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St Peter's Church of England Primary School

St. Peter's is a voluntary aided Church of England primary school attached to the Parish Church of St. Peter's in Darwen. We currently have 270 children on roll and have a maximum of 45 intake per yea group. We currently have 11 classes across the school: 2 Reception classes, 3 KS1 classes and 6 KS2 classes. 22% of our children at present are on the Special Needs register and 34% are eligible for Pupil Premium.

As a Christian family at St Peter’s School, we create a unique place of learning, nurturing the gifts that God in his awesomeness has given us. We encourage every child and prepare them for life’s journey, inspiring them to fulfil their potential, their dreams and their aspirations.

Sowing the seeds of tomorrow

Matthew 13:1-23

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Stacey-Jo Thomas
Contact Position
SENDCo
Telephone
01254 701299
E-mail
office@stpetersdarwen.blackburn.sch.uk
Website
www.stpeterscep.co.uk/

Where to go

Name
St. Peter's C.E. Primary School
Address
Turncroft Road
Darwen
Postcode
BB3 2BW
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Stacey-Jo Thomas
Contact Telephone
01254 701299
Contact Email
office@stpetersdarwen.blackburn.sch.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
Needs Level
Low
Medium
SEN Provision Type
Universal
Targeted
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?
  • Safeguarding and Prevent training
  • An anti-bullying policy
  • Family Well-Being Worker with up to date training in Designated Safeguard Lead, Introduction to counselling, Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training
  • An SEMH lead trained in ASD, ADHD, attachment and behaviour strategies
  • Targeted support for individual pupils.
  • School Council
  • Pupil Voice
  • Outreach support & advice from specialists
  • Boxall profile training
  • Forest school
  • Timetable variations
  • Playtime support
  • Lunchtime groups
  • ELSA trained staff member in school
  • Caritas social worker sessions
  • Individualised reward systems
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?
  • All staff have Safeguarding, PREVENT, Team teach, First Aid, ACE training and online safeguarding training
  • Most staff have additional training in Letters and Sounds, Numicon Maths resource training, use of ICT (software and hardware including interactive whiteboards).
  • One or more members of staff: National SENCo Award, Peer Massage, Fine and Gross Motor Skills programmes, Makaton Signing,  Attachment and Loss, Derbyshire Language Programme, Clicker, Social Stories (Behaviour / ASD resources), Boxall profile training, Epipen Use, epilepsy awareness training, CSE training, Designated Safeguard Lead, Introduction to counselling, Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training
  • Specialist expertise engaged from external services: ASD, Speech and Language therapists, SEND support services, EP support, Mental Health and Well-Being services etc.
How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

The inclusive nature of our school means that we seek to provide the best opportunities for learning whatever the child's background, ability or family circumstances.

We welcome children with any form of SEND and are able to access support for a wide range of needs, including cognition and learning, speech and language, physical, medical, sensory, social, emotional and mental health concerns and English as an Additional Language.

The school will make every effort to respond appropriately to concerns raised by parents/carers, teachers, services already involved with the child (e.g. Inclusion Support Services, Speech & Language Therapists), the pupil's previous school or pre-school.

Concerns typically include lack of progress, poor test scores, a change in pupil's behaviour and when a pupil asks directly for help.

What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

Here at St. Peter's we firmly believe that early identification is the key to every child reaching their full potential.

We will work with parents through their concerns.

  • Parents should note any known or diagnosed conditions on admission forms and when first contacting the school, along with the details of professionals alreadyinvolved with their child.
  • If concerns arise, the parents should contact the child's teacher in the first instance, or the Special Needs Co-ordinator, through the school office.
How will staff support my child/young person?
  • Supporting all children through quality first teaching in all classes in the belief at St. Peter's. However, we realise that sometimes some children may require additional help or support.
  • The SENDCo works with teachers to identify needs, and agree appropriate provision.
  • The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with children with SEND, in consultation with the SENDCo, and they review and evaluate the child's Record of Progress (ROP) on a termly basis.
  • All teachers have high expectations for the progress of all children, including those with specific needs.
  • There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with the child, either individually or as part of a group, to deliver specific interventions, classroom or playground support. The focus and regularity of these sessions will be explained to parents when the support starts.
  • The class teacher and/or SENDCo will meet with the parents at least twice a year (this could be part of a parents' evening) to discuss the child's needs, support and progress.
  • The class teacher, SENDCo and Senior Management team monitor the progress of all children requiring additional support across the school, in half termly Pupil Progress meetings. 
  • Alongside this, impact tracking is completed half-termly and adaptations to provision made in light of these findings.
  • Individual children may also have daily home school books; behaviour charts or weekly meetings with class teacher in order for parents to be kept fully informed of their child’s needs and progress. 

If further information is required the SENCo is available to discuss this support in more detail.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
  • For all of the children in St Peter's, lesson content is differentiated by teaching staff to the needs of individual children.
  • For a very few children, with very specific needs, we may plan parts of the curriculum completely differently to the rest of the class to ensure those children also make progress.

Parents and carers would be involved in these decisions.

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

The class teacher will provide teaching and learning activities to match the academic level of all the children in the class.

Teaching assistants often assist the class teacher in meeting all the children's needs but we always strive to help children work independently or with other children rather than become dependent on adult support. 

Provision for SEN pupils includes :

  • Quality first teaching, with appropriate differentiation in place
  • Extra adult support in classrooms where appropriate
  • Personalised provision through time limited programmes
  • Personalised provision through adapted resources, interventions and timetables
  • Creative, stimulating topics accessible to all children
  • Children’s input on the learning that takes place in topic is planned
  • Forest school sessions on a termly basis
  • Nurture provision applied throughout the day
  • A supportive playtime environment, structured with adult led activities
  • Specialist equipment is provided to help the children in their learning like writing slopes, computer programmes, coloured overlays or easy-to-use scissors
  • Individualised visual resource systems within classrooms
How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

Every half term, each teacher has a pupil progress meeting in which they discuss targets.

