SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Local Offer
Raughton Head Church of England Primary School strives to provide an environment where all can achieve to their full potential.
Extra support for learners
At some point in their education some children may need extra support in order to make expected progress. High quality provision for these children is essential. Ofsted (2014) said: "Some very good support is given to individual pupils from classroom assistants. They were seen to be very effective, especially when helping pupils with special educational needs."
Our SEND Local Offer
Our Local Offer describes the range of provision available to support identified children as and when appropriate.
How does the school know if children need extra support and what should I do if I think my child has Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND)?
At Raughton Head C of E school children are identified early as having SEND through a variety of ways including:
- Liaison with previous nursery/school
- Child performing below age-related expectations
- Concerns raised by a parent
- Concerns raised by a teacher
- Liaison with outside agencies that provide specialist assessments and/or advice
- Health diagnosis through a GP, Paediatrician, Health Visitor
How will school staff support my child?
The head teacher, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and school staff oversee all support and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school.
The class teacher will oversee, plan and direct the learning with each child with SEND in their class to ensure that progress in every area is made.
There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA or STA) or Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group; if this is seen as necessary by the class teacher/Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The purpose and timescale of these sessions will be explained to parents when the support starts.
The class teacher will meet with parents at least twice a year at Parents’ Evenings to discuss your child’s strengths and needs, support and progress. In addition, parents will also meet with the class teacher each term to discuss progress made towards achieving IEP targets.
The head teacher reports to Governors every term to inform them about the progress of children with SEND; this report does not refer to individual children and confidentiality is maintained at all times.
The nominated Governor (Mrs Gillian Brazendale) is responsible for SEND, and meets with the SENCo., at least once a year reporting back to the Governors to keep everyone informed. Additional meetings may also occur to discuss matters arising from SEND.
The Governing Body agree priorities for spending within the school budget with the overall aim that all children with SEND receive the support they need in order to make progress.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All learning within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access it according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be several different levels of learning set for the class. However, on occasions learning can be individually set. Ofsted (2014) said: "Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs tend to do just as well as other pupils. When teachers spot learning slowing they are quick to find out why and put in place effective support to help those pupils achieve well."
We plan the curriculum carefully so that all learning styles are taken into account and learning takes place in different ways. Ofsted (2014) said:"Children make good progress throughout their year in the Reception Class. They are well taught and they develop good habits for learning and attendance. Reading is well taught and most pupils get better than expected results in the national screening check for phonics (understanding letters and the sounds they make) at the end of Year 1. Classroom displays show that teachers are good at balancing the celebration of pupils’ best work with information about how they could improve it. Looking at teaching over the last year, it is clear that the good quality of teaching over time is leading to pupils learning well and making good progress. Teachers make their classrooms inviting and learning interesting. Relationships between staff and pupils are good. Pupils respond by attending regularly. Teachers make sure that all classroom assistants are properly involved in helping pupils to learn and behave. These assistants are very skilled and highly valued by leaders and managers."
The benefit of this approach is that all children with SEND can access a lesson and make expected progress.
How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We are committed to building strong links between home and school throughout your child’s education with us. There are many opportunities for regular contact about things that have happened in school including Parents Evenings, Review Meetings and Home/School discussions/books/diaries.
We encourage you to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher at any time after school to discuss how your child is getting on or if you have any concerns.
The class teacher will meet with parents at least twice a year at Parents’ Evenings to discuss your child’s strengths and needs, support and progress.
We can offer advice and practical ways that you can help your child at home.
If appropriate, we will operate a home-school link diary which your child will bring home regularly so that comments between parents and school staff can be shared and responded to when needed.
Children on the SEND register will have a Learning Journey in the Early Years or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in Key Stages 1/2 which will have individual targets, written by the class teacher and shared with the SENCo. The class teacher will discuss the IEP with parents and they will have a copy of it. The targets set are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time- Related) with the expectation that your child will have achieved the target(s) or will have made the progress we know they are capable of by the time it is reviewed.
The class teacher continually assesses the progress of each child and notes areas where each child is improving and where further support, if necessary, is needed. As a school we track children’s progress from entry at Reception through to Year 6 using a variety of methods including the National Curriculum.
We measure children’s progress in learning against national expectations and age-related expectations. Children who are not making expected progress are discussed at a Pupil Progress meeting between the class teacher and head teacher at appropriate intervals. In this meeting a discussion takes place concerning why individual children are experiencing difficulty and what further support can be given to help their learning progress.
When the child’s LJ/IEP is reviewed comments and outcomes are made against each target to show the progress made by the child. If a target has not been fully met, the reasons for this will be discussed with the SENCo., then the target may be adapted into smaller steps or a different approach may be tried to ensure that the child makes the progress we know they are capable of.
