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FAQ - SEND Information Report
The Local Offer

The ‘local offer’ is a website that provides information about hundreds of service providers for children and young people with SEND in Leicester City. It can be found at http://families.leicester.gov.uk/local-offer/  . On the website you can:

  • Search for services from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care

  • Find out more about SEND reforms

Current Policies

Holy Cross’ SEND Policy can be found on the school website: http://www.holycross.leicester.sch.uk/our-school/policies/ 

 

FAQ - Holy Cross Information Report
  1. What is the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) code of practice?

  2. What does ‘special educational needs and disabilities’ (SEND) mean?

  3. How many pupils are on the SEND register at Holy Cross?

  4. How many statements/EHCs are there?

  5. What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

  6. How does the school know if children need extra help and how does the school identify children with special educational needs and disabilities? 

  7. How will the school support my child? How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

  8. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

  9. How will both you and I know how my child is doing in their learning and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  10. How will the school evaluate the effectiveness of provision for my child?

  11. How is my child involved in making decisions about their provision?

  12. How are parents involved? How can I be involved?

  13. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

  14. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school?

  15. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

  16. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

  17. How accessible is the school environment?

  18. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?

  19. What do I do if I have a complaint?

  20. Who can I contact for further information?

 

1. The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice

The SEND Code of Practice is a document that guides education settings to identify, assess and provide help for children with special educational needs. It sets out the processes and procedures organisations must or should follow to meet the needs of children.

It states that schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation of their policy for pupils with SEND and should be updated regularly.

  

2. What does ‘special educational needs and disabilities’ (SEND) mean?

Children with ‘special educational needs or disabilities’ (SEND) have difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra help or different help than that given to other children of the same age.

Children with SEND may need extra help because of a range of needs, such as in;

  • Cognition and learning

  • Physical or sensory difficulties

  • Emotional and social difficulties

  • Speech, language and communication difficulties.

Many children will have SEND of some kind at some time during their education. Schools can help most children overcome their barriers to leaning quickly and easily, but a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

A child with SEND may have difficulties with the some of the following examples:

  • All of the work in school

  • Reading, writing, number work or understanding information

  • Expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying

  • Making friends or relating to adults

  • Behaving properly in school

  • Organising themselves

  • Some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school.

 

3. How many pupils are on the SEND register at Holy Cross?

The SEND register is regularly reviewed and updated. There are currently 63 pupils on the SEND register.

 

4. How many statements/EHCs are there?

There is currently one child with an EHCP at Holy Cross.

 

 5. What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

You can always make an appointment to talk to your class teacher if you have any concerns. Working together with your child’s teachers will often help to sort out worries and problems. You can also make an appointment to talk to our teacher responsible for special educational needs, Mrs Sebastian (the SENCo). You will be able to talk over your concerns and find out what the school thinks. The SENCo will be able to explain what happens next. 

 

6. How does the school know if children need extra help and how does the school identify children with special educational needs and disabilities?

Every child’s progress is monitored and measured accurately throughout the year in reading, writing and maths. If we have any concerns about the progress your child is making, your child’s class teacher will discuss this with you. Whole school catch up approaches are put in place and most children will make good progress as a result of this.

If your child still isn't making progress, teachers will start to fill out an early monitoring sheet and will get advice from the SENCo about further strategies to use. If your child continues to experience difficulties, the SENCo will carry out further assessments to identify their needs. If significant needs are identified, the teacher and the SENCo will meet with you to discuss these and your child may be placed on the SEND register.

 

7. How will the school support my child? How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All children at Holy Cross receive excellent teaching in the classroom, adapted to meet the needs of individual pupils. This is also known as Quality First Teaching.

If a child has been identified as having special educational needs or disabilities, teachers may also:

  • Use different resources to support their learning

  • Provide in class support for small groups with a teaching assistant

  • Set your child individual targets and suggest strategies that will be put in place to help them make progress in their learning.

Additional Provision

Sometimes children need additional provision in groups or 1:1 with a teacher or teaching assistant, in order to meet their needs. This teaching would have specific targets and would be closely monitored to check the children are making progress. Here are some examples of additional provision at Holy Cross Primary School:

  • BRWP

  • Reading Recovery

  • Funtime

  • Precision Teaching

  • SALT programmes

  • Beat Dyslexia

  • Language for Thinking

  • Let's Talk Language Groups

  • Catch up Numeracy

  • First Class@Numbers

Alongside these standard programmes, we also offer bespoke programmes for individual or small groups of children, based on their needs.

These programmes are closely monitored and your child’s progress reviewed, to ensure that they are meeting your child’s needs.

Support from an External Professional

A few children may have specific barriers to their learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups, and may need extra specialist support from a professional outside of school.

This could be:

  • Local Authority central services such as the Learning, Communication and Interaction (LCI) team

  • Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service

If you, your child’s teacher or the SENCo have identified your child as needing extra specialist support:

  • You would be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward.

  • You may be asked to give your permission to the school to refer your child to a specialist service.

This will help the school better understand your child’s particular needs and be able to support their learning in school. The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:

  • Making changes to the way your child is taught in class

  • Support to set better targets

  • A programme of work to use in school

  • A group set up by the professional and then run by the school staff

  • Working directly with outside professionals

Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

A few children have an Education, Health and Care Plan. This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are severe, complex or lifelong. This means that your child needs a high level of individual or small group teaching support which cannot be provided from the school budget. Usually your child will also need specialist support from a professional outside the school.

For your child, this would mean:

  • The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child.

  • After the school has sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), seem complex enough to need a statutory assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue with the support they provide.

  • After reports have all been sent in, the Local Authority will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong and that they need more individualised support in school to make good progress. If this is the case they will write an Education and Health Care Plan. If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with the support at SEND Support and also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to ensure your child makes as much progress as possible.

  • The Education, Health and Care Plan will outline the number of hours of individual / small group support your child will receive from the LA and how the support should be used and what strategies must be put in place. It will also have long term goals for your child.

  • The additional adult may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child, depending on targets set.

 

8. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Decisions about the support your child will receive are determined by a four part cycle – assess, plan, do and review. Your child’s needs and their desired outcomes are at the heart of this cycle.

  • Assess : Your child’s needs will be assessed by their class teacher, and if necessary the SENCo and external professionals. You and your child will have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher and/or SENCo to share your views on their needs and their barriers to learning.

  • Plan: The class teacher and SENCo, in consultation with you and your child, will plan how the child can be supported to work towards the parent and child’s desired outcomes.

  • Do: The agreed support is put into place and monitored.

  • Review : We will look at whether or not the support has been effective in meeting the child’s needs and helping them to achieve their outcomes. We will decide whether or not more support is needed. You and your child will both be consulted about your views of the support needed and what you feel the next steps are.

 

9. How will both you and I know how my child is doing in their learning and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Every child’s progress is measured accurately throughout the year in reading, writing and maths. If we have any concerns about the progress your child is making, your child’s class teacher will talk to you to share these concerns and will discuss things that can be done to help.

You will be invited to meet your child’s class teacher at Parents Evening, where you can discuss how they are doing in their learning, what their next steps are and how you can support them at home.

If your child has special educational needs or disabilities, they will be set specific targets to work on each term to help them to make progress in their learning. You will have the opportunity to come and discuss your child’s targets and the support they need with their teacher each term.

 

10. How will the school evaluate the effectiveness of provision for my child?

Your child will be assessed at the start and the end of any intervention they are receiving so that the effectiveness of that intervention can be measured and monitored. This information is recorded in a school provision map. Class-based provision for children is monitored by the SENCo, the Deputy Head and the Head Teacher, through learning walks, observations and pupil interviews.

 

11. How is my child involved in making decisions about their provision?

Children are consulted at the start of the year about what they would like to achieve that year and how they think they could do it. They are consulted at the end of the year to review their progress, discuss what has worked well for them and what they would like more help with. Throughout the year, the child’s teacher and the SENCo have ongoing discussions with the child about their progress and needs.

 

12. How are parents involved? How can I be involved?

Parents are consulted about their child’s progress and the provision they are receiving every term.

