(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Claire Leeks and our SEND link Governor is Ray Sharpe.
The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place.
What is a local offer?
The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care.
Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.
The local offer provides information on a number of things, including:-
- special educational provision;
- health provision;
- social care provision;
- other educational provision;
- training provision;
- travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education; and preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.
Visit the East Riding Local Offer website by clicking below:
Our School ethos regarding Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
It is the aim of the school to include all children, and to enable those with special educational needs to access a broad and balanced curriculum and take part in all aspects of school life. We strive to ensure that all children are safe and healthy, enjoy their education and achieve their potential, recognising the contribution they can make and their right to economic well being in adult life.
The school supports this aim by:
- Planning curriculum delivery to meet the needs of all pupils by considering different learning styles and differentiating tasks.
- Identifying barriers to learning and participation.
- Working with parents or carers to identify and meet children’s needs.
- Assessing children’s needs by testing and observation.
- Providing staff with appropriate special educational needs training and information.
- Monitoring children’s progress using Passports, to be reviewed three times a year.
- Working in co-operation with the LA and other agencies.
- Seeking advice and support from outside experts as appropriate.
- Involving children in planning support, target setting and reviewing progress.
Useful policies to read in our policies section in relation to SEND Information are:
Our SEND Information Report is available below:
Standard Admissions number: 30
Number on roll = 192
Number of children with SEND support = 27
Number of children with an EHCP = 5
As a school how do we identify, evaluate, assess and review children with SEND?
Pupil progress will be monitored by teacher observation of performance in the classroom, assessments and tracking. If the teacher considers, or tests indicate, that a child is having difficulties with the curriculum, they will share their concerns with parents or carers, raise a Cause for Concern which outlines the support currently in place, monitor the child’s progress carefully and they may then suggest to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) that further assessment is needed.
If teachers and parents or carers agree that the child would benefit from additional support, suitable interventions and resources will be identified to address the area of difficulty and this will be recorded on a Passport to Success.
The child will be put on the School’s SEND Register at ‘SEND Support’, outlining the nature of the concern and indicating that they are receiving additional support within the school. The SENCo ensures that children receive support to address their individual needs.
The first point of contact should be the class teacher with any concerns. There are three parent’s meetings for children with SEND that are held throughout the year, however, at Hutton Cranswick Primary School the teaching staff are always happy to discuss children’s progress and attainment at any given point in the year. Parents can also contact the school SENCo who would be happy to answer any questions or deal with any concerns. If following review, additional support is no longer considered necessary, the child’s name will be removed from the SEND Register and their progress monitored to ensure that progress is maintained. The next school will be informed of the child’s SEND history.
Identification, assessment and evaluation
Your child’s progress will be monitored continuously throughout the year. There are also formal teacher assessments that are carried out termly to assess children’s current understanding of reading, spelling, writing and mathematics. If a child is not making the expected progress either the class teacher/ SENCo/Senior Leadership team will identify these children. From this point appropriate interventions are offered to allow children to ‘catch up’.
At times it is appropriate to seek the advice of external agencies, such as the school Educational Psychologist. They are in a position to carry out particular testing to identify more specific conditions/learning difficulties. Very frequently these tests do not change the way a child accesses the curriculum. To discuss this further feel free to make an appointment with the SENCo.
Each term when Passports are reviewed and updated, parents will get the opportunity to meet with their child’s class teacher or the SENCo to discuss the Passport further. At this meeting you will be given the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress along with any new targets that are set for them. If your child has a EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) they will have an annual review each year to discuss progress over a year and to set and agree new targets. It is at this meeting that school staff and outside agencies will be invited to attend and make contributions.
In addition, if children fail to make progress, in spite of high quality, targeted support, we may apply for the child to be assessed for an EHCP. Generally, we apply for an EHCP if:
- The child is Looked After and therefore additionally vulnerable
- The child has a disability which is lifelong and which means that they will always need support to learn effectively
- The child’s achievements are so far below their peers that we think it likely that the child may at some point benefit from special school provision.
Children, who we think will progress in mainstream schools, albeit with support, are less often assessed for EHCP. Having a diagnosis (e.g. of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) or dyslexia) does not mean that a child needs an EHCP.
Who should you contact if you have concerns about your child’s learning/SEND?
