Most children and young people in mainstream schools will have their special educational needs met through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
Early Identification of Need
In deciding whether to make special education provision to support educational, social, physical or emotional needs, we:
- Use information gathered through informal in class observations
- Ongoing discussion between the SENCO and class teachers
- Speak with pupils about their needs when appropriate
- Speak regularly with parents and carers
- Consult with relevant external agencies
- Use assessment tools & materials
- Use Short Notes
Where a pupil is identified as having a special educational need we follow a graduated approach, as suggested in the SEN Code of Practice 2014, which takes the form of cycles of “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach every child with SEN will have an individualised SEN Support Plan that describes the child’s needs, outcomes & provision to meet those needs. Parents/carers and child/YP (where appropriate) views are integral to the this process.
Children’s needs are identified and assessed through observation, teacher assessment, information from outside agencies, analysis of Target Tracker and Blue Hills data assessment.
Support plans are created in collaboration between teachers, pupils and parents and in our school are reviewed either termly or half termly at a SEND review meeting.
Children work on the small targets outlined on their support plan by accessing additional support and/or resources.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant and/or complex needs may require an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
The purpose of an EHCP is to make special educational provision to meet special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education (SEND Code of Practice p.142). It is a legal document that describes a child or young person’s special educational, health and social care needs. This document is subject to an annual review which takes place with all stakeholders and a termly review of the targets takes place between the class teacher and parents/carers.
For more detailed information see the Local Offer
For further information please view or download our Accessibility Plan which can be found in the School Policies section of our website.