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Information Report on Special Educational Needs

Our Information Report on Special Educational Needs can be viewed below
Our Information Report on Special Educational Needs can be viewed below

Download our SEN Information Report 2018 -2019

Newington Green Primary School, like all schools in Islington, is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN).

Our expectation is that children and young people with SEN will receive an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

 

  • achieve their best
  • become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training

 

We will use our best endeavours to make sure that a pupil with SEN gets the

support they need – this means doing everything we can to meet the pupils’ special educational needs.

 

About this Information Report

This report answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the school and special educational needs. The format and information in this report has been developed through:

  • consultation with local parents and carers by Islington Council in April 2014
  • ongoing feedback from parents and carers and school staff at Newington Green Primary School.

 

We will review and update this information report regularly to reflect changes and feedback. The date for the next annual review of this report is September 2019.

If you need any more information, please see our SEN Policy or contact Helen Bennett (Deputy Headteacher – Achievement and Inclusion) on 0207 254 3092

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

  1. What kinds of Special Educational Needs (SEN) does the school cater for?

 

Newington Green Primary School is a mainstream primary school and welcomes children and young people with SEN in one or more of the following areas:

 

  • Communication and interaction

e.g. speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome

 

  • Cognition and learning

e.g. Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) global developmental delay, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia,  profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

 

  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH)

e.g. attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), depression, eating disorders, attachment disorder

 

  • Sensory and/or physical needs

e.g. vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) or Cerebral Palsy (CP) epilepsy {Note – the building is/is not fully accessible to pupils with mobility difficulties. See section 6}

 

  • Medical needs

Where pupils have medical needs and special educational needs, we will plan and deliver education provision in a co-ordinated way with their healthcare plan if they have one. We will also follow the statutory guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.

 

 

  1. What are the school’s policies for the identification and assessment of pupils with special educational needs (SEN)?

 

 

All of our teachers teach children with SEN. All of our staff recognise the importance of identifying SEN early and making effective provision quickly. The identification and assessment of SEN is built into the schools approach to monitoring the progress of all pupils.

 

We assess each pupil’s skills and levels of attainment when they first come to the school. This builds on the information from the child’s previous early years or school where appropriate, and provides us with information we need to monitor their progress. It also ensures that we discover any areas of difficulty early on. Where children already have their SEN diagnosed or identified we will work closely with the family and our partners to make sure we know as much as possible about the child before they start at the school.

 

Teachers are supported by the Senior Leadership Team to regularly assess pupils’ progress. This helps us to see any pupils whose progress:

 

  • is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline
  • fails to match or better their previous rate of progress
  • fails to close the attainment gap between them and their peers

 

Where assessments show that a child is not making adequate progress, our first response is to make sure there is high quality teaching in place.  Making high quality teaching normally available to the whole class is likely to mean that fewer pupils will require additional support.

 

If their progress continues to be slower than expected the teacher will work with the family and the SENCO to carry out a clear analysis of the child’s needs and identify if they need additional support. There can be many reasons why a child doesn’t make the progress expected of them – perhaps there has been a significant change in family circumstances such as a new baby, a move of home, or the death of a relative. Or perhaps because they have a special educational need.

 

The school uses a range of different assessment tools and systems to help identify and assess pupils with SEN. The tools and assessments gradually draw upon more frequent reviews and more specialist expertise to understanding SEN and match interventions to the SEN of pupils. They are summarised in the diagram below:

 

 

 

 

When considering if a child needs SEN support the school takes into account:

 

  • the pupil’s previous progress and attainment
  • the teacher’s assessment and experience of the pupil
  • the pupil’s development in comparison to their peers and national data
  • the views and experience of parents
  • the pupil’s own views
  • advice from external support services, where appropriate

 

Further information is set out in our SEN Policy.

 

 

  1. What are the school’s policies for making provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN), whether or not pupils have Education Health and Care Plans?

 

Most of our pupils with SEN have their needs met as part of high quality teaching. This may include teachers adapting what they do and having different approaches to meet different learning styles, personalised learning arrangements for different pupils and a range of interventions normally provided by the school.

 

If a pupil is identified (through the assessment process above) as having special educational needs their teacher and SENCO will consider everything we know about the pupil to determine the support that they need and whether it can be provided by adapting the school’s core offer or whether something different or additional is required.

 

Where provision for SEN is needed, we work with pupils and their families to plan what to do. This usually includes writing a plan of action using one of the SEN planning tools we have available to use. The tools we use are summarised below.

 

SEN Support

 

Provision Mapping: A document that is used to capture targeted and specialist interventions that will be ‘additional to’ and ‘different from’ the usual differentiated curriculum. Appendix A. Also see Pupil Premium report for full list of interventions.

 

Individual Plan (e.g. Pupil Passport): Our new format for IPs contains a 1-page profile and an action plan listing the goals and provision to meet the SEN. Example here: Appendix B

 

SEND Support Plan: A document containing a 1-page profile and a detailed action plan listing the goals and provision to meet the SEN. This is the same action plan that can be used as part EHCP.

