SEND

Accessibility and Inclusion

School is one and a half form entry (45 pupils).

· Reception Class has two classes, KS1 and KS2 are split year groups e.g. 1, 1 and 2, 2, 3, 3 and 4, 4, 4 and 5, 5, 5 and 6, 6. Classes are decided on peer relationships, friendship groups etc.

· The main entrance is accessed from Moor Lane at the top of the hill.

· There is a drive that leads to a car park with 2 disabled bays and 8 car parking bays. There is a footpath running alongside the drive that leads to the main reception area. This is all on one level.

· The entrance to the Reception Class on Meadow Street, has a ramp.

· School has a ramp at the lower entrance on Moor Lane.

· The existing school is connected to the new build via a link corridor. These two buildings are at different levels and there is a small lift for disabled and/or wheelchair access.

· School have a medical room which is situated in the KS2 annex, a disabled toilet near the school offices and a disabled toilet in the Early Years Area.

· The school has a Twitter account which provides recent and relevant information for students and parents to access.

· School have 5 ASD Visual Communication packs for children with Autism or similar communication problems, together with ‘Widgits Online’.

· School have ‘C Touch’ touch screen TVs in every class room.

· School use ‘i joy boards’ to build core strength in children with poor gross motor skills.

· School also provide coloured overlays for children with Dyslexia or type problems.

· School uses Lexlpore which is an eye recognition screening device to identify pupil’s difficulties in reading and comprehension and is this indicates potential dyslexia then school by in a specialist to assess and if necessary diagnose.

· School buy into a number of services:-

o Acorn Psychology

o ReachoutASc

o Communication Station

o Brighter Lives

· In September 2022 school opened a SEND unit. This was approved for 16 pupils with EHCs with Communication and Speech needs. Currently school can provide for 8 pupils and will need a second building built in order to provide further places. The building is on the land outside the Year 1 classroom and can be accessed form the entrance on Moor Lane and also the Main school building. There is no wheel chair access at present, with steps from both access points.

 

Teaching and Learning

 School’s approach is Quality First Teaching to meet the needs of all pupils.

· Children’s needs are assessed in accordance with the SEND policy. Children with SEND are identified, placed on the register and appropriate plans are drawn up and acted upon.

· Updates are made to parents on progress and outcomes through the whole school and where needed face to face meetings. Parents are invited to contribute to all reviews of progress.

· The school refer to external agencies for assessment or diagnosis as appropriate following consultation with parents/ carers. For some children additional testing is used such as the BVPS (British Picture Vocabulary Scale). Tracking Data is used on a daily basis.

· A detailed provision map illustrates the support for students; this is recorded on individual support plans.

· Each teaching and non-teaching member of staff is given the updated information on the SEND Support Plan and also Behavioural plans if required.

· There is at least one Teacher Assistant in every class

· There are two HLTAs that cover the school’s PE timetable and gross motor interventions.

· The interventions used for children with Dyslexia and similar difficulties are Wordshark, Toe by Toe, Words First, Nessy, TT Rock Stars.

· Outside agency as previously mentioned.

· Continuing professional development is on-going for all teaching staff and teacher assistants on relevant SEND issues and additional needs.

· Updates are made available to staff by the SENDCo, via staff briefings or face to face meetings, pupil progress meetings etc.

· Teaching and non-teaching staff engage in either appraisal or Annual Professional Review.

· External training is available to support the staff.

· The SENDCo is available daily during PPA time, breaks and before and after the school day.

· We regularly work with the agencies previously mentioned on case work and SEND strategy.

· School also buy in traded services from the Local Authority.

· Specialist nurses and agencies are able to provide advice and strategies for teaching students with SEND and medical conditions.

Reviewing and Evaluating Outcomes

Progress of all children with SEND support needs is monitored weekly with internal tracking systems in line with school assessment procedures and interventions taking place. Internal tracking systems are used to highlight progress of individuals as well as identified groups.

· Progress data is shared with parents three times each year, in written format as well as face to face at parent’s evenings.

· The SENDCo is available to discuss individual children at any point, usually by appointment, to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

· Evaluation of provision is done through Review meetings, teacher assistant tracking, whole school tracking and progress on standardised testing.

