At Christ Church C of E Primary School we aim to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. To do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. High-quality first teaching is vital; however, for some children, there are occasions when additional support may be needed to help them achieve their full potential.
If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, firstly, you should talk to the class teacher. You may also contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo).
Phone: 0207 624 4967
Ms. Baverstock is also the designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children. Please note, Ms. Baverstock works at the school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only.
English as an additional language (EAL)
At Christ Church, we welcome diversity and embrace the many languages our pupils speak. At least 25 different languages are spoken by children from our school. Being bilingual is an immensely useful skill. Several of our children are Language Ambassadors. Language Ambassadors are children who have shown they can speak in English and at least one other language. They also demonstrate that they can be leaders within our school community. Our Language Ambassadors help by being young translators and supporting younger pupils who are new to English.
What does SEND mean?
SEND stands for ‘Special Education Needs and Disability’. If your child has SEND, they may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of these areas;
There are many children with SEND who make expected progress and do well at school but may still need help to achieve their full potential.
What help will be available for my child?
The first step in responding to your child’s individual needs is through high-quality teaching by a qualified teacher, which has proven to be the most effective way to support children to make the best progress possible.
Further support depends on your child’s needs or difficulties, and how well they are progressing. We believe that every child, including those with SEND, has the potential to succeed. The school will work with you to discuss the best way to help your child. This may include:
Adapting the way your child is taught, e.g., giving instructions in a different way, visual timetable, different reading books, multisensory resources
Teaching in small groups for some of the time to address your child’s specific problems
Support from a teaching assistant or specialist teacher
Further assessment carried out by external professionals such as a speech and language therapist
Specialist equipment (writing slope, wobble cushion, laptops and timers).
If you child has special educational needs or a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision, we will discuss with you about placing them on our SEN Register. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for other children of the same age.
If your child is on the SEN Register, you will receive a personal learning plan for your child from the class teacher. The plan will have targets and strategies (ideas) about how we are helping your child and how to help your child at home. These are reviewed, along with parents, termly.
For more information about our SEND provision, see our Provision Map.
How do we monitor the support your child receives?
You will be involved in an ongoing process of assessment, which is called ‘The Graduated Approach’. This is a cycle of ASSESS -formal and informal testing and observation, PLAN -what support they need and deciding the outcome, DO – intervention, and REVIEW -the impact of the support and decide the next steps.
Who will be involved with my child?
If your child has SEND, the class teacher and other staff at school will all work together to support them. Other professionals might be involved if a child’s needs are complicated.
In a small number of cases, the Local Authority become involved if your child needs an Educational Health Care Plan or EHCP. An EHCP is for any child or young person with significant and complex Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. An EHCP is needed when a child's needs cannot be met by the usual support available to them at school. This is all coordinated by the SENCo.
Brent has a single place to go for information and advice for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25, and their families. This is called the Brent Local Offer.
Brent SENDIASS provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to children and young people aged 0 to 25 with SEND and their parents and carers.