Our school SENCO is Mrs R Collier Trenchard

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring that all our children succeed and reach their full potential. All our children are treated as individuals. We work with children, parents/carers and other agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectations for all our children and put support in place at the earliest possible stage where needed.

Our Catholic Compass Partnership works together on a regular basis to share good practice and keep up to date with changes to legislation. This ensures we fulfil our mission statement of the partnership:

Jesus Christ is at the centre of the life of the Partnership. We work together to ensure that all children reach their full potential by striving to offer the highest possible standards of education. We recognise that every child is unique, created in God’s image. We celebrate and nurture their individual gifts and talents. Inspired by faith, our partnership shares its achievements offering each other challenge and support, as together we follow Christ in self giving love and service.

 

Our School Offer & Policies

Please click on the link below to read our School Offer for SEND provision:

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Report Offer- St Joseph’s Wetherby

Our SEND and Inclusion Policy reflect the school’s commitment to inclusion, safety and well-being of the children alongside other policies that can be found on the Policies Page of our website.

Please click on the link below to read our SEND and Inclusion Policy:

SEND and Inclusion Policy

Please follow the button below to our policies page to read our Accessibility Plan:

Accessibility Plan

There are so many acronyms and unfamiliar terms in the world of SEND. Please click on the link below for a handy glossary.

Parent Glossary

Leeds City Council SEND Support Links

Follow the link below to find out all you need to know about the Leeds City Council SEND support including the citywide SEND Local Offer.

Click here to go directly to the Leeds SEND local offer.Family Information Service SEND Info

 

SENDIASS – The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services

SENDIASS provide free, impartial advice and information on many SEND topics. These include:

  • National & Local SEND law and legislation
  • Leeds Local SEN Offer
  • EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans)
SENDIASS InformationClick here for SENDIASS leaflet

Dyslexia Provision

At St. Joseph’s we pride ourselves on the provision we put in place to be Dyslexia Friendly. We actively adopt and implement Dyslexia Friendly Strategies across school so that all our children can benefit and learn from their use. We have participated in the ‘Level Two Dyslexia Aware School SENIT Training’ and a key part of our action plan is to ensure that we consistently review and evaluate our provision.

Please click on the links below for more information about the provision in place at St Joseph’s.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Our Dyslexia OfferDyslexia PolicyDyslexia Provision Plan A Family Guide to Dyslexia Assessment, Provision and Support at St Joseph’sA Guide For Families

Here are some useful links to help you to support dyslexic children with reading:

Approaches to Reading

Here are some useful links to help you to support dyslexic children with spelling:

Helpful Mnemonics Alphabet Activities

Here is a useful link to guide you to dyslexia friendly Apps:

Dyslexia Friendly Apps

 

Dyslexia Awareness Week: w/c 2nd October 2023

We had a whole school assembly for Dyslexia Awareness Week to explore what it is like to have dyslexia and to celebrate that we are all the same but we are all different. The children were very understanding and explored different things that dyslexic people might find tricky and many other things that they can be really good and successful at. We focused on our brains working in different ways, making some things easier and some things harder for people. Across the week the children then explored the many talents of people who are famous with dyslexia and how their dyslexia has made them the successful person that they are.

Dyslexia Ambassadors

Following on from our Dyslexia Awareness Week we have new Dyslexia Ambassadors. Our ambassadors are from each year group across school to ensure we reflect the views of all children across school.

The Dyslexia Ambassadors team will meet with Mrs Collier Trenchard to review current Dyslexia provision in school, identifying what is working well and what we can further improve.

Motor Skills

At St. Joseph’s we recognise the importance of gross motor skills and fine motor skills and have fun ways of working on them. Some children may access Big Moves which focuses on 10 Fundamental Gross Motor Skills. All classes also have access to ‘Fingergym’ activities and resources. If we have concerns about a child’s motor skills we take steps to help improve them but will always refer onto the Occupational Therapy team if we feel we need additional support.

Occupational Therapy Referral Criteria

Please click on the links below for useful information to help with handwriting.

Early Writing Skills Forming Letters Pencil Control Sit Well Staying Focused

Autism Resources

We are proud of the personalised provision we provide for autistic children and work closely with parents and agencies to ensure we are meeting their needs are reviewing these regularly as the child develops. As each child is unique, it is hard to list all the specific provision we provide but the common ones include: visual timetables, cue cards, sentence starters, steps to success, quiet spaces to work, choosing time activities for rest breaks, etc.

STARS are a team of autism specialists who offer advice and training to mainstream settings and staff. They provide support and advice to school as to how best to support children & their families once they have received an official diagnosis.

We also work closely with Tim Gleave from Autism Vision and Voice who has provided bespoke support for children in school as well as whole staff training on Autism.

Click on the link below to access their website which contains a wealth of information and resources.

