Hanslope Primary School SEND information report:
1. Aims............................................................................................................... 1
2. Legislation and guidance.............................................................................. 1-2
3. Definitions....................................................................................................... 2
4. Roles and responsibilities.............................................................................. 2-3
5. SEN information......................................................................................... 3-12
6. Monitoring arrangements............................................................................... 12
7. Links with other policies and documents......................................................... 12
Appendix 1: Children and Families Bill 2013
Appendix 2: Glossary of key terms
At Hanslope school we believe in achievement, ambition and progress for all children.
- We aim to meet the needs of individual children through highly effective teaching and learning.
- There is an emphasis on early identification of needs through supportive and preventative strategies which reduce barriers to learning.
- We work in a flexible way to develop effective partnerships with children and their parents/carers, the SENCo, specialist teaching staff both within the school and external professionals (such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and child and adolescent health services (CAMHS)) to ensure that the school can meet a broad range of special educational needs.
- We undertake a rigorous system of monitoring children’s progress, supporting academic achievement and personal achievement by removing barriers to learning and using a wide range of strategies to foster a culture of life-long learning and independent living skills for all children.
- Legislation and guidance:
In assessing the success of our SEN policy, we are required to comment on the effectiveness of the school’s systems for identification, assessment, provision, monitoring and record keeping and the use of outside agencies and support services.
The school has a SEN Policy that defines our aims and objectives and this is on our website and is available as a hard copy from the school office to any parent on request. The policy is updated regularly and is based on the statutory Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice and the following legislation:
• Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which sets out schools’ responsibilities for pupils with SEN and disabilities.
• The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, which set out schools’ responsibilities for education, health and care (EHC) plans, SEN co-ordinators (SENCos) and the SEN information report.
A pupil has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
They have a learning difficulty or disability if they have:
- A significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
- A disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools
Special educational provision is educational provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools.
- Roles and Responsibilities:
How will the school staff support children who are identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities?
They are responsible for supporting school to evaluate and monitor quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEN across the school. Our SEN governor is Mrs Frances Duck.
They are responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision made for pupils with SEN. Our Head teacher is Mr Ryan Fensham-Brown. firstname.lastname@example.org
They are responsible for coordinating provision for children with SEND and developing the school’s SEND policy ensuring, alongside class teachers, that parents are:
- Kept informed about the range and level of support offered to their child
- Included in reviewing how their child is doing
- Consulted about planning successful transition to a new class or school
- Liaising with a range of agencies who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome any difficulties
- Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs.
Our SEN Co-ordinator is Mrs Louise Edwards. email@example.com
They are responsible for:
- Adapting and refining the curriculum to respond to strengths and needs of all pupils.
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying and planning the delivery of any additional support (support may be delivered by other adults within school).
- Contributing to devising personalised learning plans to prioritise and focus on the next steps required for your child to improve learning.
- Applying the school’s SEND / Inclusion policy.
If you have concerns about your child, you should speak to your child’s class teacher first. You may then be directed to the SENCO.
5: SEN information:
How do we know if children need extra help?
5.1 The kinds of SEN that are provided for:
Our school currently provides additional and/or different provision for a range of needs, including:
- Communication and interaction, for example, autistic spectrum disorder, speech and language difficulties etc
- Cognition and learning, for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties, for example, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety etc
- Sensory and/or physical needs, for example, visual impairments, hearing impairments, processing difficulties, epilepsy etc
- Moderate learning difficulties.
Number of Children with SEN:
- In September 2019, children that have been identified as having special educational needs are approximately 9% of children on roll.
5.2 Identifying pupils with SEN and assessing their needs:
At Hanslope School children are identified as having SEN through a variety of ways including:
- Liaison with a child’s previous school/early years setting
- Concerns raised by parents/carers
- Concerns raised by a child’s class teacher or school SENCo
- Liaison with external professionals (e.g. speech and language therapist)
- A medical diagnosis
The method of identification and provision for children with special needs follows a graduated approach. Concerns are first raised and addressed through normal classroom practice (by parent or teacher). The child may be added to our Record of Concern register whilst they are monitored and extra provision put in place.
If the child does not progress and it is felt his or her needs are additional or different from normal classroom practice, then the child will be assessed. The class teacher will use the FACT and FACT+ identification document appropriate for the key stage and targeted provision in the form of individual or small group support or a specific intervention programme will be given. At this stage parents/ carers will be contacted to discuss placing the child on the Special Educational Needs Register.
