Day of Action for Climate Change Parents and pupils may be aware that Friday 20th September will mark another day of global action and protest, to raise awareness and understanding of the many complex issues surrounding global Climate Change. Kernow Learning Trust recognises the vital importance of educating our pupils about the developing climate emergency, and have committed as a Trust to ensuring that all of our schools work to ensure that our pupils know that they are Global Citizens with a responsibility for our global environment. Every school in the Trust has a ‘Global Learning’ Leader and all schools are currently engaging in training to deliver ‘Global Learning’ to their staff. We cannot encourage pupils to be absent from school on this Friday, due to our duty of care for our pupils, but we have decided to enable pupils to show their solidarity with the Climate Change movement through a series of initiatives in our schools in the forthcoming weeks and months ahead. Our schools will teach more about the challenges that we face through issues such as plastic pollution, recycling and saving energy. We are very proud to have Eden as a member of our Trust and so consideration of the challenges that will face our children’s generation, and how they can influence future developments through their actions is never far from our Trust discussions.

What is SEND?

What is SEN?
SEND – stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. These needs may be very broad, varying from difficulties in literacy to diagnosed conditions. At St Columb Major ACE Academy we have children with a variety of needs and we support them successfully. We do this in a variety of ways including extra adult support during lessons, extra time to learn the skills needed to make progress, with either the class teaching assistant or in focused out of class groups. We also ask for and encourage support from outside agencies like physiotherapists, Speech and Language therapists, the educational psychologist and county advisers for physical disabilities.

 

Who is the SEND co-ordinator?
Marie Taylor is the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO). The SENDCO’s job, alongside your child’s class teacher and a team of TA’s, is to co-ordinate the extra help they may need both in and outside of school. 

 

How can we support your children?
It might be that you are worrying that your child seems to be struggling now or more than they have in the past. In the first instance you should communicate your concerns to your child’s class teacher. We try to communicate with you at all times and teachers will speak to you if they are concerned your child is not making the anticipated progress. 

 

If you are worried that your child is not happy, struggling to remember facts, always in trouble or not making progress in reading, please speak to your child’s class teacher. If that is difficult, please ask to speak Marie Taylor.

 

If your child does need extra help you will receive an appointment to meet your child’s class teacher to discuss what they find tricky and how we propose to help them. This is written down in a plan called an IEP (Individual Education Plan). You may also receive a letter asking for permission for your child to be part of a group. These groups run during the school day and give your child extra practice at whatever skill they need. We want you to know how your child is being supported and to help them in similar ways if you can. 

 

To further support your child we also plan to give the children opportunities to try various sports and activities that they may not otherwise have the chance to do. We strive to help them find activities and skills they can thrive at, which helps boost their confidence in different areas of the curriculum and increases their self-esteem. 

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Mrs Marie Taylor is the SENCO at St Columb Major ACE Academy and works with teachers, families and children to ensure that children get the best opportunities to reach their potential whilst at our school. Mrs Cherry is the Assistant SENCO who works closely alongside Mrs Taylor.

If you need to contact Mrs Taylor please contact her by emailing senco@st-columb-major.cornwall.sch.uk or leave a message with the school office team.