SEND - Local Offer
All North Yorkshire maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND.) They are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, whatever their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. The Local Authority publishes its Local Offer which provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place.
North Yorkshire County Council have published their local offer for children and families from 0-25. This outlines what is available for children and young people with SEND in our Local Authority.
All schools are required to provide information to parents on how to seek additional support beyond that which is ‘normally available’ for their child.
The main aim of the local offer is to enable families to see readily the support they can expect locally without having to struggle to find the information. If there is any information that you would like to know that is not on the website then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Barton (Inclusion Manager).
Find out more from the North Yorkshire County Council website
How we decide when a child needs to go on the SEN register
There are 4 areas of need according to the 2014 Code of Practice.
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental and Emotional health
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making the expected progress. Some children may need extra help and support, the class teacher is usually the first person to notice that the child needs this extra help. If this is the case then they will ask for a meeting with the SENDCO to discuss strategies. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then a discussion with parents/carers about the possibility of putting the child on the SEN register will take place.
Once a discussion has taken place, a final decision will be made by parents/carers, the class teacher and the SENDCO regarding the next appropriate steps.
Provision, resources and services
Lessons are differentiated for all learners, including those with SEND, in order for them to access the learning at their level and make progress. The school has access to a wide range of professionals and outside agencies that we can contact for further support and advice. If we feel that outside agency input would benefit your child then we will have a meeting in school to discuss this with you.
We have access to:
- Speech and language therapists
- Educational Psychologists
- Parent Support Advisers
- Enhanced Mainstream schools for specific learning difficulties, communication and interaction and BESD
- Specialist teachers for hearing and visually impaired children
Interventions are necessary to help children make progress. Staff who deliver focused interventions such as First Class @ Number and reading intervention have all had the necessary training. As a whole school, we have refresher training for all the different areas of need. All our staff are highly trained and they are observed delivering the interventions. In doing this we can ensure that all the staff are consistent in their approach. Any staff who feel they need more training in a specific area have the opportunity to attend relevant training sessions.
Transition is carefully planned for all children whether children are moving from our Early Years unit to Key stage 1, Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, moving into the area from another school or making the leap to secondary school. Regardless of circumstances we hold meetings with previous teachers/schools to handover information and discuss individual children and their needs. Their Inclusion Passport is then passed on to either the next teacher or school. This documents all the interventions that have happened in their current or previous primary schools along with other information such as interests, levels and recent achievements. Children with SEND will also have extra visits to their new setting in order for them to become familiar with the routines of the day.
For children transitioning to secondary school once a place has been confirmed then a meeting will be set up with parents, the current school SENDCO and the SENDCO from the secondary school to discuss how the transition for the child will take place to ensure a smooth and relaxed change occurs.
The Parent Partnership service has now changed to SENDIASS - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services. The SENDIASS Coordinators can offer impartial advice and support which could include making a home visit to listen to any concerns you may have, or attend meetings with you. They may also be able to put you in touch with other organisations or parent support groups.
A SENDIASS Co-ordinator can be contacted through North Yorkshire on 0845 034 9469.
Should you require any extra information then please do not hesitate to come and see me in school.