Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Kingsclere Church of England Primary School aims to inspire happy, confident, successful responsible children with a lifelong love of learning.
Our vision is to equip children to be independent enquirers, reflective learners, creative thinkers and excellent team workers in order that they can grow into responsible caring and fulfilled adults who actively and positive contribute to their community.
The following table demonstrates how we put support in place within our school for all children with special education needs and disability (SEND) including areas of need as outlined below:
- Learning difficulties
- Communication difficulties
- Autism Spectrum
- Specific learning difficulties
- Physical difficulties and health needs
- Sensory difficulties
- Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties including mental health
|Whole school response
Universal Quality First Teaching
|Targeted support for individuals or small groups (short/medium term)||Specialised individual support (medium/longer term)|
|Our approach to teaching and learning||
Our key focus as a school is to ensure that the quality of teaching that every child receives is at least good to outstanding (using Ofsted criteria). Our teachers are well trained, supported and regularly monitored to ensure that quality teaching in all classes.
Children’s progress is reviewed half termly against targets and they are not making sufficient progress, additional support will be put in place.
The learning environment is stimulating, challenging and predictable. All classes use visual timetables to ensure that children are fully aware of the events of the day.
There are termly parents evenings with an interim and end of year progress report.
Assessment for learning is used to underpin teachers’ planning for children’s different levels of attainment. Children will be able to work within their current National Curriculum level, together with sufficient challenge to enrich their learning experience.
Small groups may be supported by class teacher or Teaching Assistants (TAs) with differentiated activities.
|The individual child will have their activities and tasks differentiated to meet their individual needs. There is careful targeting of support for children with Individual Education Plans (IEP). Additional support is put in place for those children who are not making sufficient progress.|
|Our curriculum||All children have access to the National Curriculum, and we strive to ensure that this is as rich and stimulating as it possibly can be. Through the introduction of Cornerstones, (a highly regarded curriculum package) we have added further enrichment to our children’s learning.||Through regular assessment we identify those children that require short term additional support, and this will involve differentiated work, within the overall curriculum. This additional support is reviewed every six weeks and parents are advised.||Additional and more complex assessments will be carried to help clarify an individual child’s needs and this may involve outside agencies. Targets to help the child make progress, will be drawn up by the class teacher and Inclusion Manager and shared with parents.|
|Support||We ensure that all teaching is visually, auditory and kinaesthetically engaging to embrace all children’s learning styles. The classroom learning environment is stimulating and challenging, with visual aids to support learning. Tasks are focussed and varied, to ensure maximum interest.||Small group and some individual work will have a structured, personalised and multi-sensory approach to ensure that it addresses the specific targets for that group of children. There will be plenty of opportunity for overlearning and consolidation of concepts. Also encouraging independence and organisational skills as the children work towards their targets.||Children with special educational needs will have highly personalised 1-1 support to specifically address targets and these may involve Teaching Assistants, other teachers or outside agencies. These interventions are coordinated by the Inclusion Manager who is the primary contact.|
|Environmental and physical resources||Kingsclere Primary School is an inclusive school that welcomes all children regardless of their ability. We strive to ensure that all our children feel part of our community, and are able to access all the facilities and resources that we are fortunate to enjoy.||
We run a number of clubs both within and after the school day, for children with specific interests, including chess, computer club, sports, drama, art and so on.
We also run a lunchtime play club for children who prefer to play under the close supervision of an adult.
We prepare children for change through transition work ; this can be from moving within the school, to moving into secondary school.
We have a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who provides 1-1 support for children who need additional emotional support.
The Inclusion Manager liaises with multiple agencies working to provide an additional support / adaptation that may be needed.
|Behavioural and emotional||Through both our Christian values as a Church of England school, and the use of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) we strive to meet the social, emotional and behavioural needs of all our children.||
Our ELSA is trained to support groups of children where there are friendship or social skills difficulties.
