Our school motto is ‘Aspire, Achieve and Enjoy. We encourage all our pupils to aim high and achieve each to the best of their ability.
As teachers, we work hard to support all the children in our school to be the best they can be, including all children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Our school is a community primary school for the 5-11 age-range. We have a nursery for children aged 3-4. Children start school in our Reception classes in the year they are 5. There are two classes in each year group. There are almost 400 children in the school.
Our OFSTED rating.
At our last Ofsted inspection, Alexandra was found to be a good school. We are now working hard to build on our strengths, moving forward to becoming outstanding.
During the summer term before children start at the school, we invite all the parent/carers in to the school to meet their child’s class teacher. We ask parents to let us know if their child has a disability or they feel their child has any special educational needs so that we can discuss this and make sure the right support is in place for every child when they start.
If a child has special educational needs it is very important that they get the help they need as soon as possible. In order to make sure that any special needs not known about before starting the school are picked up early, all pupils are assessed during their first term at the school.
We encourage the children themselves to contribute through our ‘About Me’ work in the first term.
Our regular assessment and monitoring procedures continue throughout the children’s time at school ensure that all children continue to make good progress. We hold termly Pupil Progress Review meetings to discuss each child and their next steps. The Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo) meets the Class teachers informally and formally each half term to discuss any needs that may have arisen.
We work hard to maintain good home/school links and parents are always welcome to speak to us if they have any concerns.
What we do to help children/young people with special educational needs
Alexandra has developed a wide range of ways in which we support children with different special educational needs or disabilities.
This is how we plan support:
▪ First we identify what the particular need is, through observation and discussion. We work closely with the family through this stage and of course beyond.
We agree a programme of support that is carefully targeted on the particular area or difficulty. This describes what we will do to support a child and what we hope the support to achieve.
▪ To see whether the support is helping we set a time-frame and we review how things are going each term.
Everything is written down in an Additional Educational NeedsPlan (AEN Plan ) for each child with special educational needs. This is reviewed each term with parents, teachers, SENCo and the child themselves if they are old enough. The target for the following term is also discussed and planned then.
How we adapt our teaching for children/young people with special educational needs.
Alexandra is an inclusive school and children with special educational needs are taught alongside other children. Lessons are designed so that all the children in the class learn and make progress. We do this by planning what’s called ‘differentiated’ lessons in which for example both a child with special educational needs and a very able child have different learning goals within the lesson. Every class teacher is involved in planning, monitoring and providing support for pupils with in their class including children with special educational needs.
Part of the school’s budget is for support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. This is a fixed amount and we have to use the money as cost-effectively as possible and make sure we can give help to all the children who need it. We have costed all the ways we support children. Decisions about which support programme is best for a child are made by the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in consultation with a child’s class teacher and parents /carers. Parents are invited to contribute to planning through a meeting or if they are not able to come into the school in whatever way is best for them, e.g. by telephone or email.
In exceptional circumstances, where we feel we are not able to meet a child’s needs from our own funds, we will apply to the local authority for additional support for a child. Parents can do this too. We are happy to discuss all of this in more detail with parents.
How we check that a child/young person is making progress and how we keep parents informed
We work hard to maintain good home/school links with parents. We have regular newsletters with general news about the school. Each term class teachers send home a letter about the work to be covered over the coming term. We have a parents’/carers’ evening three times a year and we send all parents/carers a report about their child’s progress once a year.
For children with special educational needs we have a progress review each term. We welcome parents at this review and try as far as possible to arrange it at a time that will allow them to attend.
We use our school website to communicate useful information and also have a schools app for information and reminders.
Support we offer for children’s/young people’s health and general wellbeing
Children need to be happy and be able to behave appropriately to learn well, so all our class teachers work with children in their class on social skills, behaviour and wellbeing. If a child has a particular difficulty, their class teacher will have help from colleagues eg teaching assistants, the school nurse, learning mentors, a school counsellor or the (SENCO) to help support the child.
We also have peer mediators, a group of older children who have been specially trained to offer support to younger children in the playground.
Alexandra Primary School has clear anti-bullying and diversity policies. If a pupil has particular behavioural difficulties, we have a Behaviour Support Programme designed to identify the cause of the problem and to support the child in order to avoid the pupil disrupting his/her own or others’ learning and prevent exclusion.