Your first point of contact should be the class teacher. There are three parent’s meetings held throughout the year for children with SEND, however, at Hutton Cranswick CP School the teaching staff are always happy to discuss your child’s progress and attainment at any given point in the year. You can also contact the school SENCo who would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
We have many interventions that run during school. The concept behind these programmes is to assist children in closing the gaps in their learning. Not all children respond to a particular intervention so at times it is necessary to modify them slightly or try a new approach. We have a number of facilities that are available for all of our pupils. These include lunchtime clubs and after school clubs. We also have an ELSA room in school which is a quiet, calm space that can be used for interventions throughout the day. Children across school are taught lessons from HeartSmart. This is a programme that is used to support children in building their emotional health and resilience. In addition, nurture groups, friendship groups and social skills groups are also available. In school we also have two members of staff trained as ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants). ELSA sessions can support a child is who is struggling with on-going emotional difficulties that may be impacting their ability to learn. They can also support children with extremely emotive situations such as bereavement. Also available in the school is a library area and an ICT suite which can offer support to children with SEND.
How will the school ensure all staff are aware and understand my child’s SEND?
Transition meetings take place between year groups. At these meetings specific needs are discussed along with the strategies that have been used. If your child has a medical disability their needs are made known to all the relevant people and they have a Health Care Plan that is reviewed annually. We often invite professionals in to school to discuss conditions such diabetes and epilepsy to ensure that staff knowledge is secure.
How will the school communicate with parents/carers if there are concerns about a child’s learning?
If there are concerns regarding your child’s progress often your child’s class teacher will contact you to discuss progress. If there are further concerns a meeting may be held between yourself, the class teacher and the SENCo. Such a meeting would help to identify the next steps in ensuring appropriate support for your child
How is support allocated?
Although all teachers at Hutton Cranswick Primary School are teachers of children with SEND there are times when extra support is needed to ensure children reach their full potential. One way of doing this is by providing quality teaching assistant (TA) support. All TAs work with teachers and the SENCo to ensure that the needs of the children are met by providing various intervention programmes as well as support in the classroom.
Other people and organisations that provide services to our school
We welcome the support of outside agencies and work closely with the staff from the Educational Psychology Team, Behavioural Support Team, Speech and Language service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Youth and Family Support Workers, Children’s Centre, Education Service for Physical Disability (ESPD), Integrated Sensory Support Service, Social Care and Occupational Therapy.
What training have staff received to help them support children with SEND?
Staff development is very important at Hutton Cranswick Primary School and as such we spend a great deal of time investing in professional development for all staff. Training has covered dyslexia, effective use of teaching assistants, autistic spectrum conditions awareness, speech and language, guided reading, writing, mathematic strategies, effective use of SEND Passports, Precision Teaching, wellbeing and attachment.
How will teaching be adapted for a child with SEND?
All teachers at Hutton Cranswick CP School are teachers of children with SEND. Lessons are made accessible for all by using a number of strategies including use of different resources, use of additional adults and different tasks.
What support is available for parents/carers of children with SEND?
We have an open door policy which means that parents/carers are always welcome to come in to school to discuss their child’s progress or any concerns that they may have. We work with many outside agencies who are able to support parents/carers of children with specific needs.
How is our school accessible to children with SEND?
At Hutton Cranswick CP School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled pupils, staff and all those receiving services from the school. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in school life. Our admissions policy does not discriminate against pupils with SEND.
School facilities are available for children with SEND
We have a designated SEND/ELSA room which offers a quiet, calm space for our children with SEND to learn and progress. In the classroom there are resources suited to their needs. Also available in the school is a library area and an ICT suite which can offer support to the children with SEND.
How will children be supported during transitions to another setting/school?
There are a number of transition meetings, which take place throughout the school. In Year 6 meetings takes place between ourselves and the feeder secondary schools. These meetings are held to share data, attendance, passports and pastoral information.
We believe in early intervention and close liaisons with Hutton Cranswick Play Group and other Early Years providers are important, and are held in the summer term before your child starts Reception in the September. The Early Response team will be included in these if necessary.
In terms of transition between year groups systems are in place to ensure that the following class teacher is aware of specific needs and next steps in learning. For example, they attend the Summer term annual review for statemented children and also the Passport review session which is held with parents.