St Edward's Catholic First School

Windsor, Berkshire

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Welcome to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Page

We hope you will enjoy reading about the variety of ways in which St Edward’s is able to support children with SEND reach their full potential.

At St Edward’s we welcome every child into our community in line with our school values to “see Jesus in everything we do”.

Our well-qualified and highly experienced  teachers and teaching assistants work collaboratively to support children with SEND, whether in class, in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. We also liaise closely with other professional services including Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and the Borough. Our SEND Co-ordinator is responsible for monitoring the progress of our children with SEND and ensuring that our provision is continually well-matched to every child's individual needs across the school. Parents are crucial to this process and are regularly included in discussions about their children's learning in school, and how they can support from home.

Under the Children and Families Act (2014), Local Authorities are required to publish information about services available to children with SEND. This is known as the 'Local Offer'. St Edward’s provides part of the Local Offer for Windsor and Maidenhead (https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer). The PDF below gives details of our own Local Offer.

If your child has a disability and you would like to know more about what we offer at St Edward’s please read the information on our website and contact our SENDCo for further information.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator is Mr Liam Keohane. He is contactable via the school office or through email.

Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Mrs Sharon Cole-Blows.

E-mail: office@secfs.org.uk 
Telephone: 01753 860607

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities information:

SEND Coffee Morning Letter 08.04.22

World Down Syndrome Day Letter 01.03.23

World Autism Awareness Day Letter 08.03.23

 

Useful Links:

https://www.leadershipupdate-rbwm.co.uk/collaborative-responsibilities-resource/

RBWM's Collaborative Responsibilities Resource

 

http://family-friends.org.uk/ 0300 800 1005

https://www.facebook.com/familyfriendsrbwm/ 

​Provide free and confidential support to families who have children from birth to age 13 years and who reside in RBWM. They offer short-term emotional and /or practical help to families who are facing difficult times, enabling them to get back on their feet. 

 

https://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk/  01189863532
https://www.facebook.com/parentingspecialchildren  
Specialist parenting support to families of children and young people with Special Needs and/or Disabilities in Berkshire.

Parenting Special Children Leaflet

 

https://www.ias-rbwm.info/  01628 683182
Free information, advice and support on all sorts of matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  

Information, Advice and Support Service Leaflet

 

Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies (CYPIT): this is where you can refer for an Occupational Therapist or a Speech and Language therapist. There are also lots of different strategies available online via the CYPIT Toolkit. 

https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services/children-and-young-peoples-integrated-therapies-cypit/about-our-therapy-services-cypit/ 

 

Children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC):

When we speak to whole classes or individual pupils, we take a slightly different approach when explaining the ‘spectrum’ concept. Read this comic strip, Understanding the Spectrum to see our approach.

We find this Animated Explanation of Autism on YouTube useful for the younger pupils.  (Please note, external videos may contain adverts and we are not responsible for the content of external sites.) 

https://www.theautismgroup.org.uk/ 0800 9991342
https://www.facebook.com/theautismgroup/ 
A Maidenhead-based charity committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of young people on the spectrum, their parents, and carers.

www.autismberkshire.org.uk 01189 594 594

A local charity that can provide support in lots of different areas for families.

https://www.gems4health.com/ 0800 9991342

A central parenting service that provides pre-assessment and post-diagnostic support for children, young people, and adults with autism and/or ADHD and their families in East Berkshire.

GEMS Service Flyer

 

Mental Health:

https://www.minded.org.uk/  
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.

 

https://rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/social-care/single-point-of-access-spa-and/early-help-hub 

Parents Guide for under 12

 

Sensory Needs:

https://www.facebook.com/sensorytoylibrary 
A special needs/sensory toy library that lends specialist toys to local families with children with additional needs for free.

 

Outdoor activities and clubs:

http://campmohawk.org.uk/ 0118 940 4045

This is a provision you can access as a family or just for your child with autism. They are a multi-functional day centre set in 5 acres of countryside and can offer lots of different activities. You will need to register to access and they get booked up very quickly so if you would like to use during the summer you would need to register asap.

http://www.tvap.co.uk 01628 628599

Since 1982 the Thames Valley Adventure Playground has provided a chance for children & adults with all types of special need to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment.

Coming Up

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Nightingales Class Assembly - Nightingale parents invited

Friday 1 Mar at 9:00 am

Individual School Photographs

Tuesday 5 Mar at 8:30 am

Individual & Sibling School Photographs

Wednesday 6 Mar at 8:00 am

St Edward's Catholic First School
Windsor
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