SEND Information Report
East Sheen Primary School
SEND Information Report
This report is written in line with the requirements of:-
- Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014
- SEN Code of Practice 2014
- The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
- The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets and Direct Payments) Regulations, Section 49
- The Order setting out transitional arrangements, Section 137
- The Equality Act 2010
This report should also be read in conjunction with the following:-
Behaviour and Discipline Policy, Equality Statement, Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, Accessibility Plan, Complaints Policy and Supporting Children with Medical Conditions.
This report is reviewed annually by the governing body.
Definition of SEN
The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014 states 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. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders then 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.
High quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the individual needs of the majority of children and young people. Some children and young people need educational provision that is additional to or different from this. This is special educational provision under Section 21 of the Children and Families Act 2014. We use our best endeavours to ensure that such provision is made for those who need it.
Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less.
1 The kinds of special educational need for which provision is made at East Sheen Primary School
East Sheen Primary School is a mainstream school with a resourced provision for children with Social, Mental and Emotional Health Difficulties.
All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
- achieve their best
- become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and
- make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training
At East Sheen Primary School we can make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan, for instance dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language needs, autism, asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and behaviour difficulties. There are other kinds of special educational need which do not occur as frequently and with which the school is less familiar, but we can access training and advice so that these kinds of needs can be met.
The school has experience of meeting the needs of pupils with a statement of special educational need / Education, Health and Care plan with the following kinds of special educational need: dyslexia, autism, learning difficulties, behaviour difficulties, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, fragile x and speech and language difficulties. Decisions on the admission of pupils with a statement of special educational need / Education, Health and Care plan are made by the Local Authority.
The admission arrangements for pupils without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan do not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs and will follow the usual school admissions procedures.
2 Information about the policy for identification and assessment of pupils with SEN
At East Sheen Primary School class teachers monitor the progress of all pupils regularly to review their progress. We also use a range of assessments with all the pupils at various points to assess phonics, reading, spelling, writing, numeracy and science.
The principle of early identification and intervention underpins our approach to identifying those pupils who need extra help. This is often put in place, even if special educational need has not been identified. This extra support will enable the pupil to catch up. Examples of extra support are: small group teaching for literacy and numeracy, additional phonics sessions, social skills groups, speech and language groups, fine motors skills groups and 1:1 sessions with an adult.
Despite high quality targeted teaching some pupils may continue to make insufficient progress. For these pupils, and in consultation with parents, strengths and weaknesses are identified and used to determine an appropriate individualised intervention programme. In many cases these underlying needs often explain inadequate progress or challenging behaviour. At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive more specialised expertise.
The purpose of this more detailed assessment and review is to understand what additional resources and different approaches are required to enable the pupil to make better progress. These are shared with parents, put into a support plan and reviewed regularly, and refined / revised if necessary. At this point because the pupil requires additional and extra provision we will have identified that the pupil has a special educational need.
If the pupil makes good progress using this additional and different intervention (but would not be able to maintain this good progress without it) we will continue to identify the pupil as having a special educational need. If the pupil is able to maintain good progress without the additional and different resources he or she will not be identified with special educational needs.
We ensure that all teachers and support staff who work with the pupil are aware of the support to be provided and the teaching approaches to be used. The pupil’s progress will be monitored through ongoing whole school assessment, teacher assessment, and additional reading, spelling and numeracy assessments when necessary.
The school works in partnership with other agencies to offer additional support where necessary e.g. Educational Psychologist, School Nurse, Bereavement Counselling, Family Support, Social Services, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy.
3a How we evaluate the effectiveness of the provision made for pupils with special educational needs with or without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan
Regular monitoring and review focus on the extent to which planned outcomes have been achieved. The views of the pupil, parents and class teachers are taken into account. The assessment information from teachers shows whether adequate progress is being made. A named governor is responsible for monitoring the provision/outcomes for pupils with special educational needs.
The SEN Code of Practice (2014) describes adequate progress as:
- Is similar to that of children of the same age who had the same starting point
- Matches or improves on the pupil’s previous rate of progress
- Which allows the attainment gap to close between the pupil and children of the same age
For pupils with or without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan there will be a termly review of the provision made for the child, which will enable an evaluation of the effectiveness of the special provision to be made. An annual review of individual EHC Plans/statements is held to assess the outcomes detailed in the plan. The collation of all annual review evaluations of effectiveness will be reported to the governing body.
3b The school’s arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs
Every pupil in the school has their progress tracked regularly. In addition to this, pupils with special educational needs have more frequent and detailed assessments to inform targets and to measure small steps of progress.
