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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our school aims to meet the needs of each and every child, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), so that they may reach their full potential and enjoy their learning.


We strive to make St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School the best it can be, for our children, families and community, in order that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The children in our St Faith’s family deserve the greatest possible experiences we can provide, allowing and encouraging them to create special memories. The building blocks that we put in place are the start of a bright and exciting future, one of exploration and enjoyment.


Children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) are additionally supported by our highly motivated staff.  Our school SENDCo (Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) is Mrs Hayley Palmer.  She can be contacted via the school office or by email


Mrs Palmer works closely with the Lincolnshire Additional Needs Team and attends SENDCo briefings and network meetings for up to date information. 


What is SEND?

Special Educational Needs covers four main categories of need.  These include:

  1. Communication & Language
  2. Cognition & Learning
  3. Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  4. Physical/Sensory.


Whilst pupils will have a primary need identified from the list above, they may well have needs in other areas too.  A child’s SEND needs are met in a holistic way to ensure that all needs are being addressed, supported, and met.

Admission Arrangements

Parents and carers of pupils with SEND are invited to meet with the SENDCo prior to their child attending St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School. 

The child’s individual needs will be discussed and reports from outside agencies (if applicable) are shared to make sure that the school is as well informed as possible. Mrs Palmer can attend transition meetings with other school’s and nurseries to ensure that all information is passed on and that St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School is well informed on the individual needs of pupils. An individualised plan is then actioned to ensure that the child is supported in the best possible way. Discussions will also be held to inform Parents and carers about further options available, if required.  This could be regarding Pupil Profiles, Health Care Plans, Behaviour Plans, Risk Assessments, Pastoral Support Plans or further referrals for outside agency support and advice.


Who is responsible for ensuring that pupils meet their full potential?

All staff at St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School support our work with SEND children. Your child’s class teacher holds the main responsibility to ensure that all pupils educational needs are being met.


Some staff, however, have specific duties:

  • Mrs Hayley Palmer is our Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator (SENDCO).  She works in school three days a week.


  • Mrs Agnes Barstow is our Special Educational Needs (SEND) governor. She meets regularly with the Head teacher.


Your first point of contact should usually be the class teacher, but you are very welcome to make appointments with Mrs Hayley Palmer or Mrs Konrath, Head teacher.


Miss Yvonne White and Mrs Juliet Cox in the school office, will arrange an appointment or pass on important information.

How do we know which children might need extra help?

We gather information in a variety of ways:

- Liaison with parents and settings before your child starts with us

- Liaison with any outside agencies supporting a child *

- Observations of learning and behaviour in class by the class teacher

- Termly reviews of attainment and progress

-Discussions between parents/guardians and the class teacher

- Health reports from medical agencies or other outside services *

- Assessments undertaken by the SENDCO

- Assessments undertaken from the Specialist Teaching team *

-Information taken from the child’s EHCP (if applicable)


*Parental consent will always be sought before any other agencies are referred to.  Parental engagement is key in order to ensure continued successful SEND provision.


What to do if you think your child needs additional support

If you feel that your child may have Special Educational Needs, please speak to your child’s class teacher.  We can then arrange a time to meet together with the SENDCo to discuss your concerns.  During the meeting we can plan any next steps together. 


These could be:

  • Adding your child to our SEN register and actioning a Pupil Profile for your child to highlight needs and how we will address and support your child.
  • Making a referral to an outside agency for specialist support.  Depending on need, these referrals could be to agencies such as; the Community Paediatrics Team, Speech & Language Therapists or Specialist Teachers for assessment of learning needs.
  • Arranging for the school SENDCo to carry out observations in the classroom or on the playground (depending on need).
  • Or to monitor your child over a set period of time.


All the above measures will be shared with the child’s parent/guardian at all times.

