Special Education Needs & Disability
SPECIAL EDUATION NEEDS & DISABILITY
At St Luke’s we believe that all children, whatever their additional needs may be, can achieve their best with the right support in place. We aspire to understand and meet the needs of every child in our school and we believe in achievement and opportunity for all children. We recognise the importance of high-quality teaching, high expectations and early intervention. Children are at the heart of what we do and we work as a team to support all children and their families to achieve ambitious learning outcomes. We value the positive impact that parents and carers have and see you as an integral part of this team. For children with special needs, where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age, we use a graduated response based on a cycle of: assess, plan, do and review. We use Edukey, provision mapping software, to evidence the additional support we give to our children.
Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) are supported by all the staff in school to make the best progress they can. However, there is a dedicated team made up of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) Mrs Ruth Nelmes, and trained teaching assistants, who work more specifically with children with special educational needs and disabilities. Mrs Ruth Nelmes can be contacted via the school office on 01604 592008 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
At St Luke’s there are a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities such as ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Speech and Language difficulties and Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. All children with an additional need are valued members of our school community. Sometimes, following parental/carer consent, external professionals are commissioned by school to gain advice and support on how best to support an individual child.
Some children have additional help in specific lessons and/or additional interventions of support, including nurture support at lunchtimes. This will depend on a child’s individual need. If a child continually needs more help and support, High Needs Funding (HNF) or an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may be applied for following a discussion with parents/carers.
We are passionate about supporting children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing at St Luke’s. We are a host school for Mental Health Support Teams in Northamptonshire and we currently have three Education Mental Health Practitioners supporting our school who provide early intervention for children struggling with low mood and/or anxiety.
If you would like to talk about your child’s special educational need or disability, please speak to your child’s class teacher and/or the SENDCo Mrs Ruth Nelmes.
Northamptonshire’s Local Offer
If you want to know what local services there are to help support you with your child who has special educational needs or a disability, the West Northamptonshire Local Offer is a good place to look.
Information Advice and Support Service for SEND (IASS)
Information Advice and Support Service for SEND (IASS) in Northamptonshire is an impartial and confidential service which gives free information, advice and support about matters relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The service operates at arms length from the local authority and clinical commissioning groups through independently trained staff. The service is for parents or carers of children aged 0-25.
SEND Support Services
The SEND Support Service offers advice and support to families.
Please read the SEND Information Report and St Luke’s SEND Policy Inclusion Policy for more detailed information