At Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School “our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people- that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives” SEND Code of Practice 2015. Our aim is to work with our families to enable success for all of our pupils.
Our Inclusion Manager is Mrs Parker. She can be contacted either through the school office on 01923 222782 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Mrs Parker’s Inclusion release days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, therefore any messages sent on Thursday or Friday will not be picked up until the following Monday.
At Cassiobury Infant and Nursery School, we recognise that ‘Inclusion’ does not mean giving the same to all, instead it means to give the right support, resources and reasonable adjustments to those who need them to enable everyone to have success.
For any prospective parents of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan in place who would like to arrange a visit to our school please either contact the school office or our Inclusion Manager using the details above.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I find out how my child is doing at school?
All children will be offered a parents meeting in the Autumn Term, a parents meeting in the Spring Term and will receive a written report in the Summer Term. Parents are welcome to speak to their child’s class teacher at any time throughout the year.
I have a concern about my child’s learning, who do I speak to?
Your first port of call is your child’s teacher, they can be contacted either verbally at the classroom door or via the office by phone or email. If you feel that more support is needed, either the class teacher or parent can contact Mrs Parker, Inclusion Manager via the above contact form.
My child has an additional need and I think additional support is required, what is my first step?
Where we feel additional support is required, this will be discussed with you and put into place at school, this may include differentiation to learning or an increased level of support, additional ‘Spotlight Sessions’ support any identified gaps in learning, any relevant strategies will also be shared with parents to enable them to support at home as well.
My child has an additional need or a diagnosis and I feel that more support is require, what is my next step?
It may be that it is appropriate to make a referral to an External Agency, you can read more about each service by clicking the hyperlinks under the ‘External Agencies’ head on the right of this screen. School will work with you to write a referral that reflects your child’s needs and identifies the support that we feel is needed.
Support has been in place for a while for my child and I feel that more support is still needed…
It may be that an application for an Education, Health and Care assessment is our next step, more information can be found on the www.hertfordshire.gov.uk website. This application would be completed in agreement with home, school and any external professionals that are working with your child.
My child already has an Education, Health and Care plan and I would like to attend Cassiobury Infants and Nursery School, what do I need to do?
We would highly recommend a visit to our school and a meeting with Mrs Parker our Inclusion Manager to discuss your child’s needs. A visit is a great way to get a feel for our school to help you decide if you feel we are the right place for your child. We would also be grateful to be invited to any EHCP review meetings before you join us to ensure a smooth transition. You can contact Mrs Parker via the above contact details.
What Mental Health and Wellbeing Support is available for my child?
We encourage our children to share their concerns with an adult. Every class has a Worry Box and a Worry Monster, these enable the children to share any concerns with the teacher non-verbally if they would prefer. We also use the Jigsaw programme of study for PSHE which focuses on mindfulness and centres around discussion. We have recently implemented the Jigsaw Resilience and Engagement Scale to enable us to identify and support and needs. If you have any concerns at home, please do not hesitate to contact.
What can I do at home to support my child?
Throughout each year we will share with you resources and activities to do at home, this may come in the form of Parent Pit Stops, Inclusion Afternoon Teas, Information Evenings, Emails and so on, please feel free to engage with these sessions ~ they are there to support your child. You are also welcome to speak to the class teachers and ask them for any further resources to support your child at home. But most of all, have fun, they are only young once and all experiences are learning experiences!
Life Long Learners
We are striving to develop this use of Makaton across our school. Makaton is a language program 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, in spoken word order. We are constantly learning new signs in our singing assemblies and can use these to support our understanding in lessons. We have introduced a Makaton “Sign of the Week” which is shared via our @HeadCassInf Twitter page. Please practice these at home and feel free to share any new signs you learn with us in school.
To find out more about Makaton visit the website www.makaton.org.
Sometimes children need additional support in the form of external agencies. Some of the services we work with include: