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Article 29: Children who have any kind of disability, have the right to special care and support.
As an inclusive school, we ensure that all pupils have equal access to our curiosity curriculum. Where children are recognised as having a special educational need, a programme of intervention and additional support is established.
Mrs Shona S. Howell
Severnbanks School values the contribution that every child can make and welcomes the diversity of culture, religion and learning styles. The school seeks to raise the achievement, remove the barriers to learning and increase physical and curricular access for all. All children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are valued, respected as equal members of the school. Provision for pupils with SEN is a matter for the school as a whole. All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEN.
A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. The four broad areas of need which we provide for are:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, mental and emotional health
Sensory and/or physical (including visual and hearing impairment)
For further information including:
Who can I talk to about Special Educational Needs?
What does our school do for children with SEN?
How am I involved in my child’s education?
What interventions and resources are available?
What does the Special Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) do?
What does the pastoral behaviour support worker (PBSW) do?
What happens when I move schools?
Where can I find more information?
Please read the Information Report found below.
Useful Parent Contacts
IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice)
A national charity providing free legal based advice to families/carers who have children with special educational needs. All advice is given by trained volunteers.
Phone: 0800 0184016
Gloucestershire’s parent/carer support group provides free, confidential, impartial advice and helps parents play an active and informed role in their child’s education.
Phone (free from a landline): 0800 158 3603
Phone (from a mobile): 01452 389345
This online directory can help families/carers to find a lot more information about the wide range services they may need. From parenting and special needs advice to health and money worries.
Alternatively you can call the Family Information Service: 0800 542 0202
This charity can give you lots of advice and information about helping your child with their speech and language. It even has an assessment that you can do at home for your child’s speech.
The National Autistic Society
This charity gives you lots of information and advice about the Autistic Spectrum.
If your child has a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, please speak to the SENDCo for parent support groups and support. There are special parent training courses that can give you advice and strategies to help deal with Autistic Children.
Early Bird - for parents of children who are under 5 when they are diagnosed
Early Bird Plus - for parents of children who are between 4 to 8 when they are diagnosed
There are also opportunities for parents to attend Total Communication training which covers all areas of communication including Makaton (as used by Mr Tumble on Cbeebies) and visual symbols.