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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

‘The support provided to pupils who have special educational needs or disability is effective. Teachers plan well to meet their needs, providing a wide range of activities to boost their basic skills. Outcomes for these pupils have improved because their needs are tracked and leaders use associated funding, resources and strategies effectively.’

‘Pupils who have special educational needs or disability made good progress from their different starting points in 2015 because of rigorous support and effective teaching.’

Oftsted, March 2016

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Birchall.

What should I do if I think my child is in need of support?

We encourage parents and carers to speak to their child’s class teacher, SENCo or the head teacher about any concerns they have.

If you would like to discuss any concerns regarding your child’s progress, please speak with your child’s teacher first as they will know your child best. Your concerns will be shared with the SENCo and the head teacher.

The SENCo offers 20-minute SEND surgery appointments the first Wednesday of every month which are booked in advance so that you can speak to her about your concerns.

When does a child need additional support?

Teachers assess children’s progress to ensure teaching is planned to consolidate and extend learning. Some children need additional support to help them secure progress in areas of their work, to support aspects of their learning behaviour or social and emotional development.

Partnership with Parents

The school believes the best progress will be made when the school works in partnership with parents and in addition to meeting with their child’s class teacher, parents are very welcome to make an appointment to meet with Mrs S Birchall. You do not need to wait for your child’s parents evening to voice your concerns.

Information to supports parents. 

We regularly update our website with a wide range of courses that are available for parents and carers in our local area. As well as this, below are some links to some useful website where you can find information to help you and your child

Policies 

You will find copies of our policies including that for SEND, Dyslexia and Equality on the policy page of the website.

Speech and Language

Click the 'button' below to view the local offer for Hertfordshire.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 www.hct.nhs.uk/

The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Speech and Language Therapy service offers a child- and family-centred approach to support CYP with speech, language, communication needs (SLCN) and those with eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire.The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Speech and Language Therapy service offers a child- and family-centred approach to support CYP with speech, language, communication needs (SLCN) and those with eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire.
 www.literacytrust.org.uk/

Literacy Trust are an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.munities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

www.add-vance.org/
ADD-vance is a dedicated group of professionals, who also happen to be parents of children affected by ADHD and/or Autism.

 www.nhs.uk/adhd

Autism Sprectrum Disorder

Click the 'buttons' below to view the local offer for Almond Hill and Hertfordshire.

 
 
 

www.spaceherts.org.uk/
Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition.

 http://www.aspergers4herts.org/harc-support/
harc is the Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS). They work to provide information and support to individuals and their families living in Hertfordshire

https://www.autism.org.uk/
The UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Learning Difficulties

​ https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.

http://www.familiesinfocus.co.uk/
Families in Focus CIC provides parenting courses that support parents, grandparents and adoptive parents in their local community to bring harmony, balance and enjoyment to family life. Free courses available across Hertfordshire.

https://www.mencap.org.uk/
'Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.'

Sensory and/or Physical Need

https://www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/childrens-occupational-therapy/
The Children’s Occupational Therapy service offers a child and family centered approach to support children and young people with their independence in all aspects of daily living, such as self-feeding, dressing and participating in play and school activities. The service is available to children and families across Hertfordshire.

 https://www.dyspraxiauk.com/
Dyspraxia UK provides assessments and diagnosis for children and adults, and is the UK specialist in this field of occupational therapy

Whether you're a parent, young person or a professional working within SEND, there are documents and resources here that may help you: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/