Children with Special Educational Needs

SEN Information Report

Rebecca Patchett SENCo July 2021

The kinds of SEND that are provided for:

We provide for a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at The Blake CE Primary School. We currently have 66 pupils on the SEND register (18% of the school population), which is higher than average (12.6%).16 of these pupils with SEND have an agreed Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) (4.3% compared to the national average of 2.1%) and a further 2 pupils are awaiting assessment for an EHCP. The number of pupils with an EHCP has increased from 13 in 2020, 9 in 2019 and 6 in 2018.

The current range of SEND is as follows (primary need):

Cognition & Learning

27

Communication & Interaction

21

Social Emotional Mental Health

15

Physical Disability

3

Pupils with SEND are spread over the following classes:

Class

EHCP

SEND Support

Reception

1 (+1 Awaiting Assessment)

3

Year 1

1

2

Year 2

2

3

Year 3

1

8

Year 4

6

13

Year 5

3 (+ 1 Awaiting Assessment)

6

Year 6

2

15

In addition we have 10 pupils who have a Pupil Profile in place, which means we are monitoring their progress and attainment, putting short term interventions in place, and will review if they meet criteria to be added to the SEND register later in the academic year.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time, staff continued to provide support for children identified as having SEND. Children with an EHCP and other vulnerable children were welcomed into school and if parents chose to keep their children at home, regular contact was maintained.

Policies for identifying pupils with SEND and assessing their needs, including the name and contact details of the SENCo (mainstream schools only):

Teachers, Teaching Assistants and parents raise concerns with the SENCo. The SENCo then works with staff to ensure that strategies to meet need and close the gap in learning have been introduced and monitored as part of the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ cycle. If the concern remains, an observation of the child will be carried out by the SENCo, some initial assessments and a discussion with parents will take place. Depending upon the evidence gathered and the level and area of their needs, the child will either go onto the SEND register or a Pupil Profile will be completed.

If a child does not meet the criteria/descriptors for SEND but is experiencing specific barriers to learning, the class teacher will work with the parent to produce a Pupil Profile outlining the strategies and additional support that the pupil will access in school to support their learning. This will be reviewed on an ongoing, informal basis between the teacher and the parent but if concerns are raised at any point, including through pupil progress tracking meetings, a consultation with the SENCo will happen and next steps identified.

Parental permission is needed for pupils to be added to the SEND register. When a pupil is to be added to the register, parents will be informed and invited to a meeting with the SENCo and the class teacher. This meeting will outline the concerns and discuss strategies that will be put in place to form an ‘Individual Education Plan (IEP). The SENCo at The Blake CE School is currently Mrs Rebecca Patchett, who can be contacted at the school on 01993 702840 or by emailing office.3600@blake.oxon.sch.uk or by post to The SENCo, The Blake CE Primary School, Cogges Hill Road, Witney, Oxon OX28 3FR.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21). Staff continued to observe any patterns of need or behaviours, as part of our online provision. Concerns were raised with the SENCo. Internal assessments resumed following the re-opening of schools.

Arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with SEND and involving them in their pupils’ education:

In addition to the whole school parents’ evenings and written reports, Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings with the SENCo take place three times a year if pupils are on the SEN register. Targets and progress are reviewed and new targets are set.

Parents of pupils with Pupil Profiles meet with teachers at parents’ evenings and are invited to come into school at the end of the year to review and set new targets for the next academic year. The Blake School has an ‘Open Door’ policy for parents. They are very welcome to meet with the SENCo and/or teaching staff, either in person or remotely, at any mutually convenient time.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21). During this time parents evenings and discussions with parents around pupils with SEND were carried out remotely via TEAMS or by telephone. Class Teachers held IEP reviews in this term. The SENCo continued with the Summer Reviews virtually in line with Covid guidance.

