Offmore Primary School Special Educational Needs and Disabilties (SEND) Information Report
Academic Year 2017 - 2018
How do we identify children as having a SEND?
When children join us at Offmore Primary School or at any point throughout their school life we will observe how they behave within the learning environment and with their peers, we will observe their learning characteristics and we will also assess their ability to apply new skills and retain key information. If a child’s teacher feels that, over time, a child is not making expected progress in one or more areas, that they are finding it difficult to remember information or apply new skills or that they are finding new situations challenging, then it might indicate that a child has a Special Educational Need or Disability. As soon as the class teacher raises a concern regarding a child, initial contact will be made with parents; this provides the opportunity to discuss similarities and differences between behaviours in school and at home. Following these discussions the school may feel that it is appropriate to carry out specific and targeted activities with children, to identify areas where a child may require support. This may sometimes involve the school calling on outside agencies to come in to school, to make observations and carry out assessments with a child. As a school we work closely with a range of external agencies to help us identify and meet individual children’s needs. We work alongside; Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Community Paediatricians, The Learning Support Team, Clinical and Educational Psychologists and the School Nurse. We also liaise with teams such as Early Help and Social Services. Throughout the identification process the school will liaise with parents to share information and plan next steps. If a child joins our school and has already been identified as having a SEND, then we will work closely with everyone already involved with the child in order to meet their needs. As a school, we know that the earlier we can take action ensuring all children receive the very best provision then the sooner we can help all children succeed to the best of their ability.
Our school operates an open door policy, all class teachers, are usually available at the start and end of every school day to discuss any concerns that as a parent you may have. In addition, our Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Bishop, will also be available to discuss any concerns that you may have. If you are not satisfied that your concerns have been addressed, then you may also speak to the Head Teacher, Mr Ascroft. You may also wish to contact the SEND Governor, Julie Hollyoaks.
How do we plan to meet the needs of children who have a SEND?
On a daily basis all children’s individual learning needs are met through the delivery of high quality first teaching. This is where class teachers differentiate the learning and teaching being delivered accordingly. Appropriate adjustments will be made to the activities and tasks, the environment, the support offered, the expected outcome or the resources provided to ensure that all children’s needs are successfully met. If it is decided that a child would benefit from a detailed and specific personalised support plan to best meet their needs, then the class teacher, with the support of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo), will write an Individual Provision Map (IPM) for the identified child. The IPM will contain key information about the child’s learning needs and the targets that the child will be working towards, it will also outline the support that the child will receive and the additional resources required to provide this support. The IPM will be shared with both the child and his/her parents and outcomes of these discussions will also be used to inform the plan. IPM targets will be continually reviewed and a meeting will be held with parents on a termly basis to share information, celebrate progress and achievements and to plan next steps. If required, more frequent meetings can be arranged. Children who have been identified as having a SEND may, at times, work in small groups (intervention groups) to target specific areas of need. Appropriate specialist resources may also be used to support a child in school to enable them to access the curriculum. In addition specialist resources and activities may also be sent home for parents to support their child further with their learning.
How do we use adults and specialist resources in school to support children who have a SEND?
Our SENCO, Mrs Bishop, has a vast experience of working with children with SEND in a range of school contexts. As part of her role in school Mrs Bishop liaises with class teachers and teaching assistants to ensure that the very best provision is in place for all children. Mrs Bishop is responsible for arranging meetings and contact with outside agencies and analysing SEND pupil performance data, to monitor the progress of individuals. Mrs Bishop is also responsible for ensuring that the appropriate staff are fully equipped with the skills and expertise to support the range of learning needs that we have in school. Using staff skill sets we are able to offer tailored interventions to support children with SEND in order to meet their personal targets. Additional resources to those that are ordinarily available in the classrooms are also provided for children with SEND to meet their learning needs. We are a fully inclusive school and strive to ensure that children with SEND are able to participate in extra-curricular activities, school trips and residential experiences.
How do we support children with SEND in their transition?
At Offmore Primary School we value the importance of transition at any stage of a child’s school life. We ensure that it is carefully planned on an individual basis; allowing children to have the very best start in their new class or new school. We liaise closely with different settings to gather relevant information about new children joining our school and to pass on information to others.
How do we use additional funding to support children with SEND?
All schools receive funding for pupils with SEND. This funding may be spent on equipment, resources or staffing to support children’s individual needs. The local authority may top-up this funding for pupils with a high level of need. If a child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement there may be additional funding allocated. Parents are consulted on how this additional funding is spent. Parents will be notified if they are eligible for a personal budget. This must be used to fund any agreed plan formulated by professional advisors, the parents and the school.
Where can parents/carers get extra support?
At Offmore Primary School we support parents further by putting them in touch with a wide range of support groups and agencies as appropriate to the specific needs of their child. Alternatively, the Parent Partnership Service or SEN Services, also provide independent information and advice. For further information regarding SEND please also refer to the school’s SEND policy.
Helpline: (01905) 765715
Parent Partnership Service
Helpline: (01905) 610858 (24 hour answer service)
Parents may also find more information on the SEND provision offered by Worcestershire’s Local Authority on the following website worcestershirelocaloffer.org.uk
SEND Information Report to be reviewed: September 2018