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Special Educational Needs Information - updated September 2017

 

At Peterbrook Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

There are many SEN terms that are abbreviated. Below is a glossary of the most used SEN terms.

 

ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD
Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
SEMH
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
CAF
Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
CFSW
Child and Family Support Worker
COP
Code of Practice
CP
Care Plan
DCD
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
EAL
English as an Additional Language
EP
Educational Psychologist
FS
Foundation Stage
HI
Hearing Impairment
IEP
Individual Education Plan
IP
Inclusion Plan
KS
Key Stage
LAC
Looked After Child
LA
Local Authority
MLD
Moderate Learning Difficulty
NBP
Needs Based Plan
OT
Occupational Therapist
PHP
Positive Handling Plan
PI
Physical Impairment
SaLT
Speech & Language Therapy
SEND
Special Educational Needs & Disability
SENCO
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SISS
 Specialist Inclusion Support Service (Solihull)
SLCD
Speech Language and Communication Disorder
SpLD
Specific Learning Difficulty
VI
Visual Impairment
 

The Special Needs Co-ordinator/Inclusion Leader is: Mrs Burke

 

Roles & Responsibilities of the special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).

Our SENCO is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN.   Mrs Burke liaises with staff to monitor the pupil’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected.  She regularly has contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice. If you have any concerns regarding SEND matters do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

Children and Families Act 2014

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/children-and-families-bill-to-give-families-support-when-they-need-it-most

 

The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act has set out new systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.

 

The Government is transforming 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 Act includes:

  • SEN system from birth to 25,
  • 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 the 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 is easy to understand information setting 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.” Solihull Local Authority publish their support in the Authority’s Local Offer.

 

http://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/

 

Peterbrook Primary School’s LOCAL OFFER
(SEN Information Report)

 

Below are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents/carers, that they felt would give the information that they found beneficial when seeking support and guidance for their child with SEND

 

How does Peterbrook Primary School know if children need extra help? 

We know when pupils need help if:

  • concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child
  • limited progress is being made
  • there is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress      

 

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

The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns. If further advice is needed, please contact Mrs Burke SENCo/IL. Please contact the school office to make the relevant appointments.

 

 How will I know how Peterbrook Primary School supports my child?    
  • Each pupil’s education programme will be planned by the class teacher. It will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include additional general support by the teacher or teaching assistant in class.
  • Standards Leaders and Teachers will discuss individual pupil progress at Phase meetings and termly Pupil Progress meetings. If progress is a concern, a pupil will be included in our programme of Phase Interventions. The pupil will also become a ‘Focus Pupil’ for the Class/Set Teacher in their areas for development and a Focus pupil for Standard’s Leaders during Pupil Progress Meetings, Phase meetings and School Learning Catch-up Weeks. If progress continues to be a concern the Class Teacher or Standards Leader will consult with the SENCo who will provide guidance and advice as to the next steps in support. This may be an alternative Phase Intervention or inclusion in Special Educational Needs provision.
  • If a pupil is identified as having Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND) they will be placed on a SEND register and be evaluated for their level of SEND. Currently, Individual Education, Care, Positive Handling or Needs Based Plans will be written in collaboration with parents/carers to address the specific needs of the pupil. These will have targets that will be reviewed in September, February and July by the SENCo, teaching staff and parents. The pupil’s views and feelings will also be sought. At the review meeting a pupil’s level of SEND will be reviewed.

 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs? 
  • Targets will be set according to their area of need and written on a plan. These plans will be monitored by the class teacher weekly and by the SENCO three times per year. Plans are sent to parents.
  • If appropriate, specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slopes, concentration cushions, pen/pencils grips or easy to use scissors.
 
How will I know how my child is doing? 
  • You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parents’ Evenings and Plan Review Meetings.  Your child’s class teacher will be available at the end of each day if you wish to raise a concern.
  • Appointments can be made to speak in more detail to the class teacher or SENCo by visiting the school office.

 

How will you help me to support my child’s learning? 
  • The class teacher may suggest ways of how you can support your child.
  • Mrs Burke will meet with you to discuss how to support your child with strategies set in their individual plans.
  • If outside agencies or the Educational Psychologist have been involved suggestions and programmes of study are normally provided that can be used at home.
  • Solihull offers a free impartial service for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs.

Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service

Solihull SEND Information, Advice and Support Service aims to:

  • Provide information, advice and support to children and young people up to the age of 25 with SEND
  • Provide information, advice and support to the parents of children and young people up to the age of 25 with SEND
  • Provide impartial advice about matters relating to special educational needs or disabilities, including matters relating to health and social care
  • Offer support to parents and children and young people with SEND in participating in decisions made about the child/young person’s education, health and social care

The service is managed by Hazel Clarke supported by Helen Ingham, Sandra Ramsey and Janet Quinney.

We are based at Sans Souci, Tanworth Lane, Shirley, Solihull B90 4DD.

  • Phone: 0121 5165173
  • Solihull SENDIAS offer a free confidential and impartial service for children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) and their parents and carers. We are legally trained to offer information advice and support to children, Young People & their parents, to help them make informed decisions and play an active role in their own or their child’s education. We explain SEND processes and procedures in straight-forward language so everyone knows what to expect and what part they play’
    Contact us via
    Telephone: 0121 516 5173
  • Website: https://www.family-action.org.uk/solihullsendias/  

 

Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process.

