SEN Information Report - Local Offer

Holy FamilyCatholic Primary School Serving the Community

SEN Information Report – School Local Offer

Children and Families Bill 2013

The Children and Families Bill underpins wider reforms to ensure all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.

The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them.


A child or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

· has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

· has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her 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.


As part of the SEN reform programme Local Authorities must publish their Local Offer, providing a comprehensive, transparent and accessible picture of the range of services available.  Local partners, including schools are required to co-operate with the Local Authority in the development and review of their Local Offer.

All Knowsley maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.


This document outlines our School Local Offer and the SEN Information required as stated in the SEN Code of Practice.

Glossary of Terms:

ASC

Autistic Spectrum Condition

CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

EP

Educational Psychologist

IEP

Individual Education Plan

LM

LearningMentor-supports children with social/emotional/behavioural needs.

QFT

Quality First Teaching – an excellent standard of teaching, enabling all pupils to make progress.

SSEN

Statement of Special Educational Need

SA

School Action

SALT

Speech and Language Therapy/Therapist

SA+

School Action Plus

SEN

Special Educational Needs

SEN Code of Practice

The legal document, which sets out the requirements for educating children with special educational needs.

SENCO

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator- organises and monitors provision for children with special educational needs.

 

We have set out our School Offer / SEN Information Report through a series of questions through which you can get more information.  You may also wish to refer to our SEN Policy  or further information.

Q1. How does the setting know if my child needs extra help?

We know when pupils need help if:

Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child.  At Holy Family, we operate an open door policy whereby children, parents/carers and teachers are able to discuss any concerns that arise.

Limited progress is made – This is carefully monitored by the class teacher/Head Teacher and will be highlighted on our school assessment tracking system. (At Holy Family, we provide regular assessment opportunities for all children which allows teachers to determine children’s progress, achievements and future steps).

There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress.  (Class teachers monitor children’s behaviour and progress on a daily basis).

 

Q2. How can I let the setting know that I am concerned about any area of my child’s development?

The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns regarding your child’s development, progress and attainment. Class teachers are usually available at the beginning and end of the school day or an appointment can be made via the school office.

Once a concern has been raised with your child’s class teacher, the class teacher will then inform the SENCO/Head Teacher and will support parent/s in filling out a ‘Parental Initial Identification Form’ regarding concerns about your child’s development, progress, attainment.  This form will be handed over to the SENCO. 

Class Teacher will also fill out a ‘Class Teacher Initial Identification Form’ if they have concerns regarding a child’s development, progress, attainment within their class setting. This will be handed over to the SENCO.

From this; a monitoring process will take place.

If there remains to be concerns, an assessment process may take place.

Specific concerns in relation to SEN should be directed to Mrs Davies who is the school SENCO.


Q3.  How will teaching be matched to my child’s needs?

Once a pupil has been identified with additional needs, their work will be differentiated by the class teacher through quality first teaching to enable them to access the curriculum more easily.  Each pupil’s learning will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include; additional physical resources; where appropriate, specialist equipment may be given in order to support the pupil’s needs such as: writing slopes, pencil grips, coloured paper etc.  Additional general support may be given by the teacher or general teaching assistant in class who may support small groups of children or individual children during lessons.

If a pupil has needs related to more specific areas of their education, such as spelling, handwriting, numeracy & literacy skills etc. then the pupil will be placed in a small focus group with children of similar needs and will participate in an intervention led by a teacher or general teaching assistant. The length of time of the intervention will vary according to need and will be regularly reviewed to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning.

General Teaching Assistants may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1-1 or small focus group to target more specific needs.

Learning Mentor may be allocated to work with the pupil on a 1-1 situation on a specific intervention or small group intervention to target more specific needs.

School has access to a Specialist Support Teacher who may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1-1 or small focus group to target more specific needs.

School have access to a number of external agencies to support learning and assessment of needs for children with SEN. These are accessed on a needs-led basis. Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from an outside agency such as Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist etc. A referral will be made with parents/carers consent and forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, the external agency may become involved in working with the pupil on a 1-1 to target more specific needs, a programme of support is usually provided to the school and parents/carers to help support the child’s specific needs.

If a child has been identified as having a special need, they will be given an Individual Educational Plan (IEP).  Time is allocated for parents and their children to work alongside their class teacher and any other agency involved with the child in creating and updating an IEP for the child in the form of child friendly targets.  Targets are set according to their area of need.  These will be monitored by the class teacher on a regular basis and by the SENCO three times per year.  IEP’s will be discussed, reviewed and updated on IEP day which will take place three times per year by; the class teacher, the child involved, parent of the child and any other agency involved in working with the child.  All people involved in the process of the IEP meeting will receive a copy of the child’s IEP including the parent of the child.  The SENCO will oversee this process.

Pupil Progress Meetings are held each term. This is a meeting whereby the class teacher meets with the Head Teacher to discuss the progress of the pupils in their class. This shared discussion may highlight any potential problems in order for further support to be planned.

The Governors of Holy Family Catholic Primary School Serving the Community are responsible for entrusting a named person, (Mrs Gillian Holland -Head Teacher) to monitor Safeguarding and Child protection procedures.  Mrs Gillian Holland -Head Teacher is also responsible for the monitoring and correct administration of the Disclosure and Barring service procedures and the school’s Single Central record.  In a support and challenge role, the Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treats all children and staff in an equitable way.  They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the DfE.

 

Q4.  How will I be informed of my child’s progress?

You will be informed and able to discuss your child’s progress at Parents’ Evenings. There is also opportunity for you to view your child’s work during this time.

For children who receive SEN support, an IEP/Play-Plan will have been created. The targets and progress will be shared and discussed with parents/carers on a termly basis. (IEP day).

If a child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Education Health and Care plan) an annual review will be held with parents and all professionals involved (including the child where appropriate) in addition to the usual open evenings and multi agency/CAF meetings.

At the end of each academic year, all parents are given a report of their child’s achievements and progress.  Parents can see the level of progress their child is making in relation to National Curriculum age related targets.

At Holy Family, we operate an open door policy where class teachers are able to speak to parents/carers informally at the beginning and end of the school day.


Q5.  What support do you have for me as a parent/carer to support my child?

Your child’s class teacher may be able to suggest ways of supporting your child at home.

If you have specific questions then Mrs Davies (SENCO) or Mrs Reeves (Learning Mentor) may also be able to provide ideas or be able to signpost you to relevant agencies.

Vicky Powell (our parent mentor) regularly holds workshops in school for parents/carers to work alongside their children on a variety of activities. Leaflets will be sent home with your child prior to these events.

For parents/carers of children with particular needs, there are a variety of support groups in Knowsley, such as the ASC Parent Support Group. Mrs Davies or Mrs Reeves will be able to inform parents/carers of appropriate groups.

 

Q6.  What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

At Holy Family, we offer a wide range of pastoral support for all children. Mrs Reeves (Learning Mentor) works individually with children and with small groups on a variety of aspects of overall wellbeing, including self-esteem and confidence. 

Pupil voice is an important tool for ensuring overall wellbeing. At Holy Family we use a variety of sources for collating pupil voice, from our School Council, weekly circle time sessions, PASS (Pupil Attitudes to Self and School) Survey, pupil interviews and questionnaires.

Holy Family implement a whole school behaviour policy which is used consistently in classes. This consistency ensures children clearly know what is expected of them. Mrs Reeves (Learning Mentor) is able to offer more focussed behaviour support and interventions where necessary.

If a child has medical needs, a Health Care Plan will be written up by Mrs Davies with support from the school nurse in collaboration with the parent/carer and appropriate school staff. This will detail any medical needs, medications and what to do in an emergency.

