Our SENCo is Miss Sharon McLelland
Our SEND Link Governor is Mr Tim Woods.
Teaching and Learning
The school offers many different forms of additional provision. This can include additional in-class support; additional out-of-class support; one-to-one support; flexible groupings (including small group work); access to specific resources; mentoring and access to a wide range of outside agencies. Additional provision is overseen by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and is designed and implemented by a skilled team of teachers, ably supported by a group of teaching assistants. The additional provision depends on the needs of the individual child.
In addition, all at St Andrew's benefit from a range of teaching and learning styles; a differentiated curriculum; a range of differentiated learning materials (both for reinforcement and extension); assessment procedures that emphasise pupils strengths and achievements; access to ICT; booster classes in Year 6; and a broad range of extra-curricular activities (including a residential trip in Years 3 & 4)
The school liaises with specialist advisory teachers who support and advise the school about particular children’s needs e.g. extra time during SATs.
Typically, targets are set for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, these targets are regularly assessed, monitored and revised. They are also shared regularly with parents/carers.
In terms of what we offer children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, this varies from child to child. It is important to emphasise that, as much as possible, this provision is planned by the relevant St Andrew's staff members working alongside the child, the child’s family and, where necessary, outside agencies (e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist).
Keeping Children Safe
Risk assessments are carried out by the teachers and the Head teacher. For specific children with additional needs, we provide extra support at playtimes and lunchtimes to ensure the safety of all our children. We have an anti-bullying policy.
Health (including Emotional/Mental Health and Well-being)
Qualified first aiders are allowed to administer medicine to children with parental consent. Care plans are drawn up in consultation with relevant experts, first aiders, teachers and parents/carers. We follow a Critical Incident policy.
Services available to school include: the school nurse; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS); speech and language therapist; educational psychologist and psychiatrists.
MACAWS is our own school provision to support the mental and emotional health of our children. See our dedicated page for more details.
Communication with Parents/Carers
we have a website, which contains all the relevant information to inform parents/carers as to whom is who within school. We produce a fortnightly newsletter along with an edition produced by the children which is published with every other newsletter publication. We send home parent/carer questionnaires. Starting in March 2020, we will be introducing parent workshops with the aim of broadening the scope of our curriculum to families and the wider community. Parents/carers new to the school have meetings with the Head teacher. We also produce end of year reports for each child.
At St Andrew's CE Junior School we have a school task Force made up of all children, who represent each cohort in school. They regularly meet and get involved with decision-making, e.g. the development of the playground. We have two parents/carers evenings during the academic year and each class holds Class Cafe for Parents to attend. We have parents/carers on the governing body who are involved with decision-making and parent/carer forums. We also use Class Dojo to communicate with parents,
The PTA organises fundraising and community events.
What Help and Support is available for the Family?
Arrangements have been made with families to support those who do not have access to the internet and need support with admissions. Information, advice and guidance required from the SENCo can be sought via the class teacher or the office staff. We have positive relationships with multi agencies and the school nurse is involved with inclusion meetings to help remove barriers to learning.
Transition to High School
At St Andrew's CE Junior School, Year 6 pupils visit their respective high schools. During the transition period, our SENCo has meetings with relevant staff from the secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition.
We have a range of after school activities. A residential trip is organised for all Years 3 & 4.