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Special Educational Needs and Disability Information

Our SEND provision allows pupils with learning difficulties the opportunity to follow a curriculum specifically tailored to develop life skills and to give pupils self-confidence through their learning thus enabling them to maximize their potential and to work independently.

We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND pupils. This may include short-term intervention learning programmes, specific skills support on a one to one or small group basis and other learning interventions developed to personalise learning.

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • achieve their best
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • make a successful transition into adulthood.

What support do Maple Tree Lower provide to you as a parent of a child with SEN?

Maple Tree Lower School is proud of the relationships it builds with parents and carers. We recognise that you know your child and their needs, and acknowledge the huge importance of working together with you to provide the best possible education for your child. We recognise that if we build effective, trusting relationships with you, this will have a beneficial impact on your child’s progress. In addition to all the arrangements we have for all parents of children at the school, e.g. parent's evenings, parent workshops, we also aim to achieve this by:

Class teacher:

  • being regularly available to discuss your child’s progress and any concerns you may have.
  • communicating with you regularly in the home school link book, and where appropriate may also have a daily communication book.
  • meeting you formally at least 3 times a year to discuss progress, targets and next steps in learning, and will formalise this in your child’s IEP.
  • ensuring homework is appropriate for your child.
  • supporting the teaching assistant supporting your child to communicate regularly with you. ( if your child has  a statement of SEN, or an EHC plan)
  • keeping you informed of any additional interventions / approaches being used to support your child.
  • sharing successes with you
  • liaising with you about any changes to the normal school day eg. School trips , sports events etc.

Our SEND Team:

  • Have an open door policy and are happy to meet you, to discuss your child’s needs
  • Ensure smooth communication about your child with all involved in their support.
  • Can signpost you to other services if you require specialist support.

What specialist services are available, or are accessed by Maple Tree Lower School?

School Provision:

  • Mrs C Champion has held a Dyslexia qualification and is currently working on reaccreditation which will enable her to assess individual children, identify learning needs and offer advice and guidance for your child.
  • Intervention groups led by highly trained teaching assistants and planned by class teachers.
  • 1:1 mentoring with Mrs V Ewen– offering additional support for vulnerable pupils.
  • Access to a variety of computer programmes to support learning. For example, Accelerated Reader and Sum Dog
  • Reading support – 1:1 focus support for reading.

Partnership with external agencies:

At Maple Tree Lower we believe it is paramount to liaise closely with external agencies to ensure the best possible provision for every child within school.

The following agencies have supported children within school this year:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Child Development Centre – Community Paediatricians
  • Hearing Impairment Team
  • Physiotherapy Service
  • CAMH
  • Jigsaw Behavioural Support Service

At Maple Tree Lower we also recognise the importance of effective transition arrangements, both from pre school into our school, and from our school to Middle School. We work closely with colleagues from other settings to ensure smooth transition for all SEND pupils. We ensure, where needed, additional transition arrangements are made.