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SEND and Inclusion

At Sonning Church of England Primary School, we believe that every child has the right to learn despite any difficulties they may have. As a result, we support children with a wide range of needs and experiences. We value each individual, their uniqueness and the contribution they make to our school community. We believe that everyone has equal worth, regardless of race, gender, creed and ability and whether they have physical, sensory, emotional, specific or general needs. We also believe in educating our pupils about equality and have high expectations with regard to mutual respect and equality.

We adopt a teaching style that encompasses ASD- and dyslexia-friendly strategies that benefit the whole class. Our consistent, holistic approach ensures that difficulties are identified in a timely fashion and appropriate support is put in place to allow full access to the curriculum.

Where more specialised advice is gathered, it is integrated into the child’s provision and regularly reviewed with parents, the child and when appropriate, the specialist.

Our Local Offer (outlined at the bottom of this page), gives more detail on what the school is able to offer children with additional needs. Our SEND Policy can be located on the Policies page on our website.

There are additional resources, as well as information on our Gifted and Talented offer, in the additional links for this section.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Children have special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them. All teachers have a responsibility to identify and meet the special educational needs of pupils. These children should be taught together with their peers and have full access to the national curriculum which may be adapted to suit their needs. Support can be varied, for example, an individual programme of work, support from a teaching assistant, either on a 1-1 or small group basis.

Where appropriate, we work in partnership with external professionals such as the Educational Psychology service, Behaviour and Learning Support service and Speech and Language Therapy.

Pupil Passports and Individualised Support Plans will identify specific actions and support according to the child's needs and these are carefully monitored by both the class teacher and SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator).

Our aims in supporting children with SEND

  • To ensure all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To identify at an early age, pupils who need extra help and attention.
  • To ensure that there is a focus on outcomes for pupils, not on provision or support.
  • To enable each pupil to partake in and contribute fully to school life.
  • To endeavour to meet the individual needs of each child.
  • To develop a feeling of self-esteem within the individual.
  • To foster an atmosphere in our school, that will promote a happy, sensitive and secure environment, to ensure the most effective learning for all children.
  • To providing for children’s individual needs by supporting them in various ways: whole class, small group and individual.
  • To monitor closely those with SEND by review and assessment, to enable us to recognise, celebrate and record achievements.
  • To work with parents/carers and other agencies to provide support and opportunities for those children with SEND.
  • To use a variety of teaching strategies, which include different learning styles, to facilitate meaningful and effective learning for all children.
  • To ensure access to a range of resources to support staff in their teaching of children with SEND.
  • To include the voice of the child and parents/carers in monitoring and reviewing targets.

Our SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator)

Our SENDCo is Mrs Polly Gresswell. Mrs Gresswell is responsible for overseeing the provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and is also our lead for Inclusion. Mrs Gresswell can be reached via the main school office (click here for our school contact details).

The SEND and Inclusion team

Mrs Gresswell works alongside other SENDCos in The Keys Academy Trust, teaching staff, parents/carers and pupils to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children.

Our SEND governor is Mrs Ploughman.

As a school, we also work alongside Wokingham Borough Council's services (or other independent  services, where appropriate):

  • Educational Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The Wokingham Local offer

https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/local-offer-for-0-25-year-olds-with-additional-needs/