SEND Information Report
Aims of our provision in regards to pupils with special educational needs and/or disability
- The aims of our policy and practice in relation to special educational need and disability in this school are:
• To make reasonable adjustments for those with a disability by taking action to increase access to the curriculum, the environment and to printed information for all.
• To ensure that children and young people with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEND.
• To reduce barriers to progress by embedding the principles in the National Curriculum Inclusion statement https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
• To use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils for whom this is required, that is “additional to and different from” that provided within the differentiated curriculum, to better respond to the four broad areas of need:
1. Communication and interaction,
2. Cognition and learning
3. Social, mental and emotional health
• To request, monitor and respond to parent/carers’ and pupils’ views in order to evidence high levels of confidence and partnership.
• To ensure a high level of staff expertise to meet pupil need, through well-targeted continuing professional development.
• To support pupils with medical conditions to achieve full inclusion in all school activities by ensuring consultation with health and social care professionals in order to meet the medical needs of pupils.
• To work in cooperative and productive partnership with the Local Authority and other outside agencies, to ensure there is a multi-professional approach to meeting the needs of all vulnerable learners.
- What are special educational needs (SEN) or a disability?
At Hassenbrook Academy, we use the definition for SEN and for disability from the SEND Code of Practice (2014). This states:
· Special Educational Needs: A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
- A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
- Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is
additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England
· Disability: Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. This definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer.
3) The kinds of special educational needs (SEN) for which provision is made at the school
Children and young people with SEN have different needs, but the general presumption is that all children with SEN but without an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are welcome to apply for a place at our school, in line with the school admissions policy. If a place is available, we will undertake to use our best endeavours, in partnership with parents, to make the provision required to meet the SEN of pupils at this school.
For children with an EHCP, parents have the right to request a particular school and the local authority must comply with that preference and name the school or college in the EHC plan unless:
- it would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or the attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources.
Before making the decision to name our school in a child’s EHCP, the local authority will send the governing body a copy of the EHCP and then consider their comments very carefully before a final decision on placement is made. In addition, the local authority must also seek the agreement of school where the draft EHCP sets out any provision to be delivered on their premises that have been secured through a direct payment (personal budget).
Parents of a child with an EHCP also have the right to seek a place at a special school if they consider that their child’s needs can be better met in specialist provision.
4) How does our school know if children need extra help?
We know when a pupil needs help if:
• Concerns are raised by parents/carers, external agencies, teachers, the pupil’s previous school or the pupil themselves, regarding concerns relating to inadequate levels of progress or inclusion.
• Screening, such as that completed on entry or as a result of a concern being raised, indicates gap in knowledge and/or skills.
• Whole school tracking of attainment outcomes indicates lack of expected rate of progress.
• Observation of the pupil indicates that they have additional needs
5) What should a parent do if it thinks their child may have special educational needs?
If parents have concerns relating to their child’s learning or inclusion then please initially discuss these with your child’s Form Tutor, Head of Year or Head of Department if subject related. This may then result in a referral to the school Principal, Sally Feeney, the Assistant SENCO, Aaron Conroy, or Trust SENCOs, Peter Mann and Leeanne Nancolas.
Parents may also contact the above staff directly if they feel this is more appropriate.
All parents will be listened to. Their views and their aspirations for their child will be central to the assessment and provision that is provided by the school.
6) How will the school support a child with SEND?
