SEND and Support for Families
Mrs Michelle Tucker
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, (SEND), Co Ordinator and Inclusion Lead
Mrs Tucker is the SEND Co Ordinator and Inclusion Lead for our school. She works closely with the class teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that all children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities are identified and that the right support and provision is in place for them. Mrs Tucker gained the SENDCO Award in 2018 and is a member of the School's Senior Leadership Team. She is a specialist in Social Communication Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder and has previously worked in Special Schools. She has extensive working knowledge of how to support a wide range of other SEN issues too.
Mrs Tucker helps staff to develop intervention groups and targeted activities to support children in school, she helps to complete assessments of children's needs through observations and uses screening tools for issues such as dyslexia and sensory processing disorders. Mrs Tucker also helps to provide information and activities for parents of children with SEND to use to support their children at home and arranges for specialist support from other agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists where appropriate. All referrals to other agencies are done using an Early Help referral and parents permission is always sought in the first instance for this.
Mrs Tucker also organises workshops for individual families and groups - such as Sleep Workshops, the Incredible Years behaviour management workshops for parents and carers and Information sessions delivered by the National Autistic Society.
If you have any concerns about your child's development or feel that you require some support please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mrs Tucker.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING
JD THERAPY SERVICES
Our school employs the services of Julie Drinkwater to help children with a range of social and emotional difficulties. Julie has extensive knowledge and experience of providing therapeutic support for young children and she has made a huge difference to many of our pupils during the last few years. Julie's work in school is predominantly with individual pupils who have been identified by staff or their parents as needing extra support. However, where appropriate she may also be used for family sessions and work with small groups of children too.
Julie can help children with a range of social and emotional issues including:-
Anxiety/ Post traumatic stress
Lack of confidence
If you feel your child would benefit from working with Julie, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Miss Graham
Individual Health Care Plans
All children in our school with an identified Health need have an Individual Health Care Plan drawn up to ensure that staff have the right information about a child's needs and how to care for them. This plan is put together in consultation with the child's parents, key health professionals, our SENDCo - Mrs Tucker, and the child's class teacher and is reviewed on a regular basis. We ask parents and carers to inform us about any health needs their children may have on our admission form.
Health Visitors and the School Nursing Service
Our Nursery children come under the Health Visitors' team. The Health Visitors in our area now carry out health and development checks with two year olds. They also provide advice and support to parents and carers relating to a range of areas relating to children's development and health and can do referrals to other heath professionals. Our school works in close partnership with this service. In order for us to support our pupils as effectively as possible it is always useful for us to know who each child's Health Visitor is and we ask for this information on our Nursery admissions forms.
All children from Reception upwards come under the School Nursing Service. This service carries out health checks in school such as hearing tests and height/ weight checks and they are also responsible for administering and immunisations for pupils too. The named nurse for our school is Holly Havern. The school nurse can help with referrals to health professionals such as Paediatricians and Occupational Therapists. Holly can also support parents and carers on issues relating to their children's health such as sleep issues and incontinence issues. Parents can get in contact with Holly by requesting a call back via the school office.