Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
“Ayresome Primary School prides itself on its Inclusion. We embrace all children, regardless of any additional needs and strive to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum, irrespective of ability.”
We have a dedicated Inclusion team who work closely together, alongside all staff, to support our children and their families. Mrs Goring is the Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Inclusion, Miss Ogden is the SENDCo responsible for Key Stage 2 and Mrs Barker is the SENDCo responsible for Key Stage 1 and Early Years and Miss Reveley is responsible for Safeguarding and Inclusion. We have a range of highly-trained support staff to work with children across the school and are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated Social, Emotional and Mental Health Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Tidy, who is also a fully-qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. If you have concerns regarding your child’s needs 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 closely 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, through discussion with you, your child would then be placed on our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register.
- Work with you to identify and support any additional needs your child may have.
- Work with class teachers to monitor the progress of all pupils.
- Ensure all children have full access to the National Curriculum.
- Remove barriers to learning so that all children can make progress.
- Refer to and work with outside agencies when needed.
- Create a learning environment where all children are valued and everyone’s voice is heard.
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 have a 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 will invite the parents/carers to school to discuss these additional needs with the SENDCo. Following this, the class teacher and parents/carers, work with the SENDCo in order to decide if, or how, additional provision is implemented.
We work with a range of outside agencies, including:
- Speech and Language
- Educational Psychology
- Occupational Therapy
- Children and Adults Mental Health Service
- Hearing Impaired team
- Visually impaired team
- Ethnic Minority Achievement Team
We also facilitate other outside agencies for support when requested.
Middlesbrough Local Authority Local Offer – https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/schools-and-education/special-educational-needs
Special Educational Needs Code of Practice – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Information about Education, Health Care Plans – https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/schools-and-education/special-educational-needs/special-educational-needs-and-assessments
Some other useful websites