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Meadowhead Community Infant School and Nursery

Meadowhead Infant and Nursery is situated in the Mill Hill district of South West Blackburn. Meadowhead Infants has a Nursery with part time places, five morning or five afternoons. The Nursery class is situated in a separate purpose built unit in the school grounds and has a capacity of 52 part time places.

The reception admission number is 60. We have six classes in school, so Reception children are placed into two mixed ability classes. Each class is staffed by a fully qualified teacher and teaching assistant. Support staff also work in this year group.

In key stage 1, the children are taught by fully qualified teachers and teaching assistants. A wide range of intervention groups are arranged to support the child’s learning where needed.

At the end of year 2, our pupils, in the main. apply to transfer to Meadowhead Junior school.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sue Mellor
Contact Position
Headteacher
Telephone
01254 202600
E-mail
office@meadowheadinfants.blackburn.sch.uk
Website
www.meadowheadinfants.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Meadowhead Community Infant School and Nursery
Address
Shorrock Lane
Blackburn
Postcode
BB2 4TT
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Description
  • There is a disabled parking facility in the school car park.
  • Ramps are installed around the school so all children can reach a playground independently
  • There is a lift in school to children can access all areas of the school
  • There is a banister installed alongside the stairs in school (five steps in total)
  • All doors are wide enough to accommodate a wheel chair

Children have access to touch screen computers supplied by the Inclusion Support Service if appropriate

Contact Name
Mrs S. Mellor (Headteacher )
Contact Telephone
01254 202600
Contact Email
sue.mellor@meadowheadinfants.blackburn.sch.uk
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?
  • Speech therapists
  • Hearing Impairment service
  • Visual Impairment service
  • Motor Development service
  • Severe learning difficulties
  • Autism
  • School nurse
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Inclusion support service
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?

Training for staff is on going, and all members of staff receive training in different areas.

Many staff have received speech and language training and are qualified to carry out Rosco and Elat language assessments and programmes. The majority of staff have received Makaton training. The SENDCo and some support staff are also able to support children through the use of PECs. Speech therapists work closely with our support staff to ensure speech programs are delivered effectively.

All staff have received training on physical development and all teachers have received training on dyslexia-friendly strategies.

All staff have received training on behaviour management techniques, attachment and trauma and nurture provision.

Support assistants receive training in areas relevant to the child they support.

Our SENDCo, Mrs A Smith is currently undertaking the National Professional SENCo award at the University of Cumbria and should have completed this by Autumn 2018. 

How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?
  • When pupils have identified SEND before they start here, we work with the people who already know them and use the information already available to identify what their SEND will be in our school setting
  • If you tell us you think your child has a SEND we will discuss this with you and investigate (see next point). We will share what we discover with you and agree with you what we will do next and what you can do to help your child. Our school has an ‘open door’ policy and parents are welcome to discuss any aspect of their child’s development with their class teacher or the SENCo at any time. Our Pupil Wellbeing Co-ordinator can also be involved in this process if you wish.
  • If our staff think that your child has an SEN this may be because they are not making the same progress as other pupils; for example they may not be able to follow instructions or answer questions. We will observe them; we will assess their understanding of what we are doing in school and use tests to pinpoint what is causing difficulty (i.e. what is happening and why). We will then access the expertise of different agencies e.g. SEND support service, paediatrician, educational psychologist if parents and school are in agreement about this. Everything will be done with parents knowledge and consent.
What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
  • Discuss your concerns with your class teacher. He/she will be able to advise you what action to take. The class teacher might involve the SENDCo for extra advice and perspective.
  • Medical knowledge could be needed and you might need to take your child to the doctors initially. School will write a letter of support outlining the concerns around the child to give the doctor a more complete picture of the child’s abilities. Opticians and audiologists can also provide good information
  • You can also speak to the Pupil Wellbeing Co-ordinator about any concerns about your child’s development
How will staff support my child/young person?

Meadowhead Infants prides itself in being an inclusive school and all the staff are continually updating their knowledge and skills around supporting children with special educational needs.

  • There are visual behavioural cue cards displayed in all classrooms showing ‘good sitting’, ‘good listening’ etc
  • All teachers wear good behaviour cue cards to they can give instant positive feedback to children displaying good behaviour
  • A reward system operates in all classroom to acknowledge good effort, work or behaviour
  • Some Makaton sign language is used in all the classrooms regardless of whether children need to use it to communicate e.g. when wishing each other a ‘good morning’, during singing practice etc
  • Where appropriate, children might be given a ‘first & then’ card with pictures showing them what they are going to do.
  • Each classroom displays a visual timetable
  • Table groups are given task boards with pictures on to show the children what they are learning that session.
  • All classrooms have a least two members of staff. We also have members of staff who provide extra support for individual children as needed. The SENDCo works closely with outside agencies and if it is decided that a child would benefit from a ‘Education and Health Care Plan’, parents permission will be sought and a submission will be made to the authority. This could result in a child being given his/her own support assistant for part of the day at least. 
  • We also run a variety of intervention groups to support the learning of children who need additional support with various aspects of learning.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

The curriculum at Meadowhead is planned to suit each child’s needs. All teachers in each of the year groups plan together so all children have access to the same skills and experiences. Individual teachers then adapt their delivery to suit the needs of the children in their class. At Meadowhead Infants we believe that young children learning from ‘doing’, so much learning is experiential. Outdoor learning also plays an important part in the children’s’ education.

