Special Educational Needs Information Report
At Atwood Primary Academy we believe that all children are entitled to an education that helps them make the best possible progress, become confident individuals and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community. We are an inclusive school that values the different experiences, capabilities and strengths of each child in a caring, supportive environment that provides equal opportunities for all. We aim to provide access, participation and success for children with a range of needs.
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At different times in their school life a child or young person may have a special educational need and disability (often referred to as SEND). SEND describes the needs of children or young people who have a disability or greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age. This calls for special educational provision to be made for him/her.
SEND can cover a broad range of needs which includes speech, language and communication needs, behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, specific learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, multi-sensory impairment, visual and hearing impairment, physical development and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
A child with SEND may experience difficulties with:
- Writing, reading, maths or understanding information or instructions
- Making friends, relating to their peers or empathising with others
- Organising themselves
- Personal care and hygiene
- Understanding and adhering to school expectations
- Expressing their thoughts or feelings
- Understanding what others are saying and processing information
- Sensory needs
We know when pupils need help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers or the child
- Limited progress is being made
- There is a change in the child’s behaviour or progress.
She/he is responsible for:
Ensuring high quality teaching is provided which is differentiated and responds to the strengths and needs of all pupils.
Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivery of any additional support required to support progress within everyday teaching.
Discussing ways in which you can support at home.
Producing Individual Support Plans to produce focused and prioritised next steps in order to support your child to make progress.
Delivering the school’s SEND and Inclusion policy (available on the school’s website).
If you have concerns about your child, you should speak to your class teacher initially. You may then be directed to the School Inclusion Manager.
Miss Hannah Townsend
She is responsible for:
Coordinating provision for children with SEND and developing the school’s SEND policy.
Ensuring that parents are:
- Involved in discussions to identify key strengths and areas of difficulty
- Involved in planning provision to overcome barriers to learning
- Regularly included in reviewing how well their child is doing
- Consulted about planning successful movement (transition) to a new class or school
Liaising with a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome any difficulties.
Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs.
The Head Teacher
Mr Robert Veale
He is responsible for:
The day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the provision made for pupils with SEN.
The SEND Governor
She is responsible for:
Supporting the school to evaluate and develop quality and impact of provision for pupils with SEND across the school.
How will Atwood support my child?
Ongoing assessment takes place within class and each pupil’s learning will be planned, differentiated and personalised by the class teacher. Children who are not making sufficient progress are identified during this process. After further assessments of their needs, and discussion with relevant staff and parents/carers, additional support may be put in place for your child.
This support will then be documented by the school on an Individual Support Plan (ISP) on which targets are created in consultation with the class teacher, Inclusion Manager and parents. These are achievable targets which aim to support the child to make progress and identify their next steps. The class teacher will involve the parents and children as much as possible in this process so as to ensure that pupil’s strengths are taken in to consideration as well as their difficulties. As a school, we recognise how important it is to include the views of children and parents to further identify what is going well and how they can be supported. If it is not appropriate to include children in their reviews, we will use other ways to share their successes and plan for future support. ISPs will be reviewed and updated at least termly and you will be invited to take part in these reviews.
If a pupil has needs related to specific areas of their education, such as spelling, handwriting, numeracy and literacy, then the pupil will be placed in a small focus or intervention group, the length of time of the intervention will vary according to need. The interventions will be regularly reviewed by all involved to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning.
In School Review meetings are held each term and outcomes are formally recorded. This is a meeting where the class teacher meets with the Inclusion Manager to discuss the progress of the pupils with additional needs in their class, and to highlight any further children who may be experiencing difficulties. This shared discussion supports staff in carefully planning next steps for each child and, if not involved already, can lead to further referrals or advice from outside agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology, Behaviour Support or a Paediatrician. A referral for support from an outside agency will only be made with your consent.
If your child continues to make little or no progress, an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) may be requested. Further details about this process will be explained by the Inclusion Manager and information published in the Local Authority’s Local Offer.
The following link will take you to Croydon’s Local Offer of Special Needs: https://localoffer.croydon.gov.uk/kb5/croydon/directory/home.page
Some pupils may already have an EHCP and therefore, addition group support or teaching assistant support may already be allocated to them. The level of support given will relate to the complexity and severity of the need. If provided with 1:1 support, Children will also be encouraged to develop independent learning skills so as not to become reliant on an adult working with them.
