SEN Coordinator: Mrs H Glendinning
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Meet the team...
Mrs Helen Glendinning is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
Mrs Shauna Bolam, Mrs Alyson Hall, Mrs Liz Swearman, Miss Janette Scurfield and Mrs Honufa Rahman, Mrs Angharad Thompson and Mr Brian Wardle are our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)
Mrs Ruth Taylor is our Behaviour Support Officer
Mrs Katherine Henderson is our Learning Mentor
Mrs Glendinning is currently working towards the National Award for SENCOs as an additional qualification. If you would like to talk to Mrs Glendinning at anytime, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the school office to arrange a meeting. Drop-in sessions are also timetabled for Tuesday afternoons if you should wish to come in to school to discuss anything.
Marden Bridge Middle School provides support for pupils within the four broad categories of need identified in the SEND Code of Practice 2014 : Communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory and/or physical needs.
Identifying the Special Education needs of pupils is done using a graduated approach.
The typical process is
- Concerns expressed by form teacher, subject teachers, parent/carer
- Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator (SENCO) is made aware of concerns
- SENCO and class teacher discuss strategies and resources to address the concern
- Class teacher uses strategies with SENCO’s support over 6 week period
- SENCO and class teacher review what progress has been made.
- A decision is then made as to whether further intervention is needed.
- The use of standardised assessments may be necessary and possibly assessment by specialist personnel where required.
Provision for pupils with special educational needs will be initially met by high quality differentiated teaching in a classroom situation. Teachers will be made aware of relevant needs and advice will be given about appropriate strategies. Teachers and the SENCO work together to provide for pupils with special educational needs.
In the case of specific learning difficulties pupils may receive some specialist teaching in small withdrawal groups, or in 1:1 situations. The school will also act upon any concerns from previous schools or outside agencies. Results from standardised tests may also be a reason for intervention from class teachers and the SENCO. Pupils have 'Learner Profiles' which show their needs and strategies. These profiles are reviewed every half-term.
Pupils with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) are supported in the allocated hours that child receives. This is usually in-class support. If pupils need a more focused 1:1 approach for their specific needs, then Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) are timetabled to adhere to this. Pupils who do not have EHC Plans but have specific needs are also supported in class, or with more focused interventions decided on by LSAs, teaching staff and recommendations from outside agencies.
These are reviewed on a half termly basis when teachers meet with Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and when outside agencies meet with the SENCO and LSAs to discuss and evaluate progress and interventions.
Every teacher at Marden Bridge Middle School is a teacher of every child, including those with special educational needs. We offer an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils, whatever their needs or abilities.
There are 8 Learning Support assistants who support pupils with special education needs. This may be in class, or in a small group but also during non-structured times of the day at break and lunchtimes and on school trips or if there is a different pattern to the normal day. One of the LSAs is a home/school link for pupils who have English as an additional language.
All pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum. All activities are planned with the needs of all pupils in mind and the relevant adaptations are made. This is done by staff members liaising with the Special Educational Needs And Disabilities department.
Marden Bridge has a nurture group which supports pupils who may have specific requirements in relation to social and emotional needs. This is available to any pupil who LSAs and the SENCO feel need the additional support and is run 4 days per week by two LSAs.
We also have links with the Silverdale Outreach service and Whitley Bay behaviour unit.
Training & Resources
The areas in which some of the Special Educational Needs Staff are trained in are:
Two of our Learning Support Assistants have teacher status and two are trained as Higher Level Teaching Assistants. One of our LSAs is our home/school link for our Bangladeshi pupils.
If specialist equipment is needed, it is purchased. If specific training is required then the relevant staff seek training and disseminate their findings amongst the department and beyond, if necessary. The SENCO can apply for resources through the school bursar.
Parents & Carers
Parents of pupils with special educational needs are invited to parents’ evenings to meet the SENCO and LSA linked to their child as well as subject teachers. This happens once per year. They are also invited as part of the transition process to discuss matters from year 4 to year 5 and 6 to 7 if pupils are leaving Primary school.
Parents are also invited to 2 parents of pupils with Special Educational Needs And Disabilities parents’ evenings with the Special Educational Needs And Disabilities department to share information, ideas and offer support. This also gives parents the opportunity to share their views and opinions on Special Educational Needs And Disabilities policies and procedures, meet the staff who work with their children, look at the progress being made and raise any concerns they may have.
Pupils are always invited to their annual reviews and staff are trained in conducting Child Centred reviews. Pupils attend parents’ evenings and have the opportunity to discuss their support with parents and LSAs or the SENCO.
Parents are also contacted and updated on progress via email and the messenger app Class Dojo
The school’s complaints procedures are set out in the School Policies page. If there is a problem, parents are advised to discuss this with the SENCO in the first instance. Where this cannot be resolved by the usual procedures parents may request independent disagreement resolution. The school will make further information available on request.
The Special Educational Needs And Disabilities team are heavily involved with outside agencies tom support pupils with specific needs. When appropriate, outside agencies are contacted and advice is followed. Further assessments from outside agencies may be required. The agencies the governing body involves are:
Other agencies may be required as specific needs are identified.
The school will make parents of pupils with special educational needs aware of SENDIASS (The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service). Parents of any pupil identified with SEN may contact SENDIASS for independent advice and support. (Tel: 0345 2000 109).
The Altogether Better parent support group is also recommended by school.
Pupils transferring from year 4 to 5 are invited to at least two visits in addition to the 2 days timetabled for all pupils. Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Year 8 receive the same opportunity for High school. The SENCO meets all SENCOs from feeder schools and High schools to discuss the needs of individual pupils and the interventions and support that has already been put in place. LSAs also meet with other LSAs and TAs to share information which is vital for transition.
*North Tyneside’s Local Offer can be found on the North Tyneside Council website