Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Perton First School values abilities and achievements of all its children and is committed to providing each child with the best possible environment to learn.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Mrs Sarah Culverhouse is our Special Educational Needs/Disabilities co-ordinator (SENCO) at Perton First School.
I work closely with the leadership team, teachers, teaching assistants, outside agencies, parents and children to ensure we meet the needs of children with a SEND within our school. In June 2021, I was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate for Special Educational Needs Coordination and am very passionate about my role. I am a very enthusiastic person and enjoy spending time with children, helping them grow and develop into well rounded, happy and successful individuals.
I am a qualified teacher and have enjoyed teaching in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 throughout my career in a variety of different schools. I love being a teacher at Perton First School and I am very excited to be teaching Tawny Owls from Monday to Wednesday. For the remainder of the week, I have time out of the classroom to focus on my SENCO work. You can contact me face to face via the school office on a Thursday or Friday or phone, email any other day and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I am a proud Mum of 3 wonderful boys and I love going on adventures in the great outdoor with my family and our dog, Reggie . I also enjoy painting, crafting, playing tennis and meeting up with family and friends.
Mrs Culverhouse can be contacted via the school office on:
At Perton First School we are committed to Inclusion; the pupils are at the heart of everything that we do. Our vision is to ensure that all children receive a high-quality and ambitious education regardless of need or disability. We believe everything starts with the child and how we can design a learning environment for them, which nurtures their mind, body and soul to develop a happy, healthy and well-rounded citizen of the world – a child who can live and enjoy life to the full. Every child should have their needs met within a safe, accessible and caring environment. Our vision is one that is ambitious and developed with pupils, parents, staff and governors. We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
Through our high quality planning, teaching and provision we:
- Pride ourselves on early identification with a clear approach to identifying child with special educational needs (SEND)
- Ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to enable children to understand the relevance and purpose of learning
- Provide accessible learning environment which is tailure to the individual needs of all pupils
- Develop children’s independence and resilience
- Regularly monitor the progress of children with SEND, using a child centred approach
- Provide good quality and relevant training for all staff memebers supporting children with SEND
- Work in partnership with parents and carers
- Work closely with external agencies and other professionals to develop our provision for children with SEND
At Perton First School we believe every teacher is a teacher of SEND and Inclusion is the thread that runs through every area of the school. The collaboration between senior leaders, leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, external agencies, parents and most importantly the children it is essential when providing a quality inclusive provision.
Perton First School children will:
- Be included in all aspects of the school day
- Be provided with quality first teaching, differentiated to their needs
- Be respected and their contributions valued and acknowledged
Perton First School children with SEND may:
- Receive support from a teaching assistant to support their learning within the classroom environment
- Have specific 1:1 or small group interventions to support their Phonics, Maths, Reading and Writing
- Receive opportunities to engage in pre-teaching, confidence building and securing new skills when required
- Receive 1:1 or small group support from our Nurture Teaching Assistant providing social and emotional interventions such as ELSA, Drawing and Talking Therapy, Lego Therapy, Play Therapy all suited specifically to each individual child
- Carry out some learning opportunities in ‘The Nest’ a purpose build multi-sensory environment providing a safe place for all
- Individual tailored curriculum to meet the needs of children with complex needs delivered by highly experiences teaching assistants
- Have additional support with their speech and language development either following Time to Talk programme and/or regular interventions working towards individual targets set by SALT
- Attend group interventions to support fine and gross motor skills development
- Work alongside external agencies such as Educational Psychologist, Specialist Educational Needs and Inclusion Support workers, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists, Behaviour Support, Autism Outreach Team to develop specific targets/programmes tailored to the child’s individual needs
- Have additional support from Child and Family Support workers
Children at Perton First School
- Will feel happy, safe and respected
- Will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best and will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
Perton First School SEND Profile
There are currently 286 children (Reception to Year 4) on roll at Perton First School. 49 of these children have a special education need and are on the Special Education Support (SEN) register, 5 of whom have an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) and the remainder receive SEN support. There are a further 61 children who are on our Earliest Help Register and are being monitored closely and receive specific class support and interventions.
We have 96 children in our Perton First School Nursery and 5 of these children have a special education need and are on the Special Education Support register. There are a further 21 children who are on our Earliest Help Register and are being monitored closely and receiving specific class support and interventions.
Staffordshire County Council Local Offer
Staffordshire’s Local Offer describes the provision that is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families. It helps families by gathering in one place, the information that they need to know in order to make informed choices about the support they receive.
Click the Local Offer website link below and the promotional video for more information.
Information about Special Educational Needs and Outside Agencies who can support your child
Information and Resources to help your child with their homework