INCLUSION AND SEND AT MILLBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL
All schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children within their community. It is our job to support parents in providing the best possible education for children. For the vast majority of children that will be through attending their local mainstream school.
For a small number of children their needs may be better met at an alternative setting. In those circumstances we have a role to support parents in identifying and accessing what is best for their child.
As part of the changes being implemented by the Department for Education in 2014 all Local Authorities must publish information about how they support special needs pupils. This is called the “Local Offer”. Schools must also publish information on their website about how they support SEND pupils within their own establishment.
What does SEND mean?
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability.
All children are individuals and their abilities in each area of the curriculum vary across a wide spectrum. Class teachers are used to providing lessons and activities which ensure good progress for pupils whatever their level of ability.
However, there are situations where a child’s needs are such that it is difficult for a class teacher to provide appropriately for them without additional and/or specialist support. This is usually when a child is described as having ‘special needs’.
Who decides if a child has special needs?
Every child is an individual and we aim to provide the best environment for all our pupils to develop. If a child needs something more than what is available through normal classroom practices then they can be described as having special needs. This covers a wide range of needs from a child struggling to make good progress in reading or maths to a child with significant disabilities.
As a result there is more than one route to deciding who has special needs. Sometimes children are identified in infancy, before they start school. There may be professionals involved with the child and the family who will work with the school to settle the child into Nursery or Reception.
Some children are diagnosed with a medical condition or disability either before starting school or during their time with us.
The school works with the relevant outside agencies to ensure that the child’s needs are met. A medical condition does not always mean that a pupil will find learning difficult. We may only need to make sure that we help them to be safe and healthy while they are in school and that their condition does not prevent them making the best possible progress.
We monitor academic progress for all our children very closely and put in additional support whenever we feel a child is not making the progress we expect. Parents are kept informed of this intervention through meetings and parents’ evenings.
When a child continues to struggle, even with this additional support, more detailed assessments are made.
Decisions about how best to address the difficulties are made through discussions between the SENCO, staff and parents often with advice from outside agencies.
Who will support my child while they are at school?
We are a two form entry school. Class teachers work in year group teams to plan and deliver the curriculum. Most lessons are taught by a class teacher to their own class.
There are a range of other interventions which are matched to the needs of individuals or groups of pupils. These are delivered by a teacher or teaching assistant often on a weekly basis.
It is the SENCO’s role to coordinate much of this. She has a number of staff to call upon (teaching assistants, ELSA, pastoral support) who deliver much of the individual and small group support. This is called the Inclusion team.
If a child needs specialist support the SENCO, in cooperation with parents, can arrange referrals. Many support services will assess a child and then provide the school with advice on how to best cater for a child’s needs.
How will I know about the progress my child is making?
All pupils at Millbrook, including those with special needs are set smart targets on a regular basis. These are shared with parents who are then given termly updates on their child’s progress. Teachers may discuss any child causing them concern with their parents on a more frequent basis.
For pupils with special needs there are additional opportunities for parents to meet with the staff involved in supporting their child and to discuss their progress. These meetings might include members of support services and wherever possible the child themselves.
For pupils with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHC), previously known as a 'statement', there is a statutory requirement to meet each year for an ‘annual review’ of the child’s needs. Parents are always invited to take part in these meetings and wherever possible (and appropriate) the child is there too. The views of parents and the child are a central part of the report that goes to the local authority.
Which other services and outside agencies are available to the school?
Millbrook has the support of a number of outside agencies provided by the local authority.
What training and expertise do the staff at Millbrook have?
Supporting those with a disability?
Millbrook prides itself on being an inclusive school. It is important to us that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and that no child is put at an unfair disadvantage because of their special need or disability. The vast majority of the school site is accessible for children or adults with a physical disability, including wheelchair users.
A management/support plan is drawn up for pupils with a disability in conjunction with the relevant specialists to ensure that the child has the support they need to access all aspects of school life. The school regularly carries out an ‘Accessibility Audit’ which can identify any aspects of the school building which needs improvement. We endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to make the school as accessible as possible for pupils and adults with a disability.
Whenever children go on an educational visit or are offered an after school club, adaptations are made to ensure that no child is excluded or disadvantaged because of their special needs or a disability.
What opportunities do parents have to discuss their child’s progress and their needs?
All parents have 3 opportunities to talk about their progress with their teacher and to agree targets for the coming term. This happens in terms 1, 3 & 6.
We endeavour to ensure that all pupils know who they can talk to if they have a concern. This may be their class teacher, a teaching assistant or a member of the leadership team.
How does Millbrook support the emotional, social and mental well-being of its SEND pupils?
How does Millbrook support its pupils when it’s time for them to move class or to leave the school?
There are a range of procedures in place to support pupils in their transition to a new class or school.