Arrangements for consulting young people with SEND and involving them in their education:

Prior to each IEP review meeting, pupils with SEND are asked about their own targets and invited to input their own opinions and feelings into the plan. This is an invaluable opportunity to assess their understanding of their own achievements as well as address any new issues. Our pupils with SEND also build up strong relationships with the adults working in their classrooms and the SENCo. They often will talk about their learning to these trusted adults or come to them with any barriers to learning they may have. As pupils get older and reach the Upper Learning Phase they are invited into part of the IEP review meeting to talk about their targets with their parents and class teacher. This enables them to take ownership of their next steps.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time, regular calls and emails were made to parents regarding the SEND needs of pupils. The conversations focused on provision delivery and support at home, as well as the overall wellbeing of the child and family.

Arrangements for assessing and reviewing pupils' progress towards outcomes. This should include the opportunities available to work with parents and young people as part of this assessment and review:

As part of each IEP meeting, pupils’ and parents’ views are taken into account and recorded. Pupils’ progress towards their targets is reviewed at each review meeting (three times a year). In addition to these meetings, class teachers and the SENCo analyse the academic progress of the SEND pupils at three assessment points throughout the year. Pupil progress meetings are held with a member of the Senior Leadership Team; the SENCo and class teachers to discuss the pupils with SEND’s attainment and progress, as well as what interventions and strategies are proving successful or what needs to be changed to make a greater impact.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time, reviewing pupil progress was undertaken through conversations with parents/ carers and by the work submitted to staff. For the children who were in school, this was continued to be undertaken by staff.

Arrangements for supporting pupils moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood:

Transition between the Early Years Curriculum, Key Stage One, Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three is very important for pupils with SEND. In school, teachers and teaching assistants work extremely closely together to ensure a calm and smooth transition takes place. The pupils have opportunities to meet and work with their new adults prior to the end of each phase and are made to feel comfortable with their future surroundings. Any practical needs can also be addressed and discussed, e.g. ramps in and out of the building. Wherever possible, new class teachers and teaching assistants can be involved in the final IEP review of the academic year in order to prepare both parents and teachers for their new phase. When pupils are in Year 6, the receiving SENCo and head of Year 7 are made aware of any particular needs the pupils entering their school will have and visits and talks are held in term 6.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) Following ongoing guidance for schools around Covid 19, transition has been different this year. Transition meetings between professionals took place virtually. For a small number of pupils with SEND, their receiving schools came in to meet them in line with guidance.

Internal transitions happened outside in line with guidance. Photographs and videos were used to support vulnerable children feel reassured.

The approach to teaching pupils with SEND:

SEND pupils take part in high quality wave one teaching by class teachers, and then further work is differentiated in order to meet the right level of challenge. In addition to this there is also individual and small group support by teaching assistants, ICT resources, such as Nessy, Numicon, Clicker, Word Shark, programmes and resources recommended by outside agencies and support from outside agencies. There are times when it is more appropriate for SEND pupils to work individually with an adult, but there are also times when it is appropriate for the SEND pupils to build up independence and resilience to learning independently. Close planning takes place between the SENCo and class teacher to ensure appropriate differentiation and support for pupils is met. In addition any practical needs or equipment is resourced and where possible put into place.  

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) Teaching approaches for pupils with SEND were adapted to an online environment if the pupils were at home. Lessons were taught live/ pre-recorded or explained by staff with supporting resources. Working from home, many pupils were able to work at a slower pace and benefited from having one-to-one support from their parents. Pupils who were in school were supported by their familiar adults in line with government guidance.

How adaptations are made to the curriculum and the learning environment of pupils with SEND:

Changes are made to the curriculum at The Blake to cater for the needs of all learners. Different learning styles are used for all pupils as part of high quality wave one teaching. Visual, auditory and a hands on approach are all used. In order to support pupils with SEND further, individual practical resources are often made, enlarged, printed on different colours (to help with Dyslexia) or visual prompts to support speech and language needs. In addition to lesson resources, the learning environment is often adapted to include individual timetables, task boards, feelings cards and other prompts are used to support SEND such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, speech and language processing and social and emotional needs. These SEND pupils may also have particular seating and peg places to minimise anxieties.

