SEND Categories

9. Working in Partnership With Parents and Carers

We know that the active involvement of parents/carers in supporting the education of their child is one of the most important factors in ensuring a child’s success and achievement. We know that parents are the first educators of their child and that we need their knowledge to plan effectively. We will always involve parents and children in planning and reviewing progress.

We make every effort to communicate clearly and regularly with parents and carers of children with SEND about, for example:

  • how we support their children;
  • their achievements and their well-being and..
  • their participation in the full life of our school.

We will also help and advise parents/carers on how to help their children make progress at home, for example in mathematics and reading. We send out the dates for these events in our Weekly newsletter. Our school website contains further guidance for parents on how to help their children with home based learning – homework.

Twice a year we arrange an informal meeting for parents of children with additional needs to come together to talk, feedback to school, ask questions as well as to share experiences and ideas.

We try to communicate in plain English and, where language is a barrier will find adults in the school community who can help with translation and interpretation.

What if I’m not happy with the support my child is getting?

We want to ensure that problems are highlighted at an early stage and dealt with effectively and thoroughly.. The first person to talk to is your child’s Class Teacher who will always be happy to meet you, listen to your concerns and discuss how well your child is making progress in day to day lessons; about friendships and personal development. Kate Frood as Head and Sally Hill SENCO are always happy to talk too. If issues cannot be resolved we do have a formal complaints policy which can be found on the school website.

If you would prefer to speak to an independent adviser, you may wish to talk to Camden’s Parent partnership adviser at SENDIASS on 0207 974 6264 SENDIASS website

Camden uses a SEND mediation service – details below.

http://www.kids.org.uk/Event/sen-mediation-service

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