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S26 SEND Information Report for Special Educational Needs and Disability -local offer

S26 SEND Information Report for Special Educational Needs and Disability

 

To be read with: CG14 Special Education and Disability Policy

G1 Admissions Policy (School & Nursery)

S6A Accessibility Plan

 

To find up to date Information on LA’s Local Offer, Services and Support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disability aged 0-25. Please click the link below.

http://sid.southampton.gov.uk/kb5/southampton/directory/localoffer.page

 

At Maytree Nursery and Infant School we believe that:

 

· All children should be valued regardless of their abilities and behaviours.

· All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is matched to meet each individual’s needs.

· All teachers are teachers of children with special educational needs.

· All children can learn and make progress.

· Effective assessment and provision for children with SEND will be secured in partnership with parents, children, the LA and other partners.

 

Education Framework

 

The following table demonstrates how we put support in place for all pupils with SEND (including the areas of need below).

 · Learning difficulties

· Communication difficulties

· Autism spectrum

· Specific learning difficulties

· Physical difficulties and medical needs

· Sensory difficulties

· Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties including mental health.

 

 

Whole school response

Universal quality first teaching

Targeted support for individuals or small groups short/medium term

Specialised individual support

Medium/longer term

Teaching

approaches

The school regularly monitors your child’s progress in meeting their targets and if they are not making enough progress support will be put in place.

A stimulating learning environment with a visual timetable is provided in all classes.

There are parents’ evenings each term and written reports are sent to parents each year.

Assessment for learning is used to support planning for different levels of attainment.

Small groups may be supported by either the class teachers or Teaching Assistants as appropriate.

Work is adapted to meet individual children’s needs.

There is careful targeting of individual support for pupils with individual education plans.
Support is put in place for children who are not making progress.

Learning/curriculum

Children will have full access to the National Curriculum and Religious Education. The National Curriculum will be adapted to take account of each child’s particular needs and will be changed to suit each child's academic and personal development.

Interventions link directly to the national curriculum and targets are written to support children in catching up.

The school responds to any concerns raised by parents.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) may carry out additional assessment when additional educational needs are identified and outside agencies may also be involved.

Individual Education Plans are written and reviewed by the pupil, class teacher, SENCo and parents as appropriate.

 

 

Whole school response

Universal quality first teaching

Targeted support for individuals or small groups short/medium term

Specialised individual support

Medium/longer term

Support

All staff are made aware of specific needs of children with SEND and are advised on teaching strategies for Quality First teaching where appropriate.

Teaching and support staff receive training which is aimed at maximising participation, access and achievement of children with SEND.

In class instructions are simplified and supported with visual aids where possible with checks for understanding.

Regular opportunities to access individual and small group work are provided to develop independence and organisational skills, which include working on targets agreed with the child and rewards for achievement of targets are provided.

 

Children with SEND may also be supported by external agencies and parents are always consulted. The main contact for these agencies is the Senco although class teachers and TAs are also involved. It is the responsibility of the Senco to organise external support and maintain records.

Environment and physical resources

Maytree Nursery and Infant School is an inclusive setting that welcomes all children regardless of their abilities. Reasonable adjustments are made to include all members of the school community.

Maytree Nursery and Infant School prepares children for changes and provides support to manage unpredictable events and at times of transition between year groups within the school and when moving to Junior School.

The SENCo co-ordinates the liaison and multi-agency working to support children with disabilities and to provide an specialist equipment or adaptations that may be needed.

 

 

Whole school response

Universal quality first teaching

Targeted support for individuals or small groups short/medium term

Specialised individual support

Medium/longer term

Behavioural and

emotional

Maytree Nursery and Infant School words hard with families to meet the needs of all pupils with their social, emotional and behavioural development. There is a caring child centred ethos at Maytree Nursery and Infant School which aims to place the emotional needs of the child as a high priority.

If children require additional focused support with their social, emotional and behavioural development teachers may offer individualised targets to the children. They may also offer class circle times to discuss any difficulties in a structured and respectful environment.

We have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA).

ELSAs are assistants who have received additional training from educational psychologists on aspects of emotional literacy including emotional awareness, self-esteem, anger management, social and friendship skills, social communication difficulties, loss, bereavement and family break-up. Our ELSAs can support pupils on a one to one basis when required.

Frequently asked questions from the parent carer’s point of view:

 

 

Question

Answer

How does Maytree Nursery and Infant School know if children need extra help?

 

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

Maytree Nursery and Infant School is committed to early identification of special educational need. A range of evidence is collected through the usual assessment and monitoring arrangements : if this suggests that the learner is not making the expected progress, the teachers will decide whether additional and / or different provision is necessary. If you are concerned you need to speak to your child’s class teacher or contact the SENCo.

How will Maytree Nursery and Infant School staff support my child?

Your child’s class teacher and the SENCo will oversee and plan your child’s education programme. Depending on the intervention required your child may be working at times in a small group aimed at supporting literacy and/or maths. Sometimes a student requires support to access the curriculum or to manage their behaviour, emotions, or to work on their social skills. In this case staff will support your child to be a successful member of the school community. It may be appropriate for your child to have one-to-one support with a speech language and communication programme or support for reading. This will all be explained to you by your child’s class teacher or the SENCo.

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

All teachers are teachers of children with SEND. All teachers plan to include everyone in their lessons and work is provided at the appropriate levels for children to access their learning and make good progress. Planning is monitored rigorously by the Senior Leadership Team.

How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning.

We have an open door policy at Maytree Nursery and Infant School. There are termly parent evenings and you can ask for an appointment to speak with your child’s class teacher or the SENCo at a mutually convenient time. You will receive a written report towards the end of the academic year and we will always ask to see you if we have concerns about your child’s progress.

