Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Policy
Name of SENCo: Mrs Higgins
St Charles Primary School
Regent Farm Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 285 2553
Length of time in post: Commenced post Autumn 2019
The SENCo is a member of the Senior Leadership Team
The SEND policy should be read in consultation with the Accessibility Plan, Annual SEND Report and the Parents/Carers’ SEND Information Guide.
Together they include details of:
The school’s admission arrangements for pupils with SEND or disabilities
The steps school have taken to prevent pupils with SEND or disabilities from being treated less favourably than other pupilsThe facilities provided to assist access to the school by pupils with SEND and disabilities.
(Children and Families Act 2014, Part 3)
St Charles’ RC Primary School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy has been reviewed in the light of the draft Special Educational Needs (SEND) Code of Practice for 0 - 25 years. The policy is reviewed annually by the SENDCo Mrs Higgins, with support from the Head teacher Mrs Nealings and link Governors, Mrs Margaret Barber and Mr Nick McTernan, taking into account parental and pupil views.
At St Charles’ RC School every child is equal, valued and unique. We aim to provide an environment where all pupils feel safe and can flourish. We will respond to individuals in ways which take into account their varied life experiences and particular needs. We endeavour to deliver a purposeful and ambitious curriculum for all. This broad and balanced programme of study is the gateway for every child, preparing them for the next stages in their own individual education. Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive, promote independence and raise aspirations, with Jesus at the centre of all we do.
St Charles’ is committed to providing an education that enables all pupils to make progress so that they achieve their best, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives and make a successful transition into adulthood.
We support transition of pupils to different settings, specialist settings and or secondary education through close working relationships with parents and other professionals. At St Charles’ we ensure that children develop life skills through a purposeful curriculum individualised to the needs of the pupils.
Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan
The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan must be admitted into the school that they name. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements, this will reduce the number of places available to other children.
See Admission Policy for more information
Definition of SEND
The code of practice defines SEND thus:
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability that calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
A child under compulsory school age has a special educational need if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (clause 20 children and families bill).
Roles and Responsibilities
The new code identifies the roles and responsibilities for the governing body, head teacher, teaching and support staff and SENDCo.
The current SENDCo, Mrs Higgins, is a qualified teacher and as SENDCo she is a member of the school Senior leadership team. As SENDCo she will:
The class teacher will:
Our teaching assistants work with all of our SEND children across the school. They support individuals and groups of pupils at SEND support level of provision, both in class and through withdrawal for targeted interventions/programmes.
The governors responsible for SEND are Mrs M Barber and Mr Nick McTernan
The designated teachers for child protection are Mrs Nealings and Mrs Higgins.
The designated member of staff responsible for managing pupil premium is Mrs Damti.
The designated member of staff for looked after children is Mrs Nealings.
Looked after children (LAC)
The SENDCo and designated member of staff, Mrs Nealings, meet on a termly basis to ensure that arrangements are in place for supporting pupils that are looked after and also have SEND. SEND reviews and PEP meetings are coordinated and where possible meetings are held on the same day.
See LAC policy
Access to Facilities and Provision
Please refer to school’s accessibility plans which outlines how we:
Our school is a purpose built single story building with access to inclusive toilets. Medicines are kept in school according to our Managing Medicines Policy which can be found on our school website.
See Accessibility plan
Allocation of Resources
The head teacher and SENDCo are responsible for the operational management of the budget for SEND provision. The school will use a range of additional funding including the notional SEND budget and, where applicable, pupil premium to provide high quality appropriate support for pupils with SEND. Where a pupil’s needs exceed the nationally prescribed threshold (currently £6,000) additional funding will be applied for from the local authority.
Access to the Curriculum
The broad and balanced curriculum is differentiated to enable all children to access the learning. Teachers have high expectations for all pupils. All pupils receive inclusive quality first teaching that is differentiated to meet individual need. Identifying, assessing, planning and review is part of quality first teaching. Our Parents/Carer’ SEND Information Guide and Annual SEND Report provides a clear description of the details of what is available for all children with SEND through quality first teaching and what is additional and different provision. Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils. However, in order to maximize learning, some pupils are withdrawn, individually and in small groups, to take part in targeted, time limited interventions planned to meet particular needs.
Pupils with SEND are actively encouraged and supported to join in and benefit from additional activities and clubs as well as any wider community activities.
See Teaching and Learning policy
Identification, Assessment, Planning and Review Arrangements:
St Charles’ RC Primary follows the graduated approach of assess, plan, do and review as outlined in the Code of Practice (2014). This approach is embedded in whole school practice for all pupils and every teacher is responsible for ‘adapting teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils’. (Teachers’ Standards 2012)
School assessment data, teacher judgments and, where appropriate, assessments from outside agencies are used to identify pupils who require additional and different provision. A provision map outlines all SEND support and is updated each term.
There are 4 broad areas of need:
The following are not SEND but may impact on progress and attainment:
SEND support - four part cycle
The identification of SEND is built into the overall approach to monitoring the progress and development of all pupils in school. Termly pupil progress meetings support the early identification of pupils who may have SEND. Where concerns are identified an initial concerns checklist is completed and discussed with the SENCO.
