SEN and Disabilities
SEN Information Report
All Kent Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met within a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The four broad areas of SEN are:
- Cognition and Learning,
- Communication and Interaction
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Physical and/or Sensory.
The LA Local Offer
As from September 2014, all local authorities are required by law (Children and Families Act 2014) to publish a ‘Local Offer’. Within this, authorities are required to publish (via the Local government website) information regarding service and provision for children and young adults (0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities. The information must be transparent and give choice to families. More information on the Local Offer can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs
The School SEN Information Report
Every school is required to make this report available to families demonstrating how the school meets the needs of SEN pupils. Information within this report is required to pay due regard to the ‘Local Offer’.
We embrace the fact that all children are different and consequently, the educational needs of every child are individual. We seek to cater for children at all areas of need and status. The following questions and answers will provide information for parents and carers of children with SEN.
Admission to Greatstone Primary School will be according to the criteria set out in the Governing Body‘s Admissions Policy. We will contact the previous school of any child with SEN entering the school at any point other than Reception to determine how the child will be inducted and to enable us to benefit from previous knowledge of the child. We will contact the Pre-school of any child with SEN entering the school into Reception for the same reason.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress, you should initially speak to your child’s class teacher. If you continue to be concerned that your child is not making progress, you may speak to the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), for the school. The school SEN Governor can also be contacted for support.
The classteacher is your first point of contact should you have any concerns regarding SEN. The classteacher:
- Checks on the progress of your child and identifies, plans (with support from the SENCo) and delivers any additional help your child may need (this could be targeted work or additional support)
- Include provision on the ‘Class Provision Map’
- Ensures that the school’s SEN Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEN.
The SENCo: Mrs Richardson
If, after having contacted the classteacher, you continue to have concerns regarding your child’s special needs, contact the SENCo. The SENCo is responsible for:
- Developing and reviewing the school’s SEN policy.
- Co-ordinating all the support for children with SEN
- Ensuring that you are
- involved in supporting your child’s learning
- kept informed about the support your child is getting
- involved in reviewing how they are doing.
- Liaising with other professionals who may be come in to school to help support your child’s learning, e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist.
- Updating the school’s SEN register (a system for ensuring that all the SEN needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that records of your child’s progress and needs are kept.
- Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school, so that they can help children with SEN to achieve the best progress possible.
Headteacher: Mrs N Wood
- The day-to-day management of all aspects of the school; this includes the support for children with SEN.
- The Headteacher will give responsibility to the SENCo and class teachers, but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
- The Headteacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about issues relating to SEN.
The SEN Governor: Mr Morgan-John
- Making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEN who attends the school.
- The SEN governor may be contacted for support to parents regarding pupils with SEN.
In school, the class teachers are normally the first to recognise that a child is not making progress or that there might be an underlying cause for this. They will inform you, as a parent, of their concerns and ask the SENCO for advice if necessary. If progress is not evident then the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you to:
• Listen to any concerns you may have.
• Discuss any further assessments which could be carried out in school and additional support that your child may need.
• Discuss the possibility of a ‘Targeted Plan’ if your child is to be placed on the SEN register
• Discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child.
Class teacher input, via ‘Quality First Teaching’
For your child this would mean:
- That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
- That all teaching is built on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
- That different ways of teaching are in place (such as more practical approaches), so that your child is fully involved in learning in class.
- That specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo) are in place to support your child to learn.
- Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap or gaps in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.
Specific individual or group work
This involves interventions which are run in the classroom or a group room and delivered by either a teacher or a teaching assistant.
Interventions at Greatstone Primary School include:
- ICT based programmes including: Booster Phonics, Comprehension Booster and Memory Booster.
- Clicker 7
- Reading Recovery
- Dynamo Maths
- Reading programmes including: Dandelion, Totem, Talisman, 5 minute box
- Precision Teaching for specific numeracy and literacy skills
- Clever Hands Programme (Fine motor skills programme)
- Fizzy Programme (Gross Motor skills programme)
- Speech Link and Language link programmes
- Specific Literacy Difficulty programmes such as Toe by Toe or Beat Dyslexia
- Social Skills Groups e.g Upward Spirals or ‘Groups specific’
- ‘Time to talk’ Groups
- ‘Check in’ times
- Lego Intervention
- Build a Playground
- Play Therapy
- ‘Drawing and Talking’ programme
- Specialist programmes from outside agencies (eg Speech and Language, Physiotherapy) see below
- Talk for writing
Specialist support from an outside agency
This means a pupil has been identified by the class teacher or SENCo as needing some extra specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:
- The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) and Kent Educational Psychology Service (KEPS) who are accessed via a LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) meeting with consent from you as a parent.
