Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

At Crookesbroom Primary Academy, we are very proud of the support that we offer to our pupils and families when pupils are identified with a need that requires SEND support.

We have high expectations and are ambitious for the success of all pupils whose needs are identified and supported effectively through a robust Graduated Response process within our Academy. This is turn, allows us to personalise teaching and learning to our pupils in order for them to make strong progress within their learning. We recognise and celebrate the significance of every achievement that our pupils make towards identified outcomes, using PIVATS to measure the small steps of academic progress.

All of our SEND pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that the children get full exposure to all curriculum areas and allow flexibility in how children can showcase their learning, for example, when writing is a barrier, they are encouraged to present their growing knowledge, skills and understanding in a variety of different ways.

Once children’s needs have been identified, we utilise a range of strategies to enable our SEND pupils to experience success. These strategies support both specific skills e.g. intervention and the opportunity to give our SEND pupils the best chance at success. We provide children with Knowledge Organisers (adapted if required), for pre-teaching and consolidating links with their learning. We ensure that when an intervention does take place, it is not at the expense of the wider curriculum and is incorporated into the wider curriculum where possible. We collect pupils’ views on how they feel that they are best supported. This feedback is shared with all stakeholders and appropriate provision is put in place wherever possible.

Our Crookesbroom families are at the centre of our approach and we offer an open-door policy to parents and carers. Parents of children with SEND are consulted, both formally and informally, to help our Academy to best support the needs of every pupil. Parents are invited to pupil consultations and support plan meetings to discuss progress, concerns and the best way to support their child. Parents are also invited to contribute to the target planning.

Parents play a huge part in making our SEND provision a success, and through parent consultations and parent voice we can report that parents of children with SEND feel ‘supported, listened to and know school will help.’ Further feedback from the parents following a support plan meeting, prompted the SENDCo to implement a ‘user friendly’ Coffee Morning for parents of children with identified SEND, to explore the Graduated approach, explaining the process and the language used. This has been a great success with positive feedback and has become a half termly event, as parent’s particularly liked ‘being with other parents who have the same worries as me.’

Our team have developed effective working relationships with a wide range of outside agencies and professionals, who we refer to, or ask advice from as appropriate. As a result of this effective collaboration, alongside the robust planning and provision within our academy, requests for support and statutory assessment are acknowledged in a timely manner.

Our SENDCo is: Judith Ingram

She can be contacted at: Crookesbroom Primary Academy, Crookesbroom Lane, Doncaster, DN7 6JP

Contact number: 01302 841337