All children receive high quality teaching, differentiated to their individual needs. Our teachers are highly skilled and supported to adapt teaching to meet the needs of each class. Daily planning and assessment ensures that work can be differentiated in a variety of ways to make learning accessible for all and ensure that all pupils can experience success and challenge in their learning. For children with additional needs, this could mean that they are given a slightly different task or given different strategies/equipment to complete the task. Some children may require support or guidance from the class teacher or a teaching assistant as part of a small group, paired work or on an individual basis.
Alongside planned differentiation in the classroom, some children with SEN need something additional to or different from that which is provided for the majority of children. Alongside individual care plan interventions, the following range of interventions are in place across the school to help overcome a range of difficulties. These include:
Speech and Language
LOLA (Reception and Year 1)
Young children need encouragement to develop the essential skill of listening. This intervention is game based and involves the help of Lola the listening leopard. The activities focus on developing the key skills of turn taking, body control, concentration, memory, listening and early thinking.
Social Interaction and Speech Discrimination Enrichment groups (Nursery and Reception)
These groups are designed by a Speech and Language Therapist and led by the staff in the Nursery and Reception. They work with a small group of children to develop communication skills.
Run in class in EYFS and Key Stage One and before and after school by our Inclusion Manager for Key Stage 2 children, Lexia Reading Core5® is a fun computer-based program that has helped millions of students. The activities in Core5 support and build on our classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Jelly and Bean
During 1 to 1 reading sessions, children who are finding reading difficult will follow a phonics based scheme which repetitively covers phase 3,4 and 5 phonics and tricky words.
Precision Teaching Spelling
Precision Teaching of spelling supports children to embed the correct spelling of high frequency words and spelling patterns which they find difficult. Initial assessments of a child’s strengths and difficulties are carried out so that sessions are personalised to the areas they are struggling with. This intervention is carried out by teaching assistants 3-5 times weekly.
Pre teaching of vocabulary and word webs
In small group or one to one sessions, children will explore new and unknown vocabulary to support them with their development in understanding, speech and writing. During this intervention questions such as ‘what does it do? Where do I find it? What group does it belong in? What is it like? How many syllables does it have? What’s the first sound in the word? What does it rhyme with?’ will be explored.
This intervention aims to help children to develop their grammar but is rooted in the meaning of words (semantics). Colourful semantics reassembles sentences by cutting them into their thematic roles (who? what doing? what? where?) and colour coding them. This approach is used in stages and helps children to develop language and structure in addition to grammatical structure.
Catch Up Maths
Small groups of identified children receive extra support from a trained adult once or twice a week to revisit key numeracy objectives and reinforce learning so that children are able to participate fully in whole-class sessions.
Precision Teaching Maths
Precision Teaching for Maths helps children to embed the basic key skills and concepts needed to support them with their everyday learning. For example, this may cover times tables, number bonds, counting, recognising digits etc. This intervention is carried out by teaching assistants 3-5 times weekly.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) programme promotes emotional literacy and supports the development of good communication, self-esteem, social and friendship skills, and anger management. It is run by a highly skilled and trained Teaching Assistant, Mrs Krekis, for 30 minutes once a week depending on the age and needs of the child.
Drawing and Talking
This intervention aims to support children who have underlying emotional difficulties which are effecting their well-being. It aims to support individuals who may not be realising or achieving their full potential either socially or academically. The child sets the pace and decides what to bring to and where to take the sessions. This runs averagely for 12 sessions, one session per week.
We have an accessibility plan in place to ensure that pupils with SEN and Disabilities can take part in all aspects of school life. Access arrangements currently include:
-Wheel chair access on ground floor levels
-Disabled toilet facilities
-Disabled parking space allocated at the front of the school
-Hearing impaired systems installed in classrooms
The school has an accessibility plan which can be accessed here. It is updated annually.
Depending on the specific needs of your child, a more personalised access plan or individual health care plan will be drawn up in consultation with you. This will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Staff receive Epipen training delivered by the School Nursing Service. Where necessary, and in agreement with parents/carers, medicines are administered in school, but only where a signed Medicine Consent form is in place to ensure the safety of both child and staff member. A number of our staff have basic first aid training, including specialism in first aid at work. Our policy Supporting Children with Medical Needs is relevant in these cases and can also be found on our website.
Provision for pupils with SEND is included in our regular monitoring of quality teaching across the school. This helps to identify priorities for our ongoing programme of CPD to support whole school inclusive practice and to support new and less experienced staff.
Our Inclusion Manager actively engages in a range of opportunities to share best practice and keep abreast of current local and national initiatives and policies to support pupils with SEND. The school also seeks advice and guidance from local and special schools and other relevant agencies to help school staff meet the needs of each child.
