Inclusion at Howe Dell
Special Educational Needs, often referred to as 'SEN' or 'SEND' (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), is a term used to describe learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for a child to learn, creating barriers to learning. The four identified broad areas of Special Educational Needs are:
Cognition and Learning Needs
Communication and Interaction Needs
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs
Sensory and/or Physical Needs
At Howe Dell, we believe in Equity. We are proud to be an inclusive school who strive to achieve the best outcomes for each individual child in our care, at our school. Our school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children. We do our very best to ensure that barriers to learning are identified at the earliest stage, as we believe that early intervention is vital in helping our children succeed and fulfil their potential. If a child has an identified Special Educational Need or Disability and/or barriers to learning, we aim to create an environment to meet that need in order for them to thrive.
Our goal is to meet each child’s needs through effective High Quality Teaching, differentiation and support. We make reasonable adjustment to our systems to meet needs as well as offering additional provision when appropriate. Support, for example, may be a class teacher discussion with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team or an external agency support such as an Educational Psychologist/ Advisory Teacher.
At Howe Dell, we believe every child should have access to high quality, inclusive teaching. Teachers differentiate the learning, set appropriate objectives and achievable targets for the individual children in their classes, closely supported by the Inclusion Team of the school to ensure every child is given the opportunity to reach their potential. The new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice encourages support through an Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle.
We always work closely with parents and their child and are proud of our strong working partnerships with our families here at Howe Dell, as we believe in a 'team around the child' approach. Parents are able to meet the class teacher or the Inclusion Lead to discuss their child's progress, needs and queries and work together to find solutions to enable each child to make the best progress they can.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding Special Educational Needs/ Inclusion, please contact Mrs McQuade, our Inclusion Lead and SENCo or Mrs Cooney, Deputy SENCO, via the School Office.
Autumn Term 2021
Please see the below links and guidance offering free support through webinars, courses etc for supporting children with additional needs this term.
Just Talk Week
15 – 21 November 2021
Over 35 partners in Hertfordshire work together to promote good mental health and wellbeing as part of the Just Talk campaign. Listed below are the FREE webinars on offer from our Just Talk partners, taking place for Parents and Carers during Just Talk week.
Herts Sports Partnership: The benefits of physical activity for your mind and body
How to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFejVVaNG84
Monday 15 November 2021
Watford FC CSET - Talking to your child about mental health and wellbeing
To give support and information on mental health and wellbeing, particularly focused around supporting young people through times of change and transition.
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Children's Wellbeing Practitioners from the Public Health School Nursing Service at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust - Spotting the signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people
An overview of anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties and some tips and signposting information that parents and professionals can use to help.
Audience: Parents, carers, school staff and other professionals
Herts Mind Network - How to start a conversation with your child about mental health and wellbeing
In this webinar we will discuss mental health stigma, how adolescence is perceived and how to navigate interpersonal interactions.
Audience: Parents and Carers
Time: 10am - 11am
NESSie - Supporting mental health for children and young people with neurodiversity
The aim of this informal forum is to strengthen approaches in supporting positive mental health and manage challenges positively. Exploring and introducing tools to identify triggers and increase emotional literacy. Sharing and exploring practical tools that can be used at home and in conjunction with educational settings.
Audience: Parents and carers of children and young people with traits of or diagnosed neurodiversity, who have mental health problems.
The OLLIE Foundation - Keeping Safe and Carrying On
Whether this is to remind yourself or to use with others, enjoy this virtual hug that considers how your amazing inbuilt survival system can also feel like stress and anxiety and hear suggestions for calming the system down.
Audience: School staff, professionals, parents and carers
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
How to join: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/131952434283
Wednesday 17th November 2021
BeeZee Bodies - The benefits of healthy eating for Teenagers' Wellbeing
Key nutritional needs in teenage years and top tips for meeting them. Bust some common food and diet myths, plus an open Q&A session.
Audience: Young People - minimum age 13 (as well as parent/carer). School staff, other professionals, and parent/carers.
Time: 5.00pm – 5.30pm
The OLLIE Foundation -The History of Suicide - Lessons for Today
Expert speaker - Cambridge PhD researcher Ella will guide us through the history of our response to suicide from antiquity to the present day and consider what lessons we can learn.
Audience: School staff, other professionals and parents
How to join: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/187847616277
Thursday 18th November 2021
The OLLIE Foundation - Talk Safe, Plan Safe
Extend your knowledge and feel more confident to support others experiencing an emotional crisis where suicidal ideation may be present. Open to all and useful as a refresher if you have completed other suicide prevention training.
Audience: Students age 17+, school staff and other professionals, parents and carers
How to join: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/185803432067
Friday 19th November 2021
The OLLIE Foundation - Live session with author and researcher Beverley Thompson
What do we need to know about antidepressants and young people and how can we better manage side effects for those that would benefit from SSRIs (antidepressants)
Audience: Parents & carers, health and education professionals and young people age 17+
How to join: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/187849491887
To find out more visit www.justtalkherts.org
Special Educational Needs and Support at Howe Dell
If your child has additional requirements there are many ways in which we can support your child. See more information below:
For resources for SEND children and families, please visit: Hertfordshire SEND resources
National Autism Standards
The school originally looked at these in 2015 and has continued to look at and evaluate standards, most recently in Autumn 2018.
Our main area of focus was to coduct a sensory audit in school which was completed. The schools’ named lead person for Autism is Emma Daniels (Deputy Head/SENDCo) with support from Karen Garg (SEND Team).
For more information about this and for other queries you can either contact the school office to speak to the above staff members or look on the Autism Trust website www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk
Working together with your child's school (An AET autism guide for parents and carers)
A parent group first met November 2015 to look at this document. We discussed what was important to both children and parents and produced an action plan from this with 3 actions. From this discussion it was felt that meetings for parents of children with Autism/Aspergers would be of benefit. There have been meetings since this time with attendance from various families.
Please see the school newsletter for the date of the next parent meeting.
March 2017- Update on National Autism Standards Action Plan
SEND parent group organised for parents and their children to go to a ‘Soft Play’.
A Sensory Audit was carried out in Spring 2016 and staff are aware that ‘busy’ classroom displays can be distracting for Autistic Spectrum pupils. In addition, although our corridors are not carpeted to lessen noise the building is designed to ensure quietness.
In February 2017 a Staff Audit was carried out to gather staff confidence levels, understanding and knowledge of the Autistic Spectrum. Staff training is planned (implemented by our local Outreach Service) for Autumn 2017. Staff training took place in Autumn 2017 by Southfield School which gave very practical advice.
Wednesday 20th September 2017
The SEND team met with parents to look at and review the School SEND Information Report (School Offer). We then looked at the ‘Working together with your child’s school’ document from the Autism Advisory Trust. We annotated what had been done previously and discussed ‘next steps’. Following on from the School Audit from the AET National Autism Standards we are to focus upon more opportunities for pupils with autism to meet others through our lunchtime club. We also discussed further ways to support children with a ‘Check In’ system to help them express their emotions.
School have the AET coming to update/train staff on 10th October.
The SEND team would like to thank those parents who came along to support us.
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Mrs Garg and Miss Daniels would like to thank the parents that came to our most recent ASD/ADHD parent group. It is good to have quality time to chat and for parents to meet other like minded parents. We look forward to seeing more parents at our next meeting, all welcome.