How will my child be included in school life?

Sidegate has a range of support available to help those pupils who may have difficulty accessing everyday school life.

Support is provided according to individual pupil needs, in discussion with the class teacher, SENCo and family and may include:

 Medical protocols

  • Care plans
  • Behaviour support
  • Access to our Family Liaison Manager
  • Common Assessment Framework (leaflet available from our school office)
  • Outside agencies support
  • Pastoral support
  • Nurture groups
  • Lunch and break time facilities
  • Drawing and Talking,
  • Boxall profiles, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
  • Socially Speaking groups
  • Lego Therapy
  • Playleaders

 

School Trips:

Risk assessments are carried out for all school trips to ensure the safety of all pupils and adults.

An individual assessment may sometimes be necessary for some pupils “however if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child.”

Wherever possible a meeting with parents will be held prior to any planned trip to include their advice and concerns in the Risk Assessment.

 

Accessibility:

Sidegate is accessible to pupils and adults with physical disability with a number of accessible entrances around the school; there is a lift for pupils and adults with physical difficulties and emergency Evac-chairs situated on the first floor.

There are accessible toilets on the first floor as well as the ground floor. There are accessible changing facilities and toilets within the swimming pool building.

There is a hearing induction loop at the school reception office and a number of classrooms have been fitted with a Soundfield system.

 We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.

After school clubs are accessible to all children including those with SEND although Risk assessments will need to be carried out for pupils with specific needs for certain activities.

Transitions:

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.

If your child is new to our school

  • We will meet with families prior to your child starting
  • Contact your child’s previous school prior to them leaving to enable sharing of paperwork and passing on information
  • Where involved CIR will support any transition
  • Social stories, Transition booklets and visual information will be used to support your child where needed
  • Induction mornings/ sessions/ days are always planned prior to transfer
  • SENCo meeting with previous SENCo to ensure that all records are passed on as soon as possible
  • Family Liaison Manager, Head teacher, SENCo or SDP to liaise with outside agencies e.g. Social Services or Integrated Team if involved

If your child is moving child to another school:

·   We will contact the school SENCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.

·   We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

·   Where involved CIR will support any transition

·   Social stories, Transition booklets and visual information will be used to support your child where needed

·   Family Liaison Manager, Head teacher, SENCo or SDP to liaise with outside agencies e.g. Social Services or Integrated Team if involved

 

When moving classes in school:

·         Information will be passed on to the new class teacher IN ADVANCE and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher.

·         If your child has specific needs and would be helped by a transition booklet or Social Story to support them understand moving on then it will be made for them.

·         Transition days are planned prior to the move to their new class so that pupils are familiar with their new teacher and classroom

·         Some pupils also have planned transition playtimes when moving from KS1 to KS2 at Sidegate

There is always a "Meet the new teacher" meeting  planned into the first week back to school in September.

In Year 6:

·         The SENCo from Sidegate will liaise with your child’s high school to discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCo there.

·         Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.

·         Transition visits will be arranged in the term prior to transfer, these can be on an individual or group basis

·         Some pupils join a transition group that meet regularly during their final half term at Sidegate to prepare them for the move to High school

Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.

Staff training:

  • The SENCo’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.
  • The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, speech and language difficulties dyslexia, moderate learning difficulties and health issues e.g. epi-pen, asthma training.

  • Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses such as ELKAN speech and language courses, relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
  • Occupational Therapy has trained staff to deliver individual programmes.
  • Over the past year staff have attended training for: ELKLAN – SAL, ASD, Behaviour Management, Nurture group, Irlen screening, Dyslexic Friendly classrooms, Lego Therapy, Safe guarding, Medical conditions as required from professionals