During this time of Covid 19 the SEND pupils will be in their own ‘bubbles’ but interventions will continue with precautions as set out in the school’s risk assessment. If there is a need for remote learning e.g. another lockdown or a shielding family, then this will be provided by class teachers, using class pages on our website and Class Dojo and support from the SENDCo via email or telephone.
1. How does Fittleworth School know if a child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special needs?
The children at Fittleworth are assessed each term against the national curriculum and standardised assessments in reading and maths. Children identified as having a significant difference to expected targets are observed, monitored and assessed individually to identify any specific needs. Children entering the school are assessed by the class teacher and previous records are read and taken into account when identifying individual children’s starting points. Any history of SEND will inform the next steps in learning and identifying the areas of support required. Information from parents and outside agencies will also inform and determine the specific needs.
Any concerns you may have should be addressed in the first instance to the class teacher and/or the Sendco-Mrs Allum and they will be able to advise and seek help from other professionals to support you and your child. All teachers are available after school for you to arrange a meeting as needed.
Communication between school and parents is vital to our approach and we value your opinions and concerns.
2. How will Fittleworth school support my child?
The class teacher will plan a programme of support using the Assess Plan Do Review format. This is differentiated to meet the needs of individual children. This may include the use of particular resources, targeted in-class support or additional intervention support where required. Support may take place in sessions before and after school.
Interventions are reviewed half termly and adjusted as necessary. The Sendco and Class Teacher meet each term to discuss intervention and provision. Parents are informed of the provision and their child’s individual learning plan every term.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Learning within the classroom is differentiated to support the needs of all abilities. We recognise that not every child learns in the same way and adapt our curriculum and teaching styles to the needs of the children. All members of staff promote independent learning. Regular assessments against the national curriculum support staff to match learning to the children’s needs.
4. How will the school and parents both know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
In addition to termly parent’s evenings, parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress in relation to their individual learning plan with the Sendco. The child’s progress is measured against the targets of the individual learning plan. Parents are encouraged to support targets on the child’s individual learning plan (ILP) and to identify any additional areas in which they feel their child may need support.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
Fittleworth celebrates the success of all children to develop their confidence and self esteem. Through the school’s ethos of Christian values, children develop a strong sense of appropriate behaviour and learn to understand the consequences of their actions. Children have regular PHSE lessons, daily whole school worship and weekly RE lessons to support the school values of responsibility,forgiveness, empathy, love, respect and service.
We have a high standard of attendance. The school council meets half termly to allow children to express their views on all aspects of school life.
Most teaching assistants are paediatric first aid trained and give personal care as required. Training in the administration of specific medicines is arranged as necessary with our school nurse, for example insulin or Epi-pens. Currently all staff have received Epi-Pen training, which is updated annually.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
We have a very good professional relationship with a range of outside agencies and services eg: the educational psychologist, the learning and behaviour team, autism and social communication team, the speech and language therapists, the early help team, camhs and other professionals, as appropriate to support the needs of the children.
7. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
Our Send team are all experienced and reflective practitioners. The Sendco regularly attends courses to update her knowledge and cascades the information to the staff supporting the children. All staff work together in a supportive team learning from each other and are willing to share good practise and expertise.
Fittleworth is part of a network of local schools that work and attend training together to provide the best outcomes for Rother Valley schools. We have staff trained to deliver interventions such as 1stclass@number, Speech and Language programmes, Jump Ahead and precision teaching. All staff were Team Teach trained in 2019.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
Risk assessments are put into place for all children and those with specific needs when planning trips or extra curricular activities. All trips and activities are selected to ensure inclusion of all children and particular needs are accommodated as necessary. Good communication between the school and parents ensure that the needs of the children are met. Parents are often asked to accompany us with their children on day trips as appropriate.
9. How accessible is the school?
The school is set in a rural area with extensive play facilities. There is a playground at the front of the school which is accessible to all users. There is access via concrete paths to the back of the school where there is a large field. The school building is on one level with wheelchair access into the school via ramps. All new building projects are committed to providing wheelchair access and facilities. At present there is a handrail fitted in our staff toilet to enable access and in our eyfs and key stage 1 classrooms.
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
Transition arrangements in joining Fittleworth are well planned and we will support both you and your child. Children are given many opportunities to familiarise themselves with the school community and environment eg visits to their new classroom for afternoon sessions in the summer term and home visits offered to all children joining the reception class. Close liaison occurs with pre school settings including visits by the reception teaching team and a detailed transfer of information is facilitated. Any history of Send informs the next steps in learning, planned for your child.
Transition arrangements on leaving Fittleworth are well planned. Extra opportunities are always available to help your children feel supported and confident. Children attending other schools are visited by the Year 7 co-ordinator and attend familiarisation days to assist with the transfer process. Throughout Key Stage 2, there are numerous opportunities for the children to engage in a wide range of curricular activities in the secondary setting. Information regarding children’s academic ability and SEND profile are transferred to the secondary school as is the case if a child transfers mid year.
11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special needs?
Funding is used to employ strong staff, purchase recommended programmes and additional training for staff to meet the needs of children at the school. Fittleworth is dedicated to supporting all children regardless of need. We have the use of two small rooms during the day for 1:1 and group work.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Decisions regarding support are made collaboratively between staff and outside agencies if necessary, to ensure appropriate resources and support are put in place. Parents are consulted and work in partnership with the school to ensure positive outcomes. An 'open door' policy ensures regular and frequent opportunities for effective communication between all parties. Strategies are implemented through ILP's which are monitored, reviewed and adapted as necessary every term by the Sendco and Classteachers.
13. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
We welcome your support in many ways although this year we have been restricted to covid 19 guidelines. This may be on a voluntary basis in school to assist with a variety of enrichment activities as well as supporting students in the curriculum. Ample opportunities exist through parents evenings, reports, discussions of ILPs and informal conversations between parents and the school to influence decision making on behalf of individual children.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
The first point of contact for all children would be the child's class teacher who is usually available at the end of the school day to discuss any issues about individual children. If the issue concerns a special educational need or disability provision, Mrs K. Allum, SendCo can be contacted through the school office. We encourage prospective parents to tour the school and discuss any individual needs or requirements a child may have and how we may accommodate them. For further general information on services available please visit the West Sussex Local Offer.