Our Curriculum Areas
Special Educational Needs
West Haddon C of E Endowed Primary School is an inclusive school and as such we believe that the best provision for children who have additional needs is quality first teaching. However, should a child need a more focused intervention then they are withdrawn at certain times during the day for extra teaching in relevant areas.
The school has a dedicated and skilled team of teachers and teaching support staff who work with the children on a range of intervention programmes. Where necessary we access support from outside agencies such as Educational Psychology or Behaviour Support.
Below is the school's SEN Information Report.
Should you have any queries about our provision for Special Educational Needs please do not hesitate to contact Ms Pulling, our SENCo on 01788 510318.
SEN Currently Catered for at West Haddon Primary School
The new SEN Code of Practice identifies four key areas of SEN:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, mental and emotional health
- Sensory and/ physical
West Haddon Primary School presently caters for children who are identified in one or more of each of the above areas.
These children have children the following needs:
- Working memory difficulties.
- Social and Emotional Difficulties
- Autistic Tendencies
- Visual impairments
- Speech and language
Identification and Assessment of SEN.
The list below shows a number of ways that the school has of identifying if a child has SEN.
- When Children enter school with a statement, the statement is shared and discussed with teachers, teaching assistants and senco and an individual education plan and one page child profile is written to guide the way forward.
- Discussions with parents or staff where concerns are expressed which lead to further investigation
- Data analysis which shows a widening gap between a child and their peer group
- Scrutiny of behaviour books and discussion with pastoral support assistant to see if a child is continually struggling during with their emotions or concentration
How West Haddon School Manages Provision for children with SEN
Evaluation of effectiveness of provision, we undertake careful monitoring of the impact of interventions and support given to SEN pupils at the school. This is the case for all children including pupil premium, LAC, disadvantaged children and children not making expected progress. The primary provision for SEN children is the same as all the children.
Quality first teaching. The effectiveness of this is judged as part of the normal monitoring cycle for the school.
For those children who receive either group or 1:1 intervention they are monitored separately but in the same way: observations; work scrutiny; data checking and discussions with the children.
School’s Approach to Teaching Children with SEN
The school will endeavour to teach all children together in their classes where possible with the class teacher differentiating and supporting the child. When it is deemed necessary a child with SEN will be withdrawn at specific times for an intervention; either 1:1 or as part of a group. For a few children the school uses outside support and agencies. These children will have their own Individual Education Plan which contains specific targets.
Adaptation of the Curriculum
The curriculum has been adapted physically for visual impaired children, however the content has not been adapted for any child at the school for this academic year – they are all at a level where they can access the National Curriculum at their own ‘level’. Teachers adapt individual lessons and classroom organisation for children depending on particular needs at the time.
Additional Support Currently Provided
We use a range of intervention programmes with the children:
- Read Write Inc – a phonics based reading programme which is taught 1:1 with any child who has not passed the Year 1 phonics screening.
- Precision Teaching – this is an intensive intervention used to help children who struggle with reading and/or spelling or times tables, to make accelerated progress. Every child taking part in Precision Teaching sessions receives 10 minutes 1:4 with a Teaching Assistant on a focused task which they repeat until it is mastered.
- Daily reading with a teaching assistant for children who are making less than expected progress.
- Sentence construction- 30 minutes 1:5 once a week, working on hold a sentence, talk it, write it, read it for those children not making expected progress.
- Pre and post teach- 30 minutes 1: 1 depending on need, need assessed through weekly tracking.
- Modified behaviour system, play buddies, time to talk, theraplay and socially speaking- Either 1:1 or group depending on need for 20 minutes once per week.
- Additional guided read sessions- once a week to address comprehension issues.
- Memory building activities- 15 minutes daily 1:1 with a teaching assistant.
- Writing support- for those children not meaning expected targets. Small group with teacher once per week for 30 minutes.
- Speech and language support- 1:1 twice a week for 15 minutes working on specific targets.
Improving the Emotional and Social Development of Children
As detailed above the school uses a range of intervention programmes to aid children’s Emotional and Social development. The role of the Pastoral Support has been developed this year and an allocation has been made in next year’s budget for this role to continue. We currently use the Local Authority’s scheme for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.
Staff Expertise and Training
The SENCo, will have completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination by October 2015. Teachers and support staff have received training in Read Write Inc, Precision teaching and a range of other intervention programmes. They also attend in-service training provided by outside agencies when appropriate – for example Jogo behaviour strategies and Team Teach
Securing Equipment and Services
The school allocates money from its budget every year towards the provision of support for SEN. These funds are used to provide support, resources and training for staff.
Consultation of and Involvement of Parents/Carers
If a child needs to be referred to an outside agency parents will be asked for their permission and views, which form part of the referral process. If a child has an Education and Health Care Plan or a statement then the parent will be involved in the review process. Statements are formally reviewed annually. Other parents are contacted when concerns arise and a discussion is held as to what provision the school will be making. When a child has an Individual Education Plan the parents/carers are part of the consultation review process. When a child is a Looked After Child the parents will be involved in PEP meetings.
Consulting and Involving the Children
The children are constantly involved in discussion whilst their intervention programmes are happening. For children with an Individual Education Plan their views are sort during the writing and review parts. Interviewing children to gain their views is part of the school’s normal monitoring cycle. Since the introduction of the new SEN code (April 2015) the pupil’s voice is central and one page profile’s, where children’s views, feelings and aspirations are recorded following discussion with the child, are being introduced.
The school’s complaints policy is available on the website http://www.westhaddonprimary.net policies for parents to view.
Involving Other Agencies
The school uses Common Assessment for Families (CAFF) to access support from other agencies if necessary. The pastoral support assistant has been trained on how to run and manage a CAFF. The Local Authority’s Educational Entitlement Team is also used to gain access to other agencies.
Useful Contact Details
The web address for the local authority is here below and this is a useful site to gain further information.
The Northamptonshire’s Parent Partnership Service is another useful website: http://www.npps.info/
The school works hard on ensuring that there is a smooth transition both for the children joining the school and for those transferring to Secondary School. Meetings are held where each child is discussed in detail and necessary information is passed on. For the children joining the school at the beginning of Reception opportunities are provided for the whole cohort to spend sessions in the school in the summer term prior to them beginning in September. All classes have a transfer day in the summer term.
The Local Authority’s Offer
Details on this can be found here