At Daisyfield we cater for children with a wide range of needs. Mrs Worden is the Special needs Co-ordinator who works with small groups and individual children according to their needs. Sometimes the teaching takes place within the child’s own classroom and sometimes children are withdrawn to the specially equipped Special Needs room.
Children may also be withdrawn from classes to work in small groups with support staff, when it is felt that this would be more beneficial to the child. These groups include Read, Write Inc Reading Groups, Speech and Language Groups and Motor Skills groups.
We have a number of children in school who are dyslexic and all teachers use 'Dyslexic friendly' strategies in their classrooms to aid children on this spectrum. The school is currently working towards achieving the 'Dyslexia Aware Quality Mark' to ensure best practice is in place for all children.
The whole school is wheelchair friendly and all areas are accessible.
If children are experiencing problems with learning they will be assessed and placed on the special needs register. Outside agencies will be involved when the child's needs cannot be met by school staff alone. If children have severe needs then a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be applied for.
Outside agencies who currently come into school include: Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Advisory teachers from SEND Support Service, an Educational Psychologist and the school nurse.
Last year we ran Parent Workshops on Literacy, Numeracy and Dyslexia and these were very popular. These will be repeated this year. If there is any other area that you would like covering please ask.
Parents are encouraged to come into school whenever they have concerns about their children.
Drop in Sessions for Parents are held every Monday morning between 11.00am and 12.00am, or by appointment, when parents can come in to discuss any worries they have about their child. Parents should ring to book an appointment to avoid several parents arriving at the same time.
Mrs Worden is part of Blackburn with Darwen Task Group for Visually Impaired children in the authority and was on the Education Health Care Panel for Blackburn with Darwen Authority from 2013 - 2015.
Mrs Worden achieved the National Qualification for SENCo, through Edge Hill University in July 2011.