As part of the Children and Families Bill 2014, all schools in Redbridge are required to make available details how they can supportInsert/Edit Link children and young people with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND).
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- An overview of the school
- How are classes and the curriculum organised in the school?
- Teaching methods used
- Links with mainstream schools/ colleges
- Range of support available my child
- Dealing with concerns
- Involving parents/ carers
- Measuring children's progress
- Support and training for school staff
- After school and holiday activities
- Transitions - starting school and moving into adult life
- Support and training for parents/ carers
- Further information for families and practitioners
We are a very successful primary and early years special needs school and centre.
We provide for pupils from the ages of 3 – 11 years with autism, social communication difficulties, speech and language needs and complex learning difficulties with associated behaviours.
We currently have 24 classes and capacity for 168 children.
We also have a well-respected outreach service which provides support for pupils with a range of needs in primary schools across the borough.
What are the departments (campuses), class sizes and staffing levels? Is there a sensory curriculum and life skills curriculum for older pupils?
There are 4 key stage teams, Foundation, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. There are specific class groups within each team. The class sizes range from 5 – 8 pupils, with 1 teacher and a minimum of 2 learning support assistants.
The communication and learning team support communication, behaviour and sensory needs across the curriculum.
The school is guided by the National Curriculum with a particular focus on communication, independence, numeracy and literacy skills.
What different kinds of special teaching methods and resources would be used to meet my child's needs?
The curriculum is presented and supported in a variety of ways. It is practical, functionally based and supports lifelong learning.
Children at Hatton have a personalised curriculum, differentiated to meet their individual needs and learning styles.
We use a range of specialist interventions and approaches and we have multi-sensory environments and resources to support our children’s learning.
Does the school have links with mainstream schools/ colleges?
We have well established links with mainstream schools through our outreach service and provide a range of training opportunities for mainstream school professionals and parents.
We have a long established programme of mainstream links for our pupils which has allowed for many successful individual and group visit. These programmes are supported by specialist staff from Hatton.
What agencies and services can provide support to my child?
We work in close partnership with health, social care and the voluntary sector.
Our communication and learning team functions as a multi-disciplinary team with other professionals who work within our school. There are termly multi-agency meetings and a robust system of referral so that the most suitable and timely support can be given to families.
How would I let the school know of concerns about my child's learning, progress or well-being?
We work in close partnership with families and our staff develop strong relationships with parents. We welcome parents into school.
We establish good communication with parents which is individualised to their needs.
Parents have the opportunity to meet at least termly to discuss progress.
We also have a full time Parent Support Advisor.
How does the school involve parents/carers and pupils in decision making at school?
- Planning meetings
- Parent consultations
- Regular contact between home and school
- Pupil voice
We have a School Council on which there are representatives of all classes. The Friends of Little Heath involves parents in the life of the school.
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
We have at least bi-annual formal consultations with parents with the outcomes published on our website.
Staff use structured conversations with individual parents in order to capture their priorities for their child and to highlight any barriers to successful learning. A programme of person centred planning meeting meetings on entry and all key transition points enables a frank dialogue which captures the key priorities for the child and their families.
Pupils are elected by their peers to a key stage 1 or key stage 2 school council. This group of students are supported by staff in identifying specific activities for students and the development of the school environment and facilities.
All students are encouraged to be involved in identifying and being aware of their specific learning targets.
How are school staff trained and supported to work children who attend the school?
All staff have access to a tailored induction programme and then a rolling programme of specialist training as identified either by themselves or their line managers.
The school is committed to staff accessing accredited training courses to ensure that there is a wide range of expertise which can be shared across the school and service.
What after school or holiday activities are available?
The school uses a combination of Aiming High funding, pupil premium and charitable donations to fund a range of after school clubs and playschemes.
We offer our playschemes to children who are supported by the outreach team in order to extend relationships and support a wider range of children.
Students in years 4, 5 and 6 also have the opportunities to attend a 2 day residential trip at Stubbers outdoor adventure facilities.
How will the school support my child to change classes, transfer to a new school or prepare for adult life?
Class groupings are carefully organised by the senior team where children’s needs, social awareness and friendship groups are considered.
There is a robust system of sharing pupil information with new staff and every child has a ‘working with me’ pack which transfers with them.
Through established class links those children who transfer to Little Heath and Newbridge (Barley Lane) campus are included in a range of transition activities as appropriate to their needs.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
We organise and facilitate a range of training workshops for parents / carers during the school day.
The ‘Hatton School Friends Association’ also plan a number of social events for children and their families to attend either after school or on a Saturday.
Further information about the school and outreach service can be found on the school website at www.hattonspecialschool.co.uk