SEND Information Report
(updated July 2017)
Our vision and how we hope to achieve it
Rhodes Avenue Primary School strives to provide the best in primary education. Working in partnership with the local community, pupils, staff, parents and governors continue to pursue excellence in all aspects of school life. Our aim is for all children to enjoy learning and achieve success in a healthy, happy and inclusive environment.
How we know if a child has special educational needs
During the summer term before children start at the school, we invite all parents/carers in to the school to meet their child’s class teacher. We ask parents/carers to let us know if their child has a disability or they feel their child has any special educational needs so that we can discuss this and make sure the right support is in place for their child. We contact all children’s key workers in nurseries or pre-school settings to let us know about the children. Where necessary, the Early Years Phase Leader and/or Inclusion Manager/Special Educational Needs Coordinator visit the nursery settings to observe children and meet with their key person. The class teacher and the Inclusion Manager may also visit the child in their home and to meet their parents.
The school will be informed of children who have been assessed by the Local Authority and have a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health Care Plan when Reception places are allocated. The Inclusion Manager will liaise with all lead professionals and parents/carers to arrange a planning meeting in the summer term in order to plan the provision and objectives set out within the child’s plan. The Inclusion Manager and class teacher will attend any transition meeting in their nursery setting.
If a child has special educational needs it is very important that they get the help they need as soon as possible. In order to make sure that any special educational needs not known about before starting school are picked up early, all pupils are assessed in an informal manner during the first 3 weeks at the school. We look closely at children’s speech, language and communication skills and refer children informally to the school’s speech and language therapist by the end of the first term within our nursery and reception classes in order to discuss whether a referral, with parental permission, to Haringey’s Speech, Language and Communication Service is necessary.
Our termly assessment and monitoring procedures continue throughout the children’s time at the school to look out for any special needs that develop later. Each child’s progress is discussed at a termly Pupil Progress Meeting which is attended by the class teacher, Head Teacher, Assessment Leader and Inclusion Manager. The school uses additional assessments and screening to explore children’s progress further and these are administered by the Inclusion Manager (INCO) and/or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
We work hard to maintain strong links between home and school and parents are always welcome to speak to us if they have any concerns. Parents’ first point of contact is their child’s class teacher.
What we do to help children with special educational needs
Rhodes Avenue Primary School has developed a wide range of ways in which we support children with different special needs or disabilities. This is how we plan support:
- First we identify what the particular problem is. We ask parents to meet with us in order to discuss their child’s needs.
- We agree a programme of support that is carefully targeted on the particular area or difficulty. This describes what we will do to support a child and what we hope the support to achieve.
- To see whether support is helping we set a time-frame and we review how things are going.
How we adapt our teaching for children with special educational needs
Children with special educational needs are taught alongside other children but lessons are designed so that all children in the class learn and make progress. We do this by planning what’s called ‘differentiated’ lessons in which for example both a child with special educational needs and a very able child have different learning goals within the lesson. Every class teacher plans, monitors and provides support for pupils within their class including children with special educational needs. Class teachers can access support from the Numbers Count teacher, Inclusion Manager or Special Educational Needs Coordinator to help them provide support for children with special educational needs.
How we decide what resources we can give to a child with special educational needs
Part of the school’s budget is set aside for support with special educational needs and disabilities. This is a fixed amount and so we have to use the money as cost-effectively as possible and make sure we can give help to all the children who need it. We have costed all the ways we support children in order to evaluate the impact of the support on children’s progress. Decisions about which support programmes are best for a child are made by the INCO and/or SENCO in consultation with a child’s class teacher and parents/carers. Parents are invited to contribute to planning. The school also seeks advice from the school’s Educational Psychologist in order to decide which programmes to use with children.
In exceptional circumstances, where we feel we are not able to meet a child’s needs from our own funds we will apply to the local authority for additional support for a child. Parents can do this too. We are happy to discuss all of this in more detail with parents.
How we check that a child is making progress and how we keep parents informed
We work hard to maintain good home/school links. We have a monthly newsletter with general news about the school. We have three parent consultation evenings per year (one per term) and parents also receive a termly report about their child’s progress.
For children with special educational needs and with a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health Care Plan we have a meeting each term. We invite external professionals and parents and try as far as possible to arrange it at a time that will allow them to attend.
Every term the Head Teacher, Inclusion Manager and Assessment Leader meet with each class teacher to monitor each child’s progress. These meetings are called ‘Pupil Progress Meetings’.
Mental and Emotional Well-being
The school is committed to supporting and improving the mental and emotional health and well-being of all of our pupils. In line with Local Authority policy, the lead in school is our Assistant Headteacher Emel Ali. Emel Ali leads the school to coordinate work around emotion, health and well being at Rhodes Avenue and liaises with external agencies. As well as accessing external support for children the school may provide provision in the form of our School Counsellor and our Art Space provision for targeted children. Emel Ali is the contact for both of these services within school.
Support we offer for children’s health and general well-being
Children need to be happy and be able to behave appropriately to learn well so all our class teachers work with children in their class on social skills, behaviour and wellbeing.
If a child has a particular difficulty, their class teacher will have help from colleagues to support the child, e.g. from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Inclusion Manager (INCO).
We also have ‘Sports Leaders’, a group of Year 6 children who have been specially trained to offer support to younger children through sport. Where the school feels it necessary the support of a counsellor can be accessed to support children directly or to support their parents.
Our School Council has class representatives from each class and each year group. Council representatives meet with the Head Teacher weekly to discuss issues that pupils wish to raise about any aspect of school life.
Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed
Sometimes a child will have needs that will benefit from additional help from specialists outside the school. Depending on a child’s needs we may draw on support from:
- Speech and language therapy;
- Occupational therapy;
- Educational Psychology;
- Hearing-impaired service;
- Visually-impaired service;
- Social Services;
- School nurse;
- Parenting programmes.
We always communicate with parents if we think additional support is needed and receive permission before we contact other specialists.
Every year we have 5 staff training days. Teachers have a weekly training session. At least one of these per term focuses on special educational needs to make sure that staff understand/know:
- the varying needs of all children in their class, including those with special educational needs;
- how to plan and teach their lessons in a way that is appropriate for all children, including children with special educational needs;
- how to support the emotional needs of all children, including those with special educational needs;
- how important it is to work closely with parents/carers.
Support staff have a half termly training session. All staff are required to attend training. The school sends teachers and support staff on courses. The school accesses the training programme at Haringey Professional Development Centre as well as other trainers.
How we include children/young people in activities and school trips
Any trips or outings we plan always include children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Reasonable adjustments are always made in order to include children with special educational needs. We use part of our budget to make sure that any support needed can be provided. We always consult with parents/carers before arrangements are finalised.
Our school environment
All of classrooms are fully accessible for children with mobility issues, there are two lifts and disabled toilets are located in the Foundation Block, Key Stage 1 corridor, on the ground floor and first floor of the Key Stage 2 building. There is also a medical room.
In school we have a range of equipment designed to support the development of children’s coordination and motor skills in class but if any child needs additional equipment we will get this through specialist services, e.g. Occupational Therapy.
How we prepare for children joining our school and leaving our school
Children joining our school from our school nursery visit their new classroom several times before the start of the new school year. Reception class teachers introduce the children to the rest of the school once they start to make sure they are confident in their new surroundings in the early years building. Children joining our school and not from our school nursery are invited to join in with these sessions.
We invite all the parents/carers of children joining the school to meet their child’s class teacher at the end of the summer term before their children start at the school at the New Parents Information Evening. We also ask parents to let us know if their child has a disability or they feel their child has any special educational needs so that we can make sure the right support is in place for their child.
We help older children prepare for secondary school through transition work. This helps the children understand for example how a typical day works in a secondary school, what their timetable might look like, and how to find out who to go to for help if they need it. Children identified as needing further support are included in additional secondary transfer groups.
How parents are involved in school life
At Rhodes Avenue Primary we believe in working with parents/carers as partners and our parents share that belief.
We are always ready to speak to parents about concerns they have about their child. There is an active Parent/Teacher Association called Rhodes Avenue Primary School Association (RAPSA). Parents/carers are represented on the school’s Governing Body.
Who to contact for more information or to discuss a concern
- Your child’s class teacher is your first point of contact;
- The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator – Mrs Anne Rawcliffe (EYFS SENDCo);
- The Inclusion Manager (INCO) – Ms Emily Gazzard (KS1/KS2 SENDCo);
- A senior member of staff – Mr Adrian Hall (Headteacher), Mr Shane Claridge (Deputy Headteacher), Maria Panayiotou (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Emel Ali (Assistant Headteacher)
- Chair of Governing Body – Ms Alison Vaughan;
- Inclusion Governor – Ms. Kay Carter
If in doubt, please ask the school Reception. The school telephone number is 0208 888 2859.
The School Offer
Our school offer to children with special educational needs and disabilities was prepared in July 2016. It will be reviewed in July 2017.