Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Children are a gift from the Lord: they are a reward from Him. (Psalm 127:3)
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 Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
At Tushingham, we believe in a partnership between school and home that supports and overcomes the learning difficulties or barriers that our children may encounter in their academic or personal and social development. Our broad and balanced curriculum, and extra-curricular opportunities foster the development of the ‘whole child’, including their wellbeing, encouraging confidence, resilience, and a love of learning. We believe that all children can learn and endeavour to support them in an inclusive and nurturing environment, so that they flourish and achieve their potential.
Training and Expertise
At Tushingham CE Primary School, staff are trained to deliver a wide range of interventions. They attend regular 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 and 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 Teaching Assistants work with individual groups. Children are also withdrawn for short interventions, pre-learning or over-learning whenever necessary at times when this will not prevent them accessing a broad curriculum.
Lunchtime clubs, run by the children, encourage all children to join in and work together to plan and carry out Lego Club and Wellbeing Wednesday's 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 all children with varying abilities and special needs.
In Key Stage 2, there are residential visits are totally inclusive, enabling all children to participate in a range of activities and challenges suitable for all needs.
At Tushingham CE 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 discuss what is acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour with children.
We use worships, Tushigham Vivas , 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.
What to do if you are concerned about your child.
At Tushingham CE Primary, we believe communication is essential and if you are worried about your child in anyway, please make an appointment with the class teacher to discuss your concern. We always have an 'open door' policy to listen to and support all our families. Should the class teacher need advice on matters raised, they will speak to the SENDCo and a meeting between the class teacher, SENDCo and yourself may be arranged to discuss further actions.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo): Mrs Vicky Latham
Our SEND Governor is Mr Tadge Szesak
If you would like to speak to the SENDCo, she can be contacted through the school office at:
email@example.com or Telephone 01948 820360