Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Welcome to our SEND information report which has been collaboratively produced within the Aylsham Cluster Trust and which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The information provided in this report is in response to the Government’s Draft SEND regulations (2013/14) and it will be updated at least annually.

At Aldborough School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has involved 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:

  • SEND Governor: Mrs Rebecca Smith
  • SENDCo Mrs Alison Read (Head Teacher)
  • Parent Governor:  Mr Richard Hembling
  • Headteacher: Mrs Alison Read

If you have any specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions (available at www.norfol.gov.uk/SEND ) Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEND please speak to their class teacher or contact Mrs Read whilst Mrs Tanya Blake our SENDCo is on secondment (see above) 01263 761264 (school number)

Our Approach to teaching Learners with SEN

At Aldborough 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 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 our Teaching and Learning policy on the school website.

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.  We have highly trained staff across the cluster who are accessible to support our school for pupils with specific needs, if appropriate.

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, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.

At Aldborough School part of our vision statement is:

‘To have high aspirations and expectations for all’

‘To energise our learners to take responsibility for their own learning’

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 SEND as:

“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 or disability if they:

  • Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
  • 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 SEND, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning. Teachers will make reasonable adjustments in their Quality First Teaching, alongside exploring the need for intervention.

Children can experience a range of barriers to learning; they may have poor attendance or they may have experienced changes in school or at home, impacting on the consistency in their learning. Additionally, for some children, English may be their second language or they may be managing emotional difficulties.  At Aldborough School we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities and, for those experiencing barriers to learning, we will work with pupils and their families to identify the issue/s and explore ways to overcome them.  This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEND.  Only those with a specific learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.

Our SEND profile for 2018/19 shows:

11% of our children have been identified as having SEN.

No child has a Statement of Education Need/Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

No child has a physical disability

38% is linked to Cognition and Learning

85% is linked to Speech, Language and Communication Needs

8% is linked to Physical and Sensory

30% is linked to Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Assessing SEND at Aldborough School

Class Teachers, support staff, parent/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning.  At Aldborough school we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parent/carer and of course their Teacher.  The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning.  We have a range of assessment tools available within the school and cluster, which we use to identify a specific need.

For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams.  In our school and cluster we have access to various specialist services.  We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on their local offer website www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer

Aldborough School has also commissioned for 2019 support as required from:

  • Children Services, EPSS – Education Psychologist
  • Engage Education Norfolk – provision purchased annually providing: direct support for children, parents and staff, as well as training
  • Sensory Support (Visual)
  • Speech Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Cluster network of support providing the opportunity to purchase/access as necessary: school to school support; education psychologist; school nurse; speech and language therapy

We also employ a highly skilled teaching support staff (currently one HLTA and five Teaching Assistants) who deliver interventions as directed by the Class Teacher or SENCO.

The Aylsham Cluster SENCO network meet at least termly to share expertise, experiences and offer advice and support.

What we do to Support Learners

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum, making reasonable adjustments, to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Aldborough are proud of our teachers and their developments. The Teacher Standards are available upon request.

Both Class Teachers and Classroom Assistants work with children with SEND on specific learning within the planned classroom learning experiences. Our teachers will plan for the use of various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum. These might include using:

  • Visual timetables
  • Increased time
  • Writing frames
  • TA targeted support groups
  • I-Pads/tablets, laptops or other alternative recording devices
  • Peer buddy systems
  • Scribing

Each learner identified as having SEND 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. With relatively small numbers of SEND at Aldborough School, provision is often although not exclusively, bespoke. It always appears as part of the daily planning and may also be recorded on an individual plan. Teachers monitor and modify the provision regularly, adapting it to meet the changing needs of individuals identified with SEND.

The Aylsham Cluster SENDCOs work closely with each other and meet at least termly to share expertise, experiences and offer advice and support.  We share our provision ‘map’ with our colleagues in the Aylsham Cluster so we can learn from each other and demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEND. We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity. Furthermore there is a wealth of expertise that is called upon when required to support our children.

Our SEN Governor monitors the impact of SEN provision across the school and shares the outcomes of monitoring with the Full Governing Body.

Funding for SEN

Aldborough School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of the learners with SEND. This is described in the SEND memorandum which is available on the Norfolk County Council Website (Financial) where the amount of funding we received for 2017-18 can be seen.

The Aylsham Cluster of schools also receive funding from the Local Authority which is distributed as ‘top-up’ funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school. The Aylsham Cluster funding for 2015 – 2016 is £212, 824, 2016-17 £193,733, 2017-8 £202,765.

All schools in the Aylsham Cluster have signed a governance agreement which helps us work together. We have written our Cluster Statement which Aldborough acknowledges in its own SEND Practice.

The Aylsham Cluster of schools are committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEN. If you would like any further information on SEN in the Aylsham Cluster please contact our SEN Host: kleeks@aylshamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk   (Kathryn Leeks)

How do we Find Out if this Support is Effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Aldborough School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEND. 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 SENDCO, 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 can be a formal meeting held regularly, where we can all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) the same review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.

The SENDCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Intervention data is shared with the Aylsham Cluster so all SENDCOs in our cluster are able to select high quality provision.

Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by teachers, senior leaders and governors. We are also take part in external moderation, as part of the Aylsham Cluster and as a local authority.  This ensures that our judgements stand up to scrutiny. Our school and cluster 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 Aldborough School we offer a range of additional clubs and activities. These can be emailed out from office@aldborough.norfolk.sch.uk on request.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our school SEND co-ordinator to discuss specific requirements. Please email the office. All staff at Aldborough School have annual updates and biennial training on the Equality Act 2010 as part of ongoing essential staff training.  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 2010 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 SEND, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEND and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please see the school website for our Single Equality Scheme.

Preparing for the next step

Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transitions to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Aldborough 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 SEND. Moving classes will be considered carefully for your child during the summer term and parents are able to give their viewpoint. Transition to secondary schools will be discussed in the summer term of their Year 5, to ensure time for planning and preparation.

Have your say

Aldborough School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEND report declares our annual offer to learners with SEND 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 SEND.

Useful links

www.norfolk.gov.uk/SEND

www.norfolkparentpartnership.org.uk

www.dfe.gov.uk