Special Educational Needs and

Disabilities

Our Ethos and Approach at Ringmer Primary and Nursery School

At Ringmer Primary and Nursery School we are passionate about inclusion. We believe every child should experience success and achieve, and we support them to do so. Our teaching and support staff have regular training to ensure their skills are up to date, which enables them to support a wide range of needs in the classroom through quality first teaching. To read more about what this looks like in our school, please read our SEND Information Report at the bottom of this page. You may well find this answers any queries you have.

Our SEND policy is reviewed annually. You can find the latest version at the bottom of this page.

Mrs Amy Porter is our Inclusion Manager, she works Monday to Thursday. She can be contacted via the school office.

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing information can be found on its own separate page, please do take a look for information about areas such as anxiety, low mood or emotional understanding.


"(We) appreciate teachers’ friendly, firm approach and their willingness to take time to explain things to anyone who is unclear about their learning."

SEN pupil quote

SEND information report

This report outlines what we can offer pupils with SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) at Ringmer Primary and Nursery School. This has been written in collaboration with teachers, parents and Governors.

SEN Information report 2020 to 2021.docx for website.docx

" I like that adults check how we are getting on with our learning, and if we haven't got it, they will go over it with us again in a small group before everyone moves on"
SEN pupil quote

SEND Policy

Below is Ringmer Primary and Nursery school's SEND policy.


Ringmer Primary and Nursery School Special Educational Needs policy Jan 2020.docx

"I feel the adults care about me and listen to me."
SEN pupil quote

East Sussex SEND prospectus

This is the local prospectus for SEND pupils from 0 - 25 years, in mainstream, special schools, academies further education colleges and early years providers.

a4_isend_sen_prospectus_web.pdf


What does Ringmer Primary School do well in supporting children with additional needs? "Listening to parents and working alongside parents to address particular needs. Helping and alerting parents to areas of concern that may be more obvious in the school environment than at home. Providing support where it is needed regardless of whether or not a diagnosis has yet been formalised."
SEND parent quote

East Sussex SEND matrix

Guidance to accompany the East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Special Educational Needs Matrix. Mainstream schools Matrix The ESCC SEN Matrix is an East Sussex County Council framework drawn up by the Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ISEND) Services in collaboration with staff working in educational settings across the County, Children’s Integrated Therapy Services (CITS) and parents and carers. It is designed to:

• Provide a shared understanding for schools, the Local Authority, parents/carers, and services such as Health and Social Care, about how to identify the Special Educational Needs of children and young people 1

• Provide guidance on provision and resources recommended to meet these needs, and to facilitate educational progression

• Support development of knowledge and understanding about SEND

• Contribute to the development of good SEN and inclusive practice (‘build capacity’)

• Provide a framework from which the Local Authority and its moderation partners will make consistent decisions about funding levels for children to facilitate their educational progression

‘Local Authorities may develop criteria as guidelines to help them decide when it is necessary to carry out a Needs Assessment (and following assessment whether it is necessary to issue an EHC Plan).’ Code of Practice 2015, 9.16. This Matrix constitutes those criteria. The Matrix is available in digital format on the ESCC website, and through links on the Local Offer pages. It can be printed and is easily personalised. It should be read in conjunction with other ISEND publications including the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion which supports educational settings in developing inclusive practice


" We have resources, working walls and learning packs they all help us to learn"

SEN pupil quote

East Sussex SEND matrix for reference.pdf

COVID 19

Supporting SEND pupils with the return to school.

Resources for all pupils, including SEND pupils, are on our transition page. Please do take a moment to look at it and use the resources to support your child / children with returning to school.

Here are some links which may be of particular interest at the moment:

This video contains some helpful ideas and advice about supporting neurodiverse children in these unusual times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXPtqmHKNoE&feature=youtu.be&list=PLeEBLpkk4vtPUWGV-kSDOCr-3hZQzmrQ6

During times of closure, this link takes you to the document previewed below. It has lots of useful advice for parents / carers / children who are finding the current situation challenging in any way.

http://www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/1143/Supporting%20Children%20with%20LD%20&%20ASD%20with%20COVID%20Isolation.pdf

ISEND have also added some resources and activities for SEND pupils to their Local Offer. The resources are helpful and cover a range of concerns, from home schooling activities, to videos explaining the situation for those with additional needs and much more. They can be accessed via these links:

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/school-effectiveness/covid-19-schools-guidance/send/

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/staying-at-home-tips-and-activities/

They have also produced a flyer with useful contact details on it for parents of SEN pupils. This is below entitled 'Coronavirus Support'.

