SEN at Howick CE Primary School
'Pupils show immense pride in their school and say we are one big happy family here!’ (Ofsted)
Contact details and information
SEN Coordinator: Mr A Hunt
SEN Governor: Mrs Diane Tomlinson
Special Educational Needs
Howick C.E Primary is an inclusive school, which offers broad and balanced learning opportunities for all our pupils in line with the new National Curriculum. Some children have a special educational need, which means special provision is made to accommodate their needs. This may be because of a learning difficulty, a health issue, a disability or emotional and behavioural difficulties.
At Howick we:
Aim to offer a wide variety of flexible support to meet the needs of our children.
Ensure that children with SEN partake with all aspects of every lesson alongside children who do not have SEN.
Have the highest expectations of all pupils, including those with SEN.
Designate a teacher to be responsible for co-ordinating SEN provision – the SEN co-ordinator, or SENCO. Our SENCO is currently Mr Andrew Hunt. The member of our governing body with specific oversight of the school’s arrangements for SEN and disability is currently Mrs Diane Tomlinson.
Inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child.
The local offer
The government have listened to what parents say their experience of services is like and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the Local Offer. Please click the link below to view Lancashire's Local Offer;
The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.
The local offer provides information on a number of things, including:
special educational provision;
social care provision;
other educational provision;
travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education; and
Preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.
Howick C.E Primary School's Local Offer is available on this section of the website, please see below.
For children with more complex needs, a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) will replace statements. We are fully prepared to work alongside families of children with statements in our school to draw up ‘All about me’ documents. In line with best practice, we have created our own Howick version of the All About Me profile to track children with needs which are significant but not as complex. This allows children, parents and school to work closely together towards common goals. These plans are reviewed annually but can be looked at on a more flexible basis to meet the needs of our children.
Strengths of SEN Provision at Howick CE Primary School:
· A well developed pupil tracking system which focuses on the needs of all children in our care, enabling them to achieve.
· Focused tracking of SEN children in order to improve their progress.
· A culture of high expectations for all our children.
· We offer a small, inclusive and nurturing environment for all children in our care.
· Best practice use of learning plans and ‘This is Me’ profiles to encourage regular communication between parents, pupils and teachers.
· Great teacher parent relations which ensure regular dialogue centred on the child’s interests.
Policies and Further Information:
SEN Policy – Please see 'Policies' Section
This document shows the waves of support and intervention that can be offered here at Howick. It includes the four areas of need and what we consider here to be quality first teaching standards for all our children.
At Howick Church Endowed Primary School we want all of our children to reach their full potential. One of the ways we do this is ensuring that all our children are given Quality First Teaching. This means that our teachers employ methods and strategies to help all children to overcome any barriers to their learning.
Some of the ways we do this are;
- All lessons have a clear structure and children are made aware of their learning objective at the start.
- All lessons are differentiated to ensure that children are learning at their appropriate ability level.
- Instructions are given in small chunks and supported by visual clues.
- Any new vocabulary is introduced with the aid of visuals.
- Children are asked to demonstrate what they have learnt in a variety of ways e.g. drama, mind mapping, drawing, ICT recording.
- Children work in mixed ability groups, pairs and individually.
- Children are taught different ways to remember important information – highlighting, mnemonics etc.
- Children’s effort and achievement in their work is celebrated using Class Dojo and weekly merits.
- Learning is revisited throughout the year in order to ensure that children are able to consolidate.
- Teachers ensure that learning is fun and that children are excited about what they are doing.
- Staff are trained in all areas of SEN to ensure they are using the appropriate techniques and resources to support any children with Special Educational Needs. Our SENCO (Mr Hunt) supports teachers to ensure they are providing appropriate provision.
- Staff track each child’s progress to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential.
- Staff meet regularly with parents and carers to discuss their children’s progress.