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 Information for Parents and Carers of Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

SEND Information Report

 At Hartford Junior School we provide equality of opportunity for all children to develop as successful learners and we recognise that some children have learning difficulties or a disability which call for special provision to be made for him or her.

All children may have special needs at some time in their lives.

Children have SEN if their learning difficulty means:

  • they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities that are provided for other children of the same age.

( SEND Code of Practice 2014)

Hartford Junior’s is a mainstream Junior School of over 200 pupils aged 7 -11 years with 2 forms per year group. We are part of The Cam Academy Trust.  We aim to ensure that all children in school are encouraged, valued and accepted equally, regardless of their ability, physical or mental health. We have person centred approach to meetings and reviews and use restorative approaches in behaviour management.

 We have a wide experience of different SEND needs including, but not limited to:

 ADHD ( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Hearing impairments
  • Irlands syndrome
  • Social, Emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Speech, language and communication needs
  • Visual Impairments

 To see the full report click on :  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School Information Report

 

Please click here for information on the Cambridgeshire's Local Offer for children with SEND - http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/send

Parent Forum

April  2018

We held our latest get together on Tuesday morning over tea and biscuits.

 Nicky O’Connell, from St Peter’s School came to talk to us about transition to St Peter’s  and SEND in general. She covered many topics including:

  • New school uniform - which is to be phased in by 2020
  • How the canteen works for the pupils
  • The recent addition of a Cabin at St Peter’s - which is a hub for high functioning autistic pupils with EHCPlans – run on similar lines to the Cabin at Comberton School
  • The nurture groups for pupils in Key Stage 3 – one of which has a Primary School trained teacher and is run on similar lines to a primary class, with pupils receiving most of their lessons from the same teacher – rather than moving around the school to different classes
  • There is a dedicated SEN room ( learning hub) for break and lunchtime when pupils need somewhere to go
  • Homework club after school

Nicky also talked about the school behaviour policy, extra transition dates for pupils who need more visits and how staff are informed about medical issues pupils may have. St Peter’s is part of the same Academy group as Hartford Junior and Infant schools ( CAM Academy Trust) so we also talked about the benefits of shared policies and thinking – making transitions for pupils and adults much easier.

It was a really informative meeting. Any parents who were unable to attend – and would like to know more please get in touch  with us.

If you have any ideas for topics which you would like us to cover in future meetings also let me know.

January 2018

Sue Brain – a District Family Worker came to our latest Parent Forum session on 16th January 2018. We talked about the sort of roles a family worker can have including:

  • Helping parents with behaviour at home
  • Helping with attendance at school
  • Signposting parents to further help/ support
  • Being a listening ear
  • Supporting in meetings
  • Discussing/ explaining medical reports

One parent, describing the help Sue gave them, just said;   “she untangles me.”

There are thresholds which families need to meet before they can be allocated a family worker so we also want to highlight the THURSDAY DROP-IN: 1.30pm at the  Huntingdon Youth Centre (HYC) Any parent can drop in for a drink and chat about any parenting issues which are bothering them.

The office in the HYC is also the place to go if you are interested in parenting courses. There are many parenting courses available including Raising Teens; Stepping Stones, Triple P or Building Healthy Relationships. If you would like to know more about courses please get in touch with Karen Brooks our Parent Inclusion Worker.

November 2017

Our SEND parent forum on 17th November 2017 was well attended by parents from both Hartford Junior and Infant schools.

 Over coffee and biscuits, we chatted about what it is like to have a child with special educational needs or disabilities.

 Several parents mentioned that one of the hardest things was dealing with a difficult child,( possibly having a temper tantrum in a supermarket) AND feeling judged by other parents who are watching and making comments. We discussed how more knowledge about special needs in society in general would make this easier.

 The other topic to surface was how hard it is to cope with children when a partner may have a different parenting style - or not understand the need for certain approaches. Learning Passports, which we use in both schools to help teachers understand pupils’ needs, can be adapted for use in homes and with family.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday January 16th at 9 am. We have invited Sue Brain, a Family worker, to talk to us about support that is available in the community.

We are a very friendly group – please consider coming along – Dads are very welcome too!

 October 2017

The SEND parent Forum on 4th October 2017 was well attended. Thank you to those who came. It was good to meet up and share ideas for supporting our children and each other.

We discussed:

  • Transition to year 7 ( remembering that applications for secondary school have to be in by 31st October)
  • Transition from year 2 to 3
  • Managing expectations around Christmas for families with children on the autistic spectrum
  • Possibly holding an autism awareness day - like the Jeans for Genes which we have just held.
  • DLA support and how to fill in the forms
  • Then we discussed the cards you can apply for if you child has a disability which can get discounts or preferential service. These included the SKIP card; MAX card ;the Cineworld Card and how to get a RADAR key to access disabled toilets.
  • We then discussed how useful it was to get to know each other and to provide support for each other.
  • Some parents asked for more information about all the different needs in the school - so that they could be more understanding towards them

We are a very friendly and supportive group - please look out for details of the next meeting.

 Further information and support for parents

Following our SEND parents forum meeting, a parent has kindly brought together a list of helpful websites of organisations which can help families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Included in this list is the Cambridgeshire Local Authority’s Parent Partnership, the service which the school can officially recommend and that we can put you in touch with. Other services are independent from the school and Local Authority, so while listing them as potentially good sources of information, the school cannot be responsible for any information they may give.

 

Parent Partnership Service form Cambridgeshire Local Authority

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/local-offer-care-and-family-support/send-information-advice-and-support-service-sendiass/

 

Core Assets Children’s ServicesIndependent Support throughout EHCP assessment and planning process 

www.coreassets.com

Helpline number:  0800 028 8455

 

IPSEAIndependent Parental Special Education Advice

www.ipsea.org.uk – a call back can be booked on the website

 

SOS!SENIndependent Helpline for Special Educational Needs

www.sossen.org.uk

Helpline number:  020 8538 3731

 

Contact A FamilySupport, information and Advice

www.cafamily.org.uk

Helpline number:  0808 808 3555