SPECIAL EDUCATIONal NEEDS AND DISABILITY (sEND)
At St John The Baptist School we are particularly proud of our inclusive culture. We are committed to meeting the needs of all learners and have high expectations for all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Our SEND information report offers more detailed guidance:
Support in School
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Mrs H. Maw, who is supported in the inclusion team by Mrs H. Sedgwick, our family support worker and ELSA, and Mrs S. Jackson who is also an ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant).
They can all be contacted through the school office on 020 8977 4114 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Inclusion Team
My name is Mrs Maw.
As well as being a Year 4 class teacher, I am the SENCO. This means in addition to teaching my class, I focus on ensureing our provision for children with additional needs is the best it can be. One of my specialist areas is Dyslexia and supporting children in accessing reading and writing.
Our aim is that our children with additional needs will be supported to experience life in all its fullness both during their time with us and in their future lives in the world.
My name is Mrs Sedgwick.
I am the school's Family Support Worker, which means I am able to support the whole family, if needed. This can be an informal chat over a coffee, if you have any concerns regarding anything to do with your child's life at school. (It's not just the children who might find moving to a new school stressful!) Or it might be working with parents to obtain support from organisations outside of school. Do get in touch via the school reception.
I am also a qualified ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), which means I am able to support with the emotional development of your child. St John's has an established Nurture Room, where you will find me at lunch times - talking to children who are finding the long break overwhelming or just want a quiet space to be.
Support in the Community
All Richmond schools are supported by the local authority to ensure that all pupils make the best possible progress in school and are given the greatest chance to meet their potential. Further information and details of the support for young people and their families regarding SEND can be found in the Local Offer managed by Achieving for Children.
SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIASS)
The Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) in Kingston and Richmond offers advice and support across a wide range of subjects. This may include help with personal budgets and how to use the Local Offer plus:
support with understanding reports and letters, attending meetings and preparing for assessments and reviews
information and signposting to support services in your area
support with Transition and Preparing for Adulthood
support with and signposting to mediation advice and support on benefits
These services offer advice to children and young people as well as parents and carers.
Phone: 020 3793 9596
Richmond Parent Carer Forum
Richmond Parent Carer Forum (PCF) is an independent group run by parents for parents or carers of children/young people (aged 0 – 25 years) who have any form of special educational need or disability. Your child does not need an official diagnosis for you to become a member and we support families of children with any type of additional need including learning difficulties like dyslexia.
We receive funding from the Department for Education and our purpose is to ensure that the voices of parents, children and young people are heard in the planning and implementation of SEND services in Richmond. We can also help you to access services and provide valuable peer support, connecting you with other parents who understand the special joys and challenges of raising a family with additional needs.