How We Support SEND
Ouston Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need, disability or background. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
- Using a variety of teaching styles and approaches to deliver planned activities
- Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
- Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Support Plan – in class support or withdrawn intervention group
- Offer one to one support when appropriate
- Structured intervention programs such as Lexia, Wordshark etc
Types of SEND
At Ouston Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need which fall into four specific areas:
Cognition & Learning
Communication & Interaction
Social, Emotional, Mental Health
Sensory & Physical
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
In the academic year 2016/17 our data showed the needs of our SEND pupils as:
Cognition & Learning ~ 80%
Communication and Learning ~ 9%
Social, Emotional, Mental Health ~ 9%
Sensory & Physical ~ 3%
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Ouston Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Ouston Primary School, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEND Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEND below:
When there are concerns about a child’s progress or experience of school life, meetings are arranged between school staff, parents/carers. These meetings can be initiated by any party. The child will also be involved in this process. In the initial meeting the child’s strengths and difficulties will be discussed along with concerns about progress, from both parent carer and school. The concerns that are raised will be documented and create a written plan. This will be reviewed on a termly basis. If progress continues to be a concern a more detailed support plan will be put in place detailing outcomes to be achieved and the actions and strategies to be used.
The support plan will be reviewed termly, by all parties.
A Support Plan will be written for any child with SEND. It will include:
- Learning outcomes for the child which are linked to their needs
- Details of how outcomes will be met – support, intervention programmes, parental support, child’s promise
- Teacher Assessment levels
- Details of strategies the child feels have been effective
- How and when the school will look at the child’s progress again (usually at least three times a year)
Copies of our Quality First Teaching Note and Support Plan can be found below:
With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
- Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
- Provide advice to schools and parents/carers on how to best support the child
- Suggest resources that would help the child make progress
Following in school support and advice from outside specialists, if a child’s needs are very complex and/or severe we may ask the Local Authority to carry out an Education, Health and Care Assessment:
This is a very detailed assessment of each child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will all be asked to provide written reports.
- At the end of the assessment phase the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for the child.
- Parents/carers also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
- Education, Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Your school SENCO or the Parent Partnership Service will be able to advise you about this.
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
Ouston Primary School have dedicated SENCO staff. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators are:
- Mrs J. Wise (EY/KS1)
- Mrs R. Dadswell (KS2)
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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