Special Education Needs and Disabilities
Sidmouth CE Primary School
Our school joined the First Federation Trust on 1st June 2017. We have adopted the SEN policies and procedures of the First Federation Trust. SEN related policies can be found on the First Federation Trust website at: www.firstfederation.org/send-and-equality
This report includes the following sections:
How we support children with special educational needs or disabilities:
At Sidmouth, as a mainstream school, we are focused on providing high quality learning for all our pupils. Our teaching and learning experiences are focused on introducing, developing and embedding new learning creatively across all subjects. We admit pupils from 2 to 11 and have a nurturing ethos throughout the school. Our high quality, innovative curriculum ensures all children are included and can access the curriculum.
Within this context, children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) are supported to achieve to their full potential. We believe in providing children with high levels of need the highest quality, inclusive, education possible. Often this will involve them working with our most experienced and skilled members of staff to ensure they make great progress. Every child is encouraged, supported and challenged to succeed at Sidmouth, and this is fundamental to our ethos. Parents are included in close partnership working to ensure our SEND provision is exemplary.
The Special Educational Needs team, including the oversight of the SEND linked school Governor ensures that high quality SEND provision is in place.
The school works with other schools, in partnership, to continually improve its provision for SEND children, in particular those with social emotional needs.
How do we ensure that children who need extra help are identified early?
Children are identified as having special educational needs through a variety of ways including the following:-
What should a parent do if they think their child may have special educational needs?
Talk to us – in the first instance contact your child’s class teacher.
If you still have concerns you can contact the Team Leader for your child’s year group.
Or alternatively you can contact the Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead (East Hub) Mrs Hannah Evans.
We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We will always strive to ensure any concerns parents have are heard, and we encourage parents to talk to us in this regard at their earliest opportunity. Equally, we will contact parents immediately, should we have any concerns.
Who will explain my child’s needs and progress to me?
The class teacher will meet parents at least on a termly basis, as well as at the usual Parent’s evening, to discuss your child’s needs, support and progress. If a parent requests, we can alternatively arrange an additional meeting with the class teacher, outside of this time. We will also communicate clearly with you as soon as we have any concern about progress – this will be outside of the regular parents meetings.
If there are progress concerns you can meet with your child's Team Leader or the Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead (East Hub) Mrs Hannah Evans.
How will school support my child with SEND?
How do we make sure our support is effective?
We work closely with Devon County Council to ensure we provide effective and efficient support for our pupils with SEND. More details about Devon’s local offer can be found here:
Inclusion and Safeguarding Lead (East Hub): Mrs Hannah Evans
Senco: Miss Rebecca Taylor
SEND Linked Director: Carolyn Bromfield