Needs & Disabilities ( SEND )
Family Liaison Worker
At St John’s Church School, we pride ourselves on an inclusive and personalised education for all children, with a supportive team in place. Our SEND team work together with class teachers, support staff, external agencies and parents/carers to organise effective teaching and learning for the children who have specific educational needs and/or disabilities.
How we support vulnerable pupils
Here at St John's Church School we are totally committed to creating an environment where all children thrive and strive to reach their full potential. We are
dedicated to improving the life chances of children who are potentially vulnerable. Vulnerable children may need additional support for a number of
reasons. The school works very hard and effectively through the work of its inclusion team to see what these vulnerabilities are and to help children break
down the barriers to learning and progress.
The inclusion team is managed by our Head of School Judy Moore and consists of:
Family Liaison worker - Miss Emma Richardson.
Emma works with families, supporting parents (often through the Early Help Assessment route). Emma has an excellent link with many outside agencies and can signpost families to other organisations such as sleep solution, bereavement counselling and young carers groups.
SENCo - Mrs Kate Joubert
Kate is responsible for ensuring all children with special educational needs make the best possible progress. She does this through: liaising with staff on the best teaching methods, assessing children, ensuring children who need it have an individual education plan and where necessary instigating a request through an Education Health Care Plan for support for the child.
Assistant SENCo - Mrs Jayne Webster
Jayne works with children who have a special educational needs, she can work with them precision teaching, analysing needs, working with teachers to help set up targeted support in class and with works closely with parents.
The Inclusion Team meet weekly and invite teachers to their inclusion panel meeting. There are weekly welfare meetings too, where staff look at any causes of concern forms, behaviour forms and any issues brought forward from parents.
Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium allocation was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011 to provide additional support for Looked after Children and those
from low-income families. The extra funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gaps that exist between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds. As a leadership team with Governors, we have looked at the data and have looked at our evidence to inform the decisions about how to use our pupil premium money.
One key decision was to reduce class sizes in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 so that the quantity and quality of feedback would be more personal, specific and delivered in a secure setting. We have also deployed Raising Standards teachers in Yr1, Yr4 and Yr 6 to scoop up any children who are at risk of being left behind. Keep up, not Catch up! We also use some of the funding to pay for specialist therapy, this allows some of our most vulnerable children to break down barriers in a secure way. It enables children to “feel good” about themselves. One boy who has drumming lessons paid for by Pupil Premium said, “I was born to be a drummer” “ I can focus for the whole lesson” These sessions have empowered this young man to know that he has the ability to stay focused and this has had an impact in his learning.