Special Educational Needs and / or Disability Arrangements at Coldfair Green Community Primary School
SENDCO – Mrs Amanda Fewkes firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support and Inclusion Lead – Mrs Debra Duggan email@example.com
Our Policy and our work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disability is undertaken in line with the Government’s Code of Practice for SEND. This is monitored by Mrs Fewkes, the school’s SEND Coordinator and Mrs Duggan the school’s Inclusion Lead and Family Support Worker. As a staff team we aim to identify children with SEND early and, working with you their parents, to assess the exact nature of their learning and development needs to enable us to support each child effectively from the very beginning of their school career.
Children will be supported by action being taken in school which will detail the difficulties the child is facing, the agreed approach to support them in achieving and making progress and targets we have set in conjunction with you, the parents. When appropriate outside agencies, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dyslexia Specialist Teachers, the School Nursing team and Paediatricians may be called upon to help to assess a child’s level of need and engage with school staff in setting up additional personalised support for them. It is important that children with SEND still follow a broad curriculum and this will continue alongside additional support provided to accelerate progress and ensure achievement.
The school has a good relationship with agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Professionals, Educational Psychology and Behavioural Support Units and County Inclusion teams and is able to make appropriate referrals into these services with permissions of parents.
A child with significant levels of need for learning support will have intervention from these experts. Teachers and Learning Support Assistants will work with individual children and small groups to deliver special programmes designed by outside agencies, the SENDCO and the class teacher. It is essential that we work closely with families informing them and consulting with them at every stage and this will include regular reviews of progress and achievement.
If it is considered that an Education and Health Plan will best secure the needs of the child, then the school will work with you as parents to make the appropriate referrals to request assessment.
The school also implements a range of interventions, booster sessions and special individualised programmes to enable all children to ‘catch-up’ with basic skills and plug any gaps they may have, whether they are considered to have SEND or not. These include early literacy support, additional literacy support and ‘Springboard’ (mathematics), Nessie, Gym Trail, Nurture Groups, Social Skills intervention, Assertive Mentoring and additional 1:1 and small group gap filling. This is to ensure that all children have every opportunity to learn and develop to the best of their ability.
Arrangements for Dealing with Complaints about Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability
The normal arrangements for the treatment of complaints at Coldfair Green Community Primary School are used for complaints about provision made for special educational needs. We encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the class teacher, Inclusion Lead or SENCo / Headteacher to resolve the issue before making the complaint formal to the Chair of the Local Governing body. This can be done by emailing the Class teacher, Inclusion Lead, Debra Duggan firstname.lastname@example.org or SENCo / Headteacher, Amanda Fewkes email@example.com , directly or by making an appointment via the school office on 01728 830649. I The Chair of the Local Governing body can be contacted via the school office or contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org. At this stage advice will be sought from the CEO of the Evolution Academy Trust.
If the complaint is not resolved after it has been considered by the local governing body and Academy Trust CEO, then a disagreement resolution service or mediation service can be contracted. If it remains unresolved after this, the complainant can appeal to the First–tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), if the case refers to disability discrimination, or to the Secretary of State for all other cases.
There are some circumstances, usually for children who have an Educational, Health and Care Plan, where there is a statutory right for parents to appeal against a decision of the Local Authority. Complaints that fall within this category cannot be investigated by the school.