Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at school.
The information below is to inform you of the support available to your child at Llandeilo Primary School. It will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed.
How do you know if a child needs extra help?
All children at Llandeilo Primary School are monitored closely by their Class Teachers. This is done through regular monitoring and assessment and termly Pupil Progress Meetings to discuss individual needs and progress. We have developed a graduated response to identifying children with needs. Initially this is completed by the class teacher to ensure needs are being met within the class. If the Class Teacher feels the child still is not making the expected progress, they will be discussed with the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator ( ALNCO). Assessments may be carried out and if necessary referred to external agencies with the consent of the Parent/Carers.
If Parent/Carers have any concerns they should see the Class Teacher in the first instance.
At Llandeilo Primary we have an open door policy and teachers are available for brief discussions at the end of the school day. An appointment can be made if a more detailed discussion is needed.
How will the school support my child?
Your child’s education will be overseen by the Class Teacher. Our ALNCO oversees all support and progress of any child with additional needs across the school. There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group. If this is above the normal support given in the class these sessions will be explained to the Parent/Carers when the support starts or during Parent/Carer evenings.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All work within class is planned and differentiated at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access the curriculum according to their specific needs.
How will I know how my child is doing?
There are parent/carer evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms and the ALNCO is available to meet with you at these times if your child is in receipt of Special Educational Needs Support (SEN Support). Progress reports are shared in the Spring and Summer term and staff are available to discuss these with you.
In addition to this, children with complex needs or in receipt of a Statement, will have an Annual Review meeting to inform and plan for next steps.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
In addition to support received for academic subjects, there is a range of pastoral support available. SEAL- Social emotional aspects of learning, is taught throughout the school in classes. We utilise an emotional wellbeing tool called ‘Speakr’ that the children can access at a minimum of twice daily. We run social groups to help children express their feelings and to interact socially. There is always the opportunity for any child to talk with a trained adult about concerns and anxieties.
We have strong links with the behaviour support team and have a trained Counsellor who is based at the school once a week, who is available to work individually with children to address any more serious issues. We also have a Parent and Family Support Advisor (Plant Dewi representative) who can work with children and families. Specific support plans will be put into place for children experiencing difficulties with social and emotional and mental health issues, and those needing medical support or alternate care.
What specialist services are accessed by the School?
When a child has a specific need, we access county services such as Educational Psychologists, Learning Support Services, Language and Communication, Autism Support Services and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support advisors. We also access advice for physical impairments and medical conditions, including hearing and vision support. We can access Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists via the NHS when needed. We employ interventions within the school such as CHATT, Smart Moves, Motor skills, Thinking Detectives and Dina which support the advice of the above services.
How accessible is the School environment?
The school site is partially wheelchair accessible. All children have the right to access class trips where ever it is safe for them to do so. For those children with additional needs, alternative provision can be made, for example, additional adult support, alternative travel arrangements, or alternative arrangements for the administration of medicines.
How will the School support my child’s transitions to a new setting?
Prior to starting in Nursery, children identified as having Special Educational Needs by Health or educational professionals will have a School Entry Planning meeting. This will be attended by you, pre-school staff, school staff and any external professionals involved in supporting your child. It plans out how all concerned can make the transition to school as smooth as possible. For children with medical needs, this will include identifying staff training needs to ensure your child’ s needs are fully met. All families will be invited to new parent/carer meetings to gather information.
All children and parent/carers will be invited to attend transition sessions to ensure they are familiar with the staff and the setting in advance.
If your child has specific needs, a personalised transition will be organised in addition to existing transition arrangements to their new class within Llandeilo Primary School.
On moving to Secondary School, children in Year 6 with additional needs are discussed with the ALNCO at the Secondary School once places have been allocated. In liaison with secondary schools a programme of support is organised for children with additional needs. If your child has complex needs, a representative from the secondary school will be invited to attend their Annual Review meeting, usually in the Summer term.
What training is provided for support staff who work with children with SEN?
All staff who work with individuals or groups of children on specific interventions will have received training to deliver the sessions. These sessions are overseen by the Class Teacher and ALNCO to monitor the progress of the children. Carmarthenshire’s support services, the therapeutic services and charities offer a comprehensive list of training which schools can access. The extent and level of training provided depends on the nature of a child’s needs. Where necessary, the local authorities advisory service can offer outreach support to schools so that our staff are able to receive support and training within our school setting.
How are the School’s resources allocated and matched to children’s ALN needs?
We ensure that the needs of children who have additional learning needs are met to the best of the School’s ability with the funds available. We have a team of TA ‘s who are funded from the SEN budget and deliver programmes to meet group and individual needs.
The budget is allocated on a needs basis. Please see pupil deprivation grant statement (PDG) that can be found on the school website for further information.
Who do I see if I am worried?
Headteacher to discuss your concerns.
Who might work with my child?
A range of outside professionals might be called in to support the School in providing the best opportunities for every child. These include:
For more information
Contact the School Office on: 01558 822498