SEND Information Report March 2019

The Importance of provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Combe Martin School is a mainstream school who believe that everyone has the right to be educated and be part of our school community. We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity. In so doing, we realise the valuable contribution, which all members of the school community can make to our school.

The number of children with SEND needs at CM School fluctuates, however, normally around 20% of the children have been deemed to have a special educational need or disability of one kind or another. Children have a special educational need if they have a learning difficulty, which requires additional or specific provision to be put in place for them.

The curriculum and learning environment

Every child at Combe Martin will access high quality teaching which takes account of pupil’s differing needs. We are proud of our unique curriculum throughout the school which allows children to learn in a variety of ways, become independent learners, thrive in areas of strength and gain confidence in areas of weakness. Where appropriate the curriculum will be adapted and reasonable adjustments will be made to meet the range of special educational needs in our school. Where children are in need of additional support, where possible this will be provided within the classroom setting to allow for full inclusion, it may also be given through small group sessions in addition to their usual classroom provision.

Teachers and teaching assistants will provide a personalised approach in line with a child’s individual ‘My Plan’ or EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). As a school we will endeavour to secure the special educational provision required by the child.

School trips are an important part of a child’s education we make every effort to provide these opportunities to every child in our school. Where necessary we will seek support of parents or other appropriate adults to support children with SEND to partake in school trips as well as extracurricular activities. Our very best efforts will be made to ensure all children can fully contribute to every aspect of school life.

Accessibility of our school

Our school is an older building with some challenges for children with mobility difficulties. Our hall is only accessible via stairs and there are a varying number of stairs and doorway thresholds to navigate to access all classrooms.. Our computer suite is on the same level as the hall. The playground is accessible via a slope.

Should any additional equipment or services be require the SENDCo / Head teacher work together to secure this where necessary.

Supporting the overall well-being of children with SEND

Supporting children's well being is of paramount importance.  All staff at our school work hard to support the well-being of every child; within the classroom we have a ‘reflective area’ or safe area where children can have a moment to themselves, share concerns and worries with their peers or members of staff. We have a caring and honest relationship with all children and ensure there are opportunities for children to talk to adults for support.  The head teacher / SENDCo share information with our Early Help team on a weekly basis, or when relevant, to provide a holistic approach for children and parents.

Parental Involvement

The role of parents and carers is very important and we seek to support the partnership between school and home. Parents are encouraged to become involved or are included in their child’s learning.

Complaints procedures:

If you have a complaint, please first go to your child’s class teacher, if your complaint is not resolved, please speak to the Headteacher.

 Roles and Responsibilities in Our School

Head Teacher: Mr D Railston

SENDCo: Mr D Railston

SEND Assistant: Mrs G Parsons

Early Help Teaching Assistant: Mrs M Lawson

SEND LSC member: Ms Amanda Jayne Staddon

Local Offer within Devon

CMS is committed to ensuring all children have the best possible start to life, some children may need additional support through their education. To support schools and parents in Devon County Council provide a ‘Local Offer’ which can be found via the link below. The Local Offer website provides information and access to a range of services for children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years.

The Devon Local Offer

Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25.

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At School we will be able to talk to you about your concern and tell you how we are making provision for your child. We have a comprehensive programme of interventions available and your class teacher will be able to discuss this with you. If you follow the link below you will see the interventions - which are categorised in WAVES.

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You can also visit the Devon information Pages for further information...

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