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 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
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. 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 recognition of this commitment.
Parent Drop in sessions
Supporting the whole family is very important to us at St Nicholas and as part of this support, we run Parent drop in sessions to provide much needed support for our parents of children with SEND who may need further advice. Everyone is welcome to join us at these sessions, if you would like further information, please contact Mrs Baines or come along to our next session.
COVID 19 update, due to lockdown we are offering these drop ins via telephone, please contact our office to book an appointment to speak to Mrs Baines, who will be happy to help.
Awareness Days 2020-21
- Dyslexia Awareness Week 5th-11th October 2020
- World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2021
- Neurodiversity Awareness Week 16th-19th May 2021
- Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21st March 2021
- Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2021
- Mental Health Awareness Week 3rd- 9th October 2021
Awareness Days 2021-22
- Dyslexia Awareness Week 5th-11th October 2021
- World Cerebral Palsy Day 6th October 2021
- World Sight Day 8th October 2021
- World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2021
- International Stammering Awareness 22nd October 2021
- World Braille Day 4th January 2022
- Children's Mental Health Week 1st-7th Feb 2022
- International Wheelchair Day 1st March
- Neurodiversity Awareness Week 14th-20th March 2022
- Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21st March 2022
- World Autism Awareness Week 30th March - 5th April 2022
- World Autism Day 2nd April 2022
- Deaf Awareness Week 4th-10th May 2022
- Learning Disability Week 17th -23rd June
- Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2022
We are supporting:
School Closures 2020-21
I hope you are all well and your child has settled in well coming back to school, below is some information in relation to school closures and support from outreach and other information you might find useful.
Return to school information for children
Below are some documents you may wish to use with your children before they start to return to school, there are social stories, posters and information which may help them to understand that school may be a little different from when they were last in school, but school is still fun! This may still be beneficial if your child has to isolate or be off school for a length of time.
Please see the link below for further information related to COVID 19 in Makaton.
SEND Helpline Numbers
The Local Authority have released a helpful guide to places you can contact for support during this time, please see the attached flyer below to help you.
Due to lockdown, outside agencies are currently either postponing appointments or they are providing support online via attend anywhere. This includes Speech and Language, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. SENISS and the Educational Psychologist continue to provide support in school.
If your child was given a Nessy login, it will really support their basic reading and spelling skills if they continue to use this at home.
Covid 19 Social Story
Please use the link below for a social story to support your child's understanding of the coronavirus situation.
Take care and stay safe
Mrs Baines (SENCO)
SEND Policies and Documents