The school runs ‘Family Learning’ sessions at school, where parents can come and learn about how to support their children’s reading or phonics or maths etc.

Parents have the opportunity to volunteer as a helper on some class trips.

Parents are asked to fill out questionnaires to find out their views on various aspects of the school. There is a ‘suggestion box’ at every parents evening, for parents to share ideas or concerns.

 

13. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Your child’s class teacher is responsible for ensuring the well-being of children in their class. They are the first point of contact for your child and they know your child well. Class teachers and teaching assistants have a lot of strategies they can use to ensure that every child feels confident, secure and safe. Staff are vigilant in monitoring incidents of bullying and children are encouraged to come and talk to an adult they trust if they are worried or concerned about anything. Any incidents of bullying are investigated and dealt with quickly.

At Key Stage 1 children can put their name in the ‘listening box’ to indicate to the adults in their classroom that they need to talk to someone. All children in Key Stage 2 have a ‘think book’ where they can write to the class teacher about anything that they are upset or concerned about including problems they have had in the playground.

Children with SEND are monitored closely so that we are familiar with their needs and the aspects of the school day that they may find difficult. Some children may have a ‘meet and greet’ start to the day with a familiar adult, or a buddy system in place in or out of the classroom. Some children may attend nurture groups, to support their social, emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as to practise specific skills. Some children spend time with Mrs Neville, our inclusion lead.

 

14. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school?

  • Early Years Support Team

  • Learning, Communication and Interaction Team

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team

  • Educational Psychology Team

  • Speech and Language Therapists

  • School Nurse  

  • Hearing Impairment Team

  • Visual Impairment Team

  • Health Visitor

  • GP

  • Paediatricians

  • Physiotherapists

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Social Workers

  • Play Therapist

 

15. What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

All school staff receive basic training on how to support children with more common SEND learning issues. In addition to this, the school also has staff trained in the following areas:

SENCO - National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

                Autism Education Trust Level 2

Support Staff -

  • Autism Education Trust Level 1

  • BRWP

  • Big Moves

  • Inference Groups

  • First Class at Numbers

  • Funtime

  • Positive Language

  • Catch up numeracy

  • Let's Talk Language Project

  • Team Teach Training

 

We monitor teaching and learning to identify any training needs staff have, and ensure that they receive advice and training to meet the needs of the children they work with.

 

16. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

Children with SEND are closely monitored and when a need is identified, the class teacher and SENCo work together to identify resources available to meet their needs.

The SENCo and the Head Teacher monitor the allocation of resources across the school through the school provision map, identifying areas of need and support provided in each year group.

When making a decision about the support a child receives, the school will also take the following criteria into account:

  • School must be able to afford the support through its delegated budget

  • Amount of support is dependent upon which interventions are being used for each child.

 

17. How accessible is the school environment?

Holy Cross continues to improve its access and has the following special facilities:

  • Wheelchair access to the front entrance

  • A disabled toilet.

Equipment and resources are accessible to all children regardless of their needs.

We have an inclusive policy whereby all children are expected to join in all activities in and out of school. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful. After school provision, activities outside the classroom and school trips are accessible to all children including those with SEND.

 

18. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?

When children start in Nursery or Reception visits are carried out to any pervious settings to learn more about individual children and to ensure transfer to our school is as smooth as possible. Parents and children are invited to attend our induction programme in the summer term before they start school in September. Parents are then invited to a baseline meeting where they share their knowledge of the child in the home setting that can inform the baseline assessments that are made in school.

When children transfer from one class to another, or move to another school, we ensure:

  • Transfer of all written records, including a full history of information collated about your child.

  • They have opportunities to visit their new classroom/school and meet their new teacher/teachers.

  • If necessary, additional individual arrangements are put in place to ensure a seamless move.

  

19. What do I do if I have a complaint?

If you have a complaint relating to SEND, you should first speak to the Head Teacher. The chair of governors may be involved if necessary. If your complaint is unresolved, the Local Authority may be involved.

 

20. Who can I contact for further information?

SENCo: Ann Sebastian                            

0116 2833135

office@holycross.leicester.sch.uk

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support) 0116 25757027     

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