Children are clear on their targets in each class and year group as they are discussed in lessons daily.

Children on ROP's also discuss their ROP targets if they are not curriculum related.

Those children with an EHCP have the opportunity to voice their opinions at review meetings and others have discussions regularly in SEN meetings with the SENDCo an class teacher.

Parents' evenings are also held in the Autumn and Spring terms to allow parents and their child's class teacher to discuss their progress during that term.

The SENDCo is also available on parents' evening and separate appointments can be made to see her to discuss any specific SEND concerns.

In the Spring term, a mid term report is received by parents detailing their progress and effort until that point in the year.

This report is followed up in the Summer term when each child receives a school report that states both their academic progress and effort during that school year.

St. Peter's has an open door policy and the staff are willing to discuss parent's concerns at a time that is mutually convenient.

In addition to the teaching staff, the school employs a Family Well being Co-ordinator and a lead member of staff in SEMH who is able to discuss parent's concerns on a more informal basis.

How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

Regular parent workshops are available for parents of children in our reception class.

There are also SAT practise clubs for parents to join in Year 6.

Through the year there are several drop-in maths and English sessions which focus on different things every year. Parents are encouraged to join in with these alongside their children.

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

The school offers a range of pastoral support for children experiencing emotional or social difficulties.

The young person's class teacher or teaching assistant is usually their first point of contact and the children are able to flag up concerns in the class 'Worry Box' or through Personal, Social and Health education lessons.

However, if a child wishes to speak confidentially to an adult, the school employs a Pupil Well-Being Co-ordinator who can help the children talk through their difficulties.

If we then feel that the child requires additional support for their emotional well being the SENCo, with the parent's prior consent, may refer these children to other organisations for more specialist advice, help or support.

School also employs a trained social worker from Caritas and an ELSA trained member of staff in order to support the emotional well being of out children.

Parents will be informed through discussions with the class teacher if these interventions are being considered for their child; equally parents can request some support through speaking to a member of staff at school for their child. 

Where a child has a medical need, then a detailed Individual Health Plan (IHP) is compiled by the class teacher in consultation with the child's parents/carers and the school nurse.

The IHP is shared with all staff who are involved with the child.

When necessary, the staff receive regular 'Epipen', epilepsy or other medical training from the School Nursing team.

If prescribed medicines need to be administered in school, a parent/carer consent form must be drawn up and signed by the parent/carer to ensure the safety of both the child and the staff member administering the medication. 

All medication is kept securely in the school office.

What activities will be available for my child/young person?
  • Outside activities and school trips are available to all.
  • Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
  • Higher staff to pupil ratios if required.
  • If needed, after discussions with parents, provision may be made for breakfast club and after school activities including PTA events which happen on school grounds.
  • The Accessibility Policy 
How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

Our reception class teachers make visits to the child’s nursery setting prior to the children joining at the beginning of the reception year.

There are also two, 1 hour transition visits for the children to come and experience the school setting in the Summer term prior to their admission.

At these sessions, whilst the children are in their new classrooms, parents/carers have the opportunity to speak with the head teacher, SENDCo and the school’s Family Well-being worker about any concerns they may have.

All children join Reception in September with staggered starts over the first week.

All children who join our school at other times are given a peer mentor who will support them and help them settle into their new class.

For all children we make a transition book to support their move from one class to the next. The book contains photos of the new class; new class teacher; new classmates etc. so that the child can look at the book over the summer break.

We also hold ‘a meet the teacher’ event before the end of the school year for parents to meet their child’s new class teacher and discuss any concerns they may have.

In Year 6, teachers prepare children for the transition to secondary school and secondary staff visit the school to talk about all children's needs.

Some children benefit from extra support over this transition to secondary school.

These children will be supported by a teaching and learning assistant or the SENDCo. This may involve additional visits to the secondary school.

When funding is available, SEND children will be targeted for attendance at summer school delivered in partnership with the receiving secondary school. 

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

The SEN budget is allocated each financial year following discussion between the headteacher, governing body and the SENDCo.

  • This money is used to provide additional support of resources targeted to the school's current needs and emerging priorities.

Additional provision may be allocated after discussion with class teachers at the half-termly pupil progress meetings or, if a concern is raised, at another point in the year.

Children who qualify for the Government's Pupil Premium funding are assessed and decisions made about how best to use that money.

  • They may receive one-to-one or small group tuition, or have key resources or opportunities paid for during the year.
  • The impact of this spending is carefully monitored by the school and Governing body and adjustments are made throughout the year in line with this monitoring.
How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

At the end of each half term the children's progress in Reading, Writing and Maths is assessed.

  • From this data, as well as information from class teachers, the SENDCo and Assessment Co-ordinator allocate support appropriately.

The SENDCo liaises with all staff and parents to ensure that everybody is aware of the support the child is receiving and updates to parents on a regular basis as to how the child is responding to this personalised support.

  • The SENCo, with prior parental consent, can also make referrals to outside agencies, leading to further assessment of an individual's needs.
  • The results of these assessments then also inform our decisions about the level and nature of support required and strategies to be used in class.

All parents/carers are encouraged to contribute to their child's education.

  • This partnership is fostered through discussion with the class teacher, including Parent's evenings, and discussion with the SENDCo and other professionals working with their child.
  • We value the dialogue between school and home as it allows us to develop a holistic view of each individual child.
  • Together, we can then share goals to ensure that the very best for each child is achieved.
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