Special Educational Needs and Disability
At Westbury Infant School, we provide support for all of our children and help them to reach their full potential. We make every effort to ensure that all children are included in every aspect of the school’s curriculum and day to day social life, irrespective of any special educational need. We are fortunate to have an onsite Resource Base, which provides additional support for children with more complex needs. Places in the Resource Base are funded by Wiltshire Local Authority.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practise
0-25yrs July 2014 identifies SEND in the following way:
- “A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.”
- “A child of compulsory school age or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
1. has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
2. has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream school or mainstream post-16 institutions”
In order to support children with SEND at Westbury Infant School, quality first teaching (QFT) occurs first and foremost, but for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. These children may require a specific learning plan, such as an ‘Individual Education Plan’, a ‘My Support Plan’ or an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Parents are involved in setting targets (outcomes) for their child and these are reviewed regularly with the class teacher and SENCo. Some children will also require support from external agencies, such as Wiltshire’s Behaviour Support Service or Speech and Language Team, and where recommendations are made, the school will put these into place to best support the child’s needs.
To find out more about how we support children with a Special Educational Need or disability, please read our SEND Policy and SEND Information Report below. You can also look at Wiltshire’s Local Offer, where you will find further resources and sources of support for children with SEND. Please follow the link: https://localoffer.wiltshire.gov.uk/
If you have any further questions, please contact our SENCO, Mrs Amy Rockey on 01373 822716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For any complaints regarding the support that the school provides from parents with children with special educational needs (SEN) please contact the SENCO, Head Teacher or follow our School Complaints Procedure.
Useful SEND websites
Four useful, fun websites with highly visual games for using with your children to consolidate early skills: www.starfall.com www.ictgames.com www.topmarks.co.uk www.crickweb.co.uk http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories.
www.ipsea.org.u k – A useful site for free, legally based Special Education advice. www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources).
www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills. www.widgit.com/resources - Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists. www.special-needs-kids.co.uk – An information directory for parents and carers www.iassnetwork.co.uk – Advice and support for parents of children with SEN. www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD www.downs-syndrome.org.uk – Advice and support, including booklets to help with independent toileting, sleeping and managing behaviour.
https://www.autismspeaks.org/ – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library www.singinghands.co.uk - Singing Hands – have produced a video with 25 songs for children who are learning signing before their speech has developed or have hearing or communication difficulties
www.masteringmemory.co.uk - Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 (or 11-adult.)
Cerebra - help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.
www.specialolympics.org - Special Olympics – provide training and the opportunity to compete locally and nationally in a variety of sporting activities for children and young people with a learning disability. Organising new activities where specialist sports activities do not exist.
www.soundabout.org.uk - Soundabout – information about special music making workshops for children, young people and adults with disabilities. www.talkingpoint.org.uk - Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites. www.youngminds.org.uk - Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details. SOS SEN - A national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to access the help they are entitled to, particularly in the education system.
www.rnib.org.uk - There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the leading charity offering practical support, advice and information to anyone with a sight problem. Their pioneering work helps not just with braille, Talking Books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.
Jungle memory - Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription. www.lucid-research.com - Memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs. www.mentalhealth.org.uk - Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.
SEND: apps and games
(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device)
Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
Sensory App House Ltd
Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.
Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.
SEND policyAlso, please see our which may answer any queries you may have, if you need further information please do not hesitate to contact the school office. The school offer also shows the provision we provide:SEND Information Report Part 1
Below is our school's intervention provision map, giving a menu of all the interventions we provide in school :
Our Accessibility Plan 2021 -2024
From September 2002, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 outlaws discrimination by schools and LEA`s against either current, or prospective disabled pupils in their access to education. It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary.
This plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of the school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the three areas required by the planning duties in the DDA: increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum (this includes teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the school such as participation in after school clubs, leisure and cultural activities or school visits); improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services (this includes improvements to the physical environment of the school and physical aids to access education; improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled (this will include planning to make written information that is normally provided by schools to its pupils available to disabled pupils.
Examples might include handouts, timetables, textbooks and information about school events etc). The information should take account of the pupils’ disabilities, the preferred format of pupils and parents, and be made available within a reasonable time frame. Westbury Infant School aims to treat all stakeholders, including pupils, prospective pupils, staff, governors and other members of the school community favourably and, wherever possible, takes reasonable steps to avoid placing anyone at a substantial disadvantage.
The school aims to work closely with disabled pupils, their families and any relevant Outside Agencies, in order to remove or minimise any potential barriers to learning, which puts them at a disadvantage, but allows them to learn, achieve and participate fully in school life. The school is active in promoting positive attitudes to disabled people in the school and in planning to increase access to education for all disabled pupils.
As part of the school’s continued communication with parents, carers and other stakeholders we continually look at ways to improve accessibility through data collection, questionnaires and parental discussions.
'Remote Learning Guidance' for SEND Pupils