Star Primary Academy
We aim to create an exciting, stimulating and safe environment; and to provide the children with a range of learning opportunities that will encourage the ‘all round’ development of each child – giving them foundations and skills for life.
We believe that through partnership between parents, academy and the community everyone has a part to play to “unlock the star in every child“.
Who to contact
Where to go
Stoke on Trent
- ST6 5PT
- Local Offer Age Bands
- 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?
Students may be identified as having Special Educational Need (SEN) at any stage of their education. This may be a long term difficulty requiring continuous support, or a short term difficulty requiring a specific intervention. A student that is lower academically does not necessarily have special needs. It could be that they need extra support to fill in gaps within their learning, to enable them to achieve their best. Information about your child’s special needs may come from a variety of sources:
- Testing from reading and spelling/ any other testing on entry to school
- Parental concern
- Teacher / Learning Support Assistant concern
- Transfer information from previous school
If you feel your child may have a specific need then speak directly to your child’s class teacher or the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
- How will the setting support my child/young person?
Teachers/Learning Support Assistants will support individuals at a level appropriate to their needs through effective differentiation within the classroom. Effective differentiation enables a child to participate fully in all aspects of learning and make the best possible progress. Detailed progress sheets (Provision maps) are used as they are an efficient way of showing provision that is made which is additional to what is offered within the curriculum. These then provide an overview of programmes and interventions used. If your child still isn’t making the progress we would like, then we will invite outside agencies in to assess your child and make further recommendations.
Most needs for students can be met through school resources, but if the child continues to make slow or no progress then the Academy is able to put together a learning package to suit individual needs and if extra funding is required, a bid must be put in to the SEN Cluster funding.
- How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?
The SEN Department and class teachers work to ensure that all SEN students have the fullest possible access to the curriculum. Provision is reviewed each half term at the Academy to ensure it is meeting the needs of the current students.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?
In addition to the normal school reporting process, all parents/carers of statement students (soon to be replaced by Emotional, Heath Care Plans) are invited to come in to school every term to review the child’s statement/plan and progress. The views of parents/carers are a vital part of the review and as necessary, outside agencies may be invited to attend. If your child has not made progress despite receiving intervention, they will be given a pupil passport outlining targets and provision. You will be invited in each term to discuss how you feel your child is progressing. This meeting will take place with you, your child, the class teacher and SENCO.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
All students are supported by their class teacher and class teaching assistants. We also have a pastoral support team who can help with specific difficulties. Children with SEN may have more support in class, and at break and lunchtimes if needed.
Star Academy is aware of the needs to safeguard the well-being of all students. Management of first-aid arrangements are supervised by the School First-Aider with additional training provided as necessary, with any treatment of first aid/medication given being recorded. If it is considered necessary for a student to have an Individual Health Care Plan due to a significant health condition, this will be carried out in consultation with the School’s First Aider and any other health care professional involved with the young person. For more complex needs students, an Education, Health & Care plan (EHC plan) will be discussed (replacing a Statement). This is a person-centred approach, which ensures within a family context, professionals and local authorities can ensure that children, young people and parents are involved in all aspects of planning and decision making.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
All staff members have yearly training on quality first teaching and staff will support individuals at a level appropriate to their needs through effective differentiation within the classroom. Effective differentiation enables a child to participate fully in all aspects of learning and make the best possible progress. Detailed progress sheets (Provision maps) are used as they are an efficient way of showing provision that is made which is additional to what is offered within the curriculum. These then provide an overview of programmes and interventions used and form individual pupil passports that are discussed with parents and the child.
Our intervention team:
We currently have an intervention team who deliver specific interventions throughout the academy. These staff members are specifically trained to deliver these interventions and are regularly monitored by the SENCO and attend regular training updates. Some of the interventions that we can deliver include;
- Speech and language programs ( Language Steps and Spirals)
- Dyslexia friendly programs ( Beat Dyslexia and Active Literacy)
- Social and emotional interventions through our onsite counsellor.
- SOS spelling and Precision Teaching.
- What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
The school ensures that all staff continue to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of SEND by liaison with the SEN/D team to provide for all training needs which are required by the school staff to ensure all targets may be met.
There is ongoing training to support in areas including: Speech and language difficulties, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, as well as regular training in Child Protection and working with Looked After Children.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
All of our students with additional needs are supported and encouraged to be fully involved in all areas of school life. All clubs and trips are open to them and individual arrangements are planned in advance to ensure that they are able to participate. Any issues around SEN/medical/physical needs will be discussed with parents as necessary.
- How accessible is the environment?
The Academy is of the school is all at ground level and we have access to 2 disability toilets and a shower room.
- How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?
At Star we have strong links with Watermill School and Inspire outreach services as well as many local high schools. The children often have the opportunity to access the facilities at the different settings from an early age.
The Academy also works with local children’s centres and nurseries and sets up transition days from the beginning of the Summer Term. Additional transition meetings can also be arranged if necessary.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
The Academy is allocated funding based on the SEN needs within the school. Currently any extra funding necessary is bid for through the School Cluster funding made available at the start of the year.
- How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
At Star, all students in the school have regular reports and an annual parents evening, to discuss how students are progressing. There may also be events for relevant year groups throughout the year e.g. option evenings.
Parents may also contact any of their child’s teachers directly using the email address given on the school website.