SEND Q & A:
How does Holy Trinity Primary School know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
The school is proactive in identifying any difficulties which hamper progress in a child’s learning. The school will contact parents as early as possible where concerns arise . If parents have concerns, in the first instance, they should contact the classteacher to discuss these. The classteacher will be able to give more information and insights to the child’s needs. The classteacher will explain the SEND process if required or if necessary involve the SENCo and/or the Headteacher.
How will Holy Trinity Primary School staff support my child?
Having assessed the child, the school will identify the specific areas of difficulty. This will enable staff to develop a tailored programme of support which is monitored by the SENCo who works in an advisory role. The school will prioritise the support offerred by the need that the child displays. This may mean teaching sessions with a specialist teacher or with a trained teaching assistant.
The support may be provided within the class, small group rooms or the Dolphin Room.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
As far as possible all children follow the National Curriculum. Children with SEND may need adjustments to enable them to fully access the learning. This may include:
• differentiated targets
• specific resources
• additional support from the class teaching assistant
• changes to the environment
• and with complex needs a more individualised approach can be taken
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
An ongoing system of monitoring is in place for all children. Rates of progress for children with SEND will be carefully monitored and responded to. This may include changes to the support offered.
Parents are kept informed with termly parent consultations and for children with SEND more frequents meeting may be arranged.Holy Trinity Primary School believes that working with parents is essential to a child’s success and so encourages an open and regular dialogue.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Holy Trinity Primary School has a holistic approach to learning and believes that all children should have a happy and successful time at the school and should be included in all experiences in school life.
Children may sometimes need additional emotional support to continue to make progress in their learning. We are very fortunate to have a full time Nurture room, with highly trained staff. They offer emotional, behavioural and social skills support through whole class, small group or individual sessions.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the Holy Trinity Primary School?
Holy Trinity Primary School is able to access a range of specialist services such as Dorset County Psychological Service, the Children’s Therapy Service, and the Speech & Language Therapy Service. We also work with, on occasion, the locality team which enables us to signpost parents to support groups and courses.
What training is available for staff supporting children with SEND?
The school employs a qualified teacher for specific learning difficulties who supports a range of pupils. Many of our teaching assistants have undertaken additional training to be able to support children with emotional needs, speech & language difficulties, physical needs and maths and literacy.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All children are included in all we do at Holy Trinity Primary School. Risk assessments are completed for all off-site activities and this highlights any adjustments we need to make for specific children.
Parents are kept informed and their knowledge of their children is welcomed.
How accessible is the Holy Trinity Primary School’s environment?
Holy Trinity Primary School will work with parent/carers and their children to identify and address needs within the school, in collaboration with other services as necessary. The school already has physical access to all areas within the building and outside play areas with slopes and a lift for the upstairs facilities. There are disabled toilet facilities on both levels of the school.
How will the Holy Trinity Primary School prepare and support my child to join the school or the next stage of education and life?
Holy Trinity Primary School has established transition procedures to receive children from preschool settings and to transfer our older children on to secondary schools or specialist provision.
This includes visits by staff from our school to other settings; visits by staff from other settings to our school; transfer of documentation and any other pertinent information exchanged.
The school also arranges familisation visits for all children but for those with SEND they may be offered additional opportunities.
How are Holy Trinity Primary School’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
The school has a designated SEND budget which is used at the discretion of the senior leadership team, SENCO and Governors to provide quality first teaching and interventions which are tailored by need.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
If a child is identified as having SEND, parents will be informed and staff will develop a plan which sets out the areas of need, targets to be worked towards and the support which will be provided.
This is monitored, evaluated and regularly reviewed. For children with EHC Plans / Statement of educational need an Annual Review is arranged to discuss the child’s progress and provision and whether the Plan/Statement continues to accurately reflect the child’s needs.
How are parents involved at Holy Trinity Primary School? How can I be involved?
Holy Trinity Primary School seeks to build positive working relationships with all parents as the school recognises the importance and impact of parental involvement. Communication is vital to its success.
The school welcomes the active participation of parents in supporting learning; attending events and consultations and keeping school informed of developments.