Special Educational Needs and Disabilities- SEND
We offer an inclusive curriculum and programmes to ensure the best possible progress for all children, whatever their needs or abilities.
We aim for every child with SEND to be happy, valued, successful, confident and fully integrated into school life. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be celebrated by all those who are associated with the school.
We are committed to the successful inclusion of pupils with SEND.
Many children, at some time in their school life, require some extra support for various reasons. We recognise that this can be a stressful and worrying time for the child and their parents. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's particular needs, please speak to their class teacher in the first instance. Your child and your expertise as their parent are at the heart of everything we do; we value your views and the support you can offer in helping us to help your child to reach their full potential.
More answers to FAQs below.
What are the school's aims for children with SEND?
One of the primary aims of Ickleford Primary School is to offer all children a high quality broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum to enable them to reach their full potential regardless of any barriers to learning they may have. We view every child as an individual, with their own preferred ways of learning and working and aim to support them as such. Some of our children have particular needs which may present a barrier to their learning or ability to fully access the curriculum. This difficulty may relate to a learning difficulty, which may be either general or specific, or it may be a physical or emotional difficulty.
What are the school's procedures for children with SEND?
Our approach is to actively monitor all children so that any difficulties are identified early and any provision made enables them to make good progress. We adopt a graduated approach to our provision.
We recognise parents as the first and foremost educators of their children and appreciate the unique knowledge they hold about them. Through our parent consultation meetings and less formal contact with teachers and other school staff, we aim to develop a relationship where information is shared as fully as possible in order to personalise learning and support the holistic development of our children.
Regular meetings between class teachers, the senior leadership team and the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) enable early identification of any difficulties to take place and provision to be made. At this stage, the personalised support that has been agreed, is put in place by class teachers. This may be individual or in a small group with a teaching assistant and may take place within class or in one of our other learning areas. Where more specific intervention is required, the SENCo will liaise with the class teacher, parent, child and external agencies in order to plan and deliver additional support. At this point, a child will be put onto our SEND Register. Parents may be invited in more frequently to review progress or to meet with external professionals.
What is a SEND Register?
This is a list of all the pupils in the school who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or a disability. This makes it easier for the SENCo and staff to monitor those pupils who need extra help and to ensure they receive more targeted support to enable them to make good progress.
Why is my child on the SEND Register?
Any pupil on the SEND register has been identified as having a special educational need and/or disability. Their difficulty is preventing them from learning at a rate we would expect for them. Extra support will be given to these pupils to help them make progress.
Does the school work with outside agencies?
Ickleford Primary School works closely with a range of external services to support the needs of our children, including the Leys SpLD Base in Stevenage, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, the Child Development Centre, Occupational Therapists, Woolgrove Outreach, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the North Herts Primary Behaviour Support Service. In addition to these agencies, other services may also become involved according to individual needs. Parents and their child(ren) are consulted at all stages to ensure their views and knowledge are taken into consideration.
Will my child always be on the SEND Register?
This can vary. Some pupils with significant needs will always be on the SEND Register because they will always need support. Other pupils may only need support for a short amount of time to address any difficulties and are likely to then be removed from the SEND Register.
Please check the documents pages regularly for updates on parent courses that may be relevant to you and your child(ren).