SEND Information Report
Welcome to our SEND information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Special Educational Needs at our school
We believe children are best supported where there is open dialogue between the home and school, where both sets of expertise are used in the best interests of the child. As parents you can always speak to your child’s class teacher or the SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) about any concerns you may have. We understand that the educational needs of every child is different, and aim to work together to ensure their needs are met.
At different times in their school career, a child or young may have a special educational need. The SEN Code of Practice defines SEN as; ‘ A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age’, and there are four broad areas of need which give an overview of the needs that are planned for in school. These are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Sensory and Physical needs.
Identifying SEN in our School
If you have a worry or concern, we would encourage you to discuss this with your child’s class teacher by making an appointment at the main office. We also use the following methods to give us a whole picture of your children within the School:
- Liaising with Infant Schools/previous school
- Pupil progress and transition meetings
- Tracking children in English and maths and identifying children performing below age expected levels
- Liaison with external agencies e.g. educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and specialist teacher advisers
- Health diagnosis through paediatrician Concerns raised by parents
- Concerns raised by class teacher or Learning Support Assistant
- Performance in assessments
- Observations within the classroom to gain a clearer picture of your child
How will school staff support my child?
The school works with parents, the SENCo and other professionals to ensure the child has access to the right provision to support their SEN.
The school uses cycles of ‘Assess, Plan , Do , Review’ , this is a graduated approach to supporting SEN pupils in school https://nasen.org.uk/uploads/assets/7f6a967f-adc3-4ea9-8668320016bc5595/SENsupportpress.pdf The right approach for each child as an individual is considered (see child centred approach section). We are committed to working with all members of the school community to deliver an inclusive curriculum. This will be in the form of high quality individual, group and differentiated teaching and learning, linked to your child’s SEND support targets.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.
Staff have access to regular CPD and can also request information on specific needs as and when the need arises. Support and interventions are reviewed to ensure effectiveness and to ensure they are fit for purpose.
If appropriate, specialist equipment is purchased either through the school SEN budget or through specialist grant / high needs funding from the local authority. In some circumstances, if your child still does not make enough progress, we may ask the Local Authority for additional support for your child. Only in exceptional circumstances would we apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Our SEND team:
Mrs Hopkins- SEND lead
Miss Short- SEND support
Miss Andrews – SEND support
Mrs Hardtopp – SEN Governor
How will I know how my child is doing?
Regular updates on your child’s progress will be shared at arranged SEND support meetings in addition to Parent’s evenings, and parents will be informed of their children’s targets based on the plans created by their teachers.
Parents should be aware if their child is;
- Identified as having SEN
- Receiving intervention or additional support for their identified need
- Being supported by external professionals
- Subject to observation or assessments in relation to their SEN
Following on from in school support and assessments and seeking external advice, if a child requires more support than is readily available, the school may apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan. For further information on EHCPs please contact the SENCo.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Pupil well-being is paramount within all aspects of teaching and learning at Howard Junior School, children participate in Forest schools, animal facilitated learning, self-esteem sessions, services such as Benjamin Foundation, and staff always make time to listen to pupils’ views.
Arrangements are made at all points of transition , this could be moving from class to class at the end of each school year , or between key stages or even between schools .
The class teacher and/or SENCo will meet with the receiving school or teacher / SENCO to ensure all records are passed on. There will also be discussion about the child’s needs and an exchange of information around what works well for the child in order to make the process as smooth as possible.
A variety of information can be located on the Norfolk Local Offer web page
These links may also be useful;
SEND Parent Partnership https://www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk/
Norfolk Autistic Society West Norfolk http://naswestnorfolkbranch.webeden.co.uk/
ASD Helping Hands https://www.asdhelpinghands.org.uk/
Norfolk and Norwich Dyslexia Association General enquiries 01379 668 430
West Norfolk Young Carers http://www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk/
All schools have duties under the Equality Act 2010 towards individual disabled children and young people. They must make reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services for disabled children, to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage. These duties are anticipatory – they require thought to be given in advance to what disabled children and young people might require and what adjustments might need to be made to prevent that disadvantage. Schools also have wider duties to prevent discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and to foster good relations.