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Consulting with our SEND Pupils, Parents & Carers

Our aim at Bricknell is…

‘At Bricknell Primary School we will meet the needs of each and every child, promote positive values and aim to make every day enjoyable and rewarding.

We will work in partnership with parents, families and our community to provide a calm, safe and nurturing environment where people respect each other and feel happy, secure and valued.

We encourage children to aim high in everything they do. We believe in developing individual talents and celebrating success in all aspects of school life. Our lessons, supported by new technologies and extra-curricular provision, will nurture curiosity, inspire a love of learning, foster independence and equip our children with the skills they need for the future.

By having high expectations and a relevant, creative curriculum, we will bring out the best in everybody.’

Bricknell operates its inclusive provision in line with Local Authorities SEND policies and procedures. All of our pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum at a level and pace suitable for their ability, whilst our SEND philosophy places children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupil needs. At times, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented, supported by the use of CATs, or similar programmes, which provide a structured approach to assessing, planning for learning, tracking and measuring small steps of attainment. To fulfil this vision, within Bricknell, we are committed to:

  • A range of teaching and learning styles
  • Differentiated materials (both for reinforcement and extension)
  • Access to ICT
  • Additional in class support
  • Additional out of class support
  • Flexible groupings (including small group work)
  • The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
  • Mentoring and counselling
  • A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including additional learning opportunities before and after school
  • Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements

By the time children leave our school in Year 6, all achievements, additional needs and learning styles will be passed over in a fully transparent transition period including parent meetings, meetings with new school staff and children’s taster days.

Bricknell has a relentless focus upon sustained progress and achievement and we are committed to the equal inclusion of every pupil across all areas of school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). At Bricknell, we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision which will enable them to achieve their full potential. We believe in positive intervention; removing barriers to learning; raising expectations and levels of achievement, and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive learning experience for all SEND pupils from the earliest point at which difficulties arise.

We believe that the time spent at Bricknell should prepare our young people for future life and equip them with the skills they need to be independent, resilient members of the community. As such, we ensure that the years spent with us are about so much more than an education based upon exams; life at Bricknell is an experience which will remain with, and prepare, our students for the rest of their lives.

Our SENCo is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision in school to support individual children with SEND. She will liaise with staff to monitor pupil progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected, as well as having regular contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice.

‘We couldn’t be happier with the care and education my child has received so far.’

- parent comments

‘We are very happy with Bricknell as a whole.  He is becoming more confident and is well supported.  Thank you to all of the teachers.’

- parent comments

I cannot fault the school or staff.  Everyone is very supportive.’

- parent comments

‘Very happy with my child’s start to year 5.’

- parent comments

I am delighted with how happy she is at school.  Her skills are clearly progressing and she is extremely well supported.  Her teacher clearly knows her very well.’

- parent comments

My son is extremely happy in all aspects of school.  Fantastic teacher and an excellent education. ‘

- parent comments

‘She is enjoying school a lot.  She is challenged appropriately and not over-loaded with homework.  She speaks positively about her time at the school and her teacher.’

- parent comments

Any concerns raised have been dealt with swiftly.’

- parent comments

‘She is very happy at school and I only hear positive things.  Many thanks to all the teaching staff.’

- parent comments

‘Thank you for helping us with her worries and for the support.’

- parent comments

‘Positive environment and appropriate challenge for development, excellent.’

- parent comments

Thank you so much to all of the  members of staff; our child is extremely happy here and we are very grateful.’

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