SEN (Special Educational Needs) and Inclusion

Our Ethos

Welcome to our SEN page. At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, we seek to meet the needs of all our pupils. We accept, recognise and value each child as an individual. We believe that all children are entitled to an education that enables them to achieve their best. We value the contributions made by all children, professionals and parents to enhance and maintain our inclusive school community. We recognise that some pupils will, either permanently or from time to time, have significantly greater difficulties in learning than children of the same age. We will give these children individual consideration and make special provision for them, working in partnership with others, where necessary.  All children will be encouraged to become confident and independent in their learning.

Special Educational Needs are identified in terms of learning, communication, interaction and emotional needs and physical and sensory needs.

We as a school are committed to working in partnership, identifying needs and to provide support, with all those involved; the child, parents, carers and any outside agencies. Our ultimate aim is to provide a happy, caring learning environment where all are able to realise their true potential, feeling valued and secure.

Working Together

At St Patrick’s Catholic Primary we work hard to include parents in their children’s education. We firmly believe that home and school should work together in partnership. We have regular parent/teacher meetings and provide open forms of communication. We encourage parents to discuss successes and concerns regularly; appointments can be made to meet with the class teacher and SENCo. Any immediate concerns are always dealt with as soon as possible; we aim to be approachable and accessible.

Parents of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) will meet with the class teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), where necessary, to review Individual Education Plans (IEPs) at least termly; parents and teachers will meet more regularly if the need arises.

Transition meetings /discussions will be arranged with pre-schools, secondary schools and any other schools attended.

When additional agencies are involved, there will be regular meetings where all those involved will be invited. The progress and needs of the child will be reviewed and next steps agreed. An Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) may be devised.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health

At St Patrick’s Primary School we understand the vital importance of supporting and nurturing a child not only academically but socially and emotionally too. We are very proud of our pastoral support and value to importance of promoting positive mental health. As a school we have a designated member of staff who works as our ‘Mental Health Champion’. We are also part of a new ‘Trailblazer’ scheme which focuses on supporting children and their families in promoting, developing and supporting positive mental health. We also have our family support worker, Miss Gregory, who is able to support children within school, as well as you as parents with any concerns you may have.

Additional Information:

School has a particular expertise in ASD and BESD

Gifted and talented pupils receive support accordingly.

A race equality policy is in place and any incidents are monitored.

Looked after children have a PEP (Personal Education Plan) which is monitored regularly by the lead professional.

Attendance is monitored by the Deputy  Headteacher and lateness/absence is targeted.

Buddies and monitors assist at play times and liaise with the school’s welfare adults. Governors are aware of inclusion issues and strategies. The SEN Governor along with the SMT and SENCO, oversee inclusion in practice within the school.

Get in Touch

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions regarding Special Educational Needs.

For more information please see our supporting documents.