Example here: Appendix C

 

Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP): Where the school has done everything it can to identify, assess and meet the SEN of the child and they are still not making the expected progress, the school or parents may consider requesting an Education, Health and Care assessment. The process for requesting an EHCP assessment in Islington can be found on the Council’s Local Offer website. www.islington.gov.uk/localoffer

 

 

 

Education Health and Care Plans are issued by the Local Authority where necessary and are used by the school to plan SEN provision for children with severe and complex needs. The EHP includes:

  • a detailed profile of the child, their strengths and aspirations for the future
  • any education, health and care needs they have
  • the goals or outcomes for the pupil agreed by the family and professionals for the next phase of their education
  • any education, health and social care provision in place to meet their needs

 

The EHCP includes a detailed annual support plan/action plan.  This plan sets out the goals for the pupil for the next year, and the activities that everyone supporting the child will put in place to support them Example here: Appendix D

 

 

 

 

The following table shows the number of pupils with SEN in the school in September 2018 and the type of tools we use to plan SEN provision:

 

SEN Planning Tool Number of pupils
Provision Mapping 91 pupils
Individual Education Plan (Pupil Passport) and SEND support plan 17 pupils
SEND Support Plan 5 pupils
Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP/ statement of Special Educational Need 3 pupils

 

 

  1. How does the school evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for SEN?

 

The quality of teaching is the most important factor in ensuring all pupils make progress. We regularly review the quality of teaching in the school and ensure that teachers are able to identify how individual children learn best and what support they need.

 

We test the effectiveness of our SEN provision by checking pupil progress and to see if the agreed goals and outcomes for a pupil are being met. Where professionals from health or social services are involved with the child we will ask for their help to inform and review progress, to make sure that all those supporting the family are working together effectively.

 

The teachers work with the SENCO, the parents and the child to make sure any SEN support is adapted or replaced by another approach if it is not being effective.

 

The SENCO and the head teacher report regularly to Governors on the quality of SEN provision and the progress towards outcomes being made by pupils with SEN. Governors also consider the attainment data for pupils with SEN and compare it with the progress of other pupils and the progress of pupils in similar schools. This helps to ensure that the approaches used to meeting SEN are based on the best possible evidence and are having the required impact on progress.

 

 

  1. What are the school’s arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with SEN?

 

Every pupil in the school has their progress reviewed regularly and this information will be shared with both parents and pupils. We provide an annual report to parents on their child’s progress, normally at the end of the school year.

 

Where a pupil is receiving SEN support, we provide feedback to parents more regularly. We contact parents by phone or in person where we have specific feedback or need to discuss specific achievements, concerns or observations. For children on, Send support plans and Education Health and Care plans we also have a review meeting at least three times each year. Some pupils with SEN may have more frequent reviews if they are required.

 

Reviews are usually led by a teacher with good knowledge and understanding of the pupil’s needs and attainment, usually the class teacher, supported where necessary by the SENCO.

 

Reviews involve the pupil, the family and other professionals where this is appropriate. They are used to:

  • discuss what is working well and not working well
  • find out if the SEN provision has been delivered as planned
  • review the pupil’s progress towards their goals and longer term outcomes
  • discuss and agree clear outcomes for the future
  • discuss and agree the support needed
  • share advice and information on the things that parents can do at home to reinforce or contribute to their child’s progress
  • identify the actions needed to meet the agreed outcomes, the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil, the school, the local authority and other partners.

 

A record of the outcomes, action and support agreed through the discussion is then shared with all the appropriate school staff and the pupil’s parents. This is recorded on the Islington Annual Review form.

 

When the school has an Ofsted inspection the Inspectors take a particular interest in the progress of pupils with SEN. The school’s most recent OFSTED inspection can be found on the school’s website.

 

 

  1. What is the school’s approach to teaching pupils with SEN?

 

All pupils, including those with SEN, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Teachers plan lessons carefully and think about the wide range of different needs in their class and use the information from assessments and progress reviews to set targets which are deliberately ambitious to encourage pupils to aim high. Teachers plan their lessons with the SEN of pupils in mind, which means that most pupils with SEN and disabilities will be able to study the full national curriculum along with their peers

 

Teaching staff always aim to match the work given to pupils with their ability to do it. School staff such as Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors and other more specialist staff, may be directed to work with pupils, in pairs or small groups and sometimes individually.

 

The type of SEN support provided is based on reliable evidence of what works. We are careful to avoid the over reliance of individual support for pupils as evidence shows that in many cases this prevents them becoming independent learners.

 

The SENCO, supported by the Senior Leadership Team ensures that staff have sufficient skills and knowledge to deliver the interventions that pupils need.

 

 

 

 

  1. How does the school adapt the curriculum and learning environment for pupils with SEN?

 

We are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils including those with SEN. We have a duty not to directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children and young people. We make all reasonable adaptations to the curriculum and the learning environment to make sure that pupils with SEN are not at a substantial disadvantage compared with their peers.

 

We work closely with families and partners to work out what disabled children and young people might need before they start with us, and what adjustments we might need to be make.  We discuss with families what we can do to adapt the curriculum and/or the building as necessary, and in order to getting additional resources and support.

