Special Educational Needs
This area of the site is to provide information on the work our SENCO has been doing to support those parents with a child with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
Rothwell Schools and SEND
At Rothwell Schools we pride ourselves on being inclusive schools. We get to know our children with SEND as individuals so that we can put the right provision in place to meet their specific needs.
If your child has SEND this is what you can expect from us –
- An ‘open door’ policy
- Termly IEP review meetings where you will be invited to come in and discuss how your child is getting on
- Being involved in the setting of targets on your child’s IEP
- Regular coffee mornings where your voice as a parent can be both heard and valued
- Your child’s voice being heard through One Page Profiles
- High aspirations for your child with a focus on celebrating their strengths and working on strengthening their areas of difficulty
- Your child’s well-being a priority at all times
- A commitment to working together at any difficult times your child may have with a solution focussed approach
Joanna Loomes SENCo Rothwell Schools
Rothwell Infant School telephone number 01536 710363
Rothwell Junior School telephone number 01536 710349
Northamptonshire Specialist Support Service
Northamptonshire Specialist Support Service offers advice and support to children, yound people, families, carers and a range of educational establishments for children with a wide range of special educational needs and/or autism, aged 0-19 years.
Northamptonshire Specialist Support Services also offers a number of courses and workshops for parents. These can be viewed here -
Children and families requiring more in depth individual support can then be referred to Northamptonshire Specialist Support Service by school or themselves using the link above. Please speak to Miss Loomes if you feel that this is something that would help you.
The Local Offer
The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to find out more easily the services that are available in their area and how to access them. The Local Offer includes provision from birth to 25 across education, health, social care and the voluntary sector. To access the Local Offer website please use the following link -
To see what we can offer children with special educational needs please please view our Core Offer to the right of this page. In addition, you will find our Inclusion Polcicy and SEN Information Report to the right of this page. We hope you find these documents helpful.
Our School Dog, Ted
Our school dog, Ted, is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and belongs to our SENCO, Miss Loomes. Ted has passed the Kennel Club Good Citizen Award examinations at both the Bronze and the Silver levels and is a friendly dog with a good temperament. Ted comes to school every day and spends most of his time in Miss Loomes’ office or out and about walking in the school grounds with various children. When children are interacting or walking Ted, they are accompanied by an adult at all times. Ted is an excellent support for children that are feeling anxious, children that are finding it difficult to engage in class and children with SEND. He has a huge impact on pupil and staff wellbeing. Children's comments include 'he helped me to not be scared of dogs', 'he's cute and makes me smile' and 'he helps me to calm down'. Parents and carers are invited to let us know of any allergies, phobias or other reasons that they would like their child not to interact with Ted.
Every morning, we provide Sensory Circuits for children with SEND, children who need support with concentration and children with sensory processing difficulties in each school hall. The children enjoy these sessions and their comments include that 'Sensory Circuits help me to calm down', 'they help me to wake up each morning', 'sensory circuits help me to get stronger' and 'they help me with my work'. The teachers have found that Sensory Circuits help the children to concentrate and come to class ready to learn. If you feel that your child would benefit from these sessions please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.
Every Wednesday, our SENCO, Miss Loomes, and our Family Support Worker, Mrs Browne hold a coffee morning. All parents, carers and child minders from both schools are very welcome to attend and are asked for their input on what they would like the focus for the sessions to be. Guest speakers are regularly invited from other agencies such as the school nursing team, health visitors and Independent Advice and Support for SEN.