The class or subject teacher, working with the SENCO, will carry out a clear analysis of a pupil’s needs. This assessment will be reviewed regularly. Where appropriate, professionals will help to inform the assessment. Parents will be asked to contribute to the assessment and this will be recorded and the minutes shared with all relevant parties. If any pupil has been identified with SEND the parents will be asked to agree to their child being added to the SEND list.
Parents will be formally notified and will receive a copy of the ‘meeting around a child’ minutes. Adjustments, interventions, support and review date will be agreed with staff, parents and pupil. This will be recorded on the school information system, CPOMS.
The class teacher will remain responsible for working with the pupil on a daily basis and retain responsibility for their progress and outcomes. The class teacher will plan and assess the impact of support and interventions with any teaching assistants or specialist staff involved. Mrs Higgins as SENDCo will support the above.
The effectiveness of the support and interventions and their impact on the pupil’s progress will be reviewed on the agreed date. Reviews will be held with parents at least three times per year. The class teacher, working with the SENDCo, will revise the support in light of the pupil’s progress. If a pupil does not make expected progress over a sustained period of time school will seek specialist expertise. This will inform future provision. If a pupil does not make expected progress over a sustained period of time school will consider involving specialists.
School liaises with the following services:
Additional Top Up Funding
Where a pupil’s needs exceed the nationally prescribed threshold (currently £6,000) additional funding will be applied for from the local authority.
Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
Where, despite having taken relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the SEND of a pupil, the pupil has not made expected progress, then school or parents will consider requesting an Education, Health and Care assessment. School will provide the local authority with evidence of the action taken as part of SEND support.
Further details on provision for pupils with SEND can be found in the SEND information document.
SEND information document
This report can be found on the school website and within the school brochure. It outlines the provision St Charles’ makes for all pupils with SEND and within the four broad areas of need - communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; Sensory and/or physical.
Transition is carefully planned. In order to ensure successful transition both within school and from setting/school to setting/school. Parents/carers will be fully involved in the planning for the transfer to the new setting. Key information about SEND provision will be shared with the next school /setting through the review process.
Parents/Carers’ SEND Information Guide
This guide, and the Annual SEND Report, can be found on the school website. These outline the provision normally available for pupils with SEND as well as provision within the four broad areas of need – communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties; Sensory and/or physical. The Annual SEND Report includes an evaluation of the impact of the above provision on outcomes for pupils with SEND.
Partnership with Parents/Carers
St Charles’ school has positive attitudes to parents/carers and values their important role in their child’s education. Parents/carers are always informed when their child is placed on the SEND list and the graduated response, outlined in the Code of Practice, is explained to them. Parent Partnership Service information is also given. They are fully involved in the review process. Interpreters are arranged for parents who require translation during meetings. Written information is in accessible formats and sufficient notice is given for meetings to enable parents/carers time to prepare.
Parents are informed about Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service. This service provides information, advice and support at any stage of a child or young person’s education, and provides an Independent Supporter for families in the process of getting an Education Health and Care Plan.
The Parental Support Adviser, is proactive in supporting parents in a variety of ways, including home visits, liaising with agencies, organising activities and facilitating and delivering training. The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is used to coordinate support for children and their families who have a range of needs.
The views of all pupils are valued. Pupils with SEND are supported to be involved in decision making and to be able to express any concerns. All pupils are aware of their individual targets and a pupil review sheet is used to gather their views on their progress (where possible). Pupils in Key Stage 2 and above are invited to attend their termly review meeting.
Monitoring and Evaluating the Success of Provision
For further details see Annual SEND Report
A variety of methods are used to monitor and evaluate the provision and achievements for the pupils with SEND:
The Senior Leadership Team reviews the training needs of staff through Performance Management and pupil progress to plan appropriate CPD in relation to SEND. The SENCO ensures staff are informed of local and national developments in relation to SEND and Inclusion. Where appropriate, specialists are used to deliver the training. Newly qualified teachers are offered support and in school training by the SENCO.
See Annual SEND Information Report for details.
St Charles’ will follow the recommendations of the Children and Families Act 2014 with regard to arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions. Where a pupil also has SEND, their provision will be planned and delivered in a coordinated way with their healthcare plan.
See Supporting Children and Young People with Medical Needs/Conditions Policy
The Equality Act 2010 sets out key characteristics that it is unlawful to discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil:
St Charles’ ensures that it meets the standards of the Act by:
To support this St Charles’:
Sexual Orientation/Gender reassignment
The protected characteristics are embedded into the school Anti-bullying policy.
The Complaints Procedure
Initially an attempt will be made to resolve a complaint about SEND provision at school level, within one week of the complaint having first been made. The procedure is firstly that the class teacher attempts to resolve matters, then if required the SENDCo and/or head teacher becomes involved. Parent partnership may also become involved at this stage.
If the complaint is unresolved, then the person making the complaint is advised of their rights under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act to make a complaint. The Governing Body will consider the complaint, after which, if necessary the LA will become involved. School will inform parents/carers of the local authority’s commissioned independent disagreement resolution service. Details can also be found in the Local Offer.
Related policies: Admissions, Accessibility Plan, Annual SEND Report, Anti bullying Policy, Looked After Children, Medicines in School, Safeguarding, Teaching and Learning.