All pupils will be provided with high quality teaching that is differentiated to meet the needs of all learners. The quality of classroom teaching provided to pupils with SEND is monitored through a number of processes that include:
- classroom observation by the Senior Leadership Team and the Assistant SENCO
- ongoing assessment of progress made by pupils with SEND
- work sampling and scrutiny of planning to ensure effective matching of work to pupil need
- teacher meetings with the SENCO to provide advice and guidance on meeting the needs of pupils with SEND, and regular communication between Assistant SENCO and school staff
- pupil and parent feedback on the quality and effectiveness of interventions provided
- attendance and behaviour records
· Pupils with a disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments (such as auxiliary aids and services) to overcome any disadvantage experienced in schools and increase their access to the taught curriculum
· All pupils have individual flightpaths set in line with national outcomes to ensure ambition. Parents are informed of these via the reporting system and also at events such as Parents’ Evenings, where the Assistant SENCO is always in attendance
· Pupils’ attainments are tracked using the whole school tracking system and those failing to make expected levels of progress are identified very quickly. These pupils are then discussed in termly progress meetings that are undertaken between the class/subject teacher and a member of the Senior Leadership team and if appropriate, the pupil themselves
· Additional action to increase the rate of progress will be then identified and recorded that will include a review of the impact of the differentiated teaching being provided to the child, and if required, provision to the teacher of additional strategies to further support the success of the pupil
· Where it is decided during this early discussion that special educational provision is required to support increased rates, parents will be informed that the school considers their child may require SEN support and their partnership sought in order to improve attainments
· Action relating to SEN support will follow an assess, plan, do and review model:
- 1. Assess: Data on the pupil held by the school will be collated by the class/subject teacher and SENCO in order to make an accurate assessment of the pupil’s needs. Parents will always be invited to this early discussion to support the identification of action to improve outcomes.
- 2. Plan: If review of the action taken indicates that “additional to and different from” support will be required, then the views of all involved including the parents and the pupil will be obtained and appropriate evidence-based interventions identified, recorded and implemented by the class/subject teacher with advice from the SENCO.
- 3. Do: SEN support will be recorded on a plan that will identify a clear set of expected outcomes, which will include stretching and relevant academic and developmental targets (this may include for young people, targets around preparing for adulthood) that take into account parents’ aspirations for their child. Parents and the pupil will also be consulted on the action they can take to support attainment of the desired outcomes. This will be recorded and a date made for reviewing attainment.
- 4. Review: Progress towards these outcomes will be tracked and reviewed termly with the parents and the pupil. If progress rates are judged to be inadequate despite the delivery of high-quality interventions, advice will always be sought from external agencies regarding strategies to best meet the specific needs of a pupil. This will only be undertaken after parent permission has been obtained and may include referral to:
- Local Authority Support Services
- Specialists and outreach workers in other schools e.g. teaching schools, special schools.
- Social Services
- Health partners such as School Nurse and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
N.B. For a very small percentage of pupils, whose needs are significant and complex and the SEN Support required to meet their needs cannot reasonably be provided from within the school’s own resources, a request will be made to the local authority to conduct an assessment of education, health and care needs. This may result in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan being provided.
7) How will pupils be involved in decisions regarding provision that can better meet their needs?
This school uses Learning Support Plans. These are created and maintained by the Assistant SENCO in collaboration with pupils, parents and staff, and identify barriers to need, strategies of support and holistic targets. Each term, this information will be reviewed and the pupil’s and parents’ views gained on the effectiveness of the action taken so far to meet their needs.
8) How will the curriculum be matched to each child’s needs?
• Teachers plan using pupils’ achievement levels, using adaptive teaching styles to ensure progress for every pupil in the classroom.
• When a pupil has been identified as having special educational needs, the curriculum and the learning environment will be further adapted by the class teacher to reduce barriers to learning and enable them to access the curriculum more easily.
• These adaptations may include strategies suggested by the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and/or external specialists.
• In addition, if it is considered appropriate, pupils may be provided with specialised equipment or resources such as ICT and/or additional adult help. All actions taken by the class teacher will be recorded and shared with parents.
9) How will parents know how their child is doing?
· Attainments towards the identified outcomes will be shared with parents termly through feedback regarding SEN support reviews but also through the school reporting system and Parents’ Evenings.
• Parents are encouraged to arrange an appointment to discuss their child’s progress with the class/subject teacher, the SENCO or a member of the senior leadership team at any time when they feel concerned or have information they feel they would like to share that could impact on their child’s success. Please contact the school office who will arrange this appointment for you. The contact number is 01375 671566
10) How will parents be helped to support their child’s learning?
- Please look at the school website. It can be found at ortuhassenbrook.org, and includes links to websites and resources that we have found useful in supporting parents to help their child learn at home. In addition, the termly newsletter includes a section that identifies local learning opportunities.
- The class/subject teacher, form tutor or Assistant SENCO may also suggest additional ways of supporting your child’s learning.
- If you have ideas on support that you would like to have access to in order to further support your child’s learning, please contact the Trust SENCOs or Assistant SENCO who will locate information and guidance for you in this area.
11) How will the school evaluate the effectiveness of the SEN provision made for pupils?
The effectiveness of SEN provision will be measured using both qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data will gather the views of parents and pupils on how successful the provision has been in enabling them to attain their outcomes. Quantitative data will examine both progress and attainment levels compared to those achieved nationally for pupils with the same level prior learning level. This data will be shared termly with governors and be judged by external moderators such as Ofsted.
12) What support will there be for children overall well-being?
The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for pupils. This includes:
• An evaluated Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) curriculum that aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to enhance their emotional and social knowledge and well-being. Please visit our website to see the topics that are included within this area of the curriculum.
• Pupil and parent voice mechanisms are in place
• Small group evidence-led interventions to support pupils’ well-being are delivered to targeted pupils and groups.
· Pupils with medical needs will be provided with a detailed Individual Health and Care Plan, compiled in partnership with the school nurse and parents and if appropriate, the pupil themselves.
· Staff who volunteer to administer and supervise medications, will complete formal training and be verified by the school nurse as being competent.
· All medicine administration procedures adhere to the LA policy and Department of Education (DfE) guidelines included within Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (DfE) 2014 and identified in the School Medicine Administration Policy.
14) What specialist services are available at the school?
The school has access to a range of specialist support services that are identified in (6) above.
15) What training do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND undertake?
Staff are given regular training opportunities via The National College, as well as access to in-house training, external training and guidance from partner schools.
The school works in collaboration with the School Nursing Team who provide training sessions and guidance to staff
The Assistant SENCO provides weekly top-up sessions to staff regarding support strategies for students with SEND
The Assistant SENCO attends termly training sessions provided by the Local Authority
The Governor with specific responsibility for SEN has completed the SEN Governor training.
16) How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
Hassenbrook Academy is an inclusive school that ensures that all students are able to access activities regardless of their needs. To ensure that their needs are met, the following procedures are followed:
• Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to participate in all school activities
• The school ensures it has sufficient staff expertise to ensure that no child with SEND is excluded from any school provided activity
17) How accessible is the school environment?
The following adaptations have been made to the school environment:
• Disabled parking spot marked and located next to the school reception
• Ramps are in place at the front of the school to provide access
• One toilet has been adapted to ensure accessibility for visitors with a disability
• A medical room has been provided in order to enable a safe place for insulin testing/injections.
• A sensory room has been developed to improve inclusion in the mainstream classrooms for vulnerable pupils.
• Staff are aware of how to use radio aids to support deaf children or those with a hearing impairment
Our Accessibility Plan (statutory requirement) describes the actions the school has taken to increase access to the environment, the curriculum and to printed information is available via the school website.
18) How will the school prepare/support my child when joining or transferring to a new school?
A number of strategies are in place to enable effective pupils’ transition. These include:
Year 6-7 phase transfer:
• A planned introduction programme is delivered in the Summer term to support transfer for 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 Assistant SENCO offers meetings 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.
• The Assistant SENCO attends transition meetings with the SENCOS of primary schools to discuss SEND students or those that may be vulnerable
- 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.
- Heads of year complete mid-year admissions meetings, and students are scheduled to have assessments prior to the start date to ensure appropriate setting of core subjects
• The school adheres to the guidance in Careers guidance and inspiration in schools: Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff April March 2015 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440795/Careers_Guidance_Schools_Guidance.pdf, and the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Statutory guidance for schools and guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges January 2023 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1127489/Careers_guidance_and_access_for_education_and_training_providers_.pdf. This places a duty on schools to secure independent careers guidance for all Y7-13 pupils. This guidance includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways.