 

Teachers will be supported by the SENCO to assess, plan and differentiate the curriculum or make adaptations to meet the needs of pupils with SEN. This may also involve working with outside partners. For example, we might need to:

 

  • Provide visual resources to support learning
  • rearrange the layout of the classroom
  • create a quiet area in the school
  • buy specialist ICT software
  • identify appropriate ancillary aids and assistive technology, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and support the families’ application for funding to purchase the equipment.

 

 

In considering what adaptations, we need to make the SENCO will work with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements. A link to the Equality Act 2010 can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents

 

 

 

 

  1. e) What additional support for learning is available to pupils with SEN?

 

The school organises the additional support for learning into 3 different levels (also called waves).

 

Wave 1 (Universal): describes quality inclusive teaching which takes into account the learning needs of all the children in the classroom. This includes providing differentiated work and creating an inclusive learning environment.

 

Wave 2 (Targeted): describes specific, additional and time-limited interventions provided for some children who need help to accelerate their progress to enable them to work at or above age-related expectations. Wave 2 interventions are often targeted at a group of pupils with similar needs.

 

Wave 3 (Specialist): describes targeted provision for a minority of children where it is necessary to provide highly tailored intervention to accelerate progress or enable children to achieve their potential. This may include specialist interventions.

 

 

 

We provide additional support for pupils with SEND to be able to access exams, when needed.

 

We are able to support the administration of medication if it is recommended by health professionals

 

 

 

 

  1. f) What extra-curricular activities are available for pupils with SEN?

 

The school has a wide range of extra circular activities including:

  • A breakfast club each morning between 7.30am – 8.50am
  • Lunchtime clubs
  • After school clubs including, sports, arts and music activities

 

The current list of activities for this term can be found in the main office.

 

We try to make sure that all pupils with SEN can engage in these activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEN. Where it is agreed that taking part in these activities will contribute significantly to meeting the agreed outcomes for a pupil with SEN the school will normally be able to pay for any training, resources or equipment that may be needed.

 

The school also provides opportunities for pupils to go on school trips and we organise an annual residential trip for year 6. We will involve parents of pupils with SEN in the planning of school trips and residential to assess the benefits and risks and identify how the needs of individual pupils can be best met.

 

The school also provides access to childcare through their own after-school provision and a partnership with a local provider that delivers holiday time childcare. If there are barriers to children with SEN accessing this childcare, the school will work with the family, the provider and other partners to identify any appropriate actions and resources to address these barriers.

 

 

  1. g) What support is available for improving the emotional and social development of pupils with SEN?

 

The culture and structures within the school aim to encourage the emotional and social development for all pupils, including those with SEN.

 

We work hard to create a culture within the school that values all pupils, allows them to feel a sense of belonging and makes it possible to talk about problems in a non-stigmatising way. We have clear policies on behaviour and bullying that set out the responsibilities of everyone in the school. We have clear systems and processes so that staff can identify and respond to mental health difficulties.

 

For children with more complex problems, additional in-school interventions may include:

 

  • advice and support to the pupil’s teacher – to help them manage the pupil’s behaviour within the classroom, taking into account the needs of the whole class

 

  • small group sessions – to promote positive behaviour, social development and self-esteem

 

  • individual action plans – to support pupils during transition periods, break times
  • additional support for the pupil – to help them cope better within the classroom
  • therapeutic work with the pupil, delivered by specialists (within or beyond the school), which might take the form of cognitive behavioural therapy, behaviour modification or counselling approaches family support and/or therapy by health professionals – to help the child and their family better understand and manage behaviour.

For further information please see our behaviour management policy on the website.

 

  1. Who is the SEN Co-Ordinator and how do I contact them?

 

Our Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is a qualified teacher working at the school who has responsibility for SEN. They work closely with the head teacher and governing body as well as all teachers. If you have concerns about your child you should speak to your child’s teacher before you speak to the SENCO.

 

The SENCO is responsible for:

 

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
  • coordinating provision for children with special educational needs
  • liaising with and advising fellow teachers
  • overcoming barriers to learning and sustaining effective teaching
  • managing teaching assistants
  • overseeing the records of all children with SEN and Disability
  • liaising with parents of children with SEN
  • planning successful movement (transition) to a new class group or school
  • providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs
  • liaising with external agencies including the LA’s support and educational

psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies

 

Helen Bennett- Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO for short)

Phone: 0207 254 3092

You can request a meeting with the SENCO via the main office.

 

 

 

 

  1. What expertise and training do the school staff have in relation to SEN and how will specialist expertise be secured?

 

The school supports its staff to access a wide range of information on appropriate interventions for pupils with different types of need, and to access associated training to ensure they have the necessary knowledge and expertise.

 

The responsibility for ensuring staff have the appropriate training and expertise to meet the needs of pupils with SEN training is shared between the Head teacher, SENCO and the Governing body. We closely monitor the training and development needs of our staff through annual appraisal.

 

 

The following tables show the training and expertise of the school staff.

