When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posed by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.
Can my child attend Copeland Road Primary School and then move to Special School Provision?
Children with SEND that have been issued with an Education, Health and Care plan can attend Copeland Road Primary School for their Primary education or consider applying to a Special School if that meets their individual, specific needs.When considering transition to Secondary education, your child can then be assessed for Special School if a parent wished them to attend this type of setting.
How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?
A new SEND code of practice will be published and this will set out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it when providing for SEND children/young adults.
We will be adding a link to the Code of Practice document as soon as it’s available.
How accessible is your school?
Our school has a ramped access to the main entrance and the dining room. Some entrances into school have steps, however, these are usually accesible using portable ramps, There is a lift in school to aid access to and from the classrooms and a second ramp into the EYFS outdoor area. We have a disabled parking area within the school grounds. We have a disabled toilet and a selection of specialist writing and reading equipment for children to use.
Doors have visibility panels throughout the school to provide ease of wheelchair access if needed. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.
What specialist services are available at your school to meet my child’s needs?
We work with a great range of services and professionals to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. Our partners are the BALE Centre, CAMHS, Speech and Language Services, TreeTops, Movement Support, School Parent Support Advisor, Educational Psychologist, Medical Practitioners and the Learning Difficulties and Disability Support Service. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 qualification. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Movement Difficulties Programmes and specific training from Speech and Language Therapists.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included. In addition, our SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs.
How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?
Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for their new school. Their teacher and SENCO will discuss with secondary colleagues how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child and Secondary School Staff in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine with the support of a familiar adult.
How are parents involved with your school?
We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. We welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of a school day and they are welcome to arrange additional dates to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. We invite parents to school performances, assemblies, Stay and Play activities, sports events, transition meetings and welcome meetings.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.