Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
It is estimated that one in five children need extra support at some time in their school lives. Early identification of children with additional needs is made by close consultation with parents from school entry and by the monitoring of individual pupils through the regular assessments and observations that take place in school.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) follows up a teacher’s concern and works with the teacher to look at ways to help the child. If necessary the child is placed on the Special Needs Register and a Pupil Passport is devised. These provide individual targets for children and are linked specifically to their individual needs. The targets are shared with children and parents and are regularly reviewed; new targets may be set or the child may be removed from the SEN register if the difficulty has been resolved. Parents are fully involved in all discussions about their child’s progress. Where appropriate, additional support may be sought from an external agency. Any referral to an outside agency is undertaken with parental consent.
Sometimes the support for a child may involve a referral to an Educational Psychologist. Rarely this may lead to the longer-term support of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) but this is only for a severe high level of need, usually where a child may need to attend a complex needs school in the future. An EHCP is a legal statement about the child’s educational provision, which is reviewed regularly.
By identifying barriers to learning we support children to make good personal progress. We firmly believe that all children have strengths and talents in different areas and work hard to ensure they experience success in whichever area they can.
We encourage parents to discuss any concerns about their child’s progress, development or welfare with the class teacher, Headteacher or SENCO (Mrs Z Mack).
Our SEND governor is: Mrs Lucy Purvis
Mattishall Primary School,
Dereham Road , Mattishall , Dereham NR20 3AA
Norfolk SEND Partnership offer information and advice to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).