 

General SEN training for all staff

 

Details of training / expertise % of school staff trained/school staff
How to support pupils with emotional needs (Solihull training) 33%
Paediatric First Aid 28%
SEN  reforms 100%
Communicate in Print training 50% of teaching assistants, Cover Supervisors and HLTAs

Fierce training – managing challenging conversations

 

33%
Teaching Curriculum Vocabulary 70% of teaching assistants
Introduction to autism 75%
Autism in EYFS 100% of EYFS staff
Positive Play training 100% of MMS, Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentor
Phonics 80%
Precision teaching 100% of teaching assistants
Guided reading 100% of teaching and support staff
Pivotal Behaviour training 100% of teaching and support staff
Using ACE dictionaries for dyslexic learners 50% of teaching assistants, Cover Supervisors and HLTAs
Colourful Semantics 100% of teaching staff and 50% of Support Staff
NESSY dyslexia software 80% of Support Staff and Learning Mentor and ICT lead

 

 

 

Specific SEN training and expertise

 

Details of training / expertise School staff
Accredited SENCO (National Award) Deputy Head- Achievement and Inclusion

Leadership autism

 

1 Teacher and 1 HLTA
Working with Children with Speech, Language and Communication issues 1 HLTA

Every Child a Talker

 

1 Class Teacher

Learning Mentoring

 

1 Learning mentor

Screening for Dyslexia.

 

1 teacher

Practical Solutions Plus – writing

 

1 HLTA
ADHD 1 Teacher, 1 HLTA, 1 Learning Mentor and 1 TA
NESSY dyslexic software 2 teachers and 2 teaching assistants
Managing Challenging Behaviour

1 Learning Mentor

4 teachers

 

 

Specialist SEN Training (for specific children)

 

Details of training/ expertise School staff trained
Manual handling

6 Senior leaders

1 Learning Mentor

Insulin pump (Medtronic Paradigm) training

1 Nursery Nurse

2 Teaching Assistants

 

Training for Central Venous Cathetars

1 Teacher

2 Nursery Nurses

1 Teaching Assistant

Training for managing diabetes in school

1 Deputy Headteacher

1 HLTA

2 Teachers

2 Teaching Assistants

Anaphylaxics and Epi pen training

2 Senior leaders

1 teacher

4 Teaching Assistants

 

An Awareness of Type 1 diabetes in Schools and Other Settings

1 Teacher

1 Nursery Nurse

1 Teaching Assistant

 

Our staff also access training and materials provided through outreach services offered to mainstream schools by each of Islington’s special schools. SEN training and expertise will be sought when the needs of individual children require it, for example when there is a need to prepare for a child coming to the school. This can include:

 

  • Reading about the conditions
  • Visits to other schools to see good practice
  • Home visits
  • Training by the Complex Care Nursing Team

 

 

  1. What equipment and facilities are available to support pupils with SEN?

 

Newington Green Primary School has a flat site at pavement level with 2 playgrounds that are all at the same level and step free. The school buildings consist of a main two-storey block with a separate 1 storey block and three-storey tower block. Whilst nursery and reception, year 1 and year 2 classrooms are on the ground floor all other year groups are on the second floor. There are 3 separate flights of stairs to the second floor but no lifts. There is one disabled toilet on the ground floor and one on the first floor. There is one disabled parking space.

 

Equipment available in our school to all children at any time needed:

 

  • Additional laptops for children with fine motor skills difficulties
  • Sensory equipment including pencil grips, sensory toys, slope boards, sensory cushions
  • Devices for additional recording e.g. Cameras, video recorders, voice recorders
  • SEN software – Communication in Print to produce printed matter with visual prompts, specific maths and literacy computer programmes including, NESSY.
  • Aids to help children with dyslexia e.g coloured overlays, yellow books

 

The school will consider purchasing other equipment if there is an agreed identified need.  We will normally consider this at the pupil’s termly or annual review.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What are the arrangements for consulting and involving parents of children with SEN in their child’s education?

 

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education through:

 

  • discussions with the class teacher
  • setting and reviewing targets
  • Parents’ evenings
  • during discussions with Helen Bennett – SENCO or other professionals
  • commenting and contributing to assessment, planning and reviews

 

If your child has an Education, Health and Care plan we will discuss their progress with you every term and have a formal review with you and your child at least annually. Further information about reviews can be found in question 3b above.

 

Specific support to help you support your child at home will include;

 

  • Meetings with teachers and SEN staff to discuss progress and support including ideas for home.
  • Parents as Educators programmes e.g. maths workshops, Early years workshops on maths, Early writing, phonics and reading
  • Parenting programmes

 

 

If we think your child needs significant amounts of extra support we will always discuss this with you and, where appropriate, meetings with the parents and the people supporting your child can be arranged.

 

Where required we will arrange interpreters to enable parents to fully participate in formal meetings.

 

 

 

  1. What are the arrangements for consulting and involving pupils with SEN in their education?

 

Engaging all pupils as active participants in their own education and in making a positive contribution to their school and local community is a priority for the school. All children are consulted about their learning on a regular basis.

