Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND) and how can I talk to them about my child if I need to?

The Class Teacher
Responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all children have access to good teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to meet your child’s individual needs (also known as differentiation).
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support, adapting resources etc..) and  discussing amendments with the SENCO as necessary.
  • Writing Additional Learning Needs forms (ALNs ) for children at School Action or School Action Plus, or Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children with Statements of Specicial Educational Need, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
  • Ensuring that all members of staff working with your child in school are aware of your child’s individual needs and/or conditions and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable them to be included and make progress.
  • Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are supported in delivering the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
  • Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.

The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO)
Responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and or disabilities, and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Ensuring that you are:
    • involved in supporting your child’s learning
    • kept informed about the support your child is getting
    • involved in reviewing how they are doing
    • part of planning ahead for them.
  • Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc...support
  • Updating the school’s SEND record of need, (a system for ensuring all the special educational, physical and sensory needs of pupils in this school are known and understood) and making sure that there are records of your child’s progress and needs.
  • To provide specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help your child (and other pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in the school) to achieve their best possible progress in school.
  • Supporting your child’s class teacher to write Additional Learning Needs forms (ALNs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) that specify the targets set for your child to achieve.
  • Organising training for staff so they are aware and confident about how to meet the needs of your child and others within our school.

Learning Support Assistant
A Learning Support Assistant (LSA) may be allocated to a pupil with exceptional special educational needs and/or disabilities and whilst they take a very valuable role in your child’s education we would prefer that questions regarding your child’s learning and progress are directed to the staff members named above.
For some children a home/school contact book is used to communicate information.


Headteacher
Responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEN and/or disabilities. She will give responsibility to the SENCO and class/subject teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  •  She must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND

SEND Governor
Responsible for:

  • Making sure that the school has an up to date SEND Policy
  • Making sure that the school has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school
  • Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEN and/or disabilities.