How do we support pupils with SEN?
Strategies to support the development of pupils’ social skills and enhance self-esteem
- Our Learning Mentor (Miss Debbie) and PDC lead TA (Miss Georgina) run Speech Bubbles in KS1 aimed at developing speech and language, attention and listening, self esteem and confidence.
- Miss Georgina leads our Pupil Development Centre (PDC). She has a nurturing, safe space in school where she works with individuals to develop confidence and self esteem.
- Senior Leaders ensure that pupils have the time and space to reflect and learn from their actions
- SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) is promoted at all levels and pupils are regularly assessed by class teachers against trackers. There are SEAL coaches in Year 6 and SEAL lunchtime clubs for pupils who need extra support.
- The school has a dedicated sensory room which is used to support a nurturing approach in the school.
Strategies to reduce anxiety/promote emotional wellbeing/ prevent bullying (including communication with parents)
- Learning Mentor and TAs work with children to promote their confidence and help them resolve emotional issues.
- A morning Nurture group before school run by Miss Debbie helps pupils to have a positive and happy start to their day.
- Drawing and Talking is a ten week intervention offered for children with anxiety or emotional issues.
- The school has a dedicated sensory room which is used to support a nurturing approach in the school. This space can be used as a safe space for children to learn social school, develop relationships and discuss issues that they might have.
- SEAL Coaches work with pupils in Year 6.
- The Inclusion Team support the school with a transition programme in the summer term for Year 6 pupils and work with individuals.
- Our Learning Mentor coaches and supports parents where it is deemed appropriate
- Solution focused Inclusion meetings occur regularly where issues/concerns about pupils are discussed.
Strategies to support / modify behaviour
- The Pupil Referral Unit successfully supports children with behaviour and emotional issues.
- Pastoral Support Plans are put in place for pupils a risk of exclusion
- Reward charts
- Buddy system
Support/supervision at unstructured times of the day including personal care
- Lunchtime club is run by Miss Georgina and Miss Rita. This is for pupils who may find lunchtimes challenging.
- A school Buddy system has been effective in supporting pupils in school
- Staff are made aware if there are any self care needs that need attending to.
Planning, assessment, evaluation and next steps
- The school’s cycle of reviewing and reflecting ensures that children’s progress is monitored carefully before the setting of new targets.
Increasing accessibility – getting about
Access to strategies/programmes to support occupational /physiotherapy needs
- Occupational therapy or Physiotherapy programmes can be delivered in school and are regularly monitored and reviewed.
- Better Move On, a ten week intervention has been used to support pupils with identified Gross motor skill difficulties in KS2
Access to modified equipment and ITC
- Where appropriate children have access to equipment to enable them to more successfully access the curriculum. Specialised equipment includes: Sloped writing desks, sit n’ move cushions, Communication in Print, Sensory Room, coloured overlays and Laptop access.
Year 6 SATS assessments
- Test Access Arrangements for some pupil’s additional arrangements and adjustments can be made to enable them to fully access tests. This might include additional time, rest breaks or the use of a scribe or word processor. The Inclusion Manager can inform you about eligibility for these arrangements at Year 6.
Please refer to our Accessibility Plan for more detail on how we adapt our provision to promote full participation for all. accessibility policy
Partnerships with External Agencies
What support from outside does the school use to support my child?
The school works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all children are fully understood and met.
- Educational Psychology
- Occupational Therapy
- Autism Support Team
- Speech and Language
- School Nurse
Access to Medical Interventions
- Where necessary, children’s medical needs are catered for through care plans devised with the school nurse and a pen portrait is drawn up to ensure staff are made aware.
- Staff are trained every year to support any specific needs such as epipen training and diabetes
Intimate Care/Toileting Needs
- The school has a toileting policy that sets out procedures that should be followed to support children who have toileting issues.
- Children with toileting needs in Nursery, Key Stage 1 or 2, will have a toileting plan that is discussed and agreed with parents
Liaison/Communication with Professionals/Parents, attendance at meetings and preparation of reports
- Parents are consulted about their child’s needs and the parents’ viewpoint is taken into account before referral to outside agencies or any other formal assessments undertaken above those which are taken by all children.
