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Marsden Junior School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) offer


The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) are supported in school. The new approach begins in September 2016 and place pupils at the centre of planning.


At Marsden Junior School we believe every child has an entitlement to personal, social and intellectual development and must be given the opportunity to develop their potential. We recognise any child may need additional support for short or longer periods of time in order to access the curriculum and reach their full potential. We aim to work in partnership with staff, pupils, parents and carers and outside agencies in order to meet these needs and remove barriers to learning. Marsden Junior School is part of the Colne Valley family of school and we work closely with them on all aspects of SEND.  Representatives from the different schools meet regularly to discuss concerns and share ideas.



From the parent / carer’s point of view



How does school know if a child needs extra help?

Pupils are identified as having SEND through: Liaison with previous schools; concerns raised by parents and carers; concerns raised by school staff; monitoring and tracking of pupils attainment & progress shows below expected levels; liaison with external agencies e.g. speech and language or autistic outreach.



What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

If you are concerned about your child please share your concerns initially with your child’s class teacher. Partnerships with parents play a key role in supporting children with SEND. Staff will work together with you to ensure your child’s needs are met. This may include working with the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator) and / or outside agencies. All concerns are treated seriously and professionally.


How will school staff support my child?

All staff are involved in supporting children with SEND with special responsibility lying with the Head Teacher, Governors and the SENCO. The SENCO will co-ordinate support for children requiring additional support across school. The SENCO and class teachers decide on the actions needed to support a child to make progress and develop an individual plan for that child. Parents and pupils will be included in setting and reviewing plans. If your child needs an individual plan, this will be discussed with you by the class teacher / SENCO and a copy will be given to parents / carers. School closely monitors interventions and individual progress with formal meetings to update plans at least termly.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All lessons are differentiated to match the needs of pupils and make learning accessible. This could include work that is at a different level to the rest of the class, learning materials or specialist equipment, increased adult support, small group or individual support in order to remove barriers to learning.


How will I know how well my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

We believe your child’s education should be a partnership between parents/ carers & school and welcome regular communication and consistency in approaches. Appointments can be made with class teachers / SENCO as well as informal meetings which may take place at the end of the school day. As part of your child’s individual plan we will discuss the most suitable ways to facilitate communication between home and school and provide regular updates and advice.


What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

We are an inclusive school who value all pupils and celebrate diversity in all its forms. Self-esteem is crucial for pupils’ development and we adopt a whole child developmental approach. Self-respect and respect for others is built into the ethos and the curriculum of the school. We have skilled staff and policies in place to support children with behavioural and medical needs.


What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

Our SENCO has achieved the designated accreditation required by DFE. We have a range of skilled ETA who have specialism in particular areas such as speech and language, coordination and learning mentor. As part of the Colne Valley family of schools we work closely with other schools. The schools meet half termly with our Educational Psychologist to discuss best practice and individual needs. We also work closely with external agencies and professionals including: speech and language, autistic outreach, social services, school nursing team, Marsden Infant and Nursery SENCO and Colne Valley High School SEND team. Specialist training is available to staff at school as required to meet the needs of pupils.


How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and we aim for all children to be included on educational visits. We provide additional support as reasonable and necessary to ensure that educational visits are successful. We risk assess to ensure the health and safety of all pupils and staff.


How accessible is the school?

Marsden Junior School is built on 3 levels with access to the main part of the building and all classrooms, for pupils with physical disabilities, being from the playground through the main porch entrance. Some areas, such as the dining room and classroom 8, are internally inaccessible to wheel chair users with the only access being from the outside of the building. Blinds are in all classrooms to support visually impaired pupils. To support hearing impairment all of our classrooms are carpeted to reduce background noise and we have 2 wireless infra-red soundfield systems which improves speech clarity and verbal recognition for all class members not just those with permanent or temporary hearing loss. We work with professional bodies e.g. speech and language therapist to provide pupils with specialist equipment to meet their needs.


How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school or transfer to the next stage of education and life?

We work closely with Marsden Infant and Nursery School and parents / carers to ensure a smooth transition to school. Parents and children are given the opportunity to visit the school and meet their new teacher before term starts. The number of visits is tailored to meet the needs of the child. During these meetings plans can be put into place to support your child’s move to this school. For children who are already in our school meetings are held between members of staff which includes passing on information about pupils with additional needs when they move classes. We have close links with local high schools to facilitate transition between schools.


How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Every child’s needs are individual and therefore the type, frequency and level of support will also depend on a child’s individual needs. This decision about the level of support needed may be made between pupil, parents and school staff or may involve outside agencies. If a pupil needs an Education, Health and Care plan the level of funding and support will be decided by the Local Authority SEN panel.


Who can I contact for further information?

If you need more information please contact your child’s class teacher, SENCO, Assistant Head Teachers, Head Teacher or Governor responsible for SEND. Details can be obtained from the school office on 01484 843588.


This offer is accurate now, but services are regularly reviewed and could change. All information will be updated as soon as possible to reflect any new service offer.


Date of publication: September 2014



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