At Ingham Primary School we believe that all pupils have an equal right to an education that will enable them to achieve their full potential. We seek to provide targeted special educational provision for pupils, alongside quality teaching that doesn't place limits on learning. Some children may require reasonable adjustments to be made to their provision and to incorporate their specific area(s) of need as identified in the Code of Practice (September 2014).

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What does special educational needs mean?

A child is likely to have special educational needs if they need resources which are ‘additional to or different from’ those generally available for other children of the same age. This goes beyond the normal approaches and learning arrangements provided by the teacher as part of high quality, personalised teaching.

The 2014 Code of Practice identifies four areas of special educational needs.  These are

  • Communication difficulties and finding it difficult to get on with others
  • Thinking and learning difficulties (e.g. Difficulties with English and Maths skills)
  • Difficulties related to social, mental and emotional health (e.g. anxiety)
  • Sensory and/or physical difficulties

1. What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

There are a number of different circumstances which may lead to the suggestion of special educational needs.

  • You may feel there has been a problem of some kind for a while, though you may not be able to identify what that problem is. 
  • A difficulty may have been suggested by a health visitor, doctor or other health professional. 
  • Your child’s class teacher may speak to you with a concern that they have about your child’s progress, or with a specific difficulty.

It is very important that parents and the school work together, so if you have any concerns, please make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher, just as he/she will contact you for an appointment if he/she has any worries. 

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2. Who is responsible for ensuring SEN provision?

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Jackie Peacock SENCO

Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff.

The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for the learning of all children in the school; class teachers identify what is needed and how they will meet those needs; the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) monitors the provision and provides advice for both parents and teachers.

Presently the SENCO is Mrs Jackie Peacock.



3. How will the school respond to my concern?

School Response To Concern

4. How will the school decide if my child needs extra support?

The decision that your child needs extra support will be made by the class teacher, but only in consultation with yourself, and the SENCO.  It will be made on the basis of initial investigations, collection of evidence and family history and may also involve different assessments made by other professionals.  The information will be shared with you at the follow-up meeting and the decision discussed.  Many families find this to be a very positive experience as it often confirms suspicions they have previously held and provides a plan of how the school will meet your child’s needs.

The decision to place a child on the school’s SEN register is not taken lightly and takes into account the quality and quantity of the evidence.  Your child cannot be placed on the SEN register without your permission.

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5. What will the school do to support my child?

Firstly, the school will continue to provide high quality teaching which matches the needs of individual pupils.  Alongside this additional support may be necessary to allow children further opportunities to practise key skills.  This may take the form of a booster programme or may be more specialised/individualised as a result of a child being placed on the SEN register.

A booster programme is a series of sessions with an adult, usually as part of a group, which focus on practising key skills that have been taught in the classroom.  They may work in these groups for 2-5 times a week but for only a short period of time. Many learning support specialists believe that several short sessions are more effective than long sessions and we don’t want children to miss out on lessons that they enjoy or are good at.  Teachers and Teaching Assistants will encourage children to use the skills they have learned in these sessions in the classroom.

The support will be planned and reviewed by the class teacher, working with you to discuss how well the programme has gone.  Programmes follow a cycle of looking at what the problem(s) is; planning what we will do to support your child; reviewing the success of the plan within a 12 week cycle and deciding on what to do next.

The plan will show what support your child will receive, how often and by whom.  It will include measurable targets which will be part of the review process.

Where a child continues to make little or no progress, despite well-founded support that is matched to the child’s area of need, the school will consider involving specialists, including those from outside agencies.

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The SEN cycle

6. Who will support my child in school?

When they are working in the classroom your child will mainly be helped by the Teacher or Teaching Assistant; they may also be helped by a volunteer, such as a parent, or by another child in the class. Where this is a parent helper, the person will have signed a confidentiality agreement with the school agreeing to keep any information private. On other occasions children may be withdrawn from the classroom to receive support in a small group setting or very occasionally on a 1:1 basis; this usually is with one of our Teaching Assistant staff.

