Overview of SEND
St Mary’s RC Primary is an inclusive school community with a focus upon Catholic ethos, achievement, progression, enjoyment and a sense of worth. Our vision and values ensure that we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life.
We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
From September 2014 Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is called the 'Local Offer'.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice for families and will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The current link to the LA Local Offer website can be found at: www.countydurhamfamilies.info/localoffer
At St. Mary's we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEN.
At St. Mary's we have appointed a Designated Teacher for Looked after Children who works closely with the SENCO to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN.
At St. Mary's we ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with
Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi- sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
The following are the main contacts for Special Educational Needs and Disability
at St Mary's School:
Mrs Allison Robson the Head Teacher.
Mrs Helen Mulhearn is our designated SEN Governor:
Ms Clare Stewart is our designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator. It is the SENCO’s job to:
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
Liaise with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
Advise teachers on using a graduated approach to providing SEN support
Advise on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet the pupil’s needs effectively
Liaise with parents/carers of pupils with SEN
Liaise with and be a key point of contact for external agencies
Ensure that the school keeps the records of all SEN pupils up to date
Work with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements by phoning the school on 01207 232 189 or sending an email to: email@example.com