Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
and The Local Offer at Abacus
Welcome to Abacus Primary School.
My name is Mrs Lewis and I am the school SENCO and Assistant Headteacher. The special educational needs element of my role is to help co-ordinate provision and planning for our pupils who may have additional learning or physical needs and to ensure that they are able to achieve their potential across the curriculum. This includes working with pupils, staff and parents as well as engaging with a wider range of professionals who can help advise about strategies and targets for individuals too.
We are a highly inclusive school aiming to enable all our pupils to participate in all aspects of the life of the school. However, there are occasions when individual pupils require more intensive planning and personalised timetables to best meet their needs and we aim to accommodate that too whenever appropriate. Please take some time to read our School Offer which outlines the graduated approach recommended to support those with additional needs, and if you would like a greater insight into our systems and processes, please have a look through our Special Educational Needs Policy.
I offer a weekly SENCO Surgery that any parent can access by booking via the school office; this service is available on a Monday afternoon at 2.45 p.m. Parents of pupils identified with additional educational needs are also invited to a Termly Review meeting with the teacher to go through the child’s One Plan, and I attend a good proportion of these to act as a support and liaison. Pupils with medical needs have an annual Health Care Plan drawn up in consultation with the family and these can be updated as and when required or roughly every 6 months.
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our very best to support you.
What is the 'Local Offer'?
It provides information for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and their parents or carers in a single place.
Our Local Offer
Click to find out more details on our Local Offer
Our Special Educational Needs & Disability Policy can also be read here:
SEN & Disability Policy
Our Accessibility Plan can be read here:
Flyers for Family Support Groups
Friday SEN Forum
Occupational Therapy Help Flyer
The Essex SENDIASS is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to special educational needs and disability (SEND). It is free and easy to access. Please see details in their leaflet below.
Essex SENDIASS information leaflet
A family guide from Snap for families who have children with special needs.
A guide to help with lots of ideas for home learning that may suit your child better e.g. life skills and practical activities. However please just let us know if your child is having difficulty accessing the remote learning provided as we can make adaptations for you.