SEN Information Report (Local Offer)
Yew Tree Primary School
All Tameside Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The broad areas of SEND need are:
- Communication and Interaction.
- Cognition and Learning.
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
- Sensory and/or Physical.
WHAT IS THE LOCAL OFFER?
The LA Local Offer
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) 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 (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as 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. There is a link to Tameside’s Local Offer at the end of this report.
What is the Special Education Needs Information Report?
Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide.
Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Educational Needs Information Report’.
HOW DOES THE SCHOOL KNOW IF CHILDREN NEED EXTRA HELP AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS?
At Yew Tree Primary School children are identified as having SEN through a variety of ways including the following:-
- Liaison with Nursery/previous school
- Child performing well below age expected levels
- Concerns raised by Parent
- Concerns raised by teacher for example behaviour or self-esteem is affecting performance
- Liaison with external agencies i.e. physical
- Health diagnosis through pediatrician
HOW WILL I RAISE CONCERNS IF I NEED TO?
- Talk to us – firstly contact your child’s class teacher or SENCO (Miss Postlethwaite) or Head teacher (Miss Tankard)
- We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We are open and honest with parents and hope that they 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?
- Our SENCO oversees all support and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school.
- The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with each child with SEND in their class to ensure that progress in every area is made.
- There may be a Teaching Assistant working with your child either individually or as part of a group if this is seen as necessary by the class teacher. The regularity of these sessions will be explained to parents when the support starts.
WHO WILL EXPLAIN THIS TO ME?
- The class teacher will meet with parents at least on a termly basis (this could be as part of Parent’s evening) to discuss your child’s needs, support and progress.
- For further information the SENCo is available to discuss support in more detail.
HOW ARE THE GOVERNORS INVOLVED AND WHAT ARE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES?
- The SENCo reports to the Governors every term to inform them about the progress of children with SEND; this report does not refer to individual children and confidentiality is maintained at all times. One of the Governors is responsible for SEN and meets regularly with the SENCo. They also report to the Governors to keep all informed.
- The Governors agree priorities for spending within the SEN budget with the overall aim that all children receive the support they need in order to make progress.
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 work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be three different levels of work set for the class, however on occasions this can be individually differentiated.
- The benefit of this type of differentiation is that all children can access a lesson and learn at their level.
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 any time to make an appointment to meet with either the class teacher or SENCo and discuss how your child is getting on. We can offer advice and practical ways that you can help your child at home.
- 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.
- If your child is on the SEN register they may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which will have individual / group targets. This is discussed on a termly basis and parents are given a copy of the IEP. The targets set are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time scaled) targets with the expectation that the child will achieve the target by the time it is reviewed.
- If your child has complex SEND they may have an EHC plan, which specifies long and short term aims and targets and is reviewed annually.
HOW DOES THE SCHOOL KNOW HOW WELL MY CHILD IS DOING?
- As a school we measure children’s progress in learning against National expectations and age related expectations. The class teacher continually assesses each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed. As a school, we track children’s progress from entry at Nursery through to Year 6, using a variety of different methods including age-related expectations, P Scales, Reading ages and a programme called Target Tracker.
- Children who are not making expected progress are picked up through Pupil Tracking meetings with the Class teacher and Deputy / Head teacher. In this meeting a discussion takes place concerning why individual children are experiencing difficulty and what further support can be given to aid their progression. If your child is discussed at one of these meetings parents will be informed.
- When the child’s IEP is reviewed, comments are made against each target to show what progress the child has made. If the child has not met the target, the reasons for this will be discussed, then the target may be adapted into smaller steps or a different approach may be tried to ensure the child does make progress.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL THERE BE FOR MY CHILD’S OVERALL WELL BEING?
WHAT IS THE PASTORAL, MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL?
- We are an inclusive school; we welcome and celebrate diversity. All staff believe that children having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s well-being. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children.
- 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 SENCo for further advice and support. This may involve working alongside outside agencies such as Health and Social Services, and/or the Behaviour Support Team.
- The school also has an Pastoral Supervisor who works, under the direction of the SENCo and Head teacher, with vulnerable children and parents during the school day.