If these assessments do not show adequate progress is being made the support plan and planned outcomes are reviewed and adjusted.
3c The school’s approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs
‘Special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and is compromised by anything less’ (SEN CoP, 2014)
High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN. Additional intervention and support cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching. Schools should regularly and carefully review the quality of teaching for all pupils, including those at risk of underachievement. This includes reviewing, and where necessary improving, teachers’ understanding of strategies to identify and support vulnerable pupils and their knowledge of the SEN most frequently encountered. (CoP 6.34)
We work to ensure that our approach to teaching and learning is of high quality and personalised to meet the individual needs of the majority of children/young people. Some children/young people need educational provision that is additional to or different from this. This is special educational provision.
In meeting the requirements of The National Curriculum and Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage the school employs some additional teaching approaches, as advised by internal and external assessments e.g. one to one tutoring , mentoring, small group teaching, use of ICT software learning packages, pupil conferencing. These are often delivered by additional staff under the close direction of teachers employed through the funding provided to the school. This is known as ‘notional SEN funding’. The class teacher will remain responsible for working with the pupil on a daily basis.
We have a duty to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions. Individual healthcare plans normally specify the type and level of support required to meet the medical needs of such pupils. Where children and young people also have special educational needs, their provision is planned and delivered in a co-ordinated way with the healthcare plan. We have regard to the statutory guidance supporting pupils at school with medical conditions and there is a welfare assistant.
Within the school there is a strong nurturing ethos providing a supportive environment. A team which includes class teachers, LSAs, a welfare officer and SENCO work to support children’s well-being. Support is tailored to individual needs. Established systems are in place to ensure the safe administration of medicines. There are several members of staff trained as first aiders, a full time welfare assistant on duty in the medical room. Additional training is sought to meet the needs of specific pupils on an individual basis.
The school has a clear behavioural policy and understanding of behavioural difficulties. When necessary individual behavioural plans are used to support children who are having the most difficulty. Our resourced provision is a source of expertise.
School attendance figures are consistently high for all pupils and SEND. Systems are in place to promote attendance.
3d How the school adapts the curriculum and learning environment for pupils with special educational needs
At East Sheen Primary School we follow the advice in The National Curriculum Framework on how to adapt the curriculum and the learning environment for pupils with special educational needs. We also incorporate the advice provided as a result of assessments, both internal and external, and the strategies described in statements of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plans. Please also see our Accessibility Plan (available on the school website) for how the school adapts the physical environment.
‘All pupils should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The National Curriculum Inclusion Statement states that teachers should set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment. Teachers should use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious. Potential areas of difficulty should be identified and addressed at the outset. Lessons should be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement. In many cases, such planning will mean that pupils with SEN and disabilities will be able to study the full national curriculum.’ (Code of Practice 6.11)
Identifying SEN in schools
As part of our requirement to keep the appropriateness of our curriculum and learning environment under review the Governors have recently made the following improvements: adopted thinking schools strategies, scaffolding for writing, developing effective use of support staff.
Two of the Governors’ sub committees: Resources and Teaching & Learning plan and monitor staff development, school building developments and curriculum priorities including those that might need considering to meet the needs of SEN pupils.
3e Additional support for learning that is available to pupils with special educational needs
Schools receive funding for SEN pupils. This funding is used to support and enhance high quality teaching in school. It helps to ensure there are sufficient resources for pupils requiring special educational provision. The support offered is matched to needs of individual pupils with SEN and evidenced based. The amount of support required for each pupil to make good progress will be different in each case. In very few cases a very high level of resource is required. In this case the school will request ‘top up’ from the Local Authority where the child or young person lives.
The Headteacher has the final say in the use of the child’s personal budget within the school.
3f Activities that are available for pupils with special educational needs in addition to those available in accordance with the curriculum
All clubs, trips and activities offered to pupils at East Sheen Primary School are available to pupils with special educational needs. For some pupils ‘reasonable adjustments’ may need to be made. This is always done in partnership with families and carers.
Extracurricular activities are listed on the school website. The school works with providers and parents to enable children to access these activities. Facilitating access to day visits and residential trips is planned on an individual basis in partnership with parents. School provides a high level of supervision during lunch and playtimes. Additional support is allocated when necessary to individual children.
