SEN Friendly UK Primaries - recommendations, pls?(13 Posts)
It's lovely that you are prepared to go to these lengths to support your DC.
What about looking for a school with the Inclusion Quality Mark? A few schools have flagship status.
The one in Tyneside might suit?
We live London Borough of Bromley and our Infant has a special SEN class. The same goes for the Junior next door and there is also a SEN secondary again next.
We also have a specialist SEN school if our class can't accommodate the child and our neighbour loves both schools.
Maybe not the area you wanted to look at.
No I don't know it, I'm in deepest South East.
However, I do know the IQM is quite hard to get- it is not just a lip service award.
I'll pm you the name of dd's wonderfully inclusive primary. Dd has autism but there are many children with many SN and SEN there too. The HT and SENCo are brilliant and bend over backwards to make sure that childrens' needs are met.
Each child on school action or school action plus has a keyworker and has 20 minutes 1 to 1 every day and there are numerous small group programmes. Pastoral care is brilliant and OFSTED commented that children are exceptionally safe and SEN support is outstanding.
Numbers have increased by 40% since the school opened less than 4 years ago as word has got out but there is currently an extension being built due to be finished by May.
Staffing is high with on average 3 ft TA's in each class and resources are great. There is a music and dance studio, an ampitheatre, computer suite, nurture room. football pitch, netball courts, allotment and wildlife area.
My area is rural but unfortunately is very expensive for housing as is home counties although we survive by being in a cramped too small rented house with rent that is still a struggle!
Our village school is wonderful for children across the whole range, my dd is in Y3 and ds is reception.
Ds has SNs, he has a dx of sensory processing disorder and a speech and language disorder. He is also ?HFA although we are holding off for 6 months on dx to be sure as his package at school is so good a dx wouldn't gain anything and there are some areas of ? ASD.
Ds has 15 hours 1-1, weekly visits from the SaL therapy assistant for therapy and also will be having OT at school shortly to address his sensory problems.
I couldn't have ever asked for more from school, it has been from 0 to now in one term and no statement (yet).
I do think it may be an idea to post in special needs children as there are some very knowledgable people there and from what I have learnt you would be better off looking for the best LEA Rather then indeevidually school as it is the LEA who will fund extra provision and while some LEAs can be shocking there are some good ones. A good LEA will give you more then just a good school.
It would be far to identifable to name our school but pm me if you do want to know or if you want to talk.
I think you would get better results if you name some places you would like to live and then ask people to suggest good schools within that town or county.
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