Hayesdown First School

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Our School Offer For Pupils With SEN And Disabilities

Below and organised under nine headings, is Hayesdown First School’s offer for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This is called the ‘School Offer’ and is designed to help parents and carers understand how the school identifies children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities and the provision that is made for them. Our ‘School Offer’ was reviewed and updated in August 2015, following consultation with parent/carers and pupils.

  1. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH SEN OR A DISABILITY AT HAYESDOWN FIRST SCHOOL?

All staff at Hayesdown First School are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all children. We are an inclusive school, working with parents/carers and a range of professionals to ensure the best education for all.

Who do I speak to if I am worried?

  1. Speak to your child’s class teacher.
  2. If you are still concerned you can make an appointment to meet with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator also known as the SENCo (Sue Heal) or the Learning Support Manager (Rona Bowles) to discuss your concerns further. Sue and Rona work with class teachers to ensure that children’s needs are quickly identified and that the right provision is in place to help every pupil make good progress.

Section 1 Picture 1 of 3 Sue Heal      Section 1 Picture 2 of 3 Rona Bowles      Section 1 Picture 3 of 3 Lucy Kitchener

Sue Heal                                   Rona Bowles                                Lucy Kitchener

Headteacher                            Learning Support                         Governor with responsibility

and SENCO                              Manager                                       for SEN and Disabilities

Click here to find out more about how people in the school support pupils with SEN and disabilities.

 

  1. HOW DO STAFF AT HAYESDOWN FIRST SCHOOL KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS SEN OR A DISABILITY AND NEEDS EXTRA HELP?

flow diagram If parents/carers have any concerns they should see the class teacher in the first instance. Teachers are available at the beginning and end of the day for brief discussions, or an appointment can be made if a more detailed discussion is needed.The progress and wellbeing of all children at Hayesdown First School is monitored closely by their class teachers. If the class teacher has concerns about the progress or attainment of a child, they will discuss this with the child’s parents/carers as well as the SENCo and Learning Support Manager. A programme of additional support may be provided as part of a small group or individually. Specific assessments will be carried out to provide more detail about the difficulties. Should a child continue to make poor progress despite additional support, with the consent of parents/carers, they will be referred to external specialists.

 

Click here to access further information about assessment and tracking of pupil progress.

 

  1. HOW WILL HAYESDOWN FIRST SCHOOL SUPPORT MY CHILD IF THEY HAVE SEN OR A DISABILITY?

      Additional support in school is known as provision.

Your child’s education will be planned and monitored by their class teacher. Your child may work with class teachers, teaching assistants or external specialists who will deliver specific programmes and differentiated class content. This will be explained to parents/carers by class teachers, but further support and clarification can be sought via the SENCo.

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Click here for more detail about how pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are supported.

 

  1. HOW WILL I BE INVOLVED IN MY CHILD’S PROGRESS AT SCHOOL IF THEY HAVE SEN OR A DISABILITY?

There are parent/carer consultation evenings twice each year and reports are written in the Spring term. In addition to this, children in receipt of High Needs Funding or who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will have an Annual Review meeting to inform and plan for next steps. Additional meetings are also held for parents/carers whose children are on the school’s SEN List. These meetings are offered twice each year; parents/carers identify the staff they would like to attend and set the agenda for the meeting.

Structures in place to enable parents/carers to be actively involved in shaping support for their child can be found by following this link.

 

  1. HOW WILL MY CHILD BE INVOLVED IN MONITORING THEIR PROGRESS IF THEY HAVE SEN OR A DISABILITY?

Section 5 Picture 1 of 1The school actively seeks children’s views and feedback. We find children to be honest and insightful. Their contributions have helped us shape and improve practice.

Examples of ways in which children are supported to review their progress and shape personal targets and whole school practice can be found here.

 

  1. WHAT SUPPORT WILL THERE BE FOR MY CHILD’S NEEDS AND OVER ALL WELLBEING?

As well as being able to access support from school staff who are trained to support children with particular needs such as dyslexia, social communication difficulties, speech and language difficulties etc., the school is able to access support from external agencies including:

  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Learning Support Advisory Teachers
  • Physical Impairment and Medical Support Team
  • Hearing Impairment Advisory Teachers
  • Visual Impairment Advisory Teachers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Autism and Communication Advisors

In addition to support received for academic subjects, there is a range of pastoral support available, including a Nurture Group called Sunflowers. We also have a Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA) who can work with children and families. Specific plans and support will put into place for children experiencing difficulties with behaviour and those needing medical support or intimate care.

More information about the additional support available for pupils with SEN or disabilities can be found here.

  1. HOW ACCESSIBLE IS HAYESDOWN FIRST SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH SEN OR DISABILITIES?

The school site was remodelled in 2010 and is fully accessible. There are changing and disabled toilet facilities.

All children have the right to access off site educational visits where it is safe for them to do so. For those with additional needs, alternative provision can be made, for example, additional adult support, alternative transport arrangements or alternative arrangements for the administration of medicines.

Additional equipment and communication aids are used where they support access for particular pupils.

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Click here for more information about accessibility.

 

  1. WHAT ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS DOES HAYESDOWN FIRST SCHOOL MAKE TO PREPARE MY CHILD WITH SEN OR A DISABILITY FOR TRANSFER?

Prior to starting in Reception, children identified as having special educational needs will have a ‘School Entry Plan’ meeting. This will be attended by you, pre-school staff, school staff and any external professionals involved in supporting your child. The aim is to plan how all concerned can make the transition to school as smooth and easy as possible. For children with medical needs, this will include identifying staff training needs to ensure your child’s needs are fully met, and any potential challenges identified and solved. All families will be invited to participate in several visits to the school prior to starting. Each visit has a different focus. Visits are designed to ensure that parents/carers and children know the staff and are familiar with the school setting ahead of starting school.

On moving to middle school, children in Year 4 with additional needs are discussed with the SENCo at the school your child is transferring to. Additional visits can be organised in school time and are supported by school staff. Resources such as transfer books and photographs can be made to ensure your child is familiar with the people and places they will come across.

More information about additional arrangements made to prepare children with SEN or disabilities for transfer between classes and educational settings is located by following this link.

 

  1. WHAT EXTRA HELP CAN I ACCESS IF MY CHILD HAS SEN OR A DISABILITY?

In addition to support offered by school staff as detailed in sections 1 – 8 above, parents/carers of children with SEN and disabilities can access support and advice from:

  • Somerset County Council’s ‘Local Offer’ which provides information for parents/carers of children and young people with SEN and disabilities in a single place. The website and its links provide information on education, health and social care services.  Go to https://somerset.local-offer.org/
  • Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support)

Somerset has a statutory responsibility to provide free, impartial advice for all parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities and does this through the SENDIAS service www.somersetsend.org.uk/welcome/

The Service has/provides:

  • A telephone enquiry line
  • Impartial information through its website and leaflets on a range of topics relating to Special Educational Needs and disabilities
  • A trained Independent Supporter to help parents through the Education Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessment and advice on EHCPs
  • One to one support to help gather, understand and interpret information; help with report and letter writing and to prepare for and/or support at meetings
  • Information about the Special Educational Needs Disagreement Resolution and Tribunal arrangements

Click here to access further information in respect of advice and support for parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities.