Q4: Who do I contact if I have got a concern?

If you have a concern about your child the best person to talk to, initially, is their class teacher.

The class teacher is responsible for:

  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENCo know as necessary.
  • Writing targets, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
  • Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
In our school we also have a special educational needs coordinator, known as the SENCO. The SENCo in our school is Mr Harvey who can be contacted through the school office. Telephone: 0121 354 6270 Email: Send@stjosutton.net

The SENCo is responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Ensuring that you are:
  • involved in supporting your child’s learning
  • kept informed about the support your child is getting
  • involved in reviewing how they are doing
  • Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc…
  • Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
  • Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak to the Principal -Mr O’ Hara .The Principal is responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND.
  • He will give responsibility to the SENCo and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  • He must make sure that the Academy Committee is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.
If you are still not happy you can speak to the SEND Academy committee representative. The SEND representative is Mrs R James. The SEND representative is responsible for:

Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.
We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We are open and honest with parents and hope that they are able to do the same with us.