Twerton Infant School and Nursery is committed to the inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  We believe that all children should be equally valued in school and we are constantly striving to ensure that all of our children reach their full potential. We pride ourselves on creating a caring and safe environment where all children can thrive. We treat each child as an individual and take into account their different needs and backgrounds. 

Hala Langan is the School’s Inclusion Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). Mrs Langan works 4 days a week, Tuesday to Friday and can be contacted via the school office, or through the Contact page on the website. Also, please feel free to see Mrs Langan outside on duty at the beginning and the end of the day. 

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Twerton Infant School and Nursery is committed to the inclusion of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  We believe that all children should be equally valued in school and we are constantly striving to ensure that all of our children reach their full potential. We pride ourselves on creating a caring and safe environment where all children can thrive. We treat each child as an individual and take into account their different needs and backgrounds. 

We recognise that children learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. 

We believe that all children are special and that meeting a child’s needs is a shared responsibility. We value and endeavour to constantly promote the role of parents/carers as partners in ensuring their children make optimum progress.

It is very important that all children have access to Quality First Teaching from the Class Teacher, however if your child is identified as having a special educational need, they may be supported by taking part in an additional intervention such as Thrive, Forest School, Rainbow Club, Cosy Club, Social Skills Group or individual Interventions. They may also be referred to our Speech and Language SLIP Therapist who visits the school once a week. Mrs Langan (Inclusion Leader) and Mrs Tidswell (Thrive Practitioner) are also Thrive trained and may carry out an individual Thrive assessment if there is concern about a child’s social, emotional and mental health. Your child may also have an Individual Education Plan (Assess, Plan, Do, Review Grid), a Speech and Language IEP or a Thrive Action Plan. These plans are regularly reviewed and will be shared with parents at Parent’s Evenings or at other points in the year as necessary.

If it is thought to be necessary, your child may receive additional support from one of our TA’s. Subsequently, the decision may be made (jointly with the parents) to apply for an Educational Health and Care Plan.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress please talk to your child’s Class Teacher first. You may also speak to Mrs Langan our SENCo and Inclusion Leader. You can ask your child’s Teacher or the Office to book you an appointment or catch Mrs Langan on the playground doing morning duty.

There will be regular Parent Consultations throughout the year in addition to regular feedback from the Class Teacher and contact through Marvellous Me.

We have close links with other providers such as:

  • SLIP Service Speech and Language Therapy
  • School Nurse Services
  • SASS (Specialist Autism Support Service)
  • Paediatricians
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Brighter Futures – Social, Emotional & Mental Health support
  • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Nurture Outreach – Reception
  • Occupational Therapist

They may well visit your child in school. We also try to ensure that your child has a smooth transition into our school and also when they move on to a new school. We do this through meetings with the previous/next setting, visits, visual resources and working with children’s and family’s individual needs.

All staff have regular training to update our skills in meeting the needs of all children. We have a large number of experienced Teaching Assistants who are committed to ensuring that children feel safe and listened to. 

Mrs Langan (Inclusion Leader) holds a SENCO Award qualification as well as a Thrive Practitioner Licence, Mrs Tidswell has a Thrive Practioner Licence.

As well as making sure that the classroom is accessible and enabling, we ensure that each classroom has a ‘Safe Space’ for children to access when needed. We do have a number of stairs in our setting but work hard to accommodate all children. 

We have Regulation Stations using Colour Monsters in each class for children to be able to recognise and express how they are feeling. This gives children the opportunity to talk to an adult about any worries and use resources that will help them to regulate and return to being ready to learn. Children also have the opportunity to see Mrs Tidswell, our Thrive Practitioner, on a Tuesday or Thursday lunchtime. Rainbow Club is a breakfast nurture club which takes place for the first 15 minutes of the day for any children who find the transition from home to school tricky, or if they are just having a bad day. Cosy Club is run by Mrs Padfield at lunchtimes offering indoor play and craft activities for any children needing a quieter and more nurturing space during lunchtimes. 

All staff have regular training to update our skills in meeting the needs of all children. We have a large number of experienced Teaching Assistants who are committed to ensuring that children feel safe and listened to. 

Mrs Langan holds a SENCO Award qualification as well as a Thrive Practitioner Licence, Mrs Tidswell has a Thrive Practioner Licence.

 

Our current SEND Policy was published in September 2022, following consultation with parents and other stakeholders:   Twerton Infant and Nursery School SEN policy 2022 2023

 

Please click on the link for the local authority’s Livewell website –

https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/children-and-families

Find organisations, groups and events in Bath and North East Somerset to support your family’s needs, including Ofsted-registered childcare, parenting support and much more. If you’re looking for information to support a child with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), please visit our SEND section.

Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) Rainbow Resource

Rainbow Resource is Bath and North East Somerset’s SEND Local Offer. It provides children and young people (aged up to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families with information to help them find the right help and support. 

https://livewell.bathnes.gov.uk/special-educational-need-or-disability-send

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What is Thrive?

  • Thrive helps adults prepare children and young people for life’s emotional ups and downs. At Twerton Infant School and Nursery , we are using Thrive-Online® to help us identify what aspects of the social and emotional curriculum we need to focus on for each class/group of pupils. We use this to adapt how and what we teach to best meet children’s needs.
  •  We also use Thrive-Online to assess and develop action plans for individual children. This ensures the staff working with them understand their individual needs and are able to meet these most effectively.
  • The Thrive Approach helps adults to give children the right support for positive mental health.  As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.

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What are the benefits of Thrive?

  •  Thrive promotes productive learning for all children. There are fewer disruptions in class, reduced exclusions and improved academic results for all children.
  • Thrive helps to develop resilience in young people.
  • Staff using the Thrive Approach feel more equipped to manage behaviour and better able to support more vulnerable children.
  • Thrive closes the gap for vulnerable children across a range of measures including attainment, behaviour, relationships, self-confidence and attendance.
  • Thrive leads to better relationships between home and school

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How does it work?

  •  First we screen the whole class using the online Thrive screening tool.
  • From that the Class Teacher can create a plan for whole class Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons, based on the needs of each individual class.
  • The whole class screening may highlight particular children who might benefit from an individual plan.
  • There individual plan will then be delivered in our Thrive Room by our trained Thrive Practitioner, Mrs Tidswell as well as strategies used in class. Your child will take part in fun, sensory, play based activities supporting positive mental health.
  • Some children may have Play Therapy with our fantastic Counsellor, Angie Sowton.