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SEND Support During School Closure

SEND Support at Thorpedene While We Are Closed

We understand this is an unprecedented and worrying time for everyone. If you have a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) some of these anxieties could be more exacerbated. At Thorpedene Primary School, you are never alone. We have put together some advice and resources to help you at home.

As always, please contact the school should you need any further advice or support.

Our SENCo is Mrs Harvey.

Please find the addendum to our SEN Information report here

SEN Information Report 2019 -20 Addendum

Here are some generic resources to help you:

Managing routines at home:

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/support-resources-to-share-with-parents/

BBC Parent SEN Toolkit:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382

Advice from the Department for Education for parents of children with SEN:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

There are lots of online resources available for all children, however these ones maybe particularly useful for children with SEN:

PHONICS AND SPELLING SUPPORT

Please follow the link below to the Ruth Miskin website – during the closure period they are playing daily phonic and spelling sessions.  Ruth Miskin produces a series of letter formation rhymes the children use at school to help their letter formation.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY – ONLINE LESSONS FOR YEAR R TO YEAR 10

The government have rolled out a national online academy lesson service so that pupils can access lessons online. You can select by year group or by subject. They are also in process in offering specific support for SEN children.

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom

BBC BITESIZE LESSONS

The BBC have released a range of lessons and games to support children from Reception through to Year 10. You can access any lesson you feel is appropriate to your child.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Here are links to the documents the school to teach the reading and spelling of these word lists. If your child has an Individual Support Plan (ISP), there maybe targets relating to a specific number of these words, here is the full list so you are able to see how the target links in with the rest of the words. Should you child meet their target, you can see the next group of words they need to work on.

High Frequency Words (HFW)

Common exception words (CEW)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3 & 4

Year 5 & 6

There are a number of resources that have been sourced by the Educational Psychologist Service. They are offering a series of live webinar talks each day, and their videos can be found on their Youtube channel for viewing after.

They have also increased the hours of their EPConnect helpline service for parents should they need support.

EP outreach flyer

Supporting your child with SEN at home;

General advice about your child’s ISP

General Advice about EHCP’s & annual reviews

Southend Local Authority have produced a parent information pack specifically for parents of children with SEN in Southend.  Please click on the link below:

Southend parent pack

SEND Support at Thorpedene

At Thorpedene, there is a range of staff to support all children, including those with additional needs. These staff include the Inclusion Manager (a qualified SENCo), the school SENCo, Class Teachers, LSA’s and Learning Mentors.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child, please talk to the class teacher in the first instance (Following the schools ‘Who to talk to if you have a concern’ flow chart) or alternatively contact the office and request a conversation with Mrs K. Harvey, (SEND Teacher).

Click here for SEND Information Report 2019-20

If you would like any further information on the admission of pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, please either see our Local Offer Page for details or see the below policies: