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Can I tell you what I think or want or what my child thinks or wants?

I know my child best. Can I tell you what I want?

Yes. We want to know about what your child wants and what you want for them. At least once a year, we will talk to you and your child about hopes and dreams. Children learn best when school and home work together to support them.

What information should I bring if I come to talk to the school about my child’s SEND?

Please bring any medical letters (e.g. a diagnosis or a letter from a paediatrician) or any other relevant paperwork you would like to share with school. Don’t worry if you don’t have any paperwork- it’s more important that we talk to you.

Can my child tell you about what he wants?

Yes. We are very anxious to know about what your child wants.  If your child would like to attend, they can come to the termly meetings we have to discuss their progress and their next steps.

What is person-centred planning?

Person centred planning is a visual approach to recording a child’s hope and dreams and their journey towards them.  It is a process for continual listening and learning, focussing on what is important to the child now and in the future. If you would like to find out more, visit http://www.helensandersonassociates.co.uk/

Can I ask for my child to be on SENS, or to stay on SENS?

If you are concerned about the progress your child is making, please talk to their class teacher and discuss what is already being done to support them. If the teacher agrees that your child needs something more, they may suggest that they gather more evidence and organise assessments and then have a meeting with you and the SENCO to decide on a plan to support your child.

I’m a working parents and I don’t have time to come to meetings. Does that mean that I can’t be involved?

We try to involve all parents in working with us to support their children and will try to work with you to find an opportunity to meet or at least to share a phone call or Skype.

Will I have the opportunity to talk about what strategies work at home? (eg. for managing behaviour)

Yes please. If you have strategies that help your child, we would be very pleased to learn from you.