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SEN-(SEND) Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Local Offer of Support for Children & Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

 

As a school we work within the Wandsworth guidance on Provision for children with SEN in mainstream schools which explains the ways pupils/children/students with different additional needs are provided for within the school. We also follow our ‘Equality and Disability’ policy and we also have an ‘Accessibility’ plan

At High View Primary School all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community. We may offer the following range of provision to support children with communication and interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, mental and health problems or sensory or physical needs.

At High View Primary School our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator is:  Chrysa Rakitzi

She can be contacted on:  020 7228 1710   And her e mail is: admin@highview.wandsworth.sch.uk

Where can I go for further advice and support?

  • The Wandsworth Parent Partnership Service(Information Advice Support Service for parents/carers of children with SEN/disability) provides an impartial and confidential service to all parents of children with SEND. Visit their website at  https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/pps or telephone 020 8871 8061
  • The Wandsworth Parents’ Forum “Positive Parent Action” works with the Council to improve all provision for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.  If you want to get involved in influencing services visit their website at www.positiveparentaction.org.uk or telephone 020 8947 5260.
  • More information about the Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in Wandsworth can be found n the Family Information website at http://wandsworth.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk/ Their helpline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 020 8871 7899

How we identify individual special educational learning needs

When children have identified SEND before they start High View Primary School, we work with the people who already know them such as their previous school or nursery, health visitor, GP, children’s centre or early years SEND service (EYC). We use the information already available to identify what their SEN will be in our school setting and how we can manage it.

If you tell us you think your child has a SEN we will discuss this with you and look into it. We will share what we discover with you and agree with you what we will do next and what you can do to help your child.

 If our staff think that your child has a SEN this may be because they are not making the same progress as other children; for example they may not be able to follow instructions or answer questions. We will observe them, assess their understanding of what we are doing in school and use tests to find out what is causing the difficulty. Should we require further help we will contact the Wandsworth specialist SEND Team.

How we involve children and their parents/carers in identifying SEN and planning to meet them

We are a child and family centred school, so you will be involved in all decision making about your child’s support.

When we assess SEND we discuss it with you to determine whether your child’s understanding and behaviour are the same at school and home; we take this into account and work with you so that we are all helping your child in the same way to make progress.

We write and review SEND support plans termly with children and parents\carers for children who are receiving SEND support

We use homework to repeat and practice activities that are new and present an achievable challenge for the individual pupil.

How we adapt the curriculum so that we meet SEN

All our staff are trained to make lessons easier or more challenging so that every child is able to learn at their own pace and in their own way. We will make or provide any additional resources required.

We use additional materials\interventions so that we have something at the right level for children with SEND. Interventions that we can use to support pupils who require SEN support include; ‘Read Write Inc’ RWI extra literacy phonic support, handwriting groups, fine motor skills groups, Individual Learning mentor support, Literacy, Numeracy and Science booster classes (Year 6), ‘Closing the Gap’ literacy/numeracy groups (Years 1-5), Social and Emotional skills groups with a Learning Mentor and daily reading with a teaching assistant/Volunteer reader. Children who require further extra support may access programmes such as Fresh Start RWI reading programme (years 4-6), numbers Count (years 1-3), Kids Company 1:1 therapeutic sessions, Wandsworth Literacy Support Services (Year 3-6), NHS Speech and Language programmes, Child and Young People Specialist Support (Family Recovery Project /Spurgeons), B&LSS (Wandsworth behaviour and learning support service), NHS Occupational Therapy and hearing & Visual impaired services. Learning programmes and timetables for individual children may also be devised depending on the needs of the individual child.

How we modify teaching approaches

All our staff are trained so that we are able to adapt to a range of SEND such as specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, (SpLD); autistic spectrum disorder (ASD); speech, language and communication needs (SLCN); and social, mental health and emotional difficulties (SMEH)

When teaching, we use different approaches to learning: these are visual, aural and kinaesthetic methods.

Teachers are trained according to the needs of the children in their care. Additional training includes delivering speech and language programmes and Makaton training.

How we assess pupil progress towards the outcomes we have targeted for children. How we review this progress so that children stay on track to make at least good progress.

We use P levels to assess progress in smaller steps and at a slower pace than the usual national curriculum from year 1

 We use termly staff meetings to moderate writing throughout the school to check our judgements are correct for children at all ability levels.

 We use ‘classroom monitor’ to check that progress is good in Reading, Writing and Numeracy.

 We check how well a child understands and makes progress in each lesson through ongoing assessments and evaluations.

