Special Educational Needs
SEN Information Report for Thurton C of E Primary School 2014-15
Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published must be updated annually. The required information is set out in the draft SEN regulations which can be found here.
At Thurton School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact this year are:
Mr Len Swiffen -SEN Governor
Mrs Kathryn Whittle- SENCO
Mrs Cassandra Williams- Head
Mrs S Hitchcock: Parent Support Advisor Loddon Custer – 01502 677354 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Class Teacher or contact our SENCO via the school office on 01508 480335
Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN
At Thurton School we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see the teaching and learning section of our website.
Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.
We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, with all staff and termly meetings with parents.
At Thurton School, we value:
Learning for all
How we identify SEN
At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as:
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, they may be worried about different things that distract them from learning. At Thurton School we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.
Our SEN profile for 2014-15 shows that we have 9.8% of children identified as having SEN and 2% of those have a statement of SEN
Assessing SEN at Thurton School
Class Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Thurton School we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning. We use a range of assessment tools to support identification,
Categories of SEN include:
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, mental and emotional health
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and/or Physical
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school and cluster we have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website.
Thurton school is part of the Loddon Cluster and have also commissioned for 2014-15 support from:
- Educational Psychology and Advisory Learning Support Teachers.
We also employ Learning Support Assistants who deliver the interventions in the provision map as co-ordinated by our SENCO.
What we do to support learners with SEN at Thurton School
Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Thurton School are proud of our Teachers and their development.
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
I-pads, laptops or other alternative recording devices
Positive behaviour rewards system
Each learner identified as having SEN, is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is described on a provision map, which although does not detail the individual learner names, describes the interventions and actions that we undertake at Thurton School to support learners with SEN across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every year, as our learners and their needs change.
Funding for SEN
Thurton School receives funding directly to the school from the local authority to support the needs of learners with SEN.
The Loddon cluster of schools also receives funding from the local authority which is distributed as ‘top up’ funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school.
All schools in the Loddon cluster have signed a governance agreement which helps us work together.
The Loddon Cluster of schools is committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEN
How do we find out if this support is effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Thurton school. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENCO, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.
Children, Parents/carers and their Teaching and Support Staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be at parent interviews held once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan,) the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.
The SENCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. Our school data is also monitored by the local authority and Ofsted.
Other opportunities for learning
All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra curricular activities. At Thurton School in 2014-15 we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities. These can be found on our school web page. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all.
Staff at Thurton School are aware of the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’
The Equality Act 210 definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.”
Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995
This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation
For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click here.
Preparing for the next step
Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Thurton school is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.
Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEN. Moving classes will be discussed with you and your child at their summer term review meeting. Transition to secondary schools will be discussed in the autumn term of their Year 6, to ensure time for planning and preparation.
Have your say
Thurton School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ‘assess plan, do and review’ provision for SEN.
Date – Dec 2014
Date of next review – Dec 2015