Kirby Primary Academy SEN information report
Our ethos is to ensure that we are meeting the needs of pupils with Special educational needs and disabilities, regardless of their specific needs, to make the best possible progress in school
At Kirby Primary Academy we believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs, have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum.
We are committed to being an inclusive school.
We have a positive, whole school approach to all children. We focus on what each child can do, rather than what cannot be done. However, we are aware that some children have greater needs in some areas. We understand that problems with learning can be influenced by academic, emotional social, physical and behavioural difficulties and therefore respond to learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs.
At Kirby Primary Academy we aim to identify these needs as they arise and provide teaching and learning contexts which enable every child to make the best possible progress. We believe that early intervention is key in tackling educational disadvantage and work in partnership with the child, parents and, where appropriate, other relevant professionals to support the needs of each child within the schools’ available facilities and resources.
1. How does Kirby Primary Academy know if children need extra help?
We know when pupils need help if:
2. Who are the best people to talk to if I think my child may have specific/additional learning needs?
3. What is the process for identifying my child’s needs?
The method of identification and provision follows a graduated approach:
Quality first teaching
Each pupil’s education will be planned for by the class teacher as part of quality first teaching. It will be differentiated accordingly to suit the pupil’s individual needs. This may include additional general support by the teacher or learning support assistants in class.
If a pupil’s needs relate to more specific areas of their education such as spelling, handwriting, numeracy or literacy skills then the pupil my be placed in a small focus group. This may be run by the teacher or learning support assistant. The length of time of the intervention may vary according to need but will be monitored regularly. Interventions will be reviewed by the Interventions Manager to establish the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning.
If a pupil has higher level needs this may result in the creation of a one plan. The one planning process involves the family, child and other relevant professionals. This process will identify planned outcomes for the child and how they may be achieved.
If a pupil’s needs are more complex an assessment of educational, health and care needs may be undertaken by the authority and an EHC plan developed. This is developed in collaboration with the child, family and other relevant professionals
4. How will Kirby Primary Academy support my child and match the curriculum to my child’s needs?
Interventions may include
All pupils are encouraged to take part in all areas of school life including events and visits off site arranged by the school. Where necessary, support for individual children will be agreed in collaboration with parents and relevant school staff prior to the event
5. How will my child and I be involved in making decisions about my child’s education?
We believe in a child-centred approach whereby, when children have additional needs, the thoughts and feelings of the child and the parents together with the views of school staff and relevant professionals are taken into account. (e.g. when writing a One Plan) Other opportunities may be:
6. What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had?
Different staff members have received training related to the following areas of SEND:
As part of the consortium all members have access to up to date and relevant training related to SEND in order to support the needs of our pupils.
7. What specialist services and expertise can be accessed by the school?
We can refer to:
Parents may be able to access some of these services through their GP
8. How will I know how my child is doing?
We support and involve parents in their child’s learning both formally and informally
This may include:
Additional appointments can be made with the class teacher or the Inclusion Manager via the school office.
9. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
10. What support is available for my child’s overall well being?
Members of staff are available for pupils who wish to discuss issues and concerns. Where it is deemed appropriate parents will be invited in to school to discuss concerns and plan for further support.
Other provision may include:
Where it is felt that pupils are encountering significant emotional difficulties the support of outside agencies will considered, such as CAMHS, Relate and the school nurse.
11. What support is there for improving emotional and social development?
Having identified a need to support emotional and social development, we now have a Peaceful Room and a Courtyard Nurture Garden. This provides a safe and calm place for children to be able to talk to a mentor. The views of children and young people with SEN are listened to by offering extra pastoral support and through regular discussion of their views. We also offer small group interventions such as narrative therapy, friendship groups and anger management groups.
Measures to prevent bullying of children and young people with SEN include time set aside during morning briefings to inform staff of any pupils who require extra support or who need careful monitoring including playground and cyber areas. Lunchtime staff are also briefed daily. All suspected incidents of bullying are taken seriously (please see Kirby Primary Academy Anti-bullying Policy for further details).
12. How will my child’s medical needs be met?
Where a child has specific medical needs additional staff training with be arranged in consultation with the relevant professional
13. How accessible is the school environment?
For further information see the school’s equality scheme
14. How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Kirby Primary Academy or transferring to a new school?Strategies are in place to enable your child’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These may include:
15. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
16. Who can I contact for further information?
Headteacher – Mrs A Grigg – 01255 674056
SENCO - Mrs Lillywhite– 01255 674056
Chair of governors – Mr Damien Williams – 01255 674056
Governor responsible for SEN –– Mrs Gent – 01255 674056
SAS – Statutory assessment service – 0300 0137667
Essex local offer – www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk
17. Complaints procedure
If you have any concerns relating to the schools provision regarding the SEND provision for your child please speak to the Headteacher/Inclusion Manager. We aim to resolve any concerns parents have in person.
Please see our complaints policy for further information
18. Other related policies
Available on the school website or from the school office
Pupil premium information
Administering medication policy
Child protection policy
I hope these key questions have answered any queries you may have but do not hesitate to contact the school if you require further information