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
Woodbridge is a modern, caring, multi-cultural and fully comprehensive school. The students are a credit to themselves and the school. They are smart, respectful and hard working. There is a real flavour of industry and ambition here.
Woodbridge is a high-achieving school. The examination results continue to go from strength to strength. We are recognised for our wide range of subjects for all age groups, including our sixth form. Many students progress to university based on their excellent results.
Our students have many opportunities and responsibilities. Their views are important as well as their working relationships with each other. They are taught how to work ‘smartly’ so they can use these skills at school and in their future careers. There are many clubs, activities and out of school visits. The classrooms, corridors and display areas are a vibrant celebration of the students’ work and achievement.
We have a fully inclusive policy towards meeting the needs of our SEN students with a broad base of knowledge. We have chosen not to follow any particular specialism in terms of nature of need or specialist unit/ provision.
How will the school know if my child needs additional help and how will the school share information with me?
Information gathering around the children’s SEN begins in the June before they arrive that September. We visit Primary schools and meet with staff, students & parents to collect data and historical information. This information is used to inform form groupings and the support they receive on the visit day to ensure it is a fully positive experience
In September we assess literacy and numeracy. We observe the students in class. We present the complete report to Staff as part of their CPD at the end of October.
The assessment/ monitoring and review process is continual for as long as the students require from the start of year 7 to the time they leave us. Parents are invited in to have a friendly information sharing session if their child is identified as requiring an intervention of any kind from the Learning Support Department. E mail and telephone contact information is exchanged to ensure that we are fully accessible should any concerns arise on either side.
They are invited to meet the SENCO and participate in discussions of support planned for their child. They can obtain advice on how to help at home with any particular aspect of parenting, e.g. managing behaviour at home. Further assessments may involve a specialist such as the school’s Educational Psychologist or allocated Speech and Language Therapist.
Parents/carers are given copies of any specialist assessment reports and can discuss them with the SENCO.
Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my child's SEND?
Year Co ordinator
- Ms S Payne
- Ms H Wiemar
- Mr G Andrews
- Ms M MacIntosh
- Mr G Samuels
- Ms C Ienga
Head of Inclusion
- Ms K Arundale
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
Our SSM programme is an invaluable opportunity to engage the students in tracking and planning their learning. We analyse data , rewards and behaviour log and have invaluable conversations about the nature of successful teaching bespoke to the child which key teachers can promote across subjects to create consistency.
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
- Support for communication needs/ assertive technologies
How will the school know how well my child is doing and how will they inform me about this?
Meetings with SENCo Year co ordinator- Parents can come in to school to meet with YCs or SENCo at any time by appointment.
Progress checks are sent home as calenderised.
Have any staff received specialist training in SEND?
LSAs and specialist teaching staff attend training regularly and are trained in a variety of fields and SEN needs.
How is the school accessible to children with SEND?
The age of the school building means the school does not have step free access.
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 encouraged to participate in all school activities. For example, they are allocated responsibilities around the school and are encouraged join the School Prefects and/or become mentors to other pupils. Access to after school clubs is provided and support is given by trained activity leaders. Independent providers of afterschool clubs can also often cater for pupils with SEND. School trips are accompanied by a satisfactory ratio of adults to children. Specialist transport is engaged where necessary.
Risk assessments to include all children are undertaken as routine.
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)?
Careful consideration is given to preparing pupils with SEND for transition at all stages of the process. It is co-ordinated in conjunction with primary schools, parents, our Head of Year and SENCO. Initial contact is made with the primary schools and parents soon after secondary places have been allocated. The SENCo is frequently invited to the final primary school annual review for statemented students and may organise further meetings to discuss transition and any related concerns in greater depth, if necessary.
In Year 5& 6, the transfer options are explained to parents/carers and they have the opportunity to visit secondary schools before making a decision and expressing a preference. Teachers and the SENCo will pay particular attention to preparing pupils with SEND for transfer to secondary school, addressing both the learning and the well-being concerns that may arise.
Form groups are planned with care by the SENCo and Year coordinator.
What support and training within the school is available to parents and carers?
Parent/ learning support groups
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