Our SENDCO is: Vikki Scott
At Fitzwilliam Primary School we provide teaching and learning which enables all children to gain access to a broad, balanced and appropriately differentiated curriculum. We strongly believe in the role of Quality First Teaching and Curriculum Entitlement for all children.
Our aim is to ensure all children are supported in order that they may work confidently towards reaching their full potential. The Principles of the SEN Code of Practice 2014 set out the following guidance:
At Fitzwilliam we pay close regard is paid to the three key principles of inclusive education:
Children who require extra help are identified by the class teacher, SENCO and/or Headteacher. We look at the rate of progress of children which is tracked and reviewed termly. Any gaps that may be occurring identify where additional support may be required for children.
If parents/guardians have concerns that their child may be having difficulty they can make an appointment to speak to the class teacher, Headteacher and/or SENCO who will listen and offer you further advice and support.
Our Foundation Stage Manager will plan a clear education programme for all children in our Early Years Setting. Within Foundation Stage there are Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants to support and work with any child receiving additional support. The regularity of support will be outlined on a Support Plan that will be discussed with parents. We also employ a Speech and language therapist.
Every child receives Quality First Teaching from their class teacher. Work is differentiated according to the child’s current levels and needs. This will help the child to grow in independence and work at the right level to build on their skills and also have some challenge available when appropriate.
We hold annual parent’s evenings twice a year where teachers will discuss progress and explain the support in place for a child and will share any SEN Support Profile with them. School reports are also shared with parents. If a child has a Support Plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan parents will be actively involved in creating them and reviewing them. School operates an open door policy and welcomes parents to make an appointment if they wish to discuss progress.
Each half term a planning overview is created by the class teacher to inform parents about what their child will learn. This is also posted on the school website. Alongside this weekly spellings, homework and reading records are sent home for parents to support their child with.
Resources can be personalised according to need. If specialist equipment is required to meet the needs of a child, the special needs service may provide school with the equipment or school will endeavour to purchase the necessary items to ensure that the needs are met.
As children move from Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to Secondary School we prepare children by arranging transition meetings for the child and their parents to meet the SENCO and other support workers from the school they are moving to. From there agreed steps are made to create a smooth transition. This may be the child visiting their new school to be able to understand the layout of a new, larger building or completing transition activities that the two schools and the child may plan together. If a child is leaving us to attend another school we also plan a smooth transition where the child visits their new school and meets their teacher but we also invite the staff to visit the child in our school setting where appropriate.
If a child is working at SEN Support the class teacher and SENCO will agree on effective time management to provide the child to work on their SMART targets in order to narrow the gaps that they may have. This is shared with parents on the One Page Profile.If a child requires additional support from external agencies and clear targets are recommended then the support service will recommend a time allocation of support in discussion with the class teacher, SENCO and Headteacher.
If a child has a Support Plan or an Education, Health and Care Plan the agreed support will be written within the documentation and parents will be involved within the discussion.If it is recommended that adult support would be required then the Headteacher would allocate an Educational Support Assistant to work alongside the child specifically for their needs outlined in the plan. The support is reviewed termly or annually (if the child has an Education, Health and Care plan. Any plans that are updated are shared with parents.
If you have any concerns regarding your child then please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak with the class teacher, Headteacher and/or SENCO. Staff will be prepared to listen to your concerns or questions and staff will be able to offer you advice.
If you decide to bring your child to Fitzwilliam Primary School we would encourage you to contact Mrs Susan Harrison, Headteacher, in order to arrange an appointment to visit school and discuss your child’s needs.
Please contact the Wakefield Admissions team for further information.
PO Box 700