Hello and welcome to the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) section of our website here at Valley Gardens Middle School. We are a fully inclusive school which aims to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally.

At Valley Gardens Middle School, we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different – this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.

In terms of what we offer children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, this is different for every child and it is important to emphasise that, as much as possible, this provision is designed by the relevant staff members working alongside the child, the child’s family and, where necessary, outside agencies (e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist).

A child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities at Valley Gardens Middle School will have a SEN Support Plan which sets out targets and looks at what additional provision can be put in place. The SEN Support Plan is written with our children and families to ensure that a holistic picture of need is identified and targets are set out together.

The content of the SEN Support Plans have a focus on the process of ‘Assess, Plan, Do and Review’. This is a continual cycle in which staff look at any needs and act on these accordingly, so that the best possible provision can be put in place. For many children, support targets will be connected to learning and will often be specifically to do with English and Maths. For other children, they may be to do with communicating with children and adults or overcoming physical issues (for example fine motor control). The most important point is the support targets depend on the needs of the child.

We have an ARP (Additional Resource Provision) on site which caters for up to 10 pupils with moderate learning difficulties. We also have a number of pupils within the school with additional needs, some of which are supported by an EHCP.

Miss Wilson is our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please feel free to contact her via the school office on 0191 917 6667 or by email on [email protected]. She will be more than happy to make an appointment to listen to any questions or queries linked to your child’s needs.

Please find details of our offer to pupils with Additional Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities in the Useful Documents below.

The North Tyneside Local SEN offer can be viewed by clicking on the following link :

Valley Gardens Middle School Local offer for pupils with SEND – March 2021

The Valley Gardens SEN Information Report can be found by clicking on the following link:

SEND Information Report- March 2021

The Valley Gardens SEN Policy can be found by clicking on the following link:

Special Educational Needs Policy – March 2021

The Valley Gardens Accessibility Plan can be found by clicking on the following link:

Valley Gardens Middle School Accessibility Plan 2021- 2024 – March 2021

 

ARP – Additionally Resourced Provision

ARP stands for ‘Additional Resource Provision’. Valley Gardens Middle School has a ten- place, inclusive provision within the mainstream school, for pupils, aged 8-13, who have Moderate Learning Difficulties.  We have teachers who work with pupils to address their specific learning needs, as well as Teaching Assistants to support them in lessons across the curriculum and deliver additional interventions. This approach makes effective use of a range of teaching and learning styles, differentiation, small group work and learning support in order to raise the achievement of its pupils.

The curriculum offered within the ARP is bespoke, catering for the specific needs of individual pupils. We want our pupils to achieve the very best they can, acquiring functional skills in English and Maths so they are able to lead fulfilling and independent lives. We also seek to boost skills holistically to prepare our pupils for young adulthood and beyond. 

Provision in the ARP goes beyond the differentiated approaches and learning arrangements provided by quality first teaching. We provide high quality teaching and learning experiences in small groups or on a one to one basis in an environment where children feel safe to voice their opinions and needs. Lessons in the ARP use an ‘I can’ philosophy. We recognise success, however small, and aim to build up a positive working ethos which boosts the self esteem of our pupils. A targeted pace of learning gives additional time for pupils to explore and process concepts, Strategies to promote memory and recall are in use on a daily basis, this ‘overlearning’ helps to embed what has gone before.

Programmes of work are developed by working with, and following the advice recommended by a range of external agencies from both education and healthcare settings. These include Educational Psychology, the North Tyneside Dyslexia team, the Language and Communication Team, CAMHS, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. We work in consultation with families and pupil progress is monitored at least termly.

All staff working within the ARP have additional training and experience in working with pupils with additional needs. We respond to the needs and interests of our pupils by enhancing their learning experiences using a wide variety of additional resources available to staff. Pupils can experience the curriculum through a wide range of activities. Visual prompts and clues, practical resources and precision teaching methods help to embed learning and support the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.

For further information linked to our ARP, please see the document below:

VGMS ARP

North Tyneside’s approach to supporting Dyslexia

January 2018 NT Policy Literacy Difficulties Dyslexia.pdf

Local Offer June 2021.pdf

Support and advice for parents and carers

North Tyneside CAMHS have created some short workshop videos which can be found through the link below and cover topics such as:

  • Attachment and adverse childhood experiences
  • Autism and anxiety
  • Tics
  • Low mood and depression
  • Anxiety
  • Managing difficult behaviour
  • ADHD Brain
  • Understanding Autism

Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The special educational needs and disability information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) is a specialist service that can help and guide you in all aspects of special educational needs.

They provide:

  • General advice and information to children, young people, parents and carers
  • Impartial and factual support on all aspects of the SEN framework
  • Help with the planning and the assessment process of an education, health and care (EHC) plan.