Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

“There is a variety of gifts but always the same spirit: there are all sorts of service to be done but always the same Lord”
(1 Corinthians 12 4-7)

“…. The school – like the church itself – has special responsibility for those who are most in need.”
(The Easter People Sec.136 (1980)).

“Our commitment to Christ’s ministry and to the uniqueness of each individual leaves Catholic schools ideally placed to respond with imagination and sensitivity to those needs. Essential to that task will be a proper respect for the gifts and needs of each individual.”
(Evaluating the Distinctive nature of a Catholic School).

At St Alban & Stephen Catholic Junior School we aim to facilitate maximum learning for every child, whatever their level of ability. Our mission statement states that we endeavour to help children become aware of and develop their abilities. It is our aim to provide a balanced curriculum for all, by differentiation and support. We will strive to involve parents and pupils in the decision making process.

From the 1st September 2014 the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years came into force, subject to any transitional arrangements. This replaced the 2001 SEN Code of Practice. We have put together detailed information about our arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN in our SEN Information report. It can be downloaded from below. If you have any questions about our provision, please contact our SENCO Mrs Burley.

World Down Syndrome Day 21st March 2016

On Monday the 21st March the children have the opportunity to wear brightly coloured fun socks to school to mark World Down Syndrome Day. During the course of the week the children will have the opportunity to explore Down Syndrome further through activities in their PSHE lessons. Further information about Down Syndrome is available from the 2 web links below and through the handouts attached.

National Down Syndrome Society link

Down Syndrome Association link

Did You Know Leaflet

Did you know… leaflet

Your Questions Answered Leaflet

Your Questions Answered Leaflet

Autism Awareness Week 14-18th March 2016

As part of Autism Awareness week, on Wednesday 16th March the children wore onesies to school to mark ‘Onesie Wednesday’. During the course of the week all the classes completed some work in PSHE exploring Autism, the differences and similarities we all have or the impact that sensory processing difficulties can have on our everyday lives. For more information about Autism please see the link below.

Link to The National Autistic Society

Lego Club for children with Autism or Aspergers syndrome

This lego club, for children with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome, has been set up and is being run by Mrs Allcock and James. It is on every Saturday from 4-5.30pm at Fleetville Community Centre. For further information please contact Mrs Allcock directly, search for ‘Lego Club for children with Autism / Aspergers’ on facebook or ask Mrs Burley for Mrs Allcock’s contact details.


Termly review meetings for children at SEN Support or with a Statement of SEN or Education Health Care Plan

We are currently trialling a new format for the paperwork produced at review meetings with our year 3 parents and children. If the feedback from the review meetings is positive then the new format will be introduced in the spring term review meetings for parents and children across yr4&5.

SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 Parents and carers guide

Special Educational Needs and Disabilites guide for parents and carers

Information about Educational Psychologist drop in sessions for parents

Spring EP Consultations flyer

Information about support sessions for parents of children with ASC

A Pocock Surgeries – Spring and Summer 2015

Link to Hertfordshire’s Local Offer

Link to Hertfordshire’s Parent Partnership website

Link to Hertfordshire’s Additional Needs Database (H.A.N.D)

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