The SEND Local Offer website has all the local services to help. Find out what is on offer from Central Bedfordshire Council by clicking the link below:
New Local Offer Website
SENDco - Miss Needham (National Award SENDCO)
Assistant SENDco - Blossom class - Mrs R Waters
Professional support/ advice - Ms O Burke (National Award SENDCO)
Early Help support and advice - Mrs Colomb & Mrs Fox
For more information about the curriculum for our SEND learners please contact Miss Needham via the school office.
Totternhoe is a fully inclusive school. We firmly believe that all children can make great individual progress and do so in a supportive happy community. Admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority (please see the admissions tab). If your child already has an EHCP please ask your SENDco to call an interim review where we can discuss your child's needs and whether Totternhoe will be the best setting to meet those needs.
We work closely with families and actively encourage parents and carers to come into school to meet with class teachers and Miss Needham (SENDco ) and Mrs Waters (Pre School). We hold My Plan meetings termly when SMART targets are set with you and your child. But our open-door policy means we can meet more regularly if your child's needs are greater.
It can take up to 8 weeks for a request for a referral to be actioned and your class teacher will work on this with you.
At Totternhoe we will not tolerate any form of discrimination and actively promote to our children that everyone is different and we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. Reasonable adjustments are put in place in conjunction with parents to ensure that everyone is successful and happy at school. We will always act on concerns from pupils and/ or parents and want to work with you every step of the way.
We are currently looking at improving our site to be more wheelchair friendly with a ramp at the front entrance to the school.
Squirrel Squad (Nurture based group)
Our staff are specially trained in the theory and practice of Nurture Groups. We aim to provide an individualised programme of education focusing on the social and emotional needs of the children who are finding adapting to the requirements of formal learning challenging and overwhelming. There is a waiting list for this intervention and may not be appropriate for all children. Children with an EHCP are not usually accepted into nurture as their needs can be met as part of their plan.
At Totternhoe it is part of school life to sometimes be a part of a group in addition to lessons. We strive to extend and stretch all children's learning and development to achieve a greater depth of understanding.
A note is sent home each term informing parents/ carers if their child is to be part of a group. The groups are moved around the school day each half term.
If you would like more detail please speak to your child's class teacher.
If you have a concern, or would just like to chat \Ms Burke and Miss Needham will be hosting half-termly virtual drop-ins specifically for those of you with a child who has SEND or who may have SEND.
SEND drop-ins: will be posted on class dojo
We are a free, impartial and confidential service offering young people with SEND and their families information or support around all aspects of SEND. Visit our new, independent website packed full of information which we hope is useful to young people and their families as well as professionals.
During lockdown and beyond we are now running an “Ask SENDIASS” session for young people with SEND and their families to discuss their queries and concerns with a SENDIASS officer. This will run alongside our normal access routes into the service and we hope to get back a version of our more traditional face to face drop-ins next academic year.
We are always looking for more volunteers to support the service in various ways. Interested?
Click here for more information about the independent advisory service.
Click here for more information
There are a number of useful information booklets that you can access here.
Please see below flyer for the Central Bedforshire Council SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service information, advice & support Spring Term Drop Ins held in local Children’s Centres together with a leaflet regarding our service.
Further information regarding our service is available online via Central Bedfordshire Local Offer:
CBC SEND Parent & Young Person Partnership Service
Direct Dial: 0300 300 8088
Please see the following information for parents/carers from Autism Bedfordshire:
Autism Bedfordshire skills4success - a social and skills programme for 16-19 year olds
The First Steps to Supporting a Child with Autism Spectrum Conditions – virtual workshop for parents
Diagnosis Support Pack
Please see below information about a new Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) for families (and professionals).
Families have described the experience of their child receiving a neurodiversity diagnosis (e.g. Autism or ADHD) as ‘like a bereavement’ and following the lengthy diagnosis process are left with little information, or understanding of ‘what next?’ They told us that a 'one-stop shop' for information, resources and signposting following a diagnosis would be really useful, and they would like this information to be accessible and from a trusted source.
The Diagnosis Support Pack (DSP) has been coproduced by families for families following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity, and contains information, resources and signposting in a variety of media (video's, infographics, animations), split into 14 sections - from sleep to medication, and lots more.
The pack has been co-produced with the help of parents, young people, local Parent Carer Forums, CAMHS, Education Psychology and other key partners.
The DSP covers the following topics:
9. Mental Heath
13. Jargon Buster
All pages have been made easy to follow, with links that that guide you through the pack. As well as making the pack informative and useful, it was important to us that the pack uplifts people and celebrates neurodiversity. We know many families find receiving a diagnosis a challenging time, but empowering messages and having positive role models are so important to help parents/carers and young people on their journey.
The weblink to the Diagnosis Support Pack is: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/dfsp or by scanning on the QR Code.