St James Church School
SEND Information Report 2017-8
Our job is to help your child achieve the very best they can at school. This is to inform you of the types of support available to your child at St James Church School. It will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed. This is linked to the Somerset Core Standards, a framework which describes the entitlement of children and young people in Somerset schools. In our school, all SEND falls under the six categories of; Cognition & Learning Needs, Communication & Interaction Needs, Physical, Medical & Alternative Communication Needs, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and Social, Emotional & Mental Health Needs.
All children at St James Church School are monitored closely by their Class Teachers. This is done through regular monitoring and assessment and termly Pupil Progress Meetings to discuss individual needs and progress. We have developed a graduated response to identifying children with needs. Initially this is completed by the class teacher to ensure needs are being met within the class. If the Class Teacher feels the child still isn’t making the required progress, they will be discussed with the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). Assessments may be carried out and if necessary refer to external agencies with the consent of the Parents/Carers. If Parents/Carers have any concerns they should see the Class Teacher in the first instance. Teachers are available for brief discussions at the beginning or end of the day. An appointment can be made if a more detailed discussion is needed.
Your child’s education will be overseen by the Class Teacher. They will oversee, plan and work with each child with additional needs in the class to ensure that progress in every area is made. Our SENCo co-ordinates all support and progress of any child requiring additional needs across the school. There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group. If this is above the normal support given in the class, these sessions will be explained to the Parents/Carers when the support starts with a simple intervention overview which will be sent home for your information. If you have any questions about this please speak to the class teacher.
All work within class is pitched at an appropriate level, so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically, this might mean that in a lesson there would be different levels of work set for the class, or additional resources to support your child. Groupings of children can change regularly according to needs and understanding.
The school uses School Pupil Tracker Online (SPTO) which tracks the children’s progress with core subjects. Interventions are also tracked and monitored for impact and how successful they are. There are Parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms and reports are written in the Summer term. In addition to this, children with complex needs or in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan will have an Annual Review meeting to inform and plan for next steps. Any parent with a child who has SEND can request a plan-do-review meeting.
In addition to support received for academic subjects, there is a range of pastoral support available. We run sessions to help children express their feelings and also run an ELSA intervention which helps children manage their emotions. There is always the opportunity for any child to talk with a trained adult over any concerns and anxieties. We also have a Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA) who can work with children and families. Specific support plans will be put into place for children experiencing difficulties with behaviour and those needing medical support or intimate care. All children have access to a trusted adult who they can talk to. Children’s views are expressed through pupil questionnaires, school council meetings and 1-1 interviews.
When a child has a specific need, we can access county services such as Educational Psychology, Learning Support Services and Learning and Behavioural Advisors (listed below). We also access advice for physical impairments and medical conditions, including hearing and vision support. We can access Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists via the NHS when needed. We are also fortunate enough to employ a school speech therapist who works directly with children with the most complex language difficulties.
The school site is wheelchair accessible. There are changing and toilet facilities currently being built. All children have the right to access class trips where ever it is safe for them to do so. For those children with additional needs, alternative provision can be made, for example, additional adult support, alternative travel arrangements, or alternative arrangements for the administration of medicines. We are inclusive school and encourage all staff and children to use Somerset Total Communication strategies and signs (STC). For more information please see our separate Accessibility Plan.
Prior to starting in Reception, children identified as having Special Educational Needs will have a School Entry Planning meeting. This will be attended by parents, pre-school staff, school staff and any external professionals involved in supporting your child. It plans out how all concerned can make the transition to school as smooth as possible. For children with medical needs, this will include identifying staff training needs to ensure your child’s needs are fully met. All families will be invited to new Parents meeting to gather information. The Reception teacher and at times the SENCo will also visit pre-schools to meet the children in a familiar setting. All children will be invited to ‘stay and play sessions’ to ensure they are familiar with the staff and the setting in advance. Home visits are also carried out in the Autumn term by our Reception Class teacher and Teaching Assistant.
On moving to Secondary School, children in Year 6 with additional needs are discussed with the SENCo at the Secondary School once places have been allocated. Additional visits can be organised by the Secondary School for children with additional needs. If your child has complex needs, an Annual Review meeting will happen in the Summer term and a representative from the secondary school will be invited to attend. The SEND policy provides further information.
All adults who work with individuals or groups of children on interventions will have received training to deliver the sessions. These sessions are overseen by the Class Teacher and SENCo to monitor the progress of the children. Where additional specific training is required to address a child’s individual needs, the School brings in external trainers to deliver this. On-going training and updates are delivered by the School SENCo through regular meetings.
We ensure that the needs of children who have additional needs are met to the best of the School’s ability with the funds available. This may include specialist equipment and/or facilities. We also have a team of TAs who are funded from the SEND budget and deliver programmes to meet groups and individual needs. The budget is allocated annually on a needs basis. The children who have the most complex needs are given the most support often involving a TA.
You can also access support from our Parent and Family Support Advisor, Debbie Mason. She can support and advise you in a wide range of situations and is usually in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
A range of outside professionals might be called in to support the School in providing the best opportunities for every child. These include:
For further information, contact details for these services and to access the Local Offer, please look at the Choices website for further SEND information: www.somersetchoices.org.uk
For more information
Contact the School Office on: 01823 272 553
Look at our school website: http://www.stjamessch.co.uk