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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities | Ackworth Howard CE (VC) Junior  & Infant School

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

My name is Charlotte Avendano and I am the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and Inclusion Lead here at South Wonston Primary School. All of the staff here are committed to helping every young person progress and flourish throughout their educational journey; working together to overcome any barriers that they may face. We are proud of being an inclusive school where everyone's strengths, talents and differences are nurtured and supported.

At South Wonston Primary School we ensure that all children are valued equally, regardless of their abilities and/or social, emotional or behavioural needs. The school recognises that all children are entitled to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet their individual needs. We support the vulnerable pupils in the school, those with identified SEND or those with possible SEND, in partnership with their parents/carers, and work alongside the whole school staff to enable them to achieve their best in becoming more confident and independent learners. We achieve this through high quality teaching, informative assessment and targeted additional provision to meet a child's needs. We highly value the contribution that parents make to this process and welcome parents into school to discuss the needs of their children. Further to this, we understand the importance of a smooth and careful transition for children joining the school or those who are moving on, all the way from pre-school to Year 7. We ensure that there is a thorough handover of information so that no time is wasted.

In my role as SENCo, I am responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring SEN provision across the school and managing the learning support according to the individual needs of the children. This includes supporting staff to deliver a varied learning journey, consideration of adult support in the classroom, additional resources to support an individual as well as the targetted interventions that a child might need to further support them academically and/or emotionally. I will regularly liaise with a number of external agencies, including Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists  as well as organisations such as the School Nurse, CAMHs, Mental Health Support Team and any Specialist Advisory Teachers.

As part of my Inclusion Lead role, I am also a trained Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Although your first point of contact is always your child’s class teacher, appointments can be made to see me on a Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon.

Implementation of SEN Policy

The Governors review the SEN policy on a regular basis and meet with the SENCo to review provision. The effective implementation of the SEN policy at South Wonston means that children with SEN progress well in school and achieve good results.

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) work across the school supporting the specific needs of the children in a variety of ways. This is always done in a positive and flexible way and the staff often deal with very complex needs. Teachers and LSAs also regularly work with the support of external agencies both in terms of strategies and resources.

For more information, please refer to the following policies via the link below:

Local Offer

Every Local Authority is required to publish information about services that are available in their area for children and young people with SEND and also services outside the area which children and young people from their area may use. This is known as the ‘Local Offer’.

Our SEND Information Report forms part of Hampshire’s Local Offer.

Click here to view Hampshire’s Local Offer