Braunstone Frith Primary School

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Braunstone Frith Primary School- School Offer

 

What does ‘special educational needs and disabilities’ (SEND) mean?

Some children find it more difficult to learn and make progress.  Children can have needs and difficulties that affect their ability to learn. For example, a child with emotional and social difficulties may have problems making friends or a child may have specific difficulties with reading, writing or maths.  A child may have a disability such as a hearing or sight impairment. Children who are identified as having significant difficulties in school are categorised as having special educational needs or SEND.

Who should you talk to if you think your child has special educational needs?

As a parent, you are always welcome to make an appointment to talk to your child’s class teacher or you can speak to one of our teachers responsible for special educational needs (SENCo) Mrs Lewis or Mrs Jeffery. 

How does the school identify children with SEN and inform you?

Approximately 1 in 5 children nationally are identified as having SEN but many more children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. 

Every child’s progress is measured continuously throughout each academic year in reading, writing, maths and science.  Whilst there are times when all children’s learning slows or accelerates, we use this information to identify any children who may have difficulties. Children’s progress is discussed at school pupil progress meetings held half termly.  Any children not making expected progress will be discussed and a plan will be put into place.  This may be to provide them with some extra support in a particular area (E.g. a reading intervention). If concerns persist, a child’s class or group teacher will talk to parents about progress and will gain further information about the child’s general development. Following this discussion, a decision will be agreed as to how we can support your child more effectively. At this stage they may be listed on the school’s Special Needs register. 

What extra assistance is given to parents of children with SEND?

The SENCOs regularly liaises with parents, through phone calls, letters and meetings.  They have a good understanding of individual SEN children’s needs and requirements. The SENCOs are available via appointment, during the afternoon session, for face to face meetings.

How do we ensure SEND children are fully included in school to support their well-being?

Whilst children identified as having SEND are fully supported where required, it is also important to ensure that we provide them with basic independent personal, social and learning skills.  Children with SEND are monitored continually so that we are familiar with their needs and the aspects they may have difficulties with during the school day.

Through either whole class, small group or 1-1 provision, these children are provided with strategies to assist them in their area of difficulty.  They are also given the opportunity to apply these skills in relevant situations. 

We celebrate success by focussing on what the child does well.  All targets set for the children are individual and are achievable, giving the SEN children a chance to make success. 

What are the different levels of SEND support?

In line with the 2014 Code of Practice, at Braunstone Frith Primary school we have two levels of SEN:

SEN Support

Any child who is not making the expected progress over time will be placed on the SEN register.  Parents will be informed of this and targets will be agreed.  These will be reviewed on a termly basis, usually during a parents evening.  Children will continue to receive input from their class and group teacher, and may also be part of targeted interventions run outside the classroom in small groups or with the child individually.

If difficulties persist, the school may decide to seek specialist advice that could help your child.  A child with a disability e.g. hearing loss would involve a specialist observing your child in class and providing the school with clear strategies to help them.  This may include specialists from the Complex Learning, Communication and Interaction Team (CLCI) or the Educational Psychology Service, who will often carry out further assessments with your child.  They are trained to make sure your child is comfortable and often the assessment is presented in the form of games.  This helps to identify any specific gaps in your child’s learning or helps to identify the best teaching methods to best suit your child’s learning style.   Using this advice, targets are modified and agreed and will identify the area which your child needs to work on and how we intend to help them to do this. 

Education and Health Care Plan (Statemented children)

Children in this category have some significant difficulties, and often need an education that is different to other children much of the time.  Children with very complex needs often have statements/EHC

A Statement/EHC can only be given by Leicester City Council, and is based on your child’s individual circumstances.  Sometimes these children will have an adult assigned to them for some or all of the school day, who is trained to help them achieve their targets.  Children with an EHC/ statement must have an annual review meeting.   This child’s progress against previous years targets are looked at and any changes to the child’s needs are discussed.  All professionals working with the child will be invited to the annual review. If they cannot attend, it is anticipated that they will forward a report that can be shared at the meeting.

 

What types of support is available for children with SEND at Braunstone Frith Primary school?

All children at Braunstone Frith Primary including those with SEN receive teacher input via excellent classroom teaching also known as Quality First Teaching.  Like all children in school, your child will be set targets and progress will be monitored. 

For your child this would mean:

  • That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
  • That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and understand.
  • Different ways of teaching are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class.  This may involve things like using more practical learning.
  • Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo or outside agencies) are in place to support your child to learn.
  • Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has gaps in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support and intervention to help them to make the best possible progress. This may mean that they are taken out of their class for a short while during the week, as an individual or small group to work on carefully planned targets.
  • Your child’s targets are recorded and reviewed termly.

What outside agencies does the school to support children with SEND?

  • Early Years Support Team: 0-5 years old
  •  Complex Learning, communication and Interaction Support Team (CLCI Support Team) 5-16 years
  •  Social Emotional and Mental Health Team (SEMH)
  •  Educational Psychologist (EP)
  •  Speech and Language therapy (SALT)
  •  Hearing Support Team
  •  Visual Support Team
  •  Health Visitor/ School nurse/ Single point of access (Children’s health services)
  •  Physiotherapists
  •  Family Support workers (School based)

 

What training does staff supporting SEND children have?

All school staff has training on how to support children with more common SEND issues.  The Braunstone Frith primary team also includes some highly trained staff in particular areas.  A child’s class and group teacher are responsible for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, despite any special need they may have.  However advice and support will be given by the SENCo and specialists from outside agencies. 

The SENCo (Special Needs Co-ordinator) provides professional guidance to colleagues and works closely with staff, parents and other agencies.   At Braunstone Frith this role is carried out by two teachers who are highly experienced in recognising different types of special needs and have significant knowledge about the possible needs of different SEND children and how they can best be supported with different teaching methods.  These teachers are also responsible for meeting with specialists and ensuring a child receives the support they are entitled to.

Learning Support Assistants – We have a team of well trained staff who have experience of supporting children with different needs.  At Braunstone Frith Primary, our team strengths include supporting children with:

  • Emotional/social difficulties
  • Reading, Writing or Mathematical difficulties
  • Physical disabilities, multisensory difficulties, mobility
  • Complex Needs- Down’s syndrome, Autism

Sometimes children with complex needs may require adults to have additional training.  We aim to identify any requirements and ensure that staff are trained in additional areas before working with a child. 

How accessible is Braunstone Frith Primary for children with SEND?

Braunstone Frith Primary aims to be inclusive to all pupils.

  • Buildings and rooms are accessible to children with a physical difficulty via ramps.
  • We provide an inclusive learning environment for children with a hearing or visual impairment. 
  • Equipment and resources used are accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
  • Trips are accessible for children with SEND
  • After school provision is accessible to all children including those with SEND.

How do we support SEND children moving classes or schools?

Whether children transfer between classes within the school or move to another school we ensure:

  • A face to face meeting between the SENCo and the new teacher to communicate the child’s strengths, progress, targets and effective strategies. 
  • Transfer of all written records.
  • Where necessary, pre transition arrangements are put into place to support a seamless move.

At Braunstone Frith Primary school, arrangements are made for supporting pupils in moving to their next phase of education. The school has strong links with feeder secondary schools.  During the Summer Term, the SENCos meet with secondary SENCos to discuss the needs of the pupils transferring.  Where necessary, extra visits are planned and secondary staff begin making links with transferring pupils. 

Leicester City LA Local Offer

Braunstone Frith Primary school is a Maintained school, which is in partnership with Leicester City Local Authority.  You can find further information about the Leicester City offer www.mychoice.leicester.gov.uk

 

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