Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Halifax
Welcome to our SEND information page. Hopefully you will find everything that you need. Should you require any additional information or have any questions please see our Inclusion Leader, Miss Frazer.
SEN Information Report 2019-20 (Covid 19 Update)
SEN Home Learning: Spring/Summer 2020
Miss Frazer will be adding items for those who may want some additional support for their children with Special Educational needs, for example Speech and Language or Motor Skills activities. We want to ensure that the children are supported as best as possible during this tricky time.
Speech Language and Communication
See the Speech and Language resources below.
Try the free app Bitsboard.
Have a look at the resources on: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-materials/
Colourful Semantics have a wealth of resources for free to support early language and sentence construction: https://integratedtreatmentservices.co.uk/our-approaches/speech-therapy-approaches/colourful-semantics-2/
The Communication Trust has many links to different resources for parents as well as schools (some free) as well as offering some free training which is very interesting: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Dyslexia and Processing
Dyslexia Gold is offering free support during school closures and we are waiting for login details.
SOS spelling is a dyslexia friendly approach to learning spelling. A step by step guide can be found here: http://bettertuition.co.uk/simultaneous-oral-spelling/
Complete some of the Listen and Do activities which support memory
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Please see the files below for resources to support emotional and mental health.
You can find some ideas for wellbeing apps here: https://www.theschoolrun.com/best-wellbeing-apps-for-kids
Information about Mental Health in children: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people
Coronavirus Social Stories
Working with LEGO
What are SEND?
Children have additional educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional educational provision to be made for them. ‘Children have a learning difficulty if they:
Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local authority.
Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.’ (Code of Practice September 2014)
There are now four broad areas of SEND, some children may have needs in one or more of these areas, these are:
Communication and Interaction
Cognition and Learning
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
Calderdale Local Offer
At St Joseph's we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their potential and we are committed to ensuring all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
The School SEN Information Report
This utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. You can read St Joseph's SEN Information Report 2020 below:
Calderdale SEND Information Report 2019-2020
Full downloadable version below
Calderdale SEND Strategy 2019-2022 DOCUMENT link
A DfE guide for Parents and Carers
The School Nursing Team
The school nursing team offers confidential service to children and young people in schools. The school nursing team consists of specialist practitioners who have experience in working along side parent/cares and other professionals to achieve the best outcome for your child and young person.
Our named staff nurse is Lucy Charlesworth.
The school nursing team can be contacted at:
Brighouse Health Center
Tel: 01484 72894
The team offer support with:
Health advice and support
Promotion of health and well-being
Referral to and liaison with other health and social care agencies when required
Training sessions in schools for staff to manage children's medical conditions
Individual support for children and their parent/carers with additional neeeds.
Growth and development monitoring
Individual health assessments where needed.
We can also give support on :
Mental health and wellbeing
Health conditions such as asthma and allergies
Smoking, alcohol and drug misuse.