This diagram shows how St Mary’s provides SEND support
How do you work out what a child needs?
We work on an Assess, Plan, Do, Review (ADPR) cycle which helps us plan what we need to do to meet a child’s needs. First we assess pupil’s needs, then we plan to meet those needs. Next we do what we have planned and then we review what has happened before we begin the process again. We review APDR cycles at least termly, together with you and your child, so we can ensure that the support in place is focussed on the right areas and is having the right impact.
What is a One Page Profile?
A One Page Profile (sometimes referred to as a Pupil Passport) is a one-page document which brings together key information about your child, including: their strengths, needs, likes/dislikes, and crucially, information about how they like to be supported and learn best. Having a One Page Profile helps make sure that all the key people involved in helping your child (including new people) have access to up-to-date information and are well informed about how to support them.
What if my child is different at school and at home?
It is very common for children to show different behaviours and home and school. In seeking to understand a child’s needs, we will gather information about what a good day and a bad day looks like at both home and school (including differences in different environments between the two, such as in the main family home and outside in the community, or in the classroom and on the playground). We will use this range of information to consider the support we need to put in place. For example, sometimes a child may “mask” their anxieties in school and not show any difficult behaviours. However, we may need to put support in place for them to de-brief on any concerns from the day before home time, to try and prevent them from reacting to these worries at home.
How does St Mary’s support well-being
Wellbeing means the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
Good emotional wellbeing is key for children to be successful in their learning. All staff receive training on how they can support children at times they may struggle with their emotions. Across the school, children are encouraged to use the Zones of Regulation to support them in identifying and addressing their own emotional wellbeing, and this is a focus within the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) curriculum. At St. Mary’s, we are very lucky to have Mrs Browne, our family and inclusion worker. Mrs Browne works with individuals and small groups to improve their wellbeing, whether focussed on improving resilience, managing anxiety or developing friendship skills. Where necessary, we seek advice and further training from the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, and can also refer children for further support with emotional wellbeing or mental health via YOUnited.
Who else can help me?
There are many organisations which support parents and carers. A great starting place is Pinpoint, an organisation run for parents, by parents, to give help and information to parent carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities.
Tel: 01480 877333
What if things go wrong?
Please talk to us! We will do our best to listen and agree together a way forward to overcome any problems. We cannot promise to get everything right first time, but we are committed to listening to your concerns and making a plan of action together. If we cannot resolve your concern, information about how to make a complaint can be found here.