What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions
Ashbrook Junior School recognises that pupils at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education. Some children with medical conditions may be disabled and where this is the case, the school will comply with its duties under the Equality Act 2010.
Some children with medical conditions may also have Special Educational Needs. They may have a statement, or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which brings together health and social care needs, as well as their special educational provision. Children who do not have a statement or EHC plan will be given a Health Care Plan which will be written alongside parents within school. This may include provision for personal care when necessary.
The school has a duty under Section 100 of the Children and Families Act 2014 to make arrangements for supporting pupils at school with medical conditions. The school’s arrangements for pupils with Medical Conditions is set out in more detail in our policy: ‘Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions’.
Issues with behaviour may be related to a child’s Special Educational Needs. As with all aspects of support, staff at Ashbrook Junior School will work with children and families in order to devise a structured programme of support if this is required. We aim to use reward strategies and approaches in order to promote more positive behaviour from the children.
If a child’s behaviour is a risk to themselves or other members of the school community, a risk assessment may be completed. Parents/ carers and school staff will meet together to agree these arrangements. This will include strategies to prevent the escalation of risky behaviour and agreed approaches if the behaviour occurs.
If a child becomes at risk of exclusion, additional support from external agencies (such as Derbyshire’s Behaviour Support Service) may be requested by the school.
Some children require additional support to settle into school or to feel comfortable in the classroom environment. The nurture group runs for two afternoons each week and works using a structured and predictable environment to develop a range of skills, including:
The nurture group will also work towards the targets set out in your child’s Inclusion Passport.
Attendance and After-School Clubs
We monitor the attendance of pupils with SEND and, if issues with attendance occur, we work with families to find solutions. In some circumstances (when attendance falls well below expected levels), support may be requested from the Educational Welfare Officer.
All pupils are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities at school and we actively promote the engagement of pupils with SEND at these clubs. Discussions about what is available for your child may be held at the Inclusion Passport meeting and you may receive additional letters with guidance about the clubs on offer. All of the after school clubs are prepared to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and we will work with external providers in order to ensure that children with SEND are able to access these arrangements.