SEND (Special Educational Needs Disability) Provision

At Vicarage Primary School we are very proud of our SEND provision. The SEND team comprises of an Assistant Head/Inclusion lead, SENCO, Specialist Teacher for Dyslexia/SEND Support and several Teaching Assistants who support some of our most vulnerable pupil 1:1. The team also works closely with the Learning Mentor, School Nurse and Designated Safeguarding Lead to support pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health issues, Child Protection concerns and Health issues.

Vicarage Primary School is a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion & SEND and therefore has a wider responsibility to schools in Newham and across London to support schools regarding SEND. For the reports for this accreditation:

SEND Information Report

The school is legally required to publish a SEND Information Report and School Local Offer which sets out its aims and provision regarding SEND in school.

The SEND Provision

The SEND provision at Vicarage Primary School continues to provide a wide and comprehensive offer to pupils attending the school. The school is now using Classroom Monitor assessment programme to ascertain pupil levels & outcomes. SEND children’s progress are measured against the progress of other children in there are range.

The Turnabout Programme

The Turnabout programme (a memory & processing intervention programme), is now providing evidence that pupils on this programme make significant progress. 10 pupils are on this intervention programme with a reserve list. The school has also purchased software and tools to assess pupils processing skills in readiness to join the intervention programme.

The Listening Programme

This programme re-patterns the hearing to increase listening skills and auditory skills and de-sensitise the hearing sense. Two staff attended training in September and equipment was purchased from Pupil Premium money in October. 16 pupils are on this programme and receive daily training for 10-12 weeks. The early signs of the progress of pupils on the programme are very encouraging and pupil’s concentration, attitude to work and behaviour are being effected.

Dynamo Maths

The school now uses Dynamo Maths (a computer-based Maths intervention programme) supporting 50 pupils with numeracy difficulties across Key Stage 2. This will increase numeracy levels and reduce difficulties in this area.

The Vicarage Vital Volunteers

To support pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties a new scheme has been introduced at lunchtimes alongside clubs called ‘The Vicarage Vital Volunteers’, (Triple V’s). Key Stage 2 pupils will support Key Stage 1 & Early Years classes from 1.00-1.30pm each day with basic classroom tasks. This will increase the pupil’s self-esteem & help them cope with the lunchtime period.

Learning Mentoring

We have two Learning Mentors who provide personalized sessions for some of our most vulnerable or challenging pupils in the areas of Social Emotional and Mental Health, Bereavement, low self-esteem, social skills and buddy intervention for pupils who are new to our school or pupils who are finding it difficult to make friends.

Speech and Language Therapy

This year, our school is continuing to buy in extra sessions of Speech and Language Therapy from East London NHS Foundation Trust. We also have our Core Speech and Language service from the NHS.

Our buy-in Speech and Language Therapist, Joanne David, will be in school every Tuesday. Our Core NHS Speech and Language Therapist, Caroline Clough come in fortnightly. They work extensively with pupils, Teaching Assistants and parents providing 1:1 sessions, observing pupils, assessment, providing training and feedback to staff and parents.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication, she will be happy to meet with you to discuss these. If there is a need to work one-to-one with your child or to carry out further assessment, you will receive a letter to request your permission and to invite you into school for a meeting.

Health Professionals

We have a NHS Health Visitor and a School Nurse for our school. Our HV’s name is Bolaji Suarawu who is responsible for pupils below the age of 5. Our SN’s name is Ifeoma Okoye. They both provide services in the form of training and advice for parents and staff. Training provided consists of awareness in Epilepsy, Epipen, Sickle Cell, among other medical conditions. They also assist us in writing Health Care Plans for children with allergies and other medical needs.

If you have any medical concerns and would like to discuss these concerns please contact them as follows:

Health Visitor: Bolaji Suarawu
School Nurse: Ifeoma Okoye