John Blow Primary School is a village school taking children aged 5 to 11.
John Blow Primary School
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Where to go
John Blow Cp School
- NG23 7PT
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Monday to Friday 8.45 - 3.30
- Time of day
- Referral Details
5 -11 age range
John Blow Primary School is a village primary school providing education for children aged 5 -11.
- Contact Name
- Miss S Eagle
- Contact Telephone
- 01636 892485
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Primary (4-10 years)
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- 1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?
At John Blow Primary School we aim to provide opportunities for all children to take part in all aspects of school life, whatever educational needs they may have. We have, or are able to put in place, provision to support children with a range of different special educational needs – cognition and learning needs, social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), communication and interaction needs, and sensory and physical needs.
- 2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?
We monitor the progress of all children carefully. If a child is not making progress the teacher will discuss this with the child and their parents/carers, and try to identify what help is needed.
It may also be useful to get advice from other professionals, for example speech therapists or social care.
Some children may already have a special educational need identified before they start at our school. In those circumstances we would liaise closely with parents/carers and any professionals involved, to plan the necessary support for the child.
If parents/carers think that their child has a special need they should talk to their child’s teacher or the school SENDCo, so that their child’s needs can be identified and provided for. If parents and carers have a concern about a health issue or physical condition, they may also like to seek advice from their GP, or other health professionals.
- 3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?
The school SENDCo holds termly meetings with the class teacher and appropriate other professionals to discuss the provision for children with SEND, and evaluate the effectiveness of our provision. Interventions have very specific and focused targets and are carefully monitored and tracked to ensure they are having a positive impact. Progress by children with SEND is reviewed each term using the school tracking system to ensure all cohorts of children are being appropriately supported to enable their needs to be met and progress to be made.
- 3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?
The SENDCo/class teacher will meet with parents/carers to draw up a provision plan for the child. This will set targets for the child to work towards and identify who might help them achieve these targets. The plans are reviewed every term so that the child’s progress can be closely monitored. In addition to this there will be the usual in-class assessment which will show how the child is progressing.
Parents’ evenings are held twice a year and the class teacher will also discuss targets and areas of development at this time. A written school report is given to parents each year.
Children with significant needs have a “Pupil on a page” which outlines their needs and strategies they find helpful.
- 3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?
At John Blow Primary School we believe all children should be included in all aspects of the curriculum and school life. Any child (with or without special educational needs) who is not making adequate progress is identified and appropriate interventions put in place.
- 3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?
Every child is very different, and consideration is taken for each child’s specific special needs. We try to tailor the curriculum appropriately in order to meet this special need: this may be with extra interventions, adaptations to the class situation, or, if appropriate, time outside the classroom in small groups or on a 1:1 basis.
- 3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?
All children, regardless of need, receive quality first teaching.
Though the discussions described in 3a, the best support package the school can offer will be implemented to ensure each child can progress. This might involve different teaching resources, additional teaching support, support from outside agencies, one to one or small group support/intervention, or a different way of accessing the curriculum.
If a child’s needs are more complex and exceptional, additional funds can be requested from the Tuxford family of schools. Children who have extremely complex needs may need an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) which can be used to determine the type of support needed. For children with very complex needs it may be necessary to apply for high level funding from the local authority.
- 3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
We believe all children should be included in all activities including extra- curricular clubs, visits and activities outside of the classroom. The class teacher will liaise with the SENDCo, the child, parents/carers and any other relevant professionals to work out the provision necessary to allow the child to take part in these activities.
- 3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?
At John Blow we strive to ensure that all children have a very positive relationship with the adults they work with. Every child’s well-being is considered extremely important regardless of what their needs are. We hope that our open door policy supports and encourages parents/carers to come and talk to us straight away if they have any worries or concerns about their child.
- 4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.
The school’s SENDCo is Miss S Eagle
- 5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?
The SENDCo receives training from various local and national providers on a wide range of conditions, including autism and dyslexia. This training is then delivered to school staff in staff meetings, key stage meetings or individually, for example, when the need arises.
The SENDCo, class teachers, teaching assistants, other staff and governors also access training to support children with specific needs such as asthma and diabetes.
- 5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?
The school has access to support from a number of services, including:
- Educational Psychology Service
- SALT (Speech and Language therapy service)
- Schools and Families Specialist Services
- School nursing team
- Occupational therapists
- Social services
- BPP - Behaviour support
- 6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?
The school provides any appropriate equipment and facilities that a child with special education needs or disability may need, or applies to the appropriate services for support in accessing these. The school has good access, and a disabled toilet including a showering area.
- 7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?
We have an open door policy, so parents are warmly welcomed into school in order to liaise with teachers. Parents of children on our SEND register are invited in to school to review targets and form part of the discussion to decide on new targets. Parents’ evenings are also held twice a year. If there are any concerns, then teachers or the SENDCo will invite parents into school for extra meetings if deemed appropriate.
If the child has many professionals working with them, we will hold regular multi-agency meetings involving all parties and parents/ carers have a key role in these meetings.
If the child has an EHC (Education, Health and Care plan) then this will be reviewed annually with parents/carers and any other relevant agencies.
- 8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?
Children with SEN complete an “All about me” , which is also used for transition to the next class. This gives children a chance to comment on their thoughts about school, their needs and what helps them. They can attend meetings if it is felt appropriate.
- 9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?
We are very keen on resolving problems and concerns quickly. Parents are therefore encouraged to get in touch with the class teacher, SENDCo, deputy or head teacher. The school has a complaints procedure, found on the school website.
- 10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?
If it is decided by the parents/carers and the school that other organisations and services should become involved with the child, then the relevant referral forms are completed and a referral will be made.
The SENDCo liaises regularly with the SEND governor. The school continues to build strong working relationships and links with external support agencies in order to fully support our SEND children and aid school inclusion. This includes attending meetings and sharing information as appropriate.
- 11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?
When the SENDCo receives information from services that can be a potential support to parents and young children, this information is sent to parents. The SENDCo also attends regular SENDCo meetings in order to find about support from other services, and liaise with the Tuxford family of schools SENDCo
- 12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?
We understand the importance of carefully considered transition plans for children with additional needs. In every transfer the important element is communication. Meetings and “All about me” pen-portraits of the child are organised so that information about the child and how they learn is communicated effectively.
- ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?
The number and nature of transition visits to the new setting is decided with the child at the centre of the process. Each of these transitions seek to predict possible issues that may arise so that the child feels equipped to begin the next part of their journey.
- iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?
The teaching team aims to prepare every child for adulthood and independent living by providing a broad and balanced curriculum that caters for individual needs. We concentrate on developing their social skills and building their self-esteem, preparing them for the next stage of the educational journey. We support children with understanding their needs and developing their confidence so they can ask for support when they need it.
- 13. Where can I access further information?
If you would like more information about how John Blow Primary School can support your child, please contact the head teacher, Mrs H Richardson or SENDCo, Miss S Eagle. Alternatively you can book an appointment to visit our school and meet with key staff. More information can also be found on our website www.collingham.notts.sch.uk.
Additional information about services and provision available to support families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, both locally and across Nottinghamshire, can be found on Nottinghamshire’s Local Offer website:
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