For children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
All Greenwich maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities, and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen. Nearly all children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) go to a ‘mainstream’ school.
At Middle Park Primary School we recognise that many children may need some extra help or support at some time during their journey through school. We feel it is essential to the child’s development that children who do have a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) are identified as early as possible. This is known as early intervention and makes sure they get the help they need. This School offer should be looked at together with:
- The Royal Borough of Greenwich Local Offer for children and young people with SEND, which can be accessed Through the Royal Borough Of Greenwich Website.
- The school Bullying Prevention Policy, which can be accessed under our Policies on the website.
- The school accessibility plan, which can be accessed under our Policies on the website.
Middle Park Primary School – Our Vision
Our vision is to ensure that every Middle Park child experiences success in their learning and achieves at the highest possible standard regardless of their need. We aspire to ensure all children are able to fully participate effectively in their learning and contribute to whole school life.
Definition of Special Educational Needs and Disability
The definition given in the 2014 ‘ Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years’ stated: 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 him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions
Who are the best people to talk to in at Middle Park Primary School about my child’s difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND)? How can I talk to them about my child if I need to?
The Class Teachers
If you have any concerns or would just like to come and have a chat about your child and their needs you are always very welcome to arrange a meeting with their class teacher. Sometimes after talking to the teacher, who spends every day with your child, can help to clarify and find ways to support your child in a specific area of need.
- Ensuring that all children have access to good/outstanding teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to meet your child’s individual needs (also known as differentiation.)
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be targeted work, additional support, adapting resources etc.) and discussing amendments with the SENCo of Deputy Head for Inclusion, as necessary.
- Writing SEND Action Plans, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
- Ensuring that all members of staff working with your child in school are aware of your child’s individual needs and/or conditions and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable them to be included and make progress.
- Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are supported in delivering the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
Teachers can be contacted by phoning the school number: 0208 850 8747
Teaching Assistants (TAs) may be allocated to some pupils with SEN and or disabilities) A Teaching Assistant (TA) may be allocated to a pupil with exceptional special educational needs and/or disabilities and whilst they take a very valuable role in your child’s education we would prefer that questions regarding your child’s learning and progress, are directed to class teachers or SENCo. Of course, as a school we welcome daily dialogue between parents and TAs on how a child’s day has been and we do actively encourage this continued feedback
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator: Claire Evans
If you still have concerns you are also very welcome to come and speak to the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), Claire Evans. She will discuss strategies and processes that are available depending on the child’s individual need.
- Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and or disabilities, and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
- Ensuring that you are: ◦ involved in supporting your child’s learning ◦ kept informed about the support your child is getting ◦ involved in reviewing how they are doing ◦ part of planning ahead for them.
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology or other professional agencies.
- Updating the school’s SEND record of need, (a system for ensuring all the special educational, physical and sensory needs of pupils in this school are known and understood) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
- To provide specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help your child (and other pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in the school) to achieve their potential.
- Supporting your child’s class teacher to write SEND Action Plans that specify the targets set for your child to achieve.
- Organising training for staff so they are aware and confident about how to meet the needs of your child and others within our school.
Contacted by email – email@example.com or telephone 0208 8508747
The Deputy Head : Carrie Hogger
Carrie Hogger is responsible for inclusion and will be happy to discuss any further concerns.
Headteacher – Donna Adkinson
- The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND. She will give responsibility to the SENCo, Deputy Head Teacher and Class Teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
She must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.
Contacted by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 850 8747
- Making sure that the school has an up to date SEND Policy Making sure that the school has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school
- Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEN and/or disabilities
- Making visits to understand and monitor the support given to children with SEND in the school and being part of the process to ensure your child achieves his/her potential in school.
How could my child get help at Middle Park Primary School?
How will we support your child with identified special needs starting at school?
We will first invite you to visit the school with your child to have a look around and speak to staff If other professionals are involved, a team around the Child (TAC) meeting will be held to discuss your child’s needs, share strategies used, and ensure provision is put in place before your child starts Your child’s key person may make a home visit and also visit your child if they are attending another provision We may suggest adaptations to the settling in period to help your child to settle more easily.
How can you let the school know you are concerned about your child’s progress in school?
If you have concerns about your child’s progress please initially speak to your child’s class teacher If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and your child is still not making progress then you should speak to the SENCo (Claire Evans) or Deputy Head (Carrie Hogger) If you are still not happy you can speak to the school SEND Governor
How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?
