Special Educational Needs
SEND at Saint Mary's Catholic Academy
SENCO: Miss Elizabeth Snell
SEN Governor: Mr Chris Mack
A full copy of our school's SEND Policy and SEN Information Report 2021 can be downloaded by clicking the links below.
To view the Local Authorities Local Offer click on the link the link below:
From September 2014
- No more statements will be issued by the Local Authority. Statements have been replaced by Education, Health and Care plans (EHC Plans) which can be used to support children from birth-25 years.
- School Action and School Action Plus have been replaced by one school based category of Need known as ‘Special Education Needs Support’ (SENS). All children are closely monitored, and their progress tracked each term. Those at SENS are additionally tracked by the SENCO.
There are four broad categories of SEN:
- communication and interaction
- cognition and learning
- social, emotional and mental health
- physical and sensory.
We have children in all these categories of SEN.
- We are working more closely with parents and children to ensure that we take into account the child’s own views and aspirations and the parents’ experience of, and hopes for, their child. Parents are invited to be involved at every stage of planning and reviewing SEN provision for their child.
- All children benefit from ‘Quality First Teaching’: this means that teachers expect to assess, plan and teach all children at the level which allows them to make progress with their learning. In addition, we implement some focused interventions to target particular skills.
- We have high expectations of all our children. Children on our SEN register make progress which compares well with the progress made by other children in school.
Please use the links below to download a copy of any of our SEN documents.
Paper copies of any of the documents below can be obtained, free of charge, from the School Office.
SEND Guide for Parents
SEND Code of Practice
Anti-bullying Alliance – gives useful information and advice about how to deal with bullying and the impact that bullying can have.
British Dyslexia Association - a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.
Bullying UK - offers on line advice and support to try to prevent or deal with bullying including information for children.
Childrens Legal Centre – provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people.
Contact a Family (CaF) – are an excellent organisation providing information and support to parents of children with many different sorts of disability, including parent-parent support. They also provide comprehensive well written booklets written in a clear concise manner for parents, teachers and young people
Cerebra - help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.
www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice - Civil Legal Advice (Legal Aid) - Free legal advice on education law matters paid for by legal aid. SEN, discrimination and judicial review (e.g. for children not receiving education/unlawful exclusions etc.) For anyone financially eligible to legal aid
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/ - Down's Syndrome Association - The aim of the DSA is to help people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.
Dyslexia research trust - for diagnosis service
Dyspraxia Foundation - offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.
http://familylives.org.uk- A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting, including challenging behaviour , emotional wellbeing ,teenagers etc, details about specialist advice, parenting groups in your area.
www.ipsea.org.uk - IPSEA - Independent Parental Special Education Advice, a charity which offers legal advice, support and training to ensure children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) access the right education.
www.lucid-research.com - Memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs
www.mentalhealth.org.uk - Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.
www.masteringmemory.co.uk - Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult.
www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx - The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.
www.ndcs.org.uk - National Deaf Children’s Society – have an informative website including information about a new software reader for spoken text on the web.
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions - find information about ASD, SPLD and other medical conditions.
SOS SEN - A national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to access the help they are entitled to, particularly in the education system.
www.talkingpoint.org.uk - Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.
www.youngminds.org.uk - Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details.
www.kids.org.uk - Young Peoples Inclusion Network – YP -in provides online guidance about both strategy and putting Inclusion into Practice covering issues such as Leisure and Sports Services , Youth Provision, Transport and Independent Living.
www.cpsport.org - Multi Sport – developing sports activities for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy.
www.specialolympics.org - Special Olympics – provide training and the opportunity to compete locally and nationally in a variety of sporting activities for children and young people with a learning disability. Organising new activities where specialist sports activities do not exist.
This is an online guide for pupils, parents and professionals to support mental health and wellbeing http://combinedwellbeing.org.uk/