Special Educational Needs (SEN)

At Clyst St Mary Primary School, we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress and curriculum access for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.

Our SEN Information Report outlines the current SEN make-up of the school, funding received and approaches we take to meet the needs of all our children.  It also answers many parent’s FAQ.

SEN Information Report 2017

We consider that understanding the needs of the individual child are key to their learning success.  We are dedicated to meeting the needs of all our children through our quality-first teaching.  Our classroom environments, lesson activities and their organisation aim to support all children and meet the majority of needs in each class.

Children’s progress is carefully monitored and assessed by their class teacher. Sometimes a child does not make the progress we expect or needs additional support to access classroom learning.  When this happens, we meet with parents and discuss appropriate steps to put in place to support the child.  Clyst St Mary school will always endeavour to work in partnership with parents and children to secure the best outcomes available.

Our SEN Policy outlines how we identify and support children with needs that are in ‘additional to’ and ‘different from’ what is provided for the majority of pupils in the class.  This could be for educational, health or social needs.

SEND Policy 2017

Equality Policy 2016

School organisation:

Your child’s class teacher is the key person who is responsible for identifying and meeting the needs of your child on a day-to-day basis.  This includes planning for and meeting the needs of all children with additional SEN.  The class teacher will meet with parents (and the child where appropriate), at least termly, to help achieve successful outcomes.

We are lucky enough to have some teaching assistants who support the class teacher in delivering interventions and support; working under the direction of the class teacher both within and outside of the classroom.  For a small number of children with high and complex SEN a teaching assistant may facilitate meeting the child’s individual learning needs – again under the instruction of the class teacher.

The school’s SEN Co-ordinator Tracey Jones supports staff and liaises with other agencies (where appropriate) to help meet the needs of children with SEN. She maintains the statements of SEND and the Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in accordance with statutory guidelines, co-ordinates TAC (Team Around the Child) meetings, oversees and co-ordinates the provision of SEN across the school – reporting to the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and school governors.

Your first, and main, port-of-call should always be your child’s class teacher, but an appointment can be requested with Mrs Jones through via your child’s teacher or the school office.

Useful websites:

Further information and support services, which parents/carers and their families can access in Devon, can be found on Devon Local Offer website which we strongly recommend that you access and which we hope you will find helpful:

Devon County Council SEND:  http://www.devon.gov.uk/send

Local Offer information in Devon: https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer

Devon Parent Partnership is a dedicated team who offer legally based and easily accessible impartial information and advice, to support children and young people aged 0 – 25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers.

Devon Parent Partnership website: http://www.devonias.org.uk