Special Educational Needs
The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported in schools. The new approach begins in September 2014 and places pupils at the centre of planning. The key principles of the new legislation are:
1. Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.
2. Education, health and care plans (EHC) will replace statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be carried through gradually).
3. School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need special needs support.
Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability:
Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School uphold children’s right to education and recognise the diverse educational needs within its communities. We acknowledge those needs may change and require a range of provision. We believe we have a duty to offer that provision where we can, to foster inclusion and provide full educational access.
Some children need increased support to access learning because:
a. they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
b. they have a disability as defined under the Equality Act, which affects their ability to access and benefit from the educational opportunities generally enjoyed by children of the same age.
We will try to ensure that all barriers to equal access in our schools are removed or overcome. We monitor and track progress of all children so that the support provided is as effective as possible. We welcome the full engagement of parents and carers and where necessary seek support and advice from specialists outside school to ensure we develop and maintain a range of flexible resources to meet the needs of all children.
Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at school. You know your child best and together we may decide that they need some additional help or support for some or all of their time at school.
At Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different – this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.
The SENCO, Sarah Stacey co-ordinates the provision of SEN in school.
At Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School:
How we support children to access the curriculum
Class teachers know the profile of their class and individual needs and learning activities are planned to match children’s learning needs.
All pupils in school receive quality first teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used, lessons are differentiated and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.
The environment is stimulating, supportive and well resourced. Displays may provide prompts and reminders to encourage children to learn and achieve independently.
Each class has teaching assistant support. If children have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, there may be additional teaching assistance so that specialised support is available.
Classes are well resourced and for children with additional needs, specialised equipment such as writing slopes, radio aid systems can be arranged in discussion with the SENCO.
We will ensure that all staff know and understand the needs of all pupils.
All staff will have access to training, advice and resources to enable them to contribute to developing fully inclusive practice.
We support literacy and numeracy
Strategies and interventions are in place to support literacy and numeracy. Teachers and teaching assistants make sure the classroom environment is full of language and displays to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.
For children with specific learning needs additional support may include include: extra intervention, specific programmes for literacy (catch up literacy) and for maths (in class support, small group or 1-1 intervention).
We support speech and language development
Teachers make sure their classes have lots of language support and activities We work in partnership with speech and language therapists to plan and deliver support for children with specific difficulties.
We promote positive behaviour
Our positive behaviour strategy describes the high standards of behaviour and conduct expected in school. In each class there are shared and displayed expectations about the rights and responsibilities of everyone in the class. We make sure all staff know and understand the reasons behind any difficult behaviour and how to respond. In class, the teaching assistant may support targeted children to stay on task and focused on learning. In the playground, staff will be aware of targeted children and these will be supported if necessary.
Where difficult situations have occurred, staff talk calmly through the event with the child helping to identify what went wrong and what actions could be taken if a similar situation happens again.
We support children’s emotional well being
Emotional well-being is supported by making sure that children who find “change” difficult are well prepared for any changes or transitions. To promote positive friendships, we may use a ‘circle time’ involving the whole class and our class councils. We also have an ELSA and our SENCO is a qualified THRIVE practitioner. We can also offer access to a counsellor for children who may require this support.
We support children’s physical needs
Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists provide specific advice and guidance for target children. They also provide training for staff. Teaching assistants follow up any recommendations by providing specific interventions to children for handwriting or fine motor skills either individually or in small groups.
All of the learning spaces are on one level so are accessible to all. It has a toilet with disabled access. The teaching spaces are suitable for wheelchair access.
We support children’s medical needs
The school nurse visits school to carry out basic checks with children. Medicines are stored safely in the school office and parental consent forms are required for the administration of medicines. Inhalers are kept in the office or classroom and always accessible for the child. All teaching and non teaching staff are first aid trained. Training is accessed for any specific medical need.
We support children during unstructured parts of the day
Playtimes and lunchtimes are supervised and any child with additional need at this time may have dedicated adult support.
We work in partnership with parents and carers
We encourage partnership working with parents/ carers. We ensure that review meetings and family support team meetings are arranged at times which allow parents and carers to attend. We listen to what parents/ carers tell us about their children and use that information to make sure everyone who works with a child understands their needs.
We work in partnership with other agencies
Ilketshall St Lawrence School will consult with support services and health agencies through a multi-agency approach.
For the benefit of your child we might contact other educational and health professionals for advice such as educational and behavioural support services, educational psychologists, the school nurse or doctor, speech & language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
We may also contact specialist medical services, social services or voluntary organisations and may carry out specialist programmes recommended by them.
We will provide them with any relevant information requested, with the parents’ permission.
We will discuss the needs of the individual/family in school and plan together the best use of advice and support from other agencies.
We monitor children’s progress
We have a system to track and monitor all children’s progress termly. Through day to day teaching and learning, children are continually assessed and teachers’ planning responds to this. For particular children more in depth assessments may be required. There are some times when we ask external agencies to carry these out. (This is particularly in the case for applying for a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan).
The Suffolk Local Authority Offer is published on the Suffolk InfoLink website .