Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, our aim is to enable all of our children to achieve their full potential. We believe that high quality teaching is vital. However, for some children there are occasions when further, additional support may be needed to help them reach their targets.

Our definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is when a child has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning disability if they:

  • Have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind, generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of Wakefield Local Authority.

Children are not automatically regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they are taught.

Within school, children are being continually assessed and reviewed by their class teacher. Where appropriate, extra support and advice is given by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) – Mrs S Ridgeon.

If you would like further information about our commitment to high quality provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, you can find our SEND policy on the school website, along with details of the school’s contribution to the Local Offer.

Any parents who have concerns about their child’s education should not hesitate to contact school and make an appointment to speak to Mrs Spencer, the Executive Headteacher, Mrs Kerrigan, Head of School or Mrs Ridgeon, the SENDCo. We are always happy to meet with parents to discuss the progress of their children.

Compliments and Complaints regarding SEND provision at English Martyrs

Compliments are always greatly received and can be passed on either directly to staff and our SENDCo, Mrs Ridgeon, or formally recorded via in the form of a letter to the Headteacher.

We hope that complaints about our SEND provision will be rare, however, if there should be a concern the process outlined in the school Complaints Policy should be followed.

Further information can be found in the Complaints Policy in the policies section of our website.

Our contribution to Wakefield’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive academy where every child, no matter what their need, makes good progress and leaves us with the skills needed to succeed during the next phase of their education.

English Martyrs’ Mission Statement states:

“We believe that each person is precious and gifted, unique and loved by God. With Christ as our inspiration we work in partnership to create a challenging, effective and exciting learning environment where everyone is encouraged to embrace opportunity.”

Therefore, the school believes that, in order to achieve the aims set out in the Mission Statement, special needs should be seen as a whole school issue and the responsibility of everyone; the head teacher, teachers, support assistants, parents/carers and governors. The school believes that all children have the right to a mainstream education where possible, and should be given equal access to learning experiences, regardless of gender, ability, race or background. This education should develop not only their intellectual and social skills but also meet the children’s moral and spiritual needs. We, therefore, intend that the Catholic faith should be central to and permeate all aspects of our Special Needs Policy.

SEND Information Report EMS September 2023

SEND Policy 2023-24

the SENDCo

The School’s SENDCo is Mrs Sarah Ridgeon. The SENDCo will coordinate the provision of education for pupils with Special Educational Needs by:

  • Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision.
  • Overseeing the records of all children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Supporting and advising colleagues.
  • Managing a range of resources, both human and material, to enable appropriate provision to be made for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Contributing to the professional development of all staff.
  • Liaising with parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Liaising with external agencies including the LA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services and voluntary bodies.

Mrs S Ridgeon, our School SENDCo, can be contacted via the school office on 01924 299244 or by email on office@ems.bkcat.co.uk

Further Support

Further support in Wakefield can be found via the Local Offer website. Below are a few organisations which many families find helpful:

WESAIL
WESAIL provide parent support and workshops.

SENDIASS
Kids SENDIASS provide information, advice and support around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for children and their families. Their services are free, impartial and confidential.

Walk in for Talking Drop in (Speech and Language Therapy)
Does your child have a minor speech or language difficulty and you are not sure whether to ask for a referral to a Therapist? Would you like to see a Speech and Language Therapist without making an appointment? There are drop-ins at Featherstone Health Centre and Stanley Children’s Centre throughout the summer. Click here for details.

WASP
Wakefield Awareness Support Project (WASP) is funded by Wakefield CCG. The service is unique in its approach to supporting children and young people’s emotional wellbeing, particularly where a young person experiences anxiety and low mood as a result of an Autism Spectrum Condition or where not diagnosed but identified social, communication and interaction difficulties or other neuro-developmental disorders. WASP offers two distinct complementary elements which work in collaboration with each other to support both the parents/carers and the young person with a bespoke package of support.
How does the service work? Following the initial gathering of information the Participation Coordinator will discuss their individual needs and adapt the offer to these.
To support parents this may include a weekly phone call, Expert Parent experience training, Triple P on line training course for parents or groups. The aim of this intervention is to provide peer to peer support to allow parents with lived experiences to support others and to build resilience/confidence to allow parents to support their young person in seeking appropriate support in the future.
The support to children and young people might include Lego Therapy sessions, work around The Big Life journal and resilience, transition support, self-esteem work and sessions involving the development of a therapeutic relationship, and groups introduced as part of the intervention.

Plans around the desired outcomes for the family/young person will be identified between parents and the child or young person with the practitioners. Intervention practitioners will then work with the child or young person and their parent to provide time limited interventions to support their wellbeing and resilience including signposting to other available services.
Who is the service for? The aim of the project in Wakefield is to work alongside existing commissioned services to identify young people who require targeted support around their emotional wellbeing in order to prevent a deterioration which may require more potentially intense intervention.
How much does it cost? This service is free.
Individual therapy sessions are organised with the family at a time that is convenient to them.
How to access this service? WASP is a targeted service and referrals need to come from a professional involved with the family. 01924 683890 enquiries.yorkshire@kids.org.uk

Compass Wakefield emotional health and wellbeing support
This service, commissioned by the NHS, provides emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people in their communities in Wakefield.
They offer a range of advice, support and education on emotional health matters using text, web based and face to face to support children, young people and families to improve and maintain emotional health.
Compass staff can work with you if you’re experiencing mild, emerging emotional health difficulties and you want to stop things getting any worse.
So, issues may include low mood, anxiety, managing different emotions like anger, being scared, friendship groups, being bullied or online bullying, friendship problems, loneliness and sadness would also be addressed.
Compass staff, working in local communities, will offer: guided/self-help (online & face-to-face), psychoeducation, supported referrals, peer support groups, parenting programmes.
Their new service is aligned to The Wakefield Resilience Framework will work closely with existing agencies in the district.
You can get in touch by texting BUZZ to 85258. The new, dedicated Wakefield District hotline will be staffed by real workers responding in real time.
Young people can also use the existing WF-ICAN website – including self-help resources, health promotion and protection resources, information, advice and signposting.
You can get in touch with us by phoning 01924 665 093.

Family Hubs
The Early Intervention and Prevention Service offer a range of support and services designed to help families in the Wakefield District at the right time. This is provided in the form of groups and interventions through the Family Hubs across the district.
The support available can be accessed for a range of reasons, for example: School attendance problems, behavioural problems, employment and debt problems, health problems, wellbeing problems or having a child who needs extra help.
If you are having issues with any of the above or any other similar problems, getting support as soon as possible could be really important.
Family Hubs provide a venue and a linked network of local community venues, specialist services and partner organisations so that you can access early help, meet other local families, take part in activities, and join helpful groups.
You can find out where your nearest Family Hub is here: Family Hubs – Wakefield Families Together

Lumi Nova
This new NHS funded service is designed to support young people aged 7-12 who are experiencing worries or anxieties.  Lumi Nova is an intergalactic adventure game to support young people to fight fears & manage worries. Whilst exploring planets, customising characters and earning treasure your child breaks their fears and worries down into manageable steps, learning life-long skills and building resilience.  For information on accessing this free resource please click here.

Wakefield 0-19 Service
Wakefield’s 0-19 Service of Health Visitors (including Family Nurses) and School Nurses is provided by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT).
HDFT are very experienced in the successful delivery of services for children aged 0-19 years. They work with children, young people and families across Wakefield district in a variety of settings such as schools, health centres, GP surgeries, youth venues and in the family home.
They can be contacted on 0300 373 0944.
They have launched a new app called ‘Growing Healthy 0-19 Service’ which summarises their services and provides lots of useful links.