Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At St Francis we aim to meet the needs of all of our children and offer support when required.
We aim to:
- Provide an equal and accessible curriculum for all the children in our care
- Develop a partnership with parents at all times
- Identify a child’s needs as soon as possible and support them individually
- Include and consider views of parents and children with SEND
- Where possible children will be involved in the development of their own programmes
Provision for children with special educational needs is a matter for the school as a whole. In addition to the governing body, the school’s head teacher; the SENCO and all other members of staff have day-to-day responsibilities.
Definition of Special Educational Needs
According to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) a child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for other of the same age in mainstream school or mainstream post-16 institutions.
Role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCO)
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Mr O'Connor, who in collaboration with the head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in determining the development of the provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of vulnerable children. Working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies, the SENDCO takes day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy, which can be found below.
Role of the child
The children are at the centre of everything we do. We cater for the individual needs of the individual child and ensure that their views are capture and considered when planning targets, interventions and support and these are shared at review meeting through the children's one page profiles
Role of the Parents / Carers
Parent/ Carers have meetings with their child's teacher twice a year at parents evening and receive a written report on their child's attainment and progress at the end of the year. If you have any concerns regarding your child's needs, attainment or progress please organise a meeting with your child's class teacher or our SENDCO through the school office. If you and the school feel that your child has significant additional needs, they will be added to the school's Special Educational Needs register. Parents / Carers are invited to attend meetings, with our SENDCO, about their child at least three times a year. During these meetings, previous targets are reviewed, additional support and intervention is offered and planned for and new targets are set. Where a child's needs are more complex parents/ carers are invited annual reviews which may involve other professionals.
Doncaster Local Authority Local Offer for SEN
The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives families more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for their children.
St Francis Xavier Contribution to the Local Offer
All settings must co-operate with the LA in the development and review of the Local Offer as set out in Chapter 4 of the SEND Code of Practice (January 2015) and the associated Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (Part 4). Below the link to St Francis Xavier's SEN Report and the link to our contribution to the Local Offer
How we support children with SEND
We support all children to access the curriculum:
We support children with additional needs
If you and the school feel that your child has significant additional needs, they will be added to the school's Special Educational Needs register. Parents / Carers are invited to attend meetings, with our SENCO, about their child at least three times a year. During these meetings, previous targets are reviewed, additional support and intervention is offered and planned for and new targets are set. Where a child's needs are more complex parents/ carers are invited annual reviews which may involve other professionals.
We support children's emotional well being
For children identified with additional needs, our Inclusion Manager/Parent Support Advisor provides work in a group basis or one to one basis. The work provided is varied and can be help to support with attachment issues, behavourial support, confidence building, anxiety and self esteem. We may also complete the program "Circle of Friends" if SENCO feels this is needed.
We support children with medical needs
The school nurse visits school to meet with SENCO and discuss any issues that have arisen in school that they can offer support with, the school nurse also carries out checks with children (height and weight and hearing) and to provide advice and training to staff (inhaler and epi-pen training). Every class has a medical bag which contains the children in that classes inhalers and information regarding the administration of these, other medicines are stored safely in the school office when a consent form has been filled in by a parent.
We work in partnership with other agencies to ensure we support all children with additional needs. We have planned meeting twice annually with an Educational Psychologist who has been assigned to our school.
We support speech and language development and children with ASD
For children with specific speech difficulties we are enable to refer children to Doncaster's Speech and Language Therapy Department and we work closely with our speech and language therapist to support these children. We also receive support from the ASCETs team which, with parental consent, observe children and support teachers and LSAs in providing a specifically differentiated curriculum.
We support children with physical needs
For children with physical needs we are able to refer children to Doncaster's Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. These professional visit school and provide specific advice and guidance for target children. Teachers and Teaching assistants follow up any recommendations by providing specific interventions to children for handwriting or fine motor skills either individually or in small groups.