Teaching & Learning

A TA is an additional member of staff who works under the direction of the teacher. In our school TA’s may work  with individuals or small groups to reinforce vocabulary, numeracy concepts and writing. Sometimes TA’s are used to do intervention programmes that will help with Numeracy, Literacy and social skills. We have volunteers that come in as well to listen to reading.
All our teachers are required to plan lessons that all children can access. They do this by using assessments to understand each child’s starting point and to plan the next step for them. If a child has a barrier to learning, the teacher takes this into account and makes adjustments to overcome it. The teachers will also differentiate the children’s work accordingly. Sometimes teachers need help to do this so they may work with another teacher who has more expertise in the area being taught or they may contact a specialist teacher from the authority. If the child’s needs are not able to be met:

  • Contact will be made with our consultant SENCO, who may carry out additional assessments to find out more about the child’s learning difficulties .
  • We sometimes ask for advice from other specialists, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and any outside agencies .
  • We record the strategies we are using in the children’s JfM booklets (Just for Me).

 Some children need particular pieces of equipment to help them work and learn more independently.
  • A range of different types of pens, pencils and grips to help with handwriting.
  • Wobble cushions are used to help better sitting.
A TA is an additional member of staff who works under the direction on the teacher. In our school TA’S work in small groups to reinforce vocabulary, numeracy concepts and writing. Sometimes TA’S are used to doing intervention groupsthat will help with Numeracy, Literacy and social skills. We have a team of TA’S who work across the school. We have volunteers that come in as well to listen to reading.
Dyslexic Training

Autism Training

Phonics and Guided reading

ADHD training Multi sensory Training

Specialised Resources

Spelling Strategies

Lego Therapy

Restorative approaches for behaviour management

The children that have SEND may given extra time in SATS if they are working at the appropriate level to take the tests.

Some children work in a smaller room with less children during exam time.

Parents Evening twice a year.

JfM review meetings termly.

School reports twice a year.

Meet with parents if any other further issues need to be discussed.

Annual Reviews held once a year for children with an EHC Plan.

Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy


Clear communication of needs and targets between school and the other organisation. Actions/targets/advice are expected to be documented by the outside agency using or JfM booklets.
We welcome trainee TAs and school leavers or those wishing to enter the educational profession. They will work alongside our teachers and TAs to get a feel for the job, supporting with activities and sessions where appropriate. Caton CPS takes our duty to safeguard children and young people very seriously and visitors are subject to any statutory safeguarding procedures including DBS checks.

Annual Reviews

Parents of statemented children know a review happens once a year.

Parents will be sent a letter to inform them of the review date.

The Agencies involved with the child will be told of the annual review date as well.

Parents and teacher will fill in a form relating to the child.

The child will fill in a form as well what they think of themselves.

All relevant staff, parents, the Head Teacher/SENCo and any outside agencies will be present at the meeting.

There are intervention groups for literacy and numeracy and phonics.

Learning support on a 1:1 basis in the afternoon.

Extra work for reinforcement.

Keeping Children Safe

Parents drop off and hand over children  to a named TA where appropriate in the morning and pick up children from the classroom in the afternoon.
During break time, there are two members of staff on duty and Pupil Voice members help to encourage children to play with the other children and are vigilant for those on their own.

At lunchtime, dinner staff and the welfare staff  look after the children .

When appropriate, some children with SEND may have 1:1 support at these times.

The teacher during PE will be there at all times to ensure the children are safe.

All staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid and will make a first response.

If an incident occurs the ambulance service will be called.

School trips are in line with Lancashire County Council Policy and a risk assessment is completed for all school trips.

The Head Teacher is also the Educational Visits Coordinator and has received full training in conducting and checking risk assessments.

All in line with Lancashire County Council Policy.

The Head Teacher is also the Educational Visits Coordinator and has received full training in conducting and checking risk assessments.

Health (Including Emotional Health and Wellbeing)

School will only administer medication prescribed by a GP in the original container.

Parents must sign a form to describe the medication, dosage and to give permission.

All medication is kept in the office or in a locked fridge.

Parents may come up to school to administer other medication such as over-the-counter antihistamines/paracetamol.

A meeting will be held with parents, SENCO, school nurse and any other professionals involved.

This information will then be shared with any other members of staff involved.

The care plan will be drawn up by the team around the family every term.

Parents are consulted if any care plans are changed.

Equally parents come to school to meet with SENCO if they feel the care plan needs adjusting.

Staff are trained by the school nurse or diabetes etc if they have children they are directly involved with.

Qualified First Aiders to assist where possible.

Ambulance service will be called to the school.

There is a defibrillator on site and both staff and parents have received training.

Ring 999.

Call parents to inform parents of any incidents.

Outside professionals such as the school nurse or occupational therapist, will come to school to train relevant staff on issues for a child they are teaching e.g. diabetes.

Child Protection training every 2 years for all staff.

SENCO trained on CAF completion.

Other agencies will come to deliver sessions for specific children if detailed on their EHCP.

Health visitor drop-in is available through Play2Learn once a month.

Communication with Parents

If parents have a SEND issue, the parents know to contact the class teacher  in the first instance.

Parents are also informed of the steps to follow at induction meetings.

The complaints procedure has been made available to all parents.

Parents can come in to speak to the Head Teacher at any time.

We ask that parents avoid speaking to teachers as they take children in on a morning to avoid disruptions to settling in and learning.

However, they may approach the office which is staffed each morning, the Head Teacher or an available TA.

Parents may come in to speak to teachers at the end of the day without an appointment.

We have a dedicated Open Afternoon once a week but parents and visitors are welcome in class at any time so long as they respect the needs of the children (particularly those in EYFS and the younger class).

More formal meetings can be arranged at a suitable time for both staff and parents to allow for a more detailed discussion.

Parents Evening twice a year.

School report twice a year.

JfM booklets termly.

Certificates and 
reward postcards


Phone calls.


Personal message via Facebook.

Phone calls to the specific teacher involved.




Regular meetings.

Parent forum.

Parent Governors.

Working Together

Yes, to fit in with the expectations and ethos of the school.

We have a very active Pupil Voice who meet once a week with a dedicated member of staff.

They meet with the Head Teacher once every half-term and governors, every term.

We aim to keep our parents informed through our weekly newsletter. This details what the children have been doing (in their own words)and information from the Head Teacher, alternatively, once a week.

1:1 meetings.

Parent forum.


Parent Questionnaire.


Parent Forum

Governing Body

Volunteers for reading and/or other skill-sharing

First Aid training

Governor link to SEN.

Governor linked to SEN  comes into school and meets with staff to discuss any arising issues.

All staff would be available to meet with parents to help complete any paperwork that is required.

Close links with Parent Partnership who also support parents.

Parents have their own transport.

Parents will advise office when assistance is needed.

Pupil Access Team would be alerted if problems arose or if there was a specific need.

Children will have taster days at their new schools.

Discussions will be held between staff of both schools.

Reports and assessment details will be passed on accordingly.

New school staff will be encouraged to visit the child and parents in the school prior to transition.

Part of the PSHE curriculum to teach children to be responsible people in the community.
Internal staff clubs are free.

If we have an external club coming into the school there will be a charge but the school uses Pupil Premium funding to subsidise this and residential trips.