Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
‘Ayresome Primary School is a diverse, inclusive community where everyone is valued. New pupils are met with a warm welcome by staff and fellow pupils. They settle in quickly and soon feel part of the school community. Leaders are ambitious for all pupils to achieve well, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They identify pupils with SEND quickly so that they can support them. Teachers make adaptations in the classroom to ensure pupils with SEND access a broad curriculum.’
Ofsted, Inspection Report. May 2023.
We have a dedicated Inclusion team who work closely together, alongside all staff, to support our children and their families.
- Mrs Goring – Deputy Head Teacher for Inclusion
- Mrs Barker – SENDCo
- Miss Reveley – Safeguarding Officer
- Mrs Tidy – School Counsellor
If you have concerns regarding your child’s needs or progress, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance, who is best placed to have the most up-to-date information about your child and who can work together with you to support your child’s learning. Following this, if appropriate one of the Inclusion team may become involved in the support of your child, at which point and through discussion with you, your child may be placed on the Special Educational Needs register.
Working in partnership with you
In an environment where all children are valued and everyone’s voice is heard, we will:
- Work in partnership with you to identify and support any additional needs your child may have.
- Draw upon expertise from across school and with class teachers to monitor the progress of all pupils.
- Ensure all children have access to a broad and exciting curriculum, following the National Curriculum.
- Strategically deploy support and commission services to identify need, provide support and remove barriers to learning, so that all children can make progress.
Identifying children’s individual needs
‘A pupil has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’ – SEND Code of Practice 2014
Our school is committed to early identification of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). We deploy a robust graduated response to meeting SEN and Disability (SEND) in line with the SEND Code of Practice 0-25, 2014. All children throughout the school are monitored regularly to ensure they continue to access the curriculum successfully and to help early identification of need. A range of evidence is collected through assessment and monitoring arrangements, as well as regular discussions between the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) and the class teachers. If these suggest that any pupil is not making the expected progress, or their needs have changed, the class teacher and parents/carers will work with the SENDCo in order to decide if, or how, additional provision is implemented.
We commission support and expertise from a range of external agencies, including, but not limited to:
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
The Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team
Middlesbrough Educational Psychology Service
Children’s Occupational Therapy
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
STARS service for sensory impairment
Middlesbrough Ethnic Minority Achievement Team
Middlesbrough Local Authority Local Offer
Special Educational Needs Code of Practice –
Information about Education, Health Care Plans
Some other useful websites