• Parents may like to use the website of the National Careers Service that offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to people of all ages. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or examine options identified in the local offer published by the local authority which sets out details of SEN provision - including the full range of post-16 options – and support available to children and young people with SEN and disabilities to help them prepare for adulthood, including getting a job.
• Where a student has an EHCP, all reviews of that plan from Year 9 at the latest, and onwards, will include a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society.
19) How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
The school receives funding to respond to the needs of pupils with SEND from a number of sources that includes:
1. A proportion of the funds allocated per pupil to the school to provide for their education called the Age Weighted Pupil Unit.
2. The Notional SEN budget. This is a fund devolved to schools to support them to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.
3. For those pupils with the most complex needs, the school may be allocated additional educational needs funding from the Local Authorities High Needs SEN Funding allocation. This funding is then used to provide the equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities through support that might include:
- Targeted differentiation to increase access to text (desk copies of information, work buddy, accessible text, IT e.g. read aloud software, different recording strategies, additional time etc..)
- In class, adult or peer support aimed at increasing skills in specific area of weakness (learning behaviours, organisation, etc)
- Out of class support (relationship building, social, emotional skill development)
- Small group tuition to enable catch up (subject or targeted at additional need)
- Specific support, advice and guidance is provided to parents and families to improve pupil’s readiness for learning (relating to pupil’s difficulties in attendance, behaviour, physiological and emotional needs etc
- Provision of specialist resources or equipment (use of ICT, sloping board, electronic versions of text etc)
- Partnership working with other settings (shared resources e.g. Parent Liaison Worker; shared expertise: support from local special school on action to improve inclusion: shared alternative environments etc.)
- Access to targeted before/after school clubs (breakfast, homework, clubs targeted at increasing resilience)
- Access to the school nurse and wider health professional support (responding to mental and physical health issues, speech, language and communication needs, motor control and mobility needs)
- Access to support from in-school sources e.g. learning mentors (peer or adult) or from charities (e.g. Barnardos, Relate) and community sources (e.g. Youth and Church groups, local businesses)
- Implementation of strategies from support agencies e.g. Behaviour Support/Educational Welfare Support
· The Pupil Premium funding provides additional funding for pupils who are claiming Free School Meals, who are in the care of the local authority or whose parents are in the Armed Services. The deployment of this funding is published on the school website.
· If parents wish to discuss the options available for their child, they are welcome to make an appointment to see the class/subject teacher, SENCO, Assistant SENCO, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
19) How is the decision made about how much support each child will receive?
For pupils with SEN but without a statement of educational need/EHCP, the decision regarding the support provided will be taken at joint meetings with the SENCO, class teacher and parent who will follow guidance provided by the Governing Body regarding SEN Funding deployment.
For pupils with a statement of educational need/EHCP, this decision will be reached in agreement with parents when the EHCP is being produced or at an annual review.
20) How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
This will be through:
• discussions with the class teacher, SENCO, Assistant SENCO or senior leadership team member
• parents’ evenings
• meetings with support and external agencies.
• termly LSP reviews
21) Who can I contact for further information or if I have any concerns?
If you wish to discuss your child’s special educational needs or are unhappy about any issues regarding the school’s response to meeting these needs please contact the following:
• Your child’s class teacher or form tutor
• The SENCO or Assistant SENCO
• The Principal
For complaints, please follow the complaints procedure on the school website
22) Support services for parents of pupils with SEN include:
Information, Advice and Support Agency Network offers independent advice and support to parents and carers of all children and young people with SEND and will direct visitors to their nearest IAS service http://www.patt.org.uk/
For parents who are unhappy with the Local Authority or school responses to their child’s SEND, parents may seek mediation from the regional mediation services. Information on this free service is located here
Parents and carers can also appeal to the Government’s SEND tribunal if you disagree with the Local Authorities decisions about your child’s special educational needs. You can also appeal to the tribunal if the school or council has discriminated against your disabled child. Information on this process is available here https://www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/first-tier-tribunal-special-educational-needs-and-disability
23) Information on where the Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found