- Other outside agencies (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ChYPHMS, School Nurse and Specialist Teachers for Hearing and Visual Impairment) which can be contacted directly through the school with consent from you as a parent.
The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations via a ‘Programme of support’ including targets for the teachers and teaching assistants to work on with the pupil. This is closely monitored by the professional via regular visits and reviews and adjusted according.
- Further outside agencies e.g. Young Healthy Minds (YHM) can be accessed through the Early Help and Preventative Services system.
Specified Individual support
This type of support is available for children with high SEN. In addition they may have an Education Health and Care Plan. Pupils with high SEN will have an Individual Provision Plan, where outcomes, provision and targets are detailed.
For those pupils with an EHCP, local Authority central services such as the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) and outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT) will be involved.
For your child this would mean:
- The school (or you) can request that Local Authority Services carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the type of support that will be provided for your child.
- After the request has been made to a ‘Panel of Professionals’, a decision will be made as to whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), seem complex enough to require a statutory assessment. If this is the case, they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child requires this, they will ask the school to continue with the current support.
- After the reports have been gathered and submitted the ‘Panel of Professionals’ will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong. If this is the case an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) will be written. If this is not the case the school will be asked to continue with the current level of support in addition to arranging a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place.
- The EHC Plan will outline the support and strategies to be put into place to meet your child’s needs. It will also have long and short term goals for your child.
- The school budget, received from Kent Local Authority, includes money for supporting children with SEN. Overall school provision for SEN is determined by the categories of need as identified for each pupil on the SEN register.
- The Head Teacher decides on the deployment of resources for SEN, in consultation with the school governors on the basis of needs in the school.
- Teachers responsible for teaching SEN groups/individuals on a part-time basis.
- Teaching Assistants working with either individual children or small groups.
- ICT based literacy and maths programmes monitored by teaching assistants under the direction of classteachers
- Teaching Assistants offering support for children with emotional and social development through social skills groups and ‘Drawing and Talking’ interventions
- Lunch time support for more vulnerable children.
- Play Therapist
Local Authority Provision delivered in school
- Educational Psychology Service
- Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS)
Health Provision advised/delivered in school
- School Nurse
- Occupational Therapy
- Young Healthy Minds
- Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
- Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (ChYPMHS)
- PSicon (assessments undertaken for ADHD and ASD)
- The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEN. This includes whole school training on issues particularly relevant to the Special Needs Profile of the School, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies e.g. STLS or the Speech and Language Service that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
Current SEN skills/knowledge of staff at Greatstone Primary School include:
- 30 Staff members trained in ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) awareness
- Mid-day supervisors trained in ASD awareness and behavior support
- 12 staff members trained in Visual and Hearing Impairments
- 12 staff members trained in TEAM TEACH (behavior support training)
- 1 staff member obtaining ASD Champion Status
- 6 staff members trained in issues relating to Speech and Language
- 4 staff members trained in use of Speech and Language Link
- 4 staff members trained in use of ‘Drawing and Talking’ (to develop social and emotional well- being)
- Teaching assistants trained in the effective delivering of intervention groups
- All teaching assistants trained in use of ICT programmes focusing on literacy difficulties
- 19 staff members received introduction training in ‘Attachment Theory’.
- 1 staff member trained in the Management of Emotions
- 1 staff member trained in Bereavement Counselling
- 3 staff members trained in the area of ‘Selective Mutism’
- 6 staff members trained in the ‘Clever Hands’/ ‘Fizzy’ Programmes (to develop fine and gross motor skills)
- 12 staff members trained in CBT
- 18 staff members received introduction to Mindfulness training
- All TAs trained in ‘dyslexia’ approaches.
- 3 staff members trained in ADHD.
- All Teachers, Teaching assistants and Mid-day supervisors trained in ‘Restorative Approaches’
- 2 staff members undertaking ‘Well-being Champion’ training.
- All TAs trained in the use of Numicon
- Teacher and TA’s recieve induction training in supporting children with anxiety.
- 1 Member of staff ELSA training (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant).
- All staff trained in growth mindset.
- Class teachers deliver ‘High Quality Teaching’ planning lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children (including SEN) in their class and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
- Support staff, under the direction of the class teacher, can adapt planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
- Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
- Planning and teaching will be adapted, on a daily basis if needed, to meet your child’s learning needs.
Your child’s provision will be detailed in a ‘Class Provision Map’ which will be reviewed regularly and discussed with you at parent’s evenings
- Your child’s progress will be continually monitored by his/her class teacher.
