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
St Antony’s is a 2 form entry Catholic primary school with a 26 part time place nursery. Our ethos is reflected in our Mission statement ‘God is at the heart of our school. St Antony’s provides caring classes helping to create confident, capable, happy learners who have a strong relationship with their community. We encourage all children that through hard work they will achieve their potential making the world a better place. At St Antony’s we are striving to respect, accept and forgive.’
We aim to create a learning community that provides equality of opportunity for all and believe each child has a right to an inclusive, broad and balanced education.
How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
When a teacher or a parent has raised concerns about a child’s progress, and targeted teaching has not met the child’s needs, the teacher must raise this with the SEN Leader.
The school will have meetings every term between each class teacher and a senior staff member in the school, to ensure all children are making good progress. This is a way of identifying a child who has not made as much progress as they could.
If the child is then identified as not making progress the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with parents/carers in more detail. The aim of this meeting will be to:
- To listen to any concerns parents may have
- To plan any additional support the child may need
To discuss with parents any referrals to outside professionals needed to support the child’s learning.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
If parents/carers have concerns about their child’s progress they should speak to their child’s class teacher initially. If they are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that their child is still not making progress they should speak to the SEN leader or Head Teacher.
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
- Specific teaching interventions
- Support for behaviour
- Specified individual support
- Grouping of pupils
- Specific individual support
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
Pupils’ progress is continually monitored by the class teacher.
Every half term there are assessments made in reading, writing and numeracy against National Curriculum levels.
If a pupil is not yet at National Curriculum levels a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will show smaller but significant steps of progress, These are called ‘P’ levels.
At the end of Key stage 1 and 2 there is a formal assessment known as SATs. These are reported and published nationally.
The progress of a child with a statement / EHC plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education.
The SENCO will also check that a child with SEND is making good progress and report to the Senior leadership team.
Parents have the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child during Parent Consultation days in October and February. During this meeting the class teacher will share the child’s Individual Education Plan/Child Profile and discuss what targets their child has met and what new targets are being set for the coming term.
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
The role of the Special Needs coordinator is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.
The school has a development plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND.
Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of individual or groups of children.
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
The school is partly accessible as 8 of the 14 classrooms are situated on the ground floor. The school will adapt as necessary to ensure those children with accessibility problems will be in a suitable classroom.
There is a disabled toilet available and a facility for changing. The school has an Accessibility Policy that is actively in place.
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 included in all school trips including our residential trip in Year five. Discussions are organised with parents and risk assessments are made so suitable provision can be put in place.
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 recognise that transition can be difficult for a pupil with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
If a child is moving to another school we will contact the SENCO to ensure they know about any special arrangements or support required. We will pass on records about your child as soon as possible.
If a pupil is moving in school information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and when possible planning meetings will take place with the new teacher.
Where possible your child will visit their new class, school or setting to familiarise themselves with their new learning environment.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
- Coffee mornings with parents
- Parent Support Advisor (PSA)
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