 Our Senior Leadership Team monitor the progress of all children every half term at tracking meetings and reviews. We discuss what we are doing to make sure they make good progress including those with SEND.

 For children with SEND teachers discuss progress with parents every term at the SEN/parent Review. Children with Statements of SEND will have 2 ‘Team around the child’ (TAC) reviews each year as well as the Annual Review, which is reported to the Local Authority.

What equipment or resources we use to give extra support

We use workstations; visual timetables and cues; PECS; various ICT Programs and countdown timers for children who need it.

 We deliver speech & language programmes provided by the Speech Therapy Service. A therapist will demonstrate to school staff how to use the programme and this will then be taught and assessed after a given period of time.

 We use iPad Apps for children with communication difficulties as well as other ICT equipment and programs to support specific needs. . .

 Any specific physical requirements will be assessed individually and equipment will provided to meet those needs with the help of Local Authority SEND services.

What extra support we bring in to help us meet SEN: Specialist services, external expertise and how we work together collaboratively

We have support from specialist teachers who access the curriculum for SEND related needs (speech, language and communication, hearing impairment, visual impairment, behaviour related needs and social communication needs such as autism)

 We get support from other Local Authority services, SEN Specialists, Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapy and NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as well as working collaboratively with other Wandsworth schools.

 We get support from Occupational Therapy (OT) for children who need assessment for special seating or other specific needs.

 We get support from Physiotherapy for children who need any physical interventions.

 We review all outcomes set at SEND meetings with the teacher, SENCO and any other services involved. We agree what everyone will do to make teaching more effective to support the learning. New targets will be discussed and a date set to review how well the child is doing.

Extra-curricular activities available for children with SEN

We have a number of after school activities, which are open to all children. Should any child need support to access these activities, school will make the necessary arrangements.

 We have breakfast club in school. Any child can access this.

 We have regular educational visits as well as people coming into school to support different topic areas. We usually have one residential trip each year which is open to year 5 & 6 children. All children, as well as those with SEND are always included in these. We provide any support required for their full inclusion. We choose visits that are accessible to all.

How we support children in their transition into our school and when they leave us

Children entering High View Nursery will have a home visit in the autumn term they are due to start school prior to their mid -September start date. Information will be gathered regarding any SEND and any necessary support put in place on their entry into school. Additional visits to school are encouraged for those children who may find the transition difficult between home and school.

 Meetings will be arranged for those children who are already known to Early Years SEND Service (EYC) to make school aware of their needs to ensure the correct support is in place.

 When children leave High View Primary School to go to secondary school, meetings are arranged between the schools to speak to the children. SENCo’s from each school will meet to discuss those children with SEND.

 Yearly transitions to a child’s new class are supported with extra visits to their new class. For children with ASD, booklets are made with pictures of new staff and the classroom in order to prepare the child for the new academic year and the changes they will face.

How additional funding works

Schools receive funding for all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and these needs are met from this, (including equipment).

 If the assessment of a child’s needs identifies something that is significantly different to what is usually available there will be additional funding allocated. A child will receive an ‘Education, Health, Care Plan’ Parents will have a say in how this funding is used. You will be told if this means you are eligible for a personal budget. This must be used to fund the agreed plan.

Where children can get extra support

Your views are important to us and we want to listen to them and know that you are satisfied with what happens in school to support your child.

 In school, Mrs Shivaun Wood is our Special Needs Co-ordinator. Mrs Wood will follow up your concerns and make sure your views are taken into account.

What to do if you are not satisfied with a decision or what is happening (for parents)

Your first point of contact is always the person responsible – this may be the class teacher; the SENCo or the Headteacher. Explain your concerns to them first. If you are not satisfied that your concern has been addressed, speak to the Headteacher then ask for the school Governors representative.

 If you do not feel the issues have been resolved, we will arrange a meeting with the Chair of Governor’s who can be contacted via the school.

 If your concern is with the Local Authority, contact the Complaints and Representations Officer, contact details as follows:

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200288/student_welfare/263/how_to_make_a_complaint- maintained schools

The information in this report is accurate now, but we regularly review and make changes to what we offer and keep this information as up to date as possible.

Feedback This offer is intended to give you clear, accurate and accessible information. If you would like to comment on the content of the offer or make suggestions to improve the information, please email admin@highview.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

Short Breaks Activities Guide sets out

activities for children and young people with SEND funded by the Council in Wandsworth.

Click on the link to find out more:

Activities Guide