We welcome everyone into our community. Our colleagues, governors, pupils and parents work as a team to make our school a happy and inclusive place to learn. We believe in equality of opportunity and value similarities and differences in others.
Our SEND provision allows pupils who face difficulties and challenges, to access a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to learn, aspire, develop new skills and make good progress towards their personal outcomes. We want pupils to develop self-confidence through their learning and social experiences and give them the opportunities to succeed in both. We aim for all pupils to be as independent and ambitious for themselves as possible. We create a caring, supportive and fully inclusive environment to enable them to do this.
We are committed to narrowing gaps between different groups of pupils, including pupils with SEND. This may involve short term or long term interventions, using our tracking of pupil progress to allow us to personalise their learning. We want our pupils to have excellent attendance so we work to be supportive of any challenges or difficulties in partnership. Most of all we make school an enjoyable place to be. We aim for all pupils to achieve the best results possible, be confident, have fulfilling lives and make successful transitions throughout their life.
Everyone at Arbourthorne Community Primary School is responsible for the implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND policy and are committed to inclusion to ensure all pupils have positive learning experiences.
Currently, we have 34.6% of children across the school who have Special Educational Needs Support.
Percentages of SEN children in each year group:
Pupils with SEND:
- Are supported to participate fully in the life of the school.
- Are expected to behave in a responsible way and follow the 8 core values.
- Have a voice to contribute towards their personal plans.
- Have a voice to say what is working well and what is not.
Pupils with SEND are identified through the teachers’ observations and assessment, SEND areas of need standardised assessments (Baseline, SATs, Sheffield Support Grid etc.), progress checklists, target setting, parental/carers concerns or the pupils own observations or by other education, health or care professionals.
Intervention programmes are planned by the class teacher and delivered by the teacher or teaching assistant to individuals or small groups, in or out of the classroom setting. Examples of some of the interventions are: Phonics Catch-Up, Rainbow Reading, Fisher Family Trust, Speech and Language (LEAP, NIP, VIP), Mighty Minds, nurture, theraplay and lego therapy. We use research based interventions which have the biggest impact on children.
‘THE HIVE’ Integrated Resource Unit (IRU)
Arbourthorne Community Primary School has a city wide provision (Integrated Resource Unit) which caters for pupils with severe and complex learning needs. Our IRU provision has the capacity for 12 pupils ranging in age from FS2 - Y6.
The aim of the provision is to maximize pupils’ integration with mainstream pupils and build on the skills our pupils need for independence, in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives.
We strive to make sure that our pupils make the best progress they possibly can, and for them to play a full and active role in life at Arbourthorne, regardless of their disability. We have a highly skilled team of staff in our IRU, who are dedicated to providing our children with opportunities to be creative and deliver imaginative and exciting learning opportunities.
Our parents play an important role in their child’s development and we use this partnership to ensure children with SEND are given the best possible chances and achieve the best possible outcomes. We are available for appointments and operate an open door policy so that parents can speak quickly to a member of staff if they have any concerns.
Our Hive is a positive, ambitious and structured environment which provides security, happiness and a real joy for learning and living. Staff are dedicated, kind and caring and highly ambitious for your children. Please arrange a visit if you feel the provision would be the right place for your child by contacting Lucy Hanson (Teacher in charge of IRU) via the school office on 0114 2398163. You will be warmly welcomed by us all.
Percentage of children currently in each year group on roll in the IRU: