Special Educational Needs
At Meadow View JMI we are proud of being an inclusive school which focuses on the well-being and progress of every child. We have high expectations of all our children, including those with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND).
To ensure our children achieve their full potential, and are equipped with the life-skills needed in the next step of their journey, we engage a range of strategies to issue challenge at an appropriate level, and provide support to overcome barriers to learning. We understand the importance of making reasonable adjustments and personalisation of provision and building a picture based on the whole child. Putting the child at the heart of everything we do we encourage all learners to Dream big, Believe in themselves and Achieve their goals.
We are constantly striving to build a strong culture of school, family, community and services working together.
At Meadow View we encourage our children to Dream big, Believe in themselves and Achieve their goals. Through providing a diverse enriched curriculum, children strive to be the best they can be, creating a community that nurtures kindness and compassion. Building their knowledge and experiences of the world, children leave Meadow View prepared for the challenges of the future. We celebrate our differences for we are all unique, however, together we are a masterpiece.
“I am totally happy with the SEN process at school and feel I have been kept in the loop at all times.”
“Keep up the good work! I feel we have a great parent/ teacher relationship and work together as a team to help ***’s needs. Thank you!”
“With the support from SENCO, class teacher and LSA I feel we have all worked together to help my child through his selective mutism and his growing confidence in talking at school. Thank you for your support, guidance and understanding around my child’s needs.”
"Thank you for all your time, care and effort into helping *** and making her excel and enjoy school. I’m eternally grateful.”
Please have a look at our SEND Information report for more guidance on how we support our children with SEND.
Please see our pathway to support children with Specific Difficulties in Literacy.
Meet the team!
Mrs D. Wedge – SENCO
My name is Mrs Wedge, and I have been a SENCO for over 10 years. I am passionate about supporting children with Special Educational Needs and ensuring that they receive high quality education, regardless of their need.
I am available every afternoon from 12.45pm, either by telephone on 0121 366 6182, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, walking, castles, steam trains, Pokémon and playing with my two little kittens!
Mrs L. Cham - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Mrs Cham and I have been supporting children with Special Educational Needs for over 10 years.
I strive to ensure children make progress whilst considering their emotional needs and individual interests.
In my free time I love to go camping, cycling and swimming with my family.
Mrs V. Jones - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Mrs Jones; I have been a learning support assistant at Meadow View JMI for 6 years, working with our wonderful children with SEND.
My passion is to bring out the best in every child I work with and help them find their “superpower”. I encourage the children to have fun while they learn, and I am partial to a funny joke or two!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my beautiful French Bulldog Simba, who is very spoilt and a bit of a handful!
Miss C. Murphy - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Miss Murphy, I am a Learning Support Assistant, supporting children with Special Educational Needs.
My role is very rewarding; I ensure that all children get all the support they need to thrive and achieve their full potential, whatever their needs.
I enjoy all kinds of sport, spending time with my family, and love animals.
Our Sensory Room
At Meadow View JMI School, we recognise that some of our children may need support with their physical and sensory needs, as well as emotional regulation.
We are lucky to have our fabulous sensory room, which provides children with a space to complete activities to support their Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
We asked our fabulous children what they thought of the sensory space:
"I like the cushions because then I can show everybody my feelings." - Year 2 pupil
"I like the Inside Out pictures because if I'm upset I can look at them. I like going in the tent and the bean bags." - Year 5 pupil
"I like the lights, because they make me feel calm. I like the blue ones." - Year 6 pupil
Mrs C. Plant – Learning Mentor
My name is Mrs Plant, and I have been a Learning Mentor at Meadow View for six years and previously spent eight years at a school in Birmingham. I am passionate about breaking down barriers and building confidence in children so that they can go and achieve their goals.
I am available every day, either by telephone on 0121 366 6182, or by email email@example.com
I am a keen Aston Villa supporter and enjoy spending time with my family.
Mrs R. Jones - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Mrs Jones and I have been a Learning Support Assistant at Meadow View for four years.
I enjoy working alongside the children and offering one-to-one support.
I spend my spare time with my family and close friends, making lots of new memories.
Mrs K. Morris - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Mrs Morris, and I have been a Learning Support Assistant, working with children with Special Educational Needs, at Meadow View for 20 years.
I am passionate about ensuring all children have access to high quality education and supporting them on their journey through school life.
I enjoy being outdoors, walking with my dog and spending time with my family.
Miss H. Swift - Learning Support Assistant
My name is Miss Swift, I am a Learning Support Assistant, supporting children with Special Educational Needs.
At Meadow View JMI we offer a variety of groups to support our children's Social, Emotional and Mental Health development. Please see below for some information on what we do.
Lego Therapy is a social group that develops positive interaction, social competence and problem solving skills.
The group of three children each have a role; engineer (picture of a completed Lego design), supplier (the box of Lego pieces) and a builder (to listen and create the Lego design using questioning skills.)
They all have a vital part to play in working together to design the final masterpiece.
Drawing and Talking
Drawing and Talking is a therapeutic intervention which has the focus of enabling children to discover and communicate emotions through a non-directed approach. Drawing and Talking takes place over twelve weeks and enables children to use their imagination to draw whilst the practitioner uses non-intrusive questions. The desired outcome is to support children to process feelings or trauma.
Please see Walsall's local area SEND inspection report here:
Supporting Mental Health
See below for a list of charities committed to supporting the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people:
Collingwood Autism Support Group:
They meet every other Tuesday 7pm-9pm at The Collingwood Centre, Collingwood Drive, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 7NF. If you have a child with Autism and feel like you need help and support, they are here for you.
Please contact Joanne Weir
Phone: 0121 360 1484
The Fun Friends (aged 5-8) and Friends for Life Programmes (aged 8-11) support children to deal with anxieties and build confidence.
The eight week programme builds on identifying unhelpful thoughts (red) and challenging these to promote helpful thoughts (green) by recognising body cues, practising relaxation techniques and developing coping plans. There are fun activities including milkshake breathing and pizza massage.
Friendship Terrace is a programme containing ten stories to help children learn about friendship skills.
The programme enable the group to recognise the character’s friendship blocker and looking at ways that these barriers can be overcome with a ‘friendship builder.’
Please see below some resources to support children with Autism:
Outdoor Learning Group
Our Outdoor Learning groups focus on promoting turn taking, team work and listening skills whilst the children participate in creative, practical activities.
Sharing the successes of the group provides a fantastic opportunity to develop communication and raise self-esteem.
Valuable links have been made with Reflexions (NHS Mental Health Team) and school support is available to children who display levels of anxiety and worries.
Please contact Mrs Plant for more details on referral criteria.
Walsall Local Offer:
Please click the link below to see Walsall's SEND Local Offer:
Walsall SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support) support for parents:
Walsall’s SENDIAS service provides free, impartial advice and support to parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people. It is a confidential service providing information and advice about many areas including: EHCP process, local provision in schools and offers support when things go wrong.
Phone: 01922 612008