- His/her progress will be reviewed formally with the SLT, class teacher and SENCo every term in reading, writing and numeracy.
- Provision within the provision map will be reviewed regularly
- The progress of children with an EHC Plan will be formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education.
- The progress of pupils with an Individual Provision Plan (including those with an EHCP) will be reviewed there times a year.
- The SENCo will also check that your child is making good progress via monitoring of intervention practices.
- Regular book scrutinies and lesson observations will be carried out by the SENCo and members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the needs of all children are met and that the quality of teaching and learning is high.
The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school, so that similar strategies can be used.
- The SENCo is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have. Please phone the office or call in to make an appointment
- All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you and if possible with the appropriate professional present
- During parents consultations, provision and progress will be discussed with you.
- Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual requirements.
- A home-school contact book may be used to support communication with you when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.
- The school is fully compliant with DDA (2010) requirements.
- We believe that all children should have the opportunity to join with their peers in the curriculum and life of the school.
- We aim to provide equal opportunities for all groups of children, including those with diverse needs and believe that by recognising those needs and differentiating our resources and practice that we give access to the curriculum for all our pupils
- We ensure wherever possible that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
- After-school clubs are accessible to all children, including those with SEN.
- All of the children are integrated fully into mainstream classes and supported as appropriate by all staff members. The school does not have a specialist unit.
- Local support groups are available.
All applications for places at our school will be treated fairly. No child will be refused a place in the school because of their special need, disability, race, gender, religion or background. We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEN and consequently take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
Admission to Greatstone Primary School will be according to the criteria set out in the Governing Body‘s Admissions Policy.
We will contact the previous school of any child with SEN entering the school at any point other than Reception to determine how the child will be inducted and to enable us to benefit from previous knowledge of the child. We will contact the Pre-school of any child with SEN entering the school into Reception for the same reason.
Moving Through School:
We will seek to effect a phased transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 by:
- strengthening a programme of pupil visits between the key stages.
- passing on information.
- within the school, prior to the transfer to a new class, teachers and support staff meet to discuss the educational needs of individual children.
- during the first few weeks of Term 1 arranging after school sessions for parents to ‘Meet the Teacher’ and raise any concerns they may have.
We will seek to effect a phased transition across Key Stage 2 and 3 by:
- encouraging staff visits between secondary and primary schools with a pastoral and teaching focus.
- strengthening a programme of pupil visits between the key stages.
- where possible provide opportunities for support such as additional visits to the school of choice or involvement in a social skills group prior to the transfer are given to the appropriate children.
- passing on information regarding SEN.
- setting up transition groups at school
In the case of a child with SEN transferring to a different school at a time other than at the end of Year 6, information is sent to the new school, with the offer of a discussion with the SENCO regarding the particular needs of the child.
We recognise that some children have extra emotional and social needs that need to be developed and nurtured. These needs can manifest themselves in a number of ways, including behavioural difficulties, anxiousness, and being uncommunicative.
All classes follow a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum to support this development. However, for those children who find aspects of this difficult we offer
- Social Skills Groups
- ‘Drawing and Talking’ intervention
- ‘Check in’ facility
- Play Therapy
If your child still needs extra support, with your permission, the SENCo will access further support such as ChYPMHS, YHM or the School Nurse Service
Glossary of terms associated with SEN
|ADD||Attention Deficit Disorder|
|ADHD||Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder|
|ASD||Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|ChYPMHS||Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service|
|CHATS||Child and Adolescent Therapy Services (counseling)|
|C and I||Communication and Interaction|
|C and L||Cognition and Learning|
|EHCP||Education and Health Care Plan (replaced a statement of special educational needs in the SEND Code of Practice 2014)|
|Fizzy||A physiotherapy programme for children to develop co-ordination and gross motor skills|
|LIFT||Local Inclusion Forum Team|
|MSI||Multi-Sensory Impairment (Visual Impairment with Hearing Impairment)|
|PEP||Personal Education Plan (for Children in Care)|
|Provision Map||Method of recording additional provision for pupils|
|SEN||Special Educational Need|
|SALT||Speech and Language Therapist/ Therapy|
|SEMH||Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SENCo||Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator|
|SpLD||Specific Literacy Difficulties (or dyslexia)|
|Statutory Assessment||The assessment needed which precedes an EHCP|
|STLS||Specialist Teaching Learning Service (based at The Beacon School, Folkestone)|
|YHM||Young Healthy Minds|
If after first discussing your concerns with the school you are still worried about the provision for your child then a complaint can be made to the governing body. Details of the school’s complaints procedure are available on this website under Policies.