We are pleased to welcome you to the SEND page at Loxford School. These pages will give you an insight into the values and work within the area of SEND in the Primary. The SENCO, in collaboration with the head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of children with SEND.
Role of SENCO
I am Nicola Lennon and my key responsibilities as the SENCO include:
- Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy
- Liaising with and advising teachers
- Managing the SEND team of teachers and learning support assistants
- Coordinating the provision for pupils with special educational needs
- Overseeing the records on all pupils with special educational needs
- Liaising with parents of pupils with special educational needs
- Contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with external support agencies
I work closely with our Trust Director of SEND, Denzil Faure and a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
To get in contact, please ring the school reception on 0208 514 4666 option 1, and then ask to be put through to SEND.
Role of LSA
Learning Support Assistants make a valuable contribution to the achievements of pupils. They may attend a child’s care needs but a high proportion of their role is educational. The key responsibilities of the LSA include:
Support for Pupils:
- To provide in class, small group or individual support
- To offer help, as appropriate, to any child experiencing difficulties
- To praise, encourage and develop positive relationships
- To foster the participation of pupils in the social and academic processes of the school
- To enable pupils to become more independent learners
- To help raise the standards and achievement for all pupils
Support for Teachers:
- To help develop effective collaborative working across the curriculum to support SEND pupils
- To assist in the preparation of teaching and learning materials for pupils with SEND
- To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems for recording the progress of pupils with SEND
- To assist in the management of the whole class
- To assist with display work
- To provide regular feedback to the SENCO
Support for the School:
- To promote home school liaison for pupils with SEND
- To contribute to review procedures for pupils with SEND
- To liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about pupils as appropriate
- To contribute to the evaluation of the school’s SEND policy and practice through discussions with relevant staff
- To attend appropriate in-service training provided by school or LEA
- To be aware of and follow school policies and procedures
- To participate in educational visits
- To attend meetings required for information, planning and development
- To respect confidentiality at all times
Aims and Ethos
At Loxford School we value all pupils equally. Our guiding principle is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and break down possible barriers to learning.
The aim of Loxford’s SEND policy is to develop a system of support, which enables pupils with special educational needs to make the greatest possible progress. The support systems are based on comprehensive whole school systems of monitoring, assessment and intervention.
Objectives in making provision for pupils with SEND
- To ensure that all pupils, including those with difficulties and disabilities, have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to identify individual needs and abilities.
- To ensure that all teachers are aware it is their responsibility to meet the special educational needs of pupils. In this they can draw on the resources of the whole school.
- To ensure that every child has his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.
- To seek the views of the child and involve him/her in the process of support.
- To offer the high quality support to ensure that all children’s needs are met.
- To fully involve parents/carers in the process of provision for the child.
- To acknowledge and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.
- To ensure the aims of education for pupils with difficulties and disabilities are the same as those for all pupils.
- To maximise the opportunities for pupils with special educational needs to participate in all the activities of the school.
- To enable all pupils to experience success.
- To ensure that consideration of SEND crosses all curriculum areas and all aspect of teaching and learning.
- To ensure that all teachers encompass the good special needs practice which is beneficial for all pupils.
- To ensure awareness amongst staff that any pupil may encounter difficulties at some stage.
Achievement and Awards
Children who receive additional support in the primary also have the opportunity to take part in competitive sports against other schools.