The 0-25 Special Educational Needs Reforms take effect from the 1st September 2014.
The SEND reforms aim to join up help across education, health and care, from birth to 25 for young people and their parents and carers. Help is to be offered at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEND and their parents fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. This will help lead to better outcomes and more efficient ways of working.
Lord Blyton School has clear systems for the identification, assessment, monitoring and securing appropriate support for children with special educational needs or disabilities. The code of practice also requires schools to involve parents in a more structured and systematic way to shape the support their child receives and to be more transparent about what the school can provide.
The SEND reforms require a whole school approach to SEND. It is essential that the whole school community, governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, young people and parents, understand what the reforms mean for them.
Lord Blyton school staff are all aware of these changes and what they mean for our school. We are in the fortunate position that we are a small, family school that take pride in knowing our children and their families extremely well.
Over the next term we have initiated a review of our school’s SEN Policy, this will be done engaging governors and staff, parents and young people.
At Lord Blyton Primary School we already have very good systems in place for identifying any Special Educational Needs a child might have. When children enter our school we use all the information we are given from parents, carers, previous nurseries and schools to find out as much as we can about them.
When children enter nursery/ reception we use the Health Visitors records and carry out a baseline using the Early Years Foundation Profile. This identifies where the children are with their development in all areas in months. We involve parents in this process and if we feel that we have identified the need for any additional support we will with the consent of the parents involve the relevant agencies. This may for example be Speech and Language Therapy or SALT as it is often referred to. We may also wish just to monitor children to see how they settle into school and make progress once they are familiar with their new setting.
Once the children are in our school we track and measure their progress continually using age appropriate measures. If we feel their progress is not as it should be for any given reason we will talk to parents and then put in place intervention strategies to increase the rate of progress. We will monitor the intervention and progress continually. An individual action plan is drawn up for children who require intervention.
Pupil progress meetings are held once a term where staff, support staff and other involved professionals look to see where support can be strengthen for children to ensure progress is as good as it can be. We hope that we will engage the child and parents in decision making and planning the extra support they may need and what impact we expect support to have and by when.
We offer parents evenings three times a year and expect that you as parents and carers will discuss your child’s progress and share your child’s action plan if they have one.
If your child has a medical need this will be discussed with the school nurse and a care plan put in place. All relevant staff in school will have access to a child’s care plan if one is in place.
We work with many agencies to ensure that all children at Lord Blyton School achieve their full potential. We work closely with our school Educational Psychological Service and with the Speech and Language service. When required we work with other agencies to ensure that children are safe and well and making the progress that is expected of them.
It maybe at times in your child’s life they become involved with these services. The school will always seek your opinions and authorisation when making referrals to these services and they will always involve you in the work they are doing with your children.
The Local Authority Local Offer can be found using the following link: www.southtyneside.info/
The school will put on the updated SEND policy once it has been ratified by Governors but please feel free to ask in school if you require more information.
All staff have regular professional development linked to SEND and most recently all staff have undergone training on dyslexia and dyscalculia and training on ASD, Autism is planned for later in the term.
The diagrams below might help to explain the above visually.
Ms Atherton SEND co-ordinator