Special Educational Needs and / or Disability Arrangements at Coldfair Green Primary School
SENDCo – Mrs M Williams, Ms E Foreman & Ms R Taylor
Our policy and our work with children with special educational needs and disability, is undertaken in line with the SEN Code of Practice. Our provision is monitored by Mrs Williams and Ms Foreman. As a staff team, we aim to identify children with SEND early and working with you, their parents, identify the barriers to their learning to enable us to use our best endeavours to support each child effectively.
Children’s areas of need will be identified and a graduated approach will be employed to support their learning ie assess, plan, do and review. A Personal Learning Plan will be developed by the class teacher, in conjunction with the SENDCo. This will be discussed with parents and children and reviewed regularly. When appropriate, outside agencies such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, dyslexia specialist teachers or the school nursing team may be referred to, to assess a child’s level of need and suggest strategies to support.
The school also implements a range of interventions and individual programmes. These include Apples and Pears, Nessie, Gym Trail and Bearing Away. This is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn and develop to the best of their ability.
When a child has complex needs and other professionals’ advice has been sought, an Education, Health and Care Plan request for assessment may be made. This is undertaken in partnership with parents.
Arrangements for Dealing with Complaints about Provision for Children with Special Needs and / or Disability
The normal arrangements for dealing with complaints at Coldfair Green Primary School are used for complaints about provision made for special educational needs. We encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the class teacher, SENDCo or headteacher to resolve the issue before making a formal complaint to the chair of the local governing body. This can be done by emailing the class teacher, SENDCo, firstname.lastname@example.org or the headteacher, email@example.com directly or by making an appointment via the school office on 01728 830649. The chair of the local governing body can be contacted via the school office or 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 Education, 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.