Contact:
Phone: 01384 423868

 

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

The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional difficulties. These include:

  • Members of staff such as the class teacher, Child and Family Support Worker and SENCO are readily available for pupils who wish to discuss issues and concerns. Where appropriate 1:1 or social communication sessions are carried out.
  • Clubs are available for those who find lunchtimes a challenge.

 

What support will there be for my child’s medical needs?
  • If a pupil has a medical need then a Care Plan is compiled, where appropriate with support from the school nurse or occupational therapist, in consultation with parents/carers. These are discussed with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
  • Staff receive epipen training delivered by the school nurse.
  • Where necessary and in agreement with parents/carers medicines are administered in school but only where a signed Medicine consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member.
  • Some staff have basic first aid training and the school has a trained first aider available 9.00-3.15pm.
  • Intimate care support is given by a Medical Care Officer.

 

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?           

At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialised expertise.

 The agencies used by the school may include:

 

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Schools-learning/educationalsupport/SISS

 

School Nurse
SISS- Communications and Learning Difficulties SISS ( CLD)
GP
SISS – Sensory and Physical Impairments (SPI) to include physical, hearing, visual
CFSW (Child and Family Support Worker)
SISS- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
Paws and Grizzles Child Care Setting
SISS- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Medical Care Assistant
SISS- Under 6 Team
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
SISS- Speech, Communication and Language Difficulties (SCLD)
Solihull Eye Clinic
English as Additional Language (EAL)
Community Speech and Language Therapy
Meadow Assessment Centre – developmental delays and ASD
Collaborative Speech and LanguageTherapy – Early Years
Community Paediatric Occupational Therapy
 
Some pupils may also require support that is ‘additional or different’:

 

Specific Need
Support
Pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
SISS- English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Children in Care, Children of Service personal
Social Work Team, Education Service for Looked After and Vulnerable Children (EDULAC)
Refugee and Asylum Seekers
Education Service for Looked After and Vulnerable Children (EDULAC)
Traveller Pupils
Gypsy, Roma pupils and pupils of Irish Traveller heritage team (GRT)
Pupils with medical needs
Specialist Health Services – Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and specialist nursing teams
Young Carers
Solihull Young Carers Team, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
Pupils at Risk of Exclusion
SISS- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), Educational Psychologists, Education Welfare Team
Pupils from families under stress
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
 

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?             

Teaching staff have access to the Department for Education (DFE) Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) materials to support the differentiation of learning opportunities to meet the needs of the majority of learners. This facilitates ‘Quality First Teaching’ for all pupils.

Different members of staff have received raining related to SEND. These have included sessions on:

  • How to support pupils on the autistic spectrum.
  • How to support pupils with social and emotional needs.
  • How to support pupils with speech and language difficulties.
  • How to support pupils with physical and co-ordination needs.

 

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

Activities and school trips are available to all.

  • Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate.
  • However, if it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may be asked to accompany their child during the activity.

 

How accessible is the school environment?   

As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. We do have a first floor in the KS2 building which is accessed by stairs. Facilities we have at present include:

  • ramps into school to make the building accessible to all.
  • Two private toilets adapted for disabled users.
  • Adapted children’s toilets in both buildings.
  • A lift for transporting children upstairs to Year 6 classrooms if necessary.
 

Admissions - How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Peterbrook Primary School or transferring to a new school?   

Admission for any child, including those with SEND is through  Solihull School Admissions, detailed information can be found at

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/admissions

If your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education and healthcare plan (EHCP) the process is different please phone Solihull admissions on 0121 704 6693 for advice pertinent to your child's needs. In addition, Priority may be given to children with exceptional social or medical reasons. If you think there may be exceptional social or medical reasons find out more at

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Schools-learning/schooladmissions/criteriaexplained

    

Many strategies are in place at Peterbrook to enable the pupil’s admission/transition to be as smooth as possible.      

These include:

  • Discussions between the previous or receiving schools prior to the pupil joining/leaving.
  • All pupils attend a Transition session where they spend some time with their new class teacher.
  • If necessary books are Transition books are made with individuals.
  • Additional visits are also arranged for pupils who need extra time in their new school.
  • Mrs Burke is always willing to meet parents/carers prior to their child joining the school.
  • Secondary school staff visit pupils prior to them joining their new school.
  • Mrs Burke liaises with the SENCOs from the secondary schools to pass on information regarding SEN pupils.

 

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

The SEN budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual’s needs. The additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern has been raised by them at another time during the year. Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances.

 

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

These decisions are made in consultation with class teacher and Senior Leadership Team. Decisions are based upon termly tracking of pupil progress and as a result of assessments by outside agencies. During their school life, if further concerns are identified due to the pupil’s lack of progress or well-being then other interventions will be arranged.

 

How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?              

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education. This may be through:

discussions with the class teacher

  • during parents evenings and individual plan meetings
  • during discussions with Mrs Burke or other professionals
  • parents are encouraged to comment on their child’s Individual Plans with possible suggestions that could be incorporated.
 
Who can I contact for further information?             

 If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are unhappy about something regarding your child’s schooling please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the SENCO.

I hope these have answered any queries you may have but do not hesitate to contact the school if you have further questions.
 

 

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

Tel: +44(0)121 4302545 office@peterbrook.solihull.sch.uk

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