In April 2013, the Government made changes to the way that funding is provided to schools. While they will affect how schools provide for pupils, the funding changes do not change the legal responsibilities of schools and local authorities for children with special educational needs (SEN).
All Derbyshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress.
The four broad areas of SEN are:
- Cognition and learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH)
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and Physical needs
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible. Schools must "use their best endeavours" for children with SEN and they must "have regard to" the SEN Code of Practice. This means that they must follow it unless they can show that something else would work better. In addition, Ofsted will check on how well children with SEN are learning and how much progress they are making.
What is the local offer?
- ‘The Children and Families Bill’ became obligatory from September 2014. From this date Local Authorities and Schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the ‘Local Offer’ is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
Visit the Derbyshire Local Offer website to find out more information on how the Local Offer can help to support you and your family.
The new SEND code of practice was also released in 2014.
If your Child has Special Educational Needs what can we offer at Richardson Endowed Primary School?
At Richardson Endowed Primary School, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and therefore, the educational needs of every child are different; this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs. Special Educational Need Provision is provided to meet a child’s SEN that is ‘additional to or different from’ provision made for all children.
At Richardson Endowed Primary we have the following provisions in place:
- 1 to 1 Teaching Assistant and Teaching support
- Small group intervention work (reading, writing and maths)
- Personalised pupil progress targets
- Personalised resources and/or learning tasks
- Specialised reading schemes
- Annual reviews for pupils with an Educational Health care plan.
- Transition schemes and close links with local secondary schools
Outside agencies involved with SEND pupils
At Richardson Endowed we may receive support from:
- Educational psychology
- Behaviour support services
- Support service for physical, hearing or sight impairments
- Support service for SEN
- Autism Outreach
- Speech and Language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Community and clinical paediatrics
- Children and adolescent mental health services
Attainment of children with SEND at Richardson Endowed Primary at the end of KS2 for academic year 2014/2015
The table below shows the percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above.
Reading, Writing and Mathematics
|Cohort number||School %||National Average %|
|No identified SEN||25||84||90|
|SEN without a statement||4||50||43|
|SEN with a statement or EHC Plan||1||0||16|
We pride ourselves in the results that all children achieve in our school and results as above highlight the effectiveness of our current provision in place.
Staff to talk to about your child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The class teacher
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be targeted work or additional support) and letting the Special Education Needs/Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCo) know as necessary.
- Writing Pupil Progress targets in the SEN Pupil Passports/Individual Education Plans (IEPs), based on the smaller steps outlined in PIVATS (Performance Indicators for Value Added Target Setting), and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
- Personalised teaching and learning for your child as identified on the school’s provision map.
- Ensuring that the school’s SEN Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEN.
The SENCo: Mrs V. Boole
- Developing and reviewing the school’s SEN policy.
- Co-ordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
- Ensuring that you are
- involved in supporting your child’s learning
- kept informed about the support your child is getting
- involved in reviewing how they are doing.
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming in to school to help support your child’s learning, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology.
- Updating the school’s SEN register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that records of your child’s progress and needs are kept.
- Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school, so that they can help children with SEND in the school to achieve the best progress possible.
The Head teacher: Mrs K. Mason
- The day-to-day management of all aspects of the school; this includes the support for children with SEND.
- The Head teacher will give responsibility to the SENCo and class teachers, but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
- The Head teacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about issues relating to SEND.
The SEN Governor: Mrs Swindell
- Making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends the school.
School contact number: 01332 880317
Concerns about the provision of pupils with SEND
In the first instance please contact the class teacher. If concerns remain we ask parents to speak to the SENCO and the Head teacher. In the unlikely events that issues are not resolved parents should contact the Chair of Governors.
Please see our School SEND policy for a more information as to how we work as a school and alongside government guidelines to support children with SEND. This is available on the school website.