MAYTREE NURSERY AND INFANT SCHOOL
CG14 SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS and DISABILITIES [SEND] POLICY
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This SEND policy details how Maytree Nursery and Infant School put into practice the necessary provision for pupils who have special educational needs. The policy was created by the school’s SENDCo with the SEND Governor, in liaison with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), all staff and parents of pupils with SEND. This policy complies with the guidance given in the statutory Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years (January 2015) and the following legislation:
At Maytree Nursery and Infant School, we believe that all children have an equal right to a broad, balanced and relevant education, which will enable them to achieve their full potential. We use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils who require this and for those who need ‘educational provision that is additional to and different from that provided within the differentiated curriculum.
Our school is inclusive and aims to provide an education that response to the four areas of need identified in the new Code of Practice (September 2014).
What constitutes a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND)?
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.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
The school recognises that the needs of high achieving children should also be recognised and provided for as appropriate.
This SEND policy details how Maytree Nursery and Infant School will do it’s 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 to:
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
Within the areas of the curriculum, we ensure that Maytree Nursery and Infant School meets the needs of all children, taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, sexual orientation, age, ability, disability and social circumstances. It is important that in our 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 pupil progress meetings with the Senior Leadership Team, Class Teacher and SENDCo to ensure all children have equal opportunity to succeed in all areas of the curriculum.
Through appropriate curricular provision, we respect the fact that children:
Teachers respond to children’s needs by:
Identification, Assessment and Provision
Our school aims to provide a whole school response to special educational needs within the overall ethos of the school. All staff members and in particular, the Governing Body, Head Teacher, SENDCo, Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants, have important day–to–day responsibilities.
On entry to the school, each child’s current levels of attainment will be assessed in order to ensure that children build on the patterns of learning and experience already established during their pre-school years. If a child already has an identified special educational need, this information may be transferred from their previous Early Years setting. The class teacher and SENDCo will use this information to:
The Role of the SENDCo and what Provision Looks like at Maytree Nursery and Infant School
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator [SENDCo] holds the Masters Level National Accredited SENDCo Award qualification.
The SENDCo’s responsibilities include:
Monitoring Children’s Progress
The school’s system for observing and assessing pupil progress will provide information on areas where a child is not progressing as expected. At this stage, teachers may need to consult with the SENDCo to consider the next steps in the child’s learning. This review might lead to a 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 support children with special educational needs, Maytree Nursery and Infant School adopt a graduated response approach. When a concern is initially recognised, it is the responsibility of the class teacher to respond to it. Parents will be consulted and interventions put in place, which are monitored for a period of up to 6 weeks. If none or little progress is made, the child will be placed on the school’s SEND register and the parents informed at each stage of the process. The class teacher, after discussion with the SENDCo, will implement interventions, which are additional to those provided as part of the school’s differentiated curriculum, and the child will be given individual learning targets to be applied within the classroom. These targets will be monitored and reviewed formally with the SENDCo, parents and young person. Also at this stage, the school may request involvement from external agencies and will work on recommendations to support the child. If every possible intervention and external agencies, where appropriate, have been used and the child is still not making significant progress, we may refer them to the Local Authority (LA) for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. The SENDCo will be responsible for keeping records of all meetings, interventions and recommendations and will ensure all information is current.
Reasons for a child being added to the SEND 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 full 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 and 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 educational 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 or carers, of children with special educational needs, to make an active contribution to their child’s education and we hold regular meetings to share the progress their child has made. 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 SENDCo through a school office and school’s email address.
The Nature of Intervention
The SENDCo 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 SENDCo, the child’s class teacher will be responsible for working with the child, or deploying a member of staff to work with the child, on a daily basis to deliver an 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 SENDCo.
The SENDCo will support further assessment of the child, where necessary, and assist in planning for their future needs in discussion with colleagues and parents.
The use of external agencies
External agencies 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 in order to provide Support for the child.
The external specialist may act in an advisory capacity, provide additional specialist assessment or be involved in teaching the child directly. The child’s Individual targets will set out strategies for supporting their progress. These recommendations or targets will be implemented, at least in part, in the normal classroom setting. The delivery of the interventions recorded on the child’s SEND Passport will continue to be the responsibility of the class teacher.
Outside agencies may become involved if the child:
School Request for a Statutory Assessment
A request will be made to the LA, by the school, if a child demonstrates significant cause for concern. The school will follow the policies and procedures of the LA and SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years (2014). Written evidence from the teacher, TA, external agencies, parents and child will be assembled by the SENDCo to support the request.
The evidence will include:
The parents of any child who is referred for an EHC Plan will be kept fully informed at each stage of the referral process.
All Education Health and Care plans must be reviewed at least annually with the parents, the pupil, the LA, the school and professionals involved to consider whether amendments need to be made to the description of the child’s needs or to the special educational provision specified in the plan. The annual review should focus on what the child has achieved as well as on any ongoing difficulties they may have. On moving schools, all information relating to an EHC plan review is discussed with the SENDCo of that school to ensure a smooth transition happens and no change in provision occurs.