How will teaching approaches be modified to support my child/young person?

All our staff are trained so that we are able to adapt to a range of SEN: - specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia) (SpLD); autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); speech, language and communication needs (SLCN); and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).We are a dyslexia friendly school. We use a number of approaches to teaching that allow for a child’s different learning styles. We have a teacher who is trained in; PECS. Many staff have undergone training in Makaton, Physical Development and Speech and Language development.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

School uses many strategies to inform how a child is progressing

  • We use P levels to assess progress that is in smaller steps and at a slower pace than the usual national curriculum
  • We regularly use staff meetings to give all teachers the chance to assess an anonymous piece of work to check our judgements are correct (moderating)
  • We use a tracking system to ensure that the progress is good
  • We check how well a pupil understands and makes progress in each lesson
  • Our senior leadership team check the progress of pupils every term (more often if progress is slow) and we discuss what we are doing to make sure all pupils make good progress (is there anything else we can do?)
  • For pupils with SEN, teachers discuss progress with parents every term or more often if we believe this will help.
  • The educational psychologist can carry out assessments with the child in question to gain a fuller understanding of the child’s abilities
  • Inclusion support service will carry out observations to ensure progress is being made.
How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

Our ‘open door’ policy means that there are many opportunities when parents can discuss ways in which they can support their child’s learning. Advice will also be given at Parents Evening. As well as the class teacher, the SENDCo and Pupil Wellbeing co-ordinator are also very happy to meet with you to discuss specific ways in which your child can be supported.

If children have an EHCP and a Special Support Assistant is allocated to support them, we ensure that independence and confidence are developed. 

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

At Meadowhead Infants, a high priority is given to the pupils’ emotional, mental and social development. Weekly assemblies cover our Values of Respect, Kindness, Friendship, Ambition and Teamwork and these are reinforced daily in all we do. Staff use programmes such as ‘Box of Feelings’, and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning to promote emotional development. Groups of children also take part in ‘Silver Seal’ which covers social and emotional development in greater detail.

Bullying behaviour is not tolerated. Any incident is reported immediately to the headteacher who takes appropriate action. We teach the anti-bullying message through our School Values.

Our pupil wellbeing co-ordinator is available to help in any aspect of this area of development. She will work with parents and children on this subject.

We plan our curriculum to take account of British Values and we actively promote equal opportunities, diversity and respect for all. 

What activities will be available for my child/young person?

All school trips will be planned so that they are accessible to all (subject to risk assessments). After school clubs are also available for all children regardless of ability. All activities will be accessible to all children, although in some cases they might be slightly differentiated if that is of benefit to the child.

How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

All transition programmes are very carefully planned for all children. Children moving from one year group to another in school are visited in their classroom by their new teaching staff. They also make at least one visit to their new classroom. Activities and events are planned in order that they are familiar with all staff within the school. We have very close links with the junior school and a transition programme is devised between the year 2 and year 3 staff. Children visit the junior school on several occasions and the junior staff visit the year 2 classrooms throughout the year in order that the children become familiar with them e.g. reading sessions are arranged when the juniors read with the year 2 children etc. The year 2 watch the Christmas production at the junior school and so on.

The SENDCos from the infant and junior school meet to discuss the transition needs of the SEN children. Arrangements are made for the children to meet their new Special Support Assistant if applicable. They will visit the junior school on more occasions if appropriate, especially if photographs of their new teaching staff, classroom. playground etc need to be taken. If relevant, the infant SENDCo will visit the juniors with advisory teachers from the inclusion support service to ensure classrooms are appropriate for the special needs children.

The SENDCo and family worker from the junior school visit the infant school to run a transition programme for those pupils with SEND, and those that need reassurance about starting a new school. Any concerns and worries are addressed and pupils feel more confident about starting a new school after these programmes.

How are resources and equipment allocated and matched to my child's/young person's needs?

The SENDCo works very closely with a number of outside agencies. The inclusion support service will provide equipment needed by a child and the school will also purchase any equipment or resources required by a child with additional needs. The speech and language service will provide programmes of work for support staff to carry out with the children.

The school pays for extra support and visits from the educational psychologist. 

How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Parents are involved in all decision making. The school will not do anything unless the parents are in agreement. We believe however, that it is important to seek support for a child as soon as a difficulty starts to be evident. This is because it is more beneficial to the child.

The type and amount of support depends on the needs of the child. The school spends a significant part of its budget on supporting children with SEND through providing extra support in the classroom or running intervention programmes. If children have an ‘Education and Health Care Plan’, it states how much additional funding the local authority will provide for them on top of school's budget allocation. (School are currently funded for 7 High Needs amounts in their budget) School very often will add more money to that in order that the child receives more support in the classroom and at playtimes. 

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