Special Educational Needs
We strive to ensure that all children are able to access learning and achieve their potential in a safe and stimulating environment.
Some children may find this more difficult due to a special educational need which may or may not have been diagnosed by a professional. Following careful monitoring and discussions between staff, SENCO and parents these children may be placed on the SEN register and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be drawn up. This IEP will identify small step targets to help the child to make progress and identify provision and any outside agencies that are involved. IEP’s are reviewed termly. Those pupils with more complex and high level needs may have an Education Health and Care Plan issued by the Local Authority.
Outside agencies who work alongside us include:
- Speech therapist
- Educational Psychologist
- Learning mentors
- Social workers
- Adoption support workers
- Communication Interaction Team (speech & language and Autistic spectrum disorder)
We support our children’s academic, emotional, social and behavioural development through our curriculum but for some children additional group or individual work may be necessary. These groups vary according to the current needs of the pupils but may include:
- Speech Therapy
- Emotional Literacy
- Managing Anxiety
- Building Self esteem
- Maths catch up
- Reading for meaning
- Social skills
- Read Write Inc
Pupils are supported in class through differentiated tasks, resources and Teacher/Teaching assistant support.
School SENDCo is Mrs Sarah Baxter
At Plympton St Maurice Primary, we have access to the Multi Agency Support Team (MAST), which includes counsellors, therapists, learning mentors and Educational Psychologists (EPs) who add their expertise. We have Teaching Assistants (TAs) skilled in providing a range of interventions and support to meet the needs of individuals. Some Teaching Assistants are employed one to one to support children with an EHC and others are employed as general TAs to support learning across the school. All our TAs are trained to provide emotional literacy support (ELSA’s).
We are proud of the pastoral support we provide. We provide sports equipment at lunchtimes to engage pupils, with the aim to keeping them active and to reduce incidents of inappropriate behaviour. We use Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) during whole school assembly times to support pupil’s emotional and social development.
We believe that Inclusion and the involvement of the young person, improves lifelong outcomes. We aim to listen to the views of pupils, through our active School Parliament meetings. If parents are concerned about their child’s development, academically or otherwise, parents can make contact with their child’s teacher every morning on the playground. From this initial contact, further meetings can be arranged to meet with either the class teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) or the Headteacher. All Parents are invited to meet teachers on a more formal basis, at Parent/teacher learning review meetings at least 3 times per year. In addition parents of SEN pupils are invited to attend the annual and IEP reviews.
Teachers modify their teaching strategies and approaches as necessary and use ancillary aids. As with all children, we assess and review progress against outcomes and track SEN pupils, to judge the effectiveness of interventions, every 6 weeks through pupil progress meetings. Support is provided within delegated school funds and any additional funding which may be provided through EHCs.
Where appropriate we will use visual timetables, social stories, and ICT equipment to support with communication and learning. We provide enhanced transition to support children moving within phases, in and out of settings and across key stages. We have an annual SEN budget and receive pupil premium in the delegated budget. By using Fair Access Protocol and panel in Plymouth, LA, we can (if necessary) seek additional support for children at risk from exclusion.
This SEN offer is part of the Equality Duty and our Accessibility Plan. Our SENDCo is Mrs Baxter who can be contacted at school on: 01752 337427. The MAST team can be contacted, via the Excellence Cluster at Douglas House, Douglas Rd, Efford, Plymouth on 304061.
The Local Authority SEN offer will be posted on the Plymouth City Council website.