Great Harwood Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high-quality education. We believe that all children, including those identified as having a special educational need or a disability (SEND) have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.We believe that all children should be equally valued in school. We will strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe. We are proud of the fact that we are an inclusive school, and all our children are special and individual.
What are special educational needs?
A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. This may be:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, mental and emotional health
Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting.
Are you concerned about your child’s progress?
Our SENDCO is Mrs Mack. She can be contacted through the school office.
Telephone: 01254 880810
Our school governor for SEND is Mrs Heal. She can be contacted through the school office.
Telephone: 01254 880810
At Great Harwood Primary School we hold regular coffee mornings for parents of children with SEND which offer a chance for parents to get together in an informal way, offer each other support and of course have some delicious cake. We also invite a variety of professionals into school to offer specific advice and support. If you have any suggestions of topics that you wish to be covered please let Mrs Mack know. See below for meetings held/planned.
Autumn 2022 - Introductory meeting / how to use technology to support pupils with SEND.
Spring 2023 - Speech and Language therapist support sessions.
Summer 2023 - Positive approaches to behaviour.
Summer 2023 - Transitional meeting to welcome new parents and say goodbye to Year 6 parents.
What do our parents say about us?
We surveyed our parents in Autumn 2022 to find out about how we support children with SEND and their families.
We received 56% of surveys back from parents in which 100% of parents said yes they agreed with the following questions.
Is your child happy at school?
Does your child feel safe in school?
Do you know where to find the school’s SEND policy and information report?
Do you feel able to approach staff about any concerns that you have regarding your child?
Are your views as a parent/carer listened to?
Do you know who to come to for advice in school?
Have you been offered the opportunity to share your child's targets and Personalised Learning Plan with their class teacher?
Do you understand how well your child is progressing?
Do you feel your child and their needs are supported in school?
Do you feel that Great Harwood Primary School has given you suggestions for ways to support your child at home?
Further comments made were :-
'My child has made lots of progress in their reading and writing. Thanks to all the staff who have supported them.'
'Great staff, Great School, Great SENDCo.'
For more information these websites and organisations may be able to offer further advice or assistance.
Lancashire County Councils SEND Partnership
Lancashire County Councils Education Health Care Plan Process
The Government's SEND support guide
Special Educational Needs and Disability Independent Support Service (SENDISS)
The SEND Jungle website offers parents a wealth of advice and guidance. Please read to gain your own independent information.
Lancashire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to parents of children with special educational needs and children and young people with SEND.
Children's Family and Wellbeing service
Websites recommended by Speech and Language Therapists