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First Base PRU, Lowestoft


Whilst your child is attending First Base we will work alongside their main school to make sure our support compliments the learning programme that the school has identified. The following information will help you be aware of the specific support we can offer that might add to the planned support from the school.  If we have not answered your question here, please contact us on 01502 512963

WHO are the best people to talk to about my concern about my child’s difficulties with learning or Special Educational Need and Disability?

Talk to one of these people:

  • The SENCo in your child’s main school;
  • Your child’s Key Worker from First Base;
  • The teacher from First Base;
  • The Head of School at First Base Mr. Skazick

WHAT types of support are available for my child at First Base?

The Class teacher will make the learning tailored to the need of your child.

Through careful plans, expert teaching, closely noting progress and altering plans when they see something has been too hard to do.

The Behaviour Support Assistants, guided by the class teacher, will give 1-1 or 2-1 support in helping your child make targeted steps in progress.

In addition to the work at First Base staff will also go into school to help your child. We might do some literacy work, help develop maths language; or social skills.

We try to work alongside the school and parents to decide who would be best to support a child to learn a particular thing.

HOW do we identify and assess children with SEN?

The best way is to find out as much as possible from all the people who know the child well, people like:

Parents or carers who can tell us all about the child at home, with family members and friends and perhaps what the child was like before they came to school;

Teachers in schools can tell us about their learning, what they are good at and what they struggle with;

The children themselves can talk about what worries them, what they want to be better at and what they like doing;

Other professionals like doctors, BSS workers, Psychologists, social workers that work with you.

WE think it is really important that we keep in regular contact with you, so HOW will First Base staff communicate with you?

  • Prior to the first day at First Base you and your child will be invited to attend an open morning, which allows you to become familiar with the unit, staff and procedures.
  • From the start, you will be invited to the Initial Planning Meeting in school when we set up our work with you, the school and your child.
  • We need you to come to every Review Meeting, held usually once a term in the school.
  • We also use our purple book, which acts like a home school diary to aid communication.
  • By letter or text message to let you know general information or alert you to a change.
  • From our Website http://www.firstbaselowestoft.com/suffolk/primary/firstbase  
  • At meetings with outside agencies.
  • You can contact us too at any time by telephone on 01502 512963

WHERE can I find more support and information? Following these links might help. 

WHERE can I find more support and information? Following these links might help.

· Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/keeping-children-safe/common-assessment-framework-caf/common-assessment-framework-caf-information-for-families

· Information, Advice and Support Service about SEND http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/localoffer.page?localofferchannelnew=0 

· Contact for family support families of disabled children http://www.cafamily.org.uk/ 

· The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS (previously Parent Partnership) is a confidential and impartial support and advice service for parents, carers, children and young people (up to 25 years) on issues related to Special Educational Needs and disability

· Suffolk local information of support for SEND  and additional information for parents around Activities for All:  https://www.access-unlimited.co.uk/activitiesunlimited/ 

· ACE Advisory Centre for Education , supporting parents of children who have been excluded from school  http://www.ace-ed.org.uk/

We will support your child’s needs to the best of our ability whilst working with you all, through adding to the support in place at school, through assessing and identifying additional needs, through our own specialist support and response packages and through sign posting you to other agencies who might help or referring your child on for further assessment or support. On return to school full time we will ensure we leave everyone well equipped to continue the support we have put in place and suggest things to enable continued progress.

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