Supporting Additional Needs
Here at St Paul's C.E Primary School all pupils receive quality first teaching.This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum to matched their needs.
Classes are supported by teaching assistants and where needed pupils are offered additional small group work or catch up programmes. These groups are sometimes called ‘booster’ groups.
What do we mean by 'additional needs'?
Your child may have difficulty with some of the following
All schools must have regard to what the Code of Practice says whenever decisions are taken relating to children with SEND. Under the new system young people and their famillies are at the centre of discussions about the support they receive. This means families are regulary invited to meetings to discuss the needs of their child and agree on the targets set for them.
Occasionally a child may received additional specialist support from:
Outcomes from this planning may be written in an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) which in time will replace statements of Special Needs.
Again this plan will be reviewed regularly to ensure outcomes fro the young person are being achieved.
Here at St Paul's we have a highly experienced team of staff who may be involved in supporting your child. These include:
- Your child’s teacher, who will always make sure that tasks set are appropriate and accessible for your child.
- Teaching Assistants who work accross our school in a variety of roles which may include general class support together with targeted provision for identified pupils.
- Our Family Worker, who works with parents/carers to offer advice on home and school matters.
- Our School Nurse who can advise and assess any medical needs.
- Our Speech and Language Therapist who is available to advise school on how to support children with communication and processing needs.
- An Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher may be used to advise school on meeting children’s needs and deliver diagnostic assessments.
- Physiotherapists will come to school to access and provide programmes to improve mobility for pupils identified as having physical needs.
- The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) manages the provision of pupils with additional needs withing school.
We work with a range of outreach services include Lancastrian School who advise us on supporting children with complex medical needs; Ashgate who offer emotional and behavioural support and The Grange who offer support with social communication needs.
School Governors support and monitor the provision for pupils identified with additional needs.
If you have any concerns that your child has some additional needs please make an appointment to discuss this with their class teachers. You are also very welcome to make an appointment with our SENCO. Appointments can be made through the school office.
If you want advice from professionals outside school you may find the following numbers helpful:
Information Advice Service (formally Parent Partnership) Helpline: 0161 209 8356
School Admissions: 0161 245 7166
School Nurse Service: 0161 215 2012
Manchester City Council Local Offer: www.manchester.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer