SENDCO - Mrs N Rix
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At Lyndhurst School the children with special educational needs and/or disabilities gain high quality inclusive education. We adopt a child centred approach. Various interventions are targeted to support children’s development, for example ‘Jump Ahead’ is an intervention which demonstrates improvement with motor skill development and/or self esteem. We provide a nurture group run by trained Learning Mentors who support children to be able to express how they are feeling and be more able to cope with difficulties that they may encounter.
At Lyndhurst School we adopt a co-ordination, child centred approach to assess, plan and support the special needs child with and/or disabilities and their families. We believe parents/carers and their children’s views should be listened to and understood. The Special Needs Coordinator co-ordinates support from different agencies. She facilitates effective partnership with outside agencies such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, and education psychologists etc… At Lyndhurst School we feel it is essential to maintain communication between different agencies and individuals involved with the family, such as charities and support services. The Special Needs Co-ordinator is a point of contact for parents who need information on support and advice regarding provision.
The Special Needs Co-ordinator has gained the National Award for SEN Coordination. She has also trained and qualified from the College of Teachers to identify and teach learners with dyslexia and difficulties with literacy. She has provided training for teachers and teaching assistants with strategies to teach dyslexic children.
At Lyndhurst we are fortunate enough to have a Special Support Centre (SSC) for eight children with social communication difficulties. Children Services refer the children to the SSC. The children are from a wide surrounding area and work with dedicated staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of social communication conditions.
In July 2014 Lyndhurst School was accredited with an ‘Autism Awareness Award’. This reward was provided by West Sussex’s Social Communication Team. It celebrates good practice across the whole school and the systems that are place for children with social communication difficulties. The reward acknowledges staffs’ increased awareness and expertise within the whole school.
Please read our SEND policy (SEN Information Report) and Disability and Equality Policy (Accessibility Plan) to find out more. These can be found under the Policy section of the website.