SEND at St Thomas Primary School
As from September 2014 the Government have introduced changes to the law for children and young people with Special Educational needs and disabilities. The new law will result in changes to the way families and children receive support from the local council, health and social care services.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils’ with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
Our school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Mrs Gemma Ridge and the SENCa (Special Educational Needs Assistant) is Mrs Jenny Downing.
Our SEN Policy can be found on our Policies page.
There is more information about the changes on the following websites including a letter to parents from Edward Timpson, Minister for children and families:
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Authority Local Offer:
• The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
• The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The local authority (Devon County Council) will publish a “Local Offer” to explain what provision is available locally to children and young people who have special educational needs.
Please also see Our Schools Provision Map which outlines the provision for our school.
There are four types of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), decided by the department for education:
1. Communication and interaction
2. Cognition and learning
3. Social, mental and emotional health
4. Sensory or physical
The provision in our school is categorised into three areas, Core Offer, SEN Support and Higher Needs. The Core Offer outlines the provision available to all the children in our school.
A detailed SEND report for St Thomas Primary School can be found at the following link >> SIR (SEN report 2017-18)
If a child has SEND (Special Educational Needs), then their needs will fit into one or more of these categories. A school’s provision for SEND is defined as support which is additional to or different from that which is available to all students.
If you would like more information regarding our provision for SEN or the new changes to SEND please contact Mrs Ridge or Mrs Downing, an appointment can be made with them through our school office. Alternatively, there are some links below to parent leaflets. These outline some of the SEN provision and Interventions that we run at St Thomas Primary School.
Gifted and Talented
As a school we need to be fully committed to ensuring that we are catering for the needs of all individual learners. We must continually strive to improve our provision for different groups of learners across the school. One of these groups is our gifted and talented students. These are learners who are identified as achieving, or having the potential to achieve, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas. At St Thomas, lessons are planned carefully to meet the needs of Gifted and Talented children.
Gifted and talented students are more likely to be able to learn quickly, solve problems easily, demonstrate curiosity, pick up new concepts easily, be able to analyse, evaluate and synthesize information, and show originality in their ideas, as well as lots of other things!