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Hello from our SENDCO

Our SENCO is Mrs Rettie. 

She works alongside children, staff and families to ensure that children with SEND have the support and resources they need to access and enjoy their learning and make good progress. 

Our vision is to provide all pupils in the Essa Foundation Academies Trust with the best opportunity to achieve their full potential and develop into independent learners, irrespective of their background, culture, ethnic origin, religion or any other status. Essa Primary is an open, friendly learning community, where everybody is valued and has a voice. In partnership with all stakeholders we aim to equip our pupils to live safe, healthy, fulfilling lives, enabling them to achieve success ‘right from the start’ both today and in the future: ‘All will Succeed.’

What is SEN? 

·       A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

·       A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she: has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

·       has a disability that prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

Our Aims

We value all the children in our school equally and we recognise the entitlement of each child to receive the best possible education. Within a caring and mutually supportive environment we aim to:

  • Build upon the strengths and achievements of each child.

  • Create an environment in which all individuals are valued, have respect for one another and grow in self-esteem.

  • To ensure that the school offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which is accessible to pupils with SEND and promotes high standards of attainment and achievement.

  • To create a learning environment that meets the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of each pupil.

  • To ensure the views of children and their families are taken into account, and that we have developed good working relationships with parents, carers and the wider community in order to extend the classroom.

  • Give equal access to all aspects of school life through academic, social and practical experiences. This will allow all children to experience success regardless of SEND, disability or any other factor that may affect their attainment. This is in so far as it is reasonably practical and compatible with the child receiving their special educational provision and the effective education of their fellow pupils.

  • Ensure that the school liaises with partners in educations, family and health and social care to provide effective support when meeting the needs of pupils.

  • Assess children regularly so that those with SEND are identified as early as possible.

  • Enable pupils with special educational needs to make the greatest progress possible.

  • Work towards developing expertise in using inclusive teaching and learning

  • strategies.

  • Ensure all teaching and non-teaching staff are involved in planning and meeting the needs of SEND pupils.

If you have any concerns regarding your child, please contact:

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