At our school, we strive to ensure we work in partnership with all our families to secure the best outcomes for all pupils. With this in mind, if you have any concerns about your child’s learning please contact your child’s class teacher as the first port of call.
Please see our school behaviour policy below which complies with section 89 of the Education and Inspections act 2006.
Special Educational or Medical Needs
Cogenhoe is a truly inclusive school. We work closely with parents to ensure all members of our community, regardless of their abilities or disabilities can access and make the most out of our fantastic school. Where appropriate, we will make changes to the fabric of our school to accommodate children and staff with disabilities and where this is not practical, we will change how we operate to ensure that no one is disadvantaged by coming to our school.
Our Accessibility Plan describes the arrangements we have already made, and the further proposals planned, to improve physical access to the school, access to the curriculum and access to written information.
The school has a policy for supporting children with special educational needs which is revised every year. Our aim is for all children to have access to all aspects of school life, as far as is reasonable and practicable. Please see our SEN information Report below which complies with Section 69 (2) of the Children and Families Act 2014:
In order for effective partnership working between home and school to take place, we anticipate that parents will want to:
- inform the school at the earliest opportunity if their child has a disability and the exact nature of it;
- provide the information the school needs to plan effectively for the child to be a full member of the school community;
- acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the headteacher must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community;
- recognise the importance of school and home working in partnership.
Miss Emma Noble is our school SEN Coordinator. Miss Noble is available via the main school email address or telephone number. In addition to this, we have several teaching assistants who work with SEN children, some of whom receive support on a 1:1 basis in class. We also have two teaching assistants who work with children with speech and language difficulties across the school.
The governor responsible for Special Educational Needs, is our chair of Governors, Mrs Alison Barrett. If there is any concern about a child’s progress in learning, then parents are encouraged to contact the class teacher to discuss the nature of the difficulty and how the school can work together with the parents to meet the needs of the child.
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Cogenhoe Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all members of the school community to share this commitment.
To this end we will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The safety and well-being of all children and young people is of paramount importance. We recognise that parents and carers send their children to school each day with the expectation that the school provides a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have a wide range of measures in place to ensure this is put into practice and is maintained.
Child Protection at Cogenhoe
Our school staff are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents and carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect. The staff will seek to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and, where possible, inform them of the referral to Social Care. This will only occur where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.
In accordance with local Information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children are safe and receive the right support.
School will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school responsible for Child Protection (known as the Designated Lead or Officer) is charged with carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interest of the child.
We have a number of policies in place at Cogenhoe, which support our ethos for ensuring our children are safe and secure.
Induction and Training
All our staff and volunteers have an induction schedule, which includes safeguarding training and every member of staff has formal training every two years.
This knowledge is maintained throughout the school year with bite size reminders and updates on current practices and law through our staff meeting time and on training days for the whole school.
Robust Recruitment Procedures
As a school we take time to assess all applications and include clear expectations around safeguarding and suitability to work with children. We apply these protocols and expectations to regular volunteers too. Candidates should be expected to answer questions around safeguarding in their recruitment selection day.
PSHE Curriculum and E Safety Curriculum
Through our Personal Social and Health Education curriculum, children will learn how to keep themselves safe (age appropriate).
Similarly, with IT taking a leading part in our children’s everyday lives we teach them how to be safe on line and offer workshops for parents too.
We have three members of staff who undertake the Designated Child Protection Officer role (Designated Lead). These are Mrs Oldham ( Headteacher) , Mrs Blackwell (Deputy Headteacher) and Miss Noble (The EFYS lead).
We have stringent management and maintenance of our site to ensure it is safe and secure which includes management of visitors to our site.
All visitors must sign in and wear a visitor badge and be escorted unless they have met our vetting requirements to work in school unsupervised.
Our staff are trained to administer first aid and where necessary, we will advise parents of any treatment undertaken in school.
We also have additional paediatric first aiders around the school to support when necessary and to manage medicine administration.
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The Staff and Governors of Cogenhoe Primary School are committed to maintaining a positive and effective relationship with parents, but we recognise at times there may be concerns. If you have an issue that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of staff so that we can work together to secure the best outcomes for your child. A member of the staff team can be contacted on (01604) 890380.