Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is a title used to describe a range of learning needs whether they be Physical, Intellectual, Social, Emotional, Cognitive or Behavioural. At Howe Dell we focus on the needs of the child.
We are proud to be an inclusive school. Our school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children. We try to ensure that the Special Educational Needs of children are identified early. If a child has a Special Educational Need or Disability we aim to create an environment to meet that need.
Our goal is to meet each child’s needs through effective differentiation and support. We will 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 such as an Educational Psychologist.
Teachers differentiate the work, set appropriate objectives and achievable targets. The new SEND Code of Practice encourages support through an Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle. We always work closely with parents and their child. Parents are able to meet the class teacher or the SEND Coordinator to discuss their child's progress, needs and problems 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 SEND please contact Miss Calder, our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or Mrs Cooney, Deputy SENCO via the School Office.
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.