Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - St Helens Infant School

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SEND
SENCO: Mrs. Wendy Bellenie (works Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Contact Number: via the School Office 01277 215626 or
Email: senco@st-helens-inf.essex.sch.uk

At St Helen’s Catholic Infant School we aim to provide a curriculum which ensures that all children are given equal opportunities to develop the full range of learning skills. We value the contributions made by all children, professionals and parents to help to enhance and maintain our inclusive school community.
 
‘Pupils make outstanding progress in their learning, and greatly enjoy all aspects of school, because work is matched very closely to their needs and interests.’ OFSTED 2011

We provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum for every child regardless of race, gender or ability.
 
At St Helens we aim to promote positive learning for our children with SEND through:
  • Ensuring they feel a valued part of our school community
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment
  • Having access to a range of teaching and learning strategies to suit their needs
  • Promoting independence as a learner, without over reliance on adult support
  • Identifying and addressing their needs as quickly as possible
  • Communicating needs appropriately throughout the school
  • Encouraging parents to maintain close links with the school to help support their child throughout their learning and development e.g. parent consultation meeting and following up on recommendations made with input at home. We also have an open door policy, where parents can meet with class teachers and /or SENDCO and /or Headteacher to discuss their child’s needs at any time.
  • Making effective use of all support services available to us wherever possible.
 
The school follows the Special Education Needs Code of Practice, produced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.There is a Special Needs Co-ordinator within the school who is responsible for monitoring those children who have special educational needs.  Any child who is regarded as having special education needs, will be given support or extension activities depending on their particular need.  The Headteacher, the Special Needs Co-ordinator and the child’s class teacher, will work in close partnership with parents. Where necessary, an individual learning programme will be implemented.


 
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