SEND

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, or SEND, is a term that is used to describe pupils who have needs over and above those that can be met by high quality classroom teaching. These needs can usually be classified under 4 main categories set out in the 2015 SEND Code of Practice:  Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health needs and Sensory/Physical needs. They may be identified before a child has entered school or they may evolve as the child moves through their education.

At Ombersley Endowed First School we focus on the whole child and pride ourselves on a broad knowledge of the child as an individual. We build self-esteem with positive learning experiences and successfully involve children with whole school life. We recognise SEND with the intention of addressing unmet needs, enabling children to have an ability to engage fully with learning, develop skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and excel across all areas of the curriculum. Teaching staff continually strive to fully understand their pupils and comprehensively meet their needs.
The school follows guidance as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice and Worcestershire’s Ordinarily Available document. A link to this guidance can be found here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/file/7316/special_educational_needs_ordinarily_available

Both able bodied and children with physical disabilities are welcome at Ombersley Endowed First School. Parents should discuss their child’s particular needs with the Headteacher prior to applying for admission. The majority of the school building is wheelchair friendly.

Whatever a child’s needs we feel that they are most effectively met by working closely with parents to ensure we offer the best possible outcomes for their child. We put the parents and the children themselves at the heart of our inclusive practice. These take many forms, for example: individual review meetings; multi-agency meetings, parent support, parent workshops; or home-school liaison books/ emails. We welcome parental involvement.

If you do have any concerns then please do come into school. The class teachers or the SENDCo (Miss Cartwright) will be happy to listen to your concerns and the SENDCo is usually available by appointment on Wednesday mornings or for an informal drop in until 9:15 am. This can be for children already identified with an additional need or you have any concerns about your child’s progress or development. Miss Cartwright’s email address is bcartwright@ombersley.worcs.sch.uk. for those who would rather communicate by email or are unable to attend an appointment at school.

For more information and advice about SEND Worcestershire’s Local Offer can be found here http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer which is full of information about SEND, advice for parents and carer and useful links for additional support and contact details for different agencies.

Below are some links that you might find useful:

Thrive website:  https://www.thriveapproach.com

National Autistic Society: http://www.autism.org.uk/ 

Autism West Midlands: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/

British Dyslexia Association: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

I CAN Communication Charity: http://www.ican.org.uk/

Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy: http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/speech-language-therapy/childrens/