1. The kinds of special educational needs for which provision is made at the school:
We currently support children with the following Special Educational Needs, and do so in line with the 2014 Code of Practice: dyslexia, SLD (Literacy), medical conditions and social /emotional and mental health needs.
2. The school's policies for the identification and assessment of students with special educational needs:
The school’s policy for identifying children with SEN is in line with the SEND Code of Practice 2014. A copy of this can be found on the school website. The school recognises that a child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. As defined in the 2014 Code of Practice, the school accepts that a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or if they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions. This initial identification is through the class teacher who reports to the SENCo who makes observations and recommendations. When necessary, outside agencies will be contacted where the need is deemed to require support outside of what the school can provide. In the case of those transitioning from another school, the SENCo will visit the school and observe the students and liaise with the SENCo there to establish need and support.
3. Information about the school’s policies for making provision for students with special educational needs whether or not students have Education and Health Care Plans, including:
(a) how the school evaluates the effectiveness of its provision for such students;
The school evaluates the effectiveness of its provision for all students, regardless of SEN, through the outcomes they achieve and their progression to further stages of education. All students are set challenging progress targets for their learning achievements and the impact of teaching and additional support is measured by the school through student outcomes. Children with SEN are expected to make the same progress as their peers. SEN students also receive regular progress reviews through the monitoring of personalised ‘Learning Support Plans’. The school monitors the effectiveness of its main and wider curriculum through the take up of and participation in additional activities. The evaluation of all aspects of provision includes input from students and parents.
(b) the school’s arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of students with special educational needs;
Whole school assessment and monitoring procedures are in place and apply to all students at all levels. SEN children are assessed in the same way as all other children. The school follows the Code of Practice to assess, plan, do and review when undertaking any specific areas of support, and has structures in place to ensure on-going regular assessment of outcomes which are discussed with the child and parents. Students are also assessed following any periods of intensive targeted intervention.
The school’s assessment procedures ensure that all progress is closely monitored at all times and that any concerns are rapidly raised and the necessary support made available through the class teacher and/or the teaching assistant where appropriate to enable progress (please refer to the SEN policy – available on the school website). Parents are informed when additional learning provision is provided for their child (as per the SEND Code of Practice, section 6.39). The SENCO works together with the rest of SLT to ensure standards are maintained across the school.
(c) the school’s approach to teaching students with special educational needs;
Children with SEN are expected to be able to work within mainstream classes, given high quality teaching and work clearly differentiated to their level of ability. All teachers use pastel colour powerpoints and non black writing with arial font to enable those with difficulties such as dyslexia and related difficulties. Specific specialist help may be made available for short term support to raise levels where there is a clear indication that this will achieve expected outcomes.
(d) how the school adapts the curriculum and learning environment for students with special educational needs;
The school would not expect to make significant adaptations to the curriculum to enable children to succeed but would make any necessary adaptations to the learning environment to ensure children have opportunity wherever possible to progress at the same level as the rest of the class. The school has an open door policy for all students and supportive conversations with appropriate members of staff are always available in addition to regular planned meetings.
(e) additional support for learning that is available to students with special educational needs;
Additional support is provided through short term targeted interventions which may be in class or require withdrawal from some lessons. All students, who are identified as having SEN, have learning support plans that are discussed with them and their parents and, where appropriate, these include arrangements for accessing the curriculum.
(f) activities that are available for students with special educational needs in addition to those available in accordance with the curriculum;
All children are expected to be involved in the full range of school activities. Should a particular disability mean that any activity is less accessible to a student who wishes to take part in it then the school will use its best endeavours to enable participation. Where it is not possible to adapt the activity to enable the student to take part then the school will provide an alternative activity and engage the student in determining and planning this.
(g) support that is available for improving the emotional and social development of students with special educational needs.
The school’s pastoral system supports all children with close focus on their social, emotional moral and spiritual development. Where necessary the school has access to Counsellors and external support services who can be used for short term intervention. In the case of more severe need, outside agency support would be sought as a matter of course.
The school has an anti-bullying policy which applies to all students and operates in line with the school’s Character Education approach to behaviour management.
The school has links to health bodies and social care bodies through the local authority and can draw on these if there is a significant need.
4. In relation to mainstream schools and maintained nursery schools, the name and contact details of the SEN co-ordinator:
The school’s SENCO is Mrs Winch, who can be contacted using the main contact details for the school which are available here.
5. Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and about how specialist expertise will be secured.
The school goes out of its way to employ outstanding teachers to ensure that all children receive the highest possible quality of education. All recent research has shown that progress is made in direct relationship to the quality of teaching. Support staff, including Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and qualified teachers normally work within areas where they have specific expertise to enable children to make expected levels of progress at all times and to ensure all programmes of support are tailored to specific need. All staff receive induction and regular update training on supporting children with SEND. All use consistent methods of differentiation and resources which the students can understand and access. Where appropriate, specialist expertise is sought through the Local Authority, Russell Education Trust and other relevant agencies (e.g. hearing impairment).