The ‘Local Offer’ at Rainbow Primary School
My child has Special Educational Needs.
What can you offer at Rainbow?
Excellent question! And one which certainly doesn’t have a standard, single answer! At Rainbow we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different – this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.
In terms of what we offer children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, this is different for every child and it is important to emphasise that, as much as possible, this provision is designed by the relevant Rainbow staff members working alongside the child, the child’s family and, where necessary, outside agencies* (e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist).
Typically, a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities will have an Individual Education Plan and/or a Health, Social Care and Education Plan (HSCEP) which sets out targets that are currently being worked on and what additional provision is put in place for that child. The content of the HSCEP is negotiated, as appropriate, with the child and the child’s family. This is why it is so important that parents/carers attend our Parental Consultation Evenings.
For many children, targets will be connected to learning and will often be specifically to do with literacy and numeracy. For other children, they may be to do with social interaction, communicating with children and adults, emotional difficulties, overcoming physical issues (for example problems to do with fine motor control) … the list is endless! The most important point is this: targets depend on the needs of the child.
The school offers many different forms of additional provision. This can include: additional in-class support; additional out-of-class support; one-to-one support; flexible groupings (including small group work); access to specific resources; and access to a wide range of outside agencies*. Additional provision is overseen by the school’s SENDCo and is designed and implemented by an excellent team of teachers, ably supported by a fantastic group of HLTAs and teaching assistants. As with individual targets, the most important point is this: additional provision depends on the needs of the child.
In addition, all Rainbow pupils benefit from a range of teaching and learning styles; a differentiated curriculum; a range of differentiated learning materials (both for reinforcement and extension); assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements; access to ICT; differentiated booster classes in Year 6; and a broad range of extra-curricular activities (including the residential in Year 6).
It is worth pointing out that we do not offer targeted extra-curricular activities for children with Special Education Needs, but instead actively try to ensure that all our extra-curricular activities, including our residential, are adapted for children’s specific needs.
For more information about our ‘Local Offer’ for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, and/or if you have any questions or queries about SEN, please speak to Ms Whelan.
Below we have listed some of the outside agencies that may be involved in supporting pupils with SEND at Rainbow Primary School:
Special Educational Needs Support Service, Educational psychology, Service for physical disability, Hearing impaired service, Visually impaired service, Education welfare service (attendance), Parent partnership service.
Speech and language therapy, Occupational therapy, Specialist consultant, General practitioner, Paediatrics, Health visitor, School nurse, Child and adolescent mental health service – CAMHS, Social services, Physiotherapy and Podiatry.