Special Educational Needs and Disability Information

At Great Barford Primary Academy we believe that all children should have full access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum so that all children can develop and learn. We provide a secure and stimulating environment in which all children are supported to reach their full potential irrespective of ability, disability, race, gender or social origin. All children will be encouraged, supported and praised so they may gain the confidence and self-esteem they need, to move on to the next stage of their learning.
We hope that any concerns in the first instance with the class teacher or SENDco.
I the concern is not resolved and you wish to make a complaint please follow the procedures laid down in the academy's complaints policy.  Further advice can be sought from the Borough SEND team who offer free and confidential information advice and support on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to children, young people and parents.You can contact them at Borough Hall :
Telephone 01234 276267
email: sendadvice@bedford.gov.uk
The Local Authority Offer

The children and Families Bill 2014 places a requirement on local authorities and schools to publish and keep under review information about the services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. 

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents, famiolies and professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

For more information about The Local Offer, please click here.

How we keep you informed about your child's progress

We pride ourselves on our friendly school environment in which all staff have an in depth knowledge of all of the pupils in our care. We have parent consultations in Autumn and Spring term and you will receive a school report in the Summer term. Class teachers are always available to speak to at the end of the day and we also host weekly drop in sessions (Wednesday 3:00pm-3:15pm), which provides you with the opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and see your children's work. We run curriculum evenings every 2 years; these are sessions ran for each year group and focus on strategies and ideas for supporting your child's learning and development at home. Curriculum letters are sent home at the start of each term to inform parents of the focus for the new topic and of planned activities. Each child has a home/school link book, which enables teachers and parent/carers to share information with one another.

In addition to the above, parent/carers of children with SEND have termly review meetings with the class teacher, and where appropriate the child, to discuss the child's progress towards their targets, the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place and to discuss the next steps. Parent/carers will be given a copy of the agreed targets and interventions. Additional progress review meetings can be arranged with the class teacher and SENDCo.


Accessibility of our school

The school building is one storey and fully wheel chair accessible, with a disabled toilet and changing facility. There is a hearing loop system already installed in one classroom and we are committed to making reasonable adaptations to support individual's needs as they arise. We can also translate or enlarge documents and publications on request. The school's disability, accessibility and equality  policy is available under the 'Our School' section of this website.


How we identify children who need additional support

All teachers complete ongoing assessment which quickly identifies children who need additional support. Termly pupil progress meetings are held between class teachers, the SENDCo and the Head teacher; this also helps to identify children who are not making sufficient progress and/or require additional support. We will always discuss initial concerns with parents/carers and equally encourage parents/carers to discuss any concerns that they may have with us. We work with parents/carers of children with SEND to set individual targets and plan additional support to enable the child to achieve these targets. We can request support from outside professionals when we feel that external help is needed.


How we support children with SEND

The SENDCo works closely with the class teachers to plan and review provision for children with SEND. Children with SEND receive additional support from teachers, Teaching Assistants and where appropriate external specialists. The nature and amount of support will differ depending on the individual need; this will be explained by the SENDCo and class teacher and outlined in the child's individual plan.

There is a designated Governor who meets with the SENDCo to ensure that the SEND policy is fully implemented and that appropriate support for children with SEND is being provided.


How w match the curriculum to your child's needs

We provide a differentiated and personalised curriculum, which means that lessons are adapted to ensure that all children can access the learning. Depending on individual need this is done through additional resources, additional explanations/instructions, additional adult support and/or by adapting tasks and expected outcomes.


How we support children's overall well being

We promote an inclusive ethos in which all children's efforts are recognised and celebrated. We are committed to meeting children's personal, social and emotional needs in order for them to be able to fully access the learning. The school implements a clear behaviour and discipline  policy, which is available under the 'Our School' section of this website. Each classroom uses their own reward system that is appropriate for the age of the children and the needs of the class. The reward systems focus on celebrating positive work and behaviour and encourages pupils to work together to achieve individual and class rewards. We provide additional provision for individuals who need support with behaviour and, with the child and parents, set targets and outline strategies to help the child meet these targets

We can administer prescribed medication to children on receipt of a doctor's note. We can also make arrangements for you to administer medication to your child during the school day; please discuss this with a member of the office staff.

