This session was led my Mrs Gorman, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and focussed on the support and provision that the school provides for children of all needs.
· The SEN provision across the school was highly praised with levels of communication considered to be very good. Suggestions were requested and made as to how this could be improved further.
· The SEN section of the website to be made more ‘obvious’ with the language used to be ‘user friendly’. Many parents who have children who have been identified as having an additional need have a wealth of resources (websites eg dyslexia action Rutland, contacts and publications) that they have found useful - gather a database of these resources and make them available on the SEN section of the school website.
· The idea was again raised of parents mentoring parents - Mrs Schamp has sought advice from Mrs Baines and found that support very useful - make this more readily available? Children who have had a recent diagnosis (eg dyslexia) could be unsure and, although every dyslexic child has different issues, the suggestion was that allowing them the opportunity to be mentored by an older pupil with a similar diagnosis would be wonderful for all parties.
· Teacher and parents to discuss with the child the diagnosis and establish the child's level of comfort with talking within the class about it. Does the child understand the ‘label’ and the support they will be receiving? Possibly circle time activities so that others can support?
· Parents keen to be informed of provision and intervention that their child is receiving, whether SEN or not through a ‘report card’ style slip. This to include what the focus of that intervention is so that home can support also. When provision maps updated, ‘report card’ of progress to be sent home so that parents can see the impact of the intervention.
· It came across that the school did not ‘sell itself enough’ for what we do really well. (Thank you for that!)
· Question was asked as to whether it is usually parents or the school who highlight a concern about their child - it can be either as is often home with a developmental concern and school with an educational issue. Could there be a ‘what should I do if…’ section on the website where parents can find a step be step procedure to follow should they wish to raise a concern about their child? As well as a ‘ideas and tips’ section?
· Blue white board pens are better for dyslexic children - could we consider ordering these for the children to use as well as the teachers?
· Pastoral issues are dealt with very well by the staff in school - some classes use register dolls. Is there another way that children could make one of the adults aware that they are having a ‘wobble’? Chart on the wall?
· Do the schools across the academy share the more expensive resources (Barrington Stokes books)? Difficult to keep track. Maybe each school to have their own but with an addition resource moving around?
· What makes me great! Older children with dyslexia to blog their experiences? Celebrate the success?
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