Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at The Roebuck School.

Welcome to the SEND Page
My name is Mrs Roy and I am the SENDCO (Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) here at The Roebuck School. I work in school full time and I am always happy to meet with parents to discuss any worries or concerns they have regarding their children who may have special educational needs. Please phone school and make an appointment to meet me – 01772 729337.

All children need support in many different ways. At The Roebuck School, we aim to give this support in a sensitive and purposeful way ensuring that each child is valued, has independence and is fully included in school life.  All children benefit from the expertise and care of our experienced support staff team. Although allocated to specific children, most children are unaware of who in the class is receiving specific support and all children benefit at some point from additional adult support and care. Children may work with support staff on a one to one basis or in small groups and the relationships developed as well as the academic support given have great benefits.

Understanding Children’s Needs
We aim to meet a very wide range of children’s needs in school and this can often require a great deal of understanding. We ask that parents support us in our inclusive practice by showing sensitivity that children are all different. The diversity of needs that children encounter at school will help them to become tolerant, understanding individuals who can grow up in an increasingly diverse society.

Children who have been identified as having special needs fall into several categories; these are children whose needs are different from and additional to those which can be addressed through normal classroom differentiation. My role is to ensure that provision is made for all children who are identified as having special educational needs. A record of these children is kept by the school and it is reviewed and updated at least 4 times a year.

We aim to identify pupils of all ability who are underachieving at the earliest opportunity. This is done by a number of in-school assessment and review methods but parental concerns about their child's progress will always be taken into consideration. Often, their needs can be met through differentiation and intervention programmes. However, it is sometimes necessary to make additional provision through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and, at this point, additional records are kept. Parents are always consulted before any such action is taken and at regular intervals thereafter to review progress.

All children are given full access to the National Curriculum and are included and encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities, whatever their additional needs. Further details of the procedures are set out in the school's Special Educational Needs Policy (SEN Policy)

Worries or Concerns?
As always, if you are worried about your child in any way, please do not hesitate to come into school to meet with myself and/or your child’s class teacher. Quite often, a worry can have a simple answer or reassurance. Don’t just worry at home- come and talk about it.

It is worth remembering that if you are concerned about your child’s progress, it is always worth having his/her vision and/ or hearing checked, as even the slightest sensory difficulties can impact on a child’s concentration and performance, as can tiredness.

Please also remember it is important that we know of any regular medication taken by your child, or any recurring illnesses/allergies such as chest infections, headaches, earache etc so that we can look out for any signs of illness. If your child suffers from asthma please inform us and provide your child with a blue inhaler that can be kept in school in case of emergency. It is also important to ensure that contact details are kept up to date in case of an emergency.

Support at home
One of the simplest and most effective ways for your child to access some additional support is at home. Please continue to read and write with your child at home and support him/her with any homework tasks and follow this up by writing in your child’s home school journal. If you are experiencing any difficulties with this, please let us know – we may be able to help.

Complaints Policy for Pupils with SEND.
If your child has Special Educational Needs and /or a disability we will do our utmost to support their needs. If you have a concern or a query about how we are meeting their needs, then please speak to the class teacher in the first instance. If you have ongoing concerns, then call at the office to make an appointment with myself.  If your concern cannot be resolved, the school complaints policy can be used, in which case an appointment is made with the headteacher, and a simple recording form can be collected from the office.

Mrs Roy

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