Special Needs

Statutory Information

The documents below are those required by the DfE to be published on the website.
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Thank you!

A huge thank you to those who attended our Cadbury class Art Gallery event - the children worked extremely hard on their art work and we all appreciate you coming to support us. We have raised enough money to pay for our trip to see The Gruffalo at the theatre in October!

A further art and craft sale will be on Wednesday 18th September at the end of the day.

Recognition

It's always nice to be recognised for our hard work and dedication to give our children the best possible experience at school.

Here is what OFSTED had to say. "Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported and make good progress." OFSTED June 2019

You can read our report here:

https://www.victoriaprimaryschool.org.uk/data/compliance/Victoria_Primary_School_Ofsted_June_2019_3.pdf

Here's a tweet from the Behaviour Support Team.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

We take the emotional well-being of our pupils, families and staff very seriously and we work hard to support everyone in the best way possible including, where necessary, working with outside agencies such as CAMHS. We have several staff who are fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and Miss L O'Donoghue is our Mental Health Lead for school. Should you have any concerns about the mental well-being of your child or yourself then please come and speak to Miss Mousley (SENCo) or Mrs Lorraine Whistler (Family Support Assistant)

Free Support

A new Dropbox has been created full of resources, leaflets and information on a range of topics such as EHCP, transition, sleeping, toileting, social stories and much more.

Access Dropbox by clinking this link https://www.dropbox.com/

For the username and password, please ask Miss Mousley (SENCo)

This Summer term, I will be looking for parents/carers to join/lead a new Focus Group. We will work together to improve provision for children both in school and at home, whilst helping to engage parents/carers. Our first focus will be related to i​mproving vocabulary for all children and reviewing the school's Information Report.

More information to follow, or come and speak to me in school.

Miss Rachel Mousley (SENCo)

Children's SEND Forum

Here at Victoria Primary School, we believe ALL children should have a voice in school.

Similar to the school council, representatives from years 4-6 meet once a term to discuss what is working well for children with SEND in school and what changes they would like to see to help them make progress and access their learning more efficiently.

Our next meeting will be in September to review the Information Report for our school.

HOW HAVE THE CHILDREN BEEN INFLUENTIAL AT VPS?

On Tuesday June 18th, we discussed our findings on what has helped us to make progress in our writing and what we could do better - including using dictaphones to help record ideas! We also discussed our transition to new year groups and those of us moving to secondary school. Miss Mousley has already passed on some of our ideas to the SENCo at NUAST!

On February 11th 2019, the SEND Forum conducted a learning walk around school focussing on learning environments. They looked at what would help or hinder their concentration in classrooms, discussed how the classrooms made them feel and what positive/negative impact it might have on their ability to learn. It was an insightful journey, with lots to celebrate and staff have already made changes to their classrooms to consider the needs of ALL learners!

We also discussed difficulties faced when writing and how teachers can adapt teaching and learning to better support children with SEND, this will form our focus for our next meeting in April. Finally, we agreed on a focus for Autism Awareness Week - see below!

On November 19th 2018, we discussed what makes us anxious and how we can keep our minds healthy. We also began investigating some new interventions to help us with our learning across school and developed a questionnaire which we distributed before the end of term for Miss Mousley to collate.

We met again on June 18th 2018 with our school governor, Mr Henderson, to talk about transition and managing anxiety. This discussion has enabled us to change and improve our transitional support for children with SEND. Mr Henderson was very impressed by their questions and discussions.

On April 17th 2018, Some of the children from our SEND Forum briefly met the school's SEND Governor. They talked about what is working well and any improvements they would like to see in the school. Mr Henderson was incredible pleased with the children's responses and the confidence they showed in their very important role!

On 20th March 2018 at our meeting, the children were fantastic and helped to organise resources for Autism Awareness Week. They also came up with the motto for the week;

"We are all different, but we stand together as one."

New Sensory Room

For some children, the lights and sounds of school can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety or difficulty with learning. Our new sensory room will allow children time to process and understand their sensory needs. Our new projector, which creates moving images across the walls, will also be used within our curriculum to support children with their reading and writing.

Lunchtimes can be another difficult time for some of our children so we have created a 'Restaurant Club' for a small group of children where they can manage their sensory needs but also develop their fine motor skills.

Previous Parent Forums.

The aim of these termly events is for you to find out about specific support that is available in school for your child and to be able to see resources and activities that you can use at home to support your child’s development on a range of topics such as

  • Speech, Language & Communication development (0-11years)
  • Emotional well-being
  • Behaviour support
  • Routines and timetables.
  • Support with housing, finances and local support groups.

Thank you to those who came to our previous events to meet other parents/carers, take resources and ask questions.

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners.

Our next event will be in Summer Term 2 - details to follow.

April 1st - 5th 2019 was Autism Awareness Week.

Thank you to those who attended our ASD Parent/Carer Event on 3rd April. We look forward to the next one.

Our Children's SEND Forum agreed on 'Super Sock Day' on April 5th and we were delighted to see so many snazzy, colourful and interesting socks from both children and staff!

Last year, on March 28th, we celebrated Autism Awareness week by creating a whole school photograph to show that despite all of us being different, we stand together as one.

At Victoria Primary School we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes provision for those children attending EYFS and the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

We aim to be an inclusive school by ensuring that:

  • All children and young people are valued equally and take as full as part as possible in all school activities.
  • We promote the highest standards of achievement for all pupils through a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • We provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to individual’s needs and abilities.
  • We identify barriers to learning and participation that require additional provision as early as possible in a pupil’s school career.
  • We have high expectations and suitable targets for our children.
  • We acknowledge the vital role that parents play in their child’s education and ensure they are informed of progress and achievements.
  • Pupils with additional needs are involved, where practicable, in decisions affecting their future provision.
  • Seek the advice and expertise of other agencies and professionals as required.

