At Brill School we believe that the best support we can provide for all children, including those with additional needs, is to prepare them for life beyond Brill C of E School. All children face challenges of varying kinds whether they be as a direct result of learning needs, processing difficulties, emotional needs or other high incidence SEN needs that may have a ‘label’ or a diagnosis. Our approach is a holistic one where we aim to help the children to understand any particular barriers they may have and then focus on strategies to support them with these additional difficulties.
We believe that there is a fine balance between supporting our children with identified needs and ensuring that children receive the important message that they can achieve their best whatever their needs. We aim to recognise what are genuine difficulties for our children but we also have the intent to enable our children to feel positive about themselves. We believe that no one is defined by their ‘need’. Everyone is an individual. As far as is possible, support is discrete and aims to boost confidence and promote a positive mindset. Our greatest successes have been when children have grown in confidence about themselves and have developed (with support) their own strategies to cope with particular difficulties they encounter as a result of their additional needs. We also recognise that may areas of ‘additional need’ also result in other particular areas of strength for those children. We celebrate our differences and recognise all of our children are individuals and at Brill are treated as such.
We have now held two SEN Information Sessions at school and they have been a great success!
The first session covered the Zones of Regulation, which is an emotional regulation programme we use across the school to support all children with self-regulation. It is an evidenced based programme that is highly recommended by Educational Professionals.
You can find the powerpoint that I shared during this session below.
We had an external professional visit for our second session on the 9th November. Stuart Cateridge, who is the Executive Head of the Buckinghamshire Pupil Referral Units, came and spoke about some recent training staff at Brill School have had to support our behaviour policy in school.
It was a very informative talk, Stuart also gave many examples of how these strategies can be used at home to support families and the School.
The slides can also be found below.
Please do get in touch with the team to discuss your child’s needs further.
Head of Teaching & Learning, SENCo and Senior Leadership Team
The Buckinghamshire SEND Local Offer is a network of services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The SEND Local Offer provides clear, detailed and accessible information about the services and support available, and works to ensure that young people with SEND and their parents and carers are listened to when local services are developed and reviewed. Use the link below to explore the Local Offer in more detail.
Specific information can be found here:
SEND in Education is continuously being reviewed and changes are being made throughout the Country to ensure provision for those with Special Educational Needs are being appropriately supported and challenged in Schools. The most recent review can be found below.
More recently, Buckinghamshire conducted an Education Sufficiency Strategy Survey to ensure that the Specialist offer is fairly accessible to all who need it and that provision is made available where there may be a high need with a low level of provision available. The Draft report from this Survery can also be found below.