 

Where pupils have SEN, we will take extra care to involve them and make sure their voice is heard. Their involvement will be tailored to each child and take into account their preferred methods of communication. This may include:

 

  • providing them with relevant information in accessible formats

 

  • using clear ordinary language and images rather than professional jargon

 

  • giving them time to prepare for discussions and meetings
  • dedicating time in discussions and meetings to hear their views
  • involving the pupil in all or part of the discussion itself, or gathering their views as part of the preparation

 

  • supporting their access to an adult who can help them express their views where necessary (this could be a family member or a professional)
  • ensuring staff are skilled in working with children, parents and young people to help them make informed decisions and have access to training so they can do this effectively

 

We ensure that pupils with SEN are included and represented in the groups and activities that we have set up to listen to the views of pupils and involve them in decision-making. These groups and activities include:

  • The School Council
  • Annual pupil survey
  • Class discussion charter

 

The views of the individual child and young person sit at the heart of the SEN assessment and planning process. We will make sure that assessments include the wishes and feelings of the child, their aspirations, the outcomes they wish to seek and the support they need to achieve them. Whenever possible we include pupils with SEN in planning how best to support them, and in reviewing their progress. This may include the use of questionnaires, story boards or symbols.

 

All pupils with SEN will have specific goals and outcomes and they will be part of the discussion to agree and review these. Where a personal budget is being used for those with an EHCP, the school will support the child’s involvement in decisions about their support.

 

 

  1. What are the arrangements for parents raising concerns and making a complaint about the SEN provision at the school?

 

We are committed to providing excellent services to all our children and their parents and we believe the best way to do this is to listen to your views. We encourage parents to contact us about their concerns and not to wait for the next formal opportunity to meet. So if you have something to tell us, whether good or bad, please contact the class teacher or Deputy Headteacher (SENCO)

If you have a complaint about SEN provision, please tell us promptly by contacting the following people in this order;

  • the class teacher
  • the Deputy Headteacher  (SENCO)
  • The Headteacher – using the main school number
  • The SEN governor (a letter can be submitted through school office)

 

The SEN governor will then refer to the complaints procedure to try and address the issue.

 

We realise that parents can sometimes find schools a bit scary and may need someone to help them approach us if things aren’t going well. If you need support to raise a concern or make a complaint this you may want to contact SENDIAS, an independent organisation that provides a disagreement resolution service. You can contact them on 020 7316 1930, or by email to Lydia Hodges at LydiaH@centre404.org.uk

 

 

Further information on local support for families of pupils with SEN can be found in the Local Offer. See question 13 below.

 

 

 

  1. How does the school involve others in meeting the needs of pupils with SEN and in supporting the families of such pupils?

 

Where a pupil continues to make less than expected progress, despite evidence-based support and interventions that are matched to the pupil’s area of need, we seek advice and support from specialists from outside agencies such as:

  • Educational Psychologists
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • specialist teachers
  • therapists (including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists)
  • Social workers

 

We always involve parents in any decision to involve specialists.

 

The SENCO is the person who usually coordinates the contact and works with these outside agencies. We mainly use other agencies outside of the school to:

 

  • help us train staff e.g. epilepsy and diabetes ,tube feeding,
  • get more specialised advice e.g. advice on hearing impairment
  • carry out assessments e.g. a social care assessment
  • ask for a service to be delivered e.g. physiotherapy
  • setting programmes for implementation at home and in school
  • review progress and plan provision e.g at annual reviews

 

The main agencies used by the school are shown in Appendix E.

 

We run an annual ‘Meet the Agencies’ event each Spring , in which we invite parents/carers to come and meet some of the different outside agencies with whom we work.

 

 

  1. What local support is there for the parents of pupils with SEN?

 

Information about local support is located here: www.islington.gov.uk/localoffer

 

The Family Information Service – 020 7527 5959

Gives free impartial information, advice and guidance about services for children, young people and families.

email fis@islington.gov.uk

Website: www.islington.gov.uk/fis

 

Islington SEND Community Support Service  020 3031 6651

 

The Service provides free, legally based, impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/sendias/islingtonsend/

 

  1. What are the school’s arrangements for supporting pupils with SEN when they join the school, and supporting them to move to secondary school / further education, training or employment/ adulthood and independent living?

 

All children and young people with SEND and their families may be particularly anxious about changing classes or “moving on” from school to school. We work with families and our partner organisations to make sure changes are planned and well managed.

 

Transition guide table:

 

  Additional arrangements for children with SEN (examples)

In to nursery / Reception

 

  • Swift transfer of records
  • Home visit
  • Work with Islington’s Early Years Inclusion Team
  • Transition meeting with the previous setting
  • Transition plan drawn up with main carer and your child (could include managed visits, pictures or transition book or video, social stories about ‘moving on’)

 

When moving to another school

 

  • We will contact the School SENCO and share information about the special arrangements and support that has been made to help your child achieve their learning goals.
  • Swift transfer of records
  • Transition meeting with the new setting
  • Transition plan (as above)

 

When moving groups/ forms/ classes in school

 

  • Transition meetings are held within school with the new class teacher.
  • Work with child to prepare for the next class through: Transition books, transition programme, visual supports and visits to the next setting. This will be shared with parents and transition books that can be taken home over the holidays.

