SEN Annual Report 2018
Special Educational Needs
Information and Annual Report 2018
At Elangeni School we strive to support ALL our pupils to enable them to achieve their potential at the school.
Quality first teaching is vital. However for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.
The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is:
Mrs Sarah Hamilton
The SENDCo is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and coordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN. We liaise with staff to monitor pupil progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. We have contact with a range of external agencies, who are able to give more specialised advice. The type of SEND provision that Elangeni School provides is based on individual needs or a pupil’s statement/educational healthcare plan, where their needs can be met within our mainstream setting.
Current SEN Updates
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to support pupils who have been registered for free meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. Schools are held accountable for the decisions they make on Pupil Premium through the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers. Ofsted inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract Pupil Premium.
Children and Families Bill 2013
The Children and Families Bill underpins wide-ranging reforms to improve services for vulnerable children and support families so that all children can succeed, no matter what their background. The system for supporting children with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled is being is also reformed. The Bill extends the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.
The Local Offer
This information outlines which services are available to support disabled children, children with SEN and their families. This information sets out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their children.
1. How does Elangeni School know if a pupil needs extra help?
We know a pupil needs extra help when:
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
2. How will I know Elangeni School will support my child?
3. How will the curriculum match my child’s needs?
4. How will I know how my child is doing?
How will the school help me to support my child’s learning?
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional difficulties. These include:
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive more specialised expertise. These may include:
7. What training have staff supporting children with SEND had?
The school trains all staff in relation to pupils’ particular needs. These include:
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
Activities and school trips are for all pupils.
9. How accessible is the school environment?
We are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have at present include:
10. How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Elangeni School or transferring to a new school?
Many strategies are in place to enable the pupil’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:
11. How are school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
12. How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
13. How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s education. This may be through:
14. Who can I contact for further information?
If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are unhappy about something regarding your child’s schooling, please contact the school office and arrange a meeting with the head teacher or SENDCo.
We hope the information set out in this document has answered any queries you may have, but please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any further questions.