Special Educational Needs & Disability

We give high priority to children in our school who may need extra support with their learning. This could be children who are having some particular difficulty or who are particularly able in an area and need a programme to support them. We also look to support children using the government’s Pupil Premium.

If a child is having some difficulties with their school work, the class teacher will have a discussion with the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCo). Informal advice may be given and this may be all that is needed. Where further concerns exist additional targeted provision is identified. Support to reach these targets may come from a Teaching Assistant working individually or with small groups of children. It may also be through the class teacher targeting a group of children with additional work and support for a short period of time.

In light of the changes outlined in the Children & Families Act (2014) at Nova Primary School we actively consulted with parents, carers and young people to gather their views about how these changes have affected them. If you would like further information on the changes please follow this link: SEND Changes Sept 2014

Thank you to all the parents who took part in our SEN Consultations which took place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March 2015.

If you would like to find out more information about Bristol City Council’s Local Offer follow this link:Bristol City Council’s Local Offer

The Education Local Offer shows the special educational provision and training available in Bristol. It also includes information about Education, Health and Care Plans, funding arrangements for education settings and travel arrangements.

All Governing Bodies must publish an SEN information report under the Children & Families Act (2014). This will include details of the expertise already available in school and how you can access specialist equipment and services. Follow this link to view Nova Primary School Special Educational Needs Information Report 17-18

If you would like to discuss anything in relation to SEND please contact Mrs Morris directly via or the school office.

Janet is our Lead Learning Mentor at Nova Primary School.

As Lead Learning Mentor Janet is able to support pupils by providing a diverse range of learning opportunities. Janet works with pupils, families, school staff and other professional agencies to help pupils to develop their potential by removing barriers to learning which may be in the school or in home.

Barriers to Learning
A barrier to learning is any factor that prevents a child from being in a suitable/emotional, physical or psychological state to engage in their lesson and learn.

Some examples of these barriers are:

  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Lack of social skills
  • Medical needs
  • Absence from school
  • Lateness to school
  • Feeling vulnerable
  • Bullying
  • Family difficulties
  • Bereavement

If a child experiences one factor or a combination of the above barriers to learning, then this may lead to low self esteem, disruptive behaviour or a negative attitude to learning which can result in the child not fulfilling their potential. A Learning Mentor helps the child to develop strategies and skills to enable them to make positive choices and learn.

Learning Mentors work with pupils on a one to one or group basis outside the classroom to address the barriers to learning.

Learning Mentors are also involved in running different activities which include:
• Liaising with parents/carers and other agencies to support pupil progress
• Mediation work between peers, pupils, staff and parents/carers
• Supporting pupils transferring from primary to secondary school
• Setting weekly achievable targets for individual children who may be underachieving due to confidence, friendship difficulties and inappropriate behaviour in and out of the classroom.

Attendance and Punctuality
Good attendance and punctuality are clearly linked to children making good progress in their learning. It ensures that children settle into school and experience the stability and security that they need in order to achieve their best.

Your child needs to be in school everyday during term time unless he/she is ill or attending a medical appointment.
A letter will be sent from Janet if there are concerns about your child’s attendance.

If you find you are having difficulty with your child’s attendance or punctuality then please come and speak to Janet and she can offer support where appropriate.

Janet aims to provide non-judgemental support for all children and their families. If you would like an informal chat or have any issues or concerns you would like to discuss, then please do not hesitate to contact her.