Provision for children with disabilities and those with additional education needs is offered within the class structure itself. This provision is overseen by the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo), Natalie Goodyear. Close liaison between the school and home is essential at all times. Children showing particular aptitude in any direction are identified and encouraged. The curriculum provides sufficient differentiation to extend the more able children as well as providing reinforcement for the less able children.
We follow a graduated response when supporting SEND in school. Where children do not show progress through Quality First Teaching, children can be identified as needing to go on the SEND register.
The amount of support that would be offered to a child who is on SEND Support is dependent on the type of support that is deemed suitable in order to help your child progress. Up to 13.5 hours of additional support per week will be provided to a child who has a SEND Support plan but most children would not need this level of support. The type of support available depends on the needs of the child. Support is often given in the form of small group work, support within the classroom in lessons, differentiation in lessons and extra support in other sessions, for example for reading or booster work. If the child has specific targets which require more individual support, they may be given 1:1 support in order to achieve these targets.
Examples of provision on SEND support:
- Changing the way lessons are planned and delivered
- Matching activities to the ability / need of your child (differentiation)
- Adapting learning materials such as worksheets, books and activities to suit your child’s needs
- Use of resources to support learning
- Small group support
- The teacher will work in partnership with you and the SENDCO to find ways to support your child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how they can help their child at home
- Consideration of your views will be important in planning for your child’s education. School staff will set targets for your child which will be shared with you during a review meeting. This will be recorded on an SEND Support Plan.
If your child’s needs are very complex and/or severe the school may ask the Local Authority to conduct a Statutory Assessment. This is a very detailed assessment of your child’s needs. You, the school and any professionals involved with supporting your child will all be asked to provide written reports. The Local Authority (LA) will then decide at a panel meeting whether the reports indicate a requirement for a EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan). As a parent you also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a “local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN) and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child”.
What will it do?
The Bucks Family Information Service will allow the local offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to education, it will let parents/carers and young people know how schools and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local setting.