A child has SEN if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Special educational provision is support which is additional or different to the support usually available to children of the same age.
We are an inclusive school and aim to support all children and their individual needs. Special educational needs and provision falls into four broad areas:
1. Communication and interaction
2. Cognitive and learning
3. Social, mental and emotional health
4. Sensory and/or physical.
Each class teacher assesses the children continually as part of their teaching.
If they feel that a child is not making expected progress they will try teaching them in different ways to help them to learn. Targeted interventions may be set up in addition to class practice. If more, or different support is needed, a target plan is put in place to support the child and help them to make more progress. Specific, child friendly targets would be set and regularly reviewed with the class teacher, parent and child.
The Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will monitor progress.
Sometimes the SENCO will seek advice from other professionals to make more detailed assessments. In some cases, the school may arrange a “team around the child” meeting and consider a Proposal for Statutory Assessment.
Woodford Primary School currently has two entrances and the school is on split levels. The school has two main buildings. The lower level is the Foundation and Key Stage one building and upper level the Key Stage Two. There are chairlifts available within the buildings in order to avoid difficulties in accessing stairways. All the classrooms are light, spacious and airy with large windows and views across Plympton, the school field and playgrounds. The school has 3 playgrounds, a field and outside play areas for the Foundation children.
There are two main walking routes for parents dropping off children, the main vehicular entrance and via a long pathway to the south of the site. There is one accessible parking space provided. The school is likely to be very difficult to access by people with mobility disabilities if they do not have vehicular transport due to the topography of the site.
For more information about our approach to SEN please read our SEN Policy.
Class teachers are responsible for the day to day support for all children in their class.
Mrs Whish (KS1) and Mrs Lewis (KS2) are our school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators. (SENCO’s).
This stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
If your child is already in the school, the class teacher is your first point of contact and will be available to arrange a time to meet with you, after school is often the best time to talk to them. You can arrange to make an appointment to see or speak to the SENCo or Head teacher on 01752 336228. Parent information and support for SEND (PIASS) can also signpost parents and carers to different organisations that may help them. Please see the Plymouth local offer via the directory of services for further services available within the Plymouth area.
Mrs Whish and Mrs Lewis have achieved the National SENCO Qualification.
Mrs Milborn and Miss Attis have completed the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) course which enables them to help children with specific emotional difficulties.
Mrs Cameron is the school Learning Mentor. She supports and encourages children to engage with learning, and helps to raise their self esteem.
Mrs Rose is a teaching assistant trained in delivering specialist speech and language interventions.
All of the teachers have had in-service training to help them manage a range of different special educational needs.
Class teachers adapt the curriculum for all children in their class through high quality, differentiated teaching. Where possible, the school will provide additional teaching support and resources.
We hold an Oasis group which helps children settle into school on a Monday morning which children are invited to if we feel they will benefit from this experience.
We also have nurture groups and service children groups to support them during times of emotional difficulty or loss. Nurture groups can help children who have difficulty socialising with their friends. We also supports children with emotional difficulties such as anxiety, bereavement and personal trauma. Activities may include cooking, sewing, art and sport.
The Learning Mentor can help children develop their sense of self-belief and help develop skills for children to engage in school life.
Mrs Whish and Mrs Lewis work with other professionals to support children with SEN. These professionals include an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, professionals from the Communication Interaction Team, MAST team, Specialist teachers who support children with visual or hearing impairment, and the School Nurse. This is individual to each child.
At Woodford, we value strong relationships with parents. Teachers are usually available to discuss issues with parents at the end of any school day. We also have termly SEN parents evenings with class teachers, where individual targets are discussed and agreed. We recognise the importance of working together to secure the best possible outcomes for the children in our school. We encourage children to have as much ownership as possible with their targets.
We do hope you are happy with the provision in place at Woodford Primary school. However, if you are not, there are several ways to resolve this. You can:
1. Talk to the class teacher.
2. Talk to the head teacher.
If you feel you need to make a complaint, our complaints procedure can be obtained from the school office. PIASS can also offer impartial advice.
The Plymouth’s Local Offer can be found at:
Directory of Services
This contains a directory of services available to parents and children and provides information regarding SEN support in Plymouth.