If the child requires further additional and different provision, the school will then consult with outside agencies to put in place personalised provision (this may still take place in small groups).
In some cases, a child’s needs cannot be met by the above and an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) may be considered.
What should a parent/carer do if they think their child may have special educational needs and/or disabilities?
- Communicate via your child’s class teacher initially
- Drop in to a termly SEN meeting to discuss any concerns with our SENCo
- Make an appointment to discuss any concerns with the SENCo
5.3 Assessing and reviewing pupils' progress towards outcomes and consulting and involving pupils and parents:
How will both school and the parent know how the child is progressing and how will school help the parent to support child/young person’s learning?
- Ongoing monitoring by the class teacher and the SENCo takes place to identify pupils who are not making progress or who have emotional, social and/or behaviour needs which are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities.
- After discussions with key staff and parents, appropriate additional support will be put into place to provide enhanced resources and targeted small group and / or individual support to help overcome any difficulties.
- The views of the pupil or young person about their support will be given consideration at this stage. This additional support is documented in a provision map and an individual pupil plan. In consultation with the SENCO and parents, short term outcomes are agreed which prioritise key areas of learning or behaviour to address and by which progress can be measured. Where external agencies are involved, their advice and recommendations are included in these support programmes. Actions agreed take into account each pupil’s strengths as well as their difficulties.
- In some cases, support from a Teaching Assistant may be allocated.
- Formal review meetings are held at least termly. Parents and, when appropriate, pupils are invited to this review. Pupils will also complete the front sheet of their pupil plan and have their targets discussed with them. The impact of support offered is considered along with the progress towards targets set. Support arrangements will then be updated and revised accordingly. This might include referral to external agencies, if they are not already involved. The outcomes of these meetings will be formally recorded on the child’s pupil plan. If your child is continuing to have significant difficulties, further external expertise may be requested from the Milton Keynes SEN team or Speech and Language team. The school can also get advice (with parental permission) on provision for children with SEN from the Milton Keynes duty line which is staffed by the Milton Keynes SEN team.
- Mainstream schools have funding delegated to their budgets according to needs. Mainstream schools contribute up to the first £6000 (approx. 13 ¼ hours of TA support) for each pupil on a SEN stage of the Code of Practice. Resources and equipment for children with SEN will be provided from this budget. Top-up funding can be applied for in the case of children whose high needs support exceeds £6000. To access this funding schools have to show clearly the provision they have in place using their delegated resources. This will be evident from the school’s provision management. Funding will relate to the level of need.
5.4 Our approach to teaching pupils with SEN:
How will the curriculum be matched to child/young person who needs extra support or has special educational needs and/or disabilities?
Quality teaching is in place in all classes for all pupils to access the curriculum. Teachers are well skilled at adapting lessons to meet the diverse range of needs in each class. Planning takes into account individual pupil’s needs and requirements.
Differentiation is approached in a range of ways to support access and ensure that all pupils can experience both success and challenge in their learning. Grouping arrangements are organised flexibly with opportunities for both ability and mixed setting to maximise learning opportunities for all. Additional adults are deployed flexibly to help groups and individual pupils with a long term goal of developing independent learning skills.
Intervention programmes will be planned as required and carried out to support children to make progress with their learning.
Class teachers will organise and plan for intervention with support from the SENCO or outside agencies.
Changes may be made within the learning environment where necessary such as provision of individual workstations, quiet areas, additional resources or other adaptation that may help children to better access their learning.
Inclusion is key at Hanslope and modifications may be made to both educational and physical activities to enable all children to take part in all activities alongside their peers. This may be in the form of additional adult support or by making the activity more accessible. Where necessary, the school will seek further support to ensure all lessons, activities and clubs can be accessed by all children.
Strategies/programmes to support speech and language:
- Speech and Language Therapist advice disseminated to and followed/implemented by teaching staff
- Speech therapy individual or group work delivered by support staff following speech therapist advice.
Strategies to support/develop English inc. reading:
- Small group intervention programmes to support reading and writing
- Ability setting for phonics
- Additional reading support
- Opportunities for over learning.
Strategies to support/develop Mathematics:
- Small group intervention programme to fill gaps and consolidate learning
- Opportunities for over learning.
