Birchwood CE Primary School

Our aim at Birchwood Church of England Primary School is to enable the children to reach their full potential through the best education possible.
We embrace the principles of "Every Child Matters", and endeavour to ensure that each child feels safe, is healthy, happy and achieves their best, joins in with their community and is able to have the skills to get a job in the future.
We particularly recognise the value of parental involvement, and we will be working together to achieve success. You will always receive a warm welcome at our school and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Childcare provision related to this school, Birchwood C E Primary (Nursery). Please see separate entry under 'nursery' for more details, Birchwood Breakfast Club. Please contact the school for details. Childminders also provide out of school care and some may have specified they pick up/drop off from this school.
For more detailed information of childcare linked to this school please contact the Families Information Service who can offer comprehensive up to date information on registered childcare in Warrington, including childminders, day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, out of school and holiday clubs, carer & toddler groups, leisure activities and much more.

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Birchwood C of E Primary School

Admirals Road




SEND Local Offer description

Birchwood CE Primary School is a popular one form entry school set in Birchwood.

SEND Local Offer contact name

Dawn Rapson (Head Teacher)

Age range

3-4, 5-7, 8-11

What extra support is available at school?

Needs led SALT (speech and language therapy), Needs led school nurse

Staff know if a child / young person needs support

Well trained members of staff use observations and on-going assessments to identify any possible areas of need. Parents can raise concerns with members of staff at any time.

What to do if you think your child needs support

In the first instance a parent should talk about any concerns to the class teacher and/or SENDCo. Following these discussions, outside agencies may be consulted for further advice.

How will staff support a child with SEND?

Initially teaching staff will support your child through differentiated learning. Following further assessment, should additional support be required, a plan will be discussed between you, class teacher and the SENDCo. This plan will be monitored regularly. Assessment of needs informs the next stage of planning.

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

In the first instance work will be differentiated to suit a variety of learning styles and needs. Following this, reasonable adjustments will be made to support a particular need.

How do parents learn about their child's progress?

Regular meetings will take place between you, the class teacher and SENDCo to discuss progress of any individual plan and next steps. Your child's views will be part of this process. Part of the plan will include any advice on how you can support your child's learning.

How is children's well-being supported?

All staff offer pastoral support for children. The school has access to external agencies and professionals, such as an Attendance Officer to support with behaviour, attendance and emotional well-being. We have comprehensive policies to deal with medical issues, based on current good practice and accepted guidelines.

What specialist services can the setting access?

Where appropriate, the school is able to access Educational Psychologists, SEN Consultants, Speech and Language therapists, a Family Support Worker and an Emotional Health and Well-being specialist. Access to these services is prioritised according to need and availability.

What SEND training do staff receive?

We currently have staff trained in speech and language programmes. Training is provided according to the needs of children within the school. Such needs are reviewed regularly and adapted accordingly.

How are all children included in all activities?

Our school and curriculum is fully inclusive and accessible to all children. Any particular needs will be taken into account and planned for accordingly. Parents of children with additional needs will be consulted to ensure optimum provision at all times.

How accessible is the environment?

The building is accessible to wheelchairs and a disabled toilet is available. The physical environment is reviewed regularly to ensure full accessibility for all. We endeavour to remove any barriers to communication through regular review of need.

How are resources matched to children's needs?

There is a specific budget allocated for SEN to fund the development of resources for children with additional needs. These are allocated on a fair and consistent basis dependent on the extent of available funds; the recommendations of external agencies for children; the availability of targeted Local Authority funding and priorities established within the annual school SEN development plan.

How are children supported through transition?

Comprehensive and appropriate transition arrangements are put in place at each stage of education both within the school and between schools. Transition arrangements are adapted according to the needs of the child.

How is a decision made about the support needed?

The Head Teacher and SENDCo and, where appropriate, advice from external agencies, will allocate resources and support based on recommendations from appropriate professionals. These will be informed by our own internal assessment procedures. Any plans will be discussed with parents and reviewed regularly.

How can parents and carers be involved?

We have an open door policy and parents are routinely invited to discuss the progress of their child, either as part of Parent Interview evenings or individually with class teachers, Teaching Assistants, SENDCo and/or other professionals.

Who can be contacted for further information?

For school based information you should initially contact your child's class teacher and then further discussion with the SENDCo and / or Head Teacher if required. SENDCo: Wendy Owen. SEN Governor: Louisa Reeves