At Oxhey First school, our aim is to ensure all children are supported in order that they may work confidently towards reaching their full potential. We strongly believe in the role of Quality First Teaching and curriculum entitlement for all children, regardless of their ability or background. We intend to remove barriers to learning, raise expectations and levels of achievement and work in partnership with other agencies to achieve this.
Our SENDCo is Mrs E Holt.
Please see the links below to access more information on the Local Offer (external agency support) and our school Information Report and SEND Policy.
Send Information Report:
Quick guide to the SEND Code of Practice:
Online safety for pupils with SEND
Being online can be positive for children and young people, including those with additional needs. So much of our communication now happens online, either by messages, in a game or through a video call. The link to the NSPCC website below gives parents and carers a wealth of tips on how to keep their children safe online and to ensure they receive positive experiences when accessing the internet.
6-12th February 2023 is Children's Mental Health Week. The theme this year is 'Let's Connect' celebrating the importance of linking up with friends and family, in a range of ways, to boost mental health and wellbeing. The link below is to mental health charity Place2Be's ParentingSmart digital support, which provides parenting advice on a wide range of issues including healthy gaming habits and safe social media use.
In class, children have also been thinking about ways in which they can self-regulate negative emotions and practical steps they can take if a particular emotion, such as anger or sadness, is prevalent. The resources below may be useful to share with your child and provide positive, self-regulation strategies.
10th October 2022 is World Mental Health Day. Please see the link below for further information and resources.
For resources to support children's Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) during COVID 19 and at other times, please see the SEMH drop-down box below.
Find out more information from the Place2Be charity and for top tips and resources visit
At Oxhey, we recognise the importance of speech, language and communication as an essential skill for learning and building friendships. While all children develop and different rates, some will require additional support to boost their language and communication skills. The resources below indicate how you could help your child at home and provide links to useful websites you may wish to explore. If you are concerned about your child's developmental language then please see Mrs Holt, Inclusion Lead, or you child's class teacher.
At Oxhey First School we are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils to ensure that they make the best possible progress. As all children progress at different rates, there may be times when a teacher feels a child may benefit from an intervention group which would be in addition to every day class teaching. In some cases, this may be because we feel a child is not completely reaching their potential and may need ‘a little extra push’ or it may be to ‘catch up’ in a particular area.
It may be appropriate for your child to receive small group support either inside or outside of the classroom setting. Your child will work with their class teacher, TA or occasionally another member of staff and a programme of work will have been planned for your child that will aim to close any gaps or misconceptions that have arisen in their learning. Intervention will normally last for a period of 6 weeks. We measure the children’s abilities at the beginning and then at the end of the intervention, which shows us whether the intervention has had an impact and what will be our next steps.
There are a number of different interventions that may take place to support the needs of your child, including:
- Phonics and word building
- Reading and spelling
- Fine-motor skills
- Learning new information and concepts
- Working with numbers and the number system
- Working memory
- Balance and coordination
- Speech and language
If you are concerned about your child's development, you may find the links on the document below useful.