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Special Educational Needs


Support for your child at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

At St Elisabeth's, our aim is to help your child achieve the very best they can at school. We work in close partnership with parents and carers - you know your child best and you may feel that your child requires additional help or support for some of their time at school. The document below is to inform you of the types of support available for your child at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School. The information will help you understand who can help and how the support can be accessed. 

Name Role
Mrs Pippa Charlesworth SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator
Mrs Amanda Lancashire Head of School
Mrs Janet Hodgson SEND Governor

Concerns

Please call the school office for more information to speak to our SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator), Mrs Pippa Charlesworth or our Head of School, Mrs Amanda Lancashire. Our SEND Governor is Mrs Janet Hodgson.

This link will help you to find out more information on Stockport Local Authority Local Offer

Additional support and independent advice for parents, children and young people can be obtained from the Parents and Carers Together (PACT) service.

Confidential helpline tel: 07786 101072 or by e-mail to info@pipstockport.org

Additional Support and Independent Advice

We have collated an extensive list of sources of additional support and independent advice for parents, children and young people which can be found on our Useful Links for Parent page.


Meet Our SENDCo

Meet Our SENDCo

Introducing our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Pippa Charlesworth.

Background

I have been teaching for 18 years, with the past 11 years spent at St Elisabeth’s C.E Primary School . I took on the role as SENDCo in September 2018 and completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) in July 2019.

I am passionate about ensuring the needs of children with SEND are met and work closely with school staff, parents/carers and outside agencies to co-ordinate necessary and appropriate provision. 

My Responsibilities as SENDCo

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy.
  • co-ordinating provision for children with SEND.
  • advising on the graduated approach to providing SEND support.
  • advising on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively.
  • liaising with parents of pupils with SEND.
  • liaising with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies.
  • being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local authority and its support services.
  • liaising with potential next providers of education to ensure a pupil and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned.
  • working with the headteacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.
  • ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEND up to date.

Support available for children with SEND at St Elisabeth’s

Introduction

Support for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) is offered when, for example, a child is performing at a level that is much lower than their age group, has made little or no progress over time or has a disability which stops them making full use of the education provision on offer and, as a result, the child needs additional help. 

At St Elisabeth’s C.E. Primary School we use a child centred, staged approach to support children with SEND. 

We use an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle to assist us give high quality and appropriate support. We aim to have you, your child and school staff working together to help your child reach their highest possible level of achievement at school. 

Reasonable adjustments will be made so that children with SEND can take part in school life as fully as possible. 

How does SEND provision work? 

The majority of a child’s needs will be met in the classroom by the class teacher delivering high quality lessons (Quality First Teaching).

SEND support is in ‘addition to and different from’ what is usually provided in the classroom and is co-ordinated by the SENDCo. A SEND Support Plan will be written for your child and shared with you. Your child’s progress will be monitored, and when appropriate, advice might be taken from outside agencies. 

What is the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator)? 

The SENDCo is a teacher in school who has received special training to enable them to assess,  arrange and monitor the extra support that your child needs.

Who do I talk to about my child’s needs? 

If you are concerned about the progress your child is making, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

If your child is already receiving SEND support, please speak to either the class teacher or the SENDCo. 

What is an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)?

Sometimes a child’s needs are so significant that an EHCP is required. An EHCP is a legal document that is written by the Local Authority setting out your child’s additional educational and care needs. This will outline the type of support or intervention that your child will receive so that their needs are being met. 

What are the different areas of SEND?

The SEND areas are:

  • Cognition and Learning when, for example, a child learns at a slower pace than their fellow pupils.
  • Communication and Interaction when, for example, a child may have difficulty in understanding or communicating with others.
  • Physical and/or Sensory when, for example, a child has a problem such as hearing loss, poor sight or mobility issues which prevents or hinders them making use of the education offered.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health when, for example, a child may experience difficulties with their behaviour.

How will school and home work together? 

Parents/carers, school staff and your child will work together on a plan to support your child. We will meet each term to look at the progress that has been made and to decide on the next steps. In between these meetings, please contact your child’s class teacher or the SENDCo if you have any concerns. 

We will also involve you when writing or updating your child’s One Page Profile which is a simple summary of what is important to your child and how they want to be supported. 

We will seek parent/carer views about SEND provision within school on an annual basis. 

How will my child be involved? 

Your child will review their own progress and say what they feel is working well and what they need to work on next. They can say how they learn best and what they will do to help themselves. 

We will seek the children’s views about SEND provision within school on an annual basis. 

Which outside agencies/professionals are involved with our school? 

This will depend on the needs of your child. School might request the advice from agencies such as:

  • Speech and Language Therapists (SALT)
  • School nurse
  • Primary Jigsaw
  • Healthy Young Minds (HYMS)
  • Educational Psychologists (EP)
  • Behaviour Support Service (BSS)

What happens if my child moves from one setting or school to another? 

Information about a child’s SEND is shared between schools and nurseries. Our SENDCo will speak to staff in other schools and your child’s records will be passed on. Some children may need additional visits to their new school. Visits are organised to Secondary schools as appropriate. 

What additional support is available to parents/carers?  

Stockport’s Local Offer

This website offers a range of support services and information for children and young people with SEND and their families. 

https://stockport.fsd.org.uk/kb5/stockport/fsd/localoffer.page

We aim to run termly coffee meetings where parents/carers are invited into school. Some of these sessions will provide an opportunity for you to chat with other parents who may be in a similar position while others will include visits from outside agencies, where there will be the opportunity for you to ask questions.  

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