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).
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- 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
We are a Roman Catholic Primary school catering for 420 full time boys and girls from age 5 up to age 11 in Year 6. We also offer schooling on a part-time basis to children below statutory age in our Nursery.
At Our Lady of Lourdes School our Mission Statement is at the core of all we do:
We are a Catholic School. We strive to be a sign of Christ’s presence in the world. We Follow Jesus.
All pupils are currently taught in mainstream mixed ability classes. Special provision made for those pupils identified as having needs additional to or different from other pupils includes differentiation in presentation of the curriculum, in individual support to access the curriculum, in additional teaching to address barriers to learning and support from outside agencies in assessing areas of difficulties and planning for progression.
How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
The school is aware that some pupils may have need for additional support to access the school curriculum. This may be with their learning and understanding. It could be their ability to understand social situations or emotional relationships. Alternatively it could be they have speech or language difficulties. They may have difficulties in accessing the curriculum or even attending school due to medical need.
A pupil’s specific needs may become apparent from their academic attainment or progress, their social or emotional participation, their use of speech and language, discussions with parents or other means. We can corroborate this by careful study of qualitative and quantitative pupil assessment.
In the first instance attempts will be made by the class teacher to address any difficulty within normal classroom differentiation. Advice may be sought for this from parents, other teachers, subject leaders and the SENCo.
If difficulties persist, additional individual or group support will be offered from within the class team. At this stage parents will be involved more formally and their views used to develop new strategies.
If it is felt that the solution requires further consideration then the SENCo may meet the parents. This may result in a more formal identification of special need.
Various documents are used within school to guide and support this procedure.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
In the first instance if a parent has any questions regarding their child’s provision or progress the appropriate person to speak with is the class teacher. They can be approached at the end of the day for a brief chat, or an appointment can be made directly with the teacher or the school office.
Parents and teachers are also able to request for the SENCo to be present at a follow up meeting if they feel that the situation requires this.
If the child has already been identified as having special needs or the parent wishes to speak with the SENCo on this or any matter a direct appointment request can be made via the school office, class teacher, school email address, letter or telephone call.
The Redbridge Parent Link advisor can be contacted by parents at any stage.
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
- Mentor, e.g. adult or peer mentoring
- 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/ assistive technologies
- Motor skills group, Lunchtime clubs, after school clubs
All provision within school is made available to all pupils.
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
All pupils with identified Special Needs have individual plans (IEPs). Targets are designed so that pupils can make progress towards them. IEPs should address issues which have a direct impact on a pupil’s access to the curriculum. We can measure academic progress through teacher assessment against previous attainment. IEPs and draft IEPs are usually confirmed with parents and amended as required.
For pupils with behavioural issues the measure of progress will link into their academic performance but will be specifically targeted on behavioural development.
Parents may be consulted and informed in a variety of ways including informally as they collect their children at the end of the day, arranged meetings with the class teacher, or more formal meetings held periodically with pupils, teacher, SENCo and other professionals in attendance as appropriate.
All of these forums provide opportunities for an exchange of views about progress in identified areas of special need and disability.
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
All teaching assistants are offered a programme of training and professional development across the year in areas of Special Needs.
Teachers are supported in specific areas of SEND as required either by the Senco, the Educational psychologist or an outreach service.
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
Our Lady of Lourdes School is accessible to pupils with SEND.
We currently have visual and hearing impaired pupils attending who are able to move freely around school.
For pupils with access restricted by physical needs, most classrooms are on the ground floor. The dinner hall, assemblies, playground, intervention and special support rooms and also the entrance are all accessible without stairs.
The classrooms that are upstairs are not specifically designated as specific year group classrooms. Therefore they do not restrict access to school.
How will the school ensure that my child will be included in all activities at school, after school clubs and on school trips?
Pupils with SEND are regularly included in all activities at school, after school clubs and on school trips.
Pupils with SEND will receive preferential access to clubs if supportive of their identified needs.
If an activity includes an element of risk we will make a risk assessment as appropriate.
We will canvas parents views on what sort of specific provision will be required for a specific activity.
We will always try and provide appropriate adult supervision from within our staff.
On occasion, parents of pupils will be invited to accompany staff and pupils on trips. However only if the situation warrants and the parent wishes to come will specific parents be invited to accompany their own child.
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)?
We ensure that vulnerable pupils are supported by appropriate staff and that towards the end of each year, if possible, they spend time with staff who will be working with them in the following year.
We arrange transition courses for pupils in Year 6 at the end of summer. We liaise with SENCos from the relevant secondary school and if a pupil has a Statement will expect them to attend in summer term.
Once we are aware of a pupil coming to Our Lady we invite prospective parents to school and will discuss their child’s needs with them.
If their child is already in education, we request and attend transition meetings at the previous setting once we are aware of a pupil coming to Reception at Our Lady.
Home visits take place for all of our incoming nursery and reception pupils.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
Outreach staff may work with parents to provide support and training.
Our Lady of Lourdes School has a website (see below).
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