SEN Information report

Castlewood Primary School’s Local Offer 

As part of the Children and Families Bill (2014), 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 aged 0-25 years. This is called the Local Offer. 

The information below will tell you a bit more about our Local Offer and how we can support your child in order to reach their full potential. 

WHAT IS THE LOCAL OFFER? 

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. 

The Local Offer must include information about the provision the local authority expects to be available for children and young people with special educational needs regardless of whether or not they have Education, Health and Care Plans. 

LOCAL OFFER

How will the school know if children need extra help and what should parents do if they think their child may have special educational needs?

We have a system of rigorous on-going monitoring and regular assessments that track individual pupil progress and identifies next steps.   

Observations and assessments are carried out by relevant staff at the school and by external agencies where required.   

Information gathered from previous schools or pre-schools, as well as from parents, teachers and outside agencies is used to inform and determine each child's specific needs. 

Close communication between the school/pre-school/parents and outside agencies is vital to our approach and we value and welcome others’ opinions and concerns. 

If you think your child may have special educational needs you should speak to the class teacher. 

How will staff at the school support children with special educational needs?

·         Your child will be supported by the class teacher and other members of the team working in that particular year group.

·         Your child’s education programme will be planned by the class teacher in partnership with our SEN teacher and in consultation with parents.

·         The Headteacher is the SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator).

·         In all year groups class teachers, teaching assistants and members of the inclusion team work alongside each other and with your child to ensure that planned intervention programmes and support is carried out.

·         The school has a designated Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Governor who is involved with SEND issues and developments across the whole school and who reports termly to the Governing Body on the progress of SEND children.

·         The SEN teacher and Head Teacher monitor the effectiveness of SEND interventions and use this information when planning additional support. 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

·         Following on-going monitoring and regular assessments all work is appropriately differentiated to match each child’s specific needs.

·         Regular meetings to review children’s progress ensure that the individual needs of all children are met. 

How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

·         Regular meetings are set up between parent/class teacher and the SEN teacher

·         Termly review of intervention plans.

·         An open door policy where parents can discuss progress/issues/concerns with the class teacher and other staff.

·         A range of communication links which may include home/school contact book, class and school newsletters.

·         Class assemblies and open days.

·         Parent consultation evenings and annual written report.

·         A range of Information is provided to support parents in helping their children learn eg: booklets relating to phonics, reading, writing and number (also on the school website – www.castlewood.w-sussex.sch.uk

·         Parent information evenings to enable parents to become more directly involved in their children’s learning. 

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

·         Staff members trained in first aid.

·         All staff receive annual Safeguarding Training and we have two senior staff members who are Designated Members of Staff for Safeguarding.

·         Staff trained as a Learning mentors

·         Experienced Special Needs Teacher who has completed appropriate training.

·         School has well established policies and practices in relation to managing behaviour, dealing with bullying, encouraging racial acceptance etc.

·         External support from outside agencies such as Social & Caring Services, Learning Support, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Educational Welfare etc.

·         Children’s views are also sought and included in the decision making process.

·         Children’s views can also be shared via the School Council and through pupil questionnaires. 

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

When a specific need is identified specialist services and expertise may be accessed through:

·         Alternative Provision Team

·         Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

·         Child Development Centre

·         Children and Young People’s Planning Forum

·         Educational Psychology

·         Educational Welfare

·         Ethnic Minority Advisory Team

·         Family Link Worker

·         Learning Inclusion Advisory Team

·         Occupational Therapy

·         Physiotherapy

·         Primary Mental Health Worker

·         School Nursing Service

·         Sensory Support

·         Social & Caring Services

·         Social Communication

·         Solutions

·         Speech & Language Therapy

·         Think Family

·         Traveller support 

And any other appropriate agencies that may be currently available. 

What training have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities had or are currently having?

·         Experienced SEN teacher who has completed appropriate training.

·         Staff are trained in the delivery of a variety of interventions to meet a wide range of individual needs.

·         All staff have had behaviour and disability awareness training.

·         Staff have been trained in the use of physical restraint, Narrative Therapy, Numbers Count, Language Builders, ELKLAN - unclear speech - and learning mentoring

·         Future staff training will be based on the needs of individual children. 

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

All off-site visits require parental permission and full risk assessments are carried out.

·         All risk assessments are overseen and approved by Mrs Slocombe, (Educational Visits Co-Ordinator)

·         All residential visits are also approved by the Governors and sent to the Local Authority for approval.

·         Parents are informed of all off-site and outdoor learning events and their views are actively sought.

·         Parents may, on occasion, be invited to attend off-site activities. 

How accessible is the school environment?

·         Accessible toilet.

·         All areas of the school are accessible for wheelchair users.

