SEND

Mission Statement – being the best we can together!

Our vision for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), is to develop the whole child in an inclusive learning environment where they grow to reach their full potential and feel happy, safe and secure.

We embrace the fact that every child has a different starting point, progresses at a different rate and has a different way in which they learn best. We value our diverse range of strengths and needs and promote equality of opportunity and acceptance of others.

In our school, every teacher is a teacher of SEND.  High quality teaching, personalised where appropriate, in an inclusive environment, is the basis for meeting the diverse needs of all our learners. This enables our learners to access a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum and enrichment activities that are responsive to their needs and starting points and provide opportunities for everyone to achieve and succeed

We strive to create provision for our children with SEND that promotes progress, independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning.

Together we take pride in making a positive contribution to our school and the wider community.

We build on each child’s strengths and help each child overcome their learning barriers so they succeed and achieve the best possible outcomes and have the motivation and confidence to go on to be life-long learners.  

We have high expectations and aspirations for our children with SEND and believe that all children should be encouraged to have the confidence to be the best they can be, knowing they feel valued, respected and that people believe in them.

How are SEN needs identified?

At Nursling Primary School children are identified as needing SEN Support through:

  • Liaison with pre-schools/previous school
  • A child performing significantly below age related expectations
  • A lack of progress
  • Through assessment and screening tests
  • Concerns raised by parents or teachers
  • Through liaison with external agencies

Children with SEN have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or they have a disability which makes it difficult for them to use the facilities normally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. Someone has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Children who are identified as having a SEN are recorded on our school SEND Register as ‘SEN Support’. Some children then make very good progress or their needs change and we may no longer feel that they need to be listed as SEN Support; these children are maintained on the register as ‘monitoring’. Some children have a greater level of need and have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHC Plan).

What is SEN Support?

SEN support is provision that is needed which is ‘different from, or in addition to’ the usual school activities and curriculum. This might include:

  • Support or resources in the classroom which is different to other children, ranging from pencil grips to individual work stations
  • More 1:1 or small group support in lessons
  • Different outcomes in a lesson
  • Access to learning breaks to support concentration, processing of information or physical/sensory needs
  • Interventions outside of the classroom to support a particular need for example emotional support through ELSA or reading/writing/ phonic/Maths support programmes such as Rapid Read or Speed Up Writing

Our SEN Support is based on a four-part cycle (assess, plan, do, review) known as the Graduated Approach.

      Assess-Plan-Do-Review Cycle

Click on the link below to see a SENDIASS Information Sheet about SEN Support

SEND Provision Parents Leaflet 2021.pub

Our Provision Map identifies the ways we might support children with SEND in our school.

Please see our helpful guide to the interventions we offer in school to provide support which is ‘additional to or different from’ our high quality, carefully differentiated and inclusive teaching. 

SEND Provision Parents Leaflet 2021

Provision Map Au 2022

NPS GUIDE TO INTERVENTIONS

Our Support Plans detail the additional Interventions, targets for your child and outcomes after a term of intervention. These are shared and agreed with parents each term.

Our SEND Information Report outlines our provision for pupils with SEND and how we will implement our SEND Policy.

SEND Information Report 2021-2022

NPS SEND Policy 2021-2022

Local Offer

Every Local Authority is required to publish information about services that available in their area for children and young people with SEND and also services outside of the area which children and young people from their area may use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.

Our SEND Information Report forms part of Hampshire’s Local Offer.

Due to the close proximity of the Southampton Local Authority, some of our children, parent carers who live in Southampton may access services within Southampton’s Local Offer.

What-is-the-Local-Offer

Hampshire’s Local Offer https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/localoffer.page

Southampton’s Local Offer https://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/localoffer.page

SouthamptonSEND local Offer Newsletter Oct 21

ELSA and FEIPS

 Mrs Bond and Mrs Corney are our Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) 

ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant who aims to remove emotional barriers to learning and help children to develop their social and emotional skills so they can enjoy school and feel happy and secure.

Our ELSAs have been trained by Educational Psychologists to provide emotional support in areas such as self-esteem, anxiety, social skills, emotions, friendships, emotions, relationships, emotional regulation, loss and bereavement.

Children are usually referred for ELSA support by their class teacher or SENCO. Every half term we identify and prioritise which children require a programme for the next 6-8 weeks.