Our school website gives details of our curriculum, activities and events, including family learning. This will help you to understand what your child is learning and how you can support them outside of school.
Parents are involved in discussing their child’s SEND through Statement Review/Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) meetings, Team around the Family (TAF) and Early Help Assessment meetings. These meetings can involve advice and support from professionals from Education, Health and/or Social care Services such as a Specialist Advisory Teacher.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
We are an inclusive school. We want all children and adults, to have a sense of belonging to a community and to take pride in, and be proud of our school. We encourage individuals to value each other and to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves. Ofsted (2014) said: "Misbehaviour rarely interferes with learning and pupils behave well at breaks and lunchtimes. Inspectors noted that lunchtime was like ‘a big, family meal. Parents report that their children are happy at school, feel safe and are well looked after. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is well promoted. Pupils are being well prepared to become good citizens."
The class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral, medical and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the class teacher liaises with the SENCo., for further advice and support. This may involve working alongside
outside agencies such as Inclusion Support Officers, Specialist Advisory Teachers, Social Care, Health Services and Family Support organisations.
The school has a Health/Wellbeing register which is updated regularly and a policy regarding the administration and managing of medicines is on the school website/in school.
Parents need to contact the school administrator/class teacher if medication is recommended by health professionals to be taken during the school day.
On a day to day basis first aiders generally oversee the administration of any first aid and/or medicines.
As a staff we have training and updates of conditions and medication affecting individual children so that all staff are able to manage medical situations.
High standards of behaviour are promoted in the day-to-day running of the school which are understood by all members of the school community. For further details please see the behaviour policy on the school website/in school.
Attendance of every child is monitored on a daily basis by the school administrator. Lateness and absence are recorded and reported upon to the Headteacher. Ofsted (2014) said: "Teachers make their classrooms inviting and learning interesting. Relationships between staff and pupils are good. Pupils respond by attending regularly. Attendance is much higher than average."
We value and celebrate each child being able to express their views on all aspects of school life.
If your child has a LJ, an IEP, a Statement or EHCP their views will be sought before any discussions at review meetings.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
Mrs A Dickinson is the SENCo. and is a fully qualified teacher/headteacher who is experienced in managing Special Educational Needs and Disability. As a school we work closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to individual children’s needs within our school including:
- Local Authority Specialist Advisory Teachers
- Educational Psychologist
- Inclusion Support/Behaviour
- Health including GP, Consultant Paediatrician, School Nurse, Health Visitor, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist,
- Child Mental Health/Counselling Services, Speech & Language Therapist
- Social Care including Child and Family Support Workers
- Children with Disabilities Team
What training have staff completed to support children with SEND?
At any time within school we may have staff working who are trained in the following areas:
- Reading Intervention/Maths Recovery
- Sign Language/Makaton
- Paediatric First Aid
All children have full access to the curriculum and school trips are planned carefully to ensure all children are included. We provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful.
A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health and safety will not be compromised. A behaviour Management Plan may be written if appropriate. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity, then alternative activities which will cover the same curriculum areas will be provided in school.
How accessible is the school environment?
The school site is wheelchair accessible for most areas and we have a disabled toilet. There are ramps at specified fire exits. Our school hall has limited access for wheelchair users
How will the school prepare and support my child when joining the school and transferring to a new school?
We encourage all new children to visit the school prior to starting when they will be shown around the school. For children with SEND we would encourage further visits to assist them with their new surroundings and staff. We would also visit them in their current nursery school or home, as appropriate.
When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to secondary education, the SENCo., will liaise with key staff at the secondary school and outside agencies to arrange additional visits and a transition meeting, if appropriate. When receiving and transferring children to different schools the SENCo. will ensure that all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.
If your child has a Statement/EHCP a review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend.
How the school’s resources are allocated and matched to children’s special education needs
We ensure that all children who have SEND will have their needs met to the best of the school’s ability with the funds available.
We have a team of LSAs/TAs (Learning/Teaching Support Assistants) who are funded from the school budget and deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs and individual needs.
The budget is allocated on a needs basis.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The class teacher alongside the SENCo. will discuss the child’s needs and what support would be appropriate.
Different children will require different types of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve national age expected levels or further develop their self- confidence as learners, maturing socially and emotionally.
This could involve discussions with parents, as appropriate.
We can judge if the support has had an impact by reviewing targets on IEPs and ensuring they are being met, by monitoring progress against national age expected levels in Pupil Progress meetings and observing that the gap is narrowing, through verbal feedback from the parent and pupil and the fact that children may move off the SEND register when they have made sufficient progress in an identified area.