SEND Passports are written by the Class Teacher in collaboration with the SENDCo, to set outcomes and targets to support small steps of progress. Strategies employed to enable a child’s progression 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 pupils to understand the relevance and purpose of learning activities and to 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 SEND register have a SEND passport with individual targets.
All children are entitled to the same learning experiences and at Maytree Nursery and Infant School, we support children in sharing and participating alongside their peers. 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 SENDCo 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 Head Teacher informs the Governing Body of how the funding has been allocated to support special educational needs.
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 a special educational need. 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 SENDCo monitors the movement of children on the schools SEND register and provides staff and governors with regular summaries on the impact of the policy, with reference to the practice in the school. The SENDCo and the Head Teacher hold regular meetings to review the work of the school in this area. In addition, the SENDCo and the named SEND Governor meet regularly to review provision and practice in school.
Any parent/carer who is concerned about their child’s Special Educational Needs or the provision being made by the school should, in the first instance, contact their child's class teacher. Should the cause for concern continue, a meeting should be arranged with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. If concerns are not addressed to the parent/carer’s satisfaction, the Head Teacher should be contacted. If in the unlikely event of an issue remaining unresolved, the Special Needs Governor should be contacted. All complaints will be brought to the attention of the Class Teacher, Special Needs Coordinator and Head Teacher.
Storing and Managing Information
SEND records are managed, stored and disposed of in line with the school’s policies on information management. SEND records are stored electronically on the school’s secure network and are only accessible to the staff that require them. All paper records are stored in a locked place.
Addendum – COVID update September 2020
How will Maytree Nursery and Infant School continue to support my child?
Your child’s class teacher and the SENDCo will continue to oversee and plan their programme of learning. Your child may also be sat at the front of the class or on the end of a row to enable the class teacher or teaching assistant to support them appropriately. Depending on the intervention, your child may, at times during the school day, work in a small group aimed at supporting literacy and/or maths. These groups will be within their class/year group.
Although there are restrictions on how close a teacher can be to a pupil, individual support will still be provided through visual pictures, prompting, modelling and differentiated resources. If your child needs close supervision, a teacher/teaching assistant may wear a visor.
How will additional support staff continue to support my child in the classroom?
Learning Support Assistants will continue to support children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or children with more complex needs individually or in small groups. These sessions may be outside of the classroom and in an area that allows for social distancing. They will wear a visor if working closely with children for prolonged periods of time. Class Teachers will continue to provide curriculum planning and resources to ensure they can access the learning and continue to make good progress.
How will my child be supported with their emotional well-being?
If your child is finding the return to school overwhelming, they will be supported by the school Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). This support will be 1:1 or in a small group, in an environment that allows for social distancing.
Will my child still have support from external agencies?
Most external agencies are able to visit if the support they offer is essential for a child’s educational, personal or physical development. A copy of the school risk assessment will be forwarded to them prior to their visit. All visitors must wear a mask and socially distance. Meetings will take place in a designated area which limits access to broader areas of the school.
My child has an EHCP. Will the annual reviews still take place?
Annual Reviews must take place each year. These will be held in the school conference room, which allows for social distancing, or by video conference call. All relevant agencies will be invited to attend, but encouraged rather to send in a written report. Parents and children will participate in the Annual Review meeting.
How will the school support my child if they have to self-isolate or the school has to close?
All parents and their children have access to Tapestry, a tool used by our school to share learning and development with a child’s parents/carers. If your child has to self-isolate, their class teacher will ensure that any learning and resources are differentiated and accessible on Tapestry. Any child who does not have access to a computer or the internet will be provided with a work pack to support their home learning. If your child needs additional support you may contact the SENDCo.
If the school has to close for a period of time, all home learning will be via Tapestry, but as above, if the child does not have access to a computer or the internet, a work pack will be provided which will include the resources needed and additional information about resources for you to support your child’s learning. In addition, if your child has an EHCP, you can contact the SENDCo, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will arrange for your child’s Support Assistant to help via video conference call or telephone call.
Child’s wellbeing & SEMH
ELSA/ Mental Health School Team
We are aware that the pandemic and subsequent lockdown will have impacted on all children’s progress, but especially those with SEND. Teachers will monitor their academic and social and emotional progress and assess for any gaps in their learning. From these assessments, some children will have interventions included into their school day, which will aid progress.
We are also aware that the lockdown may have had an impact on pupil’s social, emotional and mental health. All staff will monitor the well-being of pupils and may refer a child to our Emotional, Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), who will support the child after parental consent has been agreed. Referrals may also be made to external agencies such as CAMHS and the Southampton Mental Health Support Team (MHST).
Review Date: Summer 2022