We work closely with our Family Support Advisor, Donna Gower, who works with families to support attendance, sleeping, diet, behaviour, emotional well being and routines.


The expertise we have access to

We are committed to the continuing professional development of all staff and match training opportunities to the needs of the staff and the needs of the pupils.

We also work closely with the Educational Psychology Team and can apply for additional support from support services and health care professionals.


How we include all children in extracurricular activities

All children are welcome at the school's Breakfast and After School club and extracurricular clubs offered during lunchtime and after school. The Breakfast and After School club staff is employed by the school and also work as Teaching Assistants within the classes; this helps to develop excellent relationships between staff, pupils and parents/carers. It also enables information to be easily passed on between the extended care provision and the main school day. If needed we will make adjustments to ensure that all children can access and enjoy the clubs that we offer and if required the class teacher and SENDCo will liaise with the club leaders to ensure that appropriate strategies are implemented.

Risk assessments are completed prior to trips to ensure that all children will be safe and that individual needs can be met. We always ensure that individual needs are catered for; this may involve using a visual schedule, pre-teaching of what will happen on the trip, allocating additional adult support and/or pairing individuals up with the class teacher. We welcome parental advice regarding how your child is likely to cope on a trip and your ideas for extra support that they may benefit from.


How we support children and parents/carers who are joining our school

If you are considering your child starting at our school we would invite you and your child to look round the school and to meet with Mrs Evans who is our Head teacher. If your child is starting at the beginning of a school year we would invite them to attend our roll up morning in the July before they start; this provides them with the opportunity to meet with their new class, their new teacher and to see their new classroom. We also run termly sessions for parents of children starting in our Nursery class and in July of each year we host a new parents evening for parents of children starting in the Reception class.

During the summer term a transition meeting is held between the year 4 teacher who is also the Assistant Head teacher and the Head of year 5 from the middle school. Year 4 pupils attend a roll up day in the July before they start at Middle school; additional visits are also arranged for those children who would benefit from them. We share appropriate information with the children's next school, including passing on copies of individual targets and support strategies.


How we organise resources and support

Decisions about the support that you child receives are made in line with statutory guidance and through consultations with parents/carers, pupils, class teachers, the SENDCo and Head Teacher. Together we will identify the support that is needed to help your child achieve their targets. Our SEND budget is allocated to make sure that all children are supported efficiently. With parents/carers and pupils, we regularly review the impact of the support and adapt the support as required.


How we involve parents/carers

We value the in depth knowledge that parents/carers have about their children and encourage parents/carers to communicate with us regularly. As outlined above, we have termly reviews for parents/carers of children with SEND and have Autumn and Spring consultations between all parents/carers and their child's class teacher. The views of parents/carers are also sought through the questionnaire that is included in your child's school report.

We encourage parents to become involved in the life of the school by volunteering in school and by becoming part of our 'Friends' committee; information about the Friends committee can be found in the 'Our School' section of this website.

 If you would like to volunteer within the school, please speak to your child's class teacher.


How we include children with SEND in the planning of their support

Pupils with SEND are involved in the termly meetings to review their progress towards their individual targets. They are also involved in discussions about their next targets and the additional support that they require to help them meet their targets.


If you have any questions or concerns about your child, your first point of contact is your child's class teacher. You can also contact the school's SENDCo, Sarah Evans via the school office. If you are considering applying for a place for your child at our school please contact the school office on 01234 870342; they will arrange a time for you to come in to meet Sarah Evans, the head teacher, and to look around the school.

For further information on the SEND support services in Bedford Borough, please follow the link below:

SEND Guide