Partington Central Academy
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Miss S Layton is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Partington Central Academy
What does the term Special Educational Needs and Disabilities mean?
Special Educational Needs and disabilities is sometimes represented by the acronym SEN or SEND.
Children and young people with Special Educational Needs have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than others of the same age, this may mean that they require additional support in school to enable them to access the curriculum and achieve.
The Children and Families Act 2014 defines Special Educational Needs as;
Children with SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.
Under the SEND code of practice 2015 children’s needs are identified under four areas, some children may have needs in more than one area.
Communication and Interaction – Children may have difficulties with speech, language or communication that make it difficult for them to understand language and communicate effectively and appropriately with others.
Cognition and learning – Children may find it difficult to access and respond to the curriculum, they may learn at a different pace to their peers, have difficulties with memory skills or a specific learning difficulty affecting their access and progress in one or more areas of learning, such as Math, Reading or Writing.
Social Emotional and Mental Health – Children may have difficulties managing their relationships with other people, regulating their feelings and emotions and expressing these in appropriate ways and may present with behaviours that may hinder the learning of themselves and their peers.
Sensory and Physical Needs – Children may have a physical or sensory need that requires ongoing support or equipment to enable them to access the school environment and learning. This may include children with visual/hearing impairment and those with physical needs.
What is a SENCO?
SENCO stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Every school must have a designated SENCO, this is a qualified teacher with responsibility for overseeing the day- to-day operation of the schools SEN policy and coordinating provision for children identified as having SEND. The SENCO will liaise with parents/carers and health, education and social care professional to coordinate support for each child. They work closely with Governors, the Headteacher, senior leaders and teaching staff, to ensure provision for all children is appropriate to their needs so they are able to achieve their potential.
Miss Layton is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Partington Central Academy; she is a qualified and experienced teacher who has completed the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination. Miss Layton can be contacted via the school office.
SEND at Partington Central Academy
At Partington Central Academy we believe that every child is an individual with a unique range of abilities, talents and learning styles. Class teachers and support staff have a good knowledge and understanding of the needs of their class/cohort and plan multi-sensory experiences and environments that take account of the variety of needs and abilities within their classes.
The SEN Code of Practice says that “All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEN”. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of our pupils as individuals, and focus on quality first teaching, ensuring that the environment, curriculum, teaching and classroom management strategies are differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils.
Where children are identified as needing additional support, they may receive support within the classroom, or in some circumstances may be removed from the classroom to take part in small group or individual interventions. The aim of interventions is to provide intensive support, or alternative strategies to allow your child to achieve their potential.
As Parents and carers, your views and experiences are important to us and help us to fully understand your child’s needs. We encourage parents to share any concerns with their child’s class teacher to enable them to plan effectively for your child.
If you would like to know more about the SEND at Partington Central Academy, how we identify children’s needs and support children and their families please read our SEND Information Report and SEND Policy.
Further information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
If you would like further information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities the UK government has produced a guide for parents and carers, SEND: guide for parents and carers.
In addition, every local authority has a local SEND offer for parents/carers and professional where they can access further information and advice. Trafford SEND Local Offer
If you are a parent of a child with Special Educational Needs you may wish to subscribe to Trafford’s SEND news letter The Link.
Alternatively, you can view the latest issue The Link Newsletter
Trafford Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Support Service (SENDIASS) can offer support to parents, carers and young people in relation to SEN. They are an impartial organisation with knowledge about special educational needs and disabilities and the processes and support available in Trafford.
Trafford Family Information Service (FIS) can provide free, impartial advice to parents, carers and young people on a range of subjects including the local offer and childcare. You can access support and information using the link above or contact them by telephone.
Family Information Service – 0161 912 1053
Supporting your child at home
As a parent/carer we know that you want to support your child to achieve their potential, your child’s teacher will be able to share ways in which you can support your child’s needs at home. If your child has Special Educational Needs they will have an Additional Needs Support Plan, this will include ways in which you can support your child to make progress towards their individual goals.
Practical ideas to support all children
Read with and to your child every day! Reading supports the cognitive development of all children, it increases their language skills and concentration, encourages imagination, creativity and a lifelong love of reading!
Use every opportunity to support your child’s mathematical knowledge and skills
Math at home does not need to be a separate activity, it is part of our everyday lives and activities and every opportunity to support children in their mathematical knowledge and understanding should be exploited!
You can support your child by;
Supporting physical skills – including handwriting
There are many ways you can support your child’s physical development at home. Physical activity is really important for your child’s health, well-being and learning. Well-developed gross and fine motor skills are vital to a child’s ability to write and learning to do practical things for themselves is really important in fostering self-confidence and independence.
What can you do?
All these activities will support your child’s gross and fine motor skills, developing the skills they will require for writing.
Toileting, hygiene and dressing.
Encouraging your child to do things for themselves not only builds their self-confidence and esteem, but also encourages the development of physical skills, independence and healthy habits for life. Even very young children can be encouraged and supported to develop their self-care skills.
All children develop these skills at different rates, but it is really important that we support their development from a young age.
If your child is having difficulties developing certain physical skills, there is advice available from Trafford Occupational Therapy. There are a number of practical advice sheets available for Early Years and Primary aged children. Early Years advice sheets include getting ready to; look, listen and play, move, sit and balance, throw, catch and kick a ball, write, use scissors, use the toilet, get dressed and use cutlery. Primary advice sheets include getting ready to; pay attention, sit, work, catch and throw, use scissors, use cutlery, getting dressed, using the toilet and developing hand skills.
To access these therapy advice sheets please follow this link – Therapy advice sheets from Trafford Occupational Therapy
Further support on potty/toilet training can be found at;
eric – The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity eric also has information, advice and resources to support children with difficulties with toileting, including anxiety about going to the toilet.
You may also find it useful to speak to your health visitor or school nursing team. For information on how they can support you and contact details use the following link.
Online resources you can use to support your child’s learning.
Please read any terms and agreements for individual sites. We have tried to include sites that are free to access – parents should ensure they fully understand the terms and conditions of accessing resources before using them.
Please ensure that you have parental controls on your device to ensure children cannot access inappropriate materials.
National Geographic Primary – you do not have to subscribe to access many of the resources, please support your child to find and use relevant resources.
BookTrust HomeTime – free online books, videos and games. Adult supervision required as the site uses third part links
Collins Parent Hub – free activities and resources for parents to support children’s learning
PhonicsPlay – the site is subscription based, however, there are a few free games to support children learning to blend sounds to read.
Nessy – Free Learning resources for teachers and parents – Nessy is a subscription site, however, they have a range of free resources for parents to help develop children’s reading and spelling.
Oxford Owl…. for Home – activities and resources to support learning at home, organised by age group.
Topmarks – online games to develop Math and English knowledge and skills.