- SEND newsletter (March 2020)
- ChatterPack resources for home learning
(hundreds of links for children with SEND)
- Coronavirus – social story
- Coronavirus information for kids
- Speech and Language therapy activities for home
- CWPT resources and toolkit to understand COVID-19
- SEND Supported – Things to do Issue 1
Below is the SEND information report for Willenhall Community Primary School (WCP) and Whitmore Park Primary School (WPP).
We each provide a fully inclusive main stream primary provision. We strive to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential academically, personally, socially and emotionally in all areas of the curriculum regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs.
Listed below are the ways in which our schools ensure they support all of our pupils including those with SEND in order that they can realise their full potential.
The provision for special educational needs at WCP and WPP
WCP is a 2-form entry mainstream school. WPP is a 3-form entry main stream school. All children are expected to make progress related to their age and ability. Some SEND pupils have physical needs which, affect or inhibits their learning (e.g. vision or hearing difficulties). Some have difficulties with speaking, listening and understanding and in severe cases a global delay. We have pupils that have specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Information relating to WCP and WPP schools identification and assessment of pupils with SEND
Class teachers monitor all pupils and will identify children having difficulties in the classroom. These children will be brought to the attention of the SEND lead in each setting (Mrs D. Rock at WCP and Miss Sam Carney and Mrs Anita Heer at WPP). The class teacher will provide targeted work for the pupil to try to “close the learning gaps”. Other learning strategies may be used to support the pupils as advised.
If the pupil still does not make progress then external agencies will be used for additional advice and support. Their reports will be sent to parents.
At WCP, when a SEND need is identified by any office in school, these families are discussed at Inclusion Team meetings. (The Inclusion Team consists of the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, relevant SEND Lead and Safeguarding, Attendance and Welfare Officers).
WCP and WPP policies for the provision for pupils with SEND with or without an EHCP (Educational and Health Care Plan)
Our SEND policy will give parents/carers the information about how we make provision for all pupils with SEND.
WCP and WPP arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with SEND
Teachers will assess at 3 assessment points during the year. Pupil’s targets will be reviewed and new targets set. This will form the pupils learning plan (if required) and this document will be discussed with parents.
For pupils who have more complex needs a ‘My Plan’ may be written. This will be discussed in detail as parents will contribute to this plan.
Children with an EHCP will continue to have an annual review multi agency meeting.
Pupils in our Enhanced Support classes (year 6 delta) will have continuous assessment (where appropriate) to monitor progress.
WCP and WPP approach to teaching pupils with SEND
The teachers at WCP and WPP will have the highest expectations for your child and all the pupils in the class. While we build our teaching on children’s knowledge we also endeavour to give the children new experiences to extend their thinking. We will engage the children in a variety of teaching styles and use a range of resources and strategies (which may be suggested by the SEND lead or staff from outside agencies).
The teacher will have assessed your child to identify gaps in your child’s learning. Support will be put in place to support and diminish the difference.
1:1 support or small group sessions will be led by the teacher or a qualified teaching assistant. The plans for these sessions will be informed by the Pupils Learning Plan.
Your child’s class teacher will be happy to give the parent/carer more information about your child’s learning and progress.
At both schools, we have Enhanced Support Classes (year 6 delta). The curriculum is differentiated to suit all abilities and learning needs. At WCP there is one enhanced support class and at WPP there are two streamed enhanced support classes.
How WCP and WPP adapts the curriculum and the learning environment for pupils with SEND
At WCP people access the main entrance over a ramped area (there are no steps). At WPP the entrance is all at ground level. In both schools pupils enter the school from the playground. At WCP there are two levels which are accessible without the use of steps.
Inside both schools there is a lift for wheelchair users. There are also disabled toilets. There are supervised activities at lunchtime led by lunchtime supervisors. At WCP there are activity cabins for pupils to access an area for reading/playing board games.
Activities available for pupils with SEND in addition to those available in accordance with the National Curriculum
At both schools we have a breakfast club which is available to all pupils including pupils with SEND. All children are encouraged to join after school activities and our trained sports professionals will ensure differentiated activities for pupils with SEND.
