Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Article 23: All children have the right to special education and care if you have a disability so you can live a full life.
Article 2: All children have these rights no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
Our SEND Vision -
Community- Everyone is included
Unity - United by our school's values
Opportunity - Aim for happiness and success
We continually strive to ensure that all our pupils have the best possible experience at Penwortham. In order to achieve this, we recognise that some pupils with Complex SEN needs might require specialist provision where their needs can be better supported and where they can truly thrive. We pride ourselves in putting the individual needs of the child first and at the centre of all that we do.
Our SEND team
Everyone at Penwortham plays a role in supporting pupils with additional needs, and all teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND. Our quality first teaching and carefully planned provision ensures that the needs of all children are met.
The SEND team is made up of:
Deputy Head & Inclusion Lead - Litsa Anderson
SENCo - Marta Mrozowska
SEND Admin and Support - Jacqui Okuefuna
- SEND Team member - Julija McEwen
- SEND Team member - James Mitchell
Our SEND policy can be found here.
Our SEND information report can be found here.
Awards and Accreditation
We are Proud to be an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of excellence. This award recognises our commitment to inclusive practice across the school. Staff are unified in their aspiration for all pupils, ensuring no child is left behind and achievement in all areas of learning and personal development is of a high standard. Read our 2020 report here. Read the 2021 Annual Review report here. Read the 2022 Annual Review here.
National SEND Award - Inclusive Practice
We are extremely proud to have been awarded The National Special Educational Needs and Disability Award in category of Most Inclusive Practice Across a School 2020. The children at Penwortham are at the centre of all we do and this award recognises our commitment to high quality learning and teaching and our well targeted inclusion strategies and practice. Read our report here.
National SEND Award - Parents
To be awarded The National Special Educational Needs and Disability Award in category of Partnership with Parents 2020 meant a lot to us. Parents are the children's first educators and at Penwortham we work very effectively with parents and carers to help support children's learning. We have developed a strong partnership with our parents built on mutual care, trust and respect. Read our report here. Read the testimonials from parents here.
At Penwortham, we are open to working with other schools and welcome colleagues from other schools or settings. As a Centre of excellence, we pride ourselves in sharing our expertise, knowledge and experience with others.
Resources to support children with SEND
Our SEND Provsion
At Penwortham, the children are at the centre of everything we do. Our aim is to provide the best possible learning opportunities for all our children. Children with Special educational needs are offered a variety of specialised provision in order for them to make progress and achieve their best. To read our Interventions guide click here.
A major part of our SEND provision are our highly skilled and dedicated teachers and support staff. Our existing Teaching Assistants and newly recruited staff have a high level of professionalism and expertise. We offer our TA's ongoing training and development opportunities such as ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), SALT (Speech and Language Therapy), Dyslexia and ADHD training so that they can confidently support the needs of our pupils with SEND. In fact, our pupils with SEND are an integral part of the process when we are recruiting new staff. They ask questions and are skilled at recognising those candidates who will make a real difference . The children are at the centre of all that we do.
Support from the Local Authority
Wandsworth’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people aged 0-25 years, living in Wandsworth, with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families, and the professionals working with them. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localoffer
Wandsworth Council’s Family Information Service provides free information and guidance on childcare, education, family support and activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years (up to 25 for young people with special needs or disabilities). www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fis
Other Support from Wandsworth
Wandsworth's Strategy for Children and Young People with SEND commits to support children with SEND to aim high, achieve well and feel a sense of belonging and inclusion. The document outlining the strategy is called 'Ordinarily Available Provision. Read the document here.
Penwortham's SEND Newsletters
Our SEND newsletters are designed to be a helpful resource for the parents and carers of pupils with SEND. We aim to include useful information on all aspects of SEND and guidance on how to access resources in the borough. We celebrate the achievements of our pupils and we welcome our parents' contributions too.
Parent Workshops - Speech and Language Development
Workshop 1: The Development of Speech and Language
Workshop 2: Attention and Listening Skills
Workshop 3: Receptive Language (Understanding)
Workshop 4: Expressive Language (Speaking)
Workshop 5: EAL (English as an Additional Language)
In 2019, we raised money for a sensory room at Penwortham. Some of the team took part in a 5k race and raised £2500 through sponsorship. The school PTA continued to raise money for the sensory room, and we are delighted to announce it has now been installed in our school and is ready for children to use. The sensory room will really support our pupils with additional needs. You can see our sensory room here.
Our first SEND project - Sensory wall - was designed and created by our children and for our children. You can see our sensory wall here.
We used a variety of different items and materials such as:
Sponges and scourers
Zips and buttons
Fabrics - silk, lace, sequin
The main purpose of this project was to create a multi-sensory environment that will help children to
Increase concentration and focus attention
Develop or reactive senses of hearing , sight, smell , touch . and taste
Heighten awareness and improve alertness
Improve coordination and motor development
Promote cognitive development by increased brain function
Lead participants to explore their environment
Be an unrestrained atmosphere where participants feel able to enjoy themselves
Develop of a sense of cause and effect
Promote social interactions
Promote mental and physical relaxation - Stress levels drop dramatically
Result in more calmness and lower aggressive behaviours
Increase opportunity for choice and self-determination
Improve communication and sharing
Provide relief from pain and painful physiotherapy.