Special Educational Needs

SEND Termly Parent Forum

Cluster SENDCo’s, PSA, and SEND facilitator hold a termly parent forum event at a local school, its an informal opportunity for parents to meet, share information and learn about any SEND developments.

Events are publicised through flyers and the school letter. The agenda is developed in consultation with parents.

For further information please speak to the school SENDCo, PSA or SEND facilitator.

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SEND Information Report 2017-18

Part of the Local Offer for Learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy school have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published must be updated annually. The required information is set out in the SEN regulations which can be found here

Introduction

At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. Named contacts are listed below:

  • Head Teacher: Mr Sam Nixon
  • Inclusion Manager: Mrs. Danielle Lacey-Scane
  • SEN Governors: Mrs. Melissa Marfleet-Collins, Mrs. Tara Riddle (Governor for Equalities)
  • Parent Governors: Mrs. Joanne Satterley, Mrs. Claire Dixon, Mrs. Sarah Williamson
  • School Council lead teacher: Mrs. Louise Carolan

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Special_educational_needs_and_disabilities/. Alternatively if you think your child may have SEN then in the first instance then please speak to their Class Teacher or contact the Inclusion Manager.

During 2017-2018 a parent SEN forum group will be established, do speak to the Inclusion Manager if you are interested in taking part.

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Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN

At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we strive to be responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see our Learning Policy Sept 2016.

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and is used to plan continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff. Our plan for 2017-18 can be found here.

We aim to create a learning opportunity which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess pupils to ensure that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings with staff.

For pupils who are looked after, adopted and also have special educational needs the school works closely with the Virtual School, carers and outside agencies to ensure bespoke provision.  The Designated Teacher for Looked After Children ensures ongoing rigorous assessment and monitoring.

At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery, we value:

Learning for all – ‘We are all stars! Ashleigh makes us shine!’

How we identify SEN

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier/s to their learning.

Learners can fall behind in school for many reasons such as:

  • Absence
  • Attendance of different schools i.e. inconsistent opportunity to learn
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Social and Emotional concerns
  • Medical Conditions

At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN. Barriers to learning-core offer.

Our SEN profile for 2017-18 shows that we have 11.5% of children (excluding Nursery), identified as having SEN, and 0% have an Education Health and Care Plan or Statement of Educational Need.

  • 3.9% of all children are identified as having SEN linked to Cognition and Learning (34% of SEN group)
  • 1.0% of all children are identified as having SEN linked to Communication and Interaction (7% of SEN group)
  • 6.0% of all children are identified as having SEN linked to Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (52% of SEN group)
  • 1% of children are identified as having SEN linked to Physical and Sensory needs (7% of SEN group)

The national figure for SEN identification is 14.4%

2.8% of Pupils with Statements or EHCPs and 11.6% of pupils at SEN support

Assessing SEN at Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery

Class Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves may be aware of a difficulty with learning. At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery we ensure that assessment of educational needs directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their teacher. The SENDCo will also support with the identification of barriers to learning. We have a range of assessment tools available, and our updated tool kit for 2017-18, which we share with our cluster of schools.

Assessment Package Assessment Focus Age range Resource location
British Picture Vocabulary Scales (BPVS 3) Understanding of language 3 to 16y 11m Cluster library
Cognitive Ability Test (CAT3) Learning 7y 6m to 17+ Secondary schools
Raven’s Matrices Cognitive abilities 5 to 16 Cluster library
Digit Span Memory Test Auditory Working Memory 6 to adult All Schools
Phonics Screening Materials Phonics 4+ All Schools
Phonological Assessment Battery (PhAB) Difficulties associated with SpLD (dyslexia) 6 to 14 Robert Kett Junior/Wymondham High
Diagnostic Reading Analysis Reading & comprehension 7 to 16 Cluster library
Salford Sentence reading & comprehension 5 to 10+ Infant/Junior/Primary schools
Single Word Spelling Test (SWST) Spelling 5 to 14 Infant/Junior/Primary schools
Basic Number Screening Test Number and number operations 6 to 12 All Schools
Sandwell Numeracy 4 to 14 Cluster library

For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school and cluster we have access to various specialist services. We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website available here.

