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Hart Plain Junior School

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Your Questions Answered

HOW DOES HART PLAIN KNOW IF OUR CHILDREN NEED EXTRA HELP AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD MAY HAVE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS? 

We know when our children need help if :

 

  • Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child
  • Limited or no progress is being made
  • There is a sudden change in the pupils behaviour or progress

If you are concerned about your child you should first contact your class teacher to discuss these concerns. Further actions may take place following this meeting where needed.

HOW WILL BOTH YOU AND I KNOW HOW MY CHILD IS DOING? 

Parents/Carers are invited in to the school three times a year to our Parent's Evenings.

We have two formal reports that are sent home during the school year which will inform you of the progress being made.

In addition to this there are also informal opportunities to discuss your child's progress with their class teacher.

HOW WILL YOU HELP ME SUPPORT MY CHILD'S LEARNING? 

The class teacher may suggest ways of supporting your child at home.
External agencies (such as those listed in Who Else Does the School Work With? Section) may suggest programmes of studies or strategies which can be used at home.

HOW WILL WE SUPPORT YOUR CHILD? 

Our SENCO will closely monitor all provision and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school. The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with each child with SEND in their class to ensure that progress in every area is made. There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group, if this is seen as necessary by the class teacher.

HOW WILL THE CURRICULUM BE MATCHED TO MY CHILD'S NEEDS? 

All work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be three different levels of work set for the class, however on occasions this can be individually differentiated. the benefit of this type of differentiation is that all children can access a lesson and learn at their level.

HOW IS THE DECISION MADE ABOUT THE TYPE AND HOW MUCH SUPPORT MY CHILD WILL RECEIVE? 

Every child in the school is discussed regularly during pupil progress meetings, The class teacher, with support from the SENCO if needed, will decide which resources and provision are best suited to each child. Different children will require different levels of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve age expected levels.

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE INCLUDED IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL CLASSROOM INCLUDING SCHOOL TRIPS? 

Activities and school trips are available for all children. Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate. This may sometimes mean we ask a parent or carer to accompany a trip.

WHAT SUPPORT WILL THERE BE FOR MY CHILD'S OVERALL WELL BEING? 

The school prides itself on its pastoral, medical and social support for all.

Should your child need prescribed medicine to be administered during the school day then this is managed through the school office.

Should your child have a care plan that has been devised by the school nursing team then this will be shared with all staff concerned.

We offer a variety of support for those who may be experiencing emotional difficulties. These include:
  • PSHCE curriculum - taught sessions with teachers to develop strategies
  • Time with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
  • Our Nurture Group - The Pride
  • Lunchtime Activities
  • Buddy Bench
  • Structured Play
  • Opportunities for the children to talk to a member of staff
  • Support with external agencies - see the last section - Who else does the school work with?

WHAT SPECIALIST SERVICES AND EXPERTISE ARE AVAILABLE AT OR ACCESSED BY THE SCHOOL? 

At times it may be necessary to consult with external agencies. The following is a list of the agencies we may consult. (This is not a definitive list):
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child and Mental Health Care
  • School Nursing Team
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Children's Services
  • Primary Behaviour Support Team
  • Family Support Advisor
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
  • Speech and Language Therapist 

WHAT TRAINING HAVE THE STAFF SUPPORTING SEND HAD OR WHAT TRAINING ARE THEY HAVING? 

Different members of staff have received various training related to SEND. Training is often completed and set up according to the needs within school.

These have included sessions on:

  • ELKLAN
  • Epilepsy Training
  • Epipen Training
  • Basic First Aid
  • Teaching methods
  • Differentiation techniques
  • Attachment - Nurture Group principles
  • Emotional Literacy Support
  • Counselling
  • Dyslexia - teaching strategies to support
  • Behaviour management
  • Team Teach - restraint 

Our SENCO has also completed the national accreditation.

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS OUT SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT? 

  • We have a large disabled toilet
  • The school has a disabled parking bay
  • The school has a hearing induction loop system fitted
  • The majority of the building is wheelchair accessible with wide doors for access
  • We liaise with EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) who assist us  in support our families with English as an additional language.

 HOW ARE PARENTS INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOL? HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? 

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child's educational needs. This may be through:
  • Attendance at Parent's Evening
  • Discussions with your child's class teacher
  • Through attending meetings with external agencies when requested
  • Through attending any informal meetings
  • Attendance at celebratory events e.g. plays, celebration of work, class assemblies

HOW WILL MY CHILD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS? 

We value and celebrate each child being able to express their views on all aspects of school life. This is usually carried out through the School Council which has an open forum for any issues or viewpoints to be raised. All children discuss their targets with their class teacher. If your child has an EHC Plan or an annual review of their EHC Plan then their views will be obtained before any meetings.

HOW WILL I RAISE CONCERNS IF I NEED TO? 

You should first contact your child's class teacher to discuss any concerns you may have. You can also phone the office on 02392 263200 to make an appointment to see our SENCO.

HOW WILL THE SCHOOL PREPARE AND SUPPORT MY CHILD WHEN JOINING THE SCHOOL AND TRANSFERRING TO A NEW SCHOOL? 

Transition from or to another school is an exciting and yet daunting prospect for some. At Hart Plain Junior School we work really hard to ensure transition goes well. Information is regularly shared between feeder schools. Regular opportunities are made in order for all of the children to visit their new settings prior to their start date. Should additional visits be needed then these are arranged. Social stories can also aid transition and these are also used where appropriate. Meetings with new parents are arranged with new class teachers and the SENCo, where appropriate.