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Maytree Nursery and Infants School has a named SENCO who is undertaken the new Government SENCO qualification and a named Governor responsible for SEN. They ensure that the Maytree Nursery and Infants School Special Educational Needs policy works within the guidelines and inclusion policies of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years (DfE, July 2014), the Local Education Authority and other policies current within the school.
At Maytree we believe that all children have an equal right to a full and rounded education which will enable them to achieve their full potential. We use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils for whom this is required, that is ‘additional to and different from’ that provided within the differentiated curriculum to better respond to the four areas of need identified in the new Code of Practice (September 2014).
What are special educational needs?
A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England Health care provision or social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision. Code of Practice 2014
The school recognises that the needs of high achieving children should also be catered for and recognised as appropriately.
This SEN policy details how, at Maytree, we will do our best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and that those needs are known to all who are likely to work with them. We will ensure that teachers are able to identify and provide for those pupils with special educational needs, allowing them to join in all school activities together with pupils who do not have special educational needs.
Aims and objectives
The aims of this policy are:
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
Through all subjects we ensure that the school meets the needs of all, taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, age, ability, disability and social circumstances. It is important that in this school we meet the diverse needs of pupils to ensure inclusion for all and that all pupils are prepared for full participation in a multi-ethnic society. We also measure and assess the impact regularly through meetings with our SENCO and individual teachers to ensure all children have equal access to succeeding in this subject.
Through appropriate curricular provision, we respect the fact that children:
Teachers respond to children’s needs by:
Identification, Assessment and Provision
Provision for children with special educational needs is a matter for the whole school.
The governing body, the school’s head teacher, the SENCO and all other members of staff, particularly class teachers and teaching assistants, have important day–to–day responsibilities.
The school will assess each child’s current levels of attainment on entry in order to ensure that they build on the patterns of learning and experience already established during the child’s pre-school years. If the child already has an identified special educational need, this information may be transferred from other partners in their Early Years setting and the class teacher and SENCO will use this information to:
The identification and assessment of the special educational needs of children whose first language is not English requires particular care. Where there is uncertainty about a particular child, a teacher will look carefully at all aspects of the child’s performance in different subjects to establish whether the problems are due to limitations in their command of English or arises from special educational needs.
The Role of the SENCO and what Provision Looks like at Maytree
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator’s [SENCO] responsibilities include:
School SEND Register.
Monitoring Children’s Progress
The school’s system for observing and assessing the progress of individual children will provide information about areas where a child is not progressing satisfactorily. Under these circumstances, teachers may need to consult the SENCO to consider what else might be done. This review might lead to the conclusion that the pupil requires help over and above that which is normally available within the particular class or subject.
The key test of the need for action is that current rates of progress are inadequate.
Adequate progress can be identified as that which:
In order to help children with special educational needs, Maytree will adopt a graduated response. This may see us using specialist expertise if as a school we feel that our interventions are still not having an impact on the individual. The school will record the steps taken to meet the needs of individual children through the use of a SEND Passport the SENCO will have responsibility for ensuring that records are kept and available when needed. If we refer a child for an Education Health and Care Plan, we will provide the LEA with a record of our work with the child to date.
When any concern is initially noticed it is the responsibility of the class teacher to take steps to address the issue. Parents may be consulted and specific intervention put in place and monitored for a period of up to 6 weeks. If no progress is noted after this time the child may be added to the school SEND register with parental permission.
The class teacher after discussion with the SENCO will then provide additional interventions that are additional to those provided as part of the school’s differentiated curriculum and the child will be given individual learning targets which will be applied within the classroom. These targets will be monitored by the class teacher and teaching assistants within the class and reviewed formally with the SENCO, parents and young person.
Reasons for a child being added to the SEN register may include the fact that he/she:
Partnership with parents
Partnership plays a key role in enabling children and young people with SEND to achieve their potential. Parents hold key information and have knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a child’s needs. All parents of children with special educational needs will be treated as partners given support to play an active and valued role in their child’s education.
Children and young people with special educational needs often have a unique knowledge of their own needs and their views about what sort of help they would like. They will be encouraged to contribute to the assessment of their needs, the review and transition process.
The school website contains details of our policy for special educational needs including the arrangements made for children in our school with special educational needs.
