Special Educational Needs

At West Borough Primary School we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive school

West Borough Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children at the school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have an entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school. We do not tolerate prejudice and discrimination, and work to develop an environment where all children can flourish and feel safe.

We are committed to the inclusion of all children. We aim to encourage a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to learners who may experience difficulties.

We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners:

  • girls and boys,
  • minority ethnic and faith groups, travellers, asylum seekers and refugees
  • learners who need support to learn English as an additional language (EAL)
  • learners with special educational needs
  • learners who are disabled
  • those who are more able and talented
  • those who are in the care of the local authority
  • others such as those who are sick; those who are young carers; those who are in families under stress.

Meet the team:

Mrs Paula Martin

Mrs Paula Martin

SENCo

Deputy Headteacher/DSL

Mrs Sara Burtwell

Mrs Sara Burtwell

Family Liaison Officer

DSL

Mrs Zara Lang

Mrs Zara Lang

Pupil Premium Champion 

Mrs Jury-Sofi

Mrs Jury-Sofi

EYFS SEN Lead

Mrs Emma Jarvis

Mrs Emma Jarvis

Phonics Counts Teacher

Specialist Reading Teacher

Mrs Hazel Blackman

Mrs Hazel Blackman

Specialist Writing Teacher

Mrs Frances Massbery

Mrs Frances Massbery

HLTA

TIGs Lead/Speech and Language

Miss Charlotte Berry

Miss Charlotte Berry

Thrive Practioner

Mrs Jo Salter

Mrs Jo Salter

Year R LSA

Mrs Galya Illiev

Mrs Galya Illiev

Year R LSA

Mrs Becky Cradduck

Mrs Becky Cradduck

Year 1 LSA

Mrs Claire Manser

Mrs Claire Manser

Year 2 LSA/TIGs

Mrs Bethany Pestridge

Mrs Bethany Pestridge

Year 3 LSA/TIGs

Mrs Sue Warner

Mrs Sue Warner

TIGs LSA

Mr Freddie Webley-Naylor

Mr Freddie Webley-Naylor

Year 4 LSA

Mrs Emily Lawrence

Mrs Emily Lawrence

Year 5 LSA

Mrs Sonia Owens

Mrs Sonia Owens

Year 6 LSA/Nurture

Bea

Bea

School Dog

TIGs Provision

At West Borough we run a provision called TIGs. The purpose of the Target Intervention Group (TIGs) is to deliver additional Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision in a mainstream setting and enable pupils making less progress than their peers, in reading, writing and maths to show progress in a smaller but still inclusive learning environment.  It is primarily for pupils in Years 2 and 3 but may include other pupils from Key Stage 2 if appropriate. There will be a maximum of 16 pupils.

The aims of TIGs are to ensure pupils with SEN, making less than good progress in their learning, have more opportunities to focus on communication and social skills; to reduce any anxieties and inappropriate behaviour which act as a barrier to learning. 

TIGs is overseen by the SENCo and is managed by an HLTA with a specialism in speech, language and communication.  The ratio of adult to child support is approximately 1 to 4.  This can vary, dependent on the number of pupils with High Needs Funding within the group.

Parents of pupils being considered for TIGs are invited into school to meet with the Headteacher and SENCo to discuss the provision and how it can be of benefit to their child.  They are involved in reviews on a regular basis.

Transition back into mainstream is carefully managed in liaison with parents and the class teacher, with the support of a TA who has been supporting in TIGs, where possible.

TIGs and the impact on the wellbeing and learning of the children attending, is reviewed on a termly basis.

Thrive

What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning? Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.

The Thrive Approach uses this research to provide a powerful way of working with children that supports social and emotional development. It can also support children who may have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.

We have decided to use this approach to ensure all children at West Borough have the best chance possible to be the best learner possible. We are using Thrive-Online to screen children in their class. The results will help us to plan our social and emotional curriculum. We will adapt what we teach to best meet the needs that are indicated.  Miss Berry, one of our SEN TAs has been trained as a Thrive Practitioner.

The Thrive Hive

Inside the Thrive Hive

Be kind, be safe, be responsible and embrace challenge