At Prince Bishops Community Primary School we aim to:
If you have any questions about our SEND information report please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.
Prince Bishops Community Primary School is a single level building. There are no steps at any of the entrances. Door ways have viewing panels and so are suitable for wheelchair users. There is a disabled toilet in the building. If you require any further information regarding the accessibility of the site please contact the school.
Prince Bishops is an inclusive school. All pupils at school are entitled to be taught to a standard called Quality First Teaching. This acknowledges that all children are different and that at times resources and work should be differentiated to ensure that all children are included and can achieve. However many children, at some point in their school life need extra help. In accordance with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014), the school operates a graduated response to support children identified with special educational needs and disabilities.
Within each class teachers and teaching assistants recognise that children learn and develop in different ways. They use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. Where necessary, there may be adaptations to the curriculum to enable all pupils to access the learning. Some children also benefit from small group work and one to one intervention. Resources available include: move and sit cushions, writing supports, Project X Reading Scheme, reading rulers, modified exercise books, speech and language intervention, Fresh Start Phonic Programme, use of IPads and easyspeak microphones.
At Prince Bishops we have staff who have benefitted from training in supporting children with: specific learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Speech & Language and Communication Needs, Emotional, Social and Behavioural Needs, hearing impairments, visual impairments and physical disabilities. We also have a member of staff who is ELKLAN trained and offers Speech & Language intervention.
The school also benefits from two Learning Mentors who work closely with the staff, children and families to remove barriers to learning. The Learning Mentors also provide social and emotional support inline with the school's PSHE policy.
For further details please see our SEND policy.
We carefully track the progress of all pupils at Prince Bishops Community Primary School. The needs of some of our pupils can be met through quality first teaching. However, sometimes a child may not make progress as expected, the class teacher may then discuss the child's learning needs with the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to identify any barriers to learning. A Short Note would be made at this time and the child's parents or carers would be fully involved in this process. The child's progress would be carefully monitored and if necessary, the class teacher or SENCo would discuss with the parents/carers any further concerns they may have. In order to make progress, the child may require some extra intervention, for example small group work, extra resources, additional time, individual behaviour systems or charts etc. Sometimes it is necessary for the school to refer to another agency or service to support the child. Once again this process would be in consultation with the parents or carers. A meeting maybe organised to discuss the needs of the child with other agencies. If requested, parents or carers can be supported with the process by the school, the Learning Mentor or by the Durham Parent Partnership Service.
For some children, who have a significant and/or complex level of need, as assessed by school staff and an Educational Psychologist, we would speak to parents/carers to ask them whether they would give consent for the initiation of a Statutory Assessment to potentially provide the child with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). As a school we would then submit evidence to an Inclusion Panel showing the complex and/or significant level of the pupil. If the Inclusion Panel agrees that the evidence presented shows that a child needs the support of an EHCP to be fully included and to make progress then a Statutory Assessment will be started. This is a detailed assessment of child’s needs and a range of professionals (including medical staff, school staff, other agencies involved such as speech therapists, etc) will work with the child and write reports that will then be presented to an Inclusion Panel. Parents/carers will also be asked to provide some written information about your child. As a school, we recognise how complicated the process of statutory assessment can seem and always offer parents/carers extra support from the SENCo, Learning Mentor or Durham Parent Partnership to help them with this.
If the Inclusion Panel agree that the evidence submitted shows that the pupil has needs that require an EHCP then this will be issued. A child with a plan will often need a highly individualised curriculum. Where possible, the curriculum at Prince Bishops Community Primary School will be adapted according to any recommendations made.
A review meeting will be held annually to discuss the child's progress and the plan that is in place.