Approach to SEND
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at
Plymouth Grove Primary School
We are proud to be an inclusive school at Plymouth Grove. Through our comprehensive approach to SEND, we strive to provide a secure, caring and happy environment in which all of our pupils can experience success and enjoyment.
Our dedication to meet all children's individual needs helps us to maximise every child's inclusion in all aspects of school life. We believe in equal opportunities for all, where everyone is treated with respect, dignity and is equally valued. We value and honour the views of our pupils and their families and provide opportunities for them to influence change and to be fully involved in the decision-making process.
Our SENDCo, Miss Doherty works together with our class teachers to provide support across our school. Miss Doherty is also supported by our Specialist SEND Teaching Assistants and other experienced staff, who work closely with some of our children. She also works closely with the Children and Families team, Hannah Cutts and Rachel Whittle, who do an amazing job supporting our families in the school community. We believe that transition is really important too, so Miss Doherty also works together with the EYFS lead, Mrs Barker, to ensure that the needs of the children starting with us in Nursery and Reception are met.
We believe that inclusion is essential in ensuring the equality of opportunity for all learners whatever their age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, attainment and background. This demonstrates our commitment to valuing the diversity of the school community.
It is accepted that many pupils will experience some form of difficulty at some time in their education. At Plymouth Grove Primary School, we aim to match the pupils’ needs, whether they are complex and recognised by an Education and Health Care Plan or of a more specific but temporary nature, with appropriate support.
Help may be given in a variety of ways, ranging from high quality whole class teaching, intensive small group work or one to one support.
The school works closely with the Local Authority and other agencies to help ensure the needs of all pupils are met.
You can contact Miss Doherty by:
-Mobile: 07513 485 493
-Admin: Ask at the office for an appointment and Miss Doherty will get back to you as soon as possible
DURING THIS TIME, WHETHER THERE IS A SCHOOL/YEAR GROUP CLOSURE, MISS DOHERTY WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO ALL PARENTS WITH CONCERNS VIA EMAIL, MOBILE OR THE SCHOOL OFFICE. PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS.
*Article 3 (best interests of the child) The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
*Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.
*Article 13 (freedom of expression) Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.
*Article 18 (parental responsibilities and state assistance) Both parents share responsibility for bringing up their child and should always consider what is best for the child. Governments must support parents by creating support services for children and giving parents the help they need to raise their children.
*Article 23 (children with a disability) A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to support disabled children and their families.
*Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
*Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.