Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) at Greythorn
The Governors receive information each year from the SENCo (Mrs Annabel Holmes) about the number of children on the Special Needs Register and their needs, information about 'provision mapping' and the training of members of staff, together with updates to the Special Educational Needs Policy.
The Senior Leadership Team verify school data related to all vulnerable groups to see that needs are appropriately met. The Head of School's report at each full governors provides an update on the number of SEND children in the school.
At the end of each year staff attend a transition staff meeting to ensure receiving staff are aware of the needs of their new intake for September.
At Greythorn we aim to enable each child to achieve their full potential. We all work to provide a friendly, stimulating and challenging environment which respects and celebrates individual interests, talents and differences.
What are Special Educational Needs?
A child has Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) if he or she has:
There are a wide range of special educational needs for which children may need extra support. Sometimes these needs are only short term, others may continue through a child’s school life and some children may have a specific diagnosis. The needs generally fall into one or more of the following categories.
Cognition and Learning
Indications may be:
Communication and Interaction
Indications may be:
Behaviour, Social and Emotional
Indications may be:
Sensory and Physical
Indications may be:
SEND Terms Explained
What is the Local Offer?
The local offer is the services that are available in Nottinghamshire. More information is available at:
As part of the local offer the Greythorn SEND policy sets out our aims and provisions in more detail.
What is a SENCO?
A Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is a member of staff responsible for keeping an overview of special needs in school.
What is a TA?
A Teaching Assistant who works alongside the class teacher and supports groups of children and individuals to access the curriculum and reach their targets.
What is a support plan?
A Support Plan is a form of individual passport which summarises strengths and needs; indicates best methods of learning / resources that are useful and sets out small step focused targets which are reviewed 2-3 x per year. At Greythorn it is written as part of a meeting called a ‘review’ meeting.
What is an Educational Psychologist (EP)?
A person trained to make judgements on children’s educational development, usually provided through advice and training for SENCOs and Teachers.
What is a Schools and Families Support Service Teacher? (SFSS)
A specialist teacher who school can ask for advice and help. They work in a number of schools and also offer training to support staff.
Who are the behaviour support team? (RPBP)
A specialist teacher trained to support children who are experiencing behavioural difficulties and give advice to their teachers.
What is the Parent Partnership Scheme?
An organisation which offers support and advice to parents of children with special educational needs.
TEL: 0115 9482888
What is SALT?
Speech And Language Therapy
What is a review?
A meeting during the school day for the parents/carers and sometimes other agencies who support a child with special needs. We discuss progress against meeting support plan targets.
What is an EHCP?
Where children meet the thresholds of having complex and persistent needs, which struggle to be met in a mainstream primary school, parents alongside school can request an assessment into the eligibility for having an Educational and Health Care Plan. This brings together information from education, health and social care. Information about EHCPs can be obtained from school, Parent Partnership or from the local authority.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion means all children, whatever their needs, are welcomed into school, and supported to take an active part in all areas of school life to become integrated member of our school community. Inclusion isn’t providing the SAME for all children, but personalising teaching and provision to meet individual needs.
How do we know who needs help?
Information comes to us in many different ways:
What does school do to help?
There is a national Code of Practice which helps ensure children have access to a similar system of support whichever school they attend.
Many children may receive help in class through work which matches the way they learn. They will not be classed as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This includes children with Dyslexia / Dyslexic tendencies.
Some children will have extra help from another adult to achieve their in class targets and to make progress.
A few children may benefit from support and advice from other sources and specialists, these children will have a Support Plan and the SENCO keeps a record of these children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
A very small number of children will have exceptional needs that require the school to request support from the West Bridgford Family of Schools or Children and Young People’s Services.
What is the West Bridgford Family of Schools?
West Bridgford Family of schools which includes Greythorn plus: West Bridgford Infants School, West Bridgford Junior School, Jesse Gray Primary School, Heymann Primary and Nursery School and The West Bridgford Secondary School
The SENCO’s share the role of Family SENCO, to attend regional meetings, allocate shared funding, support each other and share training.
Is there any extra funding for special needs children?
There are several ways in which children with special needs are supported.
Home and school need to work as a team in order for your child to thrive – Keep in touch!
More detailed information on what we offer can be found in the school SEND policy available on the school website.
If you want know more or have any queries or concerns the best way to contact the SENCO Annabel Holmes is via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively phone the school office and leave a message for me or contact your child’s teacher
Refer to the documents below for further information.