Our school SENCo and Young Carers Lead is Mrs Alison King.
She can be contacted on 01454 867090 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Most mornings before school you will spot Mrs King on the playground, please stop and say hello!
SEN and inclusion at Barley Close
We recognise and fully support the statutory rights of all pupils to equal opportunities. In line with our Special Needs Policy we believe that all children should receive a broad and balanced curriculum, relevant to the individual needs, with access to all areas of the curriculum.
In planning and teaching the National Curriculum teachers will have due regard to the following principles:
National Curriculum and the statutory assessment arrangements.
We have a number of children who have been placed on the SEN/D register, and Learning Plans have been written for them all. The Learning Plans are written by the class teacher in consultation with parents and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) as part of a graduated approach of SEN support. Each child is set personalised termly targets for achievement. The Learning Plans are monitored and reviewed termly or sooner if targets have been met and parents are involved with every step of this process. As a result of focused teaching and support many of the children make good progress. Class teachers with support from the SENCo usually identify special educational needs but occasionally parents will request that a child should be assessed. The Educational Psychologist or Learning Support Service may be involved if it is considered additional support or advice is need. Educational Psychology support is limited and children are prioritised according to need.
Barley Close Children with Additional Needs (C.A.N)
Barley Close C.A.N is a friendly group for parents of children with SEN/D. Each term an informal meeting is held with Mrs King (SENCo) and other SEN/D support staff. This gives parents a chance to meet, share information and discover how their child is supported in school. We often have visiting speakers, so far these have included Supportive Parents, South Glos parents and carers, School health nurse, and Jigsaw (please see the links below in information for parents and carers section to find out more about each organisation).
Check both the website and Barley Close CAN facebook page to find out when the next meeting will be held. We hope that you will be able to join us for a cuppa and a chat!
Young Carers at Barley Close
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. At Barley Close we aim to support children in school who take on responsibility for others at home so that they can enjoy school, have the same experiences and achieve alongside their peers. Alison King (SENCO) can provide information on how to refer your child to Bristol and South Glos Young Carers Service and can do this with you if you wish.
In school we have a support group who meet weekly (Fun Time Players) on Wednesday lunchtimes. During the group they meet other children who have a similar role at home to them, time to chat and take part in lots of fun activities together. Children can choose if they attend each week. Should they need someone to talk to during the school day and at playtime, Mrs Eatwell, our teaching assistant who runs the Fun Time Players group, is accessible and does 'check in' frequently on all group members.