ELSAs provide emotional support and provide a calm, safe space for thoughts and feelings to be shared and explored and help pupils develop new skills and coping strategies to manage their emotional needs. Most ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis but sometimes small group work is more appropriate in areas of social and friendship skills.

ELSA leaflet for Parents

FEIPS

FEIPS stands for Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support. Mrs Bond is also Framework for Enhanced Individual Support Practitioner

Our FEIPS Practitioner offers a safe and supportive environment to talk about difficult issues in confidence. FEIPS Practitioners facilitate a helping conversation using counselling practices rather than delivering skills-based programmes. 

FEIPS leaflet for Parents

 

SEND Parent and Pupil Views: 2021 - 2022

PARENT VOICE

Minutes of parent action group 02.03.2022

 

 

What we will do to improve things for you and your child:

  • We will ensure we make it clearer where to find the SEND Policy and Information Report.
  • We will hold our SEND Support meetings for parents of pupils with SEND at a different time each term so all parents have the opportunity to attend: after drop-off, before pick-up or virtual evening meeting via Zoom.
  • We have started a SEND Parent Action Group to help us improve our SEND Offer.

SEND Support Group Flier 17.11.21

SEND Action Group Flier 1.11.21

Links Suggested by SEN Support Group

PUPIL VOICE

Headlines:

  • 93% feel happy and safe coming to school.
  • 93% felt people notice when they have done well.
  • 80% knew what to do to help themselves if they get stuck

Some of the comments our children told us:

“I love reading with Nala.”

“Mrs Bond helps me when I feel sad.”

To make school even better for you we will:

  • Start a quiet lunchtime group.
  • Add more sensory toys to your class boxes.

Lego Therapy is one of the programmes of support our ELSAs offers

 

 

How do we raise awareness about the strengths and needs of pupils with SEND?

We embrace the fact that every child has a different starting point, progresses at a different rate and has a different way in which they learn best. We value our diverse range of strengths and needs and promote equality of opportunity and acceptance of others.

During the year, we reflect on the needs and strengths of pupils during our PHSE sessions.

Learning Barrier Week

During our learning barrier week in April, we will be celebrating our similarities and differences and raise awareness of pupils with Autism. As part of Autism Awareness Week, we will encourage all the children to share why they are unique and special.

This will include sharing National Autistic Society animation ‘Meet the Trummies’ which introduces the idea that we are alike but different too and that we should be kind to each other.

Our older pupils in KS2 will listen to ‘The Reason I Jump’ to hear the moving experience of a 13 year old living with Autism, inspired and translated from the book by Naoki Higashida.  One of the key messages within this clip is that every human being with or without disabilities must strive to do their best and it is the striving for happiness that is the happiness.

Fish in a Tree

Our pupils in Year 5 have been inspired by the story ‘Fish in a Tree’ by Lynda Mullay Hunt to become SEND Ambassadors and share with you how it must feel to have a learning difference and how obstacles to learning have been overcome by some well-known figures and children in our school. Nothing is Impossible Photos of Projects 26.4.22.docx

This short animation ‘Amazing Things Happen’ by Alexander Amelines gives a helpful introduction to Autism for pupils who are not autistic.

This short animation enables us to listen to the unique experience children on the autistic spectrum in their own words. https://youtu.be/VAogdfYPstU

This short animation ‘See Dyslexia Differently’ produced by the British Dyslexia Association gives a helpful introduction to challenges the children Dyslexia face whilst acknowledging their strength and potential. https://youtu.be/11r7CFlK2sc

This clip from the BBC Series ‘Same by Different’ introduces Sophie, a young girl with Dyslexia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-ks2-same-but-different/zn87vk7

This short animation introduces children to what is like to have ADHD, the difficulties they experience and strengths. Produced by National Centre for Mental Health

We celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week each year.

This year’s theme was ‘Growing Together’.  We often need others to help us believe in ourselves, keep going and to try to do things a bit differently to help us reach our goals. We encouraged the children to think about how we can help each other grow together to look after our mental health.  We also held a ‘Dress to Express’ day and gave a small donation to this children’s mental health charity.

 

SEND events coming up

Parent Support Group

The date of our next Parent Support group will be published here.

Parent Workshops

Lorraine Lee Parent Workshop at Nursling Primary School

17th February 2022

Our Lorraine Lee Parent Workshop on supporting pupils with anxiety was very well attended by parents and members of our local community and all agreed that it was informative and interesting with practical advice and strategies.