When a teacher or a parent has raised concerns about your child’s progress, and targeted teaching has not met the child’s needs, the teacher will raise this with the SENCo. There are pupil progress meetings every term between each class teacher and a senior staff member in the school to ensure all children are making good progress. This is another way your child may be identified as not making as much progress as expected. If your child is then identified as not making progress the school will make a decision about whether to monitor this or set up an intervention group and will inform you. If your child is still not making expected progress the school will discuss with you:
Any concerns you may have
Any further interventions or referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning
How we could work together, to support your child at home/school.
We have Academic Tutoring Days during the year to give parents and teachers an oppertunity to discuss progress and learning on an individual basis.
How is extra support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels?
The school budget, received from Greenwich LA, includes money for supporting children with SEND. The Head Teacher decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school. The Head Teacher and the SENCO discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including: ◦ the children getting extra support already ◦ the children needing extra support ◦ the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected and decide what resources/training and support is needed. All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.
Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in Middle Park Primary School?
To support children with Special Educational Needs we sometimes work with other professionals who have expertise in specific areas. If this is the case we would always discuss this with the parents.
Outside Agencies we work alongside:
◦ Learning mentors
◦ Family Liaison officer
◦ Additional Speech and Language Therapy input to provide a higher level of service to the school
◦ Additional Educational Psychology input to provide a higher level of service to the school
◦ Music Therapy
◦ CAMHS B : Paid for centrally by the Local Authority but delivered in school:
Autism Outreach Service
Service Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
STEPS (Assessment, advice and resources for children with literacy or numeracy difficulties including Dyslexia
Speech and Language Therapy (provided by Health but paid for by the Local Authority).
Physiotherapy Professional training for school staff to deliver medical interventions
Waterside Behaviour service
Parent Partnership Service (to support families through the SEN processes and procedures).
Please find out more information from each of these agencies on the Royal borough of Greenwich Local Offer:
How are adults in school helped to work with children with SEND and what training do they have?
The SENCo’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND. The school has a School Development Plan, including identified training needs for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEND. This may include whole school training on SEND issues or to support identified groups of learners in school, such as ASD, dyslexia etc. Whole staff training to disseminate knowledge, strategies and experience, to ensure consistency of the school’s approach for children with an SEND. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class e.g from the ASD Outreach service, STEPS and Sensory service or medical /health training to support staff in implementing care plans. Training takes place on a regular basis. If you would like to hear about the training which is currently taking place or has taken place by the staff members in the school, please speak to the Headteacher or SENCo.
How is teaching adapted for children with learning needs (SEN and/or disabilities ?)
Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that learning tasks are adjusted in order to enable your child to access their learning as independently as possible. Specially trained support staff can implement the teachers modified/adapted planning to support the needs of your child where necessary. Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups. Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child’s learning needs and increase your child’s access to what is on offer.
How will we measure the progress of you child in school? And how will I know about this?
Your child’s progress is continually monitored by their class teacher. Their progress is reviewed formally every half term and assessed against national expectations for reading, writing and maths as well as for progress in other areas.
If your child is reaching the end of Year 1 and above, but is not yet at National Expectations, a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘P levels’.
At the end of each key stage (i.e. at the end of year 2 and year 6) all children are required to be formally assessed using Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). This is something the government requires all schools to do and are the results that are published nationally.
The progress of children with an EHC Plan/ Statement of SEN is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education. Additionally these children will have an SEND Action Plan (or PLP) which will be reviewed with your involvement, every term and the plan for the next term made.
The SENCo will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in. Baseline Assessments are always carried out to ensure the intervention is effective.
A range of ways will be used to keep you informed, which may include:
◦ Home/school book
◦ Letters/certificates sent home
◦ Additional meetings as required
How will we make arrangements to ensure that the social emotional needs of your child are met in school?
We have a number of internal Learning Mentors and organise ‘nurture’ support as necessary The school PSHE Policy which can be accessed here.
How is Middle Park Primary School accessible to children with SEND?
The school Accessibility plan can be accessed here
How does Middle Park Primary School make special arrangements for looked after Children (LAC) with SEND?
We consult with the virtual school – Head Teacher and SENCO as appropriate for personalised support as required. We also liaise with the allocated social worker, to ensure all agencies are working collaboratively to develop an appropriate support package (PEP/EHCP/Statement) for each child. We review the child’s needs and progress regularly, for example before entering the school to ensure a smooth transition from their previous setting and then at regular intervals. We ensure Pupil Premium Plus is being used to effectively enable the child to meet their outcomes. The Deputy Head ensures that training and policies are supportive of looked after children with SEND
What support do we have for you as parents/carers of children with an SEND?
