Oaklands Primary School SEN School Offer June 2016
1. How does the school know if my child needs extra help? What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
- We receive information from pupils’ previous schools / early years settings.
- The progress of all pupils is monitored regularly by class/subject teachers within their daily teaching through formative assessment. The senior leadership team conduct monitoring within half-termly pupil progress meetings. We do this so that when a pupil is not making expected progress in a particular area of learning the school can quickly identify the need for additional support. This will then be discussed with parents/carers and the pupil concerned.
- If parents/carers have concerns about the progress or attainment of their child they should, in the first instance, make an appointment to speak to the class teacher to discuss their concerns. The class teacher will then liaise with our INCO (Inclusion Co-Ordinator – Mrs Stockbridge) as appropriate.
2. How will the school staff support my child?
- Our school provision map shows the range of interventions in place in our school which may be used when we identify a need for additional support.
- When the school identifies the need for additional intervention (to enable a pupil to make expected progress), the parents/carers will be informed of the planned support and may be invited to a meeting at the school to discuss this further. If the pupil meets the criteria for special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), a support plan will be created, detailing the exact support the pupil will receive and will list individual targets. The plan will be created in association with both the child and parents.
- We will monitor the progress of all children receiving additional support to ensure that the provision we have put in place is having the impact we are expecting.
- Governors are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the provision in place for pupils identified with SEND and they will receive a report from the INCO on the progress of pupils with SEND at the end of the academic year.
- The types of interventions that we offer at Oaklands are listed below:
- Social Skills: Staff are trained to use social stories to support independence, organisation and to build self-esteem. We also run protective behaviour workshops and have staff trained to deliver the Step2 program.
- Access to a supportive environment including the use of IT, pre-teaching of strategies and vocabulary, use of recording devices, modified equipment, prompt cards, clearly labelled resources and visual timetables.
- Access to internal and outreach programmes for example Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Specific Learning Disorders base (SpLD) and the Communications Disorder Team. We also actively train our support staff to support and deliver intervention to pupils with ASD, speech and language, literacy or math.
- House Meetings and Buddies – we use these strategies to build relationships and self-esteem between pupils in vertical year groups.
- Strategies to reduce anxiety / change behaviours. We employ a play therapist to work with children demonstrating behavioural or emotional challenges. We also offer reduced timetables to children starting reception where appropriate and promote clear communication through teachers meet and greet at the start and end of each day.
- Our consistent approach to behaviour management, which includes the behaviour circle encompassing our school values, ensures a universal approach across the school.
- Strategies to support literacy and numeracy.
- Literacy: 1:1 Fischer Family Trust, Read/Write day and Word Wizards in addition to small group catch-up literacy sessions, daily phonics groups and diagnostic spelling schemes to bridge gaps in learning.
- Numeracy: We teach times-tables on a daily basis, offer maths mornings for parents to attend and offer 1:1 Numicon booster sessions, DAN and Sandwell math inventions.
- Strategies to support unstructured times of the day
- Our TA’s are also our midday supervisors so know the children very well. Play leaders from year 6 organise team games during break-times and lunchtimes and a buddy system for reception children ensures that children feel safe within the school.
- Communication with parents and professionals. We run two sets of parents evenings across the year in addition to early-bird reading/maths and theme specific evenings for example reading workings or protective behaviours workshops. We work closely with parents to ensure that they understand any professional reports and offer regular liaison to parents of children with SEND. We also regularly review targets with the children, parents, class teachers and the INCO.
- Access to medical intervention. We have strategies in place for the use of personal medication in addition to specific training for staff including epi-pen training and first-aid. We offer access to the school nurse and are able to put in place support plans for children with short term medical needs or children with significant needs and allergies.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child?
- All teachers are provided with information on the needs of individual pupils so that they can plan the learning within our curriculum to ensure that all pupils are able to make progress.
- Differentiation is planned for groups and individuals according to need: for example, for a child who has speech, language and communication needs teachers will make reasonable adjustments to support pupils with SEND.
4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing? How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
- Annual reports and twice yearly Parents’ Evenings give all parents and carers regular feedback on their child’s progress. Individual reading, writing and math targets and any behavioural, emotional or social difficulties are also flagged up at this time.
- When appropriate, parents/carers may be contacted mid-term to discuss the support that the school are providing and how they can help their child at home. This may be a phone call or a meeting. Pupils’ views will be obtained and when appropriate, they may attend all or part of any meeting.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
- At Oaklands we support all pupils with their social and emotional development through targeted assemblies, circle time and our behaviour system. Additional support from specialist staff is arranged as needed for individual pupils, both in and out of the classroom.
