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PETERBOROUGH SCHOOLS: SEND PROVISION / LOCAL OFFER

The Local Authority is committed to all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, making the best possible progress in their educational setting which, wherever possible and with the agreement of the family or the young person, will be in a mainstream setting. 

All Peterborough’s schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Maintained schools have access to a range of professional services provided by the Local Authority which include the Educational Psychology Service, the Autism Outreach Service, the Sensory Support Service and the Specialist Teacher for pupils with ADHD.

Academies and Free Schools within the city also have access to these services though the funding mechanisms differ to those in place for maintained schools. 

An inclusive school may offer the following ‘additional and different’ arrangements to support children with SEND. This provision is over and above ‘Quality First Teaching’ which is the entitlement for all children.

Children/ Young People in school will get support that is specific to their individual needs. This may all be provided by the class teacher or may involve:

  • Advice and support from the School’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and other members of staff within the school.
  • Staff who visit the school from the Local Authority central services such as the Educational Psychologist, Specialist Teachers for autism, ADHD or from the Sensory Service (for students with a hearing or visual need).
  • Staff who visit from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (S&LT) Service.

The chart on page 2 provides some general information about the different approaches, interventions and professionals who may be involved where children present with different levels of difficulty and complexity.
 

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Note of any additional considerations e.g. Looked After Child/English as an additional language / Child in Need/ Child Protection

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Highly Specialist

Where a child or young person’s needs are highly complex and require a bespoke placement or highly individualised long term arrangements.

Specialist

Special Schools for children and young people with long term complex needs. These are supported by a range of outside professionals.

Children with long term complex needs who are educated in mainstream settings who are supported by relevant specialist services through consultation, advice or intervention as appropriate.

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Targeted Specialist

Enhanced resource bases located in mainstream schools. Specialist support from a range of professional services such as Autism Outreach, Sensory Support, Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy. Consultation, Intervention advice and training. Pupil Referral Units.

Targeted

Class teacher in receipt of advice and support from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Involvement of professionals from outside the school (e.g. educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, paediatricians) through consultation, assessment and training. Evidence based interventions and child specific approaches in place and reviewed.

 

Universal Targeted

Quality first teaching. School’s best endeavours. Differentiated curriculum. Class teacher in receipt of advice and support from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Evidence -based interventions run in class and in small groups (plan, do, review cycle). Personalised learning. Consultation. Training.

 

Universal

 

A GUIDE TO OUR PROVISION AT HAMPTON HARGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Identification of SEND at our School

Our school identifies children/ young people with special educational needs/ disability (SEND) by

Listening to the child’s concerns and areas they find difficult. Closely monitoring progress through termly tracking and progress meetings. Meeting with class teachers to discuss specific concerns. Engaging with parents to identify any possible areas of need. Establishing good transition meetings across year groups and with new schools. Where appropriate seeking advice from outside agencies where appropriate. SENCos carry out Dyslexia tests where there are concerns to identify early. Trialling intervention strategies where appropriate.

We encourage you to raise your concerns by

We have an open door policy and we start each new year with a welcome meeting. Talking to the class teacher or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) regarding concerns about the child’s needs or progress in school. Contacting the family Support worker. If appropriate using a daily dialogue book.

Our school has specialist provision for children/ young people with

Recommendations from outside agencies.

Support for your Child/ Young Person

The education plan for your child/ young person will be explained to you and overseen by

Class teacher and teaching assistant on a daily basis. SENCo, for your child’s key stage to review progress and impact of interventions and where involved pupil premium teachers.

Staff who may be working with your child/ young person are

Class teacher, Teaching assistants, Pupil premium teachers, every child a reader teacher, numbers counts teacher, First class @ number teachers, team leaders, SENCo, Head teacher and Family support worker. Where relevant student teachers will work with the child under the guidance of the teacher. Parent volunteers under the guidance of the class teacher. Outside agencies where appropriate.

We monitor the effectiveness of our SEND arrangements/ provision by

Provision mapping at an individual level and year group level. Tracking progress through half termly monitoring progress sheets at class teacher level and team leader level. SENCos analyse team leader reports and monitor impact of intervention linking back to the provision map. Termly book scrutiny and termly lesson observations also identify the effectiveness of the provision for Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) children. We take into account hard and soft data to monitor the progress of not only academic progress but other areas for example social skills. Meetings with the SENCos.

The roles and responsibilities of our governors are

To have knowledge of and support the SENCo with the implementation and monitoring of the SEND policy. To hold ALL staff involved with SEND accountable for the progress and effective impact. SEND link governor having an understanding and awareness of the school development plan and priorities for SEND. A point of contact for parents if they feel the need.

Curriculum Concerns

Our approach to differentiation is to

Identify the specific needs and plan accordingly to ensure the child makes appropriate progress. In some cases this may require the child working at an individualised curriculum. Offer adult support where needed and where available. Use intervention strategies where necessary.

Extra support is allocated according to

Individual needs of the child/children in a particular class or year group and if the child is entitled to pupil premium support. This support can be short or long term.

Partnership: Planning, Monitoring and Review

We offer the following opportunities, in addition to the normal reporting arrangements, to parents/ carers, children and young people to discuss progress, to plan and review support, specific approaches and/or programmes.

Termly meetings to review progress of individual targets alongside the class teacher. Where a child attends every child a reader or numbers count termly meetings to review child’s progress against their targets and academic achievement. Open door policy for parents to contact any members of staff working alongside the child if needed.

