Welcome to the SEND page
My name is Catrin Cunnington and I am the school's SENCo - the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
(N.b. during my maternity leave, Mr Oliver Parsons will be caretaking the role of SENCo - firstname.lastname@example.org)
As SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), it is my job to:
- oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
- support the identification of children with special educational needs
- co-ordinate provision for children with SEN; liaise with parents of children with SEN
- liaise with other providers, outside agencies, and external agencies (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, GPs, etc.)
- ensure that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date
- guarantee that the school’s attitude to inclusion is of paramount importance and the status of SEND in the school is always a priority on any agenda
If you would like to speak with me about anything then please do so in any number of the following ways:
- touch base with me on the playground before or after school (I am about there most days)
- make an appointment with me or ask the office and I will get back to you
- call the school on 020 7328 2221 and the office will either put you through to me or I will ensure that I call you back
- email me using email@example.com
Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is called the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice for families and will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
Our school is situated on the boundary of 3 different LAs, and currently we work with a total of 4 LAs. Please click on the links below and you will be taken to each LAs Local Offer.
WELCOME BACK TO ALL
We are so excited for the children's return and want to make sure that we provide the best we can for them at this time. The curriculum we teach at first is not going to be one that we are all used to but rather one which really helps our children to acclimatise back into the way of school life, or what school life looks like now.
We are starting small and working up!
Now is the time to ensure that we restore mental wealth in our children, so that their aspirations for their future, can be a vision that becomes a reality - so they can be the best that they can be.
N.b. this is an excellent think piece if you would like to learn more about elements of the approach we will be taking.
During this time of great uncertainty, I have put together some resources which might be of some use depending on the particular needs of your child.
It starts with a section which I think would benefit us all - keeping as well as we can both mentally and emotionally.
Not all the resources are going to be of use or relevant to your child/family. Pick and choose what works for you at this time.
Again, I am on hand for support where needed so please do get in contact.
The link below has lots of good advice on keeping well whilst self-isolating. It is written in conjunction with CEOP and Parent Zone.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing - Mind
You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoiding other people. This might feel difficult or stressful but there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing - Mind: coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Calm Zone - Childline
Childline has produced a toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga, and videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption - Childline: calm-zone.
Self-care strategies - The Anna Freud Centre
The Anna Freud Centre has compiled a selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies - Annafreud: self-care.
Self-isolating and dealing with conflict - The Children's Society
With the current coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak and Government recommendations to limit social contact, many people will be spending more time at home than they are used to. This may mean spending more time with family, carers or friends and this may create difficult situations, especially for those coping with pre-existing family problems. The Children’s society asked one of their well-being practitioners to share their top tips for dealing with conflict at home - Childrens Society: dealing with conflict at home.
Young Minds helpline for parents and young people
If there are concerns about a young person’s mental health during this difficult time, you can contact the Young Minds Helpline.
Parents Helpline: If you are a parent, who needs advice about your child’s mental health, you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am - 4:00pm - Young Minds website.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH OT NEED (Occupational Therapy)
Each week day Kim Griffin is publishing a new video for children to follow. Resources will include fine motor activities and also a warm up. You can also find the resources needed on this page as well as older videos. You can also tune in on Facebook or YouTube each day at 11am (GMT) for new fine motor activity ideas you can complete at home during the school closures.