In addition, our teachers will work closely with small groups of children to provide further emotional support as and when needed.
|Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant is trained, and supervised by a team of Educational Psychologists, to support children with emotional literacy difficulties such as self-esteem, anger management, social and friendship skills, loss, bereavement and family break-up.|
Frequently asked questions from the parent / carer’s point of view:
|How does the school know if children need extra help?||
At Kingsclere Primary School children are identified as having SEN through a variety of ways including the following:
|What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?||
Where a parent has concerns that their child may have special educational needs (SEN), they should, in the first instance share their concerns with the child’s class teacher. The class teacher will raise this with the School’s Inclusion Manager who will make contact with the parent to discuss their concerns and will propose next steps. These may involve assessments both from within or external to the school.
Where a parent has raised their concerns with the Inclusion Manager, they will ensure that the class teacher is aware of these, and that the class teacher will participate in any future meetings, where possible.
At present our Inclusion Manager is Gill Byrne and she works on a part-time basis, however our office team will always ensure that she receives messages from parents.
For us at Kingsclere Primary School, the most important thing is that you talk with us and share your concerns. We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We are open and honest with our parents and hope that you are able to do the same with us.
How will school support my child?
Who will oversee, plan, work with my child and how often?
The progress of all our children is reviewed half-termly by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and in particular those with special educational needs and pupil premium grants, in partnership with the class teacher and the Key Stage phase leader.
Any additional support for children is coordinated and overseen by the Inclusion Manager. Where the additional support is led by the class teacher, this is planned and delivered by that individual. (Wave 1 – quality teaching in the classroom or learning environment). Where additional support is being provided in a 1-1 scenario this will involve a specific pre-planned programme or will be planned by a Teaching Assistant who is trained to deliver this support, with guidance from the class teacher and the Inclusion Manager. Where the additional support is in a small group situation, this will draw upon existing resources that have been pre-planned by qualified teachers and teaching staff to address the specific target gaps for those children.
This additional support may be delivered by a teacher, the class teacher or a Teaching Assistant and will usually be additional to the maths and literacy that take place every morning. The regularity of this support will vary depending on the child’s need.
The Inclusion Manager will advise parents in writing if their child is having highly specialised 1-1 support with a member of our teaching staff in a given term.
|Who will explain this to me?||
The class teacher will meet with parents at least on a termly basis (this is usually part of Parent’s Evening) to discuss your child’s needs, support and progress. At this meeting the class teacher will be able to advise what additional support the child is having at that time. Should parents wish to discuss their child’s progress at any other time, the class teacher will make an appointment after school for this. The class teacher is the first point of contact for our parents as they will know their child very well.
If your child is having additional support, in particular highly specialised 1-1 support, you will be advised by the Inclusion Manager in writing. Should you wish to discuss this further with the Inclusion Manager, a meeting can be arranged.
|How are the Governors involved and what are their responsibilities?||
The Inclusion Manager meets regularly with the Governor for SEN to inform them about the overall progress of children with SEND; to discuss specific initiatives and the strategic direction of the school and its approach to children with special educational needs. The Inclusion Manager, together with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) agree key expenditure within the SEN budget, and the Governor for SEN is kept fully informed about these decisions.
Additionally the Inclusion Manager produces an annual report summarising the key initiatives and issues for special educational needs ;this report does not refer to individual children and confidentiality is maintained at all times. The purpose is to ensure that all of the school’s governing body is aware of our involvement with children with special educational needs and what are future actions are.
The Governor with responsibility for special educational needs is Helen Jonas. She also ensures that the Governing Board are informed on special educational needs issues.
Should you wish to contact Helen, please liaise with the school office to make an appointment.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
What are the school’s approaches to differentiation and how will that help my child?
All children are exposed to our rich new curriculum with specific tasks and activities that challenge and stretch children according to their need. Typically this might mean that in a given lesson some children will be having differentiated activities pitched at a level that is suitable for them.
All teachers’ planning shows the differentiation of activities within the overall curriculum and those children that are benefiting from this across the whole class, and in what subjects, in particular Literacy and Maths. This is monitored regularly by the Key Stage Phase Leader and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that teaching and learning for all children is consistently good to outstanding.
