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Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School

"A Member of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust"

SEND Policy

 

SEND Policy
(Incorporating the SEND Information Report for Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School 2017-2018)
Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEND
 
Introduction
 
Welcome to our SEND information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND.) 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 SEND. The information published must be updated annually.
 
At Marshland St James Primary 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:
Names:
SENDCO: Mrs Gail Sharp (Holder of the National Award for SEN Coordination)
Headteacher: Mrs Sarah Durrant
SEND Governor: Mrs Nicola Hayes
 
If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEND please speak to their class teacher or contact Mrs Gail Sharp SENDCO on 01945 430378
 
Our approach to teaching learners with SEND
 
At Marshland St James Primary and Nursery 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 which can accessed through the school 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 our staff engage in coaching and supervision.
 
At Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School we value learning for all.
 
How we identify SEND
 
At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEND as:
 
“A child or young person has SEND 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:
 
• Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age:
• 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.”
• lf a learner is identified as having SEND 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 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 distract them from learning. At Marshland St James Primary 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 SEND. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.
 
Our SEND profile for 2016-17 shows that we have 15% of children identified as having SEND, and one of those has an Education Health and Care Plan.
 
Assessing SEND at Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School
 
Class Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Marshland St James Primary School we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their teacher. The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning. We have a range of assessment tools available within the school and can also access different materials and expertise from other cluster schools and extended agencies.
 
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school we have access to various specialist services. We also have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website available here.
 
Marshland St James Primary School, as part of the Marshland Cluster, have also commissioned for 2016-17 support from a variety of professionals such as:
 
• Educational Psychologists
• School Nurse
• Speech and Language Therapists
 
What we do to support learners with SEND at Marshland St James Primary 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. The teacher standards are available here: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards
 
Our teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
 
• Visual timetables
• Writing frames
• Laptops, or other alternative recording devices
• Positive behaviour rewards systems
• Small group intervention work
• Additional adult support
• Differentiated planning
• Specific mathematical resources, including Numicon items 
• Specialist resources that have been recommended
 
Each learner identified as having SEND 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 identified on a provision map, which although does not detail the individual learner names, describes the interventions and actions we undertake at Marshland St James Primary School to support learners with SEND across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every year, as our learners and their needs change.
 
Meeting are held between the SENDCO and SEND governor to monitor the impact of interventions as identified on the SEND provision map
 
Funding for SEND
 
Marshland St James Primary School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEND. 
 
The Marshland cluster of schools receives funding from the Local Authority which is distributed as 'top up' funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school. The total funding for the Marshland Cluster schools for 2016/17 is £150,898. Of this our school is allocated £11099.00.
 
All schools in the Marshland Cluster have signed a governance agreement which helps us work together. We have written our Cluster Policy for SEND which is available from the school office.
 
The Marshland Cluster of schools is committed to working together to improve learning for all and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEND. 
 
How do we find out if this support is effective?
 
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Marshland St James Primary School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are in the involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEND. 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 provision.
 
Children, parents/carers and their teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review into the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting once a term where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHCP will also be formally reviewed annually.
 
The SENDCO collates impact of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work.
 
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by teachers, the SENDCO, the Headteacher and Governors. We are also part of the Marshland Cluster moderation group so can ensure judgements stand up to scrutiny. 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 Marshland St James Primary School in 2016-17 we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities. For further information on these contact the school directly.
 
We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact the school to discuss specific requirements. 
 
All staff at Marshland St James Primary School are aware of 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 2010 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 SEND, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEND and disability legislation.
 
For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click here.
 
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 to another school, training provider or moving into employment. Marshland St James Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.
 
Planning for of our transition is part of our provision for all learners with SEND. Moving classes will be discussed 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
 
Marshland St James Primary School is a community centred school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEND report declares our annual offer to learners with SEND, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please contact us if you would like to comment on any part of our information report. This is a working document and will be updated annually.
 
If you are a parent of a child with SEND and are unsure about admission arrangements for pupils with either special education needs or disabilities, please feel free to call us on either 01945 430378 and either the SENDCO or Headteacher will be happy to talk to you.
 
Useful links
 
• www.norfolk.gov.uk/SEN
• http://www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk/
• www.gov.uk/dfe