Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Here at St Thomas of Canterbury C of E Primary School, we a have committed staff base, selected for experience, knowledge and aptitude for working with pupils with SEND and dedicated to the wellbeing of each individual. Small classes and high staff ratio ensure staff know learners exceptionally well. We put in plans to meet learners’ holistic needs including: strong close working relationships with outside agencies and professionals, individual learning programmes, care plans and all pupils have a profile sheet outlining how we can best support them in school.
We have the support of local authority specialist teachers who have a wealth of experience in areas such as: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, learning and communication difficulties, physiological and neurological impairments, visual impairment. We currently have access to an Educational Psychologist who may make observations and meet with parents.
All our staff are upskilled and receive training through our pupil led CPD programme based on the current needs of our children.
In order to assist parents of children with SEND to be aware of the provision in Essex, and to assist in finding information about specific services and resources, please visit the Essex Local Offer website.
The School Offer document explains in detail the School's approach to SEND, and includes the following areas:
- The School Ethos for SEND
- The Partnership Ethos for SEND
- Contact details of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
- The roles of the SENCO, Headteacher, and Governing Body
- Approach to Identification and early intervention
- Quality First Teaching and Personalisation
- Useful Links
The SEND Policy document explains in detail the School's objectives and approach in making provision for pupils with SEN, and covers:
- The Definition of Special Educational Needs
- Curriculum Provision at St Thomas of Canterbury C of E Primary School for SEN Pupils
- The Role of the Support Team
- The Role of the SENCO
- Triggers for Classroom Support Intervention (formerly School Action) and Additional Need Intervention (formerly School Action Plus)
- Admission Arrangements
- Disability Equality Scheme
- Transitional Arrangements
- Partnership with Parents/Carers
- Staff Training & Continuing Professional Development
The Essex Inclusion Statement is a set of aspirations and principles that the Essex Roundtable for SEND have developed in partnership with the Local Authority. It is an indication of the partnership between school leaders and the Local Authority in developing truly inclusive practice in relation to SEND. The Governing Body of St Thomas of Canterbury Church of England Primary School agrees to adopt the Essex Inclusion Statement and to work in partnership with all stakeholders to develop and improve inclusive pratice both in our own setting and the wider context in which we all work.