Strategies/support to develop independent learning:
- Visual timetables for class & individuals who require it
- Learning intentions clearly displayed or verbalised
- The use of Steps to Success.
- Use of support and withdraw when giving adult support.
Strategies/ support for children’s emotional, mental and social development:
- Skills taught in PHSE lessons
- Social skills intervention groups
- Brain breaks or activities to reduce stress or anxiety
- Sensory activities and resources in the classroom
- 1:1 counselling.
What support is offered from the school to ensure the well-being of the child/young person who requires extra help or has special educational needs and/or disabilities?
Strategies to support the development of pupils’ social skills and enhance self-esteem
- Small group programmes
- Daily or Weekly celebration opportunities
- Lunchtime/afterschool clubs
- Strategies to reduce anxiety/promote emotional wellbeing (including communication with parents)
- Mentors are provided where necessary
- Support from a teaching assistant or teacher
- Regular contact and liaison with parents
- Skills taught in PHSE lessons
- Brain breaks or activities to reduce stress or anxiety
- Sensory activities and resources in the classroom
- 1:1 counselling.
Transition support when transferring from one year group to another as well as to Junior/Secondary School
- Consistency of approach by all adults i.e. all adults aware of pupils needs
- Strategies to support / modify behaviour
- School sanctions and reward systems as set out in the School Behaviour Policy
- Advice from BESD – Behaviour Emotional Social Difficulties Team.
Support/supervision at less structured times of the day including personal care
- Adult support as appropriate during break and/or lunchtimes
- The medical room is staffed during all breaks by trained staff.
Planning, assessment, evaluation and next steps are always agreed through
- Regular reviews with parents
- Pupil progress assessed and reviewed at least termly with senior leaders
- Clear support plans for pupils who have identified needs but don’t have specific targets from other agencies
- All lessons and homework differentiated to take account of individual needs
- Provision map available in school showing all the provision in each year group.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
Hanslope School works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all children are fully understood and met.
The school organises:
- Regular meetings as required
- Meetings with the SENCo – meetings can be booked through the school at any time if there is any concern
- Referrals to outside agencies as required following internal and LA systems
- Speech and Language therapy for specific individual pupils
- Educational Psychologist visits
- Specialist teacher visits
- EMA Network (Ethnic Minority Achievement Network) visits
- Medical Professionals – requesting advice as needed
- Liaison with (CFP) Children and Families Practice MK
- Liaison with (CSC) Children’s Social Care.
5.5 Expertise and training of staff:
What training has been provided or what are you planning to offer for staff to support children/young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities?
INSET training is delivered as required. This could be in the form of updates or training.
Our SENCo actively engages with local opportunities to share best practice and keep abreast of current local and national initiatives and policies to support pupils with SEND.
An ongoing programme of training is developed each year to ensure that teachers and support staff have appropriate skills and knowledge in areas that will improve their teaching and support of children with SEND. Milton Keynes has Special Schools provision which schools can go to for advice to review, evaluate and develop provision for pupils who have the most complex needs. The SENCo can also liaise with the MK SEND team for advice to review, evaluate and develop provision for children on the SEN register.
5.6 Securing equipment and facilities:
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities?
The school has an SEND Budget allocated each year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources to support the needs of children. For example:
- Purchasing specialist equipment to support a need e.g. a writing slope or exercise books using coloured paper to reduce glare or visual distortion
- Providing additional intervention programmes
- Providing a Teaching Assistant to support small group learning
- Providing any resources to support learning in any area.
5.7 Enabling pupils with SEN to engage in activities available to those in the school who do not have SEN:
How will children be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
- Activities and school visits are available for all children
- Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are in place to enable all children to participate
- If it is deemed appropriate that an intensive level of 1:1 support is needed, a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during a specific activity.
5.8: Supporting pupils moving between phases and preparing for adulthood
How will the school prepare and support the child who needs extra help for special educational needs and/or disabilities to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
Children and young people with SEND can become particularly anxious about “moving on” so we seek to support successful transition with at least 2 transition days where possible and additional liaisons with the next teacher where necessary.
When moving to another school:
We will contact the school SENCo and share information about special arrangements and support that has been in place for a child to help them achieve their learning goals.
We will ensure that all records are passed on as soon as possible. The school may put a “passport” in place to support transition process.
When moving classes in school:
An information sharing meeting will take place with the new teacher.
Opportunities to visit the new class / teacher will be provided.