Other people who may support your child include:

Mrs A Elliott (Teaching Assistant) who is very experienced in supporting children requiring a physiotherapy programme

Mrs A Beverley (Volunteer Learning Mentor) who supports children with difficulties with concentration or approach to learning

Mrs N Wagstaff (SEN Governor) who is a qualified teacher with significant experience of supporting children with needs associated with dyslexia.

Other Teaching Assistants who work in our school are: Mrs A Ellis, Miss H Fletcher, Mrs T Purdy, Miss M Lester, Mrs L Spencer and Mrs M Whyte.

The school is sometimes assisted by outside agencies, who give specialist advice.
You can see a list of these agencies in section 9

7. What training and experience do staff have for the additional support my child’s needs?

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All the teaching staff in Ingham Primary School are qualified teachers with many years’ experience of supporting children with a whole range of additional needs.

Mrs Peacock has recently been appointed as SENCO at Ingham Primary School and is in the process of completing her National SENCO Award which is a Master's Level qualification in Special Needs.  Her role is to monitor and organise provision in school, and to direct parents and teachers toward professionals who can help and provide support.

Many of our Teaching Assistant Staff have significant levels of experience with children with a broad range of SEND.  Mrs Ellis and Mrs Billingham are both qualified teachers; Mrs Elliott and Mrs Billingham have completed phonics training; the majority of the TAs have received specific training in supporting children with Dyslexia

8. Who else might be involved in supporting my child?

Agency Name Role Qualifications
Educational Psychologist (EP) tbc Working with the school to support a variety of needs. Providing advice, ideas for teachers and consultations with parents Conducting specific assessments/observations to help to analyse difficulties tbc
Specialist Teacher and Applied Psychology Service (STAPS) Mrs Helen Housam Conducting specialised detailed assessments to help identify difficulties; advising teachers and parents with support; planning and delivering specific programmes of work to support learning B.A. Hons (QTS) AMBDA PATOSS
Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) Hayley Holland Wilkins Planning programmes of work to be delivered in school to support children with speech and language difficulties. tbc
Physiotherapy Team Range of staff Planning programmes of work to be delivered in school to support children with the development of physical skills
School Nurse Team Range of staff To provide medical advice for physical and emotional difficulties
Community Paediatrician Dr Derbyshire or Dr Asghar Children are referred to the school doctor if there are medical, physical, social or emotional concerns tbc
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) West Lindsey Team This service is for those children who need further support for their behaviour and social and emotional well-being tbc
Working Together Team Rosemary Veail This service support schools in meeting the needs of children with social and communication difficulties, including autistic children tbc

9. What support will be there for my child's emotional and social well-being?

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Pastoral, and social support:

The school offers a range of support for children with emotional and social needs. Support will always include the opportunity for children to meet on a regular basis with a named adult (usually a Teaching Assistant) to discuss any concerns the child may have and ideas for how they can be enabled to help themselves.

Some children may take part in a specific programme aimed at developing social and emotional skills, such as ‘Time to talk’ or ‘Social Stories’®.  Others will benefit from having the opportunity to work with a Learning Mentor who will meet with them each week to discuss their progress over the previous week and aims for the week ahead. The aim here will be to ensure that they feel good about themselves and their learning, and will take steps to ensure that the child’s self-esteem and confidence are maintained.

Where further advice is needed from a qualified professional, a referral may be made to the Teaching and Learning Centre (Pathways) or to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (see section 9)

Medication

Medication

For children with needs which require prescription medication to be taken in school, these needs can usually be met by arrangement with the school.  We are only allowed to administer medication in accordance with a prescription from a qualified medical practitioner.  These will be administered in line with the school’s ‘Medicines Policy’ which can be downloaded from our school website. [click here]

Please note the school will listen to any unusual circumstances and will act to meet the needs of children so please talk to the Headteacher.

