SEND Questions

Who should I talk to about my child’s SEND?

Your child’s class teacher is always best placed to answer any queries you may have relating to any aspect of school life. They may consult other staff members involved with your child, such as the class LSA / SEN LSA.

You can also talk to the SENCo/Inclusion Manager (Miss Caulfield) by calling (0049) 5251 5439548. A call should always be made to the SENCo/Inclusion Manager if you are due to be posted to Paderborn and need SEND information, or if you have any concern which you feel has not been answered by your child’s class teacher.

What types of support will be available to my child? How will teaching be adapted?

There are many types of SEND support available at Bishopspark School. These range from full time 1:1 support to 20 minute Speech and Language sessions. Support for all children begins in the classroom with Quality First Teaching, where the class teacher plans learning which allows all children to achieve their potential.  A range of learning styles and outcomes are employed to engage learners in purposeful tasks. If a teacher feels that a child needs more support, they will share this information with you as a parent and outline additional provision. If progress remains a concern (despite initial action), the class teacher and SENCo will follow the process outlined in the stages of SEND at Bishopspark or the SEND Parent Guide.

Some examples of SEND support currently in place include: Speech and Language Therapy- following targets set by the Speech Therapist; ELSA and Talk Partners.

How will I find out about my child’s progress?

  • All new pupils are offered a 3 week transition appointment with their new Class teacher.
  • Class teachers provide parent consultations in the autumn and spring terms and an end of year report is produced for every child in July. Children who leave during the academic year will receive a transition report on their last day.
  • Parents are informed of their child’s current attainment and next steps in learning.
  • Parents are involved in the RIAISEN 3 process, reviewing progress and discussing future targets on a regular basis (minimum –termly)
  • Parents may be asked to meet with their child’s class teacher at any time to discuss progress or attainment.
  • Parents are invited into school to join our weekly Achievement Assembly when their child has been nominated.
  • EYFS pupils learning is available to parents on daily basis throughTapestry and for Years 1 to 4 through Seesaw.   

How does the school support transition?

Transition is widely recognised as a stressful time for all families. Bishopspark School is experienced at receiving children (and saying goodbye) on a regular basis. Our aim is always to mitigate the effects of mobility and make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Please register as soon as possible using the information available on our website under the Admissions tab. Please do begin to talk to your child about some of the information available on our school website. In addition feel free to call the school (0049) 5251 5439548 or send an email to 
  • On arrival, you will have a tour of the school and induction with Mr Chapman (Headteacher). Your child will have been allocated to a class and a team. The class teacher will prepare the class for new arrivals ensuring that a tray and a peg are named. Also a ‘buddy’ will be allocated to support your child during their first few days at Bishopspark.
  • Class teachers will offer a 3 week induction meeting to parents to discuss the settling-in period.      
  • All new arrivals are welcomed in a whole school assembly and their names are added to our arrivals page on our reception display.

When children have to say goodbye, we support transition to a new school in a variety of ways, depending on needs.

  • Exploring the new school’s website, identifying class pages, new teachers, clubs available and the information provided in the latest newsletter (if available).
  • Telephone call /contact with the new school (if applicable).
  • Making a leaving book/scrap book.
  • Encouraging positive thoughts about new adventures and challenges.
  • Class ‘Circle time’ to deal with change (if applicable).
  • Information added to the ‘Leavers page’ and a whole school ‘Goodbye’ in assembly in which the children are awarded with a class card and leaving Bishopspark teddy bear. .
  • 1:1 support from the SEN Transition lead (Mrs Wheeler).
  • School records and leaving report prepared and given to parents to take to the new school. Additional SEN information and explanation to parents who have not experienced UK schooling can be provided on request.

How good is the progress of children with SEN at Bishopspark School?

Ofsted (2013) noted that. “The learning of disabled pupils and those who find learning difficult, including those on school action and school action plus, is well supported. Their needs are identified rigorously. These pupils receive tailored personalised support and guidance in lessons, for example through the use of additional adults, to meet their needs. As a result, they make similar progress to other pupils.”

Analysis of the latest in year pupil progress data for the autumn term of 2016-17 indicates that children on our SEND register continue to make similar progress to other pupils and in some year groups accelerated progress.

What training is available to staff in relation to SEND?

General SEND awareness is kept on the agenda by the SENCo. Inset training is delivered by the SENCo as required. Staff in addition receive specialist training from external partner agencies through DCYP / Targeted Services.

How is support allocated to children with SEND?

Support is allocated to children by the SENCo in conjunction with class teachers and SEN LSAs. Various factors are considered prior to the allocation of support:

  • The child’s progress and predicted attainment in relation to age related expectation.
  • Current level of additional support given.
  • Identified gaps within the child’s knowledge.
  • Expertise of the school’s staff
  • Time available

The SENCo meets with all class teachers at least once each term, tracking and discussing the progress made by all SEND children. Additional support and specific interventions are then allocated based on all of the above factors. Class teachers may ask the SENCo for advice at anytime. 

When should I contact CEAS and what service do they offer?

All children of military families with SEND at RIAISEN 3 should register with CEAS.

For civilian families it is strongly recommended that this advice is followed also.

CEAS can help with independent advice on any aspect of education relating to SEND. They can support in finding school places on return to the UK.

What should I do if things go wrong?

For any concern you may have in relation to your child, your first contact should be with your child’s class teacher. If they are unable to solve the issue for you, please contact Miss Caulfield SENCo/Inclusion Manager