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SEND at Berrymede (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

At Berrymede Junior School, we offer a variety of support for our children with SEND depending on what their needs are. Class teachers are responsible for the progress and development of their SEND children throughout the year and regularly meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Miss Sarah Conroy admin@berrymede-jun.ealing.sch.uk

Our Governor with responsibility for SEN is Sara Jukes.

‘We are very proud to be a Flagship School for the Inclusion Quality Mark’

We aim to identify pupils with SEND as early as possible and have a focus on early interventions to allow children greater access to the curriculum. For every student with SEND we make reasonable adjustments in order support them in their learning and development in all areas in their schooling.

Support at Berrymede can consist of the teacher making reasonable adjustments in class to support a child’s learning, group interventions or individual interventions led by one of our trained Teaching Assistants (TAs) throughout the school day.

We work closely with Ealing’s Local Authority (LA) to further support our children with SEND. They are provided with a variety of external agencies to help identify and support a child’s needs. Some of these services are:

  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescents Mental Health Services)

The Local Offer

Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. Information is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

For more information on Ealing Local Offer, please click here

Berrymede Local Offer

At Berrymede, we offer a variety of different interventions to support students with SEND. Interventions take place throughout the school week and are headed by our trained and skilled TAs as well as external agencies who specialise in certain areas of support.

  • Reading (Fluency and Comprehension) and Writing Support
  • Speech and Language
  • Maths Support
  • Phonics
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Lego Therapy
  • Social Skills
  • Social and Emotional/ Nurture Groups
  • Occupational Therapy (Fine and Gross Motor Skills)
  • Handwriting
  • IDL (Software intervention to support pupils with dyslexic traits in reading and spelling)
  • Art therapy
  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support)

SEND Policy & Information Report

This provides information to parents about the ways in which our school will support children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. We update our report annually.

Please read the useful documents for more information:-

Zones of Regulation

Good behaviour in school is crucial for top- quality learning. For this reason, we have recently introduced the Zones of Regulation across the school to ensure children learn how to manage their feelings. The Zones are designed to promote positive behaviour by teaching students what they need to regulate and helping them understand how their feelings impact their behaviour and choices. They also support children in developing emotional intelligence by widening their vocabulary of emotional terms and allowing them to gain skills in reading other people’s facial ex-pressions. Most importantly, the Zones provide students with a bank of calming and alerting strategies and problem-solving skills, ensuring that they become increasingly skilled at managing their behaviour and preparing them for their future as productive citizens.

Information and Support for Parents with children who have SEN Needs

Below are some useful links for sites with information and strategies for supporting students with SEND. If you are con-cerned that your child may have additional needs, please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher and the SENDCO to discuss this further.

Dyslexia and Dyspraxia:

British Dyslexia Association – A useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.

Dyslexia research trust – For diagnosis services.

www.masteringmemory.co.uk – Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult.

www.lucid-research.com – Working memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs.

Jungle memory – Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription.

Dyspraxia Foundation – offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.

ASD:

www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx – The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.

https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/support-in-the-community/family-support – Support for parents and carers to develop a greater understanding of their child’s needs.

Information about autism | Ambitious about Autism -This practical toolkit contains a wealth of straightforward information in one place to guide parents and carers.

ADD:

http://www.addiss.co.uk/ – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance – parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

Speech and Language Difficulties:

www.talkingpoint.org.uk – Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.

Social, Emotional and Mental health:

www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details.

This is an online guide for pupils, parents and professionals to support mental health and wellbeing http://combinedwellbeing.org.uk/

www.mentalhealth.org.uk – Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.

Bullying UK – Offers on line advice and support to try to prevent or deal with bullying including information for children.

Anti-bullying Alliance – Gives useful information and advice about how to deal with bullying and the impact that bullying can have.

General:

www.mylifemychoice.org.uk – My life my choice – helping people speak up and develop their skills

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions – Find information about ASD, SPLD and other medical conditions. 

SOS SEN – A national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to access the help they are entitled to, particularly in the education system.

ACE – the Advisory Centre for Education – Gives good information and advice about Admissions, Attendance, Bullying, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs.

ACT Foundation – Offers grants to enhance the quality of life of people in need, for example grants for equipment or adaptations where the Local Authority cannot help.

Contact a Family (CaF) – An excellent organisation providing information and support to parents of children with many different sorts of disability, including parent-parent support. They also provide comprehensive well written booklets written in a clear concise manner for parents, teachers and young people.

Cerebra – Help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.

www.ipsea.org.uk – IPSEA – Independent Parental Special Education Advice, a charity which offers legal advice, support and training to ensure children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) access the right education.

Further support at home:

Now Covid- 19 restrictions have been lifted, we are restarting our parent coffee mornings and workshops to share inclusive practice and strategies on a range of topics that will support parents at home. These sessions will be led by school staff that specialise in certain areas of the curriculum or other educational professionals that we work with.

English as an Additional Language:

What are we doing?

Our EAL lead Shuki Devi has a wealth of experience and expertise in EAL and works with staff to deliver a high standard of care and support to our students. Mrs Devi provides additional English lessons out of the classroom to support their learning in class and develop their conversational skills.

You can help your child with learning English at home by:

  • Listening to English songs
  • Watching English TV
  • Reading Comics/ Magazines together
  • Doing fun things after school where you can practise English
  • Reading books in both English and Home Language.
  • Encouraging your children to develop hobbies and interests
  • Reading signs
  • Talking about the school day with your child
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