The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used. The SENCo is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you in person and also in a report. SEND Action Plans will be reviewed with your involvement each term. Homework will be adjusted to your child’s individual needs. A home/school contact book may be used to support communication. Parent workshops are organised throughout the school year in Maths and Reading. These support you with strategies we use with your children. We aim to provide you with support for your children in specific areas and provide you with a range of resources and ideas to use at home. A variety of workshops are available to parents across the school to help you better support your children at home. These include Phonics workshops, early reading workshops, maths workshops and speech and language workshops. Outside agencies often come in to meet and discuss reports with you providing a better understanding and recommendations on how you can support your child at home.
How have we made Middle Park Primary School physically accessible to children with SEND?
The school is accessible to children with physical disability via ramps. We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs. After school provision is accessible to all children including those with SEND. Extra - curricular activities are fully accessible for children with SEND.
What is an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)?
From September 2014 Educational, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans) started to replace Statements of Special Educational Need. The government introduced a new Act – the Children and Families Act – which has changed the way children and young people from 0-25 years with SEND are supported. Benefits of EHC Plans
- Children, young people and their parents are at the centre of planning and should be seen as partners in the process
- There is a focus on the child or young people’s aspirations for the future
- There is a focus on life outcomes – not just educational outcomes
- The process looks at each child and young person as an individual
- EHC Plans bring together education, health and care services into one plan.
- Children, young people and their parents should only have to tell their story once.
- EHC Plans may support young people up to 25 years depending on educational needs. At Middle Park Primary School we assess and work with all professionals to ensure we are supporting each individual child within school in every possible way. If we feel a child requires an EHC Plan we discuss this with parents and start the progress together. If you would like more information on EHC Plans please contact Claire Evans (SENCo).
How will we support your child when they are leaving this school? OR moving on to another class?
We recognise that transition is an important time for all children, but especially so for a child with SEND. Consequently, we work closely with the parents, children and staff to ensure these transitions run as smoothly as possible. The following are some of the strategies and things we do to help children feel happy about entering the next stage of their education. If your child is moving to another school:
- We will contact the new school’s SENCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on. When moving classes in school:
- Information will be passed on to the new class teacher IN ADVANCE and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. All SEND Action Plans will be shared with the new teacher.
- If your child would be helped by a transition book to support them understand moving on then it will be made for them. In Year 6: The SENCo will attend the Primary Transition Day to discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCo of their secondary school. A specialist session for students with ASD is also arranged. Your child will take part in focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead. Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child at Middle Park Primary School. We work closely with parents to ensure the most appropriate school is identified for individual children. This may include visits and meetings with secondary schools to ensure the correct school is chosen for the child’s individual needs.
School-based data headlines
|How many students did we have at our school with an EHC plan at then end of July 2021?||9 EHCP|
|How many students did we have on School SEND Support at the end of July 2021
|99 children including Nursery|
|What were the outcome for children with SEND for 2018/19?||Phonics
55% of Year 1 children with SEN achieved the Year 1 Phonics test, which is higher than Borough Average (52%) AND England 48%
71% of Year 2 children with SEN achieved the Year 1 Phonics test, which is higher than England (69%)
41% of children with SEN in Year 2 achieved expected level in Reading
29% of children with SEN in Year 2 achieved expected level in Writing.
41% of children with SEN in Year 2 achieved expected level in Maths
29% of children with SEN in Year 2 achieved expected level in combined Reading, Writing and Maths.
83% of children with SEN in Year 6 achieved expected level in Reading.
58% of children with SEN in Year 6 achieved expected level in Writing.
75% of children with SEN in Year 6 achieved expected level in Maths
50% of children with SEN in Year 6 achieved expected level in EGPS
42% of children with SEN in Year 6 achieved expected level in combined Reading, Writing and Maths.
|What training did staff at our school have in SEND over the year 2018/2019?||
|What was in the Head Teacher’s report to Governors about SEND in 2018/19?||
Glossary of terms
|ASD||Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|EHCP||Education, Health and Care Plan|
|SEN||Special Educational Needs|
|SEN Code of Practice||The legal document that sets out the requirements for SEN|
|SEND||Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities|
|SALT||Speech and Language Therapist|
|CAMHS||Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service|
|SENCO||Special Educational Needs Coordinator|