Delph Side Community Primary School Local Offer

The aim of our local offer is to showcase our good practice in supporting children with Special Education Needs to achieve their full potential.

Mrs Liz Burton

SENCO

Ms Carolyn Lock

Learning Mentor

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A commitment to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.
  • A fully wheelchair accessible school with doorways and entrances on a single level and dropped curbs for easy access for wheelchair and pram users.
  • A disabled toilet accessible to parents, visitors, staff and children.
  • Accessible disabled parking spaces in the school car park.
  • Modern furniture throughout the school is that is of a suitable height and appropriate to the age group of children being taught in each classroom.
  • A continuously updated website with a school newsletter and a diary to inform parents of events, ensuring excellent communication with parents.
  • Displays throughout the school that are accessible to all children and visitors as well as staff.
  • Information that is made available in various formats, as requested.
  • Children throughout the school are taught through Quality First teaching, using visual, audio and kinaesthetic aids where deemed necessary. The school has a range of ICT for pupils with Special Educational Needs, in addition to IPADs, computers and headphones there are interactive whiteboards in every classroom.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A vision for special educational needs that is articulated around four themes: Early intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectation and achievement and strong parent partnership.
  • A commitment to meeting the special educational needs of pupils and ensuring that they make the best possible progress. School monitors the progress of every child in line with existing school practices. This is a continuous process which allows for early identification of any possible barriers to learning. The class teacher informs the parents at the earliest opportunity to alert them to any concerns and enlist their active help and participation.
  • A SENCO (special educational needs coordinator) who works closely with parents and teachers to plan an appropriate programme of intervention, which may include a personalised learning plan.
  • Teachers that personalise learning to meet children’s needs through multi-sensory teaching, differentiation of work, visual aids and other relevant resources which provide extra support.
  • Targeted intervention that may involve small group work or individual support with a highly skilled Teaching Assistant.
  • Personalised learning to support children to access the curriculum and develop independent learning across all areas, equipping them with the necessary skills to progress in their learning.
  • A proactive and highly qualified SENCO who, should it be necessary, will seek permission from parents to complete a diagnostic assessment to identify specific learning difficulties.
  • Support and advice (if necessary) from the Educational Psychologist, the Inclusion and Disability Support Services, the Speech and Language Team and other specialist agencies will be sought, and any recommendations implemented with immediate effect.    
  • Teaching staff who have experience of supporting children with a range of learning difficulties including dyslexia, hearing impaired (HI), Autistic Spectrum disorder (ASD) Physical Development (PD) and  speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
  • A range of multi-sensory resources which are available in classrooms and the Rainbow Room.
  • Provision mapping for children to identify intervention needed then measuring its impact.
  • Specialisms that include: SpLD (Dyslexia) APEC/PECS, HI/BSL/In print ICT, Talk Boost and much more.
  • Support from an experienced SENCO who holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Leaning Difficulties (Dyslexia Assessment/teaching & strategies) APC (Assessment Practising Certificate) SENCO Award and Accredited Autism Training.  
  • Tracking systems to track and monitor children’s academic progress including those in receipt of the Pupil Premium as well as pupils with SEN.
  • Support for children with SEN when sitting examinations in accordance with government guidance including adult support and accessing additional time if appropriate.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • Individual learning plans that are developed to set personalised targets, which are updated half termly and are reviewed with parents and children, if barriers remain, then the child can be referred through the relevant pathway and further support can be secured.
  • Individual learning plans that are monitored, are progressive and regularly updated to ensure progress.
  • Appropriate targets set to meet individual needs using PIVATs (Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting)
  • A SENCO who is responsible for reviewing the Statement or the Statement/ECH plan at six monthly intervals in the foundation stage and twelve monthly intervals in key stage one and two, following guidance from the Local Authority.
  • A belief in working together with parents contributing and participating in annual reviews and receiving copies of all relevant paperwork concerning their child whist pupils are also asked to make a contribution to the review.
  • Links to outside agencies to support in reviewing and evaluating outcomes.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • Health & safety risk assessments are reviewed annually
  • Trips that are fully risk assessed by class teachers and supported by our Educational Visits Co-ordinator and signed off by the headteacher and reviewed by the governing body.
  • Category B visits that are approved by the governing body.
  • The facility for children with additional needs to be dropped off and picked up from school via the main entrance following consultation with the Head Teacher.
  • Appropriate supervision arrangements for any pupil that has additional needs.
  • Teaching Assistant Support which is available in every class and during all playtimes, children are supervised throughout lunchtime in all play areas.
  • Adults responsible for outdoor activities being proactive and doing a sweep of the area and the condition and making adjustments where necessary.
  • An anti-bullying policy on the school website and hard copies of the policy on request.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • The facility for parents to fill out a medication form for children who require medication in school to have it administered to them and for the medication to be securely stored in the school office so that children can access it.
  • Care plans (if required) that are created directly involving parents alongside the SENCO and with advice from the designated medical professional.
  • Advice from the school nurse if the school is informed of any allergy by parents, to support setting up a care plan.
  • Trained staff that in case of a medical emergency, that will call 999 first and then parents after.
  • Care plans that are placed in the staffroom, SENCO office and in the relevant classroom related to the child so that all members of staff are informed of the details and changes to any care plan as and when they arise.
  • Annual training for staff is provided for epi-pens and inhalers by the school nurse.
  • Medical boxes containing the medical policy and a register to record any use of inhalers or cream in each classroom.
  • The BASE (behaviour, attendance, social and emotional) Team consists of the SENCO, Learning Mentor and Attendance officer who work collaboratively and are monitored by the headteacher to keep records of any children who may be experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
  • Learning Mentor support for individual children in a caring environment, providing private time for them to express any worries that they may be experiencing, allowing children to feel safe and happy at our school, with emotional issues being resolved quickly and sensitively.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • An open door policy so parents can communicate as much as possible and meet with the headteacher, SENCO and Learning Mentor at short notice.
  • Teachers who communicate with parents on a daily basis.
  • Biannual parent’s evenings and annual written reports to focus on pupil progress.
  • Communication through the virtual world in the medium of Twitter, Facebook and the school website so that parents can provide instant feedback.
  • Friendly staff, who wear name badges to make themselves visible to visitors and parents.
  • Regular parents questionnaires which are analysed and incorporated into the school’s action plan.
  • Parent governors who support the leadership of the school.
  • A weekly celebration assembly that parents are invited to.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A committed staff who are committed to fulfilling the aims of the Mission Statement.
  • An active PTFA which includes parents and teachers of our school.
  • A School Council represent by two children from each class to share their class views; interview candidates for posts within the school; and speak to school inspectors.
  • Use of social media for parents to celebrate their children’ successes.
  • Parent’s evenings and an annual report.
  • Parental questionnaires.
  • An open door policy so parents are welcomed into classrooms to discuss their child’s education.
  • Staff, parent and community governors on the governing body including a named Governor for SEN.
  • A weekly ‘Gathering’ assembly for children and parents to celebrate achievements.
  • Some after school clubs supported by parent governors and parents.
  • Parent support for school events such as the Christmas Fayre.
  • A school that works in partnership with the local education authority in completing accessibility improvements, giving regard to the principles in the ‘Lancashire Accessibility Strategy, ‘Access to Learning.’
  • Support from relevant agencies working collaboratively to support children with SEN and/or health needs. Regular training takes place to ensure that children are safe and have the correct care.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A SENCO, SEND Teaching Assistant and a Learning Mentor who are available to offer advice and support families, this includes support in completing forms and paperwork as well as using the telephone to access free school meals.
  • A SENCO who will inform parents about other relevant services in the community that they may like to access.
  • A school website that is updated on a regular basis and contains all information about themes, units covered and policies.  Our website is available at www.delphside.lancs.sch.uk

