The SEND contact at Westminster Primary Academy is:
Mrs Susan Collins – SEND-Coordinator (SENCO), Assistant Principal
At Westminster Primary Academy we are fully committed to offering an inclusive, balanced curriculum that challenges all our pupils to achieve their best by valuing the contribution, ability and achievement of all. We aim to promote an atmosphere and ethos that encourages spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our pupils to be responsible, caring members of the wider community. We promote respect for the beliefs and values of others regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality or ability through British Values within the curriculum.
In school provision beyond first quality teaching:
The purpose of The Hub is to provide an individualised curriculum that meets the needs of pupils in KS1 who are working at pre-Key Stage levels.
At Westminster Primary Academy we are very flexible to the needs of the children at any particular time, be that the needs of a particular cohort and at a certain time in the school year ie September. We have the option of utilising either or both of the Bridge or Nurture rooms.
The purpose of The Bridge is to support pupils attending Westminster Primary Academy who have significant emotional and learning needs which are having a negative impact on their achievement and progress in school.
- Provide opportunities for accelerated learning and achievement, through smaller group sizes and higher adult ratios.
- Support pupils to overcome the challenges placed on them by their social and emotional needs and teach strategies to overcome these.
- Promote a positive attitude towards learning so that pupils enjoy coming into school and have improved self-esteem and resilience.
Purpose: The Bridge is designed to be a short 8 week (or half a term) intervention after which time pupils will have a supported, phased re-integration back to their base class.
The purpose of the Nurture Room is to strengthen the emotional wellbeing and resilience of pupils with SEND by providing opportunities to gain, build and maintain positive social interactions in a respectful, fun and caring environment. It is a multi-functional room that can be utilised as a quiet space to calm down and reflect, a reward room and a space where children can learn how to play together. It is also used to provide support for those who find social times difficult or overwhelming.
The Focus room is a quiet space where children who are disrupting learning can go in order to re-focus on their learning behaviours or take a time out of reflect on their choices. In there they can access support with aspects of their work they are finding hard or discuss social or emotional issues that are proving to be a barrier to their learning.
Speech and Language Support
Learning Mentors / Counsellor
Our very experienced learning mentors provide a vital role in school in supporting children to overcome barriers to learning. Support can be given in the form a 5 minute chat or piece of toast in a morning to ongoing weekly meetings to work through issues. Work is also undertaken as a mediator in disputes and work on how to be a good friend.
We also have a counsellor working in school 2 days a week for more intense one to one support with social, emotional and educational concerns.
We also work with a wide variety of outside agencies:
Children's Social Care including Families in Need (FIN), Child in Need (CIN) teams
School Nursing Team
SHINE - Occupational, Speech and Language Therapies and Sensory Integration
Nurture UK - Mental Health and Wellbeing
Blackpool Educational Diversity - Pupil referral unit
3 local special schools - Park, Woodlands, Red Marsh
Blackpool Behavioural Advisory Team
If you have any questions regarding SEND, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For the Blackpool's local SEND offer click HERE.