Special Educational Needs
Local Offer at Lawefield Primary School 2016-2017 Academic Year
Headteacher: Miss Joanne Beetham
SENCo: Mrs Christine Tomlinson
Governor with responsibility for SEN: Mrs Melanie Van Den Bosch
Contact Details: Lawefield Primary School
Age Range:3 – 11 years
Funding: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) to detail what local services are 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 to support families who need additional help to care for their child.
What will it do?
The Wakefield framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area and what they can expect from those services.It will let parents/carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them and what they can expect across local schools and colleges.
There are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents/carers and other agencies, which reflect their concerns and interests.These will be answered by services, schools and colleges to provide information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how best to support their child’s needs.
Our Local Offer
At Lawefield Primary School we deliver quality first teaching to every child, adapting the curriculum to cater for and meet the specific needs of each child.The statements below can be applied to all children in our school.
1. How does Lawefield Primary school know if children need extra help?
We know when pupils need help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers of the child
- Limited progress being made
- There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress
2.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.You can also contact the school SENCO.
3.How will I know how Lawefield Primary school supports my child?
- Each pupil’s education programme will be planned by the staff involved in your child’s education. It will be tailored to suit the pupil’s individual needs.This may include additional support from the teacher or teaching assistant.
- If a pupil has needs related to more specific areas of their education, such as spelling, handwriting, numeracy and literacy skills, etc. then the pupil may be placed in a small focus group. The length of time of the intervention will vary according to need.The interventions, which are steps taken to provide additional support, will be regularly reviewed by all involved to ascertain their effectiveness and to inform future planning. If you have any queries related to the interventions please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or SENCO. A request for involvement may be made to the Local Authority with your consent, in order to discuss the most appropriate way forward with either the Educational Psychology service or the Learning Support Service.After an assessment of need, appropriate support or advice will be provided.
- Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from an outside service such as Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy.
- The Governors of Lawefield Primary School are responsible for entrusting a named Governor who will monitor the SEN provision and use of funding in our school. In a support and challenge role, the Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treats all children and staff in an equitable way.They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the Department for Education.
4.How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
- All work within the classroom is tailored to individual child’s needs by the class teacher to best enable children to access the curriculum.
- Teaching Assistants (TAs) may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1-to-1 or small group to target more specific needs.
- If a child has been identified as having a special need, they may be given an Individual action plan.
- Targets will be set according their area of need.These will be monitored by staff and the SENCO three times per year. Action plans will be discussed with parents/carers and a copy given to them.
- If appropriate, specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slopes, concentration cushions, pen/pencil grips or easy-to-use scissors.
5.How will I know how my child is doing?
- Through the school’s assessment and reporting systems, you will be kept regularly informed about your child’s progress.
- You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at parents’ evenings.
- Appointments can be made to speak, in more detail, with members of staff if you require.
6.How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
- Staff may suggest ways of how you can support your child.
- The Headteacher, SENCO or Learning Mentor may meet with you to discuss how to support your child with strategies to use if there are difficulties with a child’s behaviour/social and emotional needs.
- If outside agencies or the educational psychologist have been involved, suggestions and programmes of study are normally provided and should be used at home.
- This home-school partnership is essential.
7.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:
- Members of staff are readily available for pupils who wish to discuss issues and concerns including our Learning Mentor.
- Additional support may be provided for pupils who find social times challenging.
- We have safe spaces for children who need emotional support.
SEN Pupils with medical needs:
- If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed Health Care Plan will be provided by a medical professional. These are shared with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
- Staff receive EpiPen/diabetic/epilepsy training delivered as required.
- Where necessary, and in agreement with parents/carers, medicines are administered in school but only where a signed consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member.
- Identified staff have basic first aid training and members of Early Years team have paediatric first aid qualifications.
8.What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
- At times it may be necessary to consult with outside services to receive their more specialised expertise.
- An educational psychologist is allocated to schools.He/she would normally only work directly with pupils whose needs are considerable and have not responded well to the interventions previously put in place for them.
- In order to help understand the pupil’s educational needs better, the psychologist will generally meet with the parent/carer and give feedback after the assessment has been completed.He/she will offer advice to the school and parent/carer on how to best support the pupil in order to take their learning forward.
- Bi-Annual meetings are held to discuss and prioritise the needs of pupils and good practice is shared
9.What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEN had (or are having)?
- Different members of staff have received training related to Special Education Needs and Disabilities.This may include sessions on:
- Cognition and learning (e.g. autistic spectrum)
- Communication and interaction (e.g. speech and language difficulties)
- Physical and sensory needs (e.g. co-ordination needs)
- Social, mental and emotional health
10.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.
- If it is deemed that an intensive level of 1-to-1 support is required, you may be asked to accompany your child during the activity.
11.How accessible is the school environment?
- We are a single storey school and have both a ramp and stairs to access the building.Toilets and hand washing facilities are height appropriate for the age of the children accessing them.
12.How will the school prepare and support my child when joining or carrying out transition visits to Lawefield Primary School?
- All pupils can attend a transition day or a series of visits.
- Discussions between the previous or receiving schools/settings happen prior to the pupil joining/leaving.
- All pupils attend a transition session where they spend some time with their new class teacher (tutor) and other members of staff.
- Additional visits are also arranged for pupils who need extra time in their new school.
- School staff are always willing to meet parents/carers prior to their child joining the school.
- The children visit their chosen secondary schools in Year 6 to prepare them for joining their new school.
- Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting may be arranged with relevant staff from both schools, the parents/carers and where appropriate, the pupil.
13.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 dependent on an individual’s needs.
- Resources may include using extra staff, purchasing specialist equipment or making use of specialist external agencies to support the needs of the child depending on individual circumstances.
14.How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
- These decisions are made in consultation with teachers, SENCO and senior leadership team.Decisions are based upon termly tracking of pupil progress and/or as a result of assessments by outside services.
- During their school life, if further concerns are identified due to the pupil’s wellbeing or lack of progress, then other interventions may be arranged.
15.How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
- All parents/carers have a responsibility to support their child’s education
- Parents/carers support home learning and Individual Action Plan targets.
- Discussions with teachers/SENCO/other professionals.
- Attendance at Parents’ Evenings.
16.Who can I contact for further information?
- If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs, or other issues regarding your child’s schooling, please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the relevant staff member.
We hope these have answered any queries you may have but do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.