We have staff with specialised expertise and qualifications including:
- Teaching assistants with specialist training for supporting pupils with Autism
- Emotional Literacy Support assistants with enhanced knowledge and skills to support children to manage feelings and make positive relationships
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive their more specialised expertise. The school works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all children are fully understood and met. These include:
The agencies used by the school include:
- Behaviour Outreach Team (Croydon): This service offer support and advice to mainstream schools which are experiencing difficulty with children who have ASD and challenging behaviour.
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Christopher Wren House,113, High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QG, Tel: 020 3228 0000 Website (slam.nhs.uk) This service offers advice, assessment and treatment for children who have a serious mental health disorder or psychological difficulties. It can also offer support for their families.
- Educational Psychologist (Our attached Education Psychologist is Zena Lawrence) Zena works with the Inclusion Manager, the teachers, the support staff, the parents and the children to assess children’s needs, set appropriate learning targets, give advice to staff about the best ways to help children meet the targets, support referrals to other services and applications for statutory assessment.
- Croydon Sensory Support Service (CSSS): This service support the educational access and achievement of children and pupils with hearing and visual impairments and encourage pupil participation in all aspects of school life. The specialist teaching and support staff of CSSS develop working partnerships with health professionals, families, carers, school staff and pupils.
- Croydon Children’s Occupational Therapy Service provides therapy, advice, equipment and adaptations for children who have disabilities or difficulties with everyday tasks. The service is based at the Crystal Centre but also work in a variety of settings including schools, nurseries, Croydon University Hospital and the child’s home.
- Speech and Language Therapy (croydonhealthservices.nhs.uk)
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020 8714 2594): We receive support from the Local Authority’s Speech and Language Therapy service that make assessments of individual children referred to them by the school, set targets, review progress, engage with parents, work with some children in a clinic outside school and support small group work in school. (Our attached Speech and Language Therapist is Angela Radatti).
- Virtual School for Children who are Looked After (email@example.com): This service oversees and monitors provision for children who are in care of the Local Authority
- Woodside Bereavement Counselling: Alocal charity providing bereavement counselling to families in the Croydon area. They provide bereavement support to adults, young people and children.
- Mentoring from Valour Youth: This service aims to engage young people and challenge negative perceptions that they face about themselves which can lead to anti-social behaviour and which can later create barriers in their lives.
- SENDIAS-SEN information and advice: SENDIAS provides independent information, advice and guidance for parents/carers of children and young people with SEND. They also provide mediation services.
- Early Help Team: This team work with children, young people and families to identify their needs and will assist practitioners and managers to identify and understand the different levels of need and to consider the most appropriate response at the earliest opportunity.
Children and young people with SEN can become particularly anxious about starting school or moving on to a new class or school. The school will seek to reduce any anxieties and ensure consistency of support by:
When joining the school in our Reception/Nursery class:
- Early Years staff and the Inclusion Manager will contact pre-school settings to gather information about the level of needs of your child. They will also make home visits to discuss your child with you. If the pupil has more significant needs and has support from other agencies, this may include more formal transition meetings where the needs and nature of provision are fully documented.
When moving between classes/phases:
- Discussions will be held between the previous teacher and new class teacher to share all relevant information about pupils
- All pupils attend a transition session where they spend some time with their new class teacher and support staff
- For pupils on the autistic spectrum or with emotional/behavioural needs, a transition programme is carried out, which involves a greater number of visits to the classroom, a special book which includes photos of the staff who will be working with the pupil, the classroom and other significant places. This book is produced in consultation with the parents/carers and is sent home for the summer holiday.
When moving to another school:
- Where possible, additional visits are arranged for pupils who need extra time in their new school
- Records will be passed on as soon as possible and contact will be made with the new school SENCO to pass relevant information on
- Where possible, secondary school staff visit pupils prior to them joining their new school.
- Where a pupil may have more specialised needs, a separate meeting may be arranged with our Inclusion Manager, the secondary school SENCO and parents/carers.
- Your involvement in the process will be crucial in supporting a successful move
On an individual level, the school values the views of both parents and children in both identifying key strengths and areas of need as well as planning and reviewing provision.
We will ensure that parents and pupils (as appropriate) are included in regular review meetings to discuss progress and plan provision. Where this is not possible or where more regular updates are required we will agree with you the best way to share information.
At whole school level the school are also keen to support parents with pupils with SEND and take their views on how we can continue to develop a positive experience for SEND pupils at our school.
- Workshops and advice clients to develop parent knowledge and skills in various areas of SEN.
- Availability of the Inclusion Manager to discuss any issues or concerns.
- Annual parent and pupil surveys to take views on current SEND practice and recommendations for further development.