Equal Opportunities at Calverley Parkside Primary School
In accordance with the school's Equal Opportunities, SEND and Inclusion Policies (see school policies), all children at Parkside will be given full access to the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Staff will endeavour to help all children to reach their full potential irrespective of race, physical ability, gender, age or learning ability.
The New Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice
In September 2014 the government published a new SEND Code of Practice, which sets out statutory guidance for schools. This can be downloaded by following the link below.
New SEND Code of Practice
The new Code of Practice covers the 0-25 age range. There is greater emphasis on children and parents being part of the decision-making process. The categories of School Action and School Action Plus are replaced with one category of SEN. Statements are being replaced with Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs). Local Authorities must publish the ‘Local Offer’, which sets out the full range of provision for children with SEN and disabilities.
Leeds Local Offer
What are Special Educational Needs?
Under the new Code of Practice, a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs, or SEN, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through good quality classroom teaching and differentiation.
Broad areas of need are identified as;
- communication and interaction
- cognition and learning
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- sensory and/or physical needs
They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.
Calverley Parkside Primary School – An Ambitous Approach
Parkside is proud of the work it does with all its pupils and we have significant strengths working with children with special needs. We build self-esteem with positive learning experiences and successfully involve children with whole school life. We celebrate the fact that all children are different and have diverse needs and we make sure that we tailor learning opportunities to meet the needs of individual children. We aspire to enable children with SEN to access and engage with all aspects of the curriculum, and develop the skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and even excel beyond their potential across all areas of the curriculum.
We are always open to parents contacting the SEN team. Children’s needs are most effectively met by working closely with parents to ensure we offer the best possible outcomes for their child. This may take many forms, for example: individual review meetings; multi-agency meetings; parent support linked with our Learning Mentor; or home-school liaison books/ emails.
Other specialists involved with SEND at Calverley Parkside Primary School
We are fortunate to have an excellent relationship with the local authority SEN Advisory team and Educational Psychologist; our Speech and Language Therapist (SALT); and we collaborate closely with a range of other agencies to ensure Parkside delivers SEN interventions designed to have a positive impact.
Access Facilities at Calverley Parkside Primary School
Parkside is originally a Victorian buidling extended extensively on three levels in the 1960s. We have worked hard to adapt the buidling to meet the needs of pupils with complex physical needs. We have ramped access to the hall, two classrooms, ICT suite and library. Most other classrooms can be accessed externally however two are via a staircase. Our nursery is modern and has full disabled access. There is a full size hygiene suite in the main entrance area at the centre of the school.
The best way to fully appreciate the access at Parkside is to visit and tour the whole site. Staff will do whatever is possible to meet the physical needs and requirements of pupils.
People supporting SEND
- Mr Chris Jolley: Assistant Headteacher, SENCo
- Mr David Dewhurst: SEN Governor