Attendance is rigorously monitored on a daily basis to ensure school can support overall wellbeing. If the school office has not been made aware of a child’s absence, the school office will follow the steps outlined in the Attendance Policy.

 

Q7. What specialist service and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting to support my child?

At Holy Family, we have access to a number of agencies who support learning and assessment of needs for children with SEN. Depending on the needs of individual child, school may access the support from the following agencies:

Ø  Speech and Language Therapy

Ø  Occupational Therapy

Ø  Educational Psychology

Ø  ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) Specialist Teacher

Ø  ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Specialist Teacher

Ø  Specialist Support Teacher

Ø  Sensory Impaired Service

Ø  CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Ø  Access and Inclusion Team

Ø  Child Development Team

Ø  SEN Outreach Manager

Ø  Local Authority SEN Officer

Ø  Attendance Support Services

Ø  Social Care

Ø  Children’s Centres

Ø  Family First

Ø  Stronger Families

Ø  School Nurse

 

Mrs Davies (SENCO) is able to refer to these services if a joint decision has been made with parents/carers about the need to seek specialist advice and support to move a child’s learning forward.

Holy Family ensures that all staff has regular support in their continuing professional development and is able to attend training to develop their skills and expertise.


Q8.  How accessible is your setting and how will my child be included?

Holy Family is wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilet facilities and wide doors in some parts of the building. We are committed to making any reasonable adjustments to include children in school. This is outlined in the accessibility plan. We are happy to discuss individual access arrangements.

Trips are available to all pupils and risk assessments are carried out prior to the trip. If support is required for a child on a trip then arrangements will be made in a timely manner.


Q9.  How will the setting prepare my child for transitions on to the next stage of educational and life?

Throughout school life, children undergo a variety of transitions. We understand these times can be daunting for children so we endeavour to make these transitions as smooth as possible.

Before joining Holy Family: There may be home visits or visits to your child’s previous setting, an exchange of information between professionals.

Movement from class to class: Transition meetings take place between class teachers during the summer term when information about the children is passed on, this includes SEN information. Children also get to meet their new class teacher in the final weeks of the summer term for the next academic year.

Leaving Holy Family: Before Year 6 move to their secondary school, they participate in preparatory transition work with the Learning Mentor and class teacher. Children will visit their secondary school in the summer term.  In the summer term, Year 6 class teachers/SENCO meet up with secondary school’s Head of Year 7/ SENCO’s to pass on relevant information including SEN documentation.

Children in Years 4 and 5 are encouraged to visit the secondary schools for open days to find out more about their choices.

If a child leaves mid-year or before they reach Year 6, information will be passed on to the new school, including SEN information.

Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting will be arranged with SENCO, class teacher, other relevant agencies, Secondary school SENCO and parents/carers and child where appropriate.

 

Q10.  How are parents/carers/families involved in the setting?

Parents/carers are encouraged to participate in as many aspects of school life as they wish to. There are 3 open evenings to discuss progress and attainment during the year. If a child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care plan, there will be an additional Annual Review

School invites parents to use Ofsted’s Parent View website to give their opinions on school and regularly ask for parent views to be given via questionnaires.

Holy Family distributes a weekly newsletter and the website is regularly updated with news and events. The guestbook is also available for parents/carers to share their views.

Friends of Holy Family, PTA, regularly organise family events and fundraising activities for all to participate in.

Families are invited to celebration events, workshops and other events throughout the year.


Q11  Who can I contact for further information?

If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs, please contact the school office to arrange a meeting:

 

Mrs Gillian Holland

Head Teacher

 

Mrs Davies     

SENCO

 

Mrs Reeves

Learning Mentor

 

0151 282-8971

The Local Offer can be found on the Knowsley Council website www.knowsley.gov.uk

 

 



 
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School
  • Arncliffe Road
  • Halewood
  • Liverpool
  • L25 9PA
  • United Kingdom
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