As part of the Children and Families Bill 2014, all schools in Redbridge are required to make available their Local SEND Offer to families which 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
Little Heath is a foundation special school for pupils aged 11-19 with a wide range of needs including moderate and severe learning difficulties and communication needs (including a number with autistic spectrum conditions). We have 145 pupils on site and support around 230 in mainstream settings. The current numbers will rise next year as we expand our Sixth form provision in response to local needs.
What are the departments (campuses), class sizes and staffing levels? Is there a sensory curriculum and life skills curriculum for older pupils?
The school is based on one site including a distinct sixth form provision. Pupils are grouped in ways that are appropriate to their learning needs but broadly within key stages. Some classes are grouped by National Curriculum year group. Where appropriate pupils will be entered for 16+ qualifications: GCSE, Entry Level Certificates, ASDAN programmes and other awards. Some pupils will spend much of their learning time with their class teacher, others will move between subject classes according to their timetable. Classes vary in size, generally from 6-10 pupils and mostly have two LSAs supporting the group. The curriculum has both sensory and life skills elements with an emphasis on independence and everyday life skills for older pupils.
What different kinds of special teaching methods and resources would be used to meet my child's needs?
- Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children (TEACCH)
- Special Literacy Programmes
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
We are looking to develop the 5P approach and add contemporary ABA to the methods used in meeting our pupils’ needs.
Does the school have links with mainstream schools/ colleges?
We run joint projects with mainstream partners that open opportunities to both sets of pupils to develop their personal and social skills as well as broad curriculum initiatives.
What agencies and services can provide support to my child?
- Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
- School Nursing
- Visual Impairment
- Occupational Therapy
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Hearing Impairment
How would I let the school know of concerns about my child's learning, progress or well-being?
When there are concerns about a child’s learning, progress or well-being the first contact should be the class teacher. They will be able to answer the concerns directly themselves or refer on to the most appropriate member of staff. We also have a Home-school support officer part of whose job is to liaise with parents and carers.
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?
The school regularly monitors pupil progress using statutory assessments/ baselining against National Curriculum levels and P-scales. We use a sophisticated assessment and tracking system (Bsquared) and benchmark our progress against data collected by the CEM (University of Durham) Project. We report to parents through statutory reporting, Annual Reviews of statements of SEN, Parent Teacher consultation meetings and direct communication with parents through home-school diaries, telephone calls and letters, and face-to-face meetings.
How are school staff trained and supported to work children who attend the school?
All new staff are inducted into the routines and the work of the school by a relevant line manager, usually the Deputy Head teacher or Lead LSA. There is regular training and refresher training in safeguarding and child protection, school systems of behaviour management, including the use of Team Teach and new initiatives (the 5P Approach and the use of contemporary ABA), and educational issues relating to SEN. New staff are paired up with mentors and meet regularly to provide support. There are regular school briefings, staff meetings and departmental meetings with phase teachers to keep staff up-to-date with matters concerning the pupils, current developments affecting the school. Line management meetings and departmental briefings ensure that all key issues are addressed on a need-to-know basis and that staff are given appropriate support.
What after school or holiday activities are available?
There are after-school clubs that run on several days in the week:
Students from all year groups are able to access after school clubs. Places are limited. Letters are sent out to whole school in the summer term stating clubs running throughout the next academic year. Parents are asked to state their preference and places are offered fairly to pupils. Clubs are run by Little Heath staff. Staff ratio depends on size of club eg 15:5 staff. Parents are able to use Direct Payments to pay for clubs.
- Multi Sports club - range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities/ dance
- Art and Crafts Club- students work on range of art and craft techniques
- Youth Club- Students are encouraged to socialise and take part in a range of activities including dance , cooking , games , art and craft , sports
- Swimming Club- limited places available – based at Bancroft School
- Lambourne End Club – limited places available , pupils are targeted
How will the school support my child to change classes, transfer to a new school or prepare for adult life?
Comprehensive induction and transition programmes are in place to support pupils and their families moving from KS2 to KS3 and KS4 to KS5 or post-16 placements and from KS5 to post-19 placements.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
- Parent Support Advisor (PSA)
Future plans to hold literacy, numeracy and ESOL classes for parents. Regular coffee mornings
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