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 behavioural difficulties an Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP) is written alongside the child and Parents to identify the specific issues, put relevant support in place and set targets.
- After any behaviour incident we expect the child to reflect on their behaviour with an adult.. 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 Pastoral Supervisor. Lateness and absence are recorded and reported upon to the Head teacher. Support is given through an incentive scheme where good attendance is actively encouraged throughout the school. We have had many successes where families were struggling with lateness but are now able to get their children into school on time.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR VIEWS?
- This is usually carried out through the Junior Leadership team which has a forum for any issues or viewpoints to be raised.
- Children who have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) discuss and set their targets with their class teacher.
- There is an annual pupil questionnaire where we actively seek the viewpoints of children especially concerning being able to speak to an adult if they have a worry.
- If your child has an EHC plan their views will be sought before any review meetings.
WHAT SPECIALIST SERVICES AND EXPERTISE ARE AVAILABLE AT OR ACCESSED BY THE SCHOOL?
- As a school we work closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to individual children’s needs within our school including: - BLIS service (behaviour); Health including – GPs, school nurse, paediatricians, speech & language therapists; occupational therapists; other services including - Educational Psychologists, Advisory Teachers and social workers.
WHAT TRAINING HAVE THE STAFF SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH SEND HAD OR ARE CURRENTLY HAVING?
- Several members of staff have had training in delivering Speech & Language programmes from Speech & Language therapists.
- A number of teachers and TAs are Team Teach trained to support children with behavioural difficulties.
- All of our TAs have had training in delivering Better Reading, spelling, phonics and Maths intervention programmes.
- Regular staff meetings regarding SEND take place.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE INCLUDED IN ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM INCLUDING SCHOOL TRIPS?
- All children are included in all parts of 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.
- 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 which will cover 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 all on one level with ramps at specified fire exits. Please see our Accessibility Policy and Plan on the website for further details.
- We liaise with EMAT (Ethnic Minority Achievement Team) 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 new teacher and be shown around the school. For children with SEND we would encourage further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings. We would meet with parents to discuss any potential difficulties before the child started and liaise with their previous school if the child is already of school age.
- We write social stories with children if transition is potentially going to be difficult.
- When children are preparing to leave us for a new school, typically to go to Secondary education, we arrange additional visits. Most of the nearby secondary schools run a programme specifically tailored to aid transition for the more vulnerable pupils.
- 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 EHC plan review will be used as a transition meeting during which we will invite staff from both schools to attend.
HOW ARE THE SCHOOL’S RESOURCES ALLOCATED AND MATCHED TO CHILDREN’S SEN NEEDS?
- We ensure that all children who have Special Educational needs are met to the best of the school’s ability with the funds available.
- We have a team of TAs who are funded from the SEN budget and deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs.
- The budget is allocated on a needs basis. The Children who have the most complex needs are given the most support often involving a TA.
HOW IS THE DECISION MADE ABOUT WHAT TYPE AND HOW MUCH SUPPORT MY CHILD WILL RECEIVE?
- The class teacher alongside the SENCo will discuss the child’s needs and what support would be appropriate.
- Different children will require different levels of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve age expected levels.
- This will be through on-going discussions with parents
HOW DO WE KNOW IF IT HAS HAD AN IMPACT?
- By reviewing children’s targets on IEPs and ensuring 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 move off of the SEN register when they have ‘caught up’ or made sufficient progress.
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 Miss Postlethwaite, our SENCo.
- Look at the SEN policy on our website.
- Contact Parent Partnership (now called SENDIASS)
- Contact IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) - www.ipsea.org.uk
You can access Tameside’s Local Offer by visiting their website: www.tameside.gov.uk/localoffer
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I AM CONSIDERING WHETHER MY CHILD SHOULD JOIN THE SCHOOL?
- Contact the school Admin office to arrange to meet the Head teacher Miss Tankard or one of the Deputy Head teachers, Miss Postlethwaite/Mrs Lomax, who would willingly discuss how the school could meet your child’s needs.