Special Educational Needs – Who can help?
We provide a range of support types for children with additional learning needs. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDo)– Sue Anstey – is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to meet with you. Please contact the office on 01454866522 to arrange a meeting.
We have pupils at Little Stoke with a wide range of learning needs and we are able to support you with planning to get the support for them right. If you have any concerns about how your child learns or feel that they need more specific support or challenge just get in contact, we will meet and work with you to resolve any issues. Please read the Parent Guide below (this details what the school can offer you and your child) and then look at the South Gloucestershire Local offer document for the wider picture. We look forward to hearing from you.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Parents can seek advice or information through the Supportive Parents organisation. Click Here
Admission arrangements for SEND children with an Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP)
Children with statements of SEN or with EHC plans that name the school on the statement or EHC plan are required to be admitted to school. Close liaison takes place with parents/carers and previous educational settings if appropriate.
Our approach to Special Educational Needs
At Little Stoke Primary School we recognise the individuality of pupils’ social and academic needs. Many pupils will require specific intervention for a short period of time, whereas others may require more substantive longer-term support. All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
- Achieve their best
- Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
- Make a successful transition into adulthood
The policy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is available to all parents through the school website. Our ethos is based on caring and respect for all and our three core values are: respect, integrity and responsibility.
How we keep you informed of your child’s learning needs.
We work closely with parents and carers as we recognise this leads to the best outcomes for learners.
- Parents are kept informed about their child’s learning and well-being and should their child need SEN support, parents are informed
- Meetings are arranged with parents to update targets
- The SENCO will contact parents to keep them updated with any issues on new strategies. Parents can contact or make an appointment to see the SENCO at any convenient time if they have a concern or need advice
- Parents of children who have a Statement for Special Educational Needs or the new EHC plan are invited to discuss their child’s progress at the annual review
- The designated governors for SEND (Steve Wells/Idara Udoh) can be contacted through the school office
Arrangements for consulting young people with Special Educational Needs about, and involving them in, their education
- Children on any stage of the SEN register are made aware of their targets
- Annual review meetings are held for children who have an Statement of Educational Needs or an EHC plan to analyse goals and set new targets. Pupils are invited to the end of this meeting
- Pupils with SEN have additional visits to support preparation for transition to secondary school
How we assess and plan for children with special educational needs.
Little Stoke Primary School recognises that a child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for them, and as defined in the Code of Practice 0-25 years 2014, the school accepts that a young person has a learning difficulty of disability if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
- 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
The class teacher is usually the first person to identify a learning issue. Sometimes parents may pass on a concern which leads to further investigation.
The School SENCO will liaise with Pre-School provision to ensure a smooth transition for pupils with a Special Educational Need
The school uses both formal assessments and observation to identify children’s needs and aim to address these through adjustment of “quality first teaching”, intervention strategies, individual and group support.
The method of identification and provision follows the recommended graduated response:
- Quality First Teaching (QFT) for all pupils taking into account individual learning styles and personal preferences
- QFT plus additional, time limited intervention support programmes, weather individually or in groups, designed to accelerate learning and enable a pupil to catch – up to expected levels
- Additional school intervention – QFT plus increasing individualised programmes of intervention sometimes with recommendations from outside agencies
If evidence shows that progress has not been made, despite provision of concentrated support, the School or parent may apply for a statutory assessment which may lead to an Education Health Care Plan.
Information on the kinds of special educational provision made in our school
- The delivery of the provision for children with learning difficulties can take place in the normal classroom setting and is the responsibility of the class teacher. Teacher planning includes differentiated activities for pupils with SEND
- We have access to a local authority Educational Psychologist and Specialist Teachers
- We ensure we purchase quality resources to support learning
How the governing body involves health and social care bodies, local authority support services and other bodies in meeting the needs of pupils with SEN
- The Governing Body demonstrates good financial management
- Mrs Anstey signposts, recommend and refer to services to meet identified needs
The contact details of support services for the parents of pupils with Special Educational Needs
Services include the following:
- All our policies, guidance and information is available on the Local Offer http://www.southglos.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/care-and-support-children-families/local-offer
- For independent advice and support contact Supportive Parents 0117 9897725
- For independent support through the assessment process you can also contact KIDS 0117 947 6111
- Contact our Duty SEN Lead Worker for an informal conversation on 01454 868008