STARS Website  

Please click on the links below for further useful resources.

Autism Transition ToolkitWorking Together With Your Child’s SchoolFinding A School For Your Child With Autism 

Autism Awareness Week (WC 15th April 2024)

This week in school was Autism Awareness week. With the help of two children in Y5 and Y6 we carried out an Autism Acceptance and Awareness Assembly to the whole school. The children who supported me with the assembly spoke openly and proudly about their Autism diagnosis and how other people can make their day to day lives that little bit easier. We shared the below video to help the children’s understanding of Autism.

 

 

Support for Parents of Autistic Children

Please arrange to speak to the school SENCo if you need any support at home. Here is a useful list of groups, websites and apps to support parents and children:

To download this document so you can click on the links, please click on the button below:

Click here to download the above list.

MindMate ND Hub also can answer questions and provide support for parents. Please click the button below for further information. 

MindMate ND Hub Poster

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Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)

We are passionate about supporting children’s social and emotional mental health and have lots of excellent practice in place for all children. If any children with SEND needs require additional support. We have an in house ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who provides support to children across 2 mornings a week. We also have a Catholic Care Therapeutic Social Worker who can support our children, families and staff. We also have a trained counsellor in school who has experience dealing with grief and bereavement and we have two members of staff who are trained through the Rainbows Bereavement Support Programme.

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)  Catholic Care Rainbows

We also have a range of strategies to draw upon like Lego Therapy, Social Stories and Talking Mats. To read the theory behind these, please see the links below.

Social Stories Talking Mats Lego Therapy

Speech and Language Provision

At St. Joseph’s we pride ourselves on the work we do for the Speech, Language & Communication needs of our pupils. We work closely with Interactions Speech Therapy who visit school on a half-termly basis as well as with the NHS Speech & Language Service in Leeds. Any concerns that we have about any aspect of a child’s communication needs are acted upon. Parents are always consulted and next steps discussed. Please access the information below for information on the speech therapy company that we use.

Interactions Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Resources

Please access the following links for a wealth of information and resources. The NHS Toolkit is a particularly useful resources with hundreds of ideas for games and activities for all areas of speech, language and communication.

Leeds NHS Speech & Language Service Speech, Language & Communication Needs ~ A Guide For Parents 

Disabilities 

At St. Joseph’s, we ensure that we teach the children to understand that we are all the same, but we are all different.  We teach them we all look, learn and experience the world differently. This is what makes us special and unique. This message is displayed all around the school and embedded within our classroom practice to keep this message instilled within our pupils. We keep the children’s needs at the centre of everything that we do.

 

Links for parents

Take a look at these links below which are linked to famous faces/ saints who have a disability and the positive impact that they have had on the world.

Disabled people who have made a difference St Giles- Patron Saint of Disabilities

 

Below, you will find a set of links of children’s books lists which discuss different types of disability.

BookTrust- Children’s books that explore disabilityLovereading4kids

 

Here are some video links which discuss different types of disability and how barriers can be overcome.

BBC Everyone the same but different Talk to me – Physical Disability Awareness Like Everyone Else- Learning Disability Awareness Tamara- A Dream Will Overcome the Circumstances

External Agencies

Working with outside organisations is a key part of the SEN provision at St. Joseph’s. This may involve other professions and external services such as Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, School Nursing Team, Specialist SEN Teachers ~ the list is long. We pride ourselves on the partnerships that we have built up and will always involve you in any meetings or discussions.

Educational Psychologist

The Educational Psychology Team offer support to schools if there are concerns about an individual or a group of young people. Support is either offered through city wide consultations or longer pieces of work in school. If it is felt that your child would benefit from some input this will  be discussed with you prior to referral.

Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the City Wide Consultations.

EP City Wide Consultation Sessions ~ Guide For Parents

 

Special Educational Needs & Inclusion Team (SENIT)

The Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Team (SENIT) is a multidisciplinary team of specialist teachers and inclusion workers in Leeds. The team supports children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities to improve outcomes and to realise their potential. They work with staff in schools and education and childcare settings, providing advice and training which builds capacity within settings to support children and young people with SEN. The team aims to secure better progress, support inclusion in a mainstream setting and improve the school or setting experience for the child or young person. If it is felt that your child would benefit from some SENIT input this will  be discussed with you prior to referral.

Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the SENIT team.

What is SENIT? Quick Guide For Parents SENIT Parent & Carer Leaflet

How To Contact Us

Who can I contact for further information?

If you are considering applying for a school place contact the school office on 01937 582163 or via email on office@stjosephswetherby.com

If you wish to discuss something about your child, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or contact the school office to make an appointment with the relevant member of staff.

If you require information about other support services contact either of the school, SENCo, Mrs Collier Trenchard

If you have any concerns about any area of SEND within school, please contact the SENCO or Head Teacher in the first instance.