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Ravensden C of E Primary Academy

Our school enjoys the peaceful, rural surroundings of Ravensden village situated to the east of Bedford. We have bright modern classrooms equipped with interactive white boards and wireless technology so that all children can use IT  wherever they are.

Our bright, happy and friendly children are aged from 2 to 11 years old. They  enjoy the inspiring, exciting and well resourced school  here at Ravensden Primary. We believe in ensuring that learning should be stimulating, challenging and well matched to the children’s needs through a dynamic and creative curriculum with interesting opportunities for collaborative and independent learning at all ages.

We are committed to working together to offer an enjoyable, happy and safe Christian education that enables all our children to achieve their potential in academic, creative and sporting endeavours. We are active in nurturing and developing our children’s spiritual, social, emotional and leadership skills providing an environment in which our valued, resilient and confident pupils thrive to reach high standards and make excellent progress.

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Ravensden C Of E V A Primary School
Vicarage Close
MK44 2RW
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Age Bands
11-14 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

We will always let parents know as soon as we know that their child may have a special educational need. After a discussion with their child’s teacher parent(s) are asked to acknowledge that their child has been placed on the Special Educational Needs (SEND) register and they are given a brief description of their additional needs and the level of need Either at:

  • Additional support 
  • At Statutory Assessment for An Education and Health Care Plan stage.

The ways in which we identify pupils have special educational needs are:

Before a child starts in the Reception year in the main school: Our Reception (foundation stage) teacher, Mrs Palliser, visits children at home in the summer before they start school to talk to their parent(s) and identifies any concerns they may have. She will then follow up this concern with any identified agencies and Pre-school settings. She also either visits the children at their Pre-school and/or liaises with the Pre-school to gain a full picture of each child’s needs. Those children and families with SEND are given opportunities to come into school with their child for additional taster/transition visits, preliminary joint agency meetings and to meet and work closely with the staff in school prior to the September start. 

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We may support pupils with special educational needs and disability by some of the following:

  • Specially prepared learning materials
  • The use of appropriate IT equipment
  • 1:1 or group support from Learning Support Assistants in the classroom
  • Individual and group teaching sessions/support sessions outside the classroom Specialist equipment/resources
  • Signing and assisted communication
  • Using specialist intervention programmes
  • Speech and language programmes
  • Social skills programmes
  • The role played by school in social services' assessments
  • Seeking support and involvement from Outside Agencies and specialists
What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

We have a range of Support Services that we can call upon to give us advice, support and training on SEN. In our school we have involvement from:

 Schools and Families Specialist Services

 Speech and Language Therapy Service

 Education Psychology Service

 Specialist teachers for sensory impairments

 Special schools

 Educational Psychology Services

 Child Development Centre

 Medical Needs Team

We believe that school has an important part to play within the local community. We are able to signpost to: Autism Bedfordshire 

In our school we:

 Liaise with professionals from the Health Service e.g. Health Visitors, School Nurses &GP’s Child Development Centre (CDC): Paediatrician, Occupational Health and Physiotherapy services

 …to seek advice and support for pupils.

We ensure information on pupils’ needs is shared amongst professionals & staff Involve:  Social Services professionals in reporting on pupils’ needs and progress and in attending review meetings.

 Bedford Borough Early Help services

 Bedford Borough Advisory Service e.g. Early Years, Autism advisor

 Bedford Borough SEND Officers

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

We gather information every year to help us identify what training is necessary for all staff in school. This will depend on the range of special educational and disability needs experienced by our current and accepted admissions’ pupils and to plan for them to receive the high quality education that all deserve. All school based staff are able to undertake whatever training they need to help them develop their knowledge and skills in the area of Special Educational and Disability Needs.

This training is provided in the following ways:

 Coaching from current staff in school or in the Riversmeet Cluster

 Mentoring from current staff in school or in the Riversmeet Cluster

 Job/workplace shadowing in school or in the Riversmeet Cluster

 Visits to/links with other schools, including special schools

 Training arranged through the Riversmeet Cluster or Bedford Borough

 Attendance at externally provided training events through the Stratton Partnership  Participation in accredited training opportunities both in Bedford Borough and in Central Bedfordshire or with another provider. 18. How provision for special educational and disability

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

The Age Weighted Pupil Unit and pupil premium (AWPU) is the sum of money provided to school for every pupil on roll. 5% of this money goes towards providing for children with special educational needs as well as for additional needs in all other pupils requiring educational support.

The AWPU covers costs associated with:

The employment of the SENDCO -

Providing an appropriate differentiated curriculum for pupils -

Providing Learning Support Staff -

Providing training for staff in SEND -

Providing resources for pupils with SEND -

Providing assessment resources and screening tools for SEND pupils

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

We believe that parents know their children best and that working with parents as partners is vital in helping children and young people with SEND meet their educational, social, health and relationship potentials during their educational journey. In our school we involve parents with:

 Initial conversations about supporting their child(ren)’s individual needs

 Meeting to place their child on the SEN Register and/or involve other professionals or agencies

 Meeting to agree targets set out in an IEP

 Review meetings for IEPs

 Sharing information through the SEND section on the website.

 Parents workshops; information evenings and consultation afternoon/


 Welcome for parents to read with their child 8:45-8:55am each morning

 Parent voluntary helpers welcome to support in the school

 An ‘open door’ ethos towards parents which gives opportunities to meet staff

briefly at the in the classroom each morning and at the classroom door each


 An opportunity to request a same day appointment through the school office

to meet one of: the classteacher, Senior Teacher or Headteacher

 The Headteacher (is also SENDCo) available to meet/speak with parents

briefly on the playground each morning

 Sharing information about their child with support staff at the end of the day

 Linking with Parent Partnership Services and relevant voluntary organisations