Grassmoor Primary School
SEND Information report
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Information Report 2018/19 (reviewed annually)
All Derbyshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The broad areas of SEND need are:
• Communication and Interaction.
• Cognition and Learning.
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
• Sensory and/or Physical.
What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the 'Local Offer'.
What is the Special Education Needs Information Report?
The Special Education Needs Information Report
Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide. Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Education Needs Information Report.
1. How does the school know if children/ young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
We will endeavour to discover if a child has any additional needs from an early age through facilitating home school visits and early year’s assessments. All pupils are then rigorously tracked in literacy and numeracy. If there are concerns about progress or if any child needs extra support then this is identified early and acted upon. This may mean small group interventions or individual support. These interventions may be daily or two or three times a week and will vary from ten minutes to approximately forty minutes, depending on the intervention. Teachers monitor the success of these interventions, judging their effectiveness by the impact on pupil’s progress. We also monitor children’s progress in other areas such as communication, physical development and social and emotional well-being. If it is felt that a child has barriers in these areas, relevant interventions as listed in our provision map are considered. If a child is identified for intervention, then parents are informed. Following these short term interventions, if it is felt more substantial support is needed then a person-centred support plan will be developed in partnership with the child, parent, class teacher and support staff
If your child is new to our school then progress will be discussed with the previous school or nursery. If they inform us of progress that indicates SEN we will contact you to offer a home visit to discuss provision and observe your child at home.
If you think your child has special needs and this has not already been identified by the school, then an appointment can be made to see the class teacher, SENCO or Headteacher and your child’s needs can then be discussed.
2. How will school staff support my child?
The school SENCO will keep in touch with all class teachers, teaching assistants and curriculum leaders to ensure that your child’s needs are met and targets in their support plans are reviewed. The frequency of the support your child receives will depend on their level of need.
The SENCO will involve you in all support plans for your child. School staff will measure the impact of the support given to your child and the progress your child is making.
School Staff are trained in many interventions to target cognitive, social and emotional, physical and communication needs.
All staff will be informed of children’s support plans so to ensure a consistency of approach with the child.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
The school recognises that children are at different levels in their learning and learn in different ways. To support all children, the school delivers the curriculum in different ways. Resources and activities are carefully tailored to ensure accessibility for all children. We offer small group support and individual support when needed.
We understand that children learn at their own pace so we closely monitor progress using support plan targets for children who have more difficulties, requiring greater levels of intervention.
All parents are invited to contribute to their child’s support plan and we will keep you informed of any progress that is made in meeting the targets in the plan. Class teachers and support staff will use this plan and adapt activities and resources to enable your child to make progress towards their targets.
4. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
The school will keep in close contact with you about your child’s overall wellbeing.
To support the development of positive behaviours and friendship groups we have play leaders and lunchtime clubs to support all children in building friendships.
We have support staff in school who are well-trained in supporting children with pastoral issues. Children are signposted to these staff if it is felt they can support them.
We have timetabled PHSE lessons using Circle Time approaches to encourage social skills and emotional well-being.
We have a school council for children to share their views and ideas.
We have named staff who are trained to administer any medicines your child may need and where specify medical plans are needed, training is sought immediately to ensure staff are confident in ensuring the plans are followed correctly.
Trained nurture staff deliver social and emotional interventions to identified groups.
A pastoral manager oversees the social and emotional well-being of children in school.
5. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
• The school receives support from Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service.
• We can make referrals, with your consent, to many specialist services including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and SLT (Speech and Language Therapy Service).
• School staff are trained in a variety of specialist areas and can access the expertise of teachers from other schools in their network.
•We can make referrals to receive guidance from Autism Outreach.
•Derbyshire Children’s Services SEND officer will regularly advise the school.
•Derbyshire School Support Service for Special Educational Needs work with individual children and advise the school on appropriate provision.
6. What training do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND receive?
• The SENCO attends Local Authority Briefings and meetings with SENCOs within the same cluster of schools to keep up to date with any legislative changes in SEN.
