Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Information Regulations 2014 Updated January 2015
Barugh Green Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all children attending our school, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment or background. We believe that all children have an entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible and inclusive, and we are supported by Barnsley Local Authority to achieve this. The Authority's Local Offer for SEND can be found at www.barnsley.gov.uk
For admission arrangements, please see our 'About School' page.
What provision is in place for all children at Barugh Green and how do you ensure that children with SEND are treated fairly?
Barugh Green Primary offers a 'quality first' education which means that all children have access to high quality teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to meet the individual needs of the children (also known as differentiation).
The school environment is designed to support a range of needs and includes the following provision and access arrangements:
- High quality class teaching.
- A highly trained team of teaching assistants.
- Warm and inviting classrooms where children feel safe and secure.
- A multi-sensory approach to learning with a range of teaching styles to suit the learning needs of all children.
- Visual timetables to inform children of the order of the day in order to establish security and ownership.
- A highly structured approach to literacy and numeracy where each child's progress is closely monitored.
- Carpeted classrooms to reduce noise to help maintain a calm atmosphere and assist those with a hearing impairment.
- High visual markers on door thresholds and in playground areas to enhance safety and support those with a visual impairment.
- Toileting facilities for disabled access which allow privacy.
- Quiet areas to allow for small group focused learning which reduce distraction and allow a high level of personalised learning.
To see a copy of the access plan for this year, please see the SENCO, Mrs S Madeley.
How will the school know if my child has a special educational need?
There are a number of systems in place to help with the early identification of those children with special educational needs or a disability. These range from standard tasks and tests to specific assessments such as reading tests, phonic, vocabulary and dyslexia screening. All of these help us to pinpoint any difficulties a child may have. We also welcome information from parents who may have concerns about their child or who have noticed something they wish to discuss further. Parents can speak with class teachers in the first instance and can also speak with Mrs Madeley, who is the school Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco). Staff are usually available at the start and end of the school day and appointments can also be made by contacting the office.
What will happen once my child is identified as having a special educational need?
The graduated approach is at the heart of our whole-school practice. We are continually assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing our approach to teaching all of the children at Barugh Green. When a child is identified as having a potential special educational need, this process becomes more personalised. The class teacher and Senco will meet with parents at the earliest opportunity to discuss the support that will be put in place. This gives an opportunity to plan the next steps and decide what action is needed. Later, a review meeting will help us all to consider how the plan is working and what needs to happen next. The progress your child has made will be the key focus of these meetings and your child's work and well being will be discussed.
In some circumstances, a child may not achieve better outcomes, even though there is a high level of personalised support in place. Where this is the case, there would be a request made to Barnsley Local Authority for a statutory assessment of the child's special education, health and care needs. The local authority would consider evidence from the school, parents and other professionals and could decide to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan).
What kind of support will my child receive?
Children are supported in a number of ways:
- Access to small groups or 1:1 support. These are usually for literacy and numeracy but can include other areas such as social skills.
- Opportunities for skills learned during targeted group work or 1:1 time to be developed in class.
- Outside agencies, such as speech and language therapists, may visit school to assess your child in order to devise an intervention programme which a teaching assistant will deliver.
- Specialists such as educational psychologists or members of the Barnsley Inclusion Service may assess your child and give advice to teachers about how best to support them in school.
- Health professionals will offer advice to school about how to support children with medical conditions which may have an impact on access to the curriculum, for example epilepsy, diabetes.
- Your child may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) showing what support will be in place and what we are hoping your child will achieve. This will be reviewed with you regularly as part of the continuous 'assess, plan, do, review' process and may involve a multi-agency annual review.
What training do the adults working with children with SEND have?
Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class e.g. from the Inclusion Services, Speech and Language Therapy Service, Occupational and Physiotherapy Services. Specialists from the health services also train staff in the management and procedures for the use of medicines.
Training also takes place in school on a regular basis. This may take the form of school based In-service Training (INSET), as well as opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to observe colleagues in classrooms working with individuals and groups. If you would like to hear about the training which is currently taking place or has taken place by the staff members in the school, please speak to the Headteacher, Mr Gilmore or Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Madeley.
How will my child be supported when they are leaving this school?
- We will contact the new school's Senco to ensure that they know about the needs of your child.
- All records will be sent to the new school in advance of your child's arrival.
- We will respond to any further calls from the receiving school with requests for information.
- Transition visits can be arranged on request.
Moving from Year 6 to Year 7
- In Y6 the Senco and class teacher will meet with the Senco from the secondary school to discuss your child's needs.
- Your child will be visited in school by a learning mentor from the secondary school.
- There will be opportunities for your child to visit the secondary school in advance to give them a chance to familiarise themselves with the building and the people they will be working with. These are often at various times of the day so that your child can experience many aspects of secondary school life.
- Parents will be invited to a parents' meeting where they will meet the secondary school Senco.
- The Senco from the secondary school will usually attend review meetings for children in Y6 who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC)
Moving classes in school:
Information, such as IEPs, reports, assessments and evidence of achievement will be passed to the new class teacher in advance.
- Teachers will meet in transition meetings to exchange information.
- The Senco will meet with teachers to discuss the needs of any child with special educational needs in their class.
Should parents/carers wish to make a complaint with reference to Barugh Green Primary School’s Local Offer please contact:
Headteacher: - Mr Gilmore
Deputy Headteacher- Mrs Madeley
SEN Governor: (contact via the school office)
Barugh Green Primary School’s Local Offer is written with due regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and the revised Code of Practice. To read the Local Offer for Barnsley Local Authority please visit Barnsley Council website www.barnsley.gov.uk