Our vision for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities at St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School is:
that we will be able to instill high aspirations for now and their future selves by having confidence in their own strengths and abilities. All children with SEND have a sense of belonging within our school community, which supports them to thrive and feel valued throughout their school life.
My name is Miss Lewis and I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within our school. It is a privilege to support all of our children, parents and staff to work together to set high expectations, inspire, challenge, achieve and celebrate learning in our school.
As SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) I am responsible for managing the provision for children who require additional support. My role, in partnership with parents, staff, and outside specialists is to ensure that the specific needs of all children, whether they be social, emotional, behavioural, medical or cognitive, are identified and appropriate support put in place. To help your child to achieve their full potential we will always ask them how they think we and you can support them. We will make sure they are involved in setting their own goals and targets. If your child requires a Learning Plan, we will have a meeting with you and your child to ensure targets are shared and you are aware of the support in place for their needs
If you feel you need to speak with me, my details are below:
If you feel that you need some independent advice, speak to Sandwell SENDIASS (Sandwell's Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service).
Get Registered with The Family Information Service!
As part of Sandwell Council, The Family Information Service have lead responsibility for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities and SEN Register. This is a legal requirement for all local authorities.
The Register is a voluntary register, however we do encourage parents to join it as the Family Information Service will communicate with them on a regular basis with information specific to disabilities and SEN, such as changes in legislation, support groups and activities and events.
The application form is now available to complete online on the Sandwell Local Offer website . If you are not already signed up, follow the link and complete the form.
Coffee and Collect 24.07.23 - Supporting your child with their anxiety
Thank you to all those who attended our first 'Coffee and Collect'. Parents and carers came to school at 2:15pm and met Sophie, our Mental Health Practitioner, who shared tips and strategies on supporting children who are anxious. There was an opportunity to sign up for a series of parent sessions on this same topic. If you missed this event but would like to access some support for helping a child with anxiety, low mood (or other mental health-related issues) please do get in touch with your child's class teacher or with Miss Lewis.
We want to support all of our parents to access the wealth of services available to them in Sandwell. There is so much out there but it is not always easy to know where to look or how to get involved. This page is updated regularly with information on what is currently available. We hope you will find it a useful resource.
Take A Look At What's On Locally
Neurodiversity Celebration week from
18th-24th March 2024
During this week we will be celebrating our entire school population. We will find out about what makes us the same and what makes us different. We'll be exploring and celebrating our unique ethnic backgrounds as well as our learning differences. We believe these are important things to acknowledge and celebrate.
Look at what these people have achieved. Perhaps their unique ways of learning have helped them to be successful.
World Down Syndrome Day
We will be wearing our bright and colourful socks again this year on March 21st 2024 as part of our school-wide Diversity Week. Please join us by wearing two of your brightest socks to school for the day.
The theme for World Down Syndrome Day this year is End the Stereotypes! If you would like to find out more about Down Syndrome and World Down Syndrome Day you might like to visit this website - https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org/what-is-down-syndrome
Take a look at some of our brightest socks from WDSD 2023!