Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
Here at St George’s we are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils. We recognise that everyone is different and all of us have a range of strengths and needs and deserve the chance to reach our full potential. At St George’s, children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) are supported by dedicated staff who work to ensure they are highly valued as part of our school community.
Quality First Teaching (QFT) is at the heart of our support to ensure our pupils make progress with their academic, social and life skills. We have a dedicated team who work with staff, classes, groups and individuals to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met and reviewed.
Learning Disability Week 2020, 15th-21st June. Theme: Friendships during Lockdown
The online world has created opportunities for children and young people with SEND to chat and play games with their friends, especially during the lockdown period. However, there are also dangers online that children with SEND can be particularly vulnerable to.
Statutory guidance across the UK emphasises the need for people working with children with SEND and additional needs to be alert to the risks they may face. We’ve pulled together training and resources to help you better understand these vulnerabilities and help your conversations with children and young people.
For more information click the following link: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/june/learning-disability-week-2020?utm_source=Learning-Disability-Week&utm_medium=News-Story-LA&utm_campaign=202006_SEND
Coronavirus / COVID-19
School is closed except for a limited number of children. Please see below a series of resources to help parents, carers and families support pupils with SEND at home during the period of school closures.
Important Notice: The following pages contain links to websites that we feel are supportive to the curriculum and safe but it must be noted that the contents of the websites are out of our control. Therefore, we recommend that parents check them before allowing children unsupervised access. Remember to stay safe online.
Supporting Children with Home Learning (for parents)
Click on the following link to see a video clip produced by the Lewisham EP Team. it is aimed directly at parents with home learning during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown. The video shares some ideas and thoughts about what can help with home learning while recognising how challenging it can be in reality!. Selina Yagambrun – Educational Psychologist is presenting.
Online learning platform
The Government have produced an online learning platform for all ages and subjects. Click on the following link to go to the lessons:- https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom. The lessons are structured for each day weekly or you can search by subject and age range for a particular lesson you might want to do with your child.
A list of Online Educational Resources
Click on this link for a list of online educational resources produced by the Department for Education to help your child to learn at home:-
Oxford Owl are offering access to an e-library of their reading books free of charge. Parents will be able to select books by age range and level by registering on-line. All books are tablet friendly.
Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum Newsletter, May 2020
Click on this link below for a copy of the May 2020 newsletter. This includes information and support as well as several online workshops being offered to parents and carers.
Click on the ‘Timetable with ideas and resources’ link above for an example of a fun daily routine to do each day during lockdown.
Looking After our Emotional Well-being in Challenging Time
Below is a link to a video clip produced by Lewisham Specialist Teachers Team on the theme of ‘looking after our emotional well-being in challenging times.’ It is aimed for young children helping them to make sense of and manage their feelings during the Covid 19 lockdown.
Mental Health Awareness Week 18.05.2020-22.05.2020
It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week.
The theme is ‘Kindness Matters‘ and here is a video clip you could watch: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
NSCPP Learning – Mental health and Well-being
Children and young people may be worried about the impact of coronavirus, social distancing or self-isolation.
Childline provides a range of online tools that young people might find helpful while school is closed:
Childline can also give confidential help and advice. Calls to 0800 1111 are free or children can get support online.
Supporting the Mental Health of your Child
Click on the ‘Supporting Challenging Behaviour’ link above for some helpful advice.
Supporting speech, language and communication needs
To support your child’s speech, language and communication needs, Speechlink have launched a new Parent Portal. The site provides parents with FREE speech and language advice, resources and activities. The site can be found at : https://speechandlanguage.info/parents
Other useful Speech Therapy and LIteracy resources can be found on these sites:
Supporting children with ASD
Drumbeat Outreach have also produced a bank of very helpful resources, ideas and links to support pupils with ASD. This site can be found at: https://www.drumbeatasd.org/page/?title=Outreach+Resources&pid=202
Time Capsule Activity
Thoughts and Feelings Book
Please click the link to download a useful resource to use with children to explore their thoughts and feelings. Although this booklet was designed for our autistic children it is a useful resource for all children: Thoughts and Feelings book about COVID-19
Math Games and Activities
Maths Games and Activities
Activity ideas for Primary Aged Pupils
Activity ideas for pupils in Primary School
Click on the link above for examples of fun activities to try at home.
Other useful sites/links:
Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus (for younger children)
Childrens-guide-to-coronavirus (for older children)
COVID-19 time capsule 2020-Covid-19-time-capsule-sheets
Activities For Parents
Family Pack 1
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Lego 30 day Challenge
We have been contacted by Lewisham Hospital & Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich to help them make their staff break rooms more cheerful for NHS staff at this time. If you would like to help, draw a lovely picture with a message of thanks, your name, age and school name. Your parent/carer can send a photo or scan of your picture to the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will print & laminate them to give to the hospitals. Thank you!