We have 3 pupils with physical needs who have needed the learning environment to be adapted in a physical way. These include, adding ramps to the site and a new disabled toilet/wet room with changing table and hoist. The physical classroom environment is adjusted to ensure there is enough space for wheelchairs and walkers to move around safely.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time the learning environment switched from being face-to-face to online. A range of tools were used, our main platform being TEAMS. Work was broken down into smaller chunks and due care was given to using a variety of methods for presentation. For families unable to access online learning materials, work booklets were dropped off to ensure learning could continue. Laptops were also provided for families without access to technology. Class teachers worked closely with parents to ensure the learning was adapted and delivered in the best possible way for our pupils with SEND.

The expertise and training of staff to support pupils with SEND, including how specialist expertise will be secured:

Teaching staff and teaching assistants access regular courses and training to support them in their roles. These include whole staff training and specific individualised training such as TAs attending a course for ICT resources for physically disabled pupils. Professionals from the Oxfordshire Special Needs Advisory Teams come in frequently to support staff with our pupils with Autism or other Communication and Interaction difficulties. A speech and language therapist comes into school each term to work with individual pupils. Also, an Educational Psychologist comes into school throughout the year to assess the ongoing needs of pupils. In addition, private companies have been in to advise on behavioural issues and to make recommendations.

5 members of staff have been trained and signed off by a diabetic nurse this year to support a specific pupil. Staff from 4 classes have received Epi pen training this academic year. 5 staff have had manual handling training this academic year, 4 staff have had physio and ICT support for working with physically disabled pupils, and 1 TA has attended a Down’s Syndrome: Complex Needs course.

The SENCo continues to attend Oxfordshire Inclusion meetings (OXSIT) and Co-Chairs the Witney Partnership SENCo meetings.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this period, staff were all working in school, either with children in the building or working remotely for pupils at home. Staff also benefited from online/virtual training around SEND, such as ‘Identifying and supporting learners with Dyslexia’, ‘Identifying and supporting learners with Dyscalculia’, and ‘The Zones of Regulation’.

Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision made for pupils with SEND:

Provision for pupils with SEND is reviewed through pupil progress meetings and assessment data. If IEP targets have not been achieved, whether or not the target is appropriate and achievable is discussed. If interventions are not working, they are adapted or a new one is implemented. Intervention groups take measures to evaluate the progress of the pupils and this is regularly monitored. Where progress is not evident or not as expected, reviews are held with staff to identify reasons for this – or to highlight alternative assessments to look for smaller steps of progress.

Due to Covid 19 no KS1 Data was returned in 2020.

SEND end of Year 2 internal progress data for 2021 shows that all four children with SEND made progress in all core curriculum areas, with the strongest progress being made in reading.

Due to Covid 19 no KS2 Data was returned in 2020.

SEND end of Year 6 internal progress data 2021 shows that all sixteen children with SEND made progress in all core curriculum areas, with the strongest progress being made in Maths. More than half of the children made expected, or better than expected progress in all core curriculum areas.

How pupils with SEND are enabled to engage in activities available with those in the school who do not have SEND:

We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive school where all pupils take part in everything, therefore, pupils with SEND are encouraged to take part in all school activities. These include all school based activities such as music/drama performances, sporting events and school responsibilities such as School Council/ Eco reps.

Pupils with SEND are also encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities before and after school. Pupils with SEND regularly represent the school at football and hockey and many attend the breakfast club and after school club on site. In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, our breakfast club and after school club are currently run in separate bubbles, in line with our risk assessment.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time, staff ensured that all pupils were included in online lessons and work was adapted to ensure everyone could succeed.

Support for improving emotional and social development. This should include extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of pupils with SEND and measures to prevent bullying:

Strategies are in place to support emotional and social development. Our pupils with SEND are encouraged to take part in games club at lunchtimes or go to the sensory garden. Here they have the opportunity to talk to a trusted adult and feel safe and confident to play with others. All staff practise a values based, and personal, social, health education programme in school and lead by example. At any time, pupils with SEND can talk to trusted adults and their concerns will be handled in a consistent and appropriate manner. In addition, we have trained staff to deliver Friendship clubs and Nurture groups to different groups of pupils, building self-esteem and promoting positive relationships.

A buddy system is in place to support vulnerable pupils with SEND. These pupils always have a trusted friend they can play with, talk to, or go to if they feel anxious. This system has proved a great success for several pupils.

