SENCo – Mrs Tracy Blackwell
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision
Here at Hartington Church of England Primary School, we value every child as an individual, and we work passionately to support their individual needs to ensure they access a fully inclusive curriculum. This is achieved through the delivery of a differentiated and personalised curriculum where necessary.
When pupils are in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan it is important that the correct provision is assessed then provided prior to the pupil entering the school. This will help to support a smooth transition between home, school and educational establishments.
Head Teacher, Tracy Blackwell is the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Coordinator. She has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and says: “The Special Educational Needs and Disability provision is an important part of our School Improvement Plan which is monitored by the schools governing body. I understand the importance of working as a team alongside my dedicated staff members, partnership agencies and parents or guardians to ensure every child is happy and healthy at school.
“Appropriate training is identified and attended to ensure all staff have a comprehensive understanding of the children’s needs within the school. As SEND Coordinator, I arrange multi-agency team meetings when required with professionals including medical practitioners, educational psychologists and a variety of services including physical, social, behavioural and emotional support to help children access the curriculum at their level.
“This ensures the school is providing the best possible environment needed for every child to succeed. In the past the school was adapted to ensure it was wheelchair accessible. A specialist toilet was also funded for wheelchair users.”
SEND Teaching Assistant, Judith Flower commented: “I work alongside Tracy to provide support to pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I liaise regularly with staff from partnership organisations to ensure we are providing the best care to our children. I frequently provide updates and information to make up reports about our SEND Provision here at Hartington C of E Primary School.
“It is a privilege for me to work alongside pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Whilst working in the school I have met some wonderful people who believe in me and have given me the courage to extend my learning to support pupils to the best of my ability. I gained my Level 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools certificates, and also qualifications in Computing to better aid the quality of education for children who can’t access the curriculum in the usual way.”
SEND Governor, Katherine Webley added: “There is a constant dialogue between governors, staff, parents, carers and partnership agencies to ensure that we are ticking all the right boxes and that provision for our youngsters is paramount. We listen to feedback from medical staff, parents and carers, and host meetings prior to children coming to this school to guarantee we are addressing all of their individual needs by providing extra equipment, resources or tools.
“The close-knit staff and governor team here at Hartington work tirelessly to provide an excellent quality of education for all youngsters and to ensure their time at the school is happy, enjoyable and carefree. I am delighted to sit on the governor’s panel to ensure the provision for SEND is reviewed and revised when required and we take care of every child’s individual needs.”