Behaviour

Behaviour

Ingham Primary School sees good behaviour as a key aspect of a child’s education.  Poor behaviour choices have an impact on the education of both the child themselves and other children in the school.  The school has a series of Golden Rules [click here] which outline the school’s expectations of behaviour and attitude to learning.  Teachers are trained in a broad range of behaviour management strategies which fundamentally focus on reward for good behaviour and praise in public.  For children who really struggle with issues related to behaviour choices, advice may be sought from other agencies (see section 9).  It may be necessary to put a Pastoral Support Plan in place in order to give further guidance for a child who is experiencing difficulties with behaviour choices in order to try to avoid exclusion.  You can download our school’s Behaviour Management Policy [click here]

Attendance

Attendance

Good school attendance is really important.  Research clearly shows that children who attend school regularly have greater chances of success both now and in the future.  Attendance is monitored regularly both at school, and by the external agencies.  Where difficulties are identified with a child’s attendance a meeting will be arranged with parents to discuss how support can be put in place to make sure the child is attending school regularly.  Any arrangements will take into account any underlying issues which may be contributing to the attendance difficulties.  You can download the school’s attendance policy from our school website.

10. How will my child be able to contribute their views? How will my child be involved in the process?

Yours child’s views are important to us.  They will have opportunities to contribute their own views about their needs either through discussion with the class teacher, or in some cases with a Teaching Assistant, or when appropriate will be invited to attend the meeting itself. These views contribute to the writing of the ‘Pupil Profile’ and the ‘SEN Support Plan’ (see below). 

11. How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?

Meeting your child’s needs all starts with high quality teaching every day in the classroom. Teachers are skilled at matching the curriculum to a broad range of ability across their classes. This is no different for children with additional needs. However, further to this, children with additional needs may need extra or different support. This may include:

  • Routine strategies such as seating arrangements, use of ICT, additional resources or equipment;
  • Additional support in the classroom, such as another adult or a Teaching Assistant supporting the child’s learning;
  • Further support such as a “booster” or intervention programme. This is a series of short sessions focusing on a particular skill or area of understanding and may take place in the classroom, or a group may be withdrawn to a quieter place;
  • Completely different work to be set by the class teacher for part of the curriculum;
  • A special programme written for them by an external agency but delivered by the school.
  • Programmes undertaken by the whole class, if appropriate.

The support put in place by the school will be recorded in two documents:

  1. Pupil Profile (reviewed at least annually) which highlights your child’s strengths as well as areas they find more difficult and ways that they can and will be supported;
  2. SEN Support Plan (reviewed at least 3 times per year) which shows your child’s targets and the support and programmes being put in place by the school in order to help them achieve these

These documents are written with the parents and the pupil and copies are provided following each review.

12. How will I know how well my child is progressing?

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We will meet with you at least 3 times per year.  The class teacher and you will meet together to discuss how your child has been progressing with their targets as well as their academic progress in relation to their peers.

Additionally, the school operates an “open door policy” and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress at any stage. Where there are particular concerns, the school may suggest either a regular programme of review meetings, for example weekly, or alternatively a home-school book to allow for daily dialogue. In the majority of cases the main point of contact will be the class teacher, however for a small number of children with more significant needs, special arrangements may be put in place for more regular contact with a Teaching Assistant.

13. How does the school know how well my child is doing?

The school has a number of different ways of measuring the child’s progress depending on both their age and their stage of development:


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All children have their progress measured every day using “Assessment for Learning” strategies by the class teacher. This means the teacher is constantly making sure that the child is understanding what they are doing well and what they need to do next in order to improve;


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Children in the Foundation Stage have their progress measured against age related expectations and Early Learning Goals laid out in the Early Years Profile;


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Children in KS1 and KS2 usually have their attainment and progress measured against National Curriculum expectations;


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Some children aged 5 – 11 years may need progress to be measured in smaller steps. Here the school makes use of PIVATS which is a system that breaks National Curriculum expectations into smaller measurable steps;


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Progress against a child’s individual targets (as outlined in their SEN Support Plan)


Assessments

Some children may require more specific assessments to be made related to their needs. Where this occurs, re-testing at a future date can also be used to measure progress.


