Forest Park Primary School
We are a thriving primary school in Stoke On Trent serving a diverse and dynamic community. We work together to provide an environment in which everyone is safe, valued and given the opportunity to realise their full potential.
We encourage everyone in school “to be the best you can be”.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Forest Park Primary School
off Waterloo Road
Stoke on Trent
- ST1 5ED
- Secondary Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?
The types of SEN that the school caters for are:
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Learning and Cognition Needs
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Physical and Sensory Needs
Below is a glossary of the most common SEN terms.
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Hearing Impairment
- Moderate Learning Difficulty
- Physical Difficulty
- Social, Emotional, Mental Health Difficulty
- Special Educational Needs
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
- Speech, Language, Communication Needs
- Severe Learning Difficulty
- Specific Learning Difficulty
- Visual Impairment.
- How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
How does Forest Park Primary School know if my child needs extra help? We know a child needs extra help if:
We know a child needs extra help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents/carers or the child;
- Teacher assessments show that a child is working considerably below age related expectations;
- Limited progress is being made;
- There is a change in the pupils’ behaviour or progress.
If you think your child needs additional help, or may have a special educational need, then please come to see a member of staff.
- The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parent concerns. Teachers are regularly available at the end of the school day and will be happy for you to arrange to meet with them.
- Hayley Sutton, the SEND Co-ordinator (SENDCO) is available to meet with you to discuss any concerns you have. Appointments with her can be made by visiting the school office.
- How will the setting support my child/young person?
At Forest Park all children are supported in accessing an exciting, engaging and progressive curriculum, regardless of their level of need. As children are identified as having additional needs, we will support them through:
- Each child at Forest Park Primary is valued equally irrespective of their starting point. We pride ourselves on providing quality first teaching across all key stages.
- Teachers ensure that children with SEN engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEN.
- Each child’s education programme will be planned by the class teacher. It will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include additional support by the teacher or teaching assistant in class and/or the use of equipment and resources to aid learning.
- If a pupil has needs related to more specific areas of their education, such as reading, spelling, numeracy skills, handwriting, playing with other children etc., then the pupil will be placed in a small focus group. This will be run by a teacher or teaching assistant. The length of time of the intervention will vary according to need but will generally be for a term. The interventions will be regularly reviewed by all involved to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning. These interventions will be recorded on the class provision map (this is a record of the interventions, timings and impact of the intervention). These are closely monitored by the SENDCO.
- If a pupil has social, emotional or mental health needs we liaise closely with the family and any agencies who can support. Interventions will be put into place and closely monitored by the SENDCO and the Inclusion and Welfare Manager.
- Pupil progress meetings are held each half term. This is a meeting where the class teacher meets with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss the progress of pupils in their class. During this shared discussion further support for pupils may be planned.
- Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from an outside agency such as Speech and Language Therapy, Hearing Impairment Team, Paediatrician etc. A referral will be made, with your consent, and forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, a programme of support is usually provided to the school and parents/carers.
- The Senior Leadership Team use school data to reflect on and reinforce the quality of teaching for SEN pupils.
- The Governors of Forest Park Primary School are responsible for monitoring SEN procedures. The named SEN Governor is Mrs Gill Howell. In a support and challenge role the Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treats all children and staff in an equitable way. They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the DfE.
- How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
At Forest Park we are proactive in adapting our quality first teaching to include individual requirements of children with special educational needs:
- We have high expectations of all children. We aim to provide an inclusive, creative child led curriculum that will equip children to be successful in life.
- When a child has been identified with special needs their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum more independently.
- If appropriate specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slopes, pen/pencil grips, easy to use scissors, coloured overlays etc.
- A teacher or teaching assistant (TA) may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1-1 or small focus group to target specific needs.
- If a child has been identified as having a special need, they will be given a Pupil Passport. Outcomes will be set according to their area of need. These will be monitored by the class teacher weekly and by the SENDCO during the year. Outcomes will be agreed by the class teacher, the parent/carer and the child (where appropriate) during termly assessment day meetings. A copy will be given to the parents/carer.
- For pupils with more complex needs a more detailed profile will be written by the class teacher, SENDCO, parents/carers and the child. These Pupil Passports will identify the child’s learning needs and strategies to support them. There is an expectation for teachers to have regard to the information on the passport and use it in delivering inclusive learning opportunities.