Support available at WCP and WPP for pupils with SEND
Both schools employ professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, an Educational Psychologist and professionals from outside agencies such as the Complex Communication Team. These professionals will work closely with teachers and teaching assistants to advise on the teaching and learning for pupils with SEND.
We offer mentoring, counselling and play therapy to pupils with specific social, mental or emotional health difficulties. We employ an Educational Psychologist to deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Both schools have private speech and language therapists. WPP also has NHS speech therapists.
Names and contact details of SEND leads
At WCP you should contact Mrs Deborah Rock (years Nursery – 6). At WPP you should contact Miss Sam Carney (years Nursery – 6) and Mrs Anita Heer (ESC pupils) and they will answer any questions you have regarding your child’s learning and progress.
Equipment and facilities to support children with SEND
Both schools will make every effort to supply any equipment a child may need in school. E.g. pencil grips, sit fit cushions, sloping writing boards etc. Outside agencies will provide other equipment such as wheelchairs, standing frames etc.
Consulting parents of children with SEND
In consultation with parents, new targets are set to update the pupil’s learning plan (PLP). Where a pupil’s provision is recorded on a My Plan, parents will be invited in three times per year to review the provision.
Reports are sent out three times a year.
The school will provide information about parent courses which may support their child’s learning/behaviour at home.
Annual reviews are held for pupils with an EHCP. The parents and other outside agencies will be invited to attend this review.
Consulting children with SEND about their education
Pupils with an EHCP are asked to give their views on their educational experiences which are part of the annual review. Questionnaires are used annually to ascertain parent views on their child’s education. Pupils with a ‘My Plan’ are asked to give their views each time it is reviewed.
Children with SEND are representatives of the school council.
Parents are invited to contribute to all plans.
Complaints from parents of pupils with SEND about provision made at the schools to the governing body
At both schools the first step is to make your views known to the class teacher or the SEND lead.
If your complaint isn’t resolved by the teacher or SEND leads you can ask for a meeting with the Head Teacher.
If this still doesn’t resolve your complaint you can contact the Chair of governors.
Involvement of other bodies including Health and Social Services
The following outside agencies are supporting both schools:
- Educational psychologists
- SEND Supported
- Dyslexia West Midlands
- RISE Referral
- Occupational Therapist/Medical
- School Nurse
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Sensory support Hearing/Visual
Contact details of support services for the parents of children with SEND
- Emily Heath (WCP)
- Sheena Ashford (WPP)
- Alison Bray (WPP)
Occupational Therapist/Medical: NHS staff as available
- Karen Neil (WCP)
- Sonia Edwards (WPP)
Speech and Language Therapy:
- Jenny Lawton
Sensory Support Hearing:
- Kelly Peel (WCP)
- Heulwen Hindson (WPP)
Sensory Support Sight:
- Emma Clipston (WCP)
- Joanne Appleton (WPP)
Contact details of parental support groups
Safeguarding & Attendance team (WCP) & Safeguarding, Attendance and Welfare Officers: Mrs Amanda Morris, Mrs Louise Caswell and Miss Chloe Keeling (WPP)
Arrangements for supporting pupils with SEND in transition between phases and schools
At WCP home visits are completed by the Early Years staff and individualised timetables are created for children with specific needs.
The SEND lead and Nursery teacher at WPP complete home visits and assessments for any pupils with SEND. Staggered starts are arranged for those pupils who need it. Pupils coming from enhanced pre-school settings are visited in setting several times in the summer term to ensure the needs are clear and adaptions are made prior to the start date.
In both schools children in years Rec – 5 will have a transition time where they will spend time with their new teacher in their new classroom. In this time the children will be assessed. Records will be transferred and teachers meet to discuss the needs of individual pupils.
Year 6 pupils will visit their new secondary school and transition meetings will be held prior to them completing year 6. Where additional needs require, a supplementary programme of visits is put in place for individual pupils supported by the SEND lead. All paper work is handed on to the relevant Secondary SEND lead and the needs of the pupils are discussed.
Information on where the Local Authority Offer is published
The Coventry Local Offer website has information about the services that are available.
Click here to go to and view The Coventry Local Offer.
This information will be reviewed annually.