In order to ascertain the level of need, we use the graduated approach.  This means that your child will first be supported through quality first teaching.  Your child’s class teacher will assess your child’s needs and plan how they will be supported.  After a given amount of time, we will review the provision in place and plan new steps.  From here on in, we continue with plan – do – assess – review cycle. This ensures that we are always up to date with your child’s successes and how we can support them further.  We may assess your child using the PIVATS scheme (Performance Indicators for Valued Assessment and Targeted Learning) .  This provides small measurable steps in order to progress learning in key areas.

What training and experience do school staff have to support children with additional needs?

NASENDCo Award - Mrs Hayley Palmer (SENDCO) holds the National SENDCO award and is also a qualified Numbers Count teacher. Mrs Palmer is also a Solution Focussed Coach and has received Restorative training.


Precision Teaching helps to support children by addressing a specific gap in their learning.  They will have this additional support daily for around 5 – 10 minutes. The techniques involved ensure that the child learns through repetition.


Makaton – Using signs and symbols to aid communication skills.


Colourful Semantics – An interactive way to teach sentence structure using colour coded pictures to develop who, what, where.


Health - First Aid Training (including Paediatric First Aid), Epipen training and Epilepsy training have also been attended by staff.


Autism - Staff have attended training on Autism and have reached AET 1 level in April 2016. Key members of staff (including the SENDCO) gained AET level 2 status in June 2017.  The SENDCo completed AET level 3 training in July 2017.


Behaviour - All staff have previously attended Positive Behaviour training with specialist Steve Russell.  Staff have also had training on attachment and trauma. Additionally, the BOSS team provide training on behaviour related learning such as Social Stories training. All staff have received Team Teach training which means that we are able to respond safely and appropriately when a pupils requires additional behavioural support.


Nurture - Mrs Simpson is an accredited FRIENDS worker and also a trained ELSA practitioner (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). These enable her to support children with low self-esteem.  The programme also supports children to make positive social interactions with others. Furthermore, she is able to offer drawing and talking therapy. Mrs Simpson attended the Restorative Practice training with Mrs Palmer.


Mrs Jemma De’ath is accredited to offer LegoTherapy within our school.


Staff regularly receive training on a variety of SEN related needs such as communication (WellComm and Makaton) and learning (dyslexia awareness in KS1).

Which professionals do we use for specialist advice?

  • Currently, Lincolnshire County Council do not have any Educational Psychologists.  However, the school is able to access private EP’s (budget dependable).
  • The Specialist Teaching Team are available to carry out assessments of learning needs (this is a ‘buy in’ service).
  • The school can make referrals Speech and Language Therapy (SALT).
  • Mrs Adele Sheriff (from the Working Together Team) works with staff to help them support children with Autism or Social Communication difficulties. Adele may also come into school to carry out observations on pupils (parental consent is always sought).
  • BOSS (Behavioural Support Services) are able to offer support for children with behavioural needs.  They also provide training sessions for staff.
  • Mrs Palmer regularly consults with medical professionals, including Specialist Nurse Trainers, to support Health Care Plans in school for children with specific medical needs.
  • School can access support from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS) along with Healthy Minds.
  • School can also make referrals for counselling through Lincoln Centre of Grief and Loss (LCGL).
  • Sensory Education Support Team
  • St Francis outreach support

How are children with SEND supported?

  • Mrs Palmer (SENDCO), together with the Senior Leadership Team, oversees the support of all children with SEND.
  • Lessons in class are routinely differentiated to take into account the differing needs of all children.
  • The Teaching Assistant (TA) team may provide extra small group support in class.
  • TA’s may lead intervention sessions in the afternoons to support learning further.
  • TAs or Mrs Palmer will work 1:1 on targeted intervention work for those with more complex needs.
  • This work will be reviewed regularly to measure its success in terms of your child’s progress.
  • Extra resources (eg writing slopes or adapted pens) may be purchased for individuals.
  • Children with an EHC Plan are carefully monitored and their outcomes supported throughout the school day.