General Support for Wellbeing

Our school offers pastoral, medical and social support to the children/ young people by

PSHCE lessons in every class. Nurture groups, lunchtime support groups, Early starters, Sensory circuits, school of dreams, following recommendations from the Paston pack (Occupational therapy), Southfields pack (speech and language), Swans before and after school club, after school clubs, Educational Psychologist, School nurse, Family Support worker who works with children on an individual basis or with families as appropriate.

We encourage the children/ young people to contribute their views by

Completing their personal passport. These passports hold the child’s views on their learning styles hobbies likes and dislikes within the school and how they learn best. For children with a number of agencies involved, because of their special educational or medical needs, children contribute their views to their Coordinated or Educational Health and Care Plan.

Specialist Services/ Expertise Available

We employ specialist staff in the areas of

Family support. Pupil premium teachers, Every child a reader teacher, Every child counts teacher.

Our school accesses the following services

Support for learning, St George’s, Educational Psychologist, Occupational therapy, Speech and language, Physiotherapist, Autism outreach, community paediatrician, school nurse, family action, visual impairment team, city care centre, other specialist within the local authority.

Training

We have staff who have the following qualifications.

Amanda Christophi: Early Help Assessment, ECAF, Advanced SENCo award basic level Makaton.

Emma Porter: CAF, ECAF, Advanced SENCo award and Advanced SENCo as Leaders award.

Kerry Moore Makaton and BSL.

Shirley Green Elkan Speech and Language courses Level 3.

Angela Howden British Sign Language Level  1 and 2, Foundation certificate in Deaf Studies, Level 1 Communication Tactics  with Deaf people, Level 1 Deaf Awareness.

Michelle Mills and Di Knowles; BA Hons Level 6

Sarah Base; BA Hons QTS.

Teaching assistant NVQ Level 2; Sarah Copland, Cherrie Cullen, Lesley Braybrook, Ali Bird, Cheryl Hall, Donna Stephenson.

Teaching assistant NVQ level 3; Joanna Baranowicz, Jenny Mc Cracken, Vicky Bines, Sharon Heron, Joanne Brookes, Kerry Moore, Roslyn Loutit.

HLTA Sharon Heron, Roslyn Loutit.

Staff have recently attended the following training.

Paston pack training.

IDP training.

Southfields pack training.

Makaton training.

We plan to undertake the following training/ disability awareness sessions(s).

IDP training.

New Code of Practice training.

Accessibility

We provide the following to ensure that all children/ young people in our school can access all of the activities offered.

We have an inclusive environment and we make reasonable adjustments to ensure all children can access all activities provided. This can be inside or outside the classroom with support where appropriate. Where necessary children can have a scribe and can use Clicker 6 to help them write.

We enable children/ young people to access all activities by

Making reasonable adjustments to fit the child’s needs by working closely with the child, parents, teachers and teaching assistants.

We involve parents and carers in the planning by

Meeting with them to discuss any concerns about any proposed activities and make any necessary arrangements.

Parents and carers can give their feedback by;

Talking to the class teacher, SENCo, Senior Leadership team, or governors.

Parents/carers can make a complaint by

Verbally by talking to the class teacher, SENCo, Senior Leadership team, or governors. Or in writing to the class teacher, SENCo, Senior Leadership team, governors, or the Local Authority.

Transitions

The following arrangements help children/ young people and their parents/ carers to make a successful transfer to our setting/ school.

SENCo, teachers and teaching assistants meet with old and new teachers and teaching assistants, where transition is from or to a new school phone contact will be made. The new teacher and teaching assistant are guided through the passport by the child. When needed a longer transition time is given.

When children are entering Reception the SENCo is made available to meet new parents of children with special educational needs. Teachers and the SENCo will attend any transition meetings which take place in the summer term in the child’s pre-school setting. The SENCo will also liaise with the Early years SENCo. If needed children can have a transition which is suited to their needs.

In year 6 the SENCo meets with SENCo, teacher, teaching assistants, transition coordinator of the child’s secondary placement. Where necessary individualised transition arrangements will be made.

We prepare children and young people to make their next move by

sharing their pupil passport, progress, and where relevant coordinated plans and Education Health Care plans with their new teacher and teaching assistant.

Resource Allocation

Our SEND budget is allocated according to

the School Development Plan and then the needs of the individual pupils identified across the school. This also takes into consideration recommendations from outside agencies and additional provision.

Funding is matched to SEND by

identifying and prioritising the need/s of the child/ren to ensure they receive appropriate and maximum opportunity to facilitate at least expected progress being achieved in their learning.

Our decision making process when matching support to need is

consultation with teachers, teaching assistants, parents and relevant outside agencies.

Parents/ carers are involved through

termly meetings, open door policy with staff working with the pupil, outside agencies and collaboration with the SENCo.

Contact Details

Your first point of contact is

Child's class teacher

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is

Amanda Christophi for year 4, 5 and 6.

Emma Porter for Key Stage 1 and year 3.

Other people in our setting/ school who might be contacted include

Catherine Wilkinson Foundation Stage Leader

Rebecca Styles Key Stage One Leader

Julie Wilmot Lower Key Stage Two Leader (years 3 and 4)

Duncan Milner Upper Key Stage Two Leader (years 5 and 6)

Amanda Christophi Assistant Head

Sarah Moss Deputy Head

Andy Lyons Head Teacher

Chair of Governors

External support services for information/ advice are

SEND Information Advice Support Service – Tel. 01733 863979
email pps@peterborough.gov.uk

Educational Psychology Open Access Consultation Service – Tel. 01733 863689

City Council Website http://www.peterborough.gov.uk/education