Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Thorndown Primary School we believe in an inclusive environment with children at the center of everything we do. Our aim is to raise the aspirations of, and expectations for all pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
As SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator) it is my role to work with children, parents, staff and sometimes outside specialist agencies, to ensure every child is given the opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential. We believe communication is key and we follow a person-centered approach, with early identification viewed as crucial. As parents and carers, you know your child better than anyone and we want to always work in partnership with you.
As a school, we know that every child at Thorndown receives high quality teaching to support their progress, but also recognise sometimes children need a different approach; a new resource or a carefully developed intervention, to help them over come barriers to learning. At Thorndown we pride ourselves on our flexibility, ability to adapt teaching to support children and staff who have a desire undertake professional development.
This has been created in response to the Local Authority offer, which is now called the SEND Information Hub.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to getting to know you and your family.
Assistant Head and SENDCo
Forest Sessions ♥
Each week we have fun at our Forest Sessions. Our Forest Sessions focus on play, exploration and supported risk-taking. The children develop their problem-solving skills and are encouraged to learn through hands-on experiences. Being outdoors relieves stress and anxiety and helps to develop social skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for physical development through climbing trees and swinging on our log swing. It is wonderful to see our children’s confidence and self-esteem flourish as a result of these sessions.
2021- 2022 Newsletters
Makaton – Sign of the Month ♥
As a school we are learning Makaton. Makaton is a language programme, using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech.
This term we are learning to say, ‘hot’ and ‘cold’
Previous signs ♥
Links to Information for Parents ♥
Glossary – Glossary of acronyms and abbreviations
Policy – Thorndown Primary School SEND Policy
Local Offer – Information from Cambridgeshire Local Authority support children with SEND
SENDIASS – SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs.
Pinpoint – Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is run for parents – by parents. They give help and information to parent/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parent/carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.