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Provision is made within the class to give every child the best opportunities for success at all levels. The School also recognises children's gifts and talents outside of the school provision and enjoys celebrating their successes with them. Please see our Local Offer attached below detailing the provision we can offer you and your child at St Nicholas.
The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Miss Abbiss . She is responsible for organising and coordinating provision. She has undertaken special training to support her in this role. Mrs R Wright is the SEN Governor who will support the SENCO.
All staff are responsible for children with Special Educational Needs. Children with Special Educational Needs may require extra time for assessments; individual education plans (IEPs) teaching support programmes and liaising with parents and outside agencies. This time is covered by class teachers and the SENCO. We also use trained teaching assistants to support individual learning needs.
Children currently are supported at different levels according to need:
Monitoring (Class teacher identifies a possible need to SENCo and parent and agreement is made to address through quality first teaching and support, which is monitored over time),
SEND Support (SENCo involvement, school may seek additional advice and support from external agency. Intervention and IEPs target pupil needs)
Education Health Care Plan (Statutory assessment is carried out at the request of the school or family and a framework outlining a pupil's needs and school's responsibility to meet these is set in place). This is reviewed annually.
We follow the National Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and access support through the Local Education Authority for Additional Needs, when appropriate. Termly meetings are held between the Headteacher, SENCO/Learning Support and the Educational Psychology Service.
When children require extra challenge, special learning programmes may be required. However, the curriculum at St Nicholas continues to develop and provide more and more opportunities for children to follow lines of enquiry to suit interest levels and teachers plan to extend the more able.
SEN profile of the school
There are currently 367 children (Nursery to Year 4) on roll at St Nicholas CE First School. 20 of these children are on the SEN register, 2 of whom have EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plans) and the remainder receive Special Educational Needs Support. There are a further 9 children throughout the school who are being monitored closely and who receive specific class support/intervention.
Identification of SEN
How are children identified?
We analyse data regularly to identify children who are not at age related expectations and are making slow or no progress. Staff monitor children in the classroom on a daily basis and staff and the SENCO communicating between home and school. This may be through class teachers or the SENCO contacting parents or parents approaching the school with their concerns. In the case of transition from another educational setting, information will be provided to St Nicholas First School from the previous setting.
Where concerns are identified, parents are invited to meet with the SENCO and class teacher to discuss the child’s specific needs. If appropriate a targeted programme will be planned by the class teacher, tailored to suit the child’s individual needs. Outside agencies will be involved if this is appropriate.
All children receive Quality First teaching from the class teacher. Children with special educational needs receive focused interventions which are tailored to their needs, and delivered in small groups or 1:1 sessions. Steps taken to meet the needs of SEN children are recorded through the use of provision mapping, showing all interventions a child has received and their progress as they move through the school. Where outside agencies are involved the class teacher and SENCO work closely with them to ensure that the child is receiving the most appropriate support.
St Nicholas First School provide a broad range of interventions to SEN children and children who are being monitored such as additional English and Maths support, social skills, emotional and physical support, Speech and Language interventions, fine and gross motor skills through Motor Skills United, precision teaching, memory skills and Toe by Toe. All interventions are planned and closely monitored by the class teacher and SENCO. They are normally delivered by Teaching Assistants and Teachers.
Details about the South Staffs SUN group and the next meeting can be found here.
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Equality, Accessibility and Inclusion
At St Nicholas we want to be as accessible as possible to all. Please ask to see the Single Equality Scheme for ways in which governors and staff are seeking to do so. If any parents prefer paper copies of any part of the school website, please do come and see the school office to request them, who will be happy to help. We wish to ensure that any decisions we take as a school are inclusive and promote equality and eliminate discrimination. If any parents, staff or community members would like to provide feedback as to how they feel this could be improved, please do contact Miss J Parker by telephone on 01902842998 or in person by making an appointment at the school office. We are committed to consulting our stakeholders. To read more about steps the school takes to remove any barriers to equal and fair treatment of pupils/parents/staff with SEND and or disabilities please see the school SEN Information Report attached below.
Able & Talented Pupils
St Nicholas provides a rich education for pupils of all abilities, and recognises the need to promote appropriate opportunities to cater for the most able children in our community. We welcome the challenge presented by very able pupils. We acknowledge the need to meet that challenge positively.
All children are valued at St Nicholas and we ensure that their individual needs are met so that everyone, including the most able can flourish. Where the children are confident to do so, they may be taught in classes or groups other than their own.
We are striving to achieve excellence in all areas of activity and looking to celebrate the achievements of our pupils, encouraging all children to perform to the best of their ability.
Links with local middle and secondary schools and the LEA often provide opportunities for short-term projects with gifted and talented pupils. To date, these have included: dance, drama, ICT, maths, art and design technology, music and science.
Please see below a number of documents attached that may be of interest to parents and carers.
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