Special Educational Needs

All people are unique in terms of characteristics, interests, abilities, experience, motivation and learning needs. We value and take account of these wide diversities, providing access to high quality and appropriate education and training for all members of our school community. The school is committed to the full inclusion of all pupils. Our school vision and motto, ‘Together We’re Better’, form the basis for all we do in school, including our work with children who have additional learning needs. This page gives families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to achieve their potential and become the best that they can be.

 

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.’ Ignacio Estrada

 

We understand that some children find learning more challenging than others and may need extra support to achieve their full potential. For example they might have difficulty:-

 

  • expressing themselves
  • interacting with others
  • with reading, writing and maths
  • following lessons
  • controlling their emotions
  • sensory, physical or medical needs

 

These difficulties can be barriers to learning so it is important we assess all children to identify their strengths and needs.   Suzanne Cowell is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and she works with children, staff, parents and professionals to co-ordinates support provision and monitors the outcomes for children ensuring those that need extra help with their learning are accessing this.

 

‘All children need is a little help and someone who believes in them.’

 

For all children at Kingston Park who have an additional need we:

  • Recognise that the family is the expert on their child and work in partnership with them.
  • Deliver high quality teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure children can access the learning.
  • Employ a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to lead on SEN provision across the school.
  • Assess and review the learning of our SEN children, using that information to inform future planning and teaching.
  • Provide teaching assistants in class who work with SEN children and also, importantly, support other children so that the teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN children.
  • Hold regular meetings to review children, interventions and resources and to adapt provision where necessary.
  • Support our families with children with SEN, formally through review meetings and informally through our “open door” approach. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
  • Seek advice from outside agencies to ensure each child’s needs are fully identified and understood and to learn from specialists how best to support our SEN children.
  • We evaluate intervention groups and strategies on a half-termly basis and conduct progress meetings to inform this.
  • Regularly evaluate our teaching resources to ensure they are accessible to all SEN children.
  • Ensure our school activities and trips, including residentials, are accessible to all our SEN children.
  • Hold termly review meetings with families for children with a higher level of SEN.
  • Provide on-going SEN training and information for teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Liaise closely with secondary schools at transition times to ensure SEN pupil information is clearly communicated so that the move to secondary school is as smooth as possible.

 

 ‘Everyone genuinely cares about the school and welcomes everyone into a highly nurturing and inclusive environment.’ Ofsted 2013

 

The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary. If you would like further information, please contact school on 0191 2140363 and speak to our SENCo, Suzanne Cowell, or alternatively e-mail at admin@kingstonpk.newcastle.sch.uk 

For further information about Special Educational Needs please refer to the information below.

Please follow the link below find out more about SEN Provision and Services in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Other useful information and contacts:

Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service

This service provides information, advice and support at any stage of a child or young person’s education, and we provide an Independent Supporter for families in the process of getting an Education Health and Care Plan.

Telephone: 0191 284 0480
Fax: 0191 213 0910
E-mail: judith.lane@newcastle.gov.uk 

The service is available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.

 

Autism

www.autism.org.uk

www.childautism.org.uk

www.thepdaresource.com

www.pdasociety.org.uk

pecs-unitedkingdom.com

The Toby Henderson Trust (TTHT) is an independently funded charity supporting children with autism (aged 2-7 years), their families and carers in the North East. 0300 365 3055 or email support@ttht.co.uk

 

Dyslexia & Dyscalculia

British Dyslexia Association - www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

www.dyslexia.uk.net

www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

 

Dyspraxia & Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

 

Speech and Language

www.talkingpoint.org.uk

Talking Point website has been designed with these requests in mind with new additions to the site including

www.ican.org.uk

I CAN is the children’s communication charity.

www.makaton.org

Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.

 

Spina Bifida & Hyrdocephalus

www.shinecharity.org.uk

Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus

 

Cerebral Palsy

www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk

www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com 
 
Covers medical information, like causes, symptoms and treatment, as well as daily living topics, including vocational counseling, adoption, abuse, college/careers, bullying and much more. You can read more at cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/living/. 

Muscular Dystrophy

www.musculardystrophyuk.org

Hearing Impairment

www.scope.org.uk

www.ndcs.org.uk

 

Visual Impairment

www.rnib.org.uk