SENCO Lead – Miss Wright
Phone: 01305 783391
SEN & Disabilities Local Offer
At All Saints when a teacher or a parent has raised concerns about a child’s progress, and targeted teaching has not met the child’s needs, the teacher must raise this with the SENCO.
All Saints have weekly meetings monitoring different cohorts of students to ensure all pupils are making good progress. This is another way your child may be identified as not making as much progress as expected.
If your child is then identified as not making progress the school will contact you to discuss this with you in more detail, in order to listen to any concerns you may have, plan any additional support your child will receive and to discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should contact your child’s form tutor either via phone call or email.
If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should either contact the Curriculum Head of Department or the Pastoral Head of Year, depending on the nature of the concern, copying in the SENCO.
If you are still not happy you should contact the Deputy Headteacher, Miss A Wright.
By ensuring that the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
By ensuring that all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
Putting in place different ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning or pair work.
Putting in place specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SEND Team or outside staff) to support your child to learn.
Staff including the SEND Team, Pastoral Team and Curriculum Teams will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap in their understanding/learning or social development and needs some extra support to close the gap.
Curriculum or SEND Teams will plan group sessions for your child with targets to help your child to make more progress.
A Teaching Assistant or outside professional (like a Speech and Language Therapist) will run these small group sessions. The Teaching Assistants will have received training and guidance from outside professionals such as SALT, CAMHS, Physiotherapy and ASD Outreach.
Your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENCO (or you will have raised your worries) as needing more specialists’ input instead of or in addition to class teaching and intervention groups.
You are welcome to request a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward.
This may be from:
- Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team or sensory Service (for students with a hearing or visual need)
- Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service or CAMHS
You will be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to an outside professional e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them better in school.
The outside professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:
Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g. some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
Support to set targets which will include their specific expertise
A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g. a social skills group
A group or individual work with outside professional
The school may suggest that your child needs some individual support in school. They will tell you how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place
Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of students in their class and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
- Specially trained support staff can support the teachers planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
- Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
Planning and teaching will be adapted regularly if needed to meet your child’s learning needs.
Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher.
- His/her progress is reviewed formally every term and a National Curriculum level given for each subject
- If your child is in Year 7 and above, but is not yet at National Curriculum levels, a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘Plevels’.
- At the end of Key Stage 3 all students are required to be formally assessed. This is something the government requires all schools to do and the results are published nationally.
- Students at SEND Support will have a Personal Provision Map which will be reviewed every six months.
- The progress of students with a statement of SEN/EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education, the student and parent(s)/carer(s).
The SENCO will also review progress of cohorts of students with SEND to inform training needs.
We have the following policies in place to support your child’s overall wellbeing;
- Able and Talented pupils policy
- Accessibility Plan
- Additional Educational Needs policy (Dyslexia)
- Additional Educational Needs policy (Inclusion)
- Admissions policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Assessment Recording Reporting & Target Setting
- Attendance and Lateness (pupils)
- Behaviour for Learning Policy
- Collective worship policy
- Community cohesion policy
- Complaints Policy
- Computer Use incl E-safety – ICT
- Curriculum policy
- Drug education policy
- Educational Visits
- Exams and Controlled Assessments
- Exclusion of pupils
- Health and Safety Policy
- Home-school Agreement Policy
- Intimate Care
- Medical Welfare/First Aid Policy
- Physical Education
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- Safe Social Networking and Social Media
- Sex & Relationships Policy
- Sexual Health Co-ordinator
- Spiritual Development
- Substance Use and Misuse
- Teaching and Learning
- Behaviour Support Service
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Educational Psychology
- Autism Outreach Service
- Educational Psychology Service, in certain cases
- Sensory Service for students with visual or hearing needs
- Dyslexia Base (delivered in school)
- Children’s Services
- Locality Team
- School Nurse
- Occupational Therapy
- School medical officer
CAMHS : Family therapy
Community Police Officer
All SEND staff in the school have achieved qualifications appropriate to their role.
The best people to talk to in this school about your child’s difficulties with Additional / learning/Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities(SEN) are;
- Miss A Wright Deputy Headteacher/SENCO
- Mrs K Dring Well Being Team Leader
- Mrs Stewart ASD Co-ordinator
- Mrs C Harmer In-Class Support Co-ordinator
- Mrs Hawthorne Dyslexia Base Tutor
The school is accessible to students with physical disabilities. There are no entry steps. Each floor has a lift between floors. The corridors and doorways are wide. There are disabled toilets.
- SEND staff are advised by the Physiotherapy Service and Dorset Sensory Team (HI and VI). The School Nurse is on site at our request.
We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all students regardless of their needs, or that additional specialist equipment is purchased.
We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
- If your child is moving to another school:
- We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
- When moving classes in school:
- Information, including Personal Provision Maps and data, is accessible to all teachers.
- In Year 11
- Students have a meeting with the Ansbury Guidance Advisor to discuss options and pathways, students with SEND are supported during this meeting
- Students are given a list of Open Evenings of sixth form schools and colleges within their local area, visits to Kingston Maurward and Weymouth College including ‘Taster Days’ are organised for students with SEND.
- Depending on the level of the student’s need, the student may be accompanied by a Teaching Assistant to an interview at a sixth form school or college.
The SENCO or appropriate All Saints staff will liaise with the relevant staff at the new provision to ensure your child has a smooth transition
The school budget, received from Dorset LA, includes money for supporting students with SEND.
- The Head Teacher decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school.
- The Deputy Headteacher makes decisions about
- The students getting extra support already
- The students needing extra support
- The students who have been identified as not making as much progress as expected. And decide what resources/training and support is needed.
All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.
The SEND Team is responsible for:
- Co-ordinating all the support for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all students get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
- Ensuring that you are:
- Involved in supporting your child’s learning, kept informed about the support your child is getting involved in, reviewing how they are doing part of planning ahead for them.
- Liaising with all the other people who may becoming into school to help Support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc…
- Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of students in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
- To provide specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help your child (and other students with SEND in the school) achieve the best possible progress in school.
- Ensuring class teachers and pastoral staff are aware of the needs of individual students Advising class teachers and pastoral staff of recommended strategies to support individual students with SEND.
- Subject Teachers are responsible for;
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and liaising with the SEND Team as necessary.
- Communicating specific targets and sharing and reviewing these with parents
- Providing specific feedback to your child on what they have achieved and how they can progress through regular marking of your child’s work
- Knowing the needs of the students and planning their lessons accordingly to meet these needs
- Prior to your child joining All Saints School, the SENCO is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s needs and any concerns you may have.
- The SENCO meets with the primary school SENCOs during the summer term to ensure that information is shared between schools. All Year 6 students are visited by a member of All Saints staff at their primary school where additional information is gathered. Year 6 students with SEND may be invited to an individual meeting with the SENCO and attend an Enhanced Transition Morning to meet the SEND team. Year 6 students with SEND are supported by the SEND team on the Induction Day.
- We would like you to communicate any concerns or information you have about your child to your child’s form tutor and SENCO. This is to ensure that we are doing similar things to support your child both at home and school and can share what is working well in both places.
- The SENCO is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have throughout your child’s time at All Saints.
- All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you, with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report. The SENCO or a member of the SEND team will also contact you to discuss any new assessments and ideas suggested by outside agencies for your child.
- Personal Provision Maps will be reviewed every six months. You are welcome to request a copy, targets will be written in your child’s Log Book.
- Homework will be adjusted to your child’s individual needs.
- Every child has a Log Book which is used to support communication between home and school. Additional resources such as reports or contact books can be provided if required.
Here is some of the policies relating to our Local Offer, to find all policies please click here.