If your child has a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan, an annual review is held according to the guidance in the code of practice.

 

Question

Answer

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

At Maytree Nursery and Infant School we hold regular assemblies which focus on different areas of personal, health and social education. In class, teachers may hold class circle times when they need to address specific issues. There are close links with our partners in health, for example, with the school nurse, speech and language therapy, occupational and physio therapy, the dental service. We also work closely with the Educational Welfare Officer supporting families with falling school attendance.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Maytree Nursery and Infant School?

In addition to the above we also link with the Educational Psychology service, Social Care, Specialist teachers for children who have physical difficulties, specific learning difficulties and hearing impairment.

What training have staff supporting children and young people with SEND had?

Our Senco is a qualified teacher and has achieved the Masters Level National Accredited SENCo Award.

All staff receive regular training and updates. This academic year staff have received training from the Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapists. Relevant staff are also supported by specialist teachers for children with specific learning difficulties and hearing impairment. The school nurse has also run epi-pen training and asthma training.

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

We make every effort to include all pupils in school trips. If an individual risk assessment is required we will write this in order to ensure that everyone is as fully included as possible.

We will also help prepare your child for any changes that may happen in the school day such as school trips, sports day, visitors into school.

How accessible is Maytree Nursery and Infant School?

We make every reasonable adjustment possible. Maytree Nursery and Infant School is all on one level, each classroom is accessible by wheelchair. There are accessible toilets as well as a shower.

Question

Answer

How will Maytree Nursery and Infant School prepare and support my child to join the school and then transfer to a new school?

When your child joins the school there will be a chance for you to be shown around the school and ask any questions you may have. Reception staff make visits to pre-schools in order to meet the children in a familiar environment and to liaise with pre-school staff about each child’s individual needs. Nursery and Reception staff will also make a home visit, this is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and discuss any concerns you may have.

When transferring to Junior School Year Two staff will liaise with Year Three staff to discuss individual needs, the Senco of both schools will meet to pass on and discuss relevant paperwork and programmes that have been set up. Where transition is seen as something that will be difficult additional transition visits will be set up. Children will also be provided with a transition book with photos of their new school and relevant staff.

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

The local authority provides funding for schools to meet the needs of all children with SEND. This is worked out using the information about the children’s prior attainment and the socio-economic make up of our school cohort. We allocate support according to need. Additional interventions are funded to support children’s progress. If your child has a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan we will ensure that the provision specified is provided.

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

Every half term the leadership team meets with each class teacher to discuss pupil progress. If there is a need for some extra support this will be agreed by everyone that needs to help your child.

If a child is identified as needing addition support the SENCo will work with the classteacher to arrange provision.

Who can I contact for further information?

Your first point of contact if you want to discuss something about your child is your child’s class teacher.

You can contact the Senco or any members of the school leadership team if you still have concerns.

If you would like to apply for Maytree Nursery and Infant School please contact the school office to arrange a visit.

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions from the point of view of a young person:

Question

Answer

How does Maytree Nursery and Infant School know if I need extra help?

Your teachers track your progress and they will know if you need extra help. As they get to know you they will know how you learn best and will use that to help you.

What should I do if I think I need extra help?

You can talk to someone at home and they can talk to your teacher. You can talk to your teacher or another adult working in your classroom.

How will my work be organised so that I can cope and get it all done?

Your teacher will give you work that will allow you to learn and make progress. They will make sure that it is not too easy and not too hard, but it will make you think.

If I have difficulties how can I be involved in planning my learning?

Your teacher or the Senco will have a meeting with you to discuss how you are getting on. This is called a pupil conference. You will talk about your targets for learning and how else you feel you could be supported.

Who will tell me what I can do to help myself and be more independent?

All staff at Maytree Nursery and Infant School can help you to become independent, but if you are really worried then talk to your teacher.

You will have a target that you will be working on in your writing and maths books.

What should I do if I am worried about something?

Talk to your class teacher or another adult that you trust in school.

How will I know if I am doing as well as I should?

Don’t worry because our teachers will let you know quickly if there is a problem. You will also have a school report at the end of each year and your parents have the chance to meet with your teacher at least once a term to talk about how you are doing All children in our school have their own targets which tell them how well they are doing and also how to get better.

 

Question

Answer

How can I get help if I am worried about things other than my school work.

You can talk to your class teacher or another adult in school who you feel comfortable talking to.

Are there staff in school who have been trained to help young people who need extra help?

All our teachers have been trained to teach children with learning needs. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator has lots of experience and qualifications which mean that she is trained to help children with learning needs.

Can school staff get extra help from experts outside of school if they need to?

We work with lots of people who can support you too for example speech and language therapist, physio therapist, school nurse, social workers.

If I have difficulty in taking part in school activities what different arrangements can be made?

A. How will I know who can help me?

B. Who can I talk to about getting involved in school activities if I need extra help?

You will be introduced to all the staff that will be working with you so that they understand your needs.

You can talk to your class teacher or teaching Assistant if you would like to be involved in school activities where you may need extra help.

What help is there to help me get ready to start at my school?

We will talk to your current school and your parents/carers. You are welcome to come and visit Maytree Nursery and Infant school. We can give you a school prospectus and write you a social story if this would help you.

 

What should you do if you feel that the Local Offer is:

Not being delivered

Not meeting your child’s needs

 

You should contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance and/or talk to our Special Needs Co-ordinator. SENCO  Mrs Brennan 

 

How is our local offer reviewed?

 

The local offer for Maytree Nursery and Infant School will be reviewed regularly and amendments will be made in accordance with the School Development Plan and on information gathered from careful analysis of pupil progress.

This local offer was drafted and amended after consultation with school staff and parents of children on the SEN register.

 

Review annually 

 

Next Review: Autumn 2018

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