Class ‘booklets’ are created to inform children and parents of the new routines.
Year 2 to 3 or 6 to 7 transition:
The SENCo and/or class teacher will attend a transition meeting or phone call to discuss the specific needs of your child and the nature and level of support which has had the most impact.
In some cases, additional multi-agency meetings may be arranged to create a more detailed “transition” plan which may include additional visits to the new school and/or supplementary visits from the new teacher to see your child in their current setting.
5.9 Tests and Examinations: Access Arrangements:
For some pupils, additional arrangements and adjustments can be made to enable them to fully access a range of tests. This might include additional time; rest breaks or the use of a scribe or word processor. The SENCo/ class teacher or deputy head will inform parents about eligibility and applications for these arrangements.
5.10 How accessible is the school environment?
- Wide doors are fitted to outside doors on the Key Stage Two building (Salcey) and all classroom doors are a wheelchair friendly size.
- Two toilets are adapted for disabled use. One in Linford (Key Stage One) building with a shower and one in Salcey (Key Stage Two) building without a shower.
- Level access to the main reception area and ramped level access to the Key Stage One building
- Disabled space marked out in car park.
5.11 How our governors support SEN:
Our governors support teachers and the SENCo and ratify all policies regarding SEN.
5.12 Evaluating the effectiveness of SEN provision:
We evaluate the effectiveness of provision for pupils with SEN by:
- Reviewing pupils’ individual progress towards their goals each term
- Reviewing the impact of interventions after 6 weeks
- Using pupil voice
- Monitoring by the SENCo
- Using provision maps to measure progress
- Holding annual reviews for pupils with EHC plans.
5.13 Who can a parent/carer contact for further information?
- Their child’s class teacher.
- Head teacher: Mr Ryan Fensham-Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
- Special Educational Needs Coordinator: Mrs Louise Edwards email@example.com
Parent Partnership Advice Line Milton Keynes Tel: 01908 254518
Galley Hill Education Centre
Milton Keynes Council
502 Avebury Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
What is the local offer and where can it be accessed?
The local offer is provided by the local authority and details all the support services available to those with SEN and disabilities. It can be accessed at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer
5.14 Complaints about SEN provision:
Complaints about SEN provision in our school should be made to the class teacher in the first instance. They will then be referred to the school’s complaints policy.
The parents of pupils with disabilities have the right to make disability discrimination claims to the first-tier SEND tribunal if they believe that our school has discriminated against their children. They can make a claim about alleged discrimination regarding:
- Provision of education and associated services
- Making reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services.
6. Monitoring arrangements
This policy and information report will be reviewed by the SENCo every year. It will also be updated if any changes to the information are made during the year.
It will be approved by the governing body.
This policy links to our policies on:
- Administration of medicines and first aid
- Behaviour and anti-bullying
- Complaints procedure
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Special Educational Needs
- Teaching and learning
Children and Families Bill 2013
The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems of adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.
The Government is reforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.
It takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by
Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new Birth to 25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets
so that they have more control over the support they need;
Improving cooperation between all services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together;
Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a “local offer” of support
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 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 the local offer do?
This will provide information about services in the local area and how these can be accessed. 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 from these settings. It will help parents / carers and young people make decisions about how best to support the needs they have. During the last year the format has been discussed at national and local level.
The local offer was published in September 2014 and updated in September 2019. Parents/ carers can access the local offer here: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/send-local-offer
Glossary of terms:
ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
AWPU - Age weighted pupil unit
BESD - Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties
BST - Behaviour Support Team
CAMHs - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
CFP - Children and Families Practice
COP - Code of Practice
CP - Child Protection
CSC - Children’s Social Care
DCD - Developmental Coordination Disorder
EAL - English as an Additional Language
EHCP - Education, Health and Care Plan
EP - Educational Psychologist
FSM - Free School Meal
HI - Hearing Impairment
IDACI - Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index
ISR - In School Review
KS - Key Stage
LAC - Looked After Child
LA - Local Authority
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
NC - National Curriculum
OT - Occupational Therapist
PP – Pupil Premium
PRU - Pupil Referral Unit
PSP - Pastoral Support Plan
SALT - Speech and Language Therapist
SEN - Special Educational Needs
SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability
SENCo - Special Needs Coordinator
SPLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment
Updated Information for children with an EHCP can be found here during the Covid Pandemic