Mrs Loyns is our part-time SENDCo and works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Havering Local Offer
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SEND Local Offer
Under the Children and Families Bill 2014, schools are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they offer for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of this is to improve choice and transparency for families.
Benhurst Primary School is an inclusive school which offers a variety of provision to support children with a range of needs. The support offered to all of our pupils is designed to encourage increasing learning independence and resilience. The range of support deployed is tailored to individual need, following thorough assessment by internal and/or external agencies, taking into account parental views which are warmly welcomed.
The progress of all children is regularly monitored and evaluated in order to ensure that the support provided is as effective as possible. We aim to ensure that any barriers to equal access are removed or overcome.
What provision is made before the £6000 higher needs threshold?
All children have access to quality first teaching with activities and experiences being tailored to meet individual needs.
Benhurst Primary School SEND Local Offer
Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants provide support for teachers and groups of children in the classroom.
Specialist equipment is available such as writing slopes, pencil grips, individual workstations, etc. to support children’s needs.
Children are selected to receive targeted intervention and support. This can be as part of a group, a pair or on a 1:1 basis as appropriate.
Intervention programmes provided by the school include: Power of 2, Precision Teaching, Speech therapy, Phonic support and Numeracy support. Other interventions are provided in line with identified pupil needs.
Class teachers follow the structure of ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ to ensure that the impact of interventions is closely monitored and that interventions and support are appropriate to children’s needs. The impact of intervention and support, and the progress children make are reviewed termly by the Senior Leadership Team at Pupil Progress Meetings.
The impact and progress are also reviewed with parents during termly Individual Education Plan review meetings. This is to ensure that the support and intervention that each child receives contributes to effective progress.
The above support is provided from the School budget, SEN funding and the Pupil Premium Grant.
What provision is available beyond the £6000 higher needs threshold?
Provision for children with an EHCP is adhered to with the support of the Local Authority, specialist outside agencies and in house school staff. This provision is tailored to individual needs and is outlined within the child’s EHCP / Statement of Educational Need and their Individual Education Plan.
What provision is available for children in care or with social care needs?
Safeguarding Lead - Mr Denchfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deputy Safeguarding Lead - Mrs Hart (email@example.com)
Designated teacher for Looked After Children - Mr Denchfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Designated Governor for Looked After Children - Mrs McCarthy (email@example.com)
SENDCo - Mrs Loyns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The school uses a professional counselling service for children who we consider are in need of additional support. This is funded through Pupil Premium.
Child Protection is on the agenda for all school meetings.
School staff attend child protection meetings.
We have clear and well understood procedures for reporting concerns or worries about a child.
Key school staff (teachers, support staff, office, mid-day assistants) are updated about any concerns/changes regarding a child at Benhurst.
The school works closely with outside agencies including children’s services.
Personal Education Plans are completed with Looked After Children where appropriate.
What resources are available for children with disabilities and/or medical needs?
The school has a toilet with disabled access and ramp access at most main entrances and exits.
As part of our expansion to a 2FE school, two new classrooms were built which include ramp access.
Visual timetables are provided in all classrooms.
Where necessary health care professionals and therapists provide advice and guidance for specific children. They also provide training and advice for staff.
The school nurse visits the school to carry out checks with children and to provide advice and training to staff. She is also involved, with parents and school staff, in writing Health Care Plans for identified children.
The school has a designated medical area in the main school office for use by children and adults who are hurt or unwell. Medicines are stored safely in the main First Aid room adjacent to the main school office.
A team of Teaching Assistants, Midday staff and Office staff are trained in first Aid. They are able to administer medicines to children as directed by parents and carers.
Provision is funded from the school budget unless specified in an Educational Health Care Plan.
What additional interventions are available to support behaviour?
Both Play times and Lunchtimes are staffed to ensure safe adult:child ratios. A range of play equipment is available. Different activities are led by midday staff at lunchtimes. Workstations are offered to children who benefit from working in a structured or quiet environment. Outside agencies such as Child and Mental Health Service, Behaviour Support Team, Educational Psychologists etc. offer advice to adults, including parents, on how best to support a child.
