SEND

Oughtrington Community Primary School

SEN Information Report 2019 (reviewed on an annual basis)

Introduction

Oughtrington Community Primary School’s approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) ensures that all pupils, regardless of specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported by their Local Authority (LA) to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with SEND being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

Areas of need

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are

Communication and Interaction               Cognition and Learning                   Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties Sensory and Physical Needs

The School SEN Information Report

Utilising the LA Local Offer, an SEN Information Report serves to break down the steps involved in meeting the needs of our SEND pupils as determined by school policy and what school is able to provide.

What is the LA Local Offer?

The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools were required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. This is the Local Offer. The intention of the local offer is to provide choice and transparency for families and to serve as an important resource that enables parents to understand and access the range of services in the local area.

Please visit mylifewarrington.co.uk for more information on the local offer.

Your child has SEND. What can we at Oughtrington Community Primary School offer you?

At Oughtrington Community Primary School, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and therefore, the educational needs of every child is different. A series of questions have been devised in consultation with the SENCo, Assistant SENCo, Headteacher and SEN Governor. We feel these questions reflect the most frequent concerns parents and carers may have. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, the school SENCo, Assistant SENCo or the Headteacher.

What is the definition of SEND?

What is a SENCo?

Glossary of the most frequently used abbreviations linked to SEND

What is Pupil Premium?

How does Oughtrington Community Primary Identify when a child needs extra support?

How does Oughtrington Community Primary make sure that the SEN support is helping pupils make better progress?

What sort of provisions/approaches to teaching are made for pupils with SEN?

How will the school help me to support my child’s learning?

How will I know that my child is making progress?

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

How is my child involved in his/her learning and decisions made about his/her education?

How accessible is the school environment?

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND at Oughtrington Community Primary had?

What if my child has medical needs?

What if my child needs specialist equipment or facilities?

What if my child has social, emotional or mental health needs?

Oughtrington Community Primary has a wide variety of support for pupils who are encountering social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school Mental Health Leader is available to discuss any concerns with children and their families and works in partnership with those who need additional support. Oughtrington Community Primary is part of a Mental Health Cluster which follows the Primary Link Model. This means we have weekly consultation sessions with a member of the CAMHS team where concerns about specific children can be discussed and plans are made to support them. Referrals to outside agencies are made by school if more expert advice and teaching is required for the pupil. There are KS1 and KS2 nurture group interventions that take place at lunchtimes and staff can refer the names of children who would benefit from these sessions. Alternative arrangements can be made during break and lunchtime for children who find these times a challenge. There is a Lego Therapy club that is run by our Assistant SENCo at lunchtimes for children to access when required. Each week, a member two named members of staff are available in the ‘talking room’ and children can use this as a drop in session to discuss anything they wish. Each class is allocated a ‘Pet Therapy’ slot every half term where children are selected by their class teacher to go and read to ‘Clover’ (a Pet Therapy trained dog) in a safe environment. The SENCo and class teacher write a ‘pen portrait for children with EBD. This page is a quick reference for teachers and professionals working with the child to view the areas of difficulty and the strategies to apply. We encourage the child to contribute to their one page profile. Other documents such as a ‘IEPs’ can be written which outlines difficulties and strategies in more detail. Pupils may sometimes need to be educated outside of their classroom in order for them to access the curriculum. Oughtrington Community Primary staff follow our behaviour policy (accessible on the school website). If children do not follow the rules and requests from teachers, they stay back during some of their breaktime/lunchtime to reflect on their behaviour. When behaviours are unacceptable, exclusions can be made for a fixed period.

Who should I contact if I have concerns related to SEND?

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

How is the decision made on how much support my child will receive?

How will school prepare and support my child’s transitions within Oughtrington Community Primary or transfer to another school?

 

The local offer by Warrington Local Authority provides details of services and support provided for parents and is available to view on their website.

www.mylifewarrington.co.uk     01925 443131