SENDCO: Christine Burnford
Headteacher: Bryony Surtees
Deputy Headteacher: Natalie Godrey
SEND Governor: Stephen Dove
If you are worried about your child please contact the School Office to make an appointment to see Miss Burnford, who will talk through your concerns via firstname.lastname@example.org
SEND Local Offer
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act places a duty on every Local Authority to publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information on the provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people (from 0-25 years) who have SEN and Disabilities (SEND)
It is a ‘front door’ to information on the SEND provision from the Local Authority, Health, schools and settings and the voluntary sector.
The Local Offer has two main purposes:
- to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and
- to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents/carers, and service providers in its development and review
Isle of Ely’s view
At Isle of Ely, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive and SEN friendly school. Our staff work to make reasonable adjustments within the classroom to ensure all students with SEN can access learning.
- all teachers are teachers of all children;
- all children have a right to participate fully in the Curriculum;
- all children have a right to participate in the extra-curricular life of the school;
- inclusion equates to higher achievement for all children.
What is SEND?
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made.
What we offer:
Here at Isle of Ely we follow the graduated model of Assess, Plan, Do, Review [APDR] for all children we feel need support. All teachers, alongside the SENCo are responsible for monitoring progress of all the children, including those with SEND needs. If no progress has been made after two cycles of APDRs, the SENCo will seek further support from outside agencies, such as SEND services or Speech and Language.
We provide numerous forms of support for all children, including those with SEND, such as:
- Sensory circuits
- or group counselling
- A sensory room
- Small group interventions
- Dyslexia friendly environments
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
- Children in SEND needs and EHCPs will be admitted before other children.
- The school is fully compliant with DDA requirements
- The school is on one level with easy access and double doors
- Outside facilities can be accessed via exit doors
- There are four disabled toilets, one with a full changing bed
- We ensure, wherever possible, that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs, such as laptops, coloured overlays, visual timetables and larger fonts
- We differentiate our teaching and curriculum, for example, giving longer processing times, pre-teaching of key vocabulary, reading instructions aloud, etc
- All of our extra-curricular activities and school visits are available to all our pupils, including our before-and after-school clubs
- All pupils are encouraged to go on our residential trip(s)
Isle of Ely strongly believes that children learn best when they are confident in themselves.
We, as a school, acknowledge that mental health needs are becoming increasingly apparent in primary aged children and we offer numerous ways to support children with these needs.
Below you will find links to some useful documents: