Meeting Needs

Like most schools, we have a number of pupils at Lucas Vale, who have additional educational needs.

Inclusion: Supporting children with additional needs

Useful SEND information for Parents and carers

At Lucas Vale, we work together to ensure that all children, including those with SEND, can make progress and achieve their full potential. We aim to identify any barrier to learning early on, so that staff can provide a robust offer to enable the child to make progress. This will be firstly through high-quality teaching in the classroom, with additional and targeted interventions being used when needed.

Identified needs may include:

• Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
• Physical or sensory needs
• Social, Emotional, Behavioural and Mental Health needs
• Specific Learning difficulties

Inclusion operates on a holistic basis. We aim to support all children who experience a barrier to learning, not only those who have an identified need or diagnosis. For example, we aim to support children and their families when circumstances, outside of school, are causing a barrier to pupil’s engagement in learning, e.g. a crisis at home, new arrivals, casual inductions and transition.

At Lucas Vale, our team are friendly, welcoming and dedicated to the support they provide for all children. Support is coordinated by our SENCo, who is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We liaise with a range of agencies such as:

  • ​​Speech and language therapy service
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community paediatric team
  • CAMHs
  • Lewisham Inclusion Outreach team
  • Educational Psychologist team
  • Drumbeat outreach team
  • Play Therapy

Tracking Children’s Progress

We provide learning which meets the needs of each and every child. If the school has concerns about the progress a child is making, steps will be taken to provide a support plan within school for that child and we will monitor closely what progress is made with this extra support. The governor who has responsibility for special educational needs is Sue McTague.

When, despite targeted intervention and input from external agencies, a pupil is not making the expected rate of progress and is working significantly behind their peers, the school may submit a detailed report to the Local Authority requesting that the child undergo a statutory assessment of his/her additional educational needs. The aim of this assessment is to decide if the child should be given further additional individual support through the provision of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). This will only be submitted with full consent of the pupil’s parent(s) and/or carer(s).

If you require any help or advice, or are concerned that your child may have additional educational needs, please do not hesitate to contact Michele Hilton , our SENDCo, via the school office.

Children playing on wooden apparatus in the playground

When, despite relevant, sustained and coherent strategies put together are not promoting the rate of expected progress and  a child continues to experience persistent learning difficulties, the school may submit a detailed report to the Local Authority requesting that the child undergo a statutory assessment of his/her additional educational needs. The aim of this assessment is to decide if the child should be given further additional individual support through the provision of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

The core value of Inclusion is the drive to ensure that all pupils’ needs are met, no one child gets left behind, children recognise that they are able to make a positive contribution to school life and children feel they are active participants in their own learning in school.

If you require any help or advice, or are concerned that your child may have additional educational needs, please do not hesitate to contact Michele Hilton , our SENDCo, via the school office.

 

Please view Lucas Vale SEND Policy below

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Lucas Vale Vision

We aspire for all individuals within our community to become confident, secure and caring learners who achieve personal success and develop a love of learning.