At all stages of the special needs process, the school keeps parents fully informed and involved. We take account of the wishes, feelings and knowledge of parents at all stages.
We encourage parents to make an active contribution to their child’s education and have regular meetings to share the progress of special needs children with their parents. We inform the parents of any outside intervention, and share the process of decision-making by providing clear information relating to the education of their child.
Parents always have access to the SENCO through a school office and school’s email address.
The Nature of Intervention
The SENCO and the child’s class teacher will decide on the action needed to help the child progress in the light of earlier assessments.
This may include:
After initial discussions with the SENCO, the child’s class teacher will be responsible for working with the child on a daily basis and ensuring delivery of any individualised programme in the classroom. Parents will continue to be consulted and kept informed of the action taken to help their child, and of the outcome of any action. Parents will be invited to meet regularly with the class teacher and SENCO
The SENCO will support further assessment of the child where necessary, assisting in planning for their future needs in discussion with colleagues and parents.
The use of outside agencies
These services may become involved if a child continues to make little or no progress despite considerable input and adaptations. They will use the child’s records in order to establish which strategies have already been employed and which targets have previously been set.
The external specialist may act in an advisory capacity, or provide additional specialist assessment or be involved in teaching the child directly. The child’s Individual targets will set out strategies for supporting the child’s progress. These will be implemented, at least in part, in the normal classroom setting. The delivery of the interventions recorded in the IEP continues to be the responsibility of the class teacher.
Outside agencies may become involved if the child:
School Request for an Education Health and Care Plans (from September 2014)
A request will be made by the school to the LEA if the child has demonstrated significant cause for concern. The LEA will be given information about the child’s progress over time, and will also receive documentation in relation to the child’s special educational needs and any other action taken to deal with those needs, including any resources or special arrangements put in place.
The evidence will include:
The parents of any child who is referred for an Education Health and Care Plans will be kept fully informed of the progress of the referral. Also with transfer to the junior school, the SENCO from the junior school will be informed of the outcome of the review.
Strategies employed to enable the child to progress will be recorded within a SEND Passport which will include information about:
Access to the Curriculum
All children have an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is differentiated to enable children to understand the relevance and purpose of learning activities and experience levels of understanding and rates of progress that bring feelings of success and achievement.
Teachers use a range of strategies to meet children’s special educational needs. Lessons have clear learning objectives and staff differentiate work appropriately, and use assessment to inform the next stage of learning. Teachers plan lessons that incorporate different learning styles. For children with SEND this employs a small-steps approach. By breaking down the existing levels of attainment into finely graded steps and targets, we ensure that children experience success. All children on the special needs register have a SEND passport with individual targets.
We support children in a manner that acknowledges their entitlement to share the same learning experiences that their peers enjoy. Wherever possible, we do not withdraw children from the classroom situation. There are times though when, to maximise learning, we ask the children to work in small groups, or in a one-to-one situation outside the classroom.
Allocation of resources
The SENCO is responsible for the operational management of the specified and agreed resourcing for special needs provision within the school, including the provision for children with Education Health and Care plans.
The headteacher informs the governing body of how the funding allocated to support special educational needs has been employed.
The headteacher and the SENCO meet annually to agree on how to use funds directly related to statements.
The role of the governing body
The governing body challenges the school and its members to secure necessary provision for any pupil identified as having special educational needs. They ask probing questions to ensure all teachers are aware of the importance of providing for these children and ensure that funds and resources are used effectively.
The governing body has decided that children with special educational needs will be admitted to the school in line with the school’s agreed admissions policy. For further information please see; G1 ADMISSIONS POLICY (School & Nursery).
The Governing Body reviews this policy annually and considers any amendments in light of the annual review findings. The Head teacher reports the outcome of the review to the full governing body.
Monitoring and evaluation
The SENCO monitors the movement of children within the SEND system in school and provides staff and governors with regular summaries of the impact of the policy on the practice of the school. They are involved in supporting teachers to write SEND passports for children. The SENCO and the head teacher hold regular meetings to review the work of the school in this area. In addition the SENCO and the named governor with responsibility for special needs also hold regular meeting.
Policy reviewed every 2 years
Review Date: Summer 2018