SEN Information Report for St James' C of E Junior School 2017-18
Part of Local Offer for Learners with SEN
Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN.) All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published must be updated annually.
At St James C of E Junior School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact this year are:
Mrs Pat Gifford- SEN governor
Mrs Emma Faulkner- SENDCO
Mrs Angela Anderton- Head Teacher
Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Class Teacher or contact Emma Faulkner our SENDCO on 01452 520714 to book an appointment.
Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN
At St James C of E Junior School we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see our teaching and learning policy.
Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details are planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff. Our plan for 2017-18 can be found on our website.
We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.
At St. James C of E Junior School, we value:
Learning for all.
How we identify SEN
At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as:
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
(b) (b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, they may be worried about different things that distracts them from learning. At our school we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.
The SEN profile for the school in 2017-18 is 48. 32 Of which are boys and 16 are girls.
This is based on extracted from Local Authority data based on school's own identification and reporting, February 2017. The percentage of SEN within school is 29.16%. The school has a higher percentage of pupils identified as being in receipt of SEN support when compared with other Junior Schools in Gloucestershire and when compared to the national average.
Assessing SEN at St James C of E Junior School
Class Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At this school we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning. We have a range of assessment tools available both in school and through contact with outside agencies.
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school we have access to various specialist services. We have access to services universally provided by Gloucester County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website.
We also have:
Educational Psychologist – 3 sessions a year
Speech Therapist –sessions as per referral.
School Nurse- via referral.
We also employ Learning Support Assistants who deliver the interventions in the provision map as co-ordinated by our SENCO.
What we do to Support Learners with SEN at St James C of E Junior School
Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at St James C of E Junior are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher standards are available here-https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/301107/Teachers__Standards.pdf
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
- Visual timetables
- Writing frames
- I-pads, lap tops or other alternative recording devices
- Peer buddy systems
- Positive behaviour rewards system
Each learner identified as having SEN, is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is described on a provision map which describes the interventions and actions that we undertake at our school to support learners with SEN across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every two terms, as our learners and their needs change.
Our provision map is shared with Governors who are able to ensure that we monitor the impact of these interventions on learning across the school.
Funding for SEN
St James C of E Junior School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. This is described in an SEN memorandum. The amount of funding we received for 2016-17 is £53,000.
How do we Find Out if this Support is Effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within St James C of E Junior School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENDCO, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.
Children, Parents/carers and their Teaching and Support Staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held at least once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan,) the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.
The SENDCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Intervention data is shared with Governors.
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. Our school and cluster data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.
Other Opportunities for Learning
All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra curricular activities. At St James C of E Junior School in 2017-18 we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities.
We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our extended school co-ordinator to discuss specific requirements.
All staff at St James C of E Junior School have regular training on the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’
The Equality Act 210 definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.”
Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995
This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.
For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click https://www.gov.uk/equality-act-2010-guidance
Preparing for the next step
Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. St James C of E Junior School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.
Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEN. Moving classes will be discussed with you and your child at their summer term review meeting. Transition to secondary schools will be discussed in the summer term of their Year 5, to ensure time for planning and preparation.
Have your say
St James C of E Junior School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ‘assess plan, do and review’ provision for SEN.