SEND- Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Welcome to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) information page which is part of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Offer for learners with SEND.
Governing Bodies of maintained schools have a duty to publish information on their website about our policy for pupils with SEND. This information is updated annually.
All Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
Training and Expertise
At Tushingham Primary School, staff are trained to deliver a wide range of interventions They attend regular in-service training for a range of special needs in order to work with SEND pupils, to support, build skills and confidence. This training includes ASD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, mental health, speech and language, ‘Draw and Talk’ and Numicon.
How SEN pupils engage with Non SEN pupils.
All children work together in each classroom, supported by teaching staff. They work in a variety of ways; paired work, shared writing and maths, also group work. All children know that there is an adult available to help them if they find something difficult and need extra explanation or support. The Class Teacher and T.A work with individual groups. Children are also withdrawn for short interventions, pre-learning or over-learning whenever necessary.
Lunchtime clubs, run by the children encourage all children to join in and work together to plan and carry out Lego Club, Wildlife club etc.
Specialised P.E staff teach all children; there is a regular all-year programme of inter-school sport held at Bishop Heber High School. these multi-skill tournaments are designed to involve as wide a range of children with varying abilities and special needs as possible.
In Key Stage 2, there are annual residential visits to the Menai Centre on Anglesey, The Kingswood Centre, PGL at Boreatton Park and York. Again, these visits are totally inclusive, enabling all children to participate in a range of activities and challenges suitable for all needs.
At Tushingham with Grindley Primary School, all pupils and staff share an understanding that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated. The whole school community is involved in the aim to make our school a safe and happy place to be. teachers and all other staff are very quick to point out what is acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour.
We use assemblies, the school council, the play buddy system and circle time to re-inforce the message that bullying is wrong and not acceptable. We explore issues around ‘Everybody Different’. We are very aware that bullying could arise when a child with SEND has a particular learning style that could lead to barriers between them and other children. Language and communication differences can lead to social isolation, but all staff are mindful of this and encourage opportunities for all children to interact both academically and socially.
We are an inclusive school. This means that we take account of learners’ and families’ views; staff work collaboratively to ensure learners’ needs are met; a commitment to continuing professional development for staff enables us to meet the diverse range of needs in our school and we request and follow the advice of outside agencies when planning provision for our children. Our approach is that all learners have the right to have their individual needs identified and met alongside their peers.
The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
At Tushingham, we value and welcome your comments on our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact are:
Headteacher: Mrs Kathleen Shephard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo): Mrs Kim Lewis email@example.com
Please find below a copy of our Special Educational Needs Policy dated February 2019