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery as part of the Wymondham Cluster have also commissioned support from:

  • Educational Psychologist and School Support Teacher
  • Counsellor
  • Engage Educational Services (Behaviour Support Team)
  • Nelson’s Journey
  • Respectrum Advisory Services Limited
  • Art Therapist via the Unthank Centre
  • Early Years Help Hub
  • School2School Support e.g. STOP’s programme
  • Family Voice
  • Norfolk SEND Partnership
  • Pastoral Care Manager

Schools within the cluster also work with community and specialist speech and language therapists.

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery employs 16.5 FTE Learning Support Assistants who deliver the interventions in the provision map as coordinated by the Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager.

What we do to support learners with SEN at Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher standards are available here.

Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:

  • Visual timetables
  • Writing frames
  • I-pads, laptops or other alternative recording devices
  • Peer buddy systems
  • Positive behaviour rewards system

Each learner identified as having SEN, is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is described on a provision map, which although does not detail the individual learner names, describes the interventions and actions that we undertake at Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery to support learners with SEN across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every year, to reflect the changing needs of our learners. The cluster provision map for 2017-18 is available here. Please also see practical support strategies to overcome barriers to learning. In consultation with the individual child and parents, teachers will complete an ‘All About Me’ document  to ensure that children are fully involved in their own learning.

At Ashleigh Infant and Nursery School we share the provision map with our colleagues in the Wymondham Cluster so we can learn from each other, share best practice and demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEN. We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity.

Our provision map is shared with Governors who are able to ensure that we monitor the impact of these interventions on learning across the school.

Our best endeavours are undertaken to ensure that pupils with SEND are able to fully engage in all school run activities.

Funding for SEN

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN.

The Wymondham cluster of schools receives funding from the Local Authority which is distributed as ‘top up’ funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school.

All schools in the Wymondham cluster have signed a governance agreement which helps us work together. The Cluster policy for SEN is available here.

The Wymondham cluster of schools is committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEN. If you would like any further information on SEN in the Wymondham cluster please contact our cluster SENDCo dlacey@ashleighprimary.net

How do we find out if this support is effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Ashleigh School and Nursery. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the Inclusion Manager, Teacher, parent/carer and learner agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.

Children, parents/carers and their teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held at least once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the same termly review conversations take place, as well as an annual formal review of the EHCP.

The Inclusion Manager collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Intervention data is shared with the Wymondham cluster so all SENDCos in our cluster are able to select high quality provision.

Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. Moderating both internally and externally ensures that our judgments stand up to scrutiny. Our school and cluster data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.

Other opportunities for learning

All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra-curricular activities. At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery in 2017-18 we offer a range of additional clubs and activities, for further information please contact the school office.

Ashleigh Primary School also offers ‘Ashleigh Tree House’, a breakfast and after school club available from 3+ years. For further information wither visit our website or click here.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our cluster SENDCo  to discuss specific requirements contact details as follows: dlacey@ashleighprimary.net

All staff at Ashleigh School and Nursery observe the requirements as set out in the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is:

“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click here.

Preparing for the next step

Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition into Nursery, a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEN. Moving classes will be discussed with you and your child in the summer term. Transition to secondary schools will be discussed in the summer term of their Year 5, to ensure time for planning and preparation.

Please see the following link for further cluster information on the transition from Nursery to Reception – Preparing your child for starting school

Schools approach to Bullying

Bullying is anti-social behaviour and can affect anyone; At Ashleigh it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The anti-bullying policy can be accessed on the website.

Have your say

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ‘assess plan, do and review’ provision for SEN.

Complaints from parents of children with SEN should be directed to the School Inclusion Manager (SENDCo), in the first instance.

Useful links

Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery as part of the Wymondham cluster group of schools, work alongside the Pastoral Care Manager facilitating a parent support group Learning, Inclusive Nurture, Knowledge and Support (LINKS).  The group meets regularly to share ideas, experiences and information.

 

This SEN report is reviewed annually at the end of the summer term by the Inclusion Manager (SENDCo and SEND Governor).