Mr Saxton, SENDCo.
Welcome to St Joseph’s SEND Information page. My name is Philip Saxton and I am your school SENDCo.
On this page you will find statutory information about how we support SEND children at St. Joseph’s.
Also, please take some time to look through the resources available and feel free to use them to support your child/children at home. These are not designed to replace any work your child’s class teacher has instructed but rather to enhance and support any learning differences or barriers your child may have.
At St. Joseph’s we believe that children are best supported when teachers and parents work in partnership so please feel free to contact your class teacher or myself to ask for any support.
Mr Philip Saxton
From September 2014, all schools are expected to publish information about their provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This includes the ‘Local Offer’ from Local Authorities, which helps parents/carers understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. Information found from the Local Offer should help families understand how the system works, and how the local authority, local area and schools support both children and families.
You can read details of our special needs provision and local offer below:
Also see our SEND Policy on our Policies and Documents page.
You can read more about Leicestershire Council's provision for special educational needs and disabilities below:
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what's printed on the page.
Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read.
The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health.
The following web links will help support children with their maths learning:
- Oak National Academy: Numeracy - Oak academy lessons to support children with additional needs in specific areas of maths.
- Call Scotland - iPad apps for learners with Dyscalculia/numeracy difficulties.
- EasyRead Time Teaching Resources - resources to support teaching to tell the time.
- We Are Teachers: Maths Activities - active games to support maths learning.
- Didax: Virtual Manipulatives - virtual physical resources to help children understand maths, cubes, tens frames, number lines, bead strings, and many more!
At St Joseph’s we use the Letter-join handwriting scheme.
There is a home log-in available for children to use the website which has lots of resources. If you would like it emailing to you please let your class teacher know. Please familiarise yourself with how we teach Handwriting at St Jospeh’s so you can better support your child.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Social, Emotional and Mental Health resources and web links:
- Elsa Support - a range of resources, games etc. to support different areas of mental health; anxiety, anger, emotions, mindfulness etc.
- Managing Change Resource - resources aimed at autistic pupils, but could be used with others to support change, particularly around Covid-19.
- Autism Little Learners - a range of social stories and resources around a lot of different life issues, including Covid-19, that can be used to support children’s understanding.
- Call Scotland - iPad apps for complex communication support needs.
- Book of Beasties - create a free account to access certain activities and resources to support mindfulness and wellbeing.
- Social-Emotional Learning Games - a selection of games to play to build children’s social and emotional awareness.
- Worry Glass Presentation - read the Worry Glass with your child to help them understand the impact of holding onto worries.
Speech and Language Support
- Oak National Academy: Speech and Language Therapy - resources for young people with speech and language difficulties.
See our Covid-19 Response page for support links relating to the Coronavirus.