Supporting children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties

  • Mrs Simpson is our first point of contact in school.  She is highly experienced in nurture and is able to provide a bespoke service for pupils.
  • Mrs De’Ath is able to offer LegoTherapy to pupils.  This intervention helps to build social skills between pupils.
  • A Pastoral Support Plan targets how we will support pupils in school.  Regular meetings with parents and carers ensures a continuity in approaches, both in school and at home.
  • We can refer to outside agencies such as BOSS (Behaviour Outreach Support Services) to provide additional support for pupils.
  • Mrs Paula Ryans works for the school as a Parent Advisor.  She can be called upon to support issues within the home.
  • Class teacher’s can also action a Behaviour Support and Handling Plan which will help us to keep your child safe in school.
  • Class teacher’s can also write Risk Assessments.  These will highlight areas that require support in school and also off the school site (school trips etc).

Are children with SEND involved in the support they receive?

  • Pupil voice is key when we review Pupil Profiles.  The front cover of individual Pupil Profiles is dedicated to each child.
  • Targets are shared with the children (in an age appropriate way).
  • Pupil questionnaire’s are carried out at least once a year to ascertain pupil voice.


Click here to view a Pupil Profile

How is the school’s SEND budget used?

The budget for SEND varies from year to year. The school governors look at this budget annually and plan how it is to be used to benefit all the children on the SEND register.


The funding is usually divided up between TA support, resources and training.


If children have been assessed as having higher level complex needs, they may have access to additional funding from the Local Authority to help meet those needs.  This will be applied for by the SENDCo through the EHCP process.

How are parents involved in their child’s learning at school?

Parental involvement is central to our values at St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School. If your child is on our SEND register, the class teacher and the SENDCO will meet with you 3 times a year to discuss your child’s welfare, targets and progress. This is in addition to the usual parents’ evenings for all children. Included in the discussion will be what you might be able to do to support key skills and targets at home.


The school has an ‘open door’ policy, where you may request and meet staff more regularly if you need to. Parents are regularly invited into school to celebrate their child’s activities and achievements through events such as school performances, school fairs and Christmas services.



How accessible is the school?

The teaching areas are all on one level and the main school entrance is wheelchair accessible. The school has a designated intimate care room and a disabled toilet. The classrooms however, have restricted space. If a child needed to use a wheelchair on a permanent basis, the school would need to look how this might be accommodated. The school would have to liaise with the appropriate Local Authority Officer to see if building modifications were possible, if needed.

The school hall has recently been modified to make it more suitable for children with sensory impairments. Individual classrooms have made significant adjustments to meet the needs of children with a sensory impairment.

Please refer to the school’s Accessibility Plan which is written in compliance with paragraph 3 of schedule 10 in the Equality Act 2010.


How will the school support my child through key transitions?

Some children will require additional support towards the end of the school year as they prepare to move into a new classroom with a different teacher.  We have ‘All change days’ for children to have a taster experience in their new classroom with their new teacher.  We also ensure that there are ample opportunities for key pupils to visit their new classroom to enjoy story time, play an activity or deliver a message.  These simple, short and specific experiences help to ease anxiety.


Year 2 pupils are given various opportunities in our school to prepare them to transfer to our local Junior school, St Faith’s and St Martin’s CE Junior School. There are several induction events across Year 2 to enable all children to become familiar with their new environment and key teaching staff. If your child is on the SEND register, they will be offered ‘enhanced’ transition arrangements and the SENDCO at SFSM, Miss Brighton, will be invited to review meetings prior to transfer. Items such as ‘photobooks’ can be prepared if your child needs this support.


We will, of course, make similar arrangements with any other school your child is transferring to.

How does the school ensure equal opportunities for all pupils regardless of their SEN status?

St Faith’s Church of England Infant and Nursery School is an inclusive school and we pride ourselves in providing a safe and nurturing environment for all.  Class teachers, TA’s, the SENDCo and the Senior Leadership team are all instrumental in ensuring that all children are catered for.  The SENDCo refers to outside agencies for additional advice on best practice. Resources are sourced in order to reflect the advice given.  The SENDCo is available for meetings and parental discussions, 3 days a week.  This provides support and vital ‘home school’ links.   

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