SEND at William Byrd Primary Academy
At William Byrd we believe that children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability should be identified and appropriately supported in order for them to thrive in all aspects of their lives, prioritising the well-being of the child being at the ‘heart’ of our practice.
We believe that together, Governors, the Senior Leadership Team, teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, peers and parents within the school community are responsible for ensuring that children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability reach their fullest potential.
It is through a commitment to work together with those within our school community, and other relevant external agencies, that we ensure that our children receive the best provision to be able to successfully fully participate in all aspects of school life.
Our whole school vision and effective practice ensures that having a Special Educational Need and/or Disability is not a barrier to any child ‘achieving their very best’.
Frequently Asked Questions (Local Offer)
What is SEND?
A Special Educational Need (SEN) is a difficulty or barrier that affects a child's ability to learn and to access the curriculum. A Disability is a long term health condition which causes a difficulty or barrier to learn or to access the curriculum.
Who determines that a child has Special Educational Needs and how do they know?
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) in agreement with the Head Teacher will make the decision that a child has SEN and needs extra support to help them to learn. This is not a medical diagnosis, only a recognition that the child is finding it harder to learn than other children of the same age. They will then be placed on our 'Special Educational Needs and Disability' (SEND) Register in discussion with parents/carers.
What is the SEND Register?
This is a list of all the pupils in the school and class who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or a disability. This makes it easier for the SENDCo and staff to monitor those pupils who need extra help.
Why is my child on the SEND Register?
Any pupil on the SEND register has been identified as having a special educational need and/or disability. Extra help will be given to these pupils to help them to make progress.
What does this mean for my child?
If your child is placed on the SEND Register, then they will start to receive extra help. This will be set out on a Learning Plan so that you can see what help your child is receiving and how often. They will also have a One Page Profile which outlines the child’s strengths and difficulties, and strategies to overcome barriers to learning.
Will my child always be on the SEND Register?
This can vary. Some pupils with significant needs will always be on the SEND Register because they will always need help. Other pupils may only need help for a short amount of time and if they no longer need any help, then they will be removed from the SEND Register in discussion with parents/carers.
How does William Byrd Primary Academy know if my child needs extra help?
- Parents notify us as part of the School Induction process
- Information is passed on from previous school
- Regular analysis of children’s progress
- Discussions with parents when concerns arise
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs
Make an appointment to meet with the class teacher. The class teacher will liaise with the school’s Special Needs Coordinator and if necessary arrange for a meeting to discuss further.
How will William Byrd Primary Academy support my child?
- The first priority is to ensure that all children are receiving First Quality Teaching within the class that is differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils
- Additional resources, training and support from the school’s Special Needs Coordinator will be provided in order to meet the needs of children with additional needs
- A range of interventions are run to provide additional support outside of class lessons to meet the specific needs of the children where a concern has been identified
- Parents will be informed of any concerns and additional in class support/intervention that is being put in place
- A child on the SEN register will have a provision map which will outline specific targets and the intervention/support that child will be receiving
- Governors are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the provision in place for pupils identified with SEND and they will receive a report from the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
How will both you and I know how my child is doing?
- Progress data is collected and analysed at least termly. Children with SEND are highlighted in data analysis to monitor progress.
- Individualised provision maps will be reviewed termly to monitor progress on set targets.
- All interventions are monitored for impact and outcomes are defined at the start of any intervention which will show if the intervention is meeting your child’s need.
How will you help me to support my child's learning?
- We will arrange a meeting with you if we have any concerns or suggestions on how you can help us to help your child with their learning.
- Parent s are encouraged to chat with the class teacher during ‘soft start’ if further ideas and advice is wanted on how to support your child’s learning, or if necessary a meeting time arranged.
- Annual reports and Parents’ Evenings give all parents and carers regular feedback on their child’s up to date academic levels, individual reading, writing and maths targets and any behavioural, emotional or social difficulties.
- Pupils’ views will be obtained and when appropriate, they may attend all or part of any meeting.
