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Frequently asked questions

When a child first begins school the amount of information presented to parents can seem daunting, especially if their child has SEND. We have published a number of FAQs posted by parents relating to our school and SEND provision.

Can my child attend Chester-le-Street CE Primary School and then move to Special School Provision?

Children with SEND that have been issued with an Education, Health and Care plan can attend Chester-le-Street CE Primary School for their Primary education. At any point or when considering the move to Secondary education, a child can then be assessed for Special School if a parent wished them to attend this type of setting.

How can I find out what schools, social care and health should be providing for my child?

A new SEND code of practice will be published and this will set out how decisions should be made for children and young adults with SEND. This is statutory guidance and all schools, local authorities and health providers must have regard to it when providing for SEND children/young adults.
We will be adding a link to the Code of Practice document as soon as it’s available.

How accessible is your school?

Our aim is that pupils with disabilities should as far as possible have access to a full and broad curriculum, similar to that followed by their peers.

As a Main Stream Primary School we cannot replicate the range of support and resources that a local authority can provide. However, the school has successfully supported pupils with a range of disabilities – hearing and sight impairment, physical disability and learning difficulties of varying degrees. Decisions are taken on an individual basis following a full assessment of a child’s needs. Such assessment is carried out within the terms of the school’s SEN Policy and guidelines on Assessing Children who may have Special Educational Needs.

Our school is all on one level with ramped access to buildings directly from the main entrance and yards. We have disabled toilets on both sites and the junior department has automatic doors as well as a hoist and specialist changing facilities.

What specialist services are available at your school to meet my child’s needs?

We work with an extensive range of services and professionals to ensure we meet the needs of each individual child. We encourage these professionals to visit school as often as possible to work with our staff and share their expertise. Wherever possible, staff implement programmes of work linked to these professionals e.g. speech and language programmes, exercises recommended by physical therapies etc.

What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?

Members of staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 qualifications. In addition, our SEND support staff have a selection of training relating to Makaton, Movement Difficulties Programmes and specific training from Speech and Language Therapists. Each year the needs of children within our school are carefully considered and training organised to up-skill staff e.g. use of suction devices, PEGS feeding etc.

How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?

We ensure that all children are offered the opportunity to participate with activities outside of the classroom by making reasonable adjustments to the organisation of these. For example, we ensure SEND children have an appropriate level of adult support if going out of school, we organise transport that provides appropriate access and staff complete a comprehensive risk assessment of any excursion to ensure all children are safe and included. In addition, if required our SEND children are given the opportunity to participate in visits to settings that meet their specific needs e.g. hydrotherapy.

How will your school prepare my child for the transition to Secondary school?

Children with SEND are given an extensive level of support before they leave for a new school. Their teacher and SENCo will discuss with secondary schools how many transition visits can be arranged over and above those offered to children without SEND. These additional visits to the new school will be carried out with the child and Secondary School Staff in the summer term. This ensures that bridges are built between schools, key information shared between staff and the child is given the opportunity to settle into a new routine with the support of a familiar adult.

How are parents involved with your school?

We are fully committed to encouraging parents to be involved with all aspects of school life. We welcome parents into school at the beginning and end of a school day and they are welcome to arrange additional dates to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and provision. We invite parents to numerous events throughout the academic year which will further inform them about the curriculum.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.