CLASS+

The CLASS+ team have an advice line that is open every Monday from 10am - 1pm. You can call this number to get advice / support for children who have social communication difficulties, whether they are diagnosed or not. The number is: 01273 336887


isend-and-espcf-coronavirus-support-flyer-final.pdf
Supporting Children with COVID Isolation.pdf

INFORMATION ABOUT SEND SUPPORT IN EAST SUSSEX

The East Sussex Digital SEN Matrix

This is a framework drawn up by the Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ISEND) Service in collaboration with staff working in educational settings across the county, Children’s Integrated Therapy Services (CITS) and parents and carers.

It is designed to:

• Provide a shared understanding for schools, the Local Authority, parents/carers, and services such as Health and Social Care, about how to identify the Special Educational Needs of children and young people

• Provide guidance on provision and resources recommended to meet these needs, and to facilitate educational progression

• Support development of knowledge and understanding about SEN

• Contribute to the development of good SEN and inclusive practice (‘build capacity’)

• Provide a framework from which the Local Authority and its moderation partners will make consistent decisions about funding levels for children to facilitate their educational progression.

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/inclusion-and-send/sen-matrix/the-matrix/

The East Sussex Local Offer

This outlines what is on offer to SEND pupils in East Sussex.

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/


SUPPORT FOR PARENTS / CARERS OF SEND CHILDREN

The East Sussex Parent / Carer Forum

They offer advice, experise and support to parents of SEND pupils.

https://www.escis.org.uk/family-information/east-sussex-parent-carer-forum-espcf/

AMAZE

They offer advice, support and expertise to parents of SEND pupils.

https://amazesussex.org.uk/

Family Support Workers

https://www.familysupportwork.org/

Open for Parents

Offer advice, online courses and behavioural support for chidlren including those with SEND

https://www.openforparents.org.uk/


SUPPORT FOR PUPILS WITH SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES

Speech and Language difficulties

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/speech-and-language-difficulties

https://speechandlanguage.info/parents



SUPPORT FOR PUPILS WITH SOCIAL COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES

CLASS+

CLASS+ works across East Sussex to support families/carers of young people with ASD. Our aim is to provide guidance and training that enables families/carers to build their understanding of the strengths and challenges faced by children and young people with Autism and so to develop greater confidence in how to support them. The team is part of the CLASS service.

What do we offer?

  • Weekly advice line

  • Signposting

  • Coffee mornings – support groups and schools

  • Training for parents

  • Short pieces of home based support (for school aged children)

Please to contact CLASS@eastsussex.gov.uk, message us on our Facebook page or call 01273 336887 for more information.

iContact

We are a Lewes-based autism community group. We run support groups, workshops, events and campaigns. iContact provides a platform from which we can make change happen

http://icontactautism.org/

National Autistic Society

https://www.autism.org.uk/

SUPPORT FOR PUPILS WITH SENSORY NEEDS

Please see the attachments at the bottom of this page

What can I do at home to help my child?

The most important skills to work on at home are

  • reading

If your child is reluctant to read to you, read to them and let them simply enjoy the story with you. Consider audio books, and other media such as magazines, or sports reports online.

  • spellings

  • times tables

  • maths facts

For all of the above, little and often works best. Consider the best time to practise these, when they aren't tired or hungry. Try to make it as fun as possible, so they are relaxed and enjoy it. You could play I spy letter using letter sounds, have words on post it notes, with words on, hidden around the house or garden for them to find and try to spell, times tables can be made into songs or raps.

Here are some websites which are also useful for fun learning games.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

phonicsplay.co.uk

resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

https://www.lexiacore5.com/register If your child is using this in school they are also able to access it at home.

https://app.mangahigh.com/en-gb/login Every child in the school has a log in for this, and there are games and activities available on here for them to practise their basic skills and maths facts.

https://www.senteacher.org/ This website has some interactive games and resources for each school year group.

Resources and strategies to support Sensory Needs

Sensory strategies.docx
Increasing Alertness in children.pdf
Sensory circuit ideas.pdf
Putty_Exercises_-_Flash_Cards[1] (1).pptx
Sensory Secrets.pdf

Siblings of children with special education needs and disabilities

This website offers resources and support to siblings of those with SEND.

https://www.youngsibs.org.uk/