- Parents receive copies of all reports and assessments and are always offered the chance to discuss the report with SENCo or class teacher.
|Agency||Description of Support|
Our attached Educational Psychologist is: Emma read
|A Common Assessment Framework Application (CAF) can support an application for E.P support.Our E.P support through observation, consultation, assessment, training and attendance at multi-agency meetings. We discuss the application of Education Health Care plans with the E.P who helps us with the process.|
|Speech and Language Therapy||School may refer (through a CAF) as required and implement recommendations following specialist assessment.The school can access NHS Speech Age language for children in Nursery and the school has its own private speech and language therapist who works in the school for one day each fortnight.|
|Occupational / physiotherapy|
|CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)|
|Southwark Information, Advice and Support Teamsias@southwark.gov.uk02075255104||The aim of this service is to ensure parents of children with additional needs – including the very young – have access to information, confidential advice and guidance.|
|Specialist Dyslexia Teacher||The specialist Dyslexia teacher will do a detail assessment on a pupil to screen whether they have Dyslexia. This assessment will then be shared with teachers and parents and will support differentiation and support.|
|Education for Children in Care0845 600 1284||This oversees and monitors provision for children who are in the care of the Local Authority|
|Voluntary agencies0808 808 3555http://www.cafamily.org.uk/||Contact a Family offers support for vulnerable families.|
FURTHER INFORMATION about support and services for pupils and their families can be found via the following weblink:
Southwark Local offer
The SEN Code of Practice:
Southwark Information, Advice and Support Team
The aim of this service is to ensure parents of children with additional needs – including the very young – have access to information, confidential advice and guidance.
Contact a Family offers support for vulnerable families
0808 808 3555
Parent Carer Council
Southwark Carers run the ADDitude Group – a group is aimed at carers of children with autism and behavioural problems, featuring regular speakers and training sessons.
Runs second Wednesday of each month, 11.00 to 12.30. For details: Call Joseph on 020 7708 4497.
KIDS London SEN Mediation Service
Telephone: 0207 359 3635
This is an independent disagreement resolution service that provides mediation meetings for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and their local education authority or the child’s school when there is some kind of disagreement surrounding how best to meet those needs. Mediation is an informal, voluntary process where parties in disagreement meet together with an independent mediator.
ADDISS The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service. This service provides information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.
Telephone: 020 8952 2800
The ADHD Foundation supports achievement, educational attainment, mental health and employability. The Foundation works in partnership with those living with ADHD, enabling them understand and manage ADHD.
Southwark Autism Support is a project set up by The National Autistic Society to provide information, advice and support to the parents and carers of children and young people with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) living in Southwark. The service provides advice, information and suggestions to help with the behavioural, emotional and practical challenges that living with a child or young person with an ASD can present.
Scope is a national disability organisation whose focus is people with cerebral palsy, offering early years, education, and independent living and employment opportunities for disabled people.
Small Steps provide a supportive environment for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy and other forms of motor and sensory impairment. Parents are able to meet others sharing similar experiences, and can attend workshops that inform parents, giving them a platform for discussion and to socialise.
Down’s South London (DSL), is a parent run charity based in Peckham that provides a free, unique early intervention therapy service to local children with Down’s Syndrome.
Telephone: 020 7701 9521
Down’s Syndrome Association (National) offers information and support on all aspects of Down’s Syndrome.
Dyslexia Association of London offers support and information to parents, teachers and adults on dyslexia/specific learning difficulties. It also offers a befriending service.
Telephone: 020 8870 1407
Dyspraxia Foundation is for parents of a child with dyspraxia who want to talk with other parents/carers in the same position.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is a charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people, believing that deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start, as well as involving them in decisions that affect them at as early an age as possible.
Resources for Autism provide a range of support services for both children/young people and their families including autism specific home/community support for all ages and autism specific parent/carer groups. They also offer autism specific play and youth clubs and holiday play schemes for children and young people aged 8-19 years old.
Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) supports blind young people & kids to live life without limits.
Young Minds provides information and support for anyone worried about a child or young person’s behaviour and mental health, providing information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of common mental health and behaviour concerns, especially for parents and carers.
Council for Disabled Children (CDC) aims to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and children with special educational needs, by influencing Government policy, working with local agencies to translate policy into practice and producing guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children.
Southwark Young Carers Project A young carer is anyone aged 18 or under who helps to look after a relative who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
Southwark Siblings for those living in Southwark, aged between 6 and 14, who help look after a brother or sister with a disability, giving them a chance to meet other siblings, make friends and share experiences, the chance to have fun and take part in activities through attending small groups and ongoing regular meetings outside the family home, also a regular newsletter.
Family Action ADHD Specialist Service A project offering home visiting, telephone support and an 8-week “Managing ADHD Group” programme to support the families of children aged between 5 and 12 who have been diagnosed with ADHD; detailed information pack (provided on the home visit), offering further information about the diagnosis, some useful resources and explaining all the services available including Southwark specific services and online resources.
Referrals come from any statutory or voluntary agency or self-referral. It is a free and confidential service.