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Questions Raised By Our Parents

St Thomas aims to be an inclusive school to all our children whatever their needs. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. We aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual or groups of children so that all pupils receive equality of entitlement to all activities.

Come into school and speak to your child’s class teacher to share your concerns and worries. The class teacher will explain the provision already in place for your child and may suggest some small steps action to address your concerns. If you or the class teacher need further advice or are concerned that your child may need further support, an appointment will be made with the Special Needs Coordinator, Miss Smith.

Parents will be informed of their child’s progress in the autumn and spring terms at Parents Evenings. A written report will be sent home at the end of the summer term.

Further meetings will be held with parents to discuss any additional Special Needs support, assessments, outside agencies interventions or to review outcomes. Where a child has a statement of education, Health and Care Plan, a Local authority annual review (or new Person Centred Review) will be carried out.

Wherever possible, children are involved in meetings arranged with parents to discuss and set desired outcomes and to review progress made towards these. Teachers discuss the outcomes individually with the child and ensure these are understood.

Any member of staff will be ready to listen to a child who needs support. The class teacher will involve the Learning Mentor, Mrs Taylor to work with the child to address their concerns, take appropriate action and monitor their wellbeing.

Our Learning Mentor supports pupils experiencing a range of needs which impact on the ability to access their learning. Different approaches and programmes are used to help pupils, in one to one, small group or in class support.

If additional intervention is needed to support your child’s needs, the Learning Mentor and Special Needs Co-ordinator may discuss involving one of the support services with you. With your agreement, a referral would be made for a one to one programme of support to take place in school.

Our school uses the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning SEAL programme, which enable children to develop self-awareness, manage feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.

St Thomas’ aims to help all children develop as individuals in our school and wider community. Residential weekends, visits and special events provide opportunities for children to plan and work together, and develop and maintain relationships in different situations.

The following records are kept securely in school:Initial concern sheet signed by the parentCopies of individual and group education plansReplies/letters from parentsReports from involved services i.e. Medical team, Speech & Language Service, Behaviour Support Service, Reports/ assessments from Educational PsychologistsScreening assessments e.g. for Dyslexia, Boxhall for emotional needsAll reports and assessment outcomes are shared with parents at review meetings.

Ladywood Outreach

Behaviour Support Service

Educational Psychologist

Speech and language Service

Community Paediatrician

School Nurse

Health Visitor

Occupational Therapist

Child and Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Targeted Youth Service

Nurture Group

Special Needs Under Fives Forum (SNUFF)

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You can contact the Bolton Parent Support Group

Bolton parent Partnership Service

Lowndes Street Day Nursery



Telephone: 01204 848722

(8.30- 5.00)


Triple P Parenting Group

Behaviour Support Service

Contact via school

If parents of a child with Special Needs have concerns they should speak to the class teacher first, then the Special Needs Coordinator and then the head teacher. If the complaint is not resolved, it should be addressed to the Special Needs Governors, Miss Sandra Smith and Mrs Rita Fray who will follow the statutory procedures.

Please contact our Special Needs Coordinator, Miss Katie Smith. Tel: 01204 333193 or email: office@st-thomas-halliwell.bolton.sch.uk

A paper copy of the school Special Needs Policy is available from the school office. Our Special Needs Policy is also published on the school’s website www.st-thomas-halliwell.bolton.sch.uk

Our Local Authority designated SENCO Officer is:

Alison Holden

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Assessment Service (SENDAS)

01204 332016