We are a mainstream Catholic Primary School situated in Meir. We welcome and cater for a variety of needs and strive for every child to meet their full potential.
|Contact name||Mary Bush|
|Contact telephone||01782 319504|
|Venue name||St. Augustine's Catholic Academy|
|Stoke on Trent|
|Date||The School Office is open Monday to Friday from 8am until 4:30pm.|
|Session information||School hours for children in KS1 and KS2 8:45am until 3:15pm.|
|School's extended local offer response||
What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?
At St. Augustine’s Catholic Academy, we aim to provide support for all children no matter what their needs are. We provide support and provision for all needs as outlines in the SEN Code of Practice (2014).
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?
Children are assessed when they start their Early Year’s Foundation Stage Curriculum. We use this as a starting point for learning and to develop a personalised learning journey which shows appropriate support and challenge for every child. Parents/carers are encouraged to discuss any concerns with the class teacher and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENCO).
If your child is identified as not making progress, the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and will:
How will the setting support my child/young person?
Your child will be supported through specific class input through targeted classroom teaching (Quality First Teaching). Your child will also have access to carefully planned interventions and will have appropriately differentiated classwork to suit their needs.
When we have identified a need for a child, we match the provision accordingly. We monitor the impact of interventions and support through tracking of pupil progress. The SENCO reports this information to the Principal, who then reports to the Governors.
For your child to be fully supported they will have:
How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and differentiated so that all children can succeed. We believe in a creative approach to teaching and learning.
How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?
Through our home school agreement we encourage an active partnership between school and home.
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?
St. Augustine’s Catholic Academy provides a dedicated team of professionals, ensuring that your child meets their full potential. Through teachers and learning support assistants in the classroom, the SENCO and the home school link worker. We encourage children to talk about their well-being through circle time, reflective periods of lessons, assemblies and informal conversations. If children require extra support, help and guidance from other professionals can be organised.
The school ensures that:
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
We have trained staff in all areas of SEND. Staff follow a programme of continuous Professional Development to keep up to date with current initiatives and different teaching methods.
All parents/carers are consulted before the school seeks support from external agencies.
Some of the professionals that the school access are:
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
Staff are trained in accordance with the needs of the children at that time. A programme of continuous professional development is in place to ensure all members of staff are up to date with the most effective teaching programmes. Staff are deployed to work with children by matching their expertise with the needs of the child. Key SEND staff attend regular updates from Inclusive Learning Services (ILS) and our own SENCO’s are networking, sharing effective practice amongst our collegiate schools.
How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
All children are included in trips. Staff carefully choose suitable transport, activities and venues that are suitable for all children.
All children are offered the opportunity to attend after school clubs, clubs are adapted to suit the needs of the learner if required to do so. The participation of children with specific needs is closely monitored by the Leadership Team.
All children are included in all aspects of school life wherever possible, by careful risk assessment; putting extra support in place where necessary.
Parent meetings are held when pupils may need some extra provision when learning goes beyond the classroom, to ensure that the child's needs are met.
How accessible is the environment?
How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?
How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
Budgets are closely monitored and aligned to the school development plan. Regular reviews take place to ensure funds and staffing are best allocated to meet the needs of the children.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?
Any child with SEND will have their input to their Pupil Passport by discussing the targets on them. They will be consulted three times a year to contribute to their review of progress against the targets. The children are also encouraged to know what their own next steps are to ensure they know what they need to do to progress.
How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?
There are three parents’ evenings throughout the year which provide opportunities for parents to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss their progress. There is also an extra three Coffee Mornings for any children on the SEN register. Staff will contact you at other points in the year, should this be required.
How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?
Parents are encouraged to be involved in every step of their child’s education through:
What do I do if I want to make a complaint?
If there are any complaints relating to the provision for children with SEND these will be dealt with in the first instance by the class teacher and SENCO, then, if unresolved, by the Head of School. The Academy Representative with specific responsibility for SEND may be involved if necessary. In the case of an unresolved complaint the issue should be taken through the Academy Committee complaints procedure
What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?