Special Educational Needs & Inclusion
This page will provide you with information relating to Special Educational Needs (SEND), Disabilities and Equality, including details of our Accessibility Policy and Plan. Paper copies of all documents are available, on request, from the school office.
For further information please contact Mrs Tina Bull: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW DOES THE FEDERATION KNOW IF CHILDREN NEED EXTRA HELP AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS?
At the Wroughton Primary Federation children are identified as having SEN through a variety of ways including the following:-
• Liaison with pre schools or their previous school
• If a child is performing below age expected levels
• Concerns raised by a Parent
• Concerns raised by a teacher for example behaviour or self-esteem is affecting performance
• Liaison with external agencies i.e. physical
• Health diagnosis through paediatrician
HOW WILL I RAISE CONCERNS IF I NEED TO?
• Talk to us – firstly contact your child’s class teacher or the SENCO (Mrs Tina Bull) or Head of school (Miss Clare Keeping) Wroughton Infant School, Mrs Michelle Tkocz (Wroughton Junior School)
Mrs Tina Bull
• 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.
What types of SEND are provided for?
Communication and interaction
Speech & Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Speech &
Language Impairment (SLI), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cognition and learning
Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) Severe Learning Difficulties
(SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) Dyslexia,
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Mental Health Difficulties,
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Attachment Disorder
Sensory and/or physical needs
Vision Impairment (VI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Multi-Sensory
Impairment (MSI), Physical Disability (PD)
How do we identify children and young people with SEND and assess their needs?
Identification of students with SEND results from:
Information from previous school
The school’s own baseline assessments
Early Years Profile or KS1 SATs scores
Progress based on data collections
Referral from an outside agency
When a concern is raised, assessment of need will be explored using Swindon’s Core Standards needs checkers.This provides a comprehensive profile of the child’s needs which may be found in more than one area.
What is the Local Offer?
Swindon’s Local Offer can be found at www.mycaremysupport.co.uk
What is the name and contact details of our SENCo?
Mrs Tina Bull
01793 812340 (Infants)
01793 812339 (Juniors)
How do we consult with parents of children with SEND and involve them in their child’s education?
We believe that regular and effective engagement with parents by
schools often leads to improved pupil outcomes, attendance and
behaviour. Where a pupil is receiving support, we talk to parents
regularly to set clear outcomes and review progress towards them;
discuss the activities and support that will help achieve them; and
identify the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil and the school.This is recorded in the child’s ‘Progress Plan’ which is reviewed and updated at least termly.
In addition to parents’ evenings we meet parents of pupils with an
EHCP for an Annual Review each year. Staff are happy to meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress as and when required.
How do we consult young people with SEND and involve them in their education?
We consult with SEND pupils by:
How do we assess and review children and young people’s progress towards outcomes?
Progress is continually monitored by teachers, Heads of Year and Heads of School.
Class teachers and the SENCo discuss progress towards outcomes set in individual Pupil Progress Plans at least termly.
What opportunities are there to work with parents and young people as part of any assessments and reviews?
How do we support children and young people in moving between phases of education?
On entry to Wroughton Infant School:
On entry to Wroughton Junior School:
• A planned introduction programme is delivered in terms 5 and 6 to support the transfer of pupils starting school in September.
• Parent/carers are invited to a meeting at the school and are provided with a range of information to support them in enabling their child to settle into the school routine.
• The SENCo is available to meet with all new parents of pupils who are known to have SEND to allow concerns to be raised and solutions to any perceived challenges to be located prior to entry.
• If pupils are transferring from another setting, the previous school records will be requested immediately and a meeting set up with parents to identify and reduce any concerns if necessary.
What is our approach to teaching children and young people with SEND?
All children learn in different ways and teaching strategies are carefully considered for children with additional needs. We aim to ensure appropriate provision within the main classroom setting and ensure that children with SEND are accessing quality first teaching. Differentiation, adjustments and different support strategies may be employed which will vary depending on the individual’s need, lesson content and context.
We make reference to Swindon’s Core Standards documents to explore different ways of supporting children and ensure that a ‘graduated approach’ is used. This means using an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle which ensures we put in place early intervention strategies and evaluate their effectiveness. In doing so we can also gather evidence of a child’s needs should further referrals to specialist services need to be made.
If children with SEND need support in addition to ‘Universal Provision’ / ‘Quality First Teaching’, they may also access specific targeted interventions either as a group or individually.
We seek advice from other professionals as appropriate to support the individual’s specific needs and, where necessary and feasible, we will purchase specialist equipment and adapt the classroom learning environment.
How are adaptations made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people with SEND?
Teachers plan lessons and homework according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class and will ensure that a child’s needs are met.
How do we train staff to ensure that they are fully able to support children and young people with SEND?
Training needs are identified in relation to pupil needs, the school development plan and through staff questionnaires and performance management. Staff receive whole school training through staff meetings, training given by the SENCo or other local authority specialists. Individual staff are appropriately trained to deliver interventions relating to a group or a specific child and have access to a range of professional development opportunities such as peer observations, visits to other schools, specialist training and resources.
When any new member of staff joins they will receive an induction with specific SEND training included as necessary.
How do we evaluate the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEND?
Special Educational Needs Audits are completed yearly to evaluate SEND provision, along with regular meetings of the SENCo with the Heads of School, Year Group Leads, Teachers and Governors.
The school monitors provision through tracking data, monitoring interventions, lesson observations, learning walks, scrutiny of books and pupil conferencing. Data analysis looks at progress of children with SEND. This data is shared with governors and be judged by external moderators such as Ofsted.
How do we ensure that children and young people with SEN are enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEND?
We are an inclusive school and seek to ensure that no child is excluded from any activity because of their additional needs. Reasonable adjustments are made and if necessary, individual risk assessments are compiled to manage risks and allow participation. If additional adult support is necessary, then every effort will be made to enable this. A range of clubs is also available which children with SEND are encouraged and supported to take part in. We also help prepare children for any changes in their school day, such as school trips, awards ceremonies and sports day.
What support does the school provide for improving emotional and social development?
We support children to develop socially and emotionally in the following ways:
An ethos of positive, trusting relationships
Individual or group support from an ELSA (each school has 2 trained
Both schools buy into TAMHs (Targeted Mental Health Service)
How does the school involve other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, to support children and young people with SEND and their families?
Wroughton Primary Federation buys into the following Traded Services provided by Swindon Borough Council and the NHS:
Educational Welfare Services
Targeted Mental Health
Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH)Support
We are also able to refer pupils with additional needs to:
Speech and Language Therapy
Dyslexia support service
Autism Support Service
What arrangements are there for handling complaints from parents of children with SEN about the provision made at the school?
We seek to promote an active partnership with parents/carers and to involve them fully at every stage. Most concerns and complaints can quite properly be resolved on an informal basis by contacting your child’s class teacher, the Year Group Lead, Head of School, SENCo or the Executive Head teacher. Formal complaints are resolved through our complaints process. https://www.wroughtonfederation.co.uk/pages/information/complaints
SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
SENCo – Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Teaching Assistants (TA) – who work with children in small groups or individually as directed by the class teacher or SENCo
HLTAs – Higher Level Teaching Assistants who work as Teaching Assistants, oversee the other TAs, support parents and cover for class teachers when necessary.
SEN List – this is a list of children who receive additional support in school, they can be on this list because they have difficulty with their learning, social communication, behaviour, or they have physical difficulties.
IEP – Individual Education Plan, every child on the SEN list has one of these to focus the support that they receive.
Education Health and Care Plan – This is a process that is used to assess children who have complex SEND needs.
Team Teach – this is training that is given to those who may need to physically restrain or move children.