 

–Primary to secondary transition

 

  • Swift transfer of records
  • Year 5 annual reviews planning meeting
  • During Year 6 the SENCO will attend the Secondary Transfer Conference to discuss the specific needs of your child, and the nature and level of support which has had the most impact, with the secondary school they will be transferring to
  • Additional multi-agency meetings will be arranged to create a more detailed “transition” plan which may include more visits to the new school and/or additional visits from the new school for the children where these changes are more complex

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Where can I find more information about SEND services in Islington and the local area (the Local Offer)?

 

All Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled.

 

The Local Offer has two key purposes:

 

  • to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the available provision and how to access it
  • to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review

 

The school cooperates with the Local Authorities in the local area to:

 

  • make families aware of the kind of support available to them and where to find the Local Offer
  • help people access the Local Offer information, especially where there are barriers to them accessing it. This can include helping them to access the internet, printing off pages, explaining, interpreting and
  • consult children and young people and their families directly in preparing and reviewing the Local Offer
  • keeping the Local Offer information up to date and identifying gaps in provision

To find out more about the range of services on offer locally go to:

 

Islington Local Offer:  www.islington.gov.uk/localoffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1

Provision at Newington Green Primary School for pupils with additional and special needs.

 

Whole School Approach

for all our pupils

 

Targeted support for individuals or small groups

(according to need)

Short/medium term

Specialised individual support

(according to need)

Medium/long term

Learning and curriculum approaches

·         Quality First teaching for all

·         Schemes of work and policies to meet the needs of all learners.

·         Learning targets for core subjects for every pupil

·         Consistent expectations, routines and systems across the school

·         On- going assessment of individual pupil’s progress and attainment

·         Pupil progress meetings once a term, attended by Class teacher and Senior leaders

·          Differentiated teaching appropriate to individual pupil needs and abilities.

·         Parents evenings each term to discuss their child’s progress

·         Small group work with teachers, and Learning assistants.

·         Individual learning targets for small groups reviewed termly.

·         ‘Bespoke’ meetings with parents regarding specific issues.

·         Additional visual displays, table top resources and Help boxes supplied in class to support learning and independence

·         Individual behaviour systems and rewards

 

·         Individualised support from specialist teacher, learning support assistant and other professionals

·         Individualised learning programme and learning day to meet holistic needs

·         Pupil passports and individual plans reviewed and updated termly

·         Classroom adaptations

·         Regular contact with parents

·         Multi-agency meetings (Team around the Child, Team around the Family, or Team Around the School) to review areas of difficulty and levels of support

Support

·         Home visits for all pupils starting Nursery

·         Teaching assistant support in each class

·         Support provided to meet personal and social needs.

·         Breakfast club, five days a week.

·         After school clubs.

·         Support/guidance from the school’s Educational Psychologist

·         Programmes and group sessions developed and monitored by the Speech and Language link therapist

·         Support from our Learning Mentor.

·         Support to access external organisations and services

·         Individualised support according to needs

·         Advisory teacher visits for advice on targets/resources

·         Additional advice from medical services, autism assessment teams health care teams etc.

·         Specific therapy programmes delivered directly by either SLCN/Occupational/physio therapist, or integrated into classroom

 

 

 

 

Appendix  B

 

Pupil Passport for Brian Smith

  

 

Date……………                              Brian’s Pupil Passport for Summer Term 2014

My goals for the year My goals for this term How you can help me achieve this How did I do?
I will be able to use all past tenses when I am speaking. I will be able to use the regular past tense when I am speaking. All adults to model correct language
I will be able to dress myself, eat lunch by myself and come upstairs and into class by myself in the morning. I will eat my lunch without adult support. Picture prompts help me to remember what to do
I will join in shared activities my friends. I will play board games with my friends. I will use board games that I already know
I will start all my writing using a prompt. I will write my news by myself. I will bring in something from the weekend to remind me of what I did and I will talk about it before I write.

 

 

Actions

WHAT WHEN WHO
Structured language activity using picture prompts. 4 x 30 mins per week Speech Therapist 4×30 mins + follow up sessions with TA
Eat lunch with picture prompts and follow the routine with the TA checking at the beginning, middle and end of lunchtime. Every lunchtime TA
Play a board game with friends Assembly time once a week TA
Use of news prompts with key question words and word bank. Every Monday morning Class teacher

 

Date for review…………………

 

 Appendix  C

SEND Support Plan for: Persons name                                                 

Medium term goal:

 

Short term goal (for the next 3-12 months):
How will we measure this? When will we measure this? Who will measure this?
Actions Resources
What When Who What is needed? Where  from?

Medium term goal:

 

Short term goal (for the next 3-12 months):

 

How will we measure this? When will we measure this? Who will measure this?
Actions Resources
What When Who What is needed? Where  from?

 

 

Medium term goal:

 

Short term goal (for the next 3-12 months):

 

How will we measure this? When will we measure this? Who will measure this?
Actions Resources
What When Who What is needed? Where  from?

