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Oakdale Junior School (Local SEND Offer)

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

We are a Junior school with 360 pupils on roll.

We are committed to high standards of attainment and progress for all pupils, and for every pupil to be given the opportunity to shine. 

Our school community celebrates its rich diversity at all times ensuring equality of opportunity.  We strive to work as a team, enabling us to offer a safe, welcoming and inspiring environment.

We believe that children can develop responsibility, with respect for themselves and others, thus creating a community which has values and attitudes which will stand the pupils good stead for lifelong learning.

In addition to our other resources, we provide a Nurture group to support emotional needs. This provision is led by experienced nurture group leaders who liaise closely with parents and class teachers. It provides a calm and stimulating environment that caters for diverse needs. The children work in a smaller group setting to enable the children to work towards reaching their full educational potential.

Our swimming pool is also used by Hatton School and Special Needs centre.

Identifying children’s additional needs

How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?

We will assess termly and monitor each child’s progress closely. If they are not making sufficient progress we will plan additional support.

If you have any concerns we will reassess and plan any additional support your child may receive

Discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning.

Dedicated contacts at the school

Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?

  1. If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher initially.
  2. You can speak also speak to our Parent Support Adviser who will speak to the class teacher on your behalf.
  3. If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak to the Assistant Headteacher-Inclusion or Headteacher.

Involving pupils and parents/carers in planning support

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

Range of support available to my child

What different kinds of support are available to children with SEND?

  • Curriculum adaptations/differentiation
  • Specific teaching interventions
  • Support for behaviour
  • Support for health needs
  • Grouping of pupils
  • Specific individual support
  • Specialist teaching groups
  • Support for communication needs/  assistive technologies

Measuring children’s progress

How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?

  • Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher
  • His/her progress is reviewed formally every term and an assessment given in reading, writing, science and mathematics
  • If your child is not yet at National Curriculum levels, a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘P levels’. There are also other tests that measure different areas of need.
  • At the end of year 6 all children are required to be formally assessed using National Curriculum Assessment. This is something the government requires all schools to do and are the results that are published nationally.
  • Children at SEND Support and EHC will have an IEP Passport which will be reviewed with your involvement, every term and the plan for the next term made.
  • The progress of children with a statement of SEND/ EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education.

The Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion will also monitor that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in.

In Year 6

  • The Assistant Headteacher-Inclusion will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of their secondary school. This may involve additional visits.
  • Your child will have focused learning opportunities about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.

Support and training for school staff

Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?

  • Autism and behaviour (all LSAs)
  • The role of the LSA in the modern classroom
  • Safeguarding (all staff)
  • Monthly training sessions
  • visits to local schools
  • Numicon
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Outreach teacher liaison
  • Staff meeting attendance
  • Speech and Language

Accessibility of the school

How is the school accessible to children with SEND?

  • We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
  • Wheelchair access
  • Disabled Changing facilities   


How will the school ensure that my child will be included in all activities at school, after school clubs and on school trips?

  1. Prior planning with parents
  2. Event specific Risk Assessment submitted to Senior Leader
  3. Adaptations to planning and trips
  4. Named in risk assessment

Starting or changing schools (Transitions)

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 transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.

If your child is moving from the Infant school to the junior school

  • Where a child is transferring to the Junior School the SENCos of these schools liaise closely to ease the transition of pupils between the Infant and Junior schools. This involves discussions with class Teachers and parents. Relevant information is shared between Infant and Junior schools, including SEN and medical needs. All SEN records are sent to the Junior school (or any other school a child may transfer to) Within the school there is regular liaison between classes and year group and all documentation is passed on. Meetings are held between Year Two and Year Three staff in order to discuss the needs of all of the children and the Teachers make visits to the classrooms in order to establish any areas where there are concerns or queries about transition.
  • All children make visits from Oakdale Infants School to the Junior school before starting at the school. Where it is appropriate a series of planned visits are made to different areas of the child’s new school

If your child is moving child to another school

  • We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

In Year 6

  • The Assistant Headteacher-Inclusion will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of their secondary school. This may involve additional visits.
  • Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.

Support and training for parents/carers

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)
  • Parent Consultation Meetings, subject meetings, New Parent meetings, Links to children’s centre

Further information for families and practitioners

Further information can be found on our Blog page, Facebook and our weekly newsletter. See below for details.

Who to contact

020 8989 7471
020 8530 2377 (fax)

Where to go

Oakdale Junior SchoolOakdale RoadLondonE18 1JX
E18 1JX

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