Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Information about how we identify and support children with SEND
Bridge Junior is an inclusive school where we aim to make everyone feel welcome and to ensure that children are appropriately challenged, supported and empowered to be happy and successful.
At any time during a child’s education, and for whatever reason, an individual may experience some difficulties with their learning, dealing with their emotions or feelings or experience physical needs which impact on their access to the curriculum.
As a school we follow the Local Authority Expectation of Schools. This outlines the key ways in which pupils should be supported in schools. Further information can be found by following the “Local Offer” link (see below). Additional information is also included in the school SEND policy which can be found in the policies section.
There are many ways a child might be supported at school. We run specific interventions, we set children individual challenges and we provide children with appropriate support and resources to facilitate their learning. Some children may receive additional support in the form of small group work or one to one support.
An initial concern about a child may be raised by the school, parents/carers or any other agency that comes into contact with the child. The school will then involve key people who come into contact with the child, including parents, in gathering more evidence and further differentiating the learning experiences of that child.
If, after an agreed period of time, the concerns still exist the school will then meet with parents/carers to agree targets to reach future outcomes and to discuss provision. This will be recorded and reviewed at least termly following the Assess, Plan, Do, Review model.
The school SENCO is Mrs. Amanda Lepora and may be involved in any meetings as required. She is able to provide support and advice to parents and class teachers.
A child could be placed on the SEND register and is said to be at SEND Support. Most children at SEND Support receive short bursts of one to one targeted support throughout the week. You can contact Mrs. Lepora on 0116 2536092.
Some children may require further assessments or support from an external agency. If this is the case then the school will seek written permission from parents/carers before this is able to go ahead.
All staff at Bridge Junior School have access to ongoing training in SEND issues. Recent training has included Inference Training, Precision Teaching and Team Teach. Where possible, training is cascaded to all members of staff.