 

Medium term goal:

 

Short term goal (for the next 3-12 months):

 

How will we measure this? When will we measure this? Who will measure this?
Actions Resources
What When Who What is needed? Where  from?

 

Important Contacts

Name Why they are important Phone Email

 

Important Documents

Document name Date Where it can be found

 

Actions to make this plan happen and review the goals

Action Who will do it When will they do it
APPENDIX D

    ________’s Plan

Education Health and Care Plan

 

(Having your picture on

the front of your plan

is optional.

 

You could also choose a picture of something that interests you).

 

This plan has been put together to help me to progress towards the things that are important to me now and for my long term future.

 

The information in this plan is confidential but I am happy for all or parts of the plan to be shared with the people that need to know the information to help me. The exceptions to this are:

  • SECTION ??? – please ask my permission before sharing this part of the plan.

 

Date plan starts  
Date plan ends The end of the phase of education

 

SECTION A Pupil Profile

First name

 

 

Surname  
Date of Birth   Gender  
My address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tel   Mobile  
Email  
Ethnicity   Home Language  

 

Parent / Carer / Guardian (1)
First name   Surname  

Address

(if different from above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tel   Mobile  
Email  

 

Parent / Carer / Guardian (2)
First name   Surname  

Address

(if different from above)

 

 

 

Tel   Mobile  
Email  

 

The following pupil profile sets out the views of …………..(person’s name) and ………….(parent/carer/ guardian). Where the views are specifically those of the person they are shown in “quotation marks”.

 

My name is

  

How I communicate and make decisions

 

 

 People important to me

  

My story so far

 

My history

 

  • A summary of the person’s story from the child and family’s perspective
  • Written as bullet points or short paragraphs
  • Helps to prevent the family having to repeat their story
  • Can include:

the birth story

where the person has lived

significant events

education history

health history

 

Who is in my family

            A summary of the person’s relationships with their family

  • This should provide more details about those shown in the family section of the previous page.
  • It can include how often the person sees different members of their family, how they feel about that person, what that person does with them.

 

 What I am good at and my achievements

  

Further information about the person that builds upon their one page profile.

This page of the profile can be organised in other ways or use other headings as long as the text covers the same information.

  

My dreams and aspirations for the future

 

 

SECTION B  Special Educational Needs

 

Summary of strengths and difficulties

for the person and the family

The impact of these difficulties and the

implications for teaching and learning

 

This is a summary of the areas of strength and difficulty identified related to their needs for education identified by education, health or social care formal assessments.

 

They can be grouped together under the fllowing headings:

 

 

·         Cognition and learning

 

·         Communication and interaction

 

·         Behaviour, emotional and social development

 

·         Sensory, physical and or medical

 

This section is a summary of how the person’s areas of difficulty impact on their education. This can include their impact on both the person and the family.

 

 

 

 SECTION C Health Needs

Summary of strengths and difficulties

for the child / young person and the family

The impact of these difficulties

 on the child / young person and the family

 

This is a summary of the areas of difficulty identified through the EHC needs assessment which relate to the person’s SEN. Health care needs, such as routine dental health needs, are unlikely to be related.

 

 

 

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) may also choose to specify other health care needs which are not related to the child or young person’s SEN (e.g. a long term condition which might need management in a special educational setting).

 

 

 

This section is a summary of how the areas of difficulty impact on their education. This can include their impact on both the child and the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION D  Social Care Needs

Summary of strengths and difficulties

for the person and the family

The impact of these difficulties

 on the person and the family

 

A summary of any social care needs identified through the EHC needs assessment which relate to the person’s SEN or which require provision for a child or young person under 18 under section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.

 

The local authority may also choose to specify other social care needs which are not linked to the person’s SEN. This could include reference to any child in need or child protection plan.

 

 

This section is a summary of how the areas of difficulty impact on their education. This can include their impact on both the child and the family.

 

 

 

SECTION E  Goals and Outcomes

 

Agreed Priority Goals / outcomes for education, health and care (medium term goals)
 

The goals to be achieved by the end of the next phase of education.

They can include goals related to education, health, social care or any aspect of the persons life.

  They should relect what really matters to the person.
  They should be listed in priority order – from their perspective (where possible) even if others disagree
  The goals will be used to help write SMART short term goals on the EHCP Support Plan in Appendix A.
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

These goals/ outcomes will be used to write my EHCP Support Plan (Appendix A).  for the next phase of my education.

The EHCP Support plan contains: short term goals; how progress and success will be measured; by whom and when, resources neded and who provides them; the arrangements for implementing the support plan; details of any personal budget used to help deliver the plan; a risk assessment.

The progress towards these medium and short term outcomes/ goals will be reviewed at least annually and will be used to monitor and review the progress towards my future goals, plans and aspirations.

 

 

 

SECTION F Special Education Needs Provision

 

Support available to me in addition to the local offer

 

Where the resources are coming from

 

Special educational needs may include those requiring health and social care provision where such provision is for the person’s education or training.

 

Decisions about whether health care provision or social care provision should be treated as special educational provision must be made on an individual basis.

