Evelyn Street Primary School

We recognise that each child is an individual with unique qualities and abilities which need to be developed. At Evelyn Street Primary we provide a well organised curriculum and a happy, safe environment where each child will be given the opportunity for intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and moral development.

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Evelyn Street Primary School

Evelyn Street

Warrington

WA5 1BD

SEND Local Offer description

Evelyn Street Primary School is an aspirational school with high standards of behaviour and achievement, covering the 2+ to 11 age range from Nursery to Year 6. Evelyn Street is an ‘Outstanding school' “All staff know individual pupils and families very well and carefully tailor support packages for each pupil to ensure that their welfare and learning needs are exceptionally well met.” (OFSTED 2011)

SEND Local Offer contact name

Julia Fletcher SENDCo

Which categories describe the service offered?

Education

Age range

2-3, 3-4, 5-7, 8-11

Facilities for children / young people with SEND

Disabled access, Disabled Toilet, Disabled Parking, Secure Environment

Describe your education setting

Academy

What extra support is available at school?

Extra support is available for children who have additional needs as outlined in the Code of Practice. Interventions are delivered by Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentors in literacy, mathematics and speech and language.

Staff know if a child / young person needs support

At Evelyn Street, we know that a pupil needs support if: Concerns are raised by the teacher, parent/carer or the pupil themselves, limited progress is being made, and there is a change in the child's behaviour, attitude or progress. The class teacher should be the initial point of contact for any concerns. The SENDCo can also be contacted – the school will respond to all parental concerns. All reception children have a baseline assessment of their Speech and Language development on entry to school. A Speech Links programme is then delivered if needed, with referrals being made to the Speech and Language team if necessary.

What to do if you think your child needs support

The class teacher is the initial point of contact, the SENDCo can also be contacted via the school office and a meeting will be arranged. The school will take your concerns seriously. Sometimes concerns can be allayed; however if agreed, the child may be monitored for a given period of time, with the class teacher completing an Initial Concerns Form.

How will staff support a child with SEND?

Each Educational Plan will be planned and written by the class teacher. It will be differentiated to meet the individual child's needs. This may include general support from the class teacher and other adults in the classroom e.g. Teaching Assistant. Each child with SENDCo will have a Pupil Passport to Success which will be written with the teacher and child. If a pupil has a more specific area of need e.g. spelling, handwriting, phonics, gross and fine motor skills, they may be placed in a focus group led by a teacher or teaching assistant. The length of this intervention will vary, depending on the focus, but will usually last for approximately one term.

How is the curriculum matched to a child's needs?

When a child has been identified as having a SENDCo, work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to meet the curriculum more easily. - Teaching Assistants may be deployed to work with a child on a 1:1 basis or in a small group to target their needs. The child’s Pupil Passport to Success will have agreed targets which will be discussed on a regular basis by the class teacher and support staff. The child will be involved in this. The SENDCo will also meet regularly with the class teacher. Parents will meet at least 3 times a year with the class teacher. If appropriate, specialist equipment may be given to a pupil to support their progress e.g. writing slope, talking tins, visual timetable etc.

How do parents learn about their child's progress?

You will be able to discuss your child's progress at Parent Evenings which are held 3 times per year. The class teacher is usually available for a quick chat at the end of the day. Appointments with the class teacher and/or SENDCo can be made through the school office. The child's planner can be used to contact the class teacher. Survey Monkey is used to gather the views of all parents and this is the used to influence practice. The class teacher or SENDCo may suggest ways in which you can support your child at home. Any recommendations received from an external agency are discussed with pupils and parents. If an Educational Psychologist writes a report they often include ideas to support the child at home – these will be discussed. Parent workshops are delivered if needed. Emails or texts may be sent home. If a child has medical needs, relevant staff always meet with their health worker and a Care Plan and Risk Assessment is written and mutually agreed.

How is children's well-being supported?

The school offers a wide range of support for pupils experiencing emotional difficulties such as Art and Play Therapy. The class teacher/SENDCo are available to talk to – or any other adult that the child feels comfortable speaking to. A learning mentor offers nurture support. A welfare officer looks after pastoral issues. An attendance club is available. Breakfast Club is available.

What specialist services can the setting access?

Our School is supported by a range of consultants. School can also access support from School Nurse, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Visual and Hearing, Learning assessment, Parent Partnership.

What SEND training do staff receive?

Some staff have completed training on supporting children with autism; dyslexia and speech and language issues. Training has been delivered in a number of interventions, such as Fischer Family Trust Ware 3, Write Away Together, Boosting Reading at Primary, Reading Recovery and Inference Training. The schools Intervention Team have received training from a specialist teacher in strategies to support children with Literacy difficulties and Dyslexia.

How are all children included in all activities?

Activities, residential and school trips are available to all. Risk assessments are written, which takes account the needs and requirements of all pupils - procedures are put in place to meet the needs of all pupils. If it is deemed that 1:1 support is required, a parent/carer may be asked to accompany their child on the activity.

How accessible is the environment?

Please see our Accessibility Policy and Plan which can be found on the schools website. http://www.evelynstreetschool.co.uk

How are resources matched to children's needs?

The SEND budget is allocated every financial year. The money is used to provide resources for additional support dependent upon need. Resources may include deployment of staff depending upon need. Some children with an EHC plan will have their own budget to support them, parents, school and health work closely to meet needs of all individuals.

How are children supported through transition?

Children entering our Nursery receive home visits from staff and there are welcome meetings held in school where parents can ask questions and view the school. Year 6 children take part in transition days organised by their chosen High Schools. Transition meetings are held with SENDCo from High Schools to discuss the individual needs of pupils.

How is a decision made about the support needed?

Decisions are made following discussions with the Class Teacher, SENDCo and Senior Leadership Team. Decisions are made as a result of pupil tracking and termly progress meetings. Recommendations from outside agencies are considered. If a child's educational needs or emotional wellbeing changes, other interventions may be put in place.

How can parents and carers be involved?

As a school we value the views of Parents and Carers. Parents/Carers are invited to meetings to discuss any additional need their child may have. Parents/Carers can contact the school office to arrange a meeting with their child’s class teacher or SENDCo. Parents and Carers are represented on the Local Governing body, Regular parent surveys, Weekly newsletters, Friends of Evelyn Street Parents Group, Regular parents evenings (at least 3 per year plus drop in sessions.

Who can be contacted for further information?

If you wish to discuss your child's educational needs, please contact the school office on 01925 4955667 and an appointment will be made with the school's SENDCo - Julia Fletcher.

Any additional information

Please contact the school office: 01925 495567

Parents learn about a young person's progress by:

The Class Teacher, Teaching Assistants and SENDCo Officer.

The well-being of young people is supported by:

The Class Teacher, Teaching Assistants and SENDCo Officer.

Young people are supported through transition by:

Class Teacher, SENDCo and the Learning Support Mentor. Transition days for our Year 6 pupils are arranged by each High School. The Class Teacher, SENDCo and the Learning Support Mentor will be on hand to support throughout their journey. Any important information which impacts on your child's learning is passed onto their next school including their academic level of attainment.