Local Offer

SEN Information Report

Introduction

Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of

academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published must be updated annually. The

required information is set out in the draft SEN regulations which can be found here.

At Thurton School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your

feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact this year are:

Mr Len Swiffen -SEN Governor

Mrs Esther Scorey- SENCO

Mr Jonathan Barber – Head

Mrs S Hitchcock: Parent Support Advisor Loddon Custer – 01502 677354 shitchcock@hobart.org.uk

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Class Teacher or contact our SENCO via the school office on 01508 480335

Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN

At Thurton School we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills. We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see the teaching and learning section of our website. Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place.

At Thurton Church of England Primary School we have a number of outside agencies who are able to support our children and families.

Pupil Parent Support Advisor (PSA)

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Through the Hobart Cluster, the school pays towards a PSA to support our families, her name is Sally Hitchcock and she is a star! She is able to be contacted through Hobart High School – 01508 520359. Sally runs parenting courses, will visit homes to offer advice and also support families during difficult times. If you think Sally could be someone who could help families don’t have to go through the school, they can ring direct.

Health Team – nurses, physiotherapy and speech therapy

The school has a really good link to the Long Stratton Health Team to support children in our school. They are the base of the nurses who regularly come to school to do things like the Reception and Y6 height and weight checks and Reception hearing tests.

The school has been able to access physiotherapy and speech therapy on site for specific needs of identified children. However, the majority of this support is now occurring off site and is less likely for a member of this team for this reason to visit the school.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

If the school identifies a need to contact CAMHS, we have a link we can make. If you have any concerns and would like to contact CAMHS click on the link.

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Practitioners/Child_and_adolescent_mental_health_services/index.htm

Social Services

The school has very good links with the Norfolk Social Care Service team. However, at any time if a concern or a query regarding the safeguarding of a child at our school or an adult at our school please see Mrs Scorey, Miss Debenham or Mr Barber as the designated officers for safeguarding. If you would like to call Social Services directly, click on the link.

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Family_children_and_young_people_support/Child_protection/index.htm

Local County Council Representative

Adrian Gunson is the local member of the county council. Click on his name to get more information about how to contact him.

South Norfolk Member of Parliament

Richard Bacon is the South Norfolk member of parliament. Click on his name to get more information about how to contact him.