Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) – Miss Rachael Walker

Special Educational Needs Governor – Mr Adam Elshaw

All Saints’ CE (VC) Primary School endeavours to meet the diverse needs of its pupils to ensure inclusion for all. We aspire for each child to achieve their best. All of our pupils are entitled to a broad, balanced curriculum, delivered in a relevant and differentiated manner, enabling progression and continuity to be experienced.

Our aim is to develop each child emotionally, physically, intellectually, spirituality and socially so that all are able to reach their individual goals and are prepared for the next stage in their learning journey. In order to make access to the whole curriculum a reality for all pupils, we foster an ethos in which positive attitudes to gender equality, cultural diversity and special needs of all kinds are actively promoted, allowing our children to progress and learn within their own unique ability.

In order to support our children within their learning journey many steps are taken to provide personalised provision allowing all to succeed. All of our dedicated teachers recognise the importance of a multi-sensory approach to learning to address the varied learning needs of all children whilst identifying some children have barriers to learning that mean they have special needs and require additional support. This is where support from the SENCO team can be provided.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Miss Walker, working alongside Mrs Woodall and the Governing Body, has responsibility for the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision. Furthermore in our school the SENCO:

  • co-ordinates the provision for and manages the responses to children’s special needs;
  • supports and advises colleagues;
  • acts as the link with parents;
  • acts as link with external agencies and other support agencies, managing assessments and applications for placements with outside;
  • monitors and evaluates the special educational needs provision and reports to the governing body;
  • manages a range of resources, human and material, to enable appropriate provision for children with special educational needs;
  • contributes to the professional development of all staff;
  • signposts support and agencies to relevant parents;
  • accesses additional funds through the LEA with which to provide additional support where a child has complex and severe needs.

Levels of support

Children can be supported at three different levels according to their individual needs: 

Monitoring – Class teacher identifies to the SENCo that extra support is required due to a possible need in one or more of the four areas: Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning, Social, Emotional & Mental health difficulties or Sensory &/or Physical needs.An agreement is made to address and support the child through quality first teaching, interventions and/or reasonable adjustments, which will be monitored over a period of time.

SEND Support – SENCo may seek additional advice and support from external agency/agencies. The child will be provided through interventions and will receive two or three personalised targets which will be discussed with parents and the child on a termly basis.

Education Health Care Plan – Statutory assessment is carried out at the request of the school or family and a framework outlining a pupil’s needs and school’s responsibility to meet these is set in place.  This is reviewed annually.

Please follow the link below to our SEN Information Report & Policy for further information.

We follow the National Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and access support through the Local Education Authority for Additional Needs, when appropriate. Termly meetings are held between the Head teacher, SENCO/Learning Support and the Educational Psychology Service.

Dyslexia Friendly Schools

We are very proud of our Dyslexia Friendly Enhanced Status which we gained in June 2014. The Dyslexia Friendly Schools teaching approach which is integral to All Saints’ pedagogy benefits all children. School communication is also a key consideration for school staff; we aim to meet the needs of all of our parents through a variety of media (website, text message service, email, facebook page – coming soon, weekly newsletters, face to face conversations etc.)

Able & Talented Pupils

All Saints’ provides a rich education for pupils of all abilities, and recognises the need to promote appropriate opportunities to cater for the most able children in our community. We welcome the challenge presented by very able pupils. We acknowledge the need to meet that challenge positively. All children are valued at All Saints’ and we ensure that their individual needs are met so that everyone, including the most able can flourish. We strive to achieve excellence in all areas of activity and looking to celebrate the achievements of our pupils, encouraging all children to perform to the best of their ability.