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Roecroft Lower School

SEND

The curriculum at Roecroft Lower School is adapted to fit the needs of all of our learners, we ensure all children feel included and that they achieve their potential.

Many questions are answered in the SEND information report which is attached below. If you have any questions about the provision provided at Roecroft then please contact a member of our SEND Team.

Meet the Team

Mrs Kirsty Taylor – SENDCO

 

My role in school is to oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy and SEND information report. I support the identification of children with special educational needs and ensure that pupils on the SEND register are effectively supported within school. I work with lots of external agencies to access the correct support specific to the individual needs of the pupil and of course communicate with parents as and when appropriate. I ensure that the school keeps records of all pupils with SEND up to date and monitor that the pupils are being supported appropriately in the classroom whatever their level of need or disability.

Mrs Clare Valpy – Learning Support Assistant for Speech, Language & communication needs and Nurture interventions

 

My role is to support children with developing their speech and language needs. I work with class teachers and LSAs to support the delivery of activities provided by the NHS Speech therapists who assess the children in school.  I have regular contact with parents to keep them involved in the process and track the children’s progress accordingly.

 

During the school day I run a variety of nurture themed interventions on a 1:1 basis and in small groups for children who need social and emotional support through playing games, discussion and art activities. As a school we work closely with external agencies to help us identify children who need support and give us guidance on the best way to help our children and families in difficult times.

The SEND and Nurture teams here at Roecroft are made up of Mrs Taylor (SENDCo), Mrs Pateman (Enrichment teacher) and Mrs Valpy (Learning support assistant). Between us we have many years of teaching and classroom experience.  This includes supporting children that have learning difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Physical disabilities and many other needs that mean that a child may struggle to participate in school life and meet their full potential. Our Nurture interventions support children with emotional difficulties, whether they need long term support or just help through a difficult time.

I am concerned about my child, who should I talk to?

If you have concerns about your child, then we always ask that your first point of contact is your child’s class teacher. They will be able to help with friendship issues & everyday behaviours including struggling to get your child into school and any anxiety they may feel about the school day. Teachers know your children well and have a wealth of knowledge and can suggest many strategies to support with anxiety, learning difficulties and behaviour. You can speak to them at the door or you can email them to request a phone call or a meeting. They are always happy to listen and offer support. If things don’t improve or further advice is needed, then the SEND and Nurture team will be informed and extra advice and support will be given.

Where else can families look for advice and support?

As educational professionals we are not always best placed to offer advice or solutions for difficulties that families experience at home. This can include issues such as toileting, eating, sleeping, parenting, self-help skills, challenging behaviours etc.

We can signpost you to services that can help and many of the links can be found on the SEND and Wellbeing pages on our school website. These are regularly updated and include workshops and information sessions for parents on variety of useful topics.

Central Bedfordshire also provide a local offer to families of children with additional needs.

County Local offer

Latest SEND news and updates - December 2023

Latest SEND news and updates - January 2024

There is also independent support available in Central Bedfordshire for families of children aged between 0-25 whose children have additional needs.

Independent Support in Central Bedfordshire

CBC SENDIASS SERVICE UPDATE MAY 2023

PDF icon CBC Advice and support Service

Carers in Bedfordshire - Parent Carer Guide

SNAP Parent Carer Forum - offer workshops and information sessions for families

Specialist Nursing team - offer support on a variety of issue including sleep, behaviour, toileting & eating problems