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A SENCO who will support parents throughout their child’s transition period and will accompany the parents when visiting prospective schools, at their request.
  • Support for parents to make links to external support such as Parent Partnership.
  • Effective collaboration so that our SENCO works with the SENCO from the chosen high school and a meeting will be held to share information about the special educational needs of the child.
  • The Year 6 teacher ensures that friendship groups are kept together and this information is passed on to the high school.
  • A transition plan which addresses any possible barriers that may arise throughout the transition period, resources and strategies will be put in place, such as a map of school, visual timetable and home school liaison book.
  • Support for children to gain a place at a summer school, to enable the child to become familiar with the new environment and meet some of the staff and peers at the school.
  • Understanding staff who recognise that it can be an anxious period for both the child and the parents, and endeavours to do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for them.
  • Bespoke transition opportunities for individual children to meet their needs through using our positive relationships with the local high schools.
  • Support for families when applying for a place for high school including the use of our computer facilities and technical support.

What can our school offer?

At Delph Side Community Primary School we offer:

  • A free breakfast club, which runs from 7:45am – 8:45am.
  • The University of Delph Side club programme is fully inclusive and enhances children’s learning  and provides the children with amazing experiences in lunchtime and after school clubs and includes: cookery, art & craft, knitting, gardening, chess, singing club, dance, sports club, science club, tennis club, rugby club, football club and running club.
  • Signposting for KS1 & KS2 children to holiday clubs through the local cluster of primary schools called SHARES.
  • Opportunities to play competitive sport through our membership of the Skelmersdale and Up Holland School Sport Association.

SEND Information

About Us

Delph Side Community Primary School
Eskdale
Tanhouse
Skelmersdale
Lancashire
WN8 6ED
Tel: 01695 721881
Email: bursar@delphside.lancs.sch.uk