SEND & INCLUSION
“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write, and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.” – Magda Gerber (shared by the Multi-Schools Council)
At Millfields Primary School, the heart of our belief is that everyone is included. This means that all pupils, and particularly pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), learn and enjoy school together. We are an inclusive school that fully complies with the requirements outlined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015).
All children, including those with special needs, learn best in a supportive environment where their self-confidence, independence, and talents are encouraged. Teachers plan to meet the needs of pupils of all abilities. Where necessary, they will work with the Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) to plan individual plans for those with specific learning difficulties. Specialist advice will be sought when needed and regular meetings are held with teachers and other professionals; parents and pupils are included wherever possible. We plan small, measurable, achievable, realistic targets (SMART) to help children to progress.
Mrs KATHRYN rUSSELL
mRS RHIANNON mACDONALD
miss samantha lungley
SEND Coffee Mornings
Our coffee mornings/afternoons offer a supportive environment for parents/carers of Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND) students. By attending our coffee morning/afternoon you can gain information on our school provision for students with SEND. There will be also be details about available outreach support for both children and parents/carers.
Importantly these mornings are an opportunity to collaborate with us to secure excellent SEND provision across the school.
Sessions will be led by the SENDCo Kathryn Ayala and the Deputy SENDCo Rhiannon Macdonald. Depending on the specific focus of each session there will be other members of staff present. Various outside agency professionals will provide further support and advice.
Proud to be Me! Club
We run a monthly after school session called, ‘Proud to be Me!’ (The name was suggested by a former Millfields child). The sessions will last from 3.00pm - 5.00pm and will take place in the school hall. It is for parents and their children to come together so that parents can build friendships and support networks, and so can the children, who may at times feel different or struggle in class.
Each session will have tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. There will be some craft activities and games – just a chance for people to chat and get to know each other. We will also offer a focus, such as things to do in holidays or weekends, book recommendations, colouring etc.
All are welcome – even if your child is not on the SEND register. Invites are also open to parents where they have a child in this school but have another child in a different school with additional needs.
"We found the SEND coffee morning really helpful and informative. It was great to discussed SEN issues with other parents and get advice on those going through similar experiences to us. It helped us to feel less alone after recently receiving a SEN diagnosis for our son, and we think the school's SEN support is absolutely amazing. We're looking forwards to attending future sessions." Mark & Sarah Bones
Autumn 1 - SEND Coffee Morning - Date TBC
Autumn 2 - Proud to be Me! Club - Date TBC
Spring 1 - SEND Coffee Morning - Date TBC
Spring 2 - Proud to be Me! Club - Date TBC
Summer 1 - SEND Coffee Morning - Date TBC
Summer 2 - Proud to be Me! Club - Date TBC
If you have a query regarding SEND then please contact Mrs Kathryn Russell.
Telephone: 01206 823044
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Leader - Mrs Kathryn Russell
Deputy Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Leader - Mrs Rhiannon Macdonald
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Link Governor - Ms Julie Barton