Our co-ordinator for pupils with Special Educational Needs is Miss Rachel Mousley. Miss Mousley is happy to provide families with support and advice; she can be easily contacted via the school office.

The "Local Offers" for SEN Provision for both Victoria Primary School and Nottingham City Council can be found to the right of this screen

Key information

SENCo: Miss Rachel Mousley.

SENCo post taken up: January 2017.

NASENCo Qualification: October 2015

Certificate of Competency in Educational Testing: December 2017

British Psychology Society Registered Test User: February 2018

SENCo Vision:

To be part of a team, building an extraordinary school for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities to ensure they feel safe, equal to their peers & happy.

To support staff to help these children achieve the best they can, develop their holistic growth whilst improving inclusion across the school and wider community.

SEND Governor: Mr Richard Henderson

Useful Websites

Image result for PPSnotts http://www.ppsnotts.org.uk/

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Parent Partnership Service supports parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities living in two local authority areas – you can contact us if you live in Nottingham City or anywhere within the county of Nottinghamshire. You can also contact us if you are about to move into either of these areas.

Image result for rainbow parents carers forum nottinghamhttp://www.rainbowpcf.org.uk/

Rainbow Parents Carers Forum is a support group and voice for parents & carers
who have a child with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND). We are a parent led organisation whose mission is to “Support and Empower Families to be Heard and Achieve Better Outcomes”.

Image result for ask iris nottingham http://www.askiris.org.uk/

The IRIS Project is a one-stop shop offering information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities based in Nottingham.

https://www.family-action.org.uk/

Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. Our innovative services reach out to those in need, we strengthen families and communities, build skills and resilience and improve the life chances of children and adults.

https://thefamilygrapevine.co.uk/east-south-notts/directory/children-additional-needs/

The Family Grapevine is an amazing directory-style magazine for parents and carers in East & South Notts and Nottingham, full of the sort of local information that every family needs from bump to teens!

https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/plan-a-visit/accessibility/autism-friendly-venues

With a more thorough understanding of special needs on the rise, autism friendly events have begun to be implemented throughout the UK, allowing those on the autism spectrum, along with their carers and families, to enjoy and take part in regular events and attractions.

https://www.relaxkids.com/

One of the leading experts in child relaxation training, classes and resources. We offer quality products and services to help children become resilient and give them tools and techniques to manage their emotional, and mental, health.

Self Help UK logohttps://www.selfhelp.org.uk/

Self Help UK is the leading specialist organisation in promoting, supporting and encouraging Self Help Groups, both locally in Nottinghamshire and nationwide.
Self Help groups enable people to take better control of their circumstances or conditions, gain strength and support from others, and improve their self-care.

https://skybadger.co.uk/

SKY BADGER IS A CHARITY THAT FINDS HELP AND ADVENTURE FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ALL OVER THE UK.

SOS!SEN The Independent Helpline for Special Educational Needshttps://www.sossen.org.uk/index.php

We offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Community Events

Bamboozle Theatre Company: Pulse

"A truly engaging, sensory performance."
Patience and Bird are waiting for rain in the dry, dusty heat of the American desert. Clanky Jane arrives with her ‘Cloud-O-Matic’ machine, but will some crazy percussion and a bit of magic make the rain come?
Featuring captivating visual effects, puppetry, live music and a sprinkling of water.
We'll be presenting two versions of Pulse, one Relaxed version for larger family audiences, and another for those with profound and multiple learning disabilities which will have a limited capacity.
Friday 27 September
10am, 11.15am & 6pm (PMLD)
Saturday 28 September
11am, 1.30pm (Relaxed) 3pm (PMLD)
If you need more information about which performance might be best for you, call the Box Office team on 0115 846 7777.

​Looking to develop skills &understanding in more depth?

THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CHILD TRAUMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE

'FROM TRAUMA TO TRUST' Friday ‎29th‎ ‎November 2019, 9‎:‎30am - 4pm, The Village Hotel, Coventry, CV4 9GZ

Relaxed Sessions

Relaxed Skating Sessions

Come along and enjoy one of our public skating sessions within a quiet and calm environment, with no music or flashing lights. The sessions are perfect for those who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere – including those with a learning disability, an autism spectrum condition, or sensory and communication disorder. They are open to all but designed for those who may find ice skating that little bit more challenging. We want to create and encourage an atmosphere where all our guests feel safe and in-control and able to exit the ice with ease at any time. We want people of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the ice and encourage both families and individuals to come along to our monthly Relaxed Skating Sessions.

What’s different?

The music is turned off on the ice rink and within our Sub Zero café. The lighting is kept to our standard 200-lux setting, with no disco lighting or flashing lights.

Our Tots Zone will be available to use, with free equipment within the area.

On-ice equipment will be available to hire at standard cost price. Sledges are available upon request for those with mobility issues.

If the sessions fall upon an event night at Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, there will be a quiet exit available to use upon leaving.

  • Upcoming dates: Friday 28 June, Friday 26 July, Friday 30 August - 5.30pm - 7pm
  • Under 5s free, Juniors (ages 5- 15) £7.50, Adults (16+) £8.50

Autism Friendly Cinema Experience

Join us on the second Sunday of every month at 10am for our Autism Friendly Screenings

Showcase are proud to present Autism Friendly screenings in partnership with not-for-profit support provider, Dimensions. We think it's important that anyone can experience the delights of cinema, and hope that with a few adjustments, cinema can be enjoyed by those that are sensory sensitive.

You will also be able to bring your own food and drink and we welcome you to move around the auditorium.

Relaxed Performances at the theatre and concert hall.

Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre.

It is still the same show but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.

September 2019

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