Special Educational Needs Information Report
Mrs Lucy Crompton is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy and coordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN.
SEND Governor – Mrs Anita Patel
Accessibility - we have limited wheelchair access and two disabled toilets.
"What is the local offer?"
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as "a
local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This information sets out what is available in
schools to help children with lower level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child".
Our SEN Information Report is to let parents/carers know how we can support their child and what they can expect from our school setting.
Teaching and Learning
"What additional support do you provide in the classroom for children with
special educational needs (SEN)?"
All our children at St Paul's receive quality first teaching. This means that a
wide range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate
learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.
Our classes are supported by a highly experienced team of Teaching
Assistants who work alongside the Class Teacher promoting independent
learning. Pupils may be offered one to one or small group interventions where necessary. These interventions cover both academic, physical and social/emotional support.
If a child has been identified as having SEN they will be added to the school's SEN register and a One-Page Profile (OPP) will be written. Targets will
be set according to their area of need. These will be continuously monitored by the class teacher and by the SENCO. Some children will receive extra support from Mrs Garrigan, our part time SEN Support Assistant, Mrs Hughes out learning mentor or Mrs Forrest our well-being lead.
"What do the staff at St Paul's specialise in?"
We have a highly qualified staff here at St Paul's with many specialisms
- Better Reading Partnership - a one to one intervention designed to rapidly
improve reading and comprehension levels.
- Inference reading groups – focused small group work on comprehension.
- Dynamo Maths Intervention
- Nessy Reading group – an online reading and spelling programme
- Small Group Phonics sessions
- Small group interventions for reading, writing and mathematics.
- Booster groups
- Speech Therapy - delivering individual plans written by Speech and
- Motor skills group work – focusing on the physical development of children
- Lego Therapy- a program to help with social skills in pupils with Autistic
- Social skills groups - to support children with their social and emotional development.
"What support is available from outside agencies?"
- Pupil Support Services - offer a wide range of support for children with
- SEN including:
- CLASS - Communication, Language and Autistic Spectrum Support.
- HYM - Health Young Minds - social, emotional and mental health support
- EMAT -Equality, Multicultural and access team.
- SpLDATS - Specific Learning Difficulties Advisory Teacher Service.
- Early Help - A team to support the whole family.
- SALT - Speech and Language Therapist.
- We also use the services of Tameside Education Psychology Services- to observe and assess
and make recommendations for pupils with SEN.
"How do you review the progress of children with SEN and set targets?"
We hold OPP (One-Page Profile) target setting and review meetings at
regular intervals which involve the class teacher, child and parents and when appropriate the SENCO.
The class teachers will also meet regularly with the teaching assistants involved with delivering any interventions. Intervention tracking sheets are used to monitor the progress of the children.
Pupil progress meetings are held at the end of each half term. The class teacher
meets with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss the progress of all the pupils
in their class. This shared discussion highlights children's needs in order for further support to be planned where necessary.
Keeping Children Safe
(School Safeguarding Policy is available on the school website)
"How will school keep my child safe on Educational Visits?"
Detailed risk assessments are carried out by the teachers in charge for all educational visits and preliminary visits are made. Any additional/ medical needs are identified and appropriate action taken.
"How will my child be kept safe in school?"
Teachers meet and greet pupils every morning and the head teacher and
caretaker ensure gates are closed and locked at 8:55am. Until all the gates are locked, all external door operate on a fob entry system and can only be accessed by designated members of staff. These gates remain locked for the duration of the school day. There is an electronic signing in system at the office for all visitors into school.
Staff see the children out at the end of the school day from their key stage exits.
Health and Well Being
"What is the school's policy on administering medication?"
A form needs to be initially completed by the child's parent/carer detailing
what the medicine is and the dosage. Medicines are usually administered by the
staff in the school office. Medicines can only be administered that are
prescribed by a doctor where four doses or more are needed in a day. There is a separate policy relating to asthma available on our school website. All medicines need to be brought by an adult to the office and not sent in with a pupil. If you
have any questions please contact the school office.
"How are medical care plans drawn up?"
We work closely with families and the relevant health professional when drawing
up medical care plans. We ensure they are regularly reviewed and that all staff are aware of the plan and the procedures they need to follow.
"How do you ensure that staff are trained/qualified to deal with a child's
We have a high level of staff who are trained as first aiders. We ensure that the training is regularly reviewed and up to date.
If a child has a particular need we would ensure that relevant staff are trained
in dealing with it by consulting with the relevant health professional or attending specific training if necessary.
Working in Partnership with Children and Families
"Who do I contact if I have concerns about my child?"
The first point of contact would be your child's class teacher who may then consult with the SENCO or Head teacher.
"How do you keep parents updated with their child's progress?"
We hold two parent consultations, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term where your child's progress and details of their current levels and next steps will be discussed. We also send out two written reports; in March and July.
Children with SEN have their targets and progress reviewed regularly with parents invited to attend additional meetings with the class teacher where necessary.
"Do you offer open days?"
We offer taster mornings and afternoons for all our new reception children.
Parents are invited to a New Intake Meeting before their child starts in reception. All reception staff undertake home visits to meet with all the
children with their parents in the summer term before they start at St Paul's.
We offer coffee mornings and other opportunities for the parents and children to experience St Paul’s before they begin their learning journey with us.
"What opportunities do you offer for children and parents to have their say?"
At St Paul's we value the support and feedback from both children and parents.
We have an active Ethos Group and conduct pupil voice activities throughout
the year which influence what is taught through the creative curriculum and our themed weeks. Workshops are ran throughout the year with the opportunity for parents to leave feedback. Parents may also wish to join our Governing Body. Periodically, we send out parental questionnaires.
"How can parents give feedback to the school?"
We send out Parent Feedback Questionnaires where parents can share
their views. There is a comments section on the school website. Parents are welcome to make an appointment with the class teacher or Head teacher.
Extra Curricular Activities
"Do you offer before and after school child care?"
We do not offer before and after school childcare on the school site. However, Funtasia Kid's Club is based over at St Paul's Church which some of our children attend. Some of our children attend Little Munchkins for wrap around care.
"What extra curricular clubs are available at school?"
We have a wide range of free of charge extra-curricular clubs available to our
children including the following:
Sports Coaches- a variety of sports and skills taught
For further details of any clubs, please enquire at the school office.
Transition to High School
"How does the school support transition to High School?"
We work very closely with our local high schools to ensure transition is as
smooth as possible. The Year 6 teachers meet with the High School Year 7
Coordinators to discuss the children and how best they can be supported. Our
Year 6 children attend high school taster days, which are usually held at the beginning of July. Any children who have additional needs may experience enhanced support from within school, the secondary school or professional agencies.
More information about Special Educational Needs and the support available can be found on:-
Tameside’s Local Offer: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/localoffer
SENDIAS – (Special Educational Needs Information, Advise and Support): http://www.tameside.gov.uk/sendiass