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Special Educational Needs

Welcome to the SEN area of the website.

This is designed to give parents/carers access to any of the information you may require regarding additional needs provision at Bournville Primary School.

If there is anything not on here you would like included or anything you feel could be improved, please contact Mrs. Chaffey, Mrs.Baker or Ms. Niblett on 01934 427130 or by emailing [email protected] / [email protected] or [email protected] 

Please note this area is a working document and information is subject to change. Please check back regularly.

Important links

 

SEN Information Report   Click to download

SEN Inclusion Policy  Click to download

North Somerset Local Offer   Visit site

 

What is SEN?

Information about Special Educational Needs (SEN) and what to do if you think your child has SEN.

What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age.

SEN covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability. Children may have wide-ranging or specific problems. Eg, a child might have difficulty with one area of learning, such as letters or numbers. Or they might have problems relating to other children, or to adults.

Having English as a second language is not considered by law to be a SEN.

What if I think my child has SEN?

You know your child better than anyone else, if your child attends a pre-school speak to their teacher or key worker. If your child is already in school (including nursery or pre school) talk to their teacher. Ask also to speak to the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), who organises extra help for children with SEN.

Talk to the teacher/SENCO about:

  • why you think your child has SEN
  • whether your child learns at the same rate as other children their age
  • what the school can do to help
  • what you can do to help

What will the school do?

Schools are required by law to provide an education for all pupils, regardless of their ability or special needs. All schools should have a SEN/Inclusion policy. If the SENCO and your child’s teacher agree that your child has SEN, the school will probably take a ‘graduated approach’ – this means ‘step-by-step’, as set out in the Code of Practice for SEN. They will offer your child extra support, with the possibility of more support if needed. Whatever the school decides to do, you have the right to be informed and for your views, and your child’s views, to be taken into account.

You can find further information about SEN from your local Parent Partnership Service. In North Somerset this is: http://www.supportiveparents.org.uk

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For a full use of SEN-related abbreviations click here

What should I do if I am concerned about my child?

What can I do if I have concerns about my child’s progress at school? These may be around, Reading, writing, numbers, social and emotional development, behaviour, communicating, physical or sensory.

  • The first person to speak to about your concerns is your child’s class teacher.
  • If you still have on going concerns you may wish to speak to your schools Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
  • If any special educational needs are identified your SENCO will plan how to help your child with the involvement of both yourself and the class teacher. Your child’s help and progress should be recorded through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or another way of recording their progress.

You may also find it helpful to contact Supportive Parents, your local Parent Partnership Service for Parents and Carers of children with Special Educational Needs. who can tell you how special educational needs are identified and assessed by schools and can offer information advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). http://www.supportiveparents.org.uk Tel. 0117 9897725

You will also find information about special educational needs on the North Somerset Council website. http://www.nsomerset.gov.uk/

Education Our Voice Counts—North Somerset Parent Participation Forum Is a network for parents and carers of children with additional needs. For further information see Our Voice Counts on Facebook or http://www.nsppf.org.uk

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What should I do if I am not happy?

If you feel that your child’s needs are not being met within school, follow this simple flowchart:

SEN - what should I do if I am not happy?

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What additional support is available and how is it allocated?

Intervention programmes are not set in stone and the programmes run change from year to year depending upon the needs of the children. Some interventions are specifically aimed at certain age groups and some are open to all. Most interventions run for 10-12 weeks over two terms although some are shorter and some are longer. You will be informed by letter which interventions your child has been selected for and where appropriate given a copy of their targets and suggestions about how you can help at home.

Reading Recovery:

This programme is aimed at children in Reception, year 1 and year 2. It is an individual 1:1 structured reading and writing programme aimed at children working significantly below the expected reading and writing levels for their age group. Children are seen on a 1:1 basis for a session everyday.

BRP:

This is a programme open to children of any age working below the expected levels for Reading. It consists of 2 or 3 days per week of structured reading support. Reading Intervention Groups: Open to children of all ages working below expected levels for reading and / or not making expected progress. These groups can be for 1:1 or up to 6 children dependent on the needs. Each group has tailor made lessons planned aimed at increasing progress and attainment using a variety of strategies.

Writing Intervention Groups:

Open to children of all ages working below expected levels for writing and / or not making expected progress. These groups can be for 1:1 or up to 6 children dependent on the needs. Each group has tailor made lessons planned aimed at increasing progress and attainment using a variety of strategies.

ECC (Every Child a Counter):

This programme is aimed at children in year 1, year 2 and sometimes year 3. It is an individual structured maths programme aimed at children working significantly below the expected maths levels for their age group. Children generally work in 1:1 or 2:1 situations but there can be up to 3 children in a group. Sessions are around 40 mins and are carried out daily.

1st Class at Number:

Aimed predominantly in Year 2 and Year 3 but for any children on either a 1c or a 2c in maths who are working at a lower level to their peers. There are up to 4 children in a group and each group has a daily session lasting around 30 minutes. At the end of the programme further booster sessions are offered for any children who have not fully grasped any of the concepts.

Maths Intervention Groups:

Open to children of all ages working below expected levels for maths and / or not making expected progress. These groups can be for 1:1 or up to 6 children dependent on the needs. Each group has tailor made lessons planned aimed at increasing progress and attainment using a variety of strategies.

 

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