Within the new curriculum , as a school we are also concerned that there is sufficient challenge for our children and this is evidenced through the use of Learning Arrows, where our children can see their progression and attempt challenging work with confidence.
How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
What opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child’s progress?
We offer an open door policy where you are welcome to make an appointment to meet with either the class teacher or Inclusion Manager and discuss how your child is getting on. We encourage meetings with class teachers at the end of the school day as this ensures that teachers can give their full attention to the children at the start of the day. We can also offer advice and practical ways that you can help your child at home. Your class teacher is the first point of contact with regard to your child’s progress.
At the end of the academic year (July) all children receive a detailed annual report covering your child’s attainment and progress. In addition there are interim progress reports sent home to parents during Spring term. These all give information on your child’s attainment against the age-related-expectations in reading, writing and maths as well as the individual targets that support your child’s learning.
We believe that your child’s education should be a partnership between parents and teachers, therefore we aim to keep communication channels open and communicate regularly, especially if your child has complex needs.
We communicate regularly using a fortnightly bulletin to inform parents of activities and include wider information relating to village life. We also use texting as a means of getting information quickly to all parents as well as telephone and letter.
As well as termly Parents’ Evenings where we have longer consultation sessions for those parents with a child with SEN, we also have regular Open Mornings for parents to come and visit their child’s classroom to see what the children are learning at that time. We also have an annual Celebration of Work evening where our parents can see a range of the fabulous topics that our children have been learning, as well as a number of additional activities such as sports, choir, music sessions and so on. These will ensure that you are aware of how your child is getting on and what they are focusing on.
In terms of how you can best support your child, this will be communicated through termly class newsletters, special parents’ events such as maths evenings, phonics evenings to ensure that our parents have knowledge of how these subjects are being taught in school.
All schools have a Register that contains the names of those children with special educational needs and what additional support they are receiving over the academic year. If your child is on this register there will be an opportunity to discuss their targets and progress during the longer session at Parents’ Evenings.
If your child has complex special needs they may be part of an Inclusion Partnership Agreement (IPA) or have a Education Health and Care Plan, which means that an annual formal meeting will take place to discuss and review your child’s progress with a report written and sent to Children’s Services in Winchester (copied to parents).
|How does the school know how well my child is doing?||
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
What is the pastoral, medical and social support available in the school?
Your child’s well-being is extremely important to us and every member of our team focuses on ensuring that all our children have a positive experience during their time with us. We are inclusive in all that we do with our children, ensuring that we adapt whatever we need to, to be able to include all our children. We welcome children from diverse backgrounds, recognising their contribution in our community.
In the first instance the class teacher has overall responsibility for the pastoral, medical and social care of every child in their class, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the class teacher liaises with the Inclusion Manager for additional advice and support.
Through regular Social , Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) and class Circle Time, as well as our assembly focus using some of the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) resources, we feel that this ensures a comprehensive focus on all our children’s well being.
We are extremely fortunate to have an excellent Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who is highly trained to support children with emotional difficulties (short term mainly), friendship difficulties and so on. She works with identified children during the school afternoon, under the guidance of the Inclusion Manager.
Additional support to ensure the well-being of our children can , in individual cases, involve working alongside outside agencies such as Health and Social Services, School Nurse and the Primary Behaviour Service Team.
|How does the school manage the administration of medicines?||
The school has a policy regarding the administration and managing of medicines on the school web site.
Parents need to contact the Admin team if medication is recommended by Health Professionals to be taken during the school day.
On a day to day basis the Admin team generally oversee the administration of any medicines.
As a staff we have regular training and updates of conditions and medication affecting individual children so that all staff are able to manage medical situations.
We have several members of staff who are highly trained in First Aid and this is regularly updated in accordance with best practice and regulations.
|What support is there for behaviour, avoiding exclusion and increasing attendance?||
As a school we have a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and pupils.
