SEND

Special Educational Needs, or SEN, 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 may be within speech and language; cognition and learning; social and communication difficulties; or emotional and behavioural difficulties. They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in 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 SEN with the intention of addressing unmet needs, enabling children to have an ability to engage, develop skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and even excel beyond their potential 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 SEN Code of Practice and the Worcestershire Guidelines. When we identify, assess and provide provision for pupils with SEN  we work closely and have excellent relationships with Local Authority agencies.

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. This may take many forms, for example: individual review meetings; multi-agency meetings; parent support linked with the Parent Support Advisor (PSA); 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 SENCo (Miss Cartwright) will be happy to listen to your concerns and the SENCo is usually available by appointment on Thursday mornings. 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. If you 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/