All staff are aware of pupils with SEND who have specific social and emotional needs. This ensures that all pupils’ needs and provision are met throughout their school day, whether that be in the classroom, on the playground, or in the hall.   

This year we have been fortunate to secure a Play Therapist to work with several pupils with SEND, primarily for emotional and social development.

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) Vulnerable children were identified and those families were in regular contact with either SLT or our Home School Key Worker. This contact was around supporting academic engagement and the wellbeing of the children and families.

Following the full re-opening of School in March 2021, emotional and social development is a significant whole school focus. Pupils who had experienced personal loss or trauma during lockdown were provided with additional support.

How the school involves other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority (LA) support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting pupils' SEN and supporting their families:

Strong links with outside agencies who come into school on a regular basis (CAHMS, Early Intervention Hub, LACAT, Communication and Interaction advisory service, Speech and Language Therapists, Physical Disability Advisory Teacher, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, diabetes care, school health team) Recommendations from outside agencies are  followed up through pupils’ Individual Education Plans to ensure pupils make progress in their specific areas (for example, pupils given speech and language therapy recommendations improve in their speech and language  - this will be evidenced by monitoring visits).

National Lockdown (6.1.21 – 8.3.21) During this time, professionals remained engaged online and offered virtual support to staff and to pupils.

Guidelines are still in place following the re-opening of schools and many professionals continue to support us remotely. Others are coming in to school to work with pupils with SEND in line with guidance.

Arrangements for handling complaints from parents of pupils with SEN about the provision made at the school:

Parents are encouraged to meet quickly with class teachers and or the SENCo if they have any worries at all about their children. In the majority of cases, issues can be cleared up or resolved quickly and efficiently. Should this not be achievable, further meetings take place between parents and the SENCo and if necessary, a member of the senior team. If appropriate, the Head teacher can meet with parents without the SENCo or class teacher in order to reach a resolution.

Where it is still not possible to achieve resolution, the school has a formal complaints procedure that will be followed.

Named contacts within the school for when young people or parents have concerns:

Concerns can be raised with any member of staff at The Blake School and will be dealt with in a consistent and appropriate manner. If a young person or parent wants to disclose child protection/ safety issues they can go directly to Mr Tim Edwards-Grundy, who is our Safeguarding Lead, or to either of the Deputy Safeguard Leads, Mrs Rebecca Patchett or Mrs Judith Ledden. If other adults are approached and there is a safeguarding issue the Head teacher will be informed immediately.

The school's contribution to the local offer and where the LAs local offer is published:

The school has very close links with the SEN Support Services, professionals come in to work with pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, speech and language needs or physical needs and have strong relationships with staff and parents.

The school works with SENDIASS (Formerly Parent Partnership) to support individual pupils and families and to take measures to meet their individual needs.

Where pupils are referred to CAMHS the SENCo and staff work closely with pupils and families in order to get the most out of these sessions. The School nurse takes referrals from school and comes in, with parental permission, to assess the needs of pupils.

Looked After Pupils are supported at The Blake by the designated teacher for LAC (Mrs Rebecca Patchett) and working closely with social workers and the Virtual School to take part in PEPs (personal educational plan). This ensures their needs are being met and reviewed and evaluated regularly.

 

You can find information about the Oxfordshire County Council SEN Local Offer on their website, or by clicking here.

SEND: apps and games:

Parents/carers of children with special educational needs may find these links helpful, particularly during lockdown.

(Apps must be downloaded onto a compatible device.)

Brain Parade:

Website:  http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

Description:  A visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.

HelpKidzLearn:

Website:  https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Description:  A collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages.  It includes provision for school closure.

Sensory App House Ltd:

Website:  https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

Description:  A range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD).  All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.

Visuals2Go:

Website:  https://www.visuals2go.com/

Description:  An all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties.  For verbal and non-verbal learners.


 

SEND Web-links for Home Learning:

Speech Language and Communication and Interaction:

 Social, Emotional and Mental Health:

 Cognition and Learning:

Maths:

 English:

 General:

 Sensory and/or Physical Needs:

 Self-help and Independence: