CLITHEROE PENDLE PRIMARY SCHOOL ‘SEND’ REPORT.
We strive to provide the best possible education for each individual child including those
with additional needs.
What our school provides:
Accessibility and inclusion:
Despite being an old building, the school environment is mainly accessible throughout.
There are two side entrances accessible by steps
The building is mainly wheelchair accessible throughout and there is a car park to the front of the building.
There are accessible changing/toilet facilities in the Infant Department and ramped areas to the front entrance, lower KS2 cloakrooms and the hall.
Access to Pendle Primary School is via three entrances all of which are ramped.
Information is made available through the school’s website, Moodle, newsletters, Owl information board (EYFS and KS1), class letters, Groupcall messenger service and Twitter. Policies and procedures are available on the school’s website. Information would be made available in different forms if required. Class teachers and other staff spend time clarifying information and ensuring understanding individually with those parents who require it.
At Pendle Primary School we adopt a variety of strategies to enhance our provision and to help pupils with additional needs access the curriculum. We use a wide range of resources such as Makaton symbols, other images pictures and signs to support children's learning. We ensure pupils are able to access relevant resources and alternative ways of presenting activities so that children can access them. The school has purchased specialised equipment - educational aids, assistive technology and recommended equipment for children with additional needs.
Teaching and learning:
We believe that early identification is vital and all our teachers and teaching assistants are trained to identify and report concerns to the SENDCO and head teacher. We utilise the expertise of outside agencies who may carry out specific assessments to assist us in identifying children’s needs further and to advise on specific intervention strategies. The class teacher informs the parents at the earliest opportunity to alert them to concerns and encourage their active help and participation. Class teachers then work closely with parents offering additional support packages, advice and reassurance. The class teacher and the SENDCO assess and monitor the children’s progress in line with existing school practices. The progress of children with SEN is monitored closely through our Target tracker system which is accessible to all teaching staff. The SENDCO works closely with parents, teachers and teaching assistants to plan appropriate programmes of intervention and support. The assessment of children reflects as far as possible their participation in the whole curriculum of the school. When appropriate, the class teacher and the SENDCO differentiate assessments into smaller steps in order to aid progress and provide detailed and accurate indicators. Children can be assessed by outside agencies using IDSS Specialist teachers and the school Educational Service. Each class has the benefit of Teaching Assistants who delivers support to children in a range of ways. Intervention is carefully planned to give children the optimum chance to succeed and some children will be supported by an IEP (Individual Education Plan)or a medical care plan. In the case of children with medical needs specialist support, equipment and training is provided by IDSS, NHS (specialist nurses) etc. Staff have received First Aid, paediatric First Aid and Epi pen training. Our team of teaching assistants have extensive experience of working with children of different ages and levels of additional needs including. Many of our teaching assistants are level 3 trained and three of them have achieved the HLTA qualification. Some teaching assistants are trained in Makaton. When sitting tests, children with SEN are supported sensitively and appropriately and some may qualify for extra time when sitting SATs and can be supported by a reader 1 to 1, have timed breaks, be granted additional time and sit exams in a quiet setting in a small group to aid concentration. The SEN whole school provision mapping considers the type of intervention children in each year group require, the duration, staffing and key activities/resources. This provision will be evaluated half termly. The school tracks the progress of all SEN and Pupil Premium pupils closely and this is monitored and evaluated by senior staff.
Reviewing and evaluating outcomes:
The school works in partnership with parents: parents contribute and take part in Annual Reviews and receive copies of all relevant information and advice concerning their child. Pupils are also asked to make a contribution to the review and are invited to take part in them where appropriate. Individual Education programmes are produced termly or half termly depending on the circumstance and pupil and the school operates an Open Door policy with regards to any concerns a parent may have. Pupils’ progress is monitored throughout the school and Pupils with SEN are monitored through his/her personal targets, termly parents’ evenings and half termly progress review meeting involving class teachers, the Assessment Co-ordinator and the Headteacher. Parents are welcome to see class teachers as regularly as necessary. The SENDCO and Headteacher regularly support class teachers in meeting with parents alongside them collaboratively.
Keeping children safe:
The Head Teacher carries out Risk Assessments where necessary. These are shared with all teaching staff and teaching assistants as and when relevant Special arrangements can be made to hand over a child one to one to the parents or carers when required. This can be carried out by the Teaching Assistant or class teacher. If a child requires individual support during lunchtime this is facilitated through the use of Teaching Assistants. They will work on a one to one with the child and provide supervision in addition to that which is already available; supporting with food choices/eating and in social play at playtimes and lunch times. We consider pupil safety to be very important and ensure that staffing-pupil ratios are adequate and that risk assessments have been regularly carried out and updated. Every year group has dedicated teaching assistants who works in both classes and some classes have additional adult support as required to meet the needs of the children with additional needs. Sometimes this is an additional teacher, a teaching assistant or an outreach teacher.
Parents can access the Anti-Bullying Policy and other relevant information and policies on the school Moodle or school website.
Health (including emotional health and wellbeing):
Members of staff do not administer medication to children except in exceptional circumstances. Parents are invited to visit school to administer any necessary medication or to appoint a relative or friend to do so on their behalf. Care plans are established for those children who have long term medical conditions requiring treatment and medication in school. They may contain a photograph and key information about the child and are copied to the class teacher, SENDCO and headteacher. A copy is kept in the Medical room. All members of staff are made aware of the child’s needs via detailed discussion and our clear, detailed register of medical needs. All support and teaching staff are kept regularly up to date with First Aid Training to ensure staff understand what action to take in the event of an emergency. In addition, Diabetes and Epi pen training has been provided by the School Nurse or other NHS professional to ensure the relevant staff are conversant with the appropriate action or medical procedure required. This is evaluated regularly and relevant training is pursued to reflect the needs of children currently in school.
Communication with parents:
The website contains details of staff currently employed by the school and the School Prospectus also provides this information. The School operates an Open Door policy and has 2 parent evenings’ a year to provide opportunities for parents to discuss the progress of their child. Annual reports are also sent to parents outlining children’s progress and identifying targets. Class teachers, the SENDCO and head teacher are very flexible in meeting with parents whenever needed. Parents’ views and input are encouraged and valued on an individual basis and a parent questionnaire is also regularly provided for parents to record their views and suggestions.
The school has a Pupil Council and an Eco Council and all children are given the opportunity to take part. All pupils are encouraged to contribute their own views and the school is committed to listening to the pupils. The views of parents are valued and listened to through discussions at Parents’ Evenings, Annual Reviews, and by providing feedback to childrens’ school reports. Some parents offer various types of support in school and some become Governors.
Help and support for families:
The class teacher, head teacher or SENDCO offer help with forms/information if this is required. The school has a Moodle and website that contains a wealth of information regarding future events, useful websites, or general useful information e.g. SLT advice, Children’s Centre services etc.
Parent Partnership is a source of support and information for parents. The SENDCO and staff signpost parents to appropriate support in the local area and online support where appropriate.
If a pupil requires additional help with transport to school this can be discussed by the SENCO and head teacher if required.
Transition to secondary school:
Each year pupils visit their forthcoming Secondary School for taster sessions and also secondary teachers from the local schools visit to help ease the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Additional transition meetings can be arranged for those pupils who need them. On occasions teaching assistants accompany Year 6 pupils on visits to the additional needs departments in chosen secondary school.
Staff and the SENCO give a great deal of detailed information to secondary colleagues relating to children’s needs and levels of progress. Secondary staff can attend Annual Reviews, giving parents opportunities for clarification and reassurance. Information relating to friendship groups is also given to secondary colleagues in order to make transition as happy and smooth as possible. Children are supported in their transition through a variety of activities including photographs, discussions, role play, and special games.
Pendle Primary School operates a daily Breakfast Club and After School club available to all pupils. This is called Daisychain. There are opportunities for pupils to take part in a variety of clubs and activities: football, netball, cricket, general sports activities, choir, chess and art clubs. These clubs are available to all the pupils in the designated age range assigned to that activity (e.g. Football available to Key Stage 2 pupils but not Key Stage 1). Clubs are fully inclusive and are based on children’s choices and interests. Children with SEN joining clubs are supported appropriately with sensitive regard given to their needs.
Karen Wardle, SENDCO - November 2017