Involvement of children and their parents/carers

Involving children with SEN and their parents in their education.

  • Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's education through: informal discussions; telephone conversations; home-school diaries; parents evenings. Parents can phone or pop into school to make an appointment any time.
  • Parents are invited to 'Meet the SENCo & SEND Governor' for an informal discussion about SEND provision, and a regular parent questionnaire is sent out
  • Parents are involved in the identification of SEN from the beginning and will be approached by the class teacher or inclusion manager re. any concerns.
  • Parents and children have the opportunity to contribute to their / their child's SEN passport.
  • If your child receives top-up funding or has an EHC plan / statement, then both the parent and child will be involved in the application / review process.
  • Parent's permission will always be sought if outside agency support is needed. This may mean that your child will need to attend an appointment outside school, or an outside agency may visit your child in school.
  • Children have a say in what is included on their pupil passports so that they are aware of their targets and how those targets may be met
  • Children are asked to complete 'All About Me' paperwork that accompanies their annual review forms; this ensures that the child's point of view is read alongside the professional review
  • Children are invited to annual review meetings so that they can have their say about how they are managing at school and how school might help them further
  • Children are regularly conferenced by staff to ensure their needs are being met

Parental Voice

Following consultation with parents and children on the SEND report and our school's SEND policy, you said:

The Policy :

  • is easy to follow and understand
  • meets the criteria for essential information
  • is not too long and overwhelming

The SEND Report :

  • is easy to follow and navigate
  • I was able to find all the information I needed straight away
  • there should be more information on physical needs
  • the colour of the SEND button on the website was not prominent enough
  • labels on the drop-down menu were too long; could they be more concise?

What we have done:

  • changed the colour and position of the SEND button so that it is easier to find
  • shortened the names on the drop-down menu
  • added a link to the 'Information for Parents' tab
  • added an explanation of physical needs provision:
    • school is fully compliant with accessibility legislation
    • we have two hygiene rooms with raise and fall beds and showers
    • staff are trained for specific physical difficulties, e.g:
      • hearing
      • vision
      • motor skills / handling
We would love to hear from you
The Acorns Primary and Nursery School
Pooltown Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 7ED
The Rowan Learning Trust
18 Beecham Court, Goose Green, Wigan, WN3 6PR
The Acorns Primary and Nursery School is a member of the Rowan Learning Trust. Company No. 8010464, Reg. Office: 18 Beecham Court, Goose Green, Wigan, WN3 6PR

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