- The SENDCO may liaise with the SEND Advisor from the Local Authority Special Educational Needs and Disability Service or a wider range of professionals to get advice to enable a child to access the curriculum.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?
How will both you and I know how my child is doing?
- Class teachers use their observations, children’s work and more formal assessments to regularly assess where children are in their learning journey and how much progress they are making. Teachers use this data and other relevant information to shape planning and teaching. Data is discussed during Pupil Progress meetings to identify any needs for individuals.
- You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at assessment day meetings held termly. Here the class teacher will share your child’s work and their assessments so that you know how much progress your child has made. The class teacher will explain whether or not your child’s development/work is at the level expected of the age group and what they need to achieve in order to progress.
- For some children, who require considerable support at school, a home/school diary is sent home so that parents/carers and school staff have regular contact and can share important information about the child.
- Pupil passports are written collaboratively with parents and the child/young person.
- For children with a Statement/Education, Health and Care Plan, annual reviews will be held with all agencies involved with the child to discuss progress and adjust provision for the coming year.
- Written reports are sent home at the end of each academic year.
How will I be involved in making decisions about my child’s learning?
- During assessment day meetings, the class teacher will suggest ways that you can support your child.
- Home Learning will be appropriate for the needs of your child.
- Mrs Sutton may meet with you to discuss strategies you may use at home.
- If outside agencies or the Educational Psychologist have been involved, suggestions and programmes of study may be provided that can be used at home.
- When a child moves to a new year group, meetings are held with new parents to discuss phonics, reading and maths and how parents/carers can support at home. ESOL classes are offered to parents who are new to English.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for children and their families who are encountering emotional difficulties.
- Groups inside school addressing issues such as friendship and self esteem.
- Sign posting to appropriate agencies in consultation with parents.
- If appropriate an Early Needs form will be completed with parents. Pupils with medical needs:
- If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed care plan is compiled with support from the school nurse in consultation with parents/carers. These are shared with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
- Staff have received epipen and asthma training from the school nurse which is updated as necessary.
- Where necessary and in agreement with parents/carers medicines are administered in school but only where staff have written consent.
- All Foundation Stage Staff have paediatric first aid training. There are a number of staff throughout the school who have basic first aid training.
- Staff are trained as situations arise to enable us to meet individual child’s needs in the setting.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Forest Park Primary School?
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialised expertise.
The agencies used by the school include:
- Child Protection Advisors
- Educational Psychologist
- CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Support Team)
- Education Welfare Officers
- Social services
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Community Paediatrician
- School Nurse
- Health visitors
- SEND Services.
An Educational Psychologist is allocated to each school. He/she would normally only work directly with pupils whose needs are felt to be quite considerable and have not responded well to the interventions previously put in place for them.
This involvement is planned during termly school reviews held with the SENDCO, the Head teacher and the Educational Psychologist, and where appropriate, other professionals. In order to understand the pupil’s educational needs better, the psychologist will meet with the parent/carer and give feedback after the assessment has been completed. He/she will offer advice to the school and parents/carers on how to best support the pupil in order to take their learning forward.
- What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
- Mrs Sutton has completed the National Award in Special Educational Needs in May 2018.
- The SENDCO attends termly update meetings provided by the local educational authority.
- All relevant members of staff are trained to deliver Read, Write Inc phonics. Staff have also received training in Precision Teaching, SOS Spellings Programme, Working Memory, Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations.
- We have a specialist teacher trained to deliver Reading Recovery, and 2 teaching assistants are trained to deliver the Switch on Literacy intervention.
- Different members of staff have received training related to SEND. These have include sessions on how to support pupils on the autistic spectrum, how to support pupils with speech and language difficulties, how to support pupils with physical and co-ordination needs, how to support pupils with sensory needs and how to support pupils with specific learning needs.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
- Activities and school trips are available to all.
- Alongside parents/carers, risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
- However, if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during the activity.
- How accessible is the environment?
How accessible is the school environment?
At Forest Park we offer equal access to the curriculum through differentiation which includes different ways for recording, differentiation through success criteria and differentiation through learning outcome. Reasonable adjustments are made wherever possible.
The Forest Park website is clear and accessible to all parents and children. Letters sent home to parents are clear and relevant to the year group.
