Our SEN Team
SENCO: Mrs Sarah Fowler
SEN Governor: Mrs Trisha Bowen
Chair of Governors: Nancy Elks
Cavendish Close Junior School is an inclusive school. Within the 2014 SEND Code of Practice children previously identified as having School Action or School Action Plus will supported with a graduated response – Universal, Targeted, Specialist. Statements will eventually be replace by Education, Health and Care Plans.
There are four categories of Special Educational Needs:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social and Emotional Mental Health Difficulties (SMEH)
- Sensory and/or Physical
Our Equipment and Facilities:
We have a disabled toilet, a lift to access rooms up stairs, licences for LEXIA a computer based literacy program to support children with phonic gaps. Each year group has Teaching Assistants providing support throughout the day. Intervention Programmes are available in each year group to support the needs of each year group.
All Staff are First Aid Trained. We are able to administer medication with parental permission.
If a child has special educational needs (S.E.N.) what does this mean?
A child has S.E.N. if he or she has:
- Learning difficulties which are significantly greater than the majority of children of their age.
- Disabilities which prevent or hinder them from making use of the educational facilities provided by the school.
- Behavioural difficulties or emotional problems, which affect their learning.
So what happens next?
If you or your child’s teacher think that your child is having difficulties, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss this with the teacher and/or the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO – Mrs Fowler).
We believe the best way to help your child is through a home/school partnership and we value all information you can give regarding their health, development and behaviour at home as well as your thoughts on how they feel they are getting on at school.
What is the next step?
Once a child has been identified as having S.E.N. their name will be put on the Special Needs List, which is overseen by the SENCO. The child may than be the subject of an M.E.P. (Multi-Element Plan, formerly known as an I.E.P) with targets set by the class teacher to meet their learning needs.
What is an M.E.P.?
An M.E.P. is a multi-element programme which sets (up to) four learning targets for your child to achieve by the date given for the M.E.P. review. It will also suggest some ways that your child may be helped to achieve those targets both at school and at home. Please read the M.E.P. carefully, discuss it with your child’s teacher, and then, when you are confident that you understand it, sign and date it. All M.E.P.s will be reviewed throughout the year usually at the time of parent’s evening.
In September 2014, the DfE implemented new arrangements for supporting children and young people with SEN and disabilities. Download the New Arrangements for SEN letter from the DfE to find out more.
Can I come in and talk?
Yes, your support and encouragement is vital. If at any time you have queries or would like further explanation please contact the school to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, SENCO or Headteacher.
If you are invited to an S.E.N. review your contribution will be greatly appreciated and of value to your child’s progress.
There are other agencies who can give support to parents outside of school. These are:
- Parent Partnerships Service: 01332 716930
- Umbrella: 01332 625658