SENDCo: Miss Merryn James
SEND Governor: Mrs Ann Parkinson
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).
This is known as the local offer.
Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the North Somerset Council website:
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) information:
At Flax Bourton Primary School we understand that every child is unique and therefore the educational needs of each child is different. As a mainstream school we aim to be inclusive in all we do and strive to remove barriers to learning for pupils with additional needs. We work alongside other educational and health care professionals (such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, The School Nursing Team and Occupational Therapists) to create individual support programmes to meet needs of individual pupils.
The purpose of our Local Offer is to inform parents and carers about how we support and make effective provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Identifying additional needs
We closely monitor the needs and progress of pupils throughout the school. We aim to have an open and strong partnership with parents to agree additional support that may be needed by pupils. We take part in the LINK Programme to work alongside nurseries and pre-schools and have a strong induction programme to ensure vulnerable learners have a positive and smooth transition into our Reception Class.
Some pupils will have an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) to set out their small steps in learning and this will be agreed with parents and usually reviewed 3 times a year. Small steps may include a focus on maths and English skills, social skills or fine/gross motor skills, depending on the needs of the individual child.
Some pupils have significant additional needs and may meet the criteria for additional Top Up Funding. Top Up Funding requires evidence of external agency involvement and can be applied for at 3 dates within the school year. This funding enables additional Learning Support Staff to be recruited to support pupils accessing academic and social learning or to support their medical needs.
Please see the LSP and Flax SEND policies for further details.
SENDIAS - information to support parents in North Somerset
Our school is within a modern single ground floor building with the exception of Year 5/6 which is in a separate building, accessible by ramps. We opened a fantastic expansion to the school in 2018 which provided 3 additional classrooms, a curriculum kitchen and a production kitchen. We are a well resourced school with interactive whiteboards in all classes, an ICT suite, ipads and laptops.
All of the main school building is accessible via ramps or pathways as alternatives to steps.
We have a large field and a range of outdoor play apparatus to support physical development.
We have some additional smaller rooms which we use for small group or individual learning.