 

Speech and language therapy and other therapy provision can be regarded as either education or health care provision, or both. It could therefore be included in an EHC plan as either educational or health provision.

 

However, since communication is so fundamental in education, addressing speech and language impairment should normally be recorded as special educational provision unless there are exceptional reasons for not doing so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

SECTION G Health Needs Provision

 

Support available to me in addition to the local offer

 

 

Where the resources are coming from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 SECTION H1 Social Care Needs Provision

 

Support available to me in addition to the local offer

 

Where the resources are coming from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION H2 Social Care Needs Provision

 

Support available to me in addition to the local offer

 

Where the resources are coming from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION I Provision

 

Name of provision: Nursery / School / College/ Training Provider

 

Address:

 

Type of provision: Maintained nursery school, maintained school, academy, free school (mainstream or special) non-maintained special school, further education or sixth form college, independent school or independent specialist college.

 

The institution named is: (delete as appropriate)

  • under the duty to admit the child/ young person in clause 43 of the Children and Families Bill 2014.
  • admitting the child/ young person on a voluntary basis.

 

 SECTION J Personal Budget

Area Resources available as a personal budget

Conditions for use

e.g. (the period of time it covers and how flexible it is)

Related goals / outcomes

 

School     From Section E
Education – Local Authority      
Health – CCG      
Social Care – Local Authority      

 

Where a personal budget is being used to purchase provision, more details will be written  in the EHCP Support Plan (Appendix A) including:

  • the actual amount being taken as a personal budget
  • a description of the provision that will be purchased
  • the cost of provision
  • the arrangements for any direct payments
  • any other arrangements for paying or managing the budget

SECTION K  Information and Advice

The following reports, evidence and advice were taken into account when writing this EHCP and are available as appendices to this plan.

 

Type of advice Provided  by Role Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION L Agreement

  Name Signature Date
Person (or their representative)

 

 

Parent / Guardian

 

 

School

 

 

Education – Local Authority
Health – CCG

 

 

Social Care – Local Authority

 

SECTION M Legal Status of this EHCP

 

The following parts of this plan can be updated with the by the consent of the person, parent and the Team Around the Child.

  • Section A – Contact Details and Profile
  • Appendix A EHCP Support Plan (short term goals; how progress and success will be measured; by whom and when, resources neded and who provides them; the arrangements for implementing the support plan; details of any personal budget used to help deliver the plan; a risk assessment.)

All other parts of the plan can only be changed with consent of the Local Authority. 

 

Appendix E

 

External organisations that work with the school

 

Name Areas of expertise/ training

Early Years Inclusion Team

 

The Early Years Inclusion Team (EYIT) offers support and advice for children with special needs in under-fives settings. They work with parents, carers, staff, and other professionals in education and health. They aim to support progress and support settings so that all children can access the Foundation Stage curriculum to their full potential.

Richard Cloudesley Outreach Service

 

The service provides advice to schools and settings to ensure children and young people with sensory difficulties achieve outcomes in line with their peers and become independent learners.

The Bridge School Outreach Service

 

The team work with Islington primary and secondary mainstream schools to support staff to develop inclusive practice for pupils with autism and severe and profound learning difficulties.

Samuel Rhodes School Outreach

 

The Outreach Team support students with moderate learning difficulties to promote effective inclusion. They offer support to children who are failing to achieve or are having difficulty adjusting to the demands of mainstream school.

Educational Psychology Service

 

This service uses psychology to promote

the well-being and educational success of

children and young people through direct

interventions and by empowering other

professionals, parents and carers.

CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)

 

Islington CAMHS aims to provide a service to help children, young people (aged 0-18) and families with behavioural, emotional and mental health difficulties.
Speech and Language Therapy

The speech and language therapist provides assessment and activities or advice for children who have:

• Speech and language delay

• Speech and language impairments

• Difficulties with eating and or drinking or in changing from one type of food to another

• A delay in communication due to a physical disability

• A particular syndrome or condition where speech and language is likely to be delayed.

Physiotherapy

The physiotherapist provides assessment and activities or advice for children who:

• Are developing physically very slowly

• Whose physical development needs to be monitored because there is a risk of problems in the future, for example complications due to extreme prematurity or cerebral palsy

• Who have problems with their joint range of movement or the tension in their muscles when moving

• Who need specialist equipment for their mobility

Occupational Therapy

 

The occupational therapist work with a range of children with physical, sensory and learning difficulties and disabilities that effect different areas of the child’s and family’s life and education.

Behaviour Support Service

 

Support schools to develop their capacity to support pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
Families First Families First supports families with school-aged children up to 19 years old in Islington.  They offer support with housing, routines, family relationships, debt management, and behaviour.
Hackney Family Support Service Hackney Family Support works with families with in Hackney. They offer support with housing, routines, family relationships, debt management, and behaviour.
More Life MoreLife run Family Clubs, Teen Clubs, Holiday Clubs and Specialist Weight Management Services for children and young people in Islington.

Social Services

 

The Children’s Social Care service is responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in need and children in care.