SEN

Special Educational Support at Westrop

Information for parents

At Westrop Primary School we strive to provide the best possible education for all of our pupils regardless of differences. We are proud to be a successful Dyslexia friendly school with two specialist Dyslexia teachers.

We run a successful breakfast and after school club which caters for children of school age from 8am in the morning until school opening and again from 3pm until 5.30pm, we enjoy serving a choice of nutritious meals alongside our range of exciting activities.

Our school’s Inclusion Manager has overall responsibility for monitoring provision for pupils within the school. At Westrop our Inclusion Manager is Mrs Tara Jeynes and can be contacted by email on taraj@westrop.swindon.sch.uk, appointments can also be made at the school office.

Each month Mrs Jeynes holds a drop in meeting to enable parents and guardians can come into school to discuss needs and meet other carers of children with additional needs. Mrs Jeynes also runs other events and training throughout the year.

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question 1

Answer: Children with additional needs are identified by class teachers in liaison with the School’s inclusion manager. Children are monitored by staff through the school with personalised targets which are also sent home to parents. Children also have their child friendly targets on tables in the classroom so that they are visible throughout the day.

 

qyestion 2

Answer: Currently within the school we have two experienced teachers devoted to working with small group intervention. Alongside this, we have many experienced teaching assistants who complete 1:1 and small group intervention within classes. Our children with additional needs have consistently made good progress.

For the children who need additional support most are supported in class through the use of highly differentiated lessons and resources, however in addition to normal lessons, some of the interventions provided by the school include:

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question 3

Answer: For those children identified with additional needs there is a graduated approach for support, in most instances through focused targets and in class support, children manage to progress well.
In the first instance the school’s Inclusion Manager will complete observations and offer ‘in class support’ before discussion with members of staff and parents. At this point we may decide to involve external agencies to offer further strategies and support.

In exceptional circumstances and after a great deal of support and strategies have been tried and despite this, no progress has been made, it might be decided that it is appropriate to apply for an Education and Health Care Plan. This is a legal document which outlines targets, provision and support. As part of the process a range of professionals are consulted and they complete assessments and reports. Those children with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) will have a review held annually to look at targets and future support. Children with EHCP’s may have eligible for some additional funding to support their education, this may be used in a number of ways for example: to provide intervention, specialist equipment or access to additional provision.

 

 

question 4

Answer: All staff complete a training audit at the beginning of each year which is used to match training opportunities to individuals. Staff access both ‘in school’ training and external training based on current need and trends

 

question 5

Answer: We are proud of our Dyslexia Friendly School status and currently have two specialist Dyslexia teachers within our staff. In addition to this, we have a range of highly experienced teachers and TA’s who offer a wealth of advice and experience.

For those children showing difficulties with Literacy our Inclusion Manager is qualified to carry out assessments for specific learning difficulties. In liaison with parents, assessments are carried out with pupils, a report written and support strategies are suggested for both home and school.

Westrop is extremely fortunate to be linked with the Ladybird children’s centre who can offer parent support, advice and groups.

In addition to this, if school feels that it would be beneficial for your child we can access support and advice from external agencies for:

    • Speech and language
    • Mental health (TAMHs)
    • ASD
    • Speech and language
    • Hearing support
    • Visual support
    • Occupational therapy
    • Behaviour support
    • Paediatrician
    • Parent support
    • Assistive technology (ICT)

 

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It is important to remember that although referrals are completed all agencies have a waiting list and will not guarantee being able to see your child within the academic year.

In addition to the above, we can also access agencies which we need to pay for, each year school allocate an amount for external support such as Educational Psychologists As with all agencies, these too have a waiting list and school will allocate priorities according to levels of need.

 

question 6

Answer: Each term staff will go through your child’s targets with them in class, they will then set new targets for the following term. Staff will send home copies of some targets that you can work on at home along with suggestions of ways you can help.
Our school website also provides many examples of how you can support your child at home with their learning.

 

question 7

Answer: Westrop is a committed inclusive mainstream school which has reasonable adjustments made for disabled pupils such as accessible ramps, lifts and downstairs toileting facilities.
All school trips are chosen to suit all children within the individual class, adaptations to trips and activities are made where appropriate to match individual needs.

 

question 8

Answer: Children joining the school have a range of visits to ensure that they are prepared for transition to Primary school, teachers and the Inclusion Manager visit pre- schools to talk to previous care givers about any additional needs and support with strategies to make the transition as smooth as possible. Our older pupils begin to prepare for transition to Secondary school when they are in year five.

We discuss Secondary options and make visits to different settings in order for pupils and parents to make an informed decision about which provision will suit them best. Pupils with additional needs will receive additional visits to secondary settings in year six in order to feel more prepared for transition.

 

question 9

Answer: Swindon has a range of professional and provisions which is available to access by staff, parents and children.
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Please note that although these services are available there will always be time and budget restraints and services are allocated according to need.

At Westrop we take pride in the provision provided to every one of our pupils in order for all to reach their full potential no matter their specific needs.

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Thank you for those who attended the SEN Code of Practice Parent workshop, please see the slideshow of information below.

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