Special Needs

SEN Policy 2016 – 17

SEND Information Report 2017

SEND Action Plan 2016-2017


SEN and Disability Local Offer

Accessibility and Inclusion

What the school provides

The school was built in 1964 and was extended to its current size in 1992. It is fully wheelchair accessible with ground level entry to 3 doors and sloped access to a further two. The doors and corridors are wide enough to accept wheelchair access if necessary as well as a fully alarmed disabled toilet. Parking spaces are available outside school for disabled drivers and we have a disabled access reception area.
Information is available on the school website, noticeboards and through regular newsletters.
Classrooms are equipped with modern furniture and IWB touch screen whiteboards, at a suitable height appropriate to the age group being taught in that classroom.

The school has a range of ICT programmes and software for pupils with SEN, in addition to iPads, headphones and laptops.

Teaching and Learning

What the school provides

We aim to identify pupils with SEN early and support from outside agencies can help and advise.
The class teacher informs the parents at the earliest opportunity to alert them to the concerns and enlist their help and support.
The class teacher and SENCo continue to assess and monitor the children’s progress in line with existing practices within school. The SENCo works closely with the parents and class teacher to plan an appropriate programme of intervention and support for the child.
Children can be screened for Dyslexia in school using The Bangor Screening Pack and assessed by outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, IDSS, Clinical Psychologists and OT.
Each class has the benefit of at least one Teaching Assistant.
In cases where children have visual or hearing impairment, extra support is provided by IDSS through the LA.
Staff are First Aid trained and have gained certificates in this area. Two staff are also trained in Paediatric First Aid (for under 5s).
All TA support within school is at NVQ Level 2 or above and Teaching staff and TAs have attended courses to support pupils with attachment, behaviour issues, ASD, dyslexia and sensory profiling.
When sitting tests, children with SEN can be supported with a reader (amanuensis), have timed breaks, be granted additional time or sit in smaller groups to aid concentration.
SEN provision mapping, records the type of intervention a pupil is receiving, the duration and staffing. The Lancashire e-tracker also tracks SEN pupil progress and is used to provide data monitoring for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Reviewing and Evaluating Outcomes

What the school provides

Parents are able to contribute and take part in annual reviews and they receive copies of all relevant paperwork concerning their child. Pupils are also asked to contribute to their review if age appropriate.
IEPs are reviewed termly or half-termly depending upon circumstance and need.
The school operates an ‘open door’ policy with regards to any concerns that a parent may have.

Progress of pupils with SEN is monitored throughout the school and through the provision map.

Keeping Children Safe

What the school provides

The Head Teacher and Class Teachers carry out risk assessments as necessary.
If required, a handover is carried out by the TA or class teacher to the relevant parent or carer. Parents are required to sign their children in or out of school if they arrive or leave early or late.
At least 2 members of staff are on each playground for duty. This is in addition to TA staff who organise structured play opportunities for children with SEN.
A teacher supervises each lunch break in addition to welfare support staff who supervise the children outside on the playground.
TA support is available in every classroom and some classes have 2 TA support staff to support children with additional needs and statements.

Parents can access our Anti-bullying Policy on our website or in paper form through the school office.

Health (including Emotional Health and Well being)

What the school provides

All medicine is recorded in a medicine book along with details of dosage and frequency and parents sign to grant authorisation to the school to administer to their child. Care plans are passed on to the relevant Class Teacher and the master copy is kept in SEN records. All support assistants, Welfare staff and teaching staff are kept regularly up to date with First Aid Training to ensure staff are familiar with what action is to take in the event of an emergency.
In addition and when appropriate, Diabetes and Epipen training will be provided by the School Nurse or other NHS professional to ensure the relevant staff are conversant with the appropriate action or medical procedure required.

Communication with Parents

What the school provides

The school website contains details of all staff currently employed by the school and the School Prospectus also provides this information. The School operates an Open Door policy and has two parent evenings a year to provide opportunities for parents to discuss the progress of their child. Class teachers also send home half termly progress reports to parents. A parent questionnaire is also provided for parents to record their views and suggestions.
During themed weeks, parents are invited in to school to participate in lessons in their child’s class, so that they can see what work their children are undertaking.
We also welcome parents in to school for themed lunches (Mother’s Day, Christmas lunch etc).

Working Together

What the school provides

There is an elected School Council, Worship Council and a School Eco-Committee for pupils to contribute their own views. Parents can have their say about their child in Parent Evenings, Annual Reviews, IEP reviews (if they express a wish to do so) and the Parent’s questionnaire. Elections to the Governing Body are held in the event of a vacancy arising.
Home school agreements, specific to each class, are sent home annually for parents and children to sign.

What help and support is available for the family?

What the school provides

The Class Teacher or Head Teacher can offer help with forms if this is required.
There is a School Notice board which contains additional information of upcoming events or general useful information e.g. Drop in Centres, School Nurse visits etc..
The school has annual E-Safety Evenings for parents  to attend.
If a pupil requires a Travel plan to get their child to and from school this will be dealt with by the class teacher, SENCO and Head Teacher if required.

Transition to Secondary School

What the school provides

Each year, pupils visit their forthcoming Secondary School for science and DT days and taster sessions, and Secondary Teachers from the Local High Schools, visit our school to help ease the transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
Further visits to the High School are offered for children with SEN to ensure that they are fully aware of their new school and are given additional opportunities to meet with their new teachers.

Extra Curricular Activities

What the school provides

Overton St. Helen’s provides extra-curricular activities for all pupils. There are opportunities for pupils to take part in  weekly dance sessions, choir, sewing, Lego, football, netball, cricket, Multi-skills, tag rugby, Activ8 jujitsu, animation, computer, drama, cookery and a variety of other clubs . Most of these are free of charge (a small fee is payable for those provided by external agencies).
The Clubs are available to all the pupils in the designated age range assigned to that activity (e.g. cricket is available to Key Stage 2 pupils but not Key Stage 1).
Children in KS1 have Buddies from Year 6 that play and organise games during break times.
On Friday afternoon, all children participate in mixed classes and ‘Funday Friday’ activities from YR to Y6, whereby they can interact and play games, role play, construction, junk modelling, messy play and art work in a cohesive and supportive way.