Progress of all children in the school is regularly monitored by the Headteacher to ensure that children are not falling behind.

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

Open communication between the school and you is the key.  If your child has additional needs which require special access arrangements, the school would always want to meet with you at the planning stages of the trip in order to ensure maximum access for your child. Should an additional adult be required to support with these arrangements this can be arranged by the school. All after-school clubs are open to any child within the target age range who wishes to take part and additional needs should be no barrier to this. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have a concern about this.

15. How accessible is the school environment?

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Ingham Primary School has a long-standing tradition of working effectively with parents to support children in accessing the school environment. For children with mobility needs, 3 of the 4 classrooms are on the same level, there is a lift down to the Hall and a disabled toilet. The school has access to advisers who can offer support with a range of communication and mobility needs including technical support and guidance.

16. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school?

All children joining the school in our reception class have at least 3 visits to the school prior to starting in September. These visits will help to support the child and ensure they are familiar with routines and have had an opportunity to meet their new class teacher and to see the classroom they will be taught in. Further visits can be arranged to discuss any specific needs your child may have. Many of the children in our school join us from Little Acorns preschool; for children with identified additional needs our Foundation Stage Leader is commonly invited to attend a review meeting during the summer term before the child starts school. This is usually also possible with other local preschools.

For children joining our school at any other point during the school year, or in any other year group, we are happy to arrange a taster day prior to the child starting at the school should this be practical. For all children joining the school at other points, we will engage with the previous school in order to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

17. How will the school prepare and support my child to transfer to a new setting/school/college?

During Y5 and Y6, there will be opportunities for your child to visit local secondary schools in order to make an informed choice about which school suits their needs the best. For children with Additional Needs it is good to take opportunities early in Y5 to begin this process as you may need longer to consider the choices.  It is a good idea to visit schools more than once as you may think of different questions on a second visit.  All schools offer open evening events for parents, which give an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your child with the SENCO. Ingham Primary School are also happy to offer advice in terms of who to speak to and key questions to ask:  speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance.  From September 2014 you will also be able to find information about each school’s own ‘Local Offer’ on their school website.

Once your decision is made, all children have a number of opportunities to visit the receiving school prior to the end of Y6. Additionally, children who are on the SEN register can have further visits arranged focusing on areas of anxiety or on how the secondary school can support their needs. Ingham Primary has an excellent relationship with all the local secondary schools, passing on crucial information to the SENCO and their transition support staff. It is common practice for the SENCO of the secondary school to be invited to the final review meeting of Y6.

18. How can I be involved in supporting my child

At Ingham Primary School we believe that parents should be very much part of the process of supporting your child. Whenever Support Plans are put in place for a child, there will be an opportunity to discuss what support you can offer and advice of how to help your child achieve their targets.  We would also very much value your contribution of strategies or information which you have found to be successful at home or away from school.  The class teacher may set additional or different homework for your child as part of the Support Plan. If it any time you would like further guidance, please do not hesitate to pop in after school to see your child’s class teacher, or call to make an appointment.  The support that you can offer your child at home is one of the principal keys to success in meeting your child’s needs and we very much value your contribution.

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19. How can I access support for myself and my family?

This is a group that provide support for parents whose children have special educational needs. They can provide a whole range of advice both on the phone and in the form of leaflets. Their contact details are:

Telephone:  01522 553351

Email:          parentpartnership@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Website:      http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ParentPartnership

20. Who can I contact for further information?

It is very important that parents and the school work together, so if you have any concerns, please make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher, just as he/she will contact you for an appointment if he/she has any worries.

If you have any further questions you can also talk to:


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Mrs Jackie Peacock SENCO
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Mr Ian Tyas Headteacher
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