‘encouraging each other, overflowing with hope’
At St Thomas’ CE Primary Academy we aim to support and encourage all of our pupils to achieve to the best of their abilities through quality first teaching in a supportive and caring manner demonstrated through the school’s core values. We are committed to ensure that the needs of all our pupils are met though exploring every possible avenue and putting extra support and resources in place, ensuring that our children flourish regardless of their need.
On occasions, alongside quality first teaching some pupils require additional support from the school and or outside agencies.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is: Mrs Tiwari
Senior Learning Mentor is:
If you would like any further help or support, please contact MrsTiwari (SENDCo) on the form at the bottom of the page.
Supporting Documents During COVID-19 Closure
Please see below a number of activities and useful information to support both you and your child. Keep checking back as there will be regular updates.
If you would like further activities or advice, please get in-touch.
What are the SEND areas of need?
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: for 0-25 years (2014) outlines four areas of need for learners with SEND that include a range of difficulties and conditions. These are:
* Communication and Interaction
* Social, Emotional and Mental Health
* Cognition and Learning
* Sensory and Physical
For more information about the areas of need or the specific conditions which could relate to each one, please click on the stars below.
Roles and Responsibilities of the SEND Leader
To ensure that the aims and suggestions stated in the SEN policy are carried out and specific provision is allocated after consultation with the child, parents, carers, relevant staff members and outside agencies if appropriate.
The SEN leader and Senior Leadership Team regularly monitor progress for all pupils and alter interventions and support if progress is slower than expected.
Details of our SEND Policy can be accessed on our Policy Page or by clicking on the link below:
We are also in regular contact with outside agencies that offer support and further guidance for different needs.
If you have any concerns about your child or something linked to Special Needs please do not hesitate to contact me addressing any emails to the SENCo
Telephone: 01205 362860
The admission arrangements for all pupils are in accordance with national legislation, including the Equality Act 2010. This includes children with any level of SEN; those with Education, Health and Care Plans and those without.
The SENCO and Early Years Team liaise closely with other settings and outside agencies with regard to the transition of SEN children into Nursery and from early years settings into school.
The SENCO liaises closely with other settings where a pupil is admitted at any point throughout their primary years.
The Governing body embraces the view that the admissions criteria should not discriminate against any pupil with SEND and have due regard for the practice advocated in the Code of Practice, in that, "All schools should admit pupils already identified as having special educational needs, as well as identifying and providing for pupils not previously identified as having SEND…Pupils with special educational needs but without EHC’s must be treated as fairly as all other applications for admission.” (Code of Practice 1:33)
In accordance with section 69, of The Children and Families Act 2014 adjustments have been made to enable the accessibility for pupils with disabilities and additional needs and in compliance of the Equality Act 2010.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014.
There are two main purposes for the Local Offer:
- to improve information about services and provision available for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and to make it easier for all families to find this information by making it available in one place.
- that by working directly with families, children and young people on developing the Local Offer, Local Authorities and Health partners can improve provision.
Lincolnshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.
The Local Offer, as with the rest of the Family Services Directory, is provided to help you find services more easily. You should always check services and activities are suitable for your needs and those of your family.
Who is it for?
The Local Offer is for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families.
It will also help professionals working with families to find the right information.