Parent/Carer Information about Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND).

Who do I contact in regards to SEND in school?

Each school has a dedicated person who supports the teachers, children and parents of children with SEND. This person is called the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs coordinator). For St. Joseph’s Catholic Infant and Junior Schools, this is Miss K Gaynor.  If you wish to contact Miss Gaynor please call the school office or you can e-mail her on the following details:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Infant School

Miss K. Gaynor

School Office – 020 8903 6032 

E-mail: sen@sjinf.brent.sch.uk

 

How do I know if my child has SEND?

All children are very different, all progress at different speeds and enjoy very different parts of the curriculum.  If your child is in the early acquisition of English for example this is not a SEND concern, as with further interaction and exposure to the language this will begin to develop. If you are worried that your child is finding  their homework consistently very challenging, interacting differently with other children/adults then you should speak to the class teacher initially about your concerns or contact Miss Gaynor,the SENCo.

How does the school identify my child has SEND?

 Each day, in every lesson, the teachers are assessing the children. Through these assessments we are able to highlight children that sometimes need a little more help than others to complete tasks. Termly assessments are also completed and discussed with the Headteacher,  looking for gaps in the children’s learning and identifying children who seem to be making less progress. Through these tools, as well as dialogue with you, we are able to identify children who we think may need a little more support in school.

What are the SEN categories of need?

There are four categories of SEN. One area with the new changes has seen its name changed but the others still remain changed. The four areas are:

Communication and interaction

Cognition and learning

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Sensory and/or physical needs

 What is the SEN register?

The SEN register is quite simply a confidential list available to the teaching staff. This shows the children who currently are receiving support from the school.  This list allows us to track the progress of the children in one place ensuring we are doing everything we can to support your child. Once on the SEN register it doesn’t mean you child will always been there , they can easily be taken off once the class teachers are happy they have made the required amount of progress as a result of  the support the school has put in place.

 How will progress be monitored?

Your child’s progress is reviewed regularly. Their individual IEP targets will be formally reviewed with you and new ones set each term.  For overall progress looking at the age related descriptors/objectives, this will take place once each term and a discussion will take place in an assess and review meeting with the associate head teacher, SENCo, class teacher and teaching assistant.

What is an IEP?

An IEP stands for Individual Education Plan, these are targets that have been specifically written either by the class teacher or external agencies to enhance their learning. This personal style of learning ensures we can plan interventions and monitor progress closely ensuring the children reach their full potential.

What is an EHCP?

EHCP stands for Education Health and Care Plan, and 1st September 2014, will replace statements. These Plans have to be applied for by education or health and agreed by the local authority. They are for children who need a greater level of individual support. This then releases additional funding to the school for this particular child.  

What is the schools offer?

The 'schools offer' is what as a school we offer our children with SEN. Our offer is then combined with Brent to form what is called the local offer. Each school’s offer may be different as it our decision where we would like to spend our budget to best provide support for our children.

Are we a good school for SEN?

As can be seen in external data reports our SEN children progress well and achieve well also. We are a fully inclusive school which we are very proud of.

Please click below for further information

SEND 2014 Changes and additional guidance

SEND Policy

SEND School Offer

SEND Access and Disability Plan 2017

Brent Accessibility Strategy April 2016 – March 2019 (reference)

SEND Cycle