Supporting Pupils with SEN

Newport Community School is committed to a fully inclusive community school where special needs are appropriately supported and talents are nurtured. The School caters for a diverse community and devotes significant resources to the support of special educational needs. In addition to the Local Authority’s CAIRB base which suports the needs of pupils with autism across North Devon, the school’s Deputy Head Teacher leads inclusion.

There is further information provided for parents on how we will work with children with SEND published through the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy. This includes the Academy’s SEN Information Report which is updated annually to provide information for parents about how pupils with SEND have their additional needs met (see also SEND Policy on Academy Policies page of this website).

At times, the school will provide further SEND provision and support through engaging families with the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) process which can involve joint planning with education, health services and social care where required.

The SEN Governor, Mrs Lousia York, takes a particular interest in special needs provision. Mrs Gillian Courtenay is the school’s Deputy Head Teacher and SENCO who provides support for children with difficulties in areas of the curriculum.

If a child needs a joint, planned approach with education, health and social care, for a longer period then an initial referral then families will be asked to engage with the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF), if this is relevant.

Finally, the Authority will then decide if the child’s difficulties are in need of an Education, Health and Care Plan.

PASTORAL SUPPORT

The Deputy Head, responsible for inclusion, leads pastoral provision within school. If you have a pastoral concern that is impacting on your child and/or family, then contact your child’s class teacher or the Assistant Head Teacher for your child’s phase. The relevant staff member will then discuss with you, if any additional provision is necessary. For example, sometimes families want to highlight a change in their circumstances, for example, a family bereavement, parental separation, financial hardship through loss of employment as this may impact on the child in school. Parents liaise with the class teacher or Assistant Head Teacher and together they will decide if sharing the information so staff are aware, will meet their child’s needs, or if further involvement from the Deputy Head or Learning Mentor is required. The staff member will then inform the Learning Mentor and Deputy Head and contact will be made by this member of staff to discuss relevant provision.

Children’s social, emotional and mental health and well-being is of paramount importance to learning. We are working in partnership with a new service, Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH), to support early intervention and different approaches in schools to tackle mental health problems. EH4MH aims to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience and improve early identification and intervention. The school’s Learning Mentor is an Emotional Well Being Champion for the children and has relevant training and contacts with further agencies that may offer support to children and families with mental health needs. Pastoral provision for social, emotional and mental health needs can be delivered through the school’s pastoral systems or further, long term provision may be accessed through the Early Help offer within school. Either the Learning Mentor or Deputy Head will engage with parents who have given consent for Early Help engagement and further referrals to relevant agencies can take place to support a child’s mental health and well-being.

Children’s social, emotional and mental health and well-being is of paramount importance to learning. We are working in partnership with a new service, Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH), to support early intervention and different approaches in schools to tackle mental health problems. EH4MH aims to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience and improve early identification and intervention. The school’s Learning Mentor is an Emotional Well Being Champion for the children and has relevant training and contacts with further agencies that may offer support to children and families with mental health needs. Pastoral provision for social, emotional and mental health needs can be delivered through the school’s pastoral systems or further, long term provision may be accessed through the Early Help offer within school. Either the Learning Mentor or Deputy Head will engage with parents who have given consent for Early Help engagement and further referrals to relevant agencies can take place to support a child’s mental health and well-being.

There are a large number of programmes to support pastoral, learning, physical and other types of needs to ensure that pupils and families feel valued.

Listed below are some useful websites on Inclusion:

www.devon.integtratedchildrensservices.co.uk

www.devonias.org.uk

www.parents.info/devon

www.familiesingrief.org

www.devon.gov.uk

www.direct.gov.uk

www.tiverton-szkola.co.uk

www.home-start.org.uk

www.barnstaplechildrencentres.org

www.cafamily.org.uk

www.autism.org.uk

www.gosh.nhs.uk

e mail to dyslexiahelpline@devon.gov.uk

SEN 0 – 25 and sources of information

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) developments with the Devon Assessment Framework and Early Help you can find all the latest information on these links:

Local Offer/SEND & transfer of statements

https://new.devon.gov.uk/send/

This link also has guidance on the transfer plan from statements to EHCP’s  – you can navigate your way through the site, or find the guidance here:   https://new.devon.gov.uk/send/blogroll/

Pathfinder/DAF information

http://www.devonsendpathfinder.info/

Early Help

http://www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org/workers-volunteers/early-help/

Devon Information and Advice Support have also developed updated information in relation to the changes, including information booklets for parents and carers. They can be seen here:

http://www.devonias.org.uk/

DISC – Devon’s Family Information Service

http://www.devon.gov.uk/disc

or telephone: 0345 155 1013

 

 


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