We believe all children are unique and all children are special, made in God's image. We recognise each child as a unique individual with his or her own personal talents, experiences, learning styles and needs. We value their abilities and achievements, and are committed to providing an effective learning environment which promotes their intellectual and personal development. We are an inclusive school – we wish to see children of all abilities, talents and disability educated together. We aim to enable all children to participate fully in school life.
We understand the positive benefits that inclusion brings, enriching and strengthening our community. Where children have additional needs the whole school community is committed to supporting them. All teachers at St. Stephen's are teachers of ALL children. We seek to support all children's access to the curriculum so that they have the opportunity to progress and achieve success. We strongly believe in involving the children and you as their parent/carer in a positive working partnership with us.
Who is involved with your child?
Everyone at school is involved in making sure your child is supported and achieves their full potential. Your child’s class teacher:
- checks on your child’s progress, identifies, plans and delivers any additional help your child may need
- plans for all children who need extra help
- monitors this help to make sure it is making a difference for your child
- with your permission ask for further specialist help
- discusses with you at all stages how your child is doing, what help and support is needed and together agreeing plans and reviews of how things are working
- in partnership with parents/ carers sets targets for your child
What kinds of special needs are provided for at St.Stephen’s?
We provide for all kinds of needs at St. Stephen’s, usually grouped into 4 categories:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition (thinking) and learning
- Physical and sensory
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
SEND Parent Partnership
We believe in giving parents a voice and strengthening the voice of the child. Engagement with parents/carers is very important to us and we make use of a variety of strategies to do this:
- Parent’s board
- Parents’ evenings
- SEND Parent Governor
- SEND Parent workshops
- Learning Journey books
- Home - school diaries
- SEND Review meetings
- SEND Parent drop in sessions
- ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Parent Forum - Termly
- All About Me meetings
- Educational Psychologist Review meetings
- Speech & Language Review meetings
- Transition Meetings
Drop-in sessions for Parents are held every Thursday morning between 9.00am and 10.00am, or by appointment, when parents can come in to discuss any worries they have about their child. Parents should ring to book an appointment.
SEN and Disability Support Service ,
10 Duke St
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The service works with educational settings to support them in developing the skills needed to overcome barriers for the inclusion of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities.
The service provides advice, assessment and training to all early years settings, mainstream, and special schools, the local authority, other professionals and parents/carers on all matters relating to the special educational needs of individual children and young people.
Statutory Assessment Team, 10 Duke Street, Floor 5, Blackburn, BB2 1DH
Number(s) Statutory Assessment Team at Duke Street,Tel: (01254) 666739 or 666738
SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) - Jane Partington, Tel: 01254 503049
Disablity Links - Ann Marie Pickering, 5th Floor, Duke St, Blackburn, BB2 1HD Tel: 01254 666711
Nursing Services - Katie Bretherton, Little Harwood Childrens Centre, Robinson St , Blackburn BB1 5PE Tel:01254 506910
BWD Parents in Partnership - 14 Woodside Grove, Blackburn, BB2 4QP, Tel: 07923252483
National Autistic Society - Joanne Johnson 07887838168