Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Article 2: All children have these rights no matter who they are, where they live, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
Article 23: All children have the right to special education and care if you have a disability so you can live a full life.
Support during school closure
We understand that not being able to come into school at the moment is hugely unsettling for many of our pupils, especially those with additional needs. It is a big change in routine and structure and it may be difficult to adjust initially. We have put together some resources to help you with this change as much as possible.
The following documents are to help you with different areas of learning and will provide support to complete activities that teachers will send home. It is important to remember that you do not need to replicate a full school day, but it can help to have a rough schedule for the day to talk through with your child each morning.
Everyone at Penwortham plays a role in supporting pupils with additional needs, and all teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND. Our quality first teaching and carefully planned provision ensures that the needs of all children are met.
The SEND team is made up of:
- Deputy for Inclusion - Andrew Murning
- SENDCo - Marta Mrozowska
- SEND Admin - Jacqui Okuefuna
- SEND team - Sarah Young
Our SEND policy can be found here.
Support from the Local Authority
Wandsworth’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people aged 0-25 years, living in Wandsworth, with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families, and the professionals working with them. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localoffer
Wandsworth Council’s Family Information Service provides free information and guidance on childcare, education, family support and activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years (up to 25 for young people with special needs or disabilities). www.wandsworth.gov.uk/fis
Last year we raised money for a sensory room at Penwortham. Some of the team took part in a 5k race and raised £2500 through sponsorship. The school PTA continued to raise money for the sensory room, and we are delighted to announce it has now been installed in our school and is ready for children to use. The sensory room will really support our pupils with additional needs.
Our first SEND project - Sensory wall - was designed and created by our children and for our children. You can see our sensory wall here.
We used a variety of different items and materials such as:
- Sponges and scourers
- Zips and buttons
- Foam stickers
- Little padlocks
- Decorative beads
- Colourful slinkies
- Fabrics - silk, lace, sequin
- Decorative lights
The main purpose of this project was to create a multi-sensory environment that will help children to
Increase concentration and focus attention
Develop or reactive senses of hearing , sight, smell , touch . and taste
Heighten awareness and improve alertness
Improve coordination and motor development
Promote cognitive development by increased brain function
Lead participants to explore their environment
Be an unrestrained atmosphere where participants feel able to enjoy themselves
Develop of a sense of cause and effect
Promote social interactions
Promote mental and physical relaxation - Stress levels drop dramatically
Result in more calmness and lower aggressive behaviours
Increase opportunity for choice and self-determination
Improve communication and sharing
Provide relief from pain and painful physiotherapy.