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Welcome to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information page. Hopefully you will find everything that you need. Should you require any additional information or have any questions please see Mrs Bancroft (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in the first instance, then Mrs Patton (Headteacher) should you require any further support.
What are SEND?
Children have additional educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional educational provision to be made for them. ‘Children have a learning difficulty if they:
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
Some children may have needs in one or more of these areas.
What changes have been made in line with the new Code of Practice 2014?
The Department for Education have changed the way disabled people and those with special educational needs are supported. They have introduced a number of changes to the Special Educational Needs statementing process which became law in September 2014 through the Children and Families Act.
All staff in our school have been informed of these changes through training and we have made changes to the way in which we identify, monitor and record SEND information. For example, we have moved away from IEPs and we now use 'Support Plans'. These plans contain all the information that we have within school so please ensure that the pupil data held in the office is up to date. Statements will continue to be held in this form up until the next Annual Review. Following the review, we will report the outcomes back to the authority and, in line with their transition process, they will transfer them across onto a 'Education and Health Care Plan'. If your child is currently on a Statement you should have received additional guidance from the authority. If this is not the case, please contact Mrs Bancroft.
How do we identify, assess and monitor additional needs?
At St Oswald's Church of England Academy we follow a graduated support procedure. This consists of:
This is a cycle of provision that we utilise at each stage of the process.
What happens if the school feel that my child has additional needs?
First of all any concerns and/or issues that have become apparent to school staff will be discussed with the parent/guardian. Should these concerns remain then guidance will be sought from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Together we will formulate a plan of action, with timescales for review. These plans usually follow the following steps.
Many pupils can experience delay in their learning and may not be making expected progress for a variety of reasons. We, as a staff, know our children and families well. Should a child be flagged up then we will endeavour to find out if there are any external factors that need to be considered. At this stage the class teacher, will complete a ‘Cause for Concern’ form where triggers, information and action points are noted. This will then be shared with the SEN team and a clear timescale will be set as to the next decision.
At this stage the child may have further differentiated work prepared for them by their class teacher in conjunction with the support staff. Parents will be kept fully informed.
Following a ‘Cause for Concern Review’ a decision will be made as to the next steps that need to be taken. This will be done in conjunction with the child, parents, class teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Either the child will be taken off of the register and continue with class differentiation or they will be added to the Additional SEND Support register. Once a potential additional need is identified, action will be taken to put further targeted and effective support in place. A ‘Support Plan’ will be completed, with specific targets set and progress monitored at least three times per term. In addition, planned reviews will take place with the pupil and family member termly, with informal updates completed more frequently.
Should classroom teachers and/or the Special Educational Needs Coordinator have evidence that certain children are still not making good progress then the SENCo will arrange intensive additional SEND support in any or all of the four areas. This may include directing staff towards one-to-one support for certain lessons or activities. It may also include referrals to external specialist services and teachers with additional specialist qualifications may be called upon to provide guidance, assessment, support and/or provision. Following this there may be intensive specific programmes to be followed by all adults coming into active learning situations with the child. All of the above information will continue to be recorded on the 'Support Plan'
Should children still not be making appropriate progress then the formal assessment procedures for an Education Health and Care Plan will be started by the SENCo in conjunction with the Parents, Headteacher and other Specialist Services. The legal assessment procedures outlined in the Local Offer by Doncaster Local Authority will be followed. We will then respond accordingly to the feedback and allocation of funds (if given).
So what provision is available at St Oswald's Church of England Academy?
Our Local Offer provides information on the provision that we offer at our school. Doncaster's Local offer booklet provides information about what different serivces are available in the area. A copy of this booklet can be found here.
If you require paper copies of any of the documentation on this website, please do not hesitate to ask.
Families Information Service
The Families Information Service is a directory of all the services in Doncaster. It is available for parents or young people to use themselves, when facing almost any family problem, large or small. From day care and early learning to schools and alternative education; from midwifery and health visiting to mental health, and from advice on parenting to family support and adult learning to employment opportunities
To access more information, please visit the website www.doncaster.gov.uk/fis
The Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place.
It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.
Knowing what is out there gives families more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for their children.
To access more information, please visit the website www.doncaster.gov.uk/localoffer