Welcome and General SEND Information
Welcome to our SEND page, at St Nicholas we value all of our children and are committed to giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Mrs Emma Baines our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is available if you have any issues/ questions regarding Special Needs. Parents can make an appointment to see Mrs Baines between Monday and Thursday.
All of our staff are committed to ensuring that children make progress in school and achieve to the very highest of their ability. Any child who needs extra support are identified as early as possible and individual, achievable targets that move children on in their learning are set. Teachers make provision for these children to work on and achieve these targets in curriculum time. If your child’s class teacher thinks that your child may require further support, they will be referred to our SENCo for assessment. Mrs Baines, our SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator) works very closely with teaching staff and teaching assistants to provide support for children with special educational needs within our school. This support takes many forms;
A child may need additional assessing from the SENCo to check their levels in reading, spelling, receptive language and nonverbal ability. This assessment takes place if a class teacher raises concern about their abilities in class. From this assessment, we can see if any additional support is needed for your child.
We follow the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle for our SEND pupils using IEP (Individual Education Plans), EHATs (Early Help Assessment Tool) and Annual Reviews where needed to inform this process.
As a school, we provide support in class through differentiating work, providing support materials and providing interventions in reading, writing, speaking and listening and maths to support and raise attainment.
We also run interventions to support our pupils’ social and emotional needs these are done through a mixture of outside agency support with referrals to YPAS & PSS and also by the Pastoral Care Manager (PCM) Mrs Needham. The interventions are a mixture of small group interventions and individual (one to one 1:1) support.
Mrs Baines and Mrs Needham work closely with outside agencies to provide support for children with SEND including their emotional needs, we working with Speech and Language (SaLT), Educational Psychology Service, Sensory Service, CAMHS. We also have support from outreach teams at Springwood Heath and we consult other charities such as ADDvanced Solutions and the Isabella Trust for advice and support as needed.
If you have any concerns, questions or comments about your child or Special Needs, please contact us.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Inclusion Charter Mark Silver level.
We are a Makaton Friendly School
We are proud to have achieved Makaton Friendly Status in January 2019. This means that we have a commitment to using Makaton across our school and helping anyone who uses it feel welcome in our school.
We are a Communication Commitment School
As a school we have a continued commitment towards improving communication in all it's forms across our school. We received our certificate of achievement from the Communication Trust in January 2019 in recognition of this commitment.
Supporting the whole family is very important to us at St Nicholas and as part of this support, we run a Parent SEND Network to provide much needed support for our parents of children with SEND who may need further advice or may just wish to have a cuppa and a chat with others who are experiencing similar challenges to them. We meet once a half term and also have an SEND Parent Network email group where members can share useful information and information about upcoming SEND events. Everyone is welcome to join us at these meetings, if you would like further information, please contact Mrs Baines or come along to our next meeting. The dates for next academic year’s SEND Network meetings are as follows:
Tueday 25th September 2018 9am in school SENCO room
Wednesday 21st November 2018 9am in school SENCO room
Tuesday 29th January 2019 9am in school SENCO room
Tuesday 19th March 2019 9am in school SENCO room
Tuesday 21st May 2019 9am in school SENCO room
Tuesday 25th June 2019 9am in school SENCO room
Awareness Days 2018-19
- Dyslexia Awareness Week 1st-7th October 2018
- Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21st March 2019
- Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2019
- Neurodiversity Awareness Week 13th-17th May 2019
- Mental Health Awareness Week 13th- 19th May 2019
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SEND Policies and Documents