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Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School

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SEND

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic schools have been required to close their doors to most of their families, with the majority of our children with SEN being expected to stay home, if it is safe to do so, unless they have a social worker or a parent/carer who is a key worker. 

In these unprecedented times the legislation around provision for children with Education Health and Care plans has been temporarily changed meaning that current provision is likely to be different to that listed on the plan. Working with the Local Authority, Hope Learning Trust continues to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children, including those with EHC plans.

In accordance with the latest guidance, brief risk assessments have been completed by the Trust SENDCos for all children with EHCPs (including those currently undergoing statutory assessment) and the content of these have been agreed with parents. Consideration is given as to whether or not a child’s needs can continue to be met at home each week during a welfare call between parents and the SENDCo. The vast majority of children with EHC plans are being well supported at home and provision is co-produced between home and school to include a variety of strategies to meet individual needs, including

·         signposting to free educational resources e.g. BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, Oxford Owl etc.

·         regular updates on school websites and Twitter accounts.

·         personalised resources to meet learning needs shared electronically via email, Google Classroom or Tapestry, or in paper copy where required.

·         regular contact with the class teacher via telephone, email or Google Classroom.

·         weekly telephone contact with one of the Trust SENDCos. SENDCos may also link in some external agencies with families to provide additional advice and resources if this is agreed.

·         any EHC plans due for annual review will still be completed remotely.

For specific enquiries please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. The Trust SENDCos can also be contacted via email s.cope@hlt.academy and k.mills@hlt.academy.

 

For more general guidance on supporting your child at home please follow the links below.

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-sen-provision

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School aims to provide a caring and supportive environment where every child matters. All pupils are valued equally and are given the opportunity to achieve the very best they can. Sometimes children need additional support for some or all of their time at school.

All pupils at Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary School receive quality first teaching. This means that a range of teaching styles and approaches are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.

Children have access to different types of support in lessons, and often work in small groups or one to one with a Teacher or Teaching Assistant. Our school’s values expect that all pupils are actively included in a wide range of curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Pupils with SEN are equally represented in positions of responsibility such as the School Council.

 

Our school's SENDCo is Mrs Kirsty Mills, who works alongside Mrs Sarah Cope (the Hope Learning Trust SENDCo) and the Headteacher to ensure that children with additional needs receive the support they need.  They report on the impact of this work and pupil outcomes to the school's Governing Body.  The governor with responsibility for SEND is Mrs Sue Van Hout.

 

Our SENDCos can be contacted by email at:

k.mills@hlt.academy

s.cope@hlt.academy

This year our school is working in collaboration with the Driver Youth Trust - a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND. In collaboration between DYT, we have adopted the Drive for Literacy model that addresses the needs of those who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic. Our school leadership, whole school and key staff (SEND/Literacy Leads) have access to Drive for Literacy workshops, resources and parent support and advice to ensure pupils with literacy difficulties are able to access the curriculum and experience success as learners. More information on this model, which includes useful information and free resources for parents and schools can be found at www.driveryouthtrust.com and on Twitter @DriverTrust.
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