· The school SENDCo carries out regular reviews in accordance with County guidelines. The relevant paperwork is completed and sent to the East Lancashire SEND Team.

· Advice is provided by the school, external agencies, the child (if appropriate) and the parent/carer. Documentation is shared in advance, and meetings held at mutually agreed times. Summary advice is sent to the LEA, the parent/carer and school. Where appropriate, children are encouraged to participate in their meeting.

· Children are formatively assessed on a daily basis and their targets are changed accordingly.

· All EHCP’s are reviewed in the EYFS every six months and on an annual basis in KS1 and KS2. Reviews are carried out in line with statutory guidance for reviews.

· The effectiveness of our provision is measured in the progress of individuals and groups of children based upon curriculum targets and personalised targets that are set throughout the year.

· The school is required to measure progress using nationally agreed standards and criteria, as well as progress in individual social, emotional or behavioural targets.

· The SENDCo meets and reports to the SEND Governor regularly and sends a report to the full Governing body termly.

Keeping Children Safe

There is early morning access to the building from 7.45am until 8:15am for students, where a breakfast club and fit club service are available.

· Students are dropped off at the lower entrance on Moor Lane. Children are registered on entry.

· School provides a safe-haven and supervised support for children at break and lunchtimes.

· Afterschool activities are available to ALL children.

· All school trips are risk assessed and checked by the EVC and delivered by group leaders/responsible staff.

· The school policy on safeguarding is clear. It is inclusive and comprehensive and specifies additional requirements for SEND students.

· There are clear procedures for visitors and to prevent intruders in school.

School use the ‘InVentry’ system, which require visitors to book in and out and they are provided with a sticker with their photograph on.

· The only way that visitors gain entry (other than during breakfast club) is via the main entrance, where they sign in using the Inventry System which produces an identity badge including a photograph of the visitor for them to display at all times.

· When a child is a safeguarding risk, a full risk assessment will be undertaken. This is done with the SENDCo and Headteacher or DSL to review the nature of the risk. Transition Arrangements also identify any particular requirement for risk assessment. The SENDCo is involved in induction of new staff.

· Where appropriate for pupils with SEND, e.g. Autism, Downs Syndrome, a full risk assessment is made when a place at school is confirmed. This is subject to regular review and/or when need changes with the staff and SENDCo.

· The school’s anti-bullying policy is available by a direct link on the school website and hard copies are available on request. Staff and children are regularly updated through assemblies, including cyber-bullying.

· All children have regular digital safety lessons.

· All parents and carers have to complete an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ ate the start of every academic year.

Health (including emotional health and wellbeing)

All medication is routinely administered by trained First Aiders but in emergencies may be authorised by designated members of staff. Medication is kept under lock and key in a central place in the school office or the first aid lockable cabinet in the staff room.

· For the safety of all the community, students are not allowed to carry medicines in school.

· Medications in the cabinets are all clearly labelled to identify the student it belongs to. Names are checked carefully and instructions read before a record of any administration is noted.

Some rescue medications are required to be kept refrigerated. These are kept in a clearly marked area of the refrigerator.

· All medication is checked regularly for expiry dates, and parents contacted to replace if necessary.

· Inhalers are kept in a designated area in each class where children can have access under supervision.

· Instructions for administration of medicines are kept with the medication/ Care Plan.

· The Staff are briefed by the school nurse regularly about students with medical needs. Additional training for staff or first aiders is arranged via the school nurse or specialist nurse practitioners.

· A Care Plan is drawn up in conjunction between the parents, child and medical professional. The school nurse does a home visit and a meeting is called in school when the plan is agreed and signed by responsible staff.

· All Class Teachers have a copy of every Care Plan for their year group and this information is shared with relevant staff. This information is kept in a locked safe place.

· Care Plans are held centrally in the SEND office. They are reviewed by the School Nurse at least annually or if circumstances change.

· Advice and guidance to staff regarding a medical emergency is in the staff handbook.

· There are regular visits from the school nurse, Speech and Language services, ELCAS workers, ACORN Educational Psychology Service, counsellor support.

· In school, there is targeted ELSA provision for children in all years to deal with short term requirements.

