11. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive? How are disabled pupils supported and treated fairly in school?
At Wolverham, we aim to involve parents and carers in all decisions that are made regarding provision for their child. Through regular meetings, we will discuss our plans and thoughts, taking into account those of parents. Initially, the class teacher alongside the SENCO, will discuss the child’s needs and what support would be appropriate.
Different children will require different levels of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve age expected levels. For example – some children may require support in English lessons whereas others may require support during less structured times of the school day.
Children with disabilities
Schools have a duty under the Equalities Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments in relation to children and young people with disabilities. This means that where something a school does places a disabled pupil at a disadvantage compared to other pupils then the school must take reasonable steps to try and avoid that disadvantage. Our school building is wheelchair accessible in all areas with wide corridors and a disabled toilet currently available in the learning community room and in the foyer. For more information, see our school accessibility plan.
Some of the ways in which we currently support pupils with disabilities:
Providing visual timetables
Classroom audits by the Educational Psychologist to provide advice about seating in the classroom, then implemented by school
Provision of a quiet soft play area for ‘time-out’ space – nurture room near year 1OJ
Providing a separate introductory visit when the school was quieter
Auxiliary aids such as sloping desk for visual impairment, special pencils/pens, speech readers, personal FM systems (for deaf children) – under the guidance of the occupational therapy team
Morning sensory play time on entry to school
Separate room with fewer distractions provided for a child with sensory needs
Lap-top, iPads and specialist software provided
Coloured lenses/overlays provided
The Early Years Specialist Support Service (EYSSS) provides training for Early Years settings to support them in making good access arrangements for young children with disabilities and we work closely with Sheila Little and Linda Smith, our early years support team. LA Early Years Specialist Support Services and Early Years Consultants require settings to complete an audit of their access arrangements. Following the audit, if there are areas where access is an issue, the setting must provide a plan to show how this will be addressed.