- If you require further support our school’s Pastoral Manager may be able to provide this for you, or assist you in gaining access to appropriate agencies.
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?
- Regular curriculum activities, assemblies and lessons in Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
- Additional support from Learning Mentors can be arranged as needed for individual children; a tailored plan may be put in place for pupils with the highest need.
- Attendance is monitored daily to support families to prevent unauthorised absence.
- Our Behaviour Policy includes guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions is fully understood and in place by all staff.
- Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs. We have a medical policy in place.
- Pupils’ views are sought through school council and other forums.
- Pupils are encouraged to apply for leadership roles throughout the school such as Head boy and girl, prefects and House Captains.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by William Byrd Primary Academy?
- Educational outside agencies include: Educational Psychology (EPS); Outreach Services, including ASD; Specialist Resource Provisions at other settings, Special Educational Needs Consultants and Education Welfare Office (EWO).
- Specialist health services such as Speech and Language Therapy (SALT); Physical and Sensory Support Service (PSSS), which includes Hearing Impaired Service (HI) and Visually Impaired Service (VI); Occupational Therapy (OT); Physio-therapy (PT); Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) other health professionals.
- Community based support agencies include: Belmore Children’s Centre, Social Services, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Service (SENDIAS formerly Parent Partnership) and Community Police
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
- Time and money is regularly invested in training our staff to improve provision for all students.
- Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is qualified and is an experienced teacher and holds the National Qualification in Special Educational Needs, as well as receiving ongoing SEN training in specific areas.
- All staff members, including TA, HLTAs and SMSAs receive training to best support our pupils with SEND, for example in dyslexia, Autism, Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties and speech and language needs.
- Our Equality/InclusionPolicy promotes involvement of all of our learners in all aspects of the curriculum including activities outside the classroom.
- Where there are concerns for safety and access, a personalised risk assessment is carried out to consider if reasonable adjustments can be made to meet any additional needs; if appropriate parents/carers are consulted and involved in planning.
How accessible is the school's environment?
- We have an Accessibility Plan in place and where feasible, make reasonable adjustments to improve the accessibility of our environment to meet individual needs. Our policy and practice adheres to The Equality Act 2010.
- Our school makes use of translation sites via our website and endeavour to arrange for a translator to attend meetings when necessary.
How will the school prepare and support my child to join William Byrd Primary Academy?
- We have an Induction programme in place for welcoming all new learners to our school.
- When necessary we will contact a new child’s previous school to gain further information in order to provide appropriate support promptly.
How will William Byrd support my child's transfer to Secondary School?
- We have very good relationships with our feeder settings
- Information is shared to support pupils’ learning and well-being at transition
- Enhanced transition programmes are developed for identified children that may require additional support.
How are William Byrd Primary Academy's resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?
- Finances are monitored and audited regularly.
- Resources are utilised to support the strategic aims of our setting as well as individual learner needs.
- Interventions are costed and evaluated to ensure a ‘value for money’ service.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
- It is an expectation that all children receive Quality First Teaching within the class that meets children’s needs.
- Should additional support be required, this is undertaken after consultation with the relevant staff, the learner and their families as necessary.
- The SENCo oversees all additional support and regularly shares updates with the SEN Governor.
How are parents involved at William Byrd Primary Academy and how can I be involved?
- William Byrd Primary Academy strives to work in partnership with parents to support each child/young person’s well-being, learning needs, progress and aspirations.
- William Byrd Primary Academy has an open-door policy to allow parents to contact their child’s class teacher with ease.
- Parents are invited to become involved in school-life through a number of means such as ‘soft start’ each morning, ongoing invitations to school events throughout the year, volunteering, consultations and completing parent view surveys.
- Parent workshops and/or in class visits to model our approaches to learning in various subjects, giving parents the confidence to support their child’s learning at home.
- Our Governing Body includes Parent Governors/representatives.
Who can I contact for further information?
- In the first instance, parents/carers are encouraged to talk to their child’s class teacher.
- For students with SEND, further information and support can be obtained from the SENCo, Ms Matharu.