3g Support that is available for improving the emotional and social development of pupils with special educational needs
At East Sheen Primary School we understand that an important feature of the school is to enable all pupils to develop emotional resilience and social skills, both through direct teaching for instance e.g. PSHE, social skills groups, assemblies and indirectly with every conversation adults have with pupils throughout the day.
For some pupils with the most need for help in this area we also can provide the following list e.g., mentor time with member of senior leadership team, external referral to CAMHs, time-out space for pupil to use when upset or agitated, play and drama therapy.
Pupils with emotional and social needs because of their special educational needs will be supported to enable them to develop and mature appropriately.
We are interested in hearing parents’/carers’ and pupils’ views. The school encourages pupil voice through pupil leadership, pupil questionnaire, pupil teacher conferencing and IEP reviews. Parents are also able to express their views; firstly through our open door policy but also through more formal channels such as parent consultations, parent satisfaction survey, annual review.
The school has a robust anti bullying policy and behavioural expectations are consistently high. This is achieved through assemblies, PSHE curriculum and workshops.
4 The name and contact details of the SEN Co-ordinator
The SENCO, Rebekah Palmer, is a qualified teacher and is currently working towards the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
Rebekah is available on 0208 876 7484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday to Friday.
Please see Appendix A for the SENCO/Assistant Headteacher job description. The SENCO meets regularly with the link governor for SEND to discuss SEN and inclusion strategy.
5 The expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and how specialist expertise will be secured
We endeavour to provide teachers and teaching assistants with regular awareness training in the most common special educational needs such as dyslexia, speech and language, emotional and behavioural difficulties.Special Educational Needs is regularly included in the school INSET programme.Teachers and teaching assistants are encouraged to attend courses to increase their knowledge.
Where a training need is identified beyond this we find a provider who is able to deliver it. Training providers we can approach are, local special schools, educational psychologist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, dyslexia specialists, teaching and learning advisors etc.
6 How equipment and facilities to support children and young people with special educational needs will be secured
Specialist equipment is considered on an individual basis.
7 The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs about, and involving them in, their education
All parents of pupils at East Sheen Primary School are invited to discuss the progress of their children on a number of occasions a year and receive a written report once a year. In addition we are happy to arrange meetings outside these times. As part of our normal teaching arrangements, all pupils will access some additional teaching to help them catch-up if the progress monitoring indicates that this is necessary; this will not imply that the pupil has a special educational need.
If, following this normal provision, improvements in progress are not seen, we will contact parents to discuss this and what we will be doing to help us to address these needs better. From this point onwards the pupil will be identified as having special educational needs because special educational provision is being made and the parent will be invited to all planning and reviews of this provision. Parents will be actively supported to contribute to assessment, planning and review.
In addition to this, parents of pupils with a statement of SEN / Education, Health and Care Plan will be invited to contribute to and attend an annual review, which, wherever possible will also include other agencies involved with the pupil. Information will be made accessible for parents.
8 The arrangements for consulting young people with special educational needs about, and involving them in, their education
When a pupil has been identified as having special educational needs because special educational provision is being made for him or her, the pupil will be consulted about and involved in the arrangements made for them as part of person-centred planning. These arrangements will take into account their age and special educational needs.
9 The arrangements made by the Governing Body relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of pupils with special educational needs concerning the provision made at the school
Complaints about provision made for special educational needs and disabilities follow the same arrangements as any other complaints at East Sheen Primary School in accordance with the school’s Complaints Policy (available on the school website). We encourage parents to discuss their concerns e.g. with the class teacher, SENCO, and /or Headteacher to resolve the issue before making the complaint formal to the Chair of the Governing Body. (See the Complaints Policy on the school website)
The link governor for SEND is Susannah Milligan.
10 How the Governing Body involves other agencies, including health and social services, local authority support services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and in supporting the families of such pupils
The Governing Body have engaged with the following:-
- A Service Level Agreement with Educational Psychology service
- Premium level membership to SPARK (the School Performance Alliance Richmond and Kingston)
- Link to the Disabled Children’s Team for support to families for some pupils with high needs
- Access to local authority SLA with Speech and Language Therapy Services / Occupational Therapy Services / Physiotherapy Services for pupils with requirement for direct therapy or advice
- Membership of professional networks for SENCO e.g. NASEN, SENCO forum, etc
- School Nurse
- Voluntary organisations who can provide occasional specialist help e.g. Cruse Bereavement Care
11 The contact details of support services for the parents of pupils with special educational needs, including those for arrangements made in accordance with clause 32 (Parent Partnership Services)
EnhanceAble, a local voluntary sector organisation, delivers the Parent Partnership Service and provides free, impartial, confidential, advice, support and options around educational issues for parent/carers who have children with special educational needs or disabilities (0-19/25). The Parent Partnership Service aims to ensure that parents and carers are empowered and can play an informed role in planning provision to meet their child’s special educational needs. The Parent Partnership Service aims to build partnerships between parents and carers, the local authority and schools. The service also encourages parents and carers to be involved in the development of local SEN policy and practice. They can be contacted on:
HELPLINE: 020 8547 3014
SEND Family Voices is a group of local parents, who give their time voluntarily to help families get answers to these questions (and others), and to ensure that their collective views are properly heard by the people that provide services to our children and young people.
