Working with parents
Parents know their child best, working in partnership with parents is essential! We work with parents in the following ways:
Parents will be invited to discuss progress their child is making with the class teacher at Parents’ Evening every term. The SENCO is usually available to talk to parents at this time.
SEN review meetings:
If your child is on the SEN register and receives specialist support they will have targets related to this support. You will be invited to a review meeting with the teacher and/or SEN Teaching Assistant and SENCO at least twice a year to discuss progress against these SEN targets. Your child is welcome to attend this meeting if you wish it. Meetings are held for KS1 children in the first half of each term and KS2 in the second half.
For children who require the highest level of support, the SENCO will apply for statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This is a lengthy process, part of which involves a structured discussion with the parent. Close liaison with parents is necessary throughout and once the plan is in place, it will be reviewed and updated at a meeting with the parent, SENCO, class teacher and any other specialists involved, once a year, in addition to the SEN review meetings in the other two terms.
SEN Coffee Mornings:
Parents of pupils with SEND are welcome to attend a coffee morning once a month in term time, usually the first Thursday of the month. At these informal meetings we share concerns and parents offer each other advice based on their own experience. Sometimes relevant speakers are invited to attend. If you have any suggestions for appropriate guest speakers please contact the SENCO, she will be very pleased to hear from you!