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 SEND.
Building confidence in our learners and moving 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 Executive Headteacher, 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, SEND 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.
What is a SEND Register? This is a list of all the pupils in the school who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or a disability. This makes it easier for the SENCo and staff to monitor those pupils who need extra help.
Why is my child on the SEND Register? Any pupil on the SEND register has been identified as having a special educational need and/or disability. Extra help will be given to these pupils to help them to make progress.
What does this mean for my child? If your child is placed on the SEND Register, then they will start to receive extra help. This will be set out on an individual plan so that you can see what help your child is receiving and how often.
Will my child always be on the SEND Register? This can vary. Some pupils with significant needs will always be on the SEND Register because they will always need help. Other pupils may only need help for a short amount of time and if they no longer need any help, then they will be removed from the SEND Register in discussion with parents/carers.
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