As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have at present include:
- Ramps into school to make the building accessible to all
- 1 toilet adapted for disabled users
- 2 automated changing beds
- Automatic doors on entry into the school
- Wide doors and corridors around the building
- A lift to access the upper floor classrooms
- Bi-lingual teaching assistants
- Technology can be made available to meet the needs of individual children.
- How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?
How will Forest Park Primary School prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
At Forest Park we aim to make transitions as smooth as possible. We understand the difficulties surrounding transition periods, and work closely with children and their parents in order to manage these with the children’s well-being as first priority.
Many strategies are in place to enable the pupil’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:
- Discussions between the previous or receiving schools prior to the pupil joining/leaving.
- All pupils attend Transition sessions where they spend some time with their new class teacher.
- Additional visits are arranged for pupils who would benefit from more time in their new school.
- Photographs, picture key rings and transition booklets are used where appropriate to support children with transition.
- The SENDCO is always willing to meet parents/carers prior to their child joining the school.
- The SENDCO liaises with SENDCO’s from other schools or Early Years settings to pass on information regarding SEN pupils. Here professionals share data about the pupil’s attainment and strategies that have been used to support the child.
- Secondary school staff visit pupils prior to them joining their new school.
- Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting may be arranged with the SENDCO, the secondary schools SENDCO, the parents/carers and where appropriate the pupil.
- How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
How are the schools resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
- The SEN budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependent on an individual’s needs.
- The additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern has been raised at another time during the year.
- Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances.
- Where a pupil is entitled to Pupil Premium funding this will be used towards meeting their needs.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
- These decisions are made in consultation with the class teacher and the Senior Leadership Team. Decisions are based upon termly tracking of pupils and as a result of assessments by outside agencies.
- Where, despite having taken relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the SEN of the child, the child has not made expected progress, the school or parents should consider requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.
- How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?
Children are given opportunities to discuss their work and help us decide their next steps through termly reviews. Pupil Passports are set up, where needed, following discussion with the child. For children with a Statement or Education Health and Care Plan annual review meetings are held, in which children attend where appropriate. During this time children can reflect on what has been successful and why and plan next steps.
Children’s views are collected to contribute to their learning through:
- Termly reviews of target ladders and progress towards outcomes.
- How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?
At Forest Park we value all contributions from parents and carers. There are regular opportunities to speak to staff members, such as:
- Meet and greet every morning on the playground - Miss Irving, Mrs Sutton and Mr Antinoro are outside regularly, chatting to parents and answering queries.
- Assessment day appointments are a good opportunity to discuss your child's learning in detail.
- Request an appointment to meet with the SENDCO or a member of the SEN team at the main reception.
- Completion of questionnaires sent home.
- If your child has a pupil passport then you will be invited to review this termly.
- If your child has an EHCP then you will be invited into school for annual review meetings to discuss progress.
- How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education. This may be through:
- Discussions with the class teacher
- During assessment day meetings
- During discussions with Mrs Sutton or other professionals
- Joining in with child/parent activity sessions
- Supporting Home Learning
- Parents are asked to give their views throughout the year through: parent questionnaires, parent focus groups, discussions held with the class teacher on assessment day.
- What do I I do if I want to make a complaint?
At Forest Park Primary School we welcome feedback from parents and carers. This may be through compliments, comments and complaints.
- If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs, the provision they receive at school or any worries you may have please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the SENDCO.
- You can arrange to meet the Head Teacher, Louise Irving via the school office.
- Issues can also be raised with the SEN Governor, Gill Howell.
- Visits to the school can be made by contacting the school office on 01782 234979 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Further information regarding compliments, comments and complaints can be found on the school website at forestpark.org.uk under the section for parents.
- For further information about services available locally to support children with SEN and their families please visit the Local Authority Special Educational Needs and Disability website using the following link:
- What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?
The SEN team consists of:
Mrs H Sutton – Deputy Head Teacher / Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator
Mrs L Futter – SENCO Assistant
Miss H Bourne – SENCO Assistant
Mr A Antinoro – Inclusion and Welfare Manager
Stoke-On-Trent Safeguarding board can be found at www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk.
SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for Stoke-on-Trent can be found at www.sendiass-stoke.co.uk.