SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
East Harling Primary School and Nursery is an inclusive setting, where staff are passionate about providing an education that meets the needs of all children. We pride ourselves on our nurturing ethos and have high aspirations for all children, regardless of ability. We promote a positive, growth mindset* and our children understand that effort and hard work pays off, no matter what your starting point is. All staff are aware of the needs of the children within their classes; they receive high quality information and training to meet children's needs and remove the barriers to children's learning.
We aim to identify barriers early, so that we may intervene as soon as possible. This includes the loss of learning due to lockdown. Parents are informed of any concerns and are fully involved in this process; we know that children learn best when we work closely together, in partnership. When children experience difficulties that require support beyond the school, we work closely with a range of professionals to ensure that our children have the opportunity to be the best that they can be. This includes our educational psychologist, speech therapists, dyslexia outreach and others.
The following information sets out our school SEND offer. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like paper copies of any of the documents mentioned below, please do not hesitate to contact the SENDco, Sheli Blackburn, via the school office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?
Special Educational Needs and disabilities, or SEND, is a term that is used to describe pupils who have needs that require support that is additional to, or different from the high quality classroom teaching on offer. The new SEND Code of Practice categorises these needs into four areas:
- Communication and interaction;
- Cognition and learning;
- Sensory and/or physical needs;
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
A child's SEN may be for a short period or throughout their educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or their SEN may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education. At East Harling we are proud of our inclusive, nurturing ethos and we work hard to understand and respond to the needs of all children. We follow a graduated response to identifying special educational needs, which can be viewed here.
As part of our recovery curriculum and in response to the losses that children may have experienced (loss of freedom, friendships, routine, structure and opportunity), we have created a graduated response to identifying and responding to children's social, emotional and mental health needs. This can be viewed here. We listen carefully to parental views and concerns; children may be placed on our SEN register if the support they are given is additional to, or different from, the nurturing support we are providing in response to the pandemic. When needed, we seek expertise beyond that which is within our school.
Our SEN Information Report sets out our provision for children with SEND (special educational needs and disability). It has been developed in consultation with parents, children and governors and is open to suggestions and comments. Some FAQs can be found here and the Norfolk Local Offer also provides a wealth of information and services across the county, to support families. If you have any other questions or need support in any way, our door is always open. During these unprecedented times, the best way to contact the SENco is via email or the school office, so that arrangements can be made to meet. (If the questions are about your child's class work, or difficulties in the class environment, their teacher is the first port of call).
You can access our SEN policy in the parent information section of this website. As a school we work closely with other SEND coordinators in the cluster and beyond, sharing ideas and training sessions to extend our skills and enhance our practice.
We work closely with parents at EHPS and understand the value of strong links between home and school. We host regular coffee events to share ideas and spend time with one another. News, events, training and resources are shared through our Facebook page. Please read the rules and abide by them, so that this remains a friendly, supportive place, much like our school! Don't forget to look in the parent section of this website, for advice about where to find support.
We draw on research and employ high quality teaching methods, such as those shown below, to make sure children achieve their potential.
Picture source: EEF - High quality teaching for pupils with SEND
*To learn more about promoting a growth mindset, take a little time to look at this external site for parents.)
Norfolk SEND partnership Advice and information for parents and carers.
You can find more information about SEND on the government website here.
Children and young people's services, Norfolk (a site to support your children with mental health and wellbeing as well as other support tools)