What types of SEN do we provide for?
|St George’s School is an inclusive school where all children’s welfare and well-being is valued as the highest priority. We believe that children thrive when they know they are cared for and valued and can develop to their highest potential. We provide for children with SEND in the following areas:
· Cognition and learning
· Communication and interaction
· Social, emotional and mental health
· Sensory and/or physical needs
We understand that a child may have more than one type of SEND.
How do we identify and assess pupils with SEN?
|If children come to our school with an identified special need we will gain as much information as we can before they start so that we can provide the best planned support. We will speak with parents and any previous settings.
We believe that early identification is vital in establishing the best ways to support a child with SEND. Your child’s class teacher will continually assess and monitor your child’s progress. It is best to arrange to talk to your child’s teacher first if you have any concerns about your child’s progress or learning. You are encouraged to meet with the Inclusion Manager also to further discuss this. When we all agree that additional support is needed we aim to work together to agree targets and identify specific support to be put in place. At this point we will create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with the views of the child, parent and teacher included. With your agreement, we may make observations and involve external agencies to provide support and advice. You will be part of every decision-making process and your consent will always be sought for referrals and your participation always encouraged.
Who is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and how can she be contacted? The name of our SENCO, or Inclusion Manager, is Ms MacAlpine. She is happy to arrange an appointment with you to discuss your child’s needs. It is easiest to arrange an appointment either through popping into the school office, calling on 020 8699 5127, or you can email email@example.com.
What is our approach to teaching pupils with SEND?
|Our approach to teaching children with SEND is the same as that we use to teach all children. All children need a broad and balanced curriculum, which is fun, meaningful and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners.
We make sure that our classrooms are motivating and stimulating, that teachers are well informed on the nature of the SEND within their class and plan according to children’s needs.
Our teaching is adapted continually to ensure access for all children and to incorporate advice from other practitioners and outside agencies.
How do we adapt the curriculum and learning environment?
|Adaptations are made through quality first teaching and personalised learning. We also make sure that children have resources to help them learn, like ICT provision, move ‘n’ sit cushions, visual prompts, handwriting slopes, pencil grips and scissors, and resources or text produced on coloured paper, where this is helpful. We have an accessibility plan, which lays out how our school is organised and how it has been adapted for children with SEND.
Children with SEN may be entitled to different considerations for testing. Please feel free to speak with your child’s teacher or SENCO about your child’s eligibility. Access arrangements may include separate testing rooms, a scribe, a reader, rest breaks or additional time.
How we enable pupils with SEND to engage in activities with other pupils who do not have SEN?
We believe that every child has the right to access a broad and balanced curriculum which encourages them to reach their full potential. We promote an inclusive culture which celebrates difference and look to reduce barriers in whatever ways we can. We will endeavour to adapt all activities, trips and lessons so that pupils with SEND can access them.
Some interventions and resources we use to support children with SEND
How do we consult parents of children with SEND and involve them in their child’s education?
Our SENCO supports staff with planning and ensures that recommendations from professionals have been implemented. Timetabled staff INSETs have a SEND focus where we make sure that teachers and Teaching assistants have an awareness of the different special educational needs and disabilities of children in our school, that they are able to plan and teach/support lessons which meet the needs of all children and that they understand the social and emotional needs of children with SEND. Training may be from an external provider, tailored and delivered ‘in-house’ or from specialist outside agencies such as Educational Psychology or Drumbeat ASD outreach.
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How we will secure specialist expertise?
|We work closely with other professional services who lend their expertise to help the school and parents find more effective ways of supporting your child. We may use the services of:
- Educational Psychology
- Drumbeat ASD outreach service
- Speech and Language advice and input
- Specific Learning Difficulties Team
- Occupational Therapy team
- Visual Impairment Team
- Hearing Impairment Team
- New Woodlands outreach service (for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties)
- School Nurse/Health Visitors
- Family support programs and social care
- Voluntary or charity organisations
These services provide a range of support including:
- working one to one and small group work with children
- providing training for teaching and support staff
- helping us to assess needs, plan next steps and review progress
How do we evaluate the impact of our SEN provision?
The SENCO measures the impact of interventions to see if they are working or not. The leadership team and SENCO monitor pupil progress and regularly and progress review meetings help teachers understand next steps or their children. The SENCO reports termly to the governing body and we report on the impact of SEN provision in our School Development Plan and make changes where we feel things are not working well.
How do we handle complaints from parents of children with SEND about provision made at the school?
We value open and honest communications and would always ask you to come and speak to us to resolve any upset. If you feel that this is not sufficient then we also have a complaints policy which you should follow, involving putting your complaints in writing. This is found on our website, or a hard copy is available from Reception.
Who can young people and parents contact if they have concerns?
For independent advice, information and support you can contact the Special Education Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS) on 0203 319 2163 or the Independent Supporter at Contact a Family. Both services are working together to ensure that you are provided with the right advice and information.
Where can the LA’s Local Offer be found? How have we contributed to it?
Lewisham Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found at: http://www.lewishamlocaloffer.org.uk/#/
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