As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, all schools in Redbridge are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which details how they can support children and young people with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND).
Scroll down or click on the headings below to see details of this school's local SEND offer:
- An overview of the school
- Identifying children’s additional needs
- Dedicated contacts at the school
- Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support
- Range of support available my child
- Measuring children’s progress
- Support and training for school staff
- Accessibility of the school
- Starting or changing schools (Transitions)
- Support and training for parents/carers
- Further information for families and practitioners
South Park Primary School is a large primary school with over 800 pupils. The site consists of two large 100 year old buildings, and a Nursery in South Park. Our school provides a caring, nurturing and supporting environment where every pupil should feel they have value, and can learn to value others. Pupils are encouraged to use their initiative; to work as individuals, groups and as a team; and to value the strengths and contributions of others.
We believe that every child matters and aim to provide a school experience that:
- is stimulating, secure, safe and supportive, allowing them to reach their full potential
- develops their personality, talents, academic and physical abilities
- offers a wide range of activities through an exciting and varied curriculum, enriching their everyday experiences
- teaches them to recognise, respect and value the diverse cultures of the school and the wider community
- prepares all children to live and act responsibly now and in the future
- works in partnership with parents and carers to fully support the whole child.
How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
We may find that a child needs additional help if concerns are raised by a parent/carer, by the child’s teacher or by the child. We would be alerted by a teacher or parent/carer if a child in any age group is making limited progress or if there is a change in their behaviour. Sometimes, other professionals may notify the school of any concerns.
When concerns are raised about a child, the class teacher will inform parents, and may request that the SENCo observe the pupil or undertake further assessments. The SENCo and SEN Support Staff will then be able to advise the class teacher on extra support that can be given in class, and will meet with parents/carers to keep them informed of the support their child is receiving. Parents/carers will also be able to obtain advice on how to help their child at home from the SENCo or the Parent Support Advisor. If further assessments are necessary, they may involve a specialist such as the school’s Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. The need to involve external professionals is always discussed with parents/carers before any such action is taken, and parents/carers are given copies of any specialist assessment reports and can discuss them with the SENCo.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
Parents can raise concerns about their child with their child’s class teacher, or directly with the SENCo or Parent Support Advisor at any time.
How will the school involve me as a parent and my child in meeting our SEND needs and in general school life?
- Planning and review meetings
- Advice on how to support learning at home
- Regular contact between home and school, e.g. home/ school book, email or text
- Individual pupil/ teacher conversations
- Parent Support Advisor
What different kinds of support are available to children with SEND?
- Curriculum adaptations/differentiation
- Support for behaviour
- Specified individual support
- Support for health needs
- Grouping of pupils
- Specific individual support
- Specialist teaching groups
- Support for communication needs/ assertive technologies
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
Pupils with SEND are assessed termly against the targets agreed for the support they are receiving, as well as being assessed against national curriculum levels. All staff who support the child are involved in discussing progress and the next steps that need to be taken in supporting the child. Parents/carers are invited to meet with the SENCo or SEN Support Staff each term to review the progress the pupil has made and to agree on future support if necessary.
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
The SENCo has undertaken the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
School staff are supported by the SENCo, as well as specialists (Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, CAMHS workers, etc.) and outreach teachers to ensure pupils with SEND receive the appropriate support.
The SENCo organises training for teaching and support staff, calling on the services of specialist providers as necessary.
- March 2014 – Team Teach – SENCo, SLT, PSA, 5 TAs
- March 2014 – Speech Language and Communication Accredited Course – 2 TAs
- March 2014 – School Support for LAC with Histories of Early Years Trauma – PSA, DHT
- January 2014 – Understanding and Managing Children’s Difficult Behaviour – PSA and 1 TA
- November 2013 – Better Reading Partners – 2 TAs
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
Fully accessible South Park Primary School is a large site, consisting of 2 two-story buildings, each over 100 years old. The lower level of each building is accessible and each building has an accessible toilet.
How will the school ensure that my child will be included in all activities at school, after school clubs and on school trips?
All pupils are included in all activities at school. Individual risk assessments are carried out for pupils with medical/physical needs before school trips and specialist transport is arranged if necessary. Extra support is allocated for pupils with additional needs in class, as well as on school trips and for after school activities.
How will the school support my child to change classes and/or move on to a new school when they reach the appropriate stage(s)?
When changing classes, pupils and their parents can meet the new class teacher at Open Evening in Summer Term, and pupils are able to spend time in their new class, with their new teacher. Some pupils are given the opportunity to spend more time getting to know their new teacher, if necessary.
On transition to secondary school, the SENCo meets with SENCos of local secondary schools and ensures that all relevant information is passed on. Transition days are organised for all pupils moving to secondary school, and extra days can be organised for pupils with SEND, allowing them to visit their new school with a TA or the SENCo.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
- Parent/ learning support groups
- Coffee mornings with parents
- Parent Support Advisor (PSA)
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