When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posed by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.
Can my child attend Bowburn Infant & Nursery School and then move to Special School Provision?
Children with SEND that have been issued with an Education, Health and Care plan can attend Bowburn Infant & Nursery School for their Primary education. Progress is reviewed regularly through child centred reviews, if a need arises which cannot be met at our school an alternative placement can be considered.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?
A new SEND code of practice will be published and this will set out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it when providing for SEND children/young adults. This document can by found on the Local Offer website.
How accessible is your school?
Our nursery building is fully accessible. The main school building has an accessible entrance and two disabled toilets.
Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
What specialist services are available at your school to meet my child’s needs?
We work with an extensive range of services and professionals to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Makaton, ASD, Movement Difficulties Programmes and specific training from Speech and Language Therapists. Each year the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff e.g. use of suction devices, PEGS feeding etc.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included.
How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Junior School?
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school. Their teacher and SENCo will discuss with colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child and Junior School Staff in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine with the support of a familiar adult.
How are parents involved with your school?
We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. We welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of a school day and they are welcome to arrange additional dates to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. We invite parents to school performances, sports events and a range of family learning activities.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to speak to Miss Ormerod (SENCO) if you have any further questions you would like to ask