SEND at YFPS
At YFPS, we work hard to meet the needs of all pupils and we are a very inclusive school, valuing all individuals equally. We have a very experienced SEND team and work with a great group of professionals to help us to plan strategies to support children. Children are nurtured and encouraged to be the best they can be and learning is adapted so that it meets their needs. The ethos of our school means all children feel they can achieve and be the best they can be. Regular assessments inform us how children are progressing in their individual education plans (IEPs) and team around me (TAM) meetings with parents help to ensure we work together to meet the needs of each child. In a few cases, children have an education health and care plan (EHCP) to ensure we have the additional resources to support them.
We support our vulnerable families with early help plans (EHAT) so that we can ensure that outside agencies are able to work alongside us. Currently we have a small group of children receiving catch-up lessons due to the impact of COVID lockdown. This group are making great progress and developing their confidence and attitude to learning.
We are an inclusive school and believe that all children can succeed if we design our curriculum so that they can access it. If a family have any concerns or complaints regarding the support for their child's SEN needs, they should contact our SENCO, Miss V Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org and we would hope that all concerns can be quickly sorted out and rectified.
Headteacher - Mrs H .Price
SENCo - Miss V. Allen
PSA - Mrs K. Tompkins
ELSA team (Emotional Literacy Support): Miss Wafer, Mrs Pierce, Mrs Tompkins, Mrs McKenna.
At YFPS, we plan carefully to ensure all pupils have access to all aspects of school life. The building is well designed to allow access arrangements for all. Our curriculum is designed to ensure pupils see role models from all groups of people and promotes diversity and inclusion. Our staff have well developed access strategies to support children in reaching their full potential. Resources are adapted so that all pupils can access learning. Our school council collect the views from their class members and this feeds into school improvement work. The children are very aware of each others needs within the class and are very supportive.
The school offers a range of supportive resources to assist children with disabilities including:
- coloured exercise books & acetates for children who have visual stress
-Soundfield speaker system in most classrooms to enhance sound clarity where appropriate
- toilet equipment for children who need support changing
- additional support for children who are below age related standards in their class
- lifts so that all the areas of the school are accessible
- specialised equipment for specific curriculum areas
- sensory areas for children who need support self-regulating
- ELSA trained staff to support children with SEMH
- access to a learning mentor, drama therapist and play leader for children with additional emotional needs
- visual timetables for children who need support with routines
- timers for children who need help with time management
- CBT workbook support for children with SEMH needs
SEND Local Offer
The Local Offer explains the support and services that are available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years.
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS)
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within the Plymouth Local Authority area.
Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV)
"The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth and the surrounding area to give them the voice in the services that they use.
PPCV is Plymouth’s official parent carer forum. We are a group of volunteer parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Together we work in partnership with our local authority, to help shape and improve the range of services in education, health and social care for families in the Plymouth area." (PPCV webpage)