School’s SEND Information (local offer)
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How does St Christophers Academy know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
At St Christophers Academy children are identified as having special educational needs through a variety of ways. These can include:
How will I raise concerns if I am worried about my child?
We aim to be a school with positive relationships with our parents. If you have any concerns at all about your child please come and see your child’s class teacher in the first instance or you can also speak to:
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Mrs Horne. She is available during school hours on 01582 500960 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursery Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Miss Livingstone. She is available during school hours on 01582 500960 or via email at email@example.com
Family Worker, Mrs McCloskey She is available during school hours on 01582 500960/07436092478 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Principal, Miss Ferdinand. She is available during school hours on 01582 500960 or via email at email@example.com
Principal, Mrs Jones. She is available during school hours on 01582 500960.
How will St Christophers Academy support my child?
Within St Christophers Academy we have a range of support we can put in place for children with special educational needs or disabilities. This support will depend on your child’s individual needs and circumstances. The range of support we can access is as follows:
Who will oversee, plan, work with my child and how often?
Class teachers will be responsible for any SEND children in their class. They will monitor the children’s needs and plan for any extra support required. They will also have regular meetings with the SENCo, Mrs Horne, to monitor the child’s progress.
The school SENCo, Mrs Horne, will have overall responsibility for ensuring the progress of children with SEND across the school.
Who will explain to me what support is in place for my child?
Your child’s class teacher will meet with parents or guardians at least once a term to discuss your child’s needs, support and progress. During this meeting you will create a provision map to identify your child's individual needs and the support we are going to put in place for them.
For any further information the SENCo will be available to discuss matters or answer further questions.
How are governors involved and what are their responsibilities?
There is a governor responsible for SEND at St Christophers Academy who meets regularly with the SENCo. The SENCo also reports each term on the progress of SEND children.
How will St Christophers Academy involve me as a parent?
If your child has any SEND we invite you in to school at least once a term to discuss the support we can provide. This is also a chance for you to talk about your thoughts and ideas about what we could do in school to support your child.
However, staff are always available at the beginning or end of the school day or you can contact the office and ask for a staff member to call you back. If required, we can also introduce a home/school link book to share events that have happened in school and at home.
We also have a family worker who is able to work with families to provide advice and support on a range of issues. This is Mrs McCloskey who is available on 01582 500960 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
The class teachers monitor each child’s progress and discuss it regularly with the SENCo and Principal. We have pupil progress meetings each half term which looks at how every child is progressing and what is being done to help all children achieve. Targets will be set for the child based on their starting point. These targets will be agreed by both the class teacher and the parents.
What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are currently having?
At St Christophers Academy we identify training needs for both our teachers and support staff. Our SENCo has completed the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination and helps to arrange training needs for other members of staff.
Currently staff are trained in the following areas:
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The child’s class teacher alongside the SENCo will discuss the child’s needs and what support would be appropriate. Support will then be agreed with the parents. Different children will require different levels of support depending on their individual needs.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum including school trips. A risk assessment may be carried out when going on a school trip to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
How accessible is the school environment?
The school site is wheelchair accessible and contains a disabled toilet. The school has ramps where needed to ensure access to all buildings.
How will St Christophers Academy prepare and support my child when joining the school and transferring to a new school?
We encourage all new children to visit our school prior to starting. At this visit we invite you to a short meeting with your child’s class teacher where we can find out as much information as we can about your child. If your child has a SEND they may wish to visit more than once which is encouraged. We try to liaise with any previous schools to find out as much information as we can about your child and any extra needs they may have before they start.
When children are preparing to leave us for a new school we liaise with their new school and pass on any information that will help them as well as their levels. Any support plans or Health Care Plans will also be transferred to their new school.
Further information for families.
If you require any extra information please get in contact with the SENCo or Family Worker.
Mrs Horne email@example.com
Tel: 01582 500960
Miss Livingstone firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01582 500960
Mrs McCloskey email@example.com
Tel: 01582 500960
Central Bedfordshire support
Independent Parental Special Education Advice