Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Rachael Thomas, supported by Lindsay Illingworth. 

At Westfield Primary Community School we firmly believe that all children have an entitlement to be educated alongside their peers. As an inclusive community we are committed to developing inclusive cultures, policies and practices.  We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils.  This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children.  We make this a reality through the attention that we pay to the different groups of children within our school.

At Westfield Primary Community School we are committed to high achievement for all, supporting children and their families in making the best of the opportunities available to them.  All children should have the opportunity to feel valued, to experience success and feel positive about themselves. If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected] .

SEND

At Westfield Primary Community School, our SEND provision places children at the heart of personalised learning. Our provision is firmly rooted in ensuring individual needs are met, enabling all children to access a broad and balanced curriculum.

We have a number of established systems of support in school lead by experienced, dedicated staff who support pupils with SEND:

Children’s Champions 

Our Children’s Champions are a team of experienced professionals dedicated to the safeguarding and well-being of our pupils and families. For more information, please click here. 

Autism Champion

At Westfield Primary Community School we recognise that we have an increasing number of children who have a diagnosis of autism. In response, we have an  Autism Champion in school.

Our Autism Champion is an experienced member of staff who has worked closely with the City Of York Council’s Specialist Teaching Team for Autism to become a champion for autism support across school. She provides invaluable ‘on the ground’ support for staff and children, helping social/emotional support systems to be put in place to enable children to reach their potential.

In addition to this, children who may find the business of lunchtime to be overwhelming, can access a lunchtime group which is run by one of our teaching assistants. Here they can play games or read a book in the comfort of a cosy room.

The Rainbow Room - Supporting children’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs

At Westfield Primary Community School we want every child to thrive. We understand that for some children, for many different reasons, the day to day expectations of the classroom can be challenging to manage and so we have an established a Nurture space to further enhance the support for the social and academic needs of our children. Our Nurture Group offers a maximum of 12 children extra support; improving their self-confidence and self-esteem, and ultimately enabling them to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Language Hub

Communication is an essential tool for life, opening up the gateway for both spoken and written interaction skills. At Westfield Primary Community School we are committed to getting off to a flying start with developing communication skills in our Early Years, and so we have developed a Language Hub.

A set of carefully planned assessment tools enable our Early Years team to identify any language needs, and these are met through dedicated interventions and support, both as part of whole class provision and more targeted support within the Language Hub.

In addition to this, we have access to a dedicated speech and language therapist who, through discussions with staff and parents, can provide advice and signposting to supporting specific language needs.

For more information about how we support children with SEND at Westfield, please read our SEND Information Report below.

Westfield Primary Community School’s SEND Policy can also be accessed below.

The Children and Families Bill requires City of York to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is the Local Offer.

The intention of the Local Offer is;

  • to improve choice and transparency for families
  • to provide an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in a local area
  • to inform the joint commissioning process for children and young people with SEND by setting out in a single place what is available locally

It is central to the ethos of the SEND Green Paper which set out a vision of a new, transparent and holistic SEN

system that the Local offer is co-produced with children, young people and their families.

For more details about the Local Offer please click on the link below.

Being a parent of children with additional needs can be a daunting experience. York’s SEN Independent Information and Advice Service can provide impartial advice for parents and carers. Further information can be found here: https://www.yor-ok.org.uk/families/Local%20Offer/SENDIASSsite/sendiass-…