SEND Information Report

Assistant Head for Inclusion (including SEND) – Jonathan Haddock

We are proud to be an inclusive federation, and all our children have access to quality education. We aim to recognise the needs of all our children and to work together to help them to achieve their full potential. Our schools are calm and caring, with enthusiastic and supportive staff. We are well supported by our parents and governors.

Special educational needs and disability work is coordinated by Mr Jonathan Haddock at both schools. He is supported by two Assistant to the SENDCos – Ms Wai Cheung at Stafford and Ms Chris Rogers at Roselands.

Our inclusion team also includes a senior teaching assistant who leads our Thrive/Nurture Provision based in “Starlands” (the house on the Stafford site)

The information below should give you all the details you need about our approach to special educational needs and disability. Our SEND policy is available on the school website and you are very welcome to come and talk to us about your child.

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1. How will the school know if my child may have special educational needs or need extra help?
2. Who will be involved in supporting my child?
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
4. How will we know how well my child is doing, and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school?
7. What training do the staff have, or are having?
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
9. How accessible is the school environment?
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, or transfer to a new school or college?
11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
13. How are parents and carers involved in the school? How can I be involved?
14. Who can I contact for further information?
15. What should I do if I am not happy?
16. Local Authority Offer

1. How will the school know if my child may have special educational needs or need extra help?

  • By talking to you and listening to your concerns.
  • By working closely with your child’s previous school/s.
  • By observing your child in class or at break times.
  • By carrying out assessments; these may be formal or informal.
  • By arranging for more specialised SEND assessments to be carried out.
  • By working with other services or specialists as appropriate.

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2. Who will be involved in supporting my child?

The school has a special needs and disability coordinator, known as the SENDCo, who will plan the support for your child. Depending on the level of need, any or all of the following may be involved:

  • Parents and carers
  • Class teacher
  • Other teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Specialist teacher
  • Outside services as appropriate (e.g. educational psychologist, Speech and Language Therapy Service, South Downs Special School Outreach Support)
  • The Virtual School if your child is looked after by the local authority.

These staff may provide in-class or out-of-class support, 1:1 support or small group work. All additional support would be planned with your involvement. All teaching methods are regularly monitored and evaluated for their effectiveness, and reported back to you.

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3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Our intention will always be to provide support that allows your child to work within the class setting and to have access to the whole curriculum. Their work will be planned and modified appropriately so it has the correct level of challenge. Children may also be given some additional adult support.

In some cases, to help children access the curriculum, it may be more appropriate for them to work in small groups and very occasionally on a 1:1 basis away from class.

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4. How will we know how well my child is doing, and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  • Regular formal and informal assessment of your child’s progress.
  • Regular communication between school and home, either through class teacher, teaching assistant or inclusion staff from school.
  • Sharing provision maps, and how you can support at home.
  • Regular parent consultations and additional meetings as appropriate.
  • Home school books where appropriate.
  • Behaviour charts as appropriate.
  • School website for home learning.
  • Newsletter.
  • Sharing Provision Maps and School Based Plans.
  • Regular Parent Consultations and reports.

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5. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Your child’s teacher/s have responsibility for monitoring and ensuring their wellbeing.

Where necessary they will involve other school services, which may include:

  • Use of ‘Pupil Voice’ (A way of discovering pupils’ views).
  • Social skills support with a teaching assistant.
  • Thrive/Nurture support with a teaching assistant
  • Family keyworkers (supporting both child and family).
  • Qualified first aiders (following guidance from yourselves and a Care Plan).
  • School nursing team.
  • A consistent approach to behaviour management with parental involvement as appropriate.
  • Pupil profiles/passports.

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6. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school?

  • Family keyworkers
  • Educational psychologist
  • Autistic Support Services from South Downs Special School
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Physiotherapy and occupational therapy through the NHS
  • English as an Additional Language Service
  • Children’s services
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS)
  • Service for Children with Sensory Needs
  • Medical professionals
  • East Sussex Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)

All of these resources are limited and provided by other agencies, such as the NHS. We therefore have limited control over their availability.

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7. What training do the staff have, or are having?

There is ongoing training for staff to increase or refresh skills. This is done both internally and through external agencies. The types of training staff receive include:

  • Safeguarding
  • Basic first aid
  • Quality First Teaching
  • Approaches to teaching reading
  • Provision Map writing
  • SEND
  • Positive Handling (behaviour management)
  • Thrive

A number of teaching assistants have individual training for a child’s specific needs, such as:

  • physiotherapy to manage a particular set of exercises
  • a personalised occupational therapy plan
  • a specific speech and language programmes.

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8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

We are committed to supporting children to access all activities outside the classroom, including trips wherever possible. Parents and carers will always be included in the discussions around activities if we have any concerns. Risk assessments are carried out and medical advice is always taken into account when planning to include children with any additional needs.

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9. How accessible is the school environment?

  • The ground floor is fully wheel chair accessible at both schools
  • Both schools have an accessible toilet.
  • Both schools have showering and washing facilities.
  • At Stafford there is a lift to the first floor.
  • At Stafford there are ramps into the mobile classroom.
  • At Stafford there is an EVAC chair, which staff have been trained to use.

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10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, or transfer to a new school or college?

  • Effective transition arrangements with previous schools and nurseries.
  • All records and information about your child are discussed and passed on between schools.
  • Extra pre-joining visits for children as appropriate.
  • Continuation of involvement of outside services, if appropriate.
  • Home visits to new children’s parents and carers if appropriate.
  • Meeting with parents and carers.
  • Effective transition arrangements with secondary schools.

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11. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

Resources will be allocated accordingly to need and with regard to the budget of the school.

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12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

  • Evaluation of the child’s needs by the school, working with parents.
  • Analysis of information from school observations and assessments.
  • Meeting between school staff, parents and child to plan appropriate support.
  • Working with outside services as appropriate.
  • Allocation of resources as appropriate to deliver any plans.

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13. How are parents and carers involved in the school? How can I be involved?

We are keen to involve parents and carers in all aspect of school life. Opportunities include:

  • Provision maps discussed with parents and carers, highlighting the role they can play.
  • Newsletters and school website including details of home learning.
  • Informal and formal meetings.
  • Volunteering in school.
  • Becoming a parent Governor.
  • Joining our PTFA/PFA.
  • Parent Partners in each class at Roselands
  • A Federation Parent Forum

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14. Who can I contact for further information?

The class teacher is the first point of contact. If they are unable to answer your query, please refer to the SENDCo contact details at the top of this page.

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15. What should I do if I am not happy?

Please follow our Complaints Procedure which can be found on our School Policies page on the Key Information tab.

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16. Local Authority Offer

In East Sussex the vision for children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they:

  • achieve well in their early years, at school and in college;
  • are well cared for, have their health needs met, lead happy and fulfilled lives;
  • have choice and control over the key decisions that affect them.

East Sussex are working with families to develop their strategies and plans.

Here is the link to the Local Authority’s Local Offer for SEND.

www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/specialneeds

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