- Our Behaviour Policy; which includes guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions is fully understood and in place by all staff.
- We regularly monitor attendance, support pupils returning to school after absence and take the necessary actions to prevent prolonged unauthorised absence.
- Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and in some cases all staff receive training. Pupils’ views are sought through our pupil voice activities, through weekly assemblies and fortnightly house-group meetings
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
- All external partners we work with are vetted in terms of safeguarding and when buying in additional services we monitor the impact of any intervention against cost, to ensure a value for money service.
- Educational outside agencies include: Educational Psychology (EPS); Behaviour Support (BS); Learning and Language Support (LLS); Outreach Services, including ASD; Raising Ethnic Minority Achievement (REMA), which includes English Additional Language and Traveller Service support.
- Specialist health services such as Speech and Language Therapy (SALT); Physical and Sensory Support Service (PSSS), which includes Hearing Impaired Service (HI) and Visually Impaired Service (VI); Occupational Therapy (OT); Physiotherapy (PT); Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS); Behaviour Clinic, other health professionals
- We work with Social Services, Hertfordshire Family Support and the Community Police
- We also have a Family Support Worker, Sarah Cafferty, who works to support all families with a variety of concerns.
7. What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
- We regularly invest time and money in training our staff to improve provision for all students, to develop enhanced skills and knowledge to deliver short term support interventions and individualised support and interventions.
- Our INCO is a qualified and experienced teacher and has completed the SENCO Award (August 2015)
- All of our teachers hold qualified teacher status and all staff members, including TAs and HLTAs, receive regular training to best support our pupils with SEND, for example in dyslexia, ASD, speech and language needs.
8. How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
- Our Equality/Inclusion Policy promotes involvement of all of our learners in all aspects of the curriculum including activities outside the classroom.
- Where there are concerns for safety and access, a personalised risk assessment is carried out to consider if reasonable adjustments can be made to meet any additional needs. If appropriate parents/carers are consulted and involved in planning.
9. How accessible is the school environment?
- We have an Accessibility Plan in place and where feasible, make reasonable adjustments to improve the accessibility of our environment to meet individual needs. Our policy and practice adheres to The Equality Act 2010.
- We monitor the languages spoken by families in our settings and work to create and accessible and supportive environment.
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to transfer to a new or the next stage of education and life?
- We offer open communication with feeder and `moving on` schools. We share information to support pupils’ learning and well-being at transition
- Further support is provided as necessary for those with SEND including additional visits to the new setting, both individually and as part of an enhanced transition programme for identified pupils.
11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
- Our finances are monitored and audited regularly and we utilise resources to support the strategic aims of our setting as well as individual learner needs.
- We seek to ensure a ‘value for money’ service, therefore all interventions are evaluated as we assess the progress that pupils make during any additional intervention.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
- Inclusive practice is clearly defined in our setting and we expect all staff to deliver this.
- Should additional support be required, this is undertaken after discussion with the relevant staff, the pupil and their family as necessary. All interventions are monitored for impact and outcomes are defined at the start of any intervention. The INCO oversees all additional support and regularly shares updates with the Headteacher and SEN Governor Lindsay Smith.
13. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
- We work in partnership with parents to support each child’s well-being, learning needs, progress and aspirations.
- We operate an open-door policy to allow parents to contact their child’s class teacher with ease.
- Parents are invited to become involved in school-life through a number of means e.g. the Fundraising Committee, Parents' Forum, hearing children read and on-going invitations to school events throughout the year.
- We host regular events to model our approaches to learning in various subjects. This gives parents the confidence to support their child’s learning at home.
- Our Governing Body includes Parent Governors and co-opted community representatives.
- Our SEND governor is Elin Gillard (Please note all communications regarding children's SEN needs must come via the school and not the SEND governor).
- We have a Parents' Forum who meet once every half term to provide input into strategic school decisions.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
- In the first instance, parents/carers are encouraged to talk to their child’s class teacher. For students with SEND, further information and support can be obtained from the INCO Mrs Stockbridge.
- In addition to the school’s local SEN offer there is also a local authority SEN offer. Details of this can be found at http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/healthsoc/childfam/specialneeds/
- The local area DSPL (Developing Special Provision Locally) www.dspl-welhat.org.uk