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Mrs West (SENCo) 

01634 230998 

office@stmargaretsjnr.medway.sch.uk

 

SEND Governor: Mrs Chrissy Hornby 

 

 

SEND Information Report:

At St Margaret’s C of E Junior School, we strive to ensure that all children progress and achieve to the very best of their abilities. Our expectations are high; our aim is for our children to leave us fully equipped for the next stage of their education, confident, happy and successful. We firmly believe that this starts with Quality First teaching; this aims to ensure that every child is a happy, independent learner who aims high and achieves well.  However, sometimes children will need a little additional support. Some will require that support for just a short time whilst others will need more long term intervention. This is where our SEND and Pastoral Team may be involved.  The SEND Information report that is attached below will give you all the details of how we will support your child at our school.  

SEND Policy 2019/20

The Local Offer:

The Code of Practice:

Government and Local Authority Publications

SEND categories:

 

Some children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. For example:

 

  • social, emotional and mental health - ADHD, anxiety etc.
  • cognitive & learning - dyslexia, dyscalculia etc.
  • communication and interaction - ASD, social communication difficulties etc
  • sensory or physical needs or impairments - dyspraxia, hypermobility, sensory processing difficulties etc. 

 

Helpful glossaryof SEND terms

 

AAP

Attendance Advisory Practitioner

ADHD

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

ASD

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

BIP

Behaviour Improvement Plan

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

ChiN

Child In Need

CP

Child Protection

CT

Class Teacher

CoP

Code of Practice

C&L

Cognition and Learning

C&I

Communication and Interaction

DCD

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

EHA

Early Help Assessment

EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

EP

Educational Psychologist

EHCP

Education, Health and Care Plan

ELSA

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

EAL

English as an Additional Language

FSM

Free School Meals

HI

Hearing Impairment

HLTA

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

ISR

In School Review

KS

Key Stage

LA

Local Authority

LAC

Looked After Children

MLD

Moderate Learning Difficulty

NC

National Curriculum

OT

Occupational Therapist

ODD

Oppositional Defiance Disorder

PR

Parental Responsibility

PD

Physical Disability

PMLD

Profound and Multiple Learning Disability

PP

Pupil Premium

PPG

Pupil Premium Grant

SBSP

School Based Support Plan

SSG

School Support Group

SENSA

SEND Support Agreement

S&P

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder

SLD

Severe Learning Difficulty

SEMH

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SpLD

Specific Learning Difficulty

SaLT

Speech and Language Therapy

TA

Teaching Assistant

TAF

Team Around the Family

VI

Visual Impairment

 

Who to talk to if your child has special educational needs:

 

If we identify your child as having special educational needs, following the correct procedure for accurately identifying a need, we will contact you to discuss our concerns. Initially this contact may be made by your child’s class teacher but you will be introduced to our SENCo (Mrs West) who will discuss our concerns in greater detail.  We will endeavour to work in partnership with you and your child on the planning and reviewing of effective and impactful additional support in order for them to progress to their full potential.

 

If you believe your child may have special educational needs please arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher at the first instance or you are welcome to contact Mrs West; SENCo (see contact details above). 

 

There are external support services available for parents/carers of children with SEND. The contact details for these services are set out below:

 

 

 

Complaints

 

If you have a complaint about any issues concerning SEND then in the first instance please contact Mrs West (SENCo).  If you need further support in the matter then you may wish to contact Mrs Pattenden (Headteacher).  For further advice you may wish to read our MAST Complaints Policy which can be found in the Polices section on our website if you need additional support.   

 

 

Useful Links

Austism 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15655232

 

Dyslexia or dyslexic traits

The offers advice to parents in helping their child at home whether it be for homework, handwriting, spelling etc.

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/children/my-childs-education

 

Dyspraxia 

This may be a site that offers parents some help: 

https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/

 

Homework refusal

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/help_gradeschooler_homework.html?tracking=90456_A# and

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Kids-to-Do-Their-Homework

 

Children with ADHD

Hints and tips:


https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-adhd/

 

Speech and/or Language difficulties

There are many strategies which can be put in place at home. The following site may be useful:  http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/

 

Communication difficulties

Support can be carried out discretely using many activities which any child would enjoy: http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources.aspx

 

 

Social Communication difficulties 

    https://www.autism.org.uk/

 

How to write a social story

Social stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why:

http://www.autism.org.uk/socialstories

 

Eye Exercises for Better Visual Health

These activities are offered as a fun way to help sharpen "learning-related" visual skills that are critical for success in school.  If a child has deficits in visual information processing, these simple exercises alone are not sufficient to correct a problem.  Please do not confuse these exercises with vision therapy.

http://www.eyecanlearn.com

 

 

Sensory Processing difficulties https://childmind.org/article/sensory-processing-issues-explained/

 

 

Anxiety issues https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-anxiety/

 

Cognitive Quick Tips: Visual Memory at home and in the classroom

We need visual memory skills for basic tasks such as recognising letters (differences between b, p, and d, for instance), reading, spelling, maths and the list goes on.

 

 

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