If a child has significant behavioural difficulties we will put together a Individual Behaviour Management Plan (IBMP) that identifies the specific issues and put relevant support in place against set targets. This is worked through with the parents and the child so that all parties understand how we are trying to address this area of difficulty. We look to provide support to children with behavioural difficulty and avoid exclusion where possible.
Outside agencies such as Primary Behaviour Service can also provide assistance and support to the child and school. Parents will be kept informed and will be involved in regular meetings with the school and any outside agency involvement.
After any behaviour incident we encourage the child to reflect on their behaviour with an adult, to look at what happened, and how it can be put right. This helps to identify why the incident happened and what the child needs to do differently next time to change and improve their behaviour.
Attendance of every child is monitored on a daily basis by the Admin team. Lateness and absence are recorded and reported upon to the Head teacher. Support is given through meeting with parents and looking at ways to provide support for attendance and regular lateness. This can include appropriate rewards systems.
|How will my child be able to contribute their views?||
We are a Rights Respect school where we value and celebrate each child being able to express their views on all aspects of school life. This is usually carried out through the School Council which has an open forum for any issues or viewpoints to be raised.
All children can discuss their views with their class teacher , and as a school we regularly conference children to ascertain their viewpoint on a number of areas, curriculum, school grounds and so on.
There are also worry boxes in every class which are regularly checked by the class teacher and acted upon.
Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan, or an Inclusion Partnership Agreement will have a formal opportunity to put their views across at any review meetings held.
|What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?||
Our Inclusion Manager Gill Byrne is fully qualified and accredited to work with special educational needs. In addition she has a postgraduate certificate in literacy difficulties which enables her to support children with specific learning difficulties.
All our teaching staff have had training in special educational needs and are familiar with most learning disabilities. Regular training to ensure that our staff remain up to date with current research, takes places regularly.
In addition we have a number of well trained and experienced Teaching Assistants who are familiar with, and had experience of most learning disabilities (such as hearing impairment, dyslexia, moderate learning difficulties, autism and so on).
As a school we work closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to individual children’s needs and these include Primary Behaviour Service, Hampshire’s Educational Psychologists , Hampshire’s Specialist Teachers Service, Communication and Learning Team. From a health perspective we also work closely with the School Nurse, GPs and medical practitioners in the community, medical specialists from North Hampshire Hospital, Occupational Therapy team, Speech and Language Therapy service, CAMHS and Physiotherapy service. Finally from a social services perspective we work closely with Children’s services, social workers and Locality Teams.
In addition there are a number of specialist, supportive charities that provide support to children with specific learning disabilities and their families, for example Mustard Seed, a charity that works with children with autism.
|What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are currently having?||
All our teaching staff have been trained to support children with special educational needs and this is revisited regularly to ensure that our teachers are up to date with current thinking.
Our Teaching Assistants have also been trained in a wide range of reading and spelling intervention programmes, designed to help those children who are struggling with literacy. These include, for example, Precision Teaching, RAPID Reading, Better Reading Partnership to name a few.
We are also investing heavily in training staff in Maths interventions such as Success In Arithmetic and Numbers Count 2.
In addition our Teaching Assistants have regular training to ensure that they are up to date with current thinking regarding learning disabilities such dyslexia, autism, behaviour and emotional difficulties, attachment difficulties and so on.
One of our Teaching Assistants is also trained to support those children with emotional difficulties, and she is called an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). She is supported both within the school and through supervision with the Educational Psychology Service.
We feel that children’s individual needs are well supported as a result of our appropriately trained staff, and this is regularly reviewed.
|How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?||
As an inclusive school it is important to us that all children are included in the school curriculum and we aim for all children to be included on school trips. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful and including a discussion with parents.
A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity, then alternative activities (covering the same curriculum areas) will be provided in school.
|How accessible is the school environment?||
The school site is wheelchair accessible with a disabled toilet large enough to accommodate changing. The school is predominantly single storey, with one classroom and the ICT suite on the first floor. In the event that we had a child with physical difficulties we would look to ensure that they had appropriate access.
