(Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities)
At Kimpton Primary School we believe that each child has individual and unique needs. Some children may require additional support for a short period of time and others for longer and with more specialist input. Both staff and governors are committed to providing the highest levels of achievement for every child attending the school and work hard alongside parents and the child to ensure that they are achieving today; ready for tomorrow.
The school aims to provide all children with an inclusive curriculum and environment where they can thrive. The staff have high expectations of every child and support them in becoming positive and independent learners.
Alongside children who have a Special Educational Need or Disability as defined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014), the school also provides a range of support for children who may need some additional help with their learning, behaviour and well-being.
The school has facilities to admit disabled children. All areas of the school building are wheelchair accessible and reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that all children can access the curriculum. For example, this may include some modifications for individual children, e.g. in Physical Education. Further information can be found in our Equality Scheme; Accessibility Plan; Behaviour Policy and the Code of Conduct.
DSPL (Delivering Special Provision Locally) is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community. Kimpton Primary School falls into DSPL 7 and many of the courses that are shared with parents are arranged through our DSPL.
Harpenden Partnership Plus work in partnership with a number of local and countrywide partners and services. They have parenting facilitators and deliver a variety of courses and workshops on request. They are also trained to HCC (Hertfordshire County Council) Safeguarding standards and hold enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring) certificates. All courses and workshops are hosted in schools or community venues which are safe and comfortable. For further information about the latest courses available please click on the link provided.
Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services.
We all experience difficulties at some point. Families First can help you find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse.
If you need more help than your usual support network - for example your health visitor, school, doctor or family centre - we can work with you and your family to create a package of support.
Families First is available to all Hertfordshire families with children under 18 (25 if they have a learning need or disability).
The School Nursing Service works together with children and young people their parents/carers and school staff, to provide a comprehensive efficient and accessible service which:
- Helps children keep healthy during their school days and for the rest of their lives
- Prevents ill health in children and the local community
- Supports children with medical needs and those needing medication
- Ensures that educational potential is not hampered by unmet health needs
- Monitors and supports families in relation to Hertfordshire Safeguarding Policies
When your child commences school at the age of five, care is transferred from the Health Visiting Service to the School Nursing Service. You are able to self refer to the service for support or a request can be made via the school.
Navigating the world of Special Educational Needs can be intimidating. Please always come and speak to the SENDCo for support but you may find some of the following websites a great place to help you and your family on your journey.
BDA (British Dyslexia Association): Support in understanding what Dyslexia is and how dyslexic children can meet their potential
PATOSS (professional association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties) : Support in finding a specialist assessor for Dyslexia
AET (Autism Education Trust): Useful information and resources to support pupils with Autism and communication difficulties.
Communication Trust: Ideas and support for children with speech, communication and language difficulties.