Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Welcome to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) part of our school website. This page will be updated regularly with information relating to special educational needs and disabilities.
At Blueberry Park Primary School we strive to support all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. Please try not to worry if you or your child's teacher believe that your child may have Special Educational Needs. There are lots of people in school that are able to help and we will do all we can to make sure your child receives the support and guidance that they need.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is responsible for managing the SEN provision across the school, from 2 year old provision to year 6. Miss Glover is our SENCo, Key Stage 1 Leader and part of the school's Senior Leadership Team. She can be contacted at school on 0151 233 2480. Alternatively you can send an email, for her attention, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Glover adopts an 'open door' policy to meet with parents and carers but sometimes an appointment may be necessary.
Our SEND Governor is Dr Lee Robinson, he meets regularly with Miss Glover to plan and review SEND provision across the school.
Alder Hey CAMHS now have a Crisis Care team operating 7 days a week from 8.00am until 8.00pm. The Crisis Care team will be offering advice, consultation and direct intervention to children and young people aged between 0-18. Families, children/young people and careres can contact the team on 0151 293 3577.
At Blueberry Park we welcome and encourage parental input to support our pupils. Throughout the year we offer a variety of parental engagement activities with an SEND focus. We hold termly 'Inclusion coffee mornings' and parent workshops, our most recent being an Autism Awareness workshop. This workshop was delivered in association with Purple Circle Autism Consultancy and it received extremely positive feedback from the parents and carers that were able to attend.
We are currently hosting a 14 week Incredible Years parenting course every Monday morning in our Community Room. This is delivered by colleagues from the ADHD Foundation.
SEND Information notice board
Miss Glover has set up an 'SEND Information' notice board in the waiting area, next to the main school office. This is regularly updated with useful information for parents and carers regarding all aspects of SEN provision both in school and the local community. On this board you can find details about the SEND graduated approach, the SEND Code of Practice, Seedlings art therapy, Autism advice drop in sessions at Alder Hey and other useful information.
'Inclusion coffee morning' dates for your diary
There are three 'Inclusion coffee mornings' during the academic year for parents and carers. The next ones will take place on Thursday the 27th of February 2020 and Thursday the 4th of June 2020. Each of these coffee mornings will have a different focus and will take place in the Community Room from 9.00am - 10.00am.
When the Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014, local authorities were required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of the local offer is to improve choice and transparency for our families. It is also an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
A further key role for the local offer is to inform the joint commissioning for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities by setting out in a single place what is available locally. The Local Authority must work together with children and young people, parents and carers and with local services, including the voluntary and community sector, to develop their offer and keep it under review. This is called co-production.
Click on the link below to find the details of Liverpool Authority's Local Offer:
The link below describes our School Offer. It should, however, be noted that this document does not provide an exhaustive or definitive list of the skills, resources and techniques we employ, as we are constantly reviewing what we provide, which leads to continuous development and modification of our provision.
SEND Policies and additional information
We work hard to ensure that parents have access to all of the information regarding our provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Please click on the links below for further information and our policies. Alternatively, paper copies can be obtained from the school office. Miss Glover will be more than happy to talk you through any of our documentation privately. Upon request, we are also able to provide copies of documentation in any language.
Useful SEND information
Please find below, a selection of Local Education Authority (LEA), government SEND guidance and general information which Miss Glover believes that you may find helpful.
If you require any further explanation in relation to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Glover.
EAL - English as an Additional Language
At Blueberry Park we welcome children from all over the world into our learning community. We provide a welcoming and accepting ethos which acknowledges and celebrates children's diversity. We strive to meet the needs of all our children for whom English is not their first language, whilst at the same time encouraging confidence in developing English to support and enable learning. Our curriculum reflects all the cultures and religions of the community that we are part of. At Blueberry Park we want to have continuity, dialogue and partnership between home and school as we build positive relationships between parents and carers.