The school aims to meet the needs of each and every child, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, so that they may reach their full potential and enjoy their learning.
Who is responsible for ensuring this happens?
All staff in school support our work for children with SEND.
Some staff, however, have specific duties:
- Mrs Rebecca Kyle is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
She works in school every Tuesday.
- Mrs Roxi Burkitt is our Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor.
She is also a parent and meets regularly with the Head teacher.
Your first point of contact should usually be the class teacher, but you are very welcome to make appointments with Mrs Kyle or Mrs Appleby, the Head teacher.
Mrs Poprawski or Mrs Woodhouse, in the school office, will arrange an appointment or pass on important information.
How do we know which children might need extra help?
We gather information in a variety of ways:
– Liaison with parents and settings before your child starts with us
– Observations of learning and behaviour in class
– Termly reviews of attainment and progress
– Concerns raised by parents
– Health reports from medical agencies or other outside services
– Assessments undertaken by the SENCO
What training do school staff have?
Mrs Appleby (Head teacher) leads on Literacy
Mrs Kyle (SENCO) holds the National SENCO award.
All staff have received Team Teach training (Sept 2014)
Mrs Hartley (Teaching Assistant) is an Early Years specialist
Miss Ranyard (Teaching Assistant) is trained in Literacy Interventions (Toe-by-Toe and the Nessy Learning Programme)
Mrs Dodson (KS1 Teacher) leads on Phonics Interventions
Staff regularly receive informal training from our Social Communication Outreach team on Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Language difficulties.
Which professionals do we use for specialist advice?
Referrals can be made to the Educational Psychology Team.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) contact school termly for case referrals
Mr Ashton (Pathways service) works with individual children exhibiting Social and Emotional Health difficulties
Miss Veail (Working Together Team) works with staff to help them support children with Autism or Social Communication difficulties
Mrs Kyle regularly consults with medical professionals, including paediatricians
School can access support from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS)
How can I access support for myself and my family?
The Family Services Directory website has a wealth of information and support for families with children and young people with special needs living in Lincolnshire.
If you would like some help to find information on the Family Services Directory website, including the SEND Local Offer, and would like to speak to someone, please call the Family Information Service (FIS) on 0800 1951635.
The FIS provides information about the services available in Lincolnshire for all families, and can do tailored searches for childcare and other available services to meet your family’s needs.
The FIS take initial referrals on behalf of Liaise who then call back to offer information, advice and support on SEND including legal information on all matters associated with SEND including school support, EHC assessments and plans, exclusions and admissions.
They can be contacted via: Family Information Service, 2nd Floor, Thomas Parker House, Silver Street, Lincoln, LN2 1DY
- 0800 195 1635 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How are children with SEND supported?
Mrs Kyle (SENCO), together with the Senior Leadership Team, oversees the support of all children with SEND.
Lessons in class are routinely differentiated to take into account the differing needs of all children.
The Teaching Assistant (TA) team may provide extra small group support in class.
TAs or Mrs Kyle will work 1:1 on targeted intervention work for those with more complex needs.
This work will be reviewed regularly to measure its success in terms of your child’s progress.
Extra resources (eg writing slopes or adapted pens) may be purchased for individuals.
How is the school’s SEND budget used?
The budget for SEND varies from year to year. The school governors look at this budget annually and plan how it is to be used to benefit all the children on the SEND register.
The funding is usually divided up between TA support, resources and training.
If children have been assessed as having higher level complex needs, they may have access to additional funding from the Local Authority to meet those needs.
How are parents involved in their child’s learning at school?
Parental involvement is central to our values at Hackthorn CE Primary School. If your child is on our SEND register, the class teacher and the SENCO will meet termly to discuss your child’s welfare, targets and progress. This is in addition to the usual parents’ evenings for all children. Included in the discussion will be what you might be able to do to support key skills and targets at home.
The school has an ‘open door’ policy, where you may request and meet staff more regularly if you need to.
Parents are regularly invited into school to celebrate their child’s activities and achievements through events such as school performances, school fairs and Christmas services.
How accessible is the school?
We are a tiny village school which operates in an old building. However, the front entrance and all teaching areas are accessible with a wheelchair, as it is all on one level.
Modifications would have to be made to the school’s back entrance and toilet facilities if a child needed wheelchair access on a permanent basis. The school would have to liaise with the appropriate Local Authority Officer to determine how to implement any necessary building modifications.
How will the school support my child through key transitions?
Most children in our school transfer to our local secondary school, William Farr Academy. There are several induction events across Year 6 to enable all children to become familiar with their new environment and key teaching staff. If your child is on the SEND register, they will be offered ‘enhanced’ transition arrangements and the SENCO, Mrs Leah will be invited to review meetings prior to transfer. Items such as ‘photobooks’ can be prepared if your child needs this support.
We will, of course, make similar arrangements with any other school your child is transferring to.
If you have any further questions regarding our school’s SEND provision, please speak to Mrs Poprawski or Mrs Woodhouse in our school office who will arrange a meeting with Mrs Appleby or Mrs Kyle.
Tel: 01673 860295
You may also want to refer to the school’s SEND Policy on our website
R Kyle Sept 2017