Our School Council has class reps from each year group. Council representatives meet with the Lead teacher every fortnight to discuss issues that pupils wish to raise about any aspect of school life.
Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed
Sometimes a child will have needs that will benefit from additional help from a specialist outside the school. Depending on a child’s needs we may draw on support from ▪ Speech and language therapy ▪ Occupational therapy ▪ Child psychology ▪ Educational welfare ▪ Hearing-impaired service ▪ Visually Impaired Service ▪ Behaviour Support Service ▪ Social services ▪ Police Community support
We always communicate with parents if we think additional support is required and before we contact other specialists.
Ensuring all staff are well trained.
Every year we have 5 staff training days. At least one of these focuses on special educational needs to make sure that every teacher understands the range different special educational needs, knows how to plan and teach their lessons in a way that is appropriate for children with special educational needs. That they also know how to support the emotional needs of children with special educational needs and furthermore understand how important it is to work closely with parents and carers. We hold weekly meetings for TAs to ensure that there is consistency of good practice. Staff are sent on a wide range of courses offered through the year by the Local Authority. The Special Needs Coordinator meets ½ termly with other professionals in the LA to share ideas and develop strategies.
How we include children/young people in activities and school trips
Any trips or outings we plan always include children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. We use part of our budget to make sure that any support needed can be provided. We always consult with parents/carers before arrangements are finalised.
Our school environment
Our school was extensively renovated in 2013 and nine out of 15 of our classrooms are fully accessible for children with mobility issues. We can move our classes if we need to in order to accommodate a child who joins the school. There are disabled toilets available close to the Reception area.
In school we have a range of equipment designed to support the development of children’s coordination and motor skills in class but if any child needs additional equipment we will get this through specialist services for example Occupational Therapy.
How we prepare for children/young people joining our school and leaving our school
Children joining our school from the nursery visit their new classroom several times before the start of the new school year. Reception class teachers introduce the children to the school once they start to make sure they are confident in their new surroundings. We have close working relationships with other pre-school providers and services in the local area and we encourage them also to visit to help prepare children who will be joining Alexandra.
As mentioned before, we invite all the parent/carers of children joining the school to meet their child’s class teacher during the summer term before their children start at the school. We also ask parents to let us know if their child has a disability or they feel their child has any special educational needs so that we can make sure the right support is in place for their child.
We recognise that the move from reception to year 1 can seem a big jump for children and so the children meet their teachers many times for story time during the summer term. The reception children also come to special assemblies in the main school . For those children who are anxious about the transition we provide them with Social stories to read with their family over the summer. These have pictures of school staff and their classroom.
We help older children prepare for secondary school through a class project in Year 6 ‘Getting Ready for Secondary School’. This helps the children understand for example how a typical day works in a secondary school, what their timetable might look like, how to find out who to go to for help if they need it. Children are encouraged to visit their secondary schools in the Summer Term , We are forging strong links with Heartlands school and throughout KS2 the children visit for lessons and clubs and so are familiar with the building and many of the staff. The Year 6 teacher and SENCo meet with the secondary teachers to discuss pupils and ensure that a smooth transition is planned.
How parents are involved in school life
At Alexandra we believe in working with parents/carers as partners and we hope that our parents will share that belief.
We are always ready to speak to parents about any concerns they have about their child. The Strategic leadership team (Manjit Dulay- Head teacher, Michelle Ginty–Deputy Head teacher, Fadie Georgiou, Gill Foster and David Combe- Assistant Headteachers and Heather Johnston Inclusion leader and SENCo) are available in the playground in the morning and afternoons to see or speak with parents/carers. Appointments can be made by speaking to any member of staff or contacting the school office.
Parents and carers are represented on the school’s Governing Body.
When we write to parents/carers, we always try to write in plain English. We have a group of bi- and multi-lingual parents/carers/ school staff who offer translation and interpretation e.g. Polish, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu for parents carers who need help with English.
Who to contact for more information or to discuss a concern
- Your child’s class teacher
- The special educational needs Coordinator (SENCO), Heather Johnston▪ or Margaret Luchman the School Governor with interest and responsibility for special educational needs.
- Contact Haringey for their local offer on SEND haringey.gov.uk/children-and-families/children-and-young-people-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-our-local-offer
If you have any queries please do ask the school Reception who will direct you to the best person to help. The school telephone number is 0208 888 9771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview of Alexandra Primary School AEN