At Potten End, we believe that every child should be able to learn in a safe and supportive environment that allows them to realise their potential. We provide a wide range of support to ensure that this can happen.
Occasionally, your child’s class teacher might feel that your child needs a little extra help with their learning. Please don’t worry if this happens; there are lots of highly-skilled people in school and we will do all we can to make sure you and your child are happy here. We recognise that every child is a unique individual and it is our responsibility to ensure that every child is helped and encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability.
If you have any questions or queries about Special Educational Needs at any point during your child’s time at our school, please speak with your child’s class teacher. They will discuss any concerns with our SENCO, the member of staff responsible for ensuring that your child is able to achieve to the best of their abilities
First of all, your child’s teacher will make any reasonable adjustments they need to in class. This might include some small group or individual learning. Lots of children need some extra help at times in school. The SEN register is our record of all our children receiving additional help.
We might also talk to some other professionals to get advice and support. We will always ask your permission.
Your child’s teacher will develop an individual learning plan for them and this will be discussed with you at an arranged meeting.
Mrs Hood is the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator and she will be available to meet with you at parents’ evening to talk about how we can work with you and your child.
Below are some links that you might find useful when you’re looking for support for your child with SEND. Whilst they have a lot of useful information, please remember that they link to external organisations and we cannot be responsible for their content.
Specific Learning Difficulties Advice Line
The Hertfordshire Specific Learning Difficulties Outreach Service have opened a telephone advice line to answer queries from professionals and parents - please see article below.
Supporting children with communication and autism during the Coronavirus outbreak To support children with communication and autism needs and their families during this unsettled period, the Specialist Advisory Teachers will be extending the hours of their telephone advice line from Monday 23rd March until the schools reopen.
It will be open daily between 10am and 2pm (term time) to provide advice and guidance for parents and carers. If you wish to speak to a Specialist Advisory Teacher please call 01442 453920 during these times.
Sharon Coubray, County Lead for Speech, Language, Communication and Autism | Integrated Services for Learning | SEND Specialist Advice & Support Hertfordshire County Council
If you are uncertain about anything, please ask to speak with the SENCo.
Dacorum DSPL (DSPL Area 8) is one of 9 areas in Hertfordshire where parents, early years settings, primary and secondary schools, further education, local authority professionals and other agencies work together to review what is available and develop provision to fill in the gaps.
DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that :