Special Educational Needs Information
What is Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
All pupils have individual interests, needs, strengths and next steps. Usually, in a mainstream school, these are met through Quality First Teaching by the class teacher so that each child makes progress towards achieving Age Related Expectations. A child or young person has a SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which is a barrier to learning and calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
How do I find out about the support, provision and progress of my child?
All teachers are teachers of pupils with special educational needs and the Class Teacher, who knows the child best, should be the first port of call for parents. In addition, the SENDCO can provide support about a child’s needs, progress and support.)Every half term, an Individual Support Plan (ISP) is created so that the child’s progress and support is reviewed and next steps discussed and planned. These are shared with parents termly.
What is the role of the SENDCO?
A SENDCO oversees and coordinates the support, intervention, provision and progress of all pupils on the SEN register. This includes:
• Advice and support for staff and parents
• Observations and diagnostic assessments
• Monitoring progress of pupils with SEND
• Referrals to other agencies for advice
• Providing information and reports for other agencies
• Record keeping
• Training and professional development
• Additional resources
• Transition to or from school to another setting
• SEND policy and Local Offer
How do I find out about the support available in school and within Torbay?
Please note: Currently there is approximately a wait of a year for some referral appointments.
Play Torbay - https://www.playtorbay.org.uk
`Tissues and Issues` is a parent support group to provide social support and access to information and guidance for parents and carers of young people who have a recognised disability or additional need or waiting diagnosis.
Tel: 0779647009 or 07890990905
Open minds which is a service for Emotional wellbeing support for children, young people and families: www.openmindsuk.org.uk or contact them for a free 15min chat on 07968247345 or 01392 882036
See key documents below:
• Furzeham`s Local Offer describes the support for pupils with SEND at Furzeham
• The SEND policy describes how pupils with SEND are identified, monitored and supported in school
• Torbay Council’s SEND website provides support, guidance and information for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Torbay: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/send/
• SENDIASS Torbay provides free information, advice and support for parents of children and young people with SEND: http://sendiasstorbay.org.uk/
‘Inclusion is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are;
feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can
do your best work.’ (Miller, Frederick A. and Katz, Judith H. 2002)
Miss R. Shears
Contact: 01803 853347
Request for Health Assessment information
- The Local Offer Local Offer in Torbay | Torbay FIS Directory. This list resources, groups and services available to Children and young People who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) who live in Torbay
- Torbay Council Early Help Early Help - Torbay Council
- SENDIASS HOMEPAGE - Sendiass Torbay. This offers independent support to children and families who have SEN needs from 0 -25.
- Child and Family Health Devon home - Children and Family Health (childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk). Providing health services for children, young people and families across Devon.
- Child Health information number 01803 655824.
- Play Torbay About Us — Play Torbay. A registered charity who provide fun and accessible play opportunities all year round.
- 0 to 19 Torbay 0 to 19 Torbay. This incorporates Health Visiting, School Nursing, Action for Children and Checkpoint. This help, support and advice to children, young people and families living or attending school in Torbay.
- Solihull online training Online Learning (heiapply.com). Free online courses including understanding pregnancy labour, birth and your baby, understanding your baby, understanding your child, understanding your child with additional needs, understanding your teenager’s brain, understanding your brain (teenagers only). Access code ‘Tamar’
- Tissues and Issues – This is a Facebook group offering support to families and children.
- Parent talk Additional needs and disabilities - Support for Parents from Action For Children. Down to earth parenting advice you can trust.