We also liaise with EMTAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) who assist us in supporting our families with English as an additional language.
|How will the school prepare and support my child when joining the school and transferring to a new school?||
We encourage all new children to visit the school prior to starting when they will meet their buddy and be shown around the school. For children with SEND we would encourage further visits to help reduce the anxiety associated with changing schools.
If moving to our school is potentially going to be difficult, we would work with the parents and any other external agencies, to help support the child through possible additional visits, social stories (a personalised story for that child addressing their specific anxiety), introductions and time to get to know the key adults in their class. The needs of the child would determine what the best approach is, to ensure that their transition to our school was as anxiety-free as is possible.
Children joining school in Year R have a number of visits to help them become more familiar with the school environment and the resources available. The child typically will attend a series of four afternoon sessions during June /July and parents are invited to an informal evening to meet the teachers and key staff that will be working with their child.
When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to secondary education, we arrange additional visits. At our ‘feeder’ secondary schools, The Clere School and Park House, they both run programmes specifically tailored to aid transition for the more vulnerable pupils. These are in addition to the normal Taster days that the children experience prior to starting in September. In addition through close liaison with the SENCOs (those teachers within schools that has special responsibility for children with special needs) in both schools, specific arrangements can be made to support the child. Inclusion Partnership Agreements can also play a part where a child has specific needs that it is essential that the receiving school are aware of.
We liaise closely with staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.
If your child has complex needs then an IPA (Inclusion Partnership Agreement) or Education Health and Care Plan review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite parents and staff from both schools to attend.
|How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?||
We ensure that all children who have special educational needs are met to the best of the school’s ability with the funding that is available.
We invest considerable sums in ensuring that our staff are well trained and familiar with the needs of all of their children. Quality First Teaching is key to children making good progress. Children with special educational needs who need additional support are reviewed half termly in conjunction with all our children, and the best intervention / support is identified and delivered to them, usually by one of our team of TAs, or a teacher.
We have a team of TAs who are funded from the SEN budget and they deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs, as identified through Pupil Progress meetings and through close teacher / Inclusion Manager liaison.
The budget is allocated from County on a needs basis, with the children who have the most complex needs getting the most support, although this is done on a fair and equitable basis.
|How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?||
The class teacher alongside the Inclusion Manager and Phase Leader will discuss the child’s needs and what support would be appropriate, during the half termly Pupil Progress meetings.
Different children will require different levels of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve age related expectations. This can include small group work, additional sessions of guided reading, guided writing or maths boosters, as well as highly personalised 1-1 interventions. Parents of children with special educational needs will be advised of the additional support that their child is receiving through on-going discussions.
|How do we know if it has had an impact?||
All our children are reviewed half termly and the impact of additional support is measured through Age Related Expectations, through Reading Ages and Spelling Ages assessments.
In addition by reviewing children’s targets and ensuring that they are being met.
The child is making progress academically against national/age expected levels and the gap is narrowing – they are catching up to their peers or expected age levels.
Verbal feedback from the teacher, parent and pupil.
Children may be taken off of the SEN register when they no longer meet the criteria for inclusion to the register. This is contained in Guidance from Hampshire County Council.
|Who can I contact for further information?||
First point of contact would be your child’s class teacher to share your concerns.
You could also arrange to meet Gill Byrne our Inclusion Manager to discuss further.
Look at the SEN policy available on our website.
Contact Support4SEND (formerly Parent Partnership) - www3.hants.gov.uk/support4SEND
Contact IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) - www.ipsea.org.uk/
|Who should I contact if I am considering whether my child should join the school?||Contact the school Admin team headed by Mrs Jan Doling to arrange to meet the Head teacher Mr Steve Wells, our Deputy Head Mrs Harriet Spencer-Healey or our Inclusion Manager Ms Gill Byrne, who would willingly discuss how the school could meet your child’s needs.|
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