Mrs Lindley, Head of School at Chapel Haddlesey and Deputy Head of the federation, is the SENDCo (Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) across the federation. Mrs Lindley took up role of SENDCo in September 2019 and is mentoring Miss McNichol whilst she completes her training and takes up the role in Spring 2022. Appointments can be made to see Mrs Lindley to discuss any SEND issues or concerns you may have by contacting the school office. As SENDCo, Mrs Lindley coordinates the support SEND children receive and works closely with parents and external agencies.
What are Special Educational Needs or Disabilities?
The term 'Special Educational Needs' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age. At our school we appreciate that some children may have different or additional needs to others and may need extra support to access the curriculum. All Teachers in school differentiate their work to ensure that it meets all children’s needs.
Children who have Special Educational Needs, may need extra help in a range of areas, including
- reading, writing, number work or understanding information
- expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
- social skills including making friends or relating to adults
- behaving properly in school
- organising themselves
- sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school
How will you know if your child has Special Educational Needs?
- You will be informed by your child's class teacher if we feel your child needs to receive some extra, or different support. You will then be invited to meet with Mrs Lindley and your child's class teacher to discuss a way forward for your child. The level of extra help is known as SEN Support. This could include:
- different teaching strategies
- extra support from an adult
- using particular equipment
- If we feel that your child has a SEN that requires external support we will always seek your consent before we make a referral to gain specialist advice or support to help us meet your child's needs. This could include a specialist teacher, Educational Psychologist or a speech and language therapist. You will always be informed by your child's Class Teacher and/or Mrs Lindley of the outcomes and recommendations of any referrals made.
How do we meet the needs of SEND children?
If we feel that your child has SEND we will devise an Individual Provision Map which will outline what we feel they need in place to help them progress through the education system. This may be provision within school and/or through external agencies. The Provision Map will give specific targets and outline how children are being supported. It will also include information on specific areas you can work on at home with your child. Your class teacher will invite you in every half term to discuss and sign your child's Individual Provision Map.
If your child's needs continue to hinder their learning and development and we feel we need additional support in school order to deliver the required provision it may be necessary to apply for an Educational Health Care Plan (previously known as statements).
It is important to note that SEN children may require support on a short term basis or for many years. The needs of each individual child will be different.
We firmly believe that all children make progress in different ways and at different speeds. Teachers take this into account and work hard to consider children's strengths, different learning styles and abilities. This means that children may have different levels of support. If your child is making slower progress it does not automatically mean that they have SEN.