made.
Specific individual support for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong and what this means for your child:
If we are unable to meet your child’s needs in our current system, it may be necessary to seek additional advice and support. For example, we may need to involve the Educational Psychology Service, Learning Support or other professional agencies. If your child is unable to access the curriculum independently, it may be necessary for us to seek additional support. For example, this may be part of the outreach service or through the employment of additional staff where possible.
If your child has a medical need which prevents them from accessing the curriculum independently, we will work with the relevant medical professionals to ensure that the appropriate medical resources are available to allow us to meet their needs fully.
Types of SEND
At Castleside Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
Sensory and/ or Physical
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Consultation with Children and Young People with SEND
Teachers and support staff work with children and young people to identify the support needed to meet agreed outcomes. The provision is planned and interventions are allocated to individual needs. The children take an active role with setting their targets, discussing them with the class teacher and SENDCO. The children have regular meetings with staff to discuss their progress and support.
Consultation with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child’s needs and support. Parents and carers are involved throughout the process.
There are a range of ways this can be done, for example:
- Termly parents/ carers evenings.
- Ongoing discussions with a class teacher and/ or SEDNCO
- An ‘open door policy’ wher parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have;
- Through a review of a child’s SEN Support Plan or the Annual Review of their Statement of SEN or EHC Plan.
Pupil and parent voice will add to this in the near future.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Castleside Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Castleside Primary School, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan,Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
Examples of how We adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN are shown below:
- Quality First Teaching
- Specific group work with a Teaching Assistant or Class Teacher
- spevialist group support from outside agencies e.g. Speech and Language Therapy
- Specific individual support for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong encompassing all aspects of the school day
- Range of teaching and learning styles
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- Mentoring and Counselling provided by experienced school staff and counselling professionals.
- A broad range of extra curricular activities covering aspects of sport, music, technology, art and the environment.
- Differentiated materials
- Support for literacy
- Support with numeracy
- Support for children with significant learning needs
- Support for children with physical needs
- Support for children with speech, language and communication needs
- Support for children with a hearing, visual or multi sensory impairment
- Support for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Support for children with medical needs
- Support for children with English as an Additional Language
- Supoort for Looked After Children with SEND.
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
Our SENDCO is Miss Barrass. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.