“My passion is to ensure we are providing an inclusive environment for all our children to learn in and that we give each and every child the best possible education.” Miss N Rowe – Inclusion Leader
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
Kestrel Mead Primary Academy is proud to be an inclusive school, valuing the individuality of all children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations of all our children. The achievements, attitudes and well being of all our children matter and are celebrated. This section shares the policies and practices that we have in place to ensure these aspirations become apparent.
SEND covers a wide range of difficulties, these include:
- specific learning difficulties;
- moderate learning difficulties;
- speech, language and communication needs;
- behavioural, emotional and social difficulties;
- autistic spectrum conditions;
- visual and hearing impairment;
- physical disability,
- multi-sensory impairment
- profound and multiple learning difficulties.
How does Kestrel Mead support your child with SEND?
Children with SEND receive support in various ways. It is important to us that each child is able to receive their full potential. Your child’s class teacher will ensure that the curriculum is tailored to meet your child’s needs. It may be that they receive interventions or sessions with specific targets to ensure that they make more progress.
If your child has an EHCP then support will be targeted in order to meet their needs in accordance with their plan. Targeted support and interventions will be in place to ensure we can meet their need.
Interventions at Kestrel Mead:
At Kestrel Mead we help and support children through numerous interventions.
Your child could take part in:
- Fun time sessions
- Big moves
- BRWP (Better Reading and Writing progress)
- Dough gym
- Phonics Boosters
- Early Words
- Maths Boosters
- Board games/ Social Interaction
- 1:1 Extra readers
Changes to SEND
The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported in schools. The new approach began in September 2014 and places pupils at the centre of planning. The key principles of the new legislation are:
- Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.
- Education, health and care plans (EHC) will replace statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years).
- School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.
How do Kestrel Mead assess and review provision for children with SEND?
To support your child in achieving their full potential, We have child centred passports to enable us to track your child’s progress. We can then evaluate the effectiveness of interventions carried out and then plan for their next steps.
Passports are completed with the class teacher where you will receive 3 discrete passport meetings aside from parents evenings. One will take part in the Autumn Term, One will take part in the Spring Term and finally one will take part in the Summer Term in preparation for the transition to the new year group.
Review meetings for children with EHCP’s happen yearly and plans are made to support your child’s learning within the school. Specific targets are discussed and adapted to meet their needs.SEND -Kestrels SEND Information Report 2017-18