1.) Who is the best person to talk to in this school about my child's difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)?
The SENCO Responsible for:
Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy and provision mapping to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
Ensuring that you are:
involved in supporting your child’s learning
kept informed about the support your child is getting
involved in reviewing how they are doing.
Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology.
Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
Class/subject teacher Responsible for:
Quality First Teaching.
Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENCO know as necessary.
Writing Individual Education Plans (IEP) where required, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned provision for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress – this may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
Headteacher Responsible for:
The day to day management of all aspects of the school – this includes the support for children with SEND.
The head will give responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
The head must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.
SEN Governor Responsible for:
Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher.
2.) How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child's learning?
If your child is identified as not making expected progress or has additional needs the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to:
Share initial concerns between school and home
Arrange additional support or interventions your child may need
Monitor progress and share assessment review
Discuss any further referrals to other professionals if necessary.
3.) How is extra support allocated to children?
The school budget, received from Bradford LA, includes money for supporting children with SEND.
The Head Teacher decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors on the basis of needs in the school.
The Head Teacher and the SENCO discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
the children getting extra support already
the children needing extra support
the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected
deciding what resources/training and support are needed.
All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.
4.) What are the 'Ranges of Need' ?
Bradford Council have identified 7 ‘Ranges of Need’ for pupils with SEN. Within a mainstream school it is expected that provision will be made for pupils within Ranges 1-3 (and 4 dependent on the individual child).
If a child has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan in which our school is named, then we provide the support detailed in the plan.
For further information about the Ranges at St Francis Catholic Primary School for each area of need please click on the links below:
5.) What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with a Special Educational Need and/or Disability?
The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used.
St Francis is a welcoming inclusive school. We work hard to ensure ALL children are treated equally.
The SENCO is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.
All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report.
IEPs will be reviewed with your involvement each term as appropriate.
Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual needs.
A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.
There are a number of parent support groups such as Parent Partnership and Bradford Families Information Service.
The school’s Parental Involvement Worker and Catholic Care Worker are available on certain days.
ACCESS FACILITIES - School has ramped access to a number of entrances and exits. School also has a lift to help children with specific needs. Every area of school in accessible for all children.
6.) What are the different types of support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability at St Francis Catholic Primary School?
Your child will receive:
Class teacher input via excellent targeted classroom teaching also known as Quality First Teaching.
Your child may receive:
Specific group work with in a smaller group of children.
Specific targeted work on an individual basis as part of a small group
Specialist individual support or groups run by outside agencies e.g. Speech and Language therapy OR Occupational therapy groups
Specified Individual support.
For more detail on provision offered please refer to question 4
7.) Who are the other people providing services to children with a Special Educational Need and/or Disabilities at St Francis Catholic Primary School?
Autism Spectrum Team
School Nursing Team
Cognition and Learning Service
Educational Psychology Team
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
PALZ+ (Play And Learn Zone)
Health Services as appropriate
SEN Early Intervention Team
Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties Team