Here at Thameside Primary, we are proud of the achievements of those children who can find learning difficult. We are proud of the teachers who plan a curriculum around a variety of needs and of the Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) who always go above and beyond their job description in providing fantastic support, which is why our children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) make good progress!
We believe that we quickly recognise the needs that any child in our care may have and support them accordingly. This can take many forms and may consist of using a variety of strategies in order to best help any child that needs additional support, whether this be a long or short term need. In school, this includes:
- Mr. Davies, the Deputy Head forPastoral Support,who deals with behavioural and attendance needs.
- Mrs. Crouch, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo.), who will support parents and staff in accessing the correct support and interventions for children with special educational, emotional, physical and/or medical needs.
- Miss Goodsell, the Learning Mentor, who supports children on an emotional level in small groups or on a 1:1 basis.
- Mrs. Perry, the School Social Worker and the Family Case Workers, Mrs Kirsopp and Mrs. Elezi (whom is anEALspecialist), who can support families in accessing other means of support.
- Miss. Benjamin, the Behaviour Support Learning Co-ordinator, who supports children in managing their behaviour in school.
- Mr. Wilson, the Attendance Officer, who will work with families where attendance needs supporting.
- Ms. Hooper, school counsellor, who can work with all children and their families across the school.
- Access to our 'Footsteps' nurture provision, to support those children who struggle the most academically and/or socially.
- Specialist Teachers for Speech and Language or Hearing Impairment.
- Referrals to Thameside Children's Centre for families seeking support, where there are children in the family aged 0 – 19 years of age
- The School Nurse team including nurses in specialist teams e.g. Diabetes, Epilepsy.
- Planned visits by the Local Authority Educational Psychologist, for statutory and commissioned work.
I hope that you like what you have read so far - we are a large Pastoral Support Team that provides lots of support for children and families as a whole.
I, as the SENCo., am happy to meet or speak with you should you have any further questions, as would any member of the Pastoral Support Team. Please do not hesitate to contact us - no worry of yours is too small for us to consider unimportant.
I look forward to meeting you soon, hopeful that it will be the beginning of a good working relationship that helps your child achieve all that they can!
Mrs. Leeanne Crouch
'Disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs and those who speak English as an additional language are making good progress. These groups are well supported by teaching assistants in reading, writing and mathematics.'
-Ofsted, July 2014
To find our more about what we offer on a day-to-day basis please look at our 'Local Offer'.
Thurrock Council can provide additional resources through their own 'Local Offer'.
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