•The views of staff, parents and children are sought when planning SEND training schedules for staff.
• The SENCO and support staff can access training through Derbyshire Children’s Services and the Support Service for Special Educational Needs (SSSEN)
• All staff in the school receives training to meet the needs of all the children attending the school at any point in time. This may include Deaf awareness training, Dyslexia Training, ASD awareness training, Visual Literacy etc.
• Termly staff meetings are delivered by the SENCO ~ updates for staff on SEN information.
7. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom
including school trips?
• Where possible, provision will be made for all pupils to access all areas of the curriculum including extra-curricular activities. We will always contact you before a planned activity if we think your child may require additional support to meet required health and safety standards. This may involve a specific risk assessment to identify any additional support needs your child may have to ensure full participation.
• No child is ever excluded from a school trip/residential. We endeavour to be fully inclusive through risk assessing and adapting provision.
8. How accessible is the school?
• Fully accessible.
• Ramps on all entrances
• Disabled toilet facilities.
• All learning spaces are on ground level and are accessible by ramps
• Accessibility plan in place.
9. How will the school support my child to join the school and how will the school support my child in transferring to the next stage of education?
• We will contact any early year’s settings, or other schools you child has attended to gather information about their needs.
• If you or the previous setting have identified a special educational need, we will offer a home school visit to enable us to meet you and observe your child in the home setting.
• You will be invited to look around the school and meet senior staff. Your child will also be invited to visit and stay for a short session before starting school.
• We will contact any specialist services that support your child and ask you to invite them to a person centred provision meeting at school to ensure that we are working in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for your child.
• We support pupils moving to new settings and Key Stages by making opportunities available to them to attend the new setting for discreet activities, assemblies and playtimes.
• We develop a transition plan in partnership with you, your child, the new setting and specialist staff supporting your child to ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition.
• We will be flexible in our approach depending on need and will ensure a smooth transition into setting.
10. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to a child’s or young person’s special needs?
• The school’s SEN budget is allocated to meet the needs of the children on the SEN Register.
• The progress and attainment of all children is tracked and resources are allocated according to need.
• The SEN budget is used to ensure that school staff are qualified and trained to support your child and to purchase specialist help if needed. For example, we purchase a Service Level Agreement with Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service to support children who have specific learning difficulties.
• We also use the school budget to ensure that children’s individual needs are met from specific interventions and programmes, where appropriate.
11. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child receives?
• In school we adopt a graduated response to meeting need. This means we record concerns about a pupil and identify adaptions that can be made to classroom provision or start the child on an intervention program.
• We will consult with you on their inclusion within this intervention and monitor their progress throughout.
• If it is still felt that significant barriers remain, a more intensive support plan will be devised alongside yourself and your child.
• We will always plan your child’s support with you, review progress and try to meet needs within our own resources.
• If your child requires additional specialist support we will discuss with you the pathways to more specialist support/provision.
• We would utilise our strong links with outside agencies to provide the best possible support with the resources available.
12. How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?
• We regularly invite parents to coffee mornings and informal events.
• We will invite parents of SEN children to specialised staff professional development activities.
• We hold regular parent consultations for you to talk to your child’s teachers about their progress.
• We are happy to offer individual appointments to discuss specific issues with you about your child’s progress.
• Active PTA (FROGS – Friends of Grassmoor Primary School)
• Parent helpers in and around school.
• Open Door policy at all times.
13. Who can I contact for further information?
If you require more information about our school, please go to our school website: http://www. grassmoor.derbyshire.sch.uk /
If you would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact:
• your child’s teacher
• the SENCO (Mrs Lyndsey Nelson) LyndseyN@grassmoor.derbyshire.sch.uk
• the Pastoral manager (Mrs Heather Allcock) HeatherA@grassmoor.derbyshire.sch.uk
• or the Head Teacher (Mr S Fidler) Headteacher@grassmoor.derbyshire.sch.uk
*SEN Governor (Mrs C Ashmore)
The Local Offer can be found at http://localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk/