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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At St James’ CE Primary School we ensure that all children are valued equally, regardless of their abilities and/or social, emotional or behavioural needs. We understand that many pupils will have special educational needs at some time during their school life and that the best way of helping them is for everyone involved to work together. We are committed to valuing and nurturing each child as an individual who will achieve their best and develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to develop their full potential. The school understands that individuals are unique in their interest, abilities, motivation and learning needs, and these are met through a varied and flexible provision throughout the curriculum. The provision of a broadly based curriculum recognises their social and emotional development. Teachers provide learning opportunities for all the pupils within the school environment and provide materials appropriate to pupils’ interests and abilities. Children have child friendly Individual Education Plans which help them to feel a sense of ownership over their learning.

We believe in developing a strong partnership with parents to meet the needs of their children and regularly inform them of their child’s progress, next steps and how they can help at home. Any child who requires special help will be referred, after prior consultation with the Parents/Carers, to one of the support services e.g. Speech Therapy, Educational Psychology, Behavioural Support, School Nurse, Occupational Therapy and Vision Support.

The school has an excellent reputation for supporting children with a variety of special needs and we benefit enormously from an outstanding team of teaching assistants, talented teachers and a qualified SENDCO, Mrs Rachel Dove.

We run a variety of interventions to support pupils such as:

  • Numicon maths development
  • Daily reading programmes
  • Phonic development
  • Fizzy programme to support fine and gross motor skills
  • Handwriting groups
  • Circle of Friends
  • Reading comprehension groups
  • Speaking & Listening Groups
  • Behaviour support groups

All of these and many more are continually reviewed and any data to support their impact monitored.

Daily reflective approaches mean that areas that the children have struggled with that day are picked up immediately regardless of need. This will be with a teacher or teaching assistant.

If we feel, at any stage in your child’s education, that they would benefit from additional support we will contact you promptly to discuss arrangements.

Details of our provision can be seen in our Parents and Carers Information Leaflet for SEND pupils, this has been produced by a working party of parents, staff and governors.

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Our Aims 

  • We aim to enable and encourage all children to develop their full potential.
  • We aim to identify students with special educational needs as early as possible.
  • We aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum relevant to the needs of all our pupils.
  • We aim to encourage pupils to develop confidence and self-esteem and to recognise the value of their own contributions to their learning.
  • We aim to identify and assess the children with special needs and to make sure that the arrangements made for these children are in line with the requirements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act.
  • We aim to foster links between support services, home and school.

Equal Opportunities

At St James’ C of E Primary School we aim to give children a broad educational experience which celebrates the richness and diversity of the society in which we live. We believe that girls and boys have an equal right to develop the skills they will need in order to live a full and happy life. We will avoid gender stereotyping and give girls and boys equal opportunities to undertake all activities.
We are opposed to racism and racist behaviour, we will challenge instances of this should they occur and we will actively promote racial equality.
We believe that neither background nor intellectual ability is related to a person’s worth as a member of society and we actively encourage the children to believe this too.

Disability Access

The school has an accessibility management plan, approved by the LA.  The admission arrangements for those pupils with a disability are the same as those for all pupils. The school has Disabled parking, disabled access toilets for adults and children, a lift to the first floor and doorways and corridors that ensure all pupils/adults can move comfortably around the school. The school is also pro-active in supporting children with particular needs and happy to adapt school buildings and resources wherever possible.

Mrs Dove can be contacted via email.