SEN Local Offer - How we support SEN

We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many children, at some time in their school life, need extra help.

Because of this we offer the following support for SEND children:

•We talk to parents/carers if they think their child has a special educational need and let them know what special help the school is giving.  Mr Jones is appointed as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), who works closely with our SEND specialist, Mrs Layfield-Carroll.
•We have a written Special Educational Needs Policy – a copy should be made available for parents and is included on this website.

Each child’s teacher will be finding ways to support them such as:

•Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
•Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
•Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
•Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s support plan

With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:

•Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
•Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
•Suggest resources that would help the child make progress

Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENCO to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help their child at home

Our school staff will set targets for SEND children which will be shared with parents, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting.

If your child has Special Educational Needs our SENCO Team will:

Ensure the right support is put in place for each child

Advise other teachers and teaching assistants on how to help each child and ensure they have an up to date support plan detailing how their needs will be met in school

Arrange training for staff so they understand each child’s needs

Work closely with parents on a regular basis to talk with them about their child’s needs and listen to any ideas or concerns they might have

Work with other professionals (if necessary) who may be able to help individual children, e.g. speech and language therapist /medical professional/educational psychologist

An support plan  / Provision Map / progress report details what the school, the class teacher and the SENCO team plan to do to help individual children learn. All teachers should be aware that children learn in different ways. Some need to work at a slower pace to ensure they fully understand one thing before they move onto something new

Ensure the child is making termly progress through analysis of assessments and tracking data.