Welcome to SEND/Inclusion page.
Our SENCo is Mrs Gemma Southerden.
At Chyngton we work hard to make sure that our school can support all of our children to make good progress from their starting points.
Meet our Inclusion Team
Inclusion Leader SENCo
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Assistant to the Inclusion Leader
Child Welfare and Parent Support Advisor
Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Brian and CliveGarden Room Guinea Pigs
Child Welfare and Parent Liaison Assistant
PA to the Senior Leadership Team
Nurture Lead Practitioner
At Chyngton, everyone is a part of our Inclusion Team because we firmly believe that everyone is a teacher of SEND. Everyone, from our wonderful office team, to our dedicated support staff, teachers and leadership team, is committed to ensuring all of our children are able to thrive, and will strive to work with you to support that.
This year, we welcome Miss Robertson, one of our reception class teachers to the Inclusion Team as Assistant to the Inclusion Leader. Miss Robertson is passionate about promoting inclusion at Chyngton and has lots of experience supporting children with additional needs.
SEND support at Chyngton
High quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the individual needs of the majority of children. Some children need educational provision that is additional to or different from this. Occasionally some children may need to have additional interventions because they have fallen behind in their learning. These relatively short term strategies are designed to bring children back up to expected levels.
We have high aspirations for all of our children, and work hard to make sure that every child can access a broad and balanced curriculum and make good progress from their individual starting points. We strive to make sure every classroom is an inclusive environment and our teachers and teaching assistants are trained in dyslexia, autism, attachment and trauma and emotional regulation, and we plan in further training every year.
We also have a nurture class, supporting children who may need some additional support to with social skills, attention and listening and emotional regulation and aim to make every classroom a nurturing environment.
We run a variety of interventions to meet our children’s needs throughout the year including sensory circuits, Jumpahead, reading, phonics, maths, Zones of Regulation and social skills.
In addition to their plan (APDR) your child will have a pupil passport. The Pupil Passport highlights the information that is important for a teacher or adult working with your child to know. It will often carry information about what adjustments need to be in place at school to meet your child’s needs.
Your child’s plan will highlight the outcomes we are working towards and the provision that will support them to achieve these outcomes. We call this an Additional Needs, or ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ plan as this is the approach recommended by the SEND Code of Practice.
Some children may also have a full Additional Needs Plan, or an Education, Health and Care Plan. One of the review meetings each year will need to focus on reviewing and updating these plans.
For more information please look at the school's SEN Information Report and the Local Authority Local Offer. (Links can be found below!)
If you have any concerns at any point, your first point of contact will be your child’s class teacher, who will do their best to resolve any issues. However, you are also encouraged to contact me, Gemma Southerden, or one of our Child Welfare and Parent Support team at any point by phone or email, or arrange a meeting. We always try to get back to you within 2 working days. I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week, and so on Thursdays and Fridays it would be best to contact Mrs Raven if you need an urgent response, or Mrs Scudder who will be able to pass a message on to me when I am next in. We are always happy to hear from you and no concern is too small or insignificant! Equally, it is always great to hear about achievements and celebrations!
It has always been really important to us to ensure that we work in partnership with parents and carers of children with SEND, and also that we listen to the children when planning support and provision.
Your child’s plan, which we call Assess, Plan, Do, Review or ‘APDR’ will be produced and reviewed with you three times a year. Your child’s class teacher will usually lead this process, with advice from myself and Miss Robertson as necessary.
Class teachers will be liaising with any other staff your child is involved with and incorporating their views too.
We also want to make sure that we listen to your children, as it is important that they have a voice in their planning and provision, and celebrate their successes!
If your child has an EHCP, these arrangements may differ and someone will be in touch with you shortly.
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
At Chyngton, the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our children is a priority. Our staff have all had training on MHEW, and Zones of Regulation, which we are using in every classroom. We also have other sources of support for children when they may be struggling with MHEW.
This year we are working with the Youth Counselling Project who are providing a counsellor for one day each week, meaning she can see up to 5 children each term.
We are also working with a Mental Health Support Team. This means that an Education Mental Health Practitioner is based here one day a week, offering a range of therapeutic services to children who may be struggling with anxiety, low mood, phobias, eating or sleeping difficulties.
We also have our wonderful pastoral team, based in the Garden Room, which offers support to children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health or emotional wellbeing, please contact any member of staff you feel comfortable talking to. We have a referral pathway for further support if your child would benefit from it that all staff members are aware of.
Support and guidance
Our SEN information Report can be found at the bottom of this page.
East Sussex Local Offer outlines services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in East Sussex. https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/
ISEND – this is our local authorities SEND service and they have a Facebook page which is really helpful. Search for ‘ISEND East Sussex’ and you will find it! They have advice lines, videos, events etc.
Speech and Language – in school we use Speechlink to support children with speech and language difficulties and they have lots of useful advice in their parent portal - https://speechandlanguage.info/parents
Amaze SENDIASS are an independent source of support for families with a young person or child who has a Special Educational Need or disability. Their website is www.amazesussex.org.uk .
Young Minds is a website with advice for parents and carers, schools and young people about any mental health difficulties. There is also a helpline - 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
i-go is an organisation who strive to improve access to leisure with special offers and accessibility information for families and young people across East Sussex. Children with a SEN or disability can apply for an i-go card which offers special access to certain facilities, or discounts to others. https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds/leisure/i-go/