Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Information
We have recently reviewed and amended our Special Needs and Disabilities policy in line with the new national Code of Practice 2014. The full policy can be found on the website under the Policies section (under the Information header).
Click here to access our SEN Information Report.
Click here to access our SEND policy
For more information on countywide procedures and the Local Offer, please see: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer
The schools’ Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs D Holcombe and the governor with responsibility for Special Needs and Disabilities is Mr G Leah, who can be contacted via the school office.
We do not discriminate against pupils with SEND and we do all that we can to meet the needs of a wide range of SEND pupils. These fall into 4 main categories: Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Sensory and/or Physical.
At our school all teachers are teachers of SEND pupils and the majority of our pupils have their needs met within the classroom setting. However, teachers consult the SENCo if they have additional concerns about any pupils and sometimes additional interventions may be put in place to support these children – this is SEN Support. Provision will be outlined on a class provision map.
If further advice is needed then the SENCo may seek support from outside agencies. Northamptonshire County Council has a Local Offer which is available to schools and outlines the additional services that are available. Details can be found on the County Council website. Independent advice and information can also be sought from the Parent Partnership Service (NPPS).
Parents will be consulted at the earliest opportunity and we aim to work together with parents to ensure maximum progress. Regular meetings are held to which parents are invited. Pupils will also be involved in planning and reviewing according to their age and level of understanding. Sometimes pupils may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlining the specific targets that are being worked on. Progress is reviewed at least three times a year.
If children require further input that is beyond the normal provision then they may need an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) assessment. This is only carried out in circumstances when the needs of the pupil cannot be met following the other interventions provided. Sometimes members of staff may require additional training to help them meet the needs of SEND pupils. This may take place outside of school or as whole school training.
We have good links with the pre-school and Guilsborough Secondary Academy in order to ensure smooth transitions for all of our pupils.
Funding for SEND is through delegated resources from the school budget. The school can also apply for high needs funding if there are additional needs and funding can be available if a child has an EHCP.
If parents or carers have any complaints regarding SEND then they should consult the class teacher in the first instance. If further information is required then the SENCo and/or Head teacher should be consulted. The SEND governors can also be contacted if necessary.
We welcome all children at our school, regardless of any special educational or medical needs, providing that we can meet any specific needs they may have. Our Admissions Policy (for full policy see the Policy Section of the website) includes detail of oversubscription criteria for all pupils. The second criterion states that:
'The governors will admit children on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child.'
We take numerous steps to ensure that no pupils are treated any less favourably than any others, for example, we have a number of alternative playtime options for children who cannot manage to play in large groups, and we also liaise closely with parents of children with specific medical needs to ensure that their learning times and playtimes are as smooth and enjoyable as we can make them.
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