SEN and Disability Local Offer
Aughton Christ Church C.E. School
HEADTEACHER - Mr David Kennedy
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
SENCO - Miss H Fletcher
E-mail- email@example.com (FAO-SENCO)
SEND Governor- Mrs D Clark
Website - www.aughtonchristchurch.lancs.sch.uk
Number of children on roll – 209 Age range of pupils in school - Ages 4-11
The Local Offer covers the following areas:-
- Accessibility and Inclusion
- Teaching and Learning
- Reviewing and Evaluating Outcomes
- Keeping Children Safe
- Health (including Emotional Health and Wellbeing)
- Communication with Parents
- What help and support is available for the family?
- Transition to Secondary School
- Extra-Curricular Activities
1. Accessibility and Inclusion
- The school site is fully accessible being on one level with disabled access
- There is a disabled parking space at front of school
- There is a fully accessible disabled toilet, shower and changing facilities
- School is able to provide enlarged copies of all documents
- Steps and handrails at the rear of the school are marked in Highly Visible paint
- Classrooms are carpeted and all have blinds to promote acoustically suitable environments for pupils with Hearing Impairment
- Furniture is suitable for a wide range of disabilities
- We have teachers fluent in French, German and Spanish
- We work with external agencies in conjunction with our own trained staff, to assess the needs of individuals and provide the appropriate specialist equipment, aids or technology.
- We work closely with a variety of external professionals to ensure accurate access to training and deployment of resources
2. Teaching and Learning
- School liaises closely with local nursery settings so is aware of children’s needs before starting school
- School holds meetings with all new parents to discuss each child’s needs before starting school
- Children are assessed on entry
- There are support assistants in each class with a range of expertise
- School has links with a wide range of agencies such as speech therapy, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, physiotherapy, children’s counselling services
- One to one specialist teaching for children with high level needs
- Readers, amanuensis and additional time are provided for children with additional needs during SATs and other tests.
- Teaching assistants provide individual and group support for the broad spectrum of need.
- Teaching assistants work closely with the class teacher and SENCO to provide an appropriately differentiated and resourced curriculum.
3. Reviewing and Evaluating Outcomes
- Annual review meetings are arranged by SENCO. Pupil, parents, staff and agencies involved with the child are all invited to attend
- Termly Passports are written for all children identified with additional needs. Meetings are arranged with parents to discuss progress and develop and share targets
- We use a wide range of assessments to monitor each child’s progress including teacher’s assessments, Passport to Learning outcomes and targets, KLIPs and the Lancashire Tracker.
- A nominated governor with specialist expertise meets regularly with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator and reports back to the Governing body. The SEND governor is Mrs D Clark
4. Keeping children safe
- Risk assessments will always take place when a child’s needs have been assessed and a detailed care plan will be produced with advice from external agencies including the school nurse and parents
- We have a disabled parking place at front of school where children with very specific needs can be dropped off and a teaching assistant will be there to assist the child into school
- Where necessary an additional welfare assistant will be employed at lunchtime to support a child with additional needs
- Whenever a child with additional needs is doing PE or on a school visit or holiday a named Teaching assistant will be present.
- All school policies are on school website.
- The school provides a safe environment and supervised support for children at break times and lunch times.
- Children are released to adults after school subject to safeguarding procedures being carried out.
- All school visits are processed through ‘Evolve’ system and risk assessments are attached and checked by the Head teacher.
5. Health (Including Emotional Health and Wellbeing)
- Prescribed medication can be given by head teacher or assistant head teachers and will be kept securely in office or refrigerator
- Care plans are drawn up in consultation with school, school nurse, family and all agencies involved and are kept in a file in class
- Copies of the Care plans, and details of medicine administration are kept in a file in the school office
- All classes have lists of children with allergies, and inhalers clearly visible in the classrooms.
- A medical board, placed outside the staff room has photographic identification and copies of care plans are available for all staff including welfare staff
- All staff are encouraged to take part in appropriate training and courses are recommended to staff by SENCO and head teacher
- School is able to work with a variety of agencies including speech therapy, counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy
- Any medications such as inhalers need to be clearly labelled to identify the child to whom it belongs and school request parents to do this
- Medication should be checked for expiry dates and parents are required to replace if necessary.
- Staff are briefed by the school nurse regularly about children with medical needs. Additional training for staff is arranged via the school nurse or specialist nurse practitioners
- All staff have undertaken First Aid Training in February 2018. In addition, Early Years staff have had specific paediatric training
6. Communication with Parents
- School ensures that parents are introduced to all relevant staff at the earliest opportunity
- If request is urgent staff will meet with parents immediately but staff are always available at end of school day to meet with parents
- Termly parents’ evenings are held and if necessary additional meetings are arranged to discuss Passports to Learning.
- School has an annual open day in the autumn term but parents can visit school by appointment on any school day
- Parents are able to post comments on OFSTED parents board
- Home school diaries are used for some pupils with additional needs.
- We hold meetings for new parents in the Early Years Foundation Stage and an annual ‘Meet the Teacher’ in September.
- School has a weekly newsletter to keep parents informed and regular updates on the school website.
- If parents/carers wish to see the Head Teacher an appointment can be made through the school office.
7. Working Together
- School has an active school council
- Regular parent’s evenings are held where parents can discuss their child’s education and staff are available at end of day to discuss issues as and when they may arise.
- School liaises closely with health, social care, SENDIAS and a range of agencies
- Parents sign a home/school contract which is a three way agreement between, parents, child and school
- Children with additional needs are involved in their annual review and Passport to Learning outcomes
8. What help and support is available for the family?
- Transition plans
- School visits
- Sign post to agencies including SENDIAS
- SENCO is able to meet with parents and explain the SEND support available including assessment for EHC
9. Transition to Secondary school
- The school will ensure that children who require additional visits or nurturing sessions have increased access and provision made prior to starting their new school
- Y6 transition review meeting with all agencies
- All Y6 children have a ‘visit’ day to their new setting
- Additional visits can be arranged for a child with SEND and will be discussed with parents/carers at the transition review in the summer term of Y6
- Staff are able to accompany children to new school setting prior to transition if required
10. Extra-Curricular Activities
- School has breakfast and after school clubs open to everyone in school
- Various clubs are held at lunchtime as shown on website. Clubs run by school staff are free but clubs run by outside agencies may involve a cost
- All our clubs and activities are open and inclusive to all children in school as are our school trips and holidays
- If children find it difficult to make friends staff are able to put a buddy system into place within their class
Review: January 2020