Supporting my child with additional needs

Covid-19 Update  

Many children will have found lockdown exceptionally difficult socially and emotionally. We consider any challenging behaviours or social or emotional challenges arising as a response to the lockdown (following discussion with parents) and will offer additional support and phased returns where needed, as a reasonable adjustment to support all our children to return successfully to school.

During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that the needs of our pupils with SEND will continue to be supported wherever possible:

  • Children attended school 
  • Risk assessments were co-produced with our families and include visits to the school, social stories, and other approaches that we normally use to enable a child  with SEND, who has spent some time out of education, to return to full provision.
  • We ensured that children had the correct tools to complete home learning
  • Our staff made regular family support contact, both virtually and in person

SEND legislation

From 1 May to 31 July, Section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014 was modified by a notice issued under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Local authorities and health commissioners were required to use their ‘reasonable endeavours’ to secure or arrange the specified special educational and health care provision within EHC plans. To ensure that children and young people receive the support they need to return to school, we will not be issuing further notices to modify this duty unless the evidence changes.

Our school focus is now on supporting our families to restore full provision for all children  with EHC plans.

Further information on the temporary changes to the law on EHC needs assessment and plan processes is available at changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Supporting My Child – SEND Report

Meldreth Primary School is an Inclusive School with a strong belief that all children should be valued, treated with respect and reach their full potential.

The school strives to ensure that the provision for all our pupils is of the highest possible standards, whilst acknowledging that we are continually improving our practice. We firmly believe that by working in partnership with parents/carers and adults beyond school, that our children get the best possible: care, support, education and the best possible opportunities in order to ensure a successful transition into adult life.

Every child is an individual and has individual needs that will affect their learning. Sometimes children need special support to give them an extra boost or to help them catch up with other children of the same age. They may need this support for a short time or a longer period, but during this time we will monitor their progress, look carefully at what special support they need and keep in close touch with parents.

Within school, Mrs Kate Samways is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and our Special Educational Needs and Disability Governor is Dr Deborah House.  

For more details about what we can offer children with additional needs click on the links below