Thank you to everyone that attended and made the evening such a success.

We have lots of suggestions for themes for future parent workshops. Please look out for information about future Lorraine Lee workshops being held in our community on our school website.

Our parents told us:

‘Thank you for delivering an interesting and informative session. You are really inspiring to listen to.’
‘Great workshop. Fabulous techniques to use with children. Thank you for being so down to earth.’
‘Very informative and easy to understand and was delivered in a great way.
‘Knowledge, practical ideas – lots of positive changes will come out of this!’
‘Thank you very much. It was really interesting and informative.’
‘Very well delivered, clear, well-structured and inspiring. Thank you’
‘Thank you, a real positive presentation.’
‘Very informative and lots of useful strategies to use in the classroom and at home.’
‘Fantastic workshop, very informative and impeccably delivered by an inspirational expert.’

CAMHS Events Coming Up

The Hampshire CAMHS campaign in 2022 is “This is Me”. The emphasis will be on positive mental health, and celebrating and encouraging young people to participate, share, express themselves and re-build confidence.

There are a number of different projects within the campaign that young people, schools, and youth organisations can get involved with, and we would encourage you to do so.

Walk this Way

Our school is delighted to be part of a Hampshire CAMHS project called ‘Walk this Way’.

This walk around our school playground encourages our pupils to get fresh air, exercise and practice skills such as mindfulness and breathing techniques to support their mental wellbeing.

Please encourage your child to share the walk with you. The start of the walk is shown above. Can you work out where it starts? Please follow the signs around our playground. Will you be our first family to ‘Walk this Way? Do share your walk with us!

For more information about CAMHS see: https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/

P.A.C.E 2022

The next P.A.C.E. event will take place on 30th June 2022 at Court Moor School, Fleet, Hampshire

This a free health and wellbeing event for all parents, carers and professionals that support young people. The event will consist of specialist workshops on young people’s emotional health and wellbeing and information stands from local and national organisations.

You can book your workshop space at https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/events/

FIT FEST 2022

Fit Fest is a free health and wellbeing event for schools organised by Hampshire CAMHS. It is aimed at primary aged young people in years 4, 5 and 6, from across Hampshire schools, excluding Southampton and Portsmouth. The theme this year is

‘The Jungle’. This health and wellbeing event encourages creativity and exercise along with healthy eating, sleep and hobbies to empower young people to feel confident making healthy life choices and responsibility for their health, wellbeing and behaviour’. A number of free workshops cover mental health and how to look after ourselves. There will be information stands from a range of organisations across Hampshire.

For more details and to book spaces please go to the events page of the Hampshire CAMHS website https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/events/

Further information and useful SEND links

Please contact your child’s class teacher, our SENCO or see useful links for further information.  Our SENCO and Parent Link Worker can be contacted via the school office.

                                           

                 Mrs Pearce                                                                     Mrs Bond

                     SENCO                                                              ELSA and Parent Link

Our SENCO holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination, is a Specialist Teacher (Teaching Learners with Dyslexia /Specific Learning Difficulties) and accredited Autism Ambassador.

The Autism Ambassador scheme has the shared belief is that ‘The smallest change can make the biggest difference’. As a school, we aim to increase awareness and build knowledge of specific learning difficulties and Autism in our community and seeking ways to improve our SEND provision.      

Parent Link

Our Parent link worker is Mrs Bond.

Parenting is incredibly rewarding but can also be very challenging. Children don’t come with a handbook and there may be occasions when challenges arise and you need some practical or emotional support.

Mrs Bond works with parents and carers to offer support on children’s behaviour; provide information about school matters; offer opportunities to meet other parents and link families to other support services.

Please feel free to contact me via the school office is you would like any further information or to arrange a telephone appointment.

Useful SEND Links and Leaflets:

Local Offer

 

Special Educational Needs And Disability Information Advice And Support Services (SENDIASS)

 

Some Other Useful Links

Solent Therapy   https://www.solent.nhs.uk/our-services/services-listings/childrens-therapy-service-southampton

 

Hampshire Specialist Parenting Service (HSPS) Offers information to support parents of pupils with Autism, ADHD or behaviour that challenges:  https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/hampshire-specialist-parenting-support-service

Autism Hampshire    https://www.autismhampshire.org.uk