How We Support SEN
Framwellgate Moor Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Types of SEND
At Framwellgate Moor Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs.
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Framwellgate Moor 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.
Pastoral, Social and Emotional Support
At Framwellgate Moor Primary School we take great care to ensure that the pastoral, social and emotional needs of all children are fully met. Staff have received training from the Local Authority and we have a number of systems in place to ensure that we are able to support children who may experience difficulties in these areas.
Our Parent Adviser (Maureen Rowe) is also available to support children who may experience pastoral, social or emotional difficulties and she makes the links between home and school to ensure the needs of these children are met.
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.
At Framwellgate Moor Primary School we aim to offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced; which promotes spiritual, moral, mental and physical development; and which prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We have adopted an inclusive approach to teaching and learning and we ensure that all children can access a curriculum that is tailored to meet their individual needs. Where necessary, we adapt the curriculum to make it more accessible for pupils with SEN.
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 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 as part of our Intervention program. 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 the SENCO.
Specialist group support from outside agencies:
Some needs require tailored support from trained professionals. When these specific needs arise, we will contact relevant agencies.
We take advise from Speech and Language therapists to address the needs of several children in school. If we feel that your child would benefit from Speech and Language input, we will contact parents and carers to discuss our concerns.
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.
Range of teaching and learning styles:
All members of staff use a range of teaching and learning styles to meet the needs of the children in their care and to add variety to the activities children complete. Differentiation is used to ensure that all children are able to access learning regardless of their ability. The more able children are challenged and extended while children who experience difficulties are supported. We have adopted an innovative and supportive curriculum which inspires and motivates children as they move through school. We have also recently updated our homework policy to provide children in all classes with opportunities to complete a wider range of tasks that are linked to their class topic.
The curriculum is adapted as needed. For example, all tasks are differentiated to meet the needs of children in each class, however if a child is working well below the expected level for their age, tasks will be tailored to their individual needs. The learning environment may also be adapted if needed. For example, if children are overwhelmed by sensory stimulation or are easily distracted, individual work stations will be set up within the classroom.
Support for children with English as an Additional Language:
At Framwellgate Moor Primary School we welcome children from all parts of the world due to our proximity to Durham University. Children who attend Framwellgate Moor Primary School who have little or no English on entry are assessed and supported by the EAL and Equalities Team.
Will my child sit external exams including the SATs?
As with everything related to your child in our school – the answer is individual, but we find that most children do achieve well when they have been supported effectively.
If we feel that your child is able to access the Year 1 Phonics Screening check, the Year 2 SATs, or the Year 6 SATs, they will be supported appropriately to access these tests with their peers.
Depending upon their needs, additional access arrangements can be made to ensure that they are able to demonstrate their understanding and ability fully. These could include the use of additional time, breaks to aid their focus and concentration, a scribe, or enlarged texts (we follow the guidance provided by the testing authorities).
If your child is not able to access these assessments due to very complex needs, they will not be expected to complete them and their achievements and progress will be measured using school data.
Support for Looked After Children with SEND
Provision is in place for Looked After children with SEND. As a school, we have a designated member of staff who supports Looked After Children in collaboration with the SENCO to ensure that the individual needs of these children are met. It it the role of the designated teacher to ensure that all teachers and support staff in school understand the implications for those children who are Looked After and have SEN.
Extra Curricular Provision
At Framwellgate Moor Primary School we offer a wide range of extra curricular clubs. For example, recent clubs include badminton, football, zoo club, arts and crafts, multiskills and knitting. The clubs we offer change each term in response to the interests of our pupils. Feedback from parents and carers and pupils are welcomed and questionnaires are sent home annually to enable us to plan our provision for the following academic year.
Our extra curricular provision is available to all of our pupils. If a child with SEND is unable to attend a particular club due to their needs, additional arrangements will be made to overcome these boundaries and aid their participation.
For example, an additional member of school staff may support a child or extra resources may be utilised when needed.
If you feel that your child’s SEND needs are preventing them from accessing a particular club, please speak to the member of staff responsible for running the club or the SENCO.
You can view or download our Teaching and Learning Policy from 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 Framwellgate Moor 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.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below: