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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY (SEND)

 

At St Edmundsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School our aim is to ensure that all children, whatever their need or disability, make good progress throughout their school life.

For all matters related to SEND, please contact our SENDCO, Ms Lara McMurray, via the school office on 01284 752967 or email lara.mcmurray@st-edmundsbury.school.sch.uk in this section of the website you will find our School SEND Information

Please open the documents using the buttons below.

 

The Local Authority's 'Local Offer' for SEND can be accessed using this link:  http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/localoffer.page

 

Suffolk SENDIASS provide free confidential and impartial information, advice and support about special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) for children, young people, parents and carers.

https://suffolksendiass.co.uk/

 

Suffolk Info Link Emotional Wellbeing Gateway can be accessed using this link: http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/infolink.page?infolinkchannel=2-1-1

 

 

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub Service which provides access to mental health services for children and young people aged 0-25, in East and West Suffolk, are working with Barnardo’s to provide a new phoneline service to help guide families and young people to emotional wellbeing and mental health support.  It will see Barnardo’s working with the Emotional Wellbeing Hub to help respond to families looking for general wellbeing information, which could be on common mental health issues like stress and anxiety, help with signposting to support services and useful resources as well as supporting callers with some referrals into services, allowing the Emotional Wellbeing Hub to focus on the high-level case callers.

The new partnership with Barnardo’s is being trialled and is in response to feedback from parents and carers who are waiting too long for support.  Parents, carers, and young people can access the new Barnardo’s phoneline service by calling the Emotional Wellbeing Hub helpline on 0345 600 2090 and pressing option 2.

 

Admission Arrangements for Pupils with SEN or Disabilities

At St Edmundsbury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, the Governors adhere to the principles of the Equality Act 2010, as laid out and pay particular attention to the way the school operates its admissions procedures,

  • in the way it provides education for pupils,
  • in the way it provides pupils access to any benefit, facility or service, or
  • by excluding a pupil or subjecting them to any other detriment.

This school follows the Suffolk County Council Co-ordinated Admissions Policy. Places will be offered to those children with an EHC Needs Assessment that names the school as the appropriate school for the child, even if it is not the catchment school. In making the decision to name a school, parent’s views will be considered carefully by local authority staff.
The best way to find out if this school will meet your child’s needs is to visit the school. Please contact us to arrange an appointment. Parents will be responsible for transporting their child to school if they do not qualify for free or discretionary transport under the Suffolk County Council Home to School Transport Policy.


Please contact SCC for further information: 0845 606 6173.

 

Please see below for our SEND Policy.

 

Department for Education Guidance for Parents

The Department for Education has released a guide for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

To access the guide click on the link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers

The DfE are currently undertaking a SEND Review - this link will take you to an open letter to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities from Children and Families Minister Will Quince

 

https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2021/11/10/an-open-letter-to-parents-and-carers-of-children-and-young-people-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-from-children-and-families-minister-will-quince/?utm_campaign=3037826_WSS%20Update&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Nasen&dm_i=2F68,1T402,9Y5OIU,698BZ,1

 

Disability Access

The main entrance has handrails to assist in the use of the steps leading to the front door. Wheelchair access is available through both entrance doors at either end of the school.  A disabled toilet is also available.

Specialist Provision In Suffolk

 

In April 2019 Suffolk County Council agreed to develop a continuum of provision based on pathways which would provide additional specialist education places across Suffolk to meet growing demand. This is through the establishment of new special schools or through specialist units in mainstream schools.

 

Please find an update on the Programme here

https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/advice.page?id=VPzLW7u7nWk

 

And a guide to the specialist provision that is currently available

https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/advice.page?id=5XcR7C-LNUs

Transition to KS3

 

In addition to the transition work that will be done by St Edmundsbury, and the children's High Schools, we thought you might find this session from SENDIASS useful as you prepare your child for KS3 - it may be useful for families with children who find change difficult or worrying, or who have additional support needs at school, not just those officially categorised as SEN.

 

If you cannot make the sessions, the SENDIASS transition resources below might be useful for you.

 

Best wishes,

SEND and Pastoral Teams

  Planning the transition to secondary school for pupils with SEN May 4th 2022            6pm – 7:30pm online

 

Our popular online session helping families prepare for the transition to high school for pupils with SEN.  This relaxed session was coproduced with parents and carers and focusses on the kind of information which is helpful to find out from and share with school, transition meetings and additional transition support.

Tickets can be booked from13th April

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-transition-to-secondary-school-for-pupils-with-send-tickets-311809930897

 

Planning transition to secondary school for pupils with SEND

Free online session for parents and carers in Suffolk UK to help families prepare for the transition to secondary school.

www.eventbrite.co.uk

Here are some resources to help with children's emotional and mental well-being from Suffolk's Psychological and Therapeutic Services.

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