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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN/D)

It is the aim of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary to ensure that all children receive a high-quality of education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the tools needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. All children and young people should expect to receive an education that enables them to be the BEST that they can be and to Shine!  We want our children to become confident, able to communicate their own views and ready to make a successful transition into secondary school and then adulthood. In line with our school ethos, every child should be supported to have a sense of self-worth and belief, have aspirations, to be curious and knowledgeable about God’s Earth and always reach for the stars!

SEN/D Provision

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Our provision is enhanced by the collaboration of teachers, senior leaders, the SENCo, support staff, external agencies, and parents and most importantly the child.

All pupils will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our teachers set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment and they use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.

Potential areas of difficulty are identified, using the WGRSS (Wiltshire Graduated Response to Supporting SEN).  Quality first teaching will support the children through scaffolding and learning aids.  It may be that children with SEN will need support which is in addition to that which can be provided as part of in class Quality First Teaching.  If additional support is required, a 'My Support Plan' may be created by the SENCo alongside the class teacher, parent/carer and child. The SENCo works with the teachers to decide which intervention programmes are best for each child and arranges specialist support from the Educational Psychologist, Local Authority Special Needs teacher/Behaviour Support teacher, School Nurse and Speech and Language therapist.This allows the teachers to track the child’s progress and attainment, both in the long and short term, linking to the provision they are receiving.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

The SENCO is responsible for co-ordinating the day-to-day provision of education for students with SEN/D. This is currently Mrs Jones.

Arrangements for co-ordinating educational provision for students with SEN/D

All class teachers have responsibility for meeting the needs of all students including those with SEN/D.

Links with other schools, agencies including the voluntary sector

Links are maintained to ensure a smooth transfer on school entry through liaison and visits to local Early Years Settings. where necessary.  

Children with SEN who transfer from other schools are supported through their induction to the school by the class teacher, SENCO and by classroom buddies to ensure that they have a smooth transition.

Close links are maintained with St Augustine’s Catholic College and Devizes Secondary School, and other secondary schools in the area, to ensure smooth transition between Years 6 and 7.  Transition arrangements include a pre-visit by all children to the secondary school.  Staff from the secondary schools visit St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School ahead of the transition to secondary.

More Information

If you require more information please contact your child’s class teacher, Mrs Jones (SENCo) or contact Mrs Evans (School Secretary) on 01380 723084 or secretary@stjosdevizes.wilts.sch.uk

Our SEND policy is available online.  You could also visit www.wiltshirelocaloffer.org.uk for further information and support.


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