Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Meet the SENDCO…
A really warm welcome to you, my name is Madeline Poote and my role here at Long Crendon School is the SENDCo (Special educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator). This means that I work closely with the headteacher and with all staff and parents/carers to ensure that we identify any child with additional needs and we then implement strategies and support to ensure that their needs are met in school.
I work part-time as SENDCo, my working days are all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-1pm. Prior to becoming SENDCo, since the year 2000 I have worked in numerous schools and have taught all year groups in a primary school. I was head of a lower school and enjoyed being in the leadership team. I became SENDCo in 2011 after returning to work following the birth of my first child, I now have three children of my own. I completed the National SENDCo Award, which ignited in me a real passion for inclusivity and the mental health of children. I feel passionately that all children are incredible and it is important that they all feel this way no matter what their difficulty may be. We are a values-based school and we continually strive to model our monthly values such as respect, honesty, resilience and determination.
We ensure that a child who needs additional support is happy with the support they receive, for example, some children enjoy going out of the classroom to work with an adult or in a small group, whereas another child may prefer to stay in the classroom. It is vital that we build on a child’s self-esteem and by working closely in collaboration with parents and the child we can achieve this successfully. At Long Crendon School we cater for individuals by creating a personalised SEN Support plan which outlines the key outcomes we are focusing on and a plan of how it will be achieved. This is agreed with parents and we have regular SEN review meetings with parents to discuss progress towards these outcomes. The communication with parents is high priority because working in collaboration we know brings the most positive outcomes.
It is a huge privilege to spend our days working with these amazing young people. At Long Crendon School we have a team of extremely committed teachers and teaching assistants who work closely together to ensure that every child can shine. We gain expertise from outside agencies and professionals such as the speech and language service, educational psychologists, CAMH’s (Child and adolescent mental health team), specialist teaching service, Family Support service, School nursing team and recently we have worked very closely with the PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) on developing strategies for managing more challenging behaviour. All of these services and many others work closely with us in planning the support we provide. We are extremely committed to ongoing training and development.
I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful school and share in the unique journeys of children’s lives and observing them flourish.
If you have a concern about your child, for example, you may have a history of dyslexia in your family and have considered if your child is dyslexic, or perhaps your child has angry outbursts at home or struggles to come into school each day. Whatever your concern please communicate with your child’s class teacher in the first instance in person, by telephone or email. The teacher will welcome a discussion with you because by working together as a team, we can ensure that support is implemented for your child and early intervention is important to achieve the best outcomes. The class teacher will communicate with me too and we can work together.
You are also welcome to email me directly, my email address is: email@example.com
SEN – Links to follow for helpful information about children with Special Educational Needs.
Buckinghamshire’s Ordinarily Available Provision – Link
SEN – Important documents that reflect our SEN work here at Long Crendon.
The Local Offer
The Local Offer
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:
Please have a look at our local offer here – Long Crendon School Local Offer 2021