Supporting Children With SEND at St. Mary's.
What is SEND?
Children have additional educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional educational provision to be made for them. ‘Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
- Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local authority.
- Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.’ (Code of Practice September 2014)
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
Some children may have needs in one or more of these areas.
What changes have been made in line with the new Code of Practice 2014?
The Department for Education have changed the way disabled people and those with special educational needs are supported. They have introduced a number of changes to the Special Educational Needs statementing process which became law in September 2014 through the Children and Families Act.
All staff in our school have been informed of these changes through training and we have made changes to the way in which we identify, monitor and record SEND information. For example, we have moved away from IEP's and we now use 'Additional Educational Needs Support Plans' these are stored on your child's online report for you to access if you child requires a plan.
What happens if the school feel that my child has additional needs?
First of all any concerns and/or issues that have become apparent to school staff will be discussed with the parent/guardian. Together we will formulate a plan of action, with timescales for review.
Many pupils experience delay in their learning at some point and may not be making expected progress for a variety of reasons. We, as a staff, know our children and families well. Should a child's progress dip or learning slow down then we will endeavour to find out if there are any external factors that need to be considered. At this stage the class teacher will inform the inclusion manager and the child's progress will be monitored closely.
At this stage the child may have differentiated work prepared for them by their class teacher in conjunction with the support staff.
The child's learning and progress will be reviewed and either the child will continue with class differentiation or they will be added to the Additional SEND Support register. Once a potential additional need is identified, action will be taken to put further targeted and effective support in place. An ‘Additional SEND Support Plan’ will be completed, with specific targets set and progress monitored at least three times per term. in addition, planned reviews will take place with the pupil and family member termly, with informal updates completed more frequently.
Should classroom teachers and/or the Inclusion Manager have evidence that certain children are still not making good progress then the Inclusion Manager will arrange intensive additional SEND support in any or all of the four areas. This may include directing staff towards one-to-one support for certain lessons or activities. It may also include referrals to external specialist services and teachers with additional specialist qualifications may be called upon to provide guidance, assessment, support and/or provision. Following this there may be intensive specific programmes to be followed by all adults coming into active learning situations with the child.
Should children still not be making appropriate progress then the formal assessment procedures for an Education Health and Care Plan will be started by the Inclusion Manager in conjunction with the Parents, Headteacher and other Specialist Services. The legal assessment procedures outlined in the Local Offer by Calderdale Local Authority will be followed. We will then respond accordingly to the feedback and allocation of funds (if given).
So what do St. Mary's do to help my child?
Our offer provides information on the provision that we offer at our school. It links with Calderdale's Local Offer. Calderdale's Local offer booklet provides information about what different serivces are available in the area. Our offer can be found below.