At Hallfield Primary School we want to make sure that every child gets the best support we can offer in order to help them to enjoy their learning, feel confident and happy amongst their friends and make the best possible progress.
Every child has individual needs that might affect their learning. Sometimes children need special support to give them an extra boost or to help them catch up with other children of the same age. They may need this support for a short time or a longer period, but during this time they will be part of our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Register and we will keep a close eye on their progress, look carefully at what extra support they need and keep in close touch with their parents.
What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?
‘A child or young person has SEND 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 if they:
The four broad areas of need are:
The aim of this report is to provide information about our provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and answer the following questions:
Your child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. What can we at Hallfield Primary School offer you?
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill Act 2014 requires Local Authorities (LA) and schools to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. This is the ‘SEND Information Report’.
The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to find out more easily the services that are available in their area and how to access them. The Local Offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health, social care and the voluntary sector.
Westminster City Council’s Local Offer
For Children and Young People between 0-25 Years with SEND, Westminster City Local Authority have put together information to help you find out about all the services that exist in your local area. This is the LA SEND Information Report: http://localoffer.westminster.gov.uk
Hallfield Primary School’s Local Offer
This utilises the Local Authority SEND Information Report to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that Hallfield is able to provide. Hallfield’s Local Offer is outlined in the Information Report below and is in the form of questions and answers.
Hallfield Primary School’s SENCO is Mrs Helen Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mrs Helen Andrews (email@example.com).
Jolanta Fereday, Nursery and Reception Leader of Learning
Flora White, Assistant Headteacher, and Year 2 and 3 Leader of Learning
|Claire Dunnet, Deputy Headteacher, and Year 1 and 4 Leader of Learning||Feben Ghirmay Year 5 and 6 Leader of Learning|
Nabila El-Ahmadi, is out Home-School Liaison Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Nabila can offer support with attendance, welfare, safeguarding and parenting.
Within the school each child’s progress - academically, socially and emotionally, is monitored constantly by teachers and the Senior Leadership Team. Any concerns about a child are dealt with immediately and the relevant professionals are informed. Parents are able to discuss their child with either the class teacher, the SENCO or the Senior Leadership Team.
Hallfield Primary School regularly reviews its Accessibility Plan to ensure that all children have the fullest access possible to both the curriculum and the school site.
This depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. At Hallfield Primary School provision matches the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEND Code of Practice 2014:
Our support to children takes a 3-tiered approach
The class teacher and other staff working with your child ensure that your child receives appropriate teaching and support in order to achieve their learning outcomes. The learning plan, strategies and progress will be reviewed termly with parents. External agencies and specialists may also review your child’s progress and adapt their approach accordingly.
There may be suggested strategies or activities for you to do at home to support your child’s learning.
The school may sometimes run parent/carer workshops in school to help you understand the strategies used in school. We may also be able to offer you individual training in specific support strategies for your child.
The SENCO may also offer you resources and ideas for supporting your child’s learning at home.
You will have an opportunity to meet with other professionals involved in supporting your child.
The school receives funding from the local authority. These funds include money to support the learning of children with SEND.
The Headteacher, in consultation with the school’s Board of Governors, decides the budget for SEND provision based on the needs of the children in the school.
The Headteacher and the SENCO evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s current interventions and provisions, and plan for future needs which may include additional or alternative interventions, staff training and equipment.
This process is reviewed regularly to ensure the best possible intervention is provided to those children who require additional support to learn.
We are committed to our core values: Growing, Learning, Achieving Together
These are embedded within every aspect of school life and help ensure the happiness and well-being of all our children. All members of staff take these aspects of school life very seriously.
In addition to these we:
contact parents on the first day of absence to find out why your child is not in school;
work with the Early Help Team (EHT) who supports the school and parents with ensuring children attend school regularly and on time;
have an effective behaviour policy which is used and adhered to by all staff across the school;
identify and offer support to children who need specific support with their behaviour;
offer a wide range of activities within school to support children’s social and emotional development such as school visits, educational trips, music lessons and links with the community;
have a Supporting Children with Medical Conditions Policy in the school;
ensure staff regularly undergo training in key areas such as first aid, asthma and the use of Epipens;
deliver PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education) part of the curriculum across the whole school, as it provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom;
operate an open door policy where you are encouraged to make an appointment to meet your child’s class teacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
The purpose of an EHC Plan is to make special education provision to meet the needs of a child to secure improved outcomes
An EHC Plan will contain:
the views and aspirations of you and your child;
a full description of his/her special educational needs and any health and social care needs,
agreed outcomes for your child’s progress;
a statement of specific need, the provision required and how education, health and social care will work together to meet your child’s needs and support the achievement of the agreed outcomes.
You and/or the school, usually through the SENCO, can request that the local authority conducts an assessment of your child’s needs. This may lead to an EHC Plan.
This is the link to further information about EHC Plans on the Westminster City Council website: https://fisd.westminster.gov.uk/kb5/westminster/fis/advice.page?id=CPm-g360tZA
Your child’s progress will be assessed both in terms of his/her regular learning within the class and any specific intervention programmes. The impact of the support given is carefully evaluated to ensure that the learning outcomes have been achieved and if not, what adaptations are necessary. It may be decided that a further period of support is beneficial for your child. You and your child will be kept informed and encouraged to be actively involved at all stages of this support.
We believe it is very important for parents/carers to be involved in all areas of their child’s learning and we actively encourage this. It is essential to understand both you and your child’s views on any difficulties they may experience with their learning. If your child has an identified special educational need you will be invited to regular meetings with the class teacher and SENCO to discuss current progress, support strategies being used and expected outcomes. If your child has a Statement of SEND or an EHC plan you and your child will be able to share your views formally at the Annual Review.
We are an inclusive school and committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.
We provide a wide range of clubs and educational visits for all children.
We liaise closely with the nursery or school your child is transferring from. We are able to discuss with the relevant teachers any individual needs and how best to support your child at Hallfield. This could involve discussions with the Educational Psychologist, the Speech and Language therapists or other relevant professionals.
We also support you in selecting the appropriate secondary school and assist you in the application process at the start of Year 6.
We make arrangements to ensure there is a smooth transition when your child transfers to his/her secondary school of choice.
We take care to ensure that during transition points (between classes each year and at the end of Key Stages) all staff are aware of all pupils’ learning needs, how well they have progressed and any support strategies used.
We believe that your child’s learning needs will be met in the first instance through the high quality teaching delivered by the teachers in our school We regularly review the school’s training schedule and professional development for all teaching and support staff to ensure there is the appropriate expertise to support children with special educational needs. The school is able to access training programmes from different organisations including the Tri-borough Training and Outreach team. Individual training can also be arranged where and when necessary.
We are very happy to speak to you about any aspects of your child’s education. It is always best to speak with the class teacher in the first instance. If you have further questions then you can contact the SENCO, Leader of Learning, Deputy Headteacher or the Headteacher through sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for an appointment at the Help Desk.
Initially speak with your child’s teacher and/or the SENCO. Hopefully they will be able to address your concerns.
Mrs Helen Andrews, SENCO at Hallfield Primary School
Tel: 020 70874960
If you still have concerns you can contact any staff whose roles are listed above or the Board of Governors. You may be directed to the school’s Parental Complaints Procedure.