The leaders responsible for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities provide effective support for pupils. They have a clear overview of those pupils who need extra support. They check what pupils are learning in the additional teaching groups for pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities to ensure that they are making good progress. The leaders liaise effectively with a range of outside agencies to ensure that pupils’ specific medical needs are met. They meet regularly with parents to ensure that parents are involved in their child’s provision.
Mrs Allison and Mrs Howarth are our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators (SENDCO). Their role is to co-ordinate provision and to ensure that the school's Special Needs Policy meets the requirements laid down in the law.
We have 6 teaching assistants who work across the school in various ways to support the work of the class teachers by working alongside them to prepare and deliver activities which are designed to meet the children's individual needs.
It is our school policy to regard every child as a unique and important individual who must be encouraged to learn in his or her own way and to reach their full potential at their own pace. In our school we have children with a variety of special needs. Some may have difficulty with academic studies. Others may have physical needs. Occasionally children need help and support with their behaviour or with integrating socially with their peers. In all cases we take our role of helping, supporting and including these children very seriously.
At Kimberley Primary School we follow the new and updated SEND code of practice. We believe strongly that our Special Needs system is a tool for raising attainment. We are very keen and active in using it to raise a child's attainment back into line with national expectations wherever possible. We also operate a number of target groups for children who just need a short term boost but who do not need to go on the SEND Register. We have strong links with the Support Services and they work alongside our SENDCO and teachers to support children with particular needs.
If your child does need to be placed on the special needs register we will endeavour to contact you and 'put you in the picture'. You will also be invited to any review meetings that we have about your child. We believe that all our children should be valued equally and encouraged to have a positive self-image. From time to time many children will encounter difficulties in their schoolwork and in order to help these children in the best possible way we have a Special Needs Policy, which caters for all children and ensures that any work they do is matched to their needs. Children are continually assessed and changes made to their individual/group programmes where necessary.
The SEND policy is available to download on our policies page and outlines the criteria for a child receiving Special Needs support. We are firmly committed to raising the attainment of all our children from the least to the most able.
Find out more about the Young Persons Guide to the Children and Families Bill which became law in September 2014
Further information about SEND is also available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.