Special Needs

Statutory Information

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

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)

Next 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.

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 April, 2019!

Later in the academic year, we will be reviewing the Information Report for our school.

HOW HAVE THE CHILDREN BEEN INFLUENTIAL AT VPS?

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 Spring Term 2 - details to follow.

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

Following on from our success last year, we will again be celebrating Autism Awareness Week. Our Children's SEND Forum have agreed on 'Super Sock Day' on April 5th and will be sharing resources with staff ready for the week.

To celebrate autism awareness week we want you to come in your most snazzy socks, the more unique the better; they don’t even need to match!

Should you wish to give a voluntary contribution, we will happily welcome any donations.

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.

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