The SENCo has prepared our school's SEN Information Report in collaboration with parents and Governors in accordance with Hampshire's Guidance for their "Local Offer". The legislation became statutory in August 2014.
All children's needs are catered for in our inclusive environment, be they physical, intellectual or emotional. We follow the National Code of Practice for children with Special Educational Needs and have a SENCO and Learning Support Assistants to work with children and parents. Gifted and Talented children are offered enrichment and extension activities, depending on their need.
Our Inclusion Manager (SENCo) Lisa Holmes, takes day to day responsibility for the provision made to individual children with SEN, working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies.
In 2019, Ofsted reported 'Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) make strong progress. They have similar tasks to the rest of the class, adapted to match their needs.'
In 2021, our Leading Learning Partner reported 'The support for pupils with Special Educational Need (SEN) and other vulnerable
pupils is well structured; informal contact with parents has been constructive in
ensuring the emotional and learning needs are being addressed within the challenging context of the pandemic. Almost all of the more vulnerable pupils are in
Inclusion leaders are well informed and proactive in ensuring disadvantaged pupils are well supported and challenged.'
Within school, support programmes are in place for children with varying needs (waves of intervention). These include fine and gross motor skills development, dyslexia intervention programmes, Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Early Literacy Support (ELS), and Maths booster sessions for Year 2 pupils. There is a gifted and talented programme and the support includes links to Thornden.
Where possible, support is put in place within classrooms, in a small group with a trained adult. Some provision is best provided on an individual or paired basis.
Pupils with SEN are targeted according to their individual needs and IEP’s (Individual Education Plans) are in place to monitor small steps of progress. IEP’s are made with the child and with the teacher and parents agreeing on individual targets to work on. IEP’s are reviewed half termly and parents will receive a copy of their child’s IEP.
The school works closely with outside agencies to support pupils as required, such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologist, School Nurse. Diagnostic screening is in place for early language difficulties, motor planning difficulties and dyslexia.
Collaboration with parents is very valuable to us. Where pupils are included in a support programme, parents are informed by letter from the Inclusion Manager, personally by the class teacher or at parent consultations through the child’s IEP. Parents can discuss their child’s progress with their class teacher, or alternatively arrange a meeting with the Inclusion Manager.
The school keeps a register of pupils with additional need which is updated half termly. There is also a register for vulnerable pupils and for gifted and talented pupils.
Our Governing Body has important statutory duties towards pupils with SEN. The governing body assists in the development and monitoring of the school’s policy and strategy for SEN.