Mrs Angus is in charge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at the Weald, in the position of Inclusion Manager. Mr Bishop has taken up the position of SENDco working alongside Mr.Angus.If you have a concern about your child, you should contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. Should the class teacher feel it is necessary, they will then liaiase with Mrs Angus or Mr Bishop to see how we can best support your child in school. Mrs Angus is in charge of setting up the timetables and provision for the children (both in class and in intervention groups). She is also responsible for ensuring that Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) are written as necessary (generally for School Action Plus and Statement children) and for completing paperwork for Statutory Assessment and Annual Reviews.
Special Educational Needs at the Weald.
At the Weald we are fortunate to have a dedicated Inclusion Team who are committed to providing a welcoming, attractive and stimulating environment to support the needs and develop the learning of all children. Every child and family in our community is valued and diversity is celebrated.
Mrs Angus has overall responsibility for Inclusion within the school, working alongside Mr Bishop as SENCo. The Inclusion Team work closely with class teachers to ensure that Quality First Teaching is delivered in order that all groups of learners make progress including children who may have additional needs. Teaching is tailored towards individual learners, providing challenge and support and encouraging everyone to reach their full potential.
If you feel your child has an additional need, we ask that you speak to the class teacher in the first instance. Teachers are trained to vary their teaching styles and use of resources, to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all learners. If a child continues to make limited progress, we would consider alternative interventions or support. We offer a range of interventions such as Rapid Phonics, Speech and Language therapy, our Thrive programme and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). Intervention groups are run by trained Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs), who liaise with teachers to make sure the full needs of the children are being met and that they are transferring what they have learnt in individual lessons, to their work within the classroom.
If your child is placed on the SEN register at school, they will usually be entered as SEN support. Targeted support plans are issued with tight, measurable targets set for your child. These are reviewed by all staff working with your child and new targets are set three times a year Should a child not make progress at SEN support level, then the school may consider a request for an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). The school would seek advice from other professionals before submitting a request. These professionals may include: Behaviour Support, Learning and Language, Speech and Language, Linden Bridge ASD Outreach Service, Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) or Paediatrics. Parents are fully involved during the EHCP process. The Local Authority will decide if a child meets the criteria for an EHCP. If a child receives an EHCP then specific support and provision will be put in place to effectively meet the needs of the child.
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