Motivational strategies are put in place to support a child to succeed with their behaviour. The school has a positive behaviour policy which all staff follow. Children are rewarded and encouraged to behave positively. Where appropriate individual behaviour plans may be provided to further support children. The additional interventions to support behaviour are funded through the school budget.
Are there any specialist services offered at the school?
Staff regularly take part in continuing professional development to help them meet the needs of children with special needs. We have a team of Teaching Assistants who are trained to offer support to children with English as an Additional Language. We have two qualified ELKLAN (speech and Language qualification) teaching Assistants. We have a team of Teaching Assistants who are trained to support children with Speech and Language needs including running specific interventions such as Language for Thinking and Time to Talk. We have two Teaching Assistants trained to use Makaton. We enlist the support of various agencies including: You and Me Councilling, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and the Havering 5-19 Service.
We also use Information Technology such as IPads, and specialist software such as memory booster, to support children. Communicate in Print is used to create and adapt curriculum materials for pupils who need symbols. Language Link and Speech Link are used to help identify and support children with Speech and Language needs in addition to the support provided by the Speech and Language Therapist where applicable. Our specialist services are funded by the school’s budget unless specified in an Education Health Care Plan.
Can children with SEND access after school clubs and Educational Visits?
All clubs and school visits are accessible to all pupils. School visits are discussed in consultation with parents and carers. Risk assessments are
completed in order to identify potential risks and ensure that relevant control measures are put in to place. Depending on individual needs, parents may be asked to accompany their child on an out of school visit.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Lessons are pitched appropriately so that all children can learn and progress. Teachers take account of the needs of the individual child and plan different tasks and materials appropriately. Tracking and assessment enables each class teacher to analyse the progress of every child.
Termly Pupil Progress Meetings are held with members of the Senior Management Team and class teacher to discuss suitable teaching programmes for each child.Termly reviews of learning targets for your child take place with the SENDCo and class teacher, and new programmes or support is organised as necessary, leading to personalised learning. Targets are set to support children’s individual needs and are regularly updated. Children work in a variety of groupings, such as small supported groups, 1:1, mixed ability and similar ability groups. Children are involved in identifying their own learning targets where appropriate. Parents, carers in consultation with the class teacher review their child’s targets at least once per term. This ensures that each child’s targets match their learning needs.
How does the school work with the families of children with SEND?
The school operates an ‘open door’ policy and encourages the development of a working partnership with parents and carers. We ensure that Individual Education Plan review meetings are arranged at times which ensure that parents and carers are able to attend. We listen to what parents and carers tell us about their children and use this information to make sure that everyone who works with a child understands their needs. Parents and carers receive a written progress report twice per year – once in the Spring term and once in the Summer term. Parents are invited once per term to formally meet with their child’s class teacher and are invited to additional ‘drop in’ sessions with their child’s class teacher once per term. If any parent or carer wishes to speak to their child’s class teacher outside these times they are encouraged to phone the office to arrange an appointment or to speak to their child’s class teacher at the classroom door at the end of the school day.
The school also has access to a School Nurse to support all families, including those with SEND. The SENDCo is available to discuss any queries or concerns regarding support for your child.
What support is available to you as a parent of a child with 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 SENDCo is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have. All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report. Your child’s IEP will be reviewed with your involvement each term. Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual needs. A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child. All children in KS2 are provided with a yearly planner.
How will we support your child when they are leaving this school?
We will contact the school SENDCo to ensure they are aware of any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible. If your child is moving to a local Secondary School and parents, carers and the school feel it would be beneficial, we will arrange a Person Centred Review to support your child’s transition. Parents and carers are involved in discussions about whether this is appropriate for their child.
How will we support your child when they are moving to another class?
Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place between your child’s current class teacher and their new teacher. All IEPs will be shared with the new teacher. If your child would be helped by a book to support them understand moving on then it will be made for them.
This offer is accurate now, but services are regularly reviewed and could change. All information will be updated as soon as possible to reflect any new service offer.