SEND & children with additional needs
Westfield Nursery & Primary School supports a wide range of children, including those with additional and special needs. For some children these needs are on going, for others they are short term. Whilst a small number of children join our school with clearly identified needs, other children's needs emerge as they grow older and we seek to develop a deeper understanding of their needs.
At Westfield Nursery & Primary School, all children receive quality first teaching where lessons are designed to meet the needs of all pupils. Ensuring a love of learning, feeling success and developing confidence in their abilities in our aim for all our children, particularly those with SEN/D.
Confidence in our learners and move them forward, maximising their potential in every way possible. All staff are responsible for regular, robust monitoring of children's progress, both academically and emotionally. Through close communication with parents and Senior Leadership, we are able to target our support in a range of ways, individually tailored to a child's needs. This can be delivered through quality first teaching, additional in class support, small group or one-to-one intervention support.
Westfield Nursery & Primary School work closely with outside agencies to provide support for our children and families. We value the links with Speech and Language Service, the Multi Agency Support Team, Learning Support and Educational Psychologists. These services provide advice and assessment when needed but also the reassurance to parents and carers that school is catering for vulnerable pupils. The Multi Agency Support Team (MAST) can provide a wide range of services for our children and families and when required can provide support outside school.
We have a great deal of support from our staff and parents which we value on a daily basis. Here at Westfield Nursery & Primary School all staff are dedicated to providing all children with quality teaching and provision in order for them to be successful learners regardless of ability.
We have a dedicated Inclusion Team who are senior leaders in our school who, working closely with The Head Teacher, ensure all children have the very best opportunities and access to the curriculum. Working together in this way we can support children and families in a variety of ways including safeguarding, attendance, SEN/D and health referrals. As all of these areas have a big impact on children's learning, we feel it is important to work with parents to support them and their children wherever possible.
Mrs Smyllie is our SENCO
Miss Rossi is our Access And Inclusion Leader
Useful sources of information, support and resources
Education, Health and Care Plan
From 1 September 2014, Statements of Special Educational Need were replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). The new EHCP will give the same statutory protection, but now cover from birth to age 25 and will extend the rights to young people in further education and training, including apprenticeships, who currently have a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA).
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Family Fund are the UK's largest grant-giving organisation helping low-income families caring for children and young people with disabilities or serious illnesses. Find out more by clicking here.
Cumbria Parent Carer Forum
The Cumbria Parent Carer Forum are a constituted group of parents/carers/grandparents/foster carers in Cumbria who have children with disabilities and/or additional needs who are particularly keen that their views are heard, understood and acted upon. Find out more here
Autism Support Allerdale & Copeland
They are a friendly bunch and support each other through the good times and the bad, they have the empathy and the understanding of what it is like with a child with Autism. This is where you can off load, without feeling you are being judged, get tips and ideas from other parents in the same situation, it helps you feel you're not on your alone! Find out contacts and more information here
The Local offer
The Local Offer aims to pull information about available services into one place and make it clear and accessible for you and your family. A Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services the local authority thinks will be available in their local area. Every local authority is responsible for writing a Local Offer and making sure it is available for everyone to see. Find out more here.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
Offer advice and guidance to parents with a child who has a special educational need. For help and advice click here.