SEND Information Report

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Statement

In this section of the website you can find out how we support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

At Leckhampton C of E Primary School we provide a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum which is appropriate to individual abilities, talents and personal qualities.  We aim to identify and minimise any barriers to learning and participation at the earliest possible opportunity to foster a love of learning so that children can meet their true potential.

We understand that having concerns about how your child is getting on in school can be very worrying.  We have a skilled and experienced team who will listen carefully to your concerns, so please come and talk to us.

More information about how Leckhampton C of E Primary School will support you and your child can be found below.

View the Gloucestershire Local Authority’s Offer.

How does the school identify children with special needs?

We monitor the progress of all children regularly.  The class teachers carefully plan to ensure that the needs of all children are met within their classroom.  Sometimes this will include some additional or different support for individuals or small groups.  If, after these measures, there is evidence that a child is not making the expected progress then the class teacher and SENDCo will work together, using observations and assessments, to identify the best way to help the child to make progress.

Who should I talk to about my child’s special educational need or disability (SEND)?

Your input is invaluable in helping us to meet the needs of your child.  Should you have any concerns or information you wish to share your child’s class teacher is the first person to talk to.  The class teacher may talk to the SENDCo or suggest you make an appointment to do so.

Further assessments may then be carried out to gain a better picture of their needs.  This will initially involve classroom observations and a close scrutiny of their work and progress.

These may include:-

British Picture Vocabulary Test

Lucid Cognitive Proofing

Lucid Recall test

Dyslexia Profile

Phonological Assessment Battery

Sandwell Early Numeracy Test

York Assessment of Reading Comprehension

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire

If my child has SEND how will they be supported?

Most children with SEND receive targeted support which is managed by the class teacher, in the context of a differentiated, inclusive curriculum.  It is the class teacher’s knowledge of each child’s skills and abilities and their appropriate match to the curriculum, which enables each child full access to it.

Some children may require some targeted support individually or in a small group.  This will be detailed on an Open Doors Plan or My Plan.  The SENDCo is responsible for coordinating all the support through the school to make sure that all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.

At Leckhampton we also have children who need more support, those with a My Plan+ and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

How will you measure the progress my child is making?

We track the progress of all children in school throughout the year.  If a child is receiving additional input we will assess them at the beginning and end of the intervention to check the progress they are making.

Children who are on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register will have an Open Doors Plan or My Plan with clear targets that are evaluated regularly.

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

As a school we welcome the full support of parents in their child’s learning.  If your child has an Open Doors Plan, My Plan, My Plan+ or EHCP the goals will be planned and discussed with you and regularly reviewed with specific ideas given for what you can do to help.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

At Leckhampton Primary School we aim to provide high quality, inclusive teaching for all children within a vibrant, caring community.  This means that class teachers differentiate what they are teaching to meet the needs of all pupils.  We think it is very important that all children contribute to aspects of the curriculum and we work creatively to ensure this happens.

For children with specific difficulties we provide materials to scaffold their learning (eg word mats) and provide them with alternative ways to record their work, including using ICT (eg laptops, text readers)

How are the staff helped to work with children with SEND and what training do they have?

Class teachers are supported in their SEND provision by the SENDCo, Mrs Curtis.  She meets with the teachers regularly to discuss the progress of children on the SEND register and any concerns the teachers may have.  Teaching assistants work directly with class teachers and are supported by them.

We provide whole school in service training regularly on changes to SEND practice as well as training to improve our practice.  Staff are also attend courses about different aspects of SEND provision.

What specialist services and expertise are used by the school?

There are times when it is essential for children to be assessed by or to work with an outside professional.  The different services we use on a regular basis are:

  • Educational Psychology Service (directly funded by the school)
  • Advisory Teaching Service (paid for centrally but delivered in school)
  • Speech and Language Therapy (paid for by Health Services and usually delivered in school)

There are many other agencies that support schools.  These can also be accessed depending on the individual needs of the child.

What role do the school Governors have?

The Governing Body has a designated special educational needs and disabilities governor who, in co-operation with the head teacher, has responsibility for:

  • developing and monitoring the School’s SEND policy and provision
  • establishing the appropriate staffing and funding arrangements
  • reporting annually on the School’s SEND policy
  • ensuring that pupils with SEND play a full part in the life of the school
  • ensuring that parents are notified of a decision by school that their child has SEND.

The SEND governor meets regularly with the SENDCo to monitor and evaluate all of the above.

Where can you find our SEND Policy?

For more detail on our school’s practices and procedures please read our SEND policy on our website or come and speak to us.