What should I do if I think my child has SEND?
The Senco is Mrs Susan Calvert
At Braywood we have a number of methods to help us identify if a child needs any additional support or has any special educational needs. Information can come from a range of sources - a child's previous school, from other services such as a paediatric consultant or through parental concerns. Often support starts with our 'catch-up and keep-up' groups where the class teacher supports pupils at risk of falling behind their peers.
The progress a child makes at school is carefully monitored and any barriers to learning are supported or eradicated as soon as possible. A child’s needs are met wherever possible within the class. We have a high pupil/adult ratio and children are supported by highly quality teaching and support staff. Lessons take account of individual needs and progress is reviewed regularly. Where necessary an individual programme of support will be used and the school may seek support from outside services. This will be discussed with parents and a referral made with parental permission. Ongoing tracking and assessment procedures enables each class teacher to analyse the progress of the child. Pupils work in a variety of groupings, such as small supported groups, 1:1, mixed ability and similar ability groups.
Support we can provide in school may include:
- ELSA and nurture groups, social skills and friendship groups
- Behaviour programmes including rewards and sanctions.
- Medicines can be administered in school with signed parental permission.
There are nominated first aiders in school and several members of staff have paediatric first aid qualifications. If your child has significant medical needs you will need to speak to the Headteacher to discuss how we can best support you and your child. This might include drawing up a Health Care Plan.
Currently we have teachers and teaching assistants who have had training in the following areas:
- Speech and Language
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
We may access support from other services, for example;
- Educational Psychology Service
- Language and Learning Support Service
- School Nurse
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder services
- Early Years Services
- Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service
- Occupational therapy
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Counselling Services
- Service for Children with Sensory Needs
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Sensory and Motor Needs
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
Talk to your child’s class-teacher or the headteacher (SENCo). Your concerns will always be taken seriously, as your views are very important to us. All parents are actively encouraged to take part in the school community. This may include in assemblies, workshop, sharing skills and school visits.
There is more information in our policies and Local Offer below.