Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Windwhistle Primary School

Kingsley Road, Weston-super-Mare
North Somerset BS23 3TZ

Headteacher: Lyn Hunt BA(Ed) PGDip
01934 629145

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  • With increased ventilation in classrooms and corridors the school can feel cold.  Please make sure your child is wearing plenty of layers to keep warm.


SEND Information Report 2018- 2019

Headteacher: Lyn Hunt - Email

SENDCo: Beckie Norton - Email

SEND Governor: John Porter - Email

Windwhistle Primary School is committed to providing a high quality education for all children. We believe that every child who attends our school, including those identified as having Special Educational Needs have an equal entitlement to a broad, balanced curriculum. We are passionate about supporting all pupils in achieving a positive outcome and developing life skills for a positive future. The school’s links with outside agencies are strong and ensure that support is sought when necessary to enable disabled pupils and those with special education needs to access the learning that takes place.

How do we identify of Pupils with SEND?

The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEND as:

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • (a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others or the same age: or
  • (b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream school or mainstream post-16 institutions”

Here at Windwhistle we have a graduated response to identifying SEND. The majority of children within the school will have their needs met with Quality First Teaching and appropriate differentiation. Children who do not respond to Wave 1 approach may access some short term interventions such as Better Reading Partnership, Snap maths and phonics booster work (Wave 2). We use observations, work sampling and information gathered from you the parents/ carers, the class teacher and Learning support assistants, the SENDCo and external agencies to build up a holistic profile of your child’s individual needs. To support this information we may use a variety of individual assessments such as language assessments or dyslexic screening to gain a full understanding of your child’s needs which will be outlined in the child’s provision map, pupil profile and learning journey. Windwhistle School’s system for observing, assessing and recording the progress of all children allows us to identify individuals who are not progressing at the expected level or have stopped making progress and therefore may have additional needs. If your child is identified as not making expected progress after accessing Wave 1 and 2 then a request will be made to the Local Authority for an Education, Health, Care Plan which is a multi professional assessment to identify your child’s needs and plan for your child’s future (Wave 3).

 Waves of intervention model

How do we support children with SEND?

We value all our children as individuals and show commitment in offering an inclusive learning environment which ensures all children achieve their potential. Once children are identified as having additional needs there are a range of interventions and support that can be given to the children to allow them to make progress within their learning. Here is an example of some of the provision in place:

Cognition and Learning: Individual learning journeys, Beat Dyslexia Programme, Advice from Advisory Teachers and Educational Psychologists, Every Child a Reader, Booster phonics, 5 minute box.

Social, Mental and Emotional Health: Learning mentor, Inclusion support Workers, Circle of Friends, the Thrive Approach, Individual learning journeys, Nurture provision, Jigsaw.

Sensory and/ or Physical: Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy programmes, Fine and Gross motor skill groups, Hand Gym, Write dance, Dough Disco.

Communication and Interaction: Individual Speech and Language Programmes, Literacy Interventions, the Thrive Approach, Individual Learning journeys, Narrative skills groups

Windwhistle School may also refer individuals to Community Paediatrics, School Nursing Team, Speech and Language, Social Care, Behaviour support, Occupational Therapy and the Vulnerable Learners Service who include Educational Psychologists and Advisory Teachers.

How do we assess children with SEND?

Assess plan

Monitoring progress is an important aspect of the work we do at Windwhistle Primary School. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do and review model’ which involves parents, pupils, staff and outside agencies are at every step to ensure collaborative working. The reviews can be built in as part of the intervention or a formal meeting that will held at least twice a year. If your child has an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHC) the same regular meetings will take place and then the EHC Plan will be formally reviewed annually.

It is the SENDCo’s responsibility to monitor the effectiveness of the interventions that are provided at Windwhistle Primary so that we only use ones that actually contribute to children’s progress and attainment.

How is SEND funded at Windwhistle Primary School?

As with all schools in North Somerset a proportion of our school budget is designated to support children with additional needs. This budget allows us to provide resources for the school such as Learning Support Assistants, Inclusion Support workers, Learning Mentors, Family Support Advisor, Literacy Intervention Teachers, Maths Intervention Teachers, Speech and Language Support Assistants. Some children will be identified as having significantly higher additional needs and will require other resources such as equipment or adult support. To meet these children’s needs we will apply for extra funding from the Local Authority. This is called ‘Top up Funding’.

If my child is identified as having SEND, what could I expect?

At Windwhistle School we believe that it is important to work together closely with parents and carers. You, the parents, are the experts of your children and so it is important that you are involved in every process. We will regularly meet with you to discuss the progress your child is making, listening to any worries or concerns, celebrating the success and achievements and deciding together the support that your child needs both at school and at home. We will work together to create an Individual Learning Journey and Pupil Profile so all staff within the school are aware of strategies/ interventions that support your child.

How will my child with a medical need be supported at Windwhistle?

In accordance with our medication policy the school will manage the administration of your child’s medicines and personal care. Health Care Plans are written for all pupils with significant care needs. Risk assessments are carried out and reviewed regularly if appropriate.

How accessible is Windwhistle Primary School for children with physical disabilities?

  • The school site is on many different levels and includes stairs within the main part of the school building and for some of the outside classrooms.
  • We have one disabled toilet which can be used for changing children with hygiene needs.
  • We currently do not have provision for pupils, staff and parents with mobility needs to access all areas/ classrooms within the school.
  • All ground floor doors in the main building are wheelchair accessible.

To address this:

  • We have installed ramps and rails where possible
  • Parents with disabilities are offered alternative provision for parent meetings
  • Staff receive appropriate training where children are admitted with a particular need.
  • Close links are maintained with a range of health professionals.
  • Adaptations are made to the curriculum to accommodate physical needs.

I am already a parent, and feel my worries have not been listened too. What should I do?

The first place to raise your concerns is with your child’s class teacher. At Windwhistle School we adopt an open door policy and we encourage parents/ carers to talk with the class teacher at a mutually convenient time. The SENDCo is also available to discuss concerns and an appointment can be made by contacting the school office. The school’s complaints procedure is available on the school website or from the school office.

What policies support the SEND information report?

Local Offer-

SEND Code of Practice 0-25 2014

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions 2014




 If you have any questions then please contact Beckie Norton (SENDCo) 01934 629145.

Further information about SEND please click on the links below:-

North Somerset Local Offer

SEND Code of Practice