Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs

The St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy School Information Document Regarding the Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 2018- 2019 is.available to read below.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy  School Information Document  Regarding the Provision  for Children with  Special Educational Needs (SEN) 2018- 2019


1. How does the school  know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?


All children attending school will be monitored and observed in line with the relevant curriculum. Any concerns will be discussed with parents/carers

The school operates an open door policy where parents/carers are able to speak with staff about concerns regarding their children.

Appointments can be made to see staff or senior leaders or the schools Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco )through the office.

The school has a dedicated Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco) who monitors your child and liaises with you and outside agencies if required.

Parents Evening are held three times a year giving time for sharing progress and discussing the appropriate next steps for your child.


2. How will early years school  staff support my child/ young person?


The Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco) will liaise with you and any outside agencies involved and the class teacher in order to monitor your child’s progress. Pupil passports are drawn up in consultation with all who are involved with your child. The amount of support is tailored to fit the individual needs of your child. One to one assistance or small group work is arranged.

The assigned key person and class teacher will work with your child and implement the next steps to aid their development. 

The Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco), class teacher, key person are always available to explain the educational plan for each child.


3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s/young person’s needs?


Your child is a unique person.

All teachers plan to meet the child’s individual needs through detailed planning and differentiated activities, in a rich environment with adult support. Ensuring safety and extension of experiences

Pupil Passports are used to inform all those working with your child. This plan will help with physical, social and cognitive development.

One to one support is provided if your child requires adult input to ensure their own or others safety.




4. How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s/young person’s learning?


The key person or class teacher can be spoken to at the beginning or end of the day. The school Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco) can meet with parents/carers by prior appointment.

Parents Evening are held three times a year giving time for sharing progress and discussing the appropriate next steps for your child.

Pupil Passports are reviewed with you key person, Special Educational Needs coordinator (Senco) and your child at appropriate intervals suited to your child’s individual’s needs.

External agencies involved with your child are able to visit the school to observe or work with the child.

A rigorous tracking system is in place to monitor yours progress and attainment.

Targets and next steps will be shared with parents /carers and suggestions to support children at home will be given through termly newsletter and curriculum webs.

Training for parents/carers is offered through our home school link workers.



5. What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall wellbeing?


School is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees to share this commitment. All staff are DBS(Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and regularly updated with safeguarding training.

The school policies include child protection, anti-bullying and special educational needs.

Key person and the class teacher are responsible for ensuring that your child is safe and secure both emotionally and physically.

Staff are trained in first aid and Epi pen administration. All medication is stored in a secure place.

A record book is kept of all medication held and dosage; time of administration is recorded and witnessed by another member of staff.

You MAY NOTuse photographic devices unless all other parents and carers have given their written consent.

All disclosure made by a child is treated in line with our child protection policy in line with Stoke on Trent Children and Young Peoples Safeguarding Board.

Allergy and dietary requirements are displayed to inform all staff.


6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?


The members of staff all have a wealth of experience and have undergone training.

Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist, Specialist Advisory Teachers, Health Care Professionals and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND) Advisor.



7. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities had or are having?


Training is undertaken to equip staff with the necessary knowledge as the need arises.

Courses on Hearing Impaired (HI), Visually impaired (VI), behaviour management along with relevant training to support interventions.

All staff work closely with you and outside agencies to learn specific skills to support children with additional needs.


8. How will my child young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?


All trips and visits are staffed with appropriate ratio of adults to children unless one to one is required.

All areas visited are wheelchair accessible.


9. How accessible is the school environment The building is wheelchair accessible. There is an accessibility toilet.

Guidance from specialists would need to be sought if specialist equipment is


English as a second language is catered for, staff are available to translate in some languages

We provide: books, posters and culturally appropriate items whenever possible



10. How will the setting /school / college prepare and support my child/ young person to join the setting /school / college, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?


In consultation with yourself and other agencies involved with your child we will

ensure that the appropriate equipment and care will be in place to make entry into

the school as smooth as possible.

Taster sessions can be arranged when you and your child can visit the school to

familiarise yourselves, with the room and staff prior to attending.

For transition Teachers from the receiving school visit the school to meet the children.

Visits are arranged during the summer term, for the children to go with staff to see their feeder school.

Review meetings will be held regularly to discuss support that could be offered during your child’s transition with the Key Person, Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCo), yourselves and all other professionals involved in your child’s care. From these, decisions could be made to support children’s transition to specialist schools if required.

Information is shared with the feeder school that is relevant to the transition.

Any children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) will be support as they enter the school by qualified staff.

Parents /Carers who require support with translation will have access through the school and outside agencies to an interpreter.


11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/young people’s special educational needs?


A child who has a birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Planwill receive additional funding for special educational needs will have access to all facilities provided by the school. Funding is allocated to enable the child to achieve their full potential, possibly one to

one support, specialist equipment, and appropriate toys to aid development or the

creation of pictorial support aids .

Quality First Teaching and resources are constantly reviewed and matched to your child and to their specific need.


12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?


Decisions are made through consultation with all parties involved with the child’s care; this includes you, specialists, as well as the school’s Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCo )and key staff.

Observations and behaviour records  are carried out and shared with you on

a regular basis. The amount of support is dependent upon your child’s needs.

The Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCo )draws up a Pupil Passport in collaboration with you

and the Key Person; this is reviewed each half term. At the review the impact of the

support will be assessed and moderated as appropriate.

Monitoring of progress is carried out termly and recorded; to ensure that the

curriculum is ensuring progress in all  areas.



13. How are parents involved in the school ? How can I be involved?


Questionnaires are distributed to all parents and carers twice yearly, giving you the

opportunity to evaluate and comment on our schools performance.

The school has an active fundraising committee which you are welcome and encouraged to join.



14. Who can I contact for further information?


The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Catchpole who

is available for consultation at any time by prior arrangement.


Telephone: 01782 235676


At any time a parent/carer can talk to their Key Person, class teacher or senior leaders within the school regarding day to day concern.

Contact can also be made with the Link Academy Representive of Special Educational Needs Mr G. Hassall, via the academy office.