They can be contacted on:
Tel: 07469 746 145
12 The school’s arrangements for supporting pupils with special educational needs in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood and independent living
At East Sheen Primary School we recognise that transition between phases can be a difficult time. We work closely with the educational settings used by the pupils before they transfer to us in order to seek the information that will make the transfer as seamless as possible. When necessary staff will visit children in their early years setting e.g. nurseries and provide for additional induction or familiarisation visits.
We also contribute information to pupils’ onward destinations by providing information to the next setting. We work closely with the pupils’ onward destinations discussing transitions and putting into place individual transition programmes when necessary.
13 Information on where the local authority’s local offer is published.
The Richmond authority’s local offer is published on https://www.afclocaloffer.org.uk/ and Wandsworth authority’s local offer is published on http://fis.wandsworth.gov.uk/kb5/wandsworth/fsd/localoffer.page?familychannel=1
Parents without internet access should make an appointment with the SENCO for support to gain the information they require.
We publish information on our website about the implementation of the Governing Body’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published is updated annually and any changes to the information occurring during the year are updated as soon as possible. The information meets the requirements in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
Approved by the ESPS Governing Body: January 2017
Next review by January 2018
Appendix A: SENCO JOB DESCRIPTION
This is a senior post within the school’s staffing structure as part of the Headship Team. The Assistant Headteacher is accountable to the Headteacher and may be required to manage the school in the absence of the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. In addition, the Assistant Headteacher will have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within the school.
Assistant Headteacher Responsibilities
- Be an effective member of the Headship Team, contributing to all aspects of school leadership and management.
- Teach pupils and provide a model of excellent classroom practice.
- Observe Teaching and Learning across the whole school and provide feedback to colleagues.
- Carry out appraisals for staff members identified by the Headteacher.
- Have a clear understanding of the School Development Plan and work within the Leadership Team to develop priorities.
- Be responsible for collating evidence for specific sections of the school’s Self Evaluation Form.
- Play a full part in maintaining and developing equal opportunities within the school to ensure that this is integral to all aspects of school life.
- Support the Headteacher in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
- Oversee training opportunities for Teaching Assistants.
- Update and review school policies to ensure they are current and up to date.
- Help to create and maintain a positive and happy school environment.
- Any other duties that the Headteacher may from time to time ask the post- holder to perform.
a) Strategic direction and development of SEND provision in the school
- Strategic development of SEND policy/provision.
- Disseminate good practice in inclusion across the school.
- Support staff in understanding needs of SEND pupils.
- Ensure objectives to develop SEND are reflected in School Development Plan.
- Monitor progress of SEND pupils.
- Evaluate effectiveness of teaching and learning.
- Analyse and interpret relevant school, local and national data.
- Liaise with staff, parents and external agencies and other schools to write and monitor IEP, PEP and EHC plans.
b) Teaching and learning
- Provide leadership in the development and management of the teaching and learning of key groups of pupils e.g. SEN, EAL, LAC.
- Identify and adopt the most effective teaching approaches for pupils with SEND
- Monitor teaching and learning to meet the needs of pupils with SEND
- Monitor teaching quality and pupil achievement.
- Undertake day-to-day co-ordination of SEND pupils’ provisions through close liaison with staff, parents and external agencies.
- Liaise with other schools to ensure continuity of support and learning when transferring pupils with SEND.
c) Leading and managing staff
- Ensure all members of staff recognize and fulfill their statutory responsibilities to pupils with SEND.
- Contribute to the professional development of staff, including whole-school CPD provision.
- Provide regular information to the Head Teacher and Governing Body on the evaluation and impact of SEND provision.
d) Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources
- Identify resources needed to meet the needs of pupils with SEND and advising the Head Teacher of priorities for expenditure.
- Advise the Head Teacher and Governing Body on the efficient and effective deployment of staff.