Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
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Special Educational Needs

Our school is committed to ensuring that students with special educational needs are fully involved in the life of the class and gain the support they need to thrive and succeed.

How does the school know if my child needs extra help and what support is given?

We have a number of methods to help us identify if a child needs extra help. If a parent, carer or teacher raises concerns a child will be monitored. Steps included are shown below. If the child already has been identified with a special need before they start our school; we liaise with adults and services who already know them.

Identifying children with Special Educational Needs

You as a parent may have concerns about milestones not being met, or the school staff may have concerns about levels or targets
not being achieved. This may be for a variety of reasons – concentration problems, sight or hearing issues, behavioural difficulties, physical development, as well as many others. If you or teachers have concerns a referral to the school SENCO can be made.

Talking about your child

The next step is for us to talk together. You can come to school or your child’s teacher calls you in to discuss any concerns. This is an information sharing process in a friendly environment.

Observing your child

Observations will be carried out in school, and where appropriate, some assessments will take place so that we have a clearer picture of your child. After parental discussion, we decide if any further action is necessary.

Plan for your child

If we decide that more work is needed, a plan of action is put into place – resources are sorted and your child’s needs are planned for within the classroom. The plan will be specific and will run for an agreed amount of weeks to measure impact.

Review of impact - stage 1

We review the impact – has it worked? If yes, brilliant! If not, we discuss what else can be done to support your child. This may be in the form of agreed intervention involving 1:1 work or small group work with adult support in class. A review date is agreed to measure impact.

Review of impact - stage 2

We review the impact – has it worked? If yes, brilliant! If not, we may wish to put your child on the Special Educational Needs register. This means that we will set termly targets that are achievable and specific to enable your child to progress. This may involve further in-school support and specific programmes of work.

You will be involved in any decisions made and asked to attend target setting meetings. These meetings will also involve reviewing progress towards previously set targets.

Other agency support

Sometimes, we may have to call on other agencies to support the work we carry out with your child. This may be in the form of Health Services, Hearing or Vision Impairment services, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychologists, Early years services, children’s services or Family Support Workers.

They can offer help, advice and assessments to make targets more specific to the child’s needs. Once again, all this is carried out in consultation with parents.

Additional Support

After a period of time, if we feel that your child is not making as much progress as we would have liked, in collaboration with the Educational Psychologist, we may have to apply for additional support in school. We will support parents through this process and Walsall Parent Partnership is available to give impartial advice and information.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

High quality teaching and our carefully mapped out curriculum will ensure you child’s needs are met within lessons. In the classroom, we cater for all children using a variety of teaching styles and a range of visual, auditory and hands on equipment to aid learning.

The progress of all children is monitored and rigorously and reviewed regularly. Teachers take account of the needs of the individual child and plan different tasks and materials appropriately. Pupil cohort and progress meetings are held three times a year with the Head Teacher, SENCo and class teacher to discuss suitable programmes for each child. Targets are also set to support children’s individual needs and are regularly updated.

For some children, specialist equipment may be used e.g. coloured overlays, concentration cushions, twizzlers, pen and pencil grips, special scissors, timers. Across the school, we have a wide variety of resources, iPads, talking buttons, laptop computers, lego and others.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

The support we can provide in school may include:

  • Nurture groups
  • Pupil voice
  • Behaviour programmes including rewards and sanctions.
  • Lunchtime and after school clubs
  • Risk assessments are put in place for out of school activities and for individual children at risk.

If 1 to 1 support is deemed necessary for a school trip we will work with you to develop an appropriate care plan and explain the provision we have put in place.

How does the school cater for medical needs?

Medicines can be administered in school with signed parental permission. There are nominated first aiders in school. If your child has significant medical needs you will need to speak to the SENCo to discuss how we can best support you and your child. This might include drawing up a Health Care Plan.

The school site is wheelchair accessible; we are designated “Fair Access School” for the area. We have disabled toilets that are large enough to accommodate changing and suitable for wheelchair users. There is a shower situated in the KS1/2 corridor. We have an accessibility plan, which is available to view.

How will the school prepare and support my child for joining their school or transferring to another school?

  • Children who join in the nursery are welcomed into our school community with a personal home visit by nursery staff. A series of parent and child taster sessions follow in preparation for their September start
  • Transition into Reception and then into successive year groups is supported by meetings, meet the teacher time and taster sessions in the new class
  • Parents and children who are joining our school mid-term are encouraged to visit the school before they start
  • We will plan your child’s transition to us with information from yourselves and all professionals already involved to support your child. This helps to enable a smooth and supportive start for your child
  • As your child makes the transition to Secondary school again we will contact and discuss your child’s needs with our Secondary school colleagues, invite them to observe your child in our setting and through dialogue with you and your child set up appropriate transition visits to support a smooth transition to secondary school.

SEND staff

  •  SENCo - Mrs M Savory
  • Parent Liason Officer – Mrs S Hammonds
  • Pastoral Team Leader - Mrs K Moorhouse

If you have any questions or require further information get in touch with Miss Savory at msavory@rivers.windsoracademytrust.org.uk