·         Where necessary the school will engage the support of outside specialist services to support communication with parents whose first language is not English.

·         The acquisition of specialist equipment and facilities will be negotiated with the Local Authority. 

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

·         Pre-school liaison meetings between school, parents, pre-school settings and, if appropriate, outside agencies.

·         Visits to the school for parents and new pupils.

·         Carefully planned transition between key stages.

·         Additional visits to new school for SEND or vulnerable pupils.

·         Transition meetings held between the SEN teacher, current class teacher and staff at new school. 

How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

·         Resources, including additional staff, are allocated in accordance with the specific needs of children at the school at any given time.   

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

·         The results of rigorous on-going monitoring and regular assessments as well as observations and assessments carried out by specialist staff and outside agencies will be carefully scrutinised by the class teacher and the SEN teacher.

·         Parents will also be consulted.

·         The class teacher and the SEN teacher will then make the decision about what type and how much support a child should receive.

·         An Intervention Plan will then be written and shared with the parents and, if appropriate, the child.

·         The impact of that support will be monitored through careful evaluation of any Special Educational Needs interventions and the continued monitoring and assessment of each individual child. 

How are parents involved in the school?

·         Decisions about the day to day organisation and management of the school are made by Mrs Nunns (Headteacher) in consultation with senior staff.

·         Parental surveys are carried out annually and parents are encouraged to make use of the Ofsted Parentview website.

·         In specific cases the views of individual parents or groups of parents may also be sought.

·         Parents are actively encouraged to make use of our ‘Open Door’ policy.

·         Parents are encouraged to keep up to date with school events by checking the school website which includes a comprehensive calendar of events to which parents are invited.

·         All parents automatically become members of the ‘SOCS’ Supporters of Castlewood School (PTA) and are encouraged to support and become involved in fundraising and social events.

·         Parent volunteers are actively encouraged.   

Who can I contact for further information?

·         A parent’s first point of contact would normally be the class teacher.

·         Any serious concerns should be raised with either the SEN teacher, Mrs Nunns (Headteacher)  or other member of the Senior Leadership Team.

·         Learning Mentors and other specialist staff including class teaching assistants may also be involved in your child’s education.

·         When considering a place at this school prospective parents are asked to visit the school to meet with Mrs Nunns (Headteacher).

·         The school website will also contain useful information. www.castlewood.w-sussex.sch.uk

·         For further information about children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the Horsham area, have a look on this website:  http://compass-support.org/index.html 

Inclusion

At Castlewood School Special Educational Needs applies to children who need extra support to fulfil their potential. The School’s SEND Policy and ultimately the school’s practice will take into account of this need. The school’s SEND Policy can be seen by arrangement with the office and is available on the school website.

A child is considered to have a special need if they have to be catered for in a way that is significantly different from the rest of the children due to behavioural, emotional, medical or academic reasons. 

We currently identify and assess pupils with Special Educational Needs according to criteria laid down by West Sussex Audit guidelines. Normative data, outside agencies, teacher assessment and discussions with parents is used collectively to ascertain whether a child needs a particular supportive programme. Whilst extra support is important, what is crucial to the child’s progress is the effective management and provision for the child by the class teacher on a day-to-day basis.

The school has detailed records of children with special needs and we formally review the progress of these children every term with parents and occasionally external agencies.

Policies

The SEND Policy can be seen on the school website.

The school keeps records which detail interventions with SEND pupils.  These records are reviewed termly.

Progress of pupils with SEN

The progress of all pupils with SEN are discussed with class teachers, the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and SEN Teacher.

All Individual Plans are reviewed during the year and these reviews are shared with SEN Teacher, the SENCO, as well as pupils/parents/carers.

All pupils who have Education Healthcare Plan also have an Annual Review.

Budget allocation

Our SEN budget enables us to employ the SEN teacher to work 3 days a week as well as enabling all our Teaching Assistants to have time allocated to support SEN pupils.

External agencies

The following external agencies either are or have been actively involved with specific children, many of whom are on the SEN register:

Educational Psychology Service

Speech and Language Therapy Service

Children and Family Centre

School Nursing Service

Behaviour Support Team

CAMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools)

Educational Welfare Officer

Liaison with secondary schools

Staff from the local secondary schools, visit Castlewood to talk to staff and pupils in preparation for transfer.  All Y6 pupils have Induction Days.  Those pupils who are considered to be vulnerable have the opportunity to have an additional visit to ensure a smooth transition.

Staff development

Our SEN Teacher has completed her ‘Every Child Counts’ accredited course through Edghill University. One of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants  has completed her Eklan accredited course to support Unclear Speech.

Our TAs attend a variety of workshops, courses and conferences linked to the work they are expected to do in school.  Two of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants are trained as Learning Mentors.

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