Special Educational Needs (SEN)
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Inclusion Team for Potters Gate School.
Mrs Beere has joined us from St. Andrew’s, where she was working as an SEN Intervention teacher and is now working three days a week – Monday, Tuesday and Friday, as my Assistant SENDCo across both schools.
First and foremost, your child’s class teacher is responsible for ensuing your child’s needs are met and for keeping you up to date in terms of progress. All parents are invited to attend parents evening and at these meetings the class teacher will share with you a termly provision map outlining any additional support your child may be getting. You are welcome to have a copy, please just ask your teacher. You are of course welcome to discuss your child’s progress at any time in the year. If you would like to see your child’s teacher, please do call the office to arrange a time.
For SEND children, either Mrs Beere or myself will carry out regular observations and meetings with you and with the class teacher. We have taken on board your feedback from the SEND questionnaires, and from September we will be continuing our monthly coffee mornings with key speakers, hot topics, and providing you with the opportunity to meet up with other parents. These coffee mornings / drop-ins can also provide you with the opportunity to meet with us to discuss your child’s progress. These will change from a Wednesday to a Tuesday morning from 8.40am -9.30am, every month. The dates will be sent out via email and be on the website.
There is a Special Need Parent Support Group who meet the last Wednesday morning of the month. The session is run by two experienced volunteers and is open to families who live in Surrey. The session runs from 9.30am and finishes at 11.30am but you are welcome to drop in at any time. The group will be meeting in our Care Club from September which can be accessed via the top gate leading to the Children’s Centre.
We are fortunate to be able to provide high quality emotional support for all children. Carly Harries is now recognised as our Specialist Mental Health Lead and provides Play Therapy sessions and 1:1 support for children. We are also lucky to have two highly skilled ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), Annie Canton and Caroline Yates. Their role is to support the children in school to understand and regulate their own emotions, learn to respect others around them and develop their personal resiliency. Children can be referred for ELSA sessions by you, as a parent, or by a member of staff. We will always ask for your permission before starting any work with them and get your parental consent.
We have been looking at how we support our children with their social, emotional and mental health needs and aim to provide outstanding provision that is needs based. As part of this we have developed a wave three Nurture Group provision called The Den. This is an early-intervention group for a small number of children which was opened in September 2018, offering unique, specialist provision for children. The aims of The Den are:
- to give children the support they need at the earliest possible age,
- to prevent learning problems later at school,
- to help children to behave appropriately,
- to use their curiosity constructively, improve their self-esteem and develop confidence through close and trusting relationships with adults;
- to provide on-going assessment and support for children showing signs of emotional stress and/or behavioural difficulties in order to enable them to access the curriculum and participate fully in school life
- to work in partnership with class teachers and parents to enable consistency of approach, both at home and at school.
The DEN (Develop, Educate and Nurture) provides stable and predictable structure. On three mornings a week, the same routine is followed to ensure children know what they should be doing and what is coming next. The majority of the session is learning through play, with a strong social focus. The children undertake activities that provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will meet their individual needs. Children will stay in the group for between two and four terms. If you would like to know more about our Nurture Group Provision, please contact Alexis Carpenter or Carly Harries.
As well as emotional support, our children will continue to access additional learning support through interventions which are being delivered in and out of class with our experienced Teaching Assistants. Mrs Wendy Vessey is a KS1 Intervention Teaching Assistant and will see children who have been identified as needing additional support in areas such as reading, phonics, writing and maths. These interventions are frequently set programmes of support delivered in a small group setting out of class two or three times a week.
Should you wish to discuss the progress of your child in these interventions then the monthly Tuesday coffee morning, starting in September 2019, is a valuable opportunity to meet with all of us.
If you have questions or would like to meet, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
This will give you information on how we work with children with Special Educational Needs at Potters Gate School.
Parents may find the information on the following website useful. The website provides information on all the organisations that are available for adults and children with SEND. If you would like help with navigating the website please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Carpenter, our Senco on 01252 715619 or firstname.lastname@example.org