SEN provisions

 

Special Educational Needs Provision

  The motto of our school is ‘being the best we can be’ and this is our aim for all our children, and our staff working with them. Each child is important to us as an individual and we welcome all children, whatever their needs, to our school. We work to understand their strengths and interests, as well as any areas they may need extra support with. We aim to identify any Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as soon as possible using our trained Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and our experienced staff. This means we can put in appropriate support enabling our children to reach their full potential right from the start of their school life with us. We believe that working together; staff, parents and children is key to achieving this aim. You know your child better than anyone and your involvement in their life at school is very important. Children benefit too from knowing they are part of a team working together to help them achieve their very best. We want you to feel that you can always contact us about any concerns, or any successes, however large or small. Your child’s teacher is usually a good point of contact but Mrs Howard (SENCO) can always be contacted via email showard@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk. We have a caring and enthusiastic staff who are committed to providing an engaging learning environment for all children, whatever their needs and interests. We have an on-going training programme to make sure these staff are able to make use of new approaches and ideas. We also provide a safe, welcoming learning space with exciting resources. In addition to support offered in the classroom we provide a number of extra support programmes. These may be delivered on an individual basis, or in a small group, and are generally run by specially trained teaching assistants or by Mrs Howard. They are usually delivered for a set period of time to help achieve a particular outcome for a child. Parents are always involved in the decision to offer additional support to their child. Support may be offered to children because they have a particular Special Educational Need but equally we are committed to offering additional support to any child who may need it at that time to enable them to achieve their full potential. Below are some examples of additional support we have in place.  

Individual Reading Support

This is offered to children who have, for whatever reason, found it hard to learn to read through classroom teaching. We encourage all children to read as frequently as possible at home and at school but if, despite this, they find it difficult they may require more specific input with a reading programme designed to support their individual reading needs.

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Fine Motor Support

Some children take longer to develop the fine motor skills needed to make them confident writers. There are many ways they practise these in school and at home. All kinds of cutting, drawing, colouring and writing help develop hand control and any kind of construction toys or toys with small pieces to move around are ideal for developing finger strength and dexterity. For children who find this area more difficult we offer additional activities, working in a small group, based around these skills. We also offer support to older pupils specifically for developing the fluent style of writing they will need as they move on in their education.

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Gross Motor Support

For other children gross motor skills, including balance and coordination, take longer to develop. PE in school and activities at home such as swimming, cycling and other sports help to develop these motor skills but we also offer small group work to support development.

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Targeted Literacy and Maths Support

There are times when children benefit from targeted support in a small group environment out of the classroom. The target focus of the group will vary. We have targeted groups for more able children who benefit from extension activities as well as groups for children who need support in developing particular skills. The aim is always to enable each child to reach their maximum potential.

Emotional and Social Support

‘The Den’ is a very special place in our school. It is here that our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) works with children who may be feeling sad, worried, angry or frustrated. There are many reasons children may feel this range of emotions. Sometimes something about school worries them; finding some work tricky or falling out with friends. Sometimes something from home upsets them; concern about a grandparent who is not well or a pet which has died. Children generally work for a session a week for a set period of time to help them deal with the situation they are facing, but some children need the ongoing reassurance of someone they can turn to regularly. Teachers can ask for children to have this support but parents and children also ask for help. Children who have worries know that there is someone they can turn to and a place they can go to ask for help with their feelings.

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The Den is a cosy and friendly place for relaxing.

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Hammer Beads help with fine motor skills

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Cooking in a SEAL group

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Fingerless gloves knitted for a friend.

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A memory box made to remember a grandad.

Further details of our SEND provision can be found in our Local Offer – link or SEND information report.

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