· There are clear procedures for visitors and to prevent intruders in school.

School use the ‘InVentry’ system, which require visitors to book in and out and they are provided with a sticker with their photograph on.

· The only way that visitors gain entry (other than during breakfast club) is via the main entrance, where they sign in using the Inventry System which produces an identity badge including a photograph of the visitor for them to display at all times.

· When a child is a safeguarding risk, a full risk assessment will be undertaken. This is done with the SENDCo and Headteacher or DSL to review the nature of the risk. Transition Arrangements also identify any particular requirement for risk assessment. The SENDCo is involved in induction of new staff.

· Where appropriate for pupils with SEND, e.g. Autism, Downs Syndrome, a full risk assessment is made when a place at school is confirmed. This is subject to regular review and/or when need changes with the staff and SENDCo.

· The school’s anti-bullying policy is available by a direct link on the school website and hard copies are available on request. Staff and children are regularly updated through assemblies, including cyber-bullying.

· All children have regular digital safety lessons.

· All parents and carers have to complete an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ ate the start of every academic year.

What help and support is available for the family?

Administrative support is supplied via the main school office on request. The key staff worker is identified and assigned according to need.

· The school website clearly signposts where support can be found.

· The school works with a wide variety of agencies such as Early Help referrals, Pendleside Hospice, School Nurse and Health visitors, INSPIRE, Brighter Lives, Acorn Psychology, ReachoutASC, and the Rainbow Centre to signpost support for families. Individual support is arranged by case by case basis or as required.

Transition to Secondary School

 The school works with partner high schools throughout Year 5 and 6 and sometimes earlier for children who may find transition difficult.

· When Year 6 pupils are allocated a place in their chosen high school, individuals and small groups of students are given increasing access to the school, via pre-arranged visits. A number of transition days are provided for all Year 6 students entering the school to make them familiar with key staff.

Additional contact days are made available for year 6 pupils to go and experience working in their chosen school.

· Year 6 are encouraged to visit schools on their Open Evenings in September each year and parents are encouraged to attend. Follow up meetings are offered on a one to one basis with the SENDCo, following Open Evening.

· The SENDCo works closely with the SENDCo and Pastoral Teams for the High School/Colleges chosen for Pupils in Year 6.

· The SENDCo also arranges transition visits and also part time attendance with local Special Schools for children with profound special needs.

Extra Curricular Activities

School is accessible to students from early in the morning. The breakfast club and fit club are for all children and start at 7:45am.

· Breakfast is available each day in the dining room. This is subsidised for children in receipt of Pupil Premium where necessary.

· There is a range of extra-curricular activities are available to all children. Some charges are applicable for longer visits outside the school day but subsidies are available for those who receive support through Pupil Premium funding. The extra-curricular activities include, sport, music and drama and many other subjects.

· All clubs, activities and trips are available to all children. Adjustments are made for vulnerable students following risk assessments.

· Some trips and visits are subject to a voluntary contribution from parents/carers. A small fund is available to cover essential curriculum visits, in cases of hardship. Charges do apply for trips for Pupil Premium children at a subsidised rate.

· The school provides nurture provision for all year groups available to socially or emotionally vulnerable students, and actively promotes social integration and friendship support under the supervision of nurture trained adults.

· Teachers will signpost vulnerable young people to nurture provision for support.

· Lunch time ‘Play Leaders’ provide activities for the children and this also applies to morning and afternoon playtimes.

Feedback

School have an open-door policy and parents are free to contact them at any time. If they wish to provide feedback to school there are a number of ways they can do this:-

o Email

o Class Dojo

o PA connect

o Telephone

o Surveys/questionnaires

· Depending on the nature of feedback this will be addressed on an individual basis. It will be discussed by the SLT if the need arises and the appropriate action will be carried out.

Lancashire Local Offer

The Local Offer is a Local Authority’s publication of all the provision “they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.” (Section 4.1 SEND Code of Practice, January 2015) The Local Offer has two key purposes: To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it & To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review.

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/

Lets Connect

All phone enquiries are dealt with by our school secretaries (Mrs Pam Taylor and Mrs Catherine Berry).

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