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SEN Information Report for Northgate Primary School 2019-2020

Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEN

Introduction

Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All Governing Bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the Governing Body’s or proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information must be updated annually.

At Northgate Primary School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. The local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact are:

Name of SEND Governor - Mrs J Bailey

Name of SENDCo – Mrs Joanne Doggett and Miss Vicki Aldous

Name of Head - Mrs Lindsay Hanger

School Council Link – Miss Laura Sweeney

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Class Teacher or contact Mrs Doggett and Miss Aldous our SENDCo on 01493 856515.

Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN

At Northgate Primary School we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interest and experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see our teaching and learning policy by clicking here.

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.

All learners will be enabled to take part in all school activities.  Activities will be modified and adapted to meet the needs of all children including residential, school trips and out of school activities. 

How we identify SEN

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defined SEN as:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or young person has learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or

(b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind general provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier(s) to their learning.

Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. At Northgate Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.

If a parent/carer has a concern about their child’s learning they should speak to their child’s teacher.  The class teacher may then speak to the Special educational needs coordinator for advice and/or ask the parents/carer if they give permission for their child to be discussed at the next School Support Team meeting.  The School Support Team meetings happen termly and they are where the senior management team discuss children who may need additional support or a change of support to assist their learning.  At the meeting it may be decided that a child: can be supported in the class by additional resources/strategies/changes to the curriculum; an assessment from an outside provider is needed to help inform the provision a child needs; a classroom observation by the school SENCO would be best to further explore a child’s needs and provide support for teachers.  The results from these meetings will be fed back to parents by the class teacher.  If assessments are required then parents will be asked for their permission and they will receive a copy of the report from the external provider.

If a barrier to learning maybe medical (ADHD, dyspraxia) then the SENCO will provide a written report for parents to take to their GP.  Reports from the health service do not always come to school so we would like to ask parents to please make sure we have any reports that they are sent.

Support for social and emotional development

Our school is a nurturing school and that ethos has been developed from our KS1 provision through into KS2 as we have changed from an infant to a primary school. In KS1 we have Cosmic Corner which is morning nurture provision, and has received the Marjorie Boxall award for the 4th time, as well as access to the provision mentioned below for KS2. In KS2 there are a number of social and emotional provisions including: lego therapy, art therapy, mindfulness and KS2 nurture afternoons.  We also have access to a counsellor who runs individual sessions for children across the school.  This provision changes and adapts as the needs of our children change. Each class has at least on teaching assistant who is able provide pastoral support for all our pupils including those with SEND.  All reports of bullying are treated seriously and followed up by staff and where needed senior management.

Other support

We work closely with the Salt team (Speech and Language Therapist) who provide assessments for speech difficulties.  Their recommendations are then implemented in school before their impact is reassessed by a therapist. The Newberry Clinic are another branch of the health service with whom we have a lot of contact. We are often asked for reports or provide information for parents to take to their doctors when making an application to be seen by the Newberry Clinic.  The school nurse is another member of the health team who we work closely with when we have children with medical needs.

We have strong links with social care and liaise regularly with them when we consider that their help is needed with a particular problem.  Mrs Manning is in regular contact with social care and is able to help and direct parents to appropriate services. The same is true of the local authority. The local authority has a number of traded services that we can buy in to if required but we are also able to make use of many outreach and non-traded services.  These will generally be suggested by the SENCO as the result of a particular child’s need and they will then enable access to the required service.

In the past we have used a number of voluntary sector organisations for children with a particular need.  One such organisation is Nelson’s Journey which supports children through bereavement.  Again contact is generally made via the SENCO.

Assessing SEN at Northgate Primary School

Class teacher, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be first to notice a difficulty with learning.

At Northgate Primary School we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carers and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will also support with the identification of barriers and learning. We have a range of assessment tools available.

To find out about them click here

For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school we have access to various specialist services. We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described by the Local Offer website available here.

Northgate Primary School has commissioned for 2019/20support from:

Sue Sengupta                                      Autism Advisory Support

Respectrum Advisory Services            Advisory Teachers / Occupational Therapist/Educational Psychologist

Dr Sillifant and Associates                      Education Psychology Services

Cathy Fiddy                                         Mindfulness coach

Kath Wallace                                       Art Therapy

We also employ additional Learning Support Assistants who deliver the interventions in the provision map as co-ordinated by our SENDCO.

Each class has at least 2 full time TAs who support children with SEN in class. We staff a morning only EYFS/KS1 Nurture class for 10 children based on the Marjorie Boxall model. We have two Learning Support Units (KS1 and KS2), for between 12-15 children. The KS1 LSU runs in the mornings and offers comprehensive support for children with significant learning difficulties while the KS2 LSU has full-time provision. The children attending these units are selected using a range of assessment tools and are closely monitored by the Senior Leadership Team. As well as our MSA (Midday Supervisors/dinner ladies) team, our team of TAs have staggered lunch hours to support children including those with SEN. In KS2 a cooking nurture group runs 2 afternoons a week to support children in a small group.

 

The kinds of Special Educational Needs for which provision is made at our school

  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Developmental delay
  • Speech, language and communication disorders
  • Sensory impairments
  • Specific learning difficulties – eg: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia
  • Social communication disorders – eg: autism/ODD
  • Medical needs
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Social and Emotional difficulties
  • Mental health issues
  • Although comprehensive this list is not limited and there may be other areas of need that are supported based on the individual needs of children.
  • Children who are Looked After by the local authority and children with EAL may qualify for SEN provision which is based on an individual need.

What we do to Support Learners in SEN at Northgate Primary School

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations of all Teachers, and we at Northgate Primary School are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher Standards are available here

Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum this might include using:

>Visual timetables

>Writing frames

>Positive behaviour rewards system

>Small group work

Each learner identified as having SEN is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ normal differentiated curriculum.

The type of support is dependent on the individual learning need, and it is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified.

Staff Training

Several members of staff have attended the accredited Nurture training. The quality mark for Nurture was awarded again for the fourth time 4th May 2018.

Many staff members are trained in the following:

  • ELKLAN – speech and language
  • Language groups
  • Catch-up – reading/maths
  • Sound Discovery
  • Number Count
  • Talking Partners
  • Precision Teaching
  • ASD strategies
  • Talking and Drawing
  • Mental Health Champion training

Funding of SEN

Northgate Primary School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. This is described in an SEN memorandum and fluctuates every year.

Schools are also invited to apply for “top up” funding from Norfolk County Council for high need children who require support beyond the nominal allocation included in the SEN memorandum when needed.

The amount allocated is dependent on the needs of the child and is used to contribute to additional high level support, the purchase of specialist equipment and provision for additional needs as detailed in some Education Healthcare Plans (EHCP).

How do we find out if this support if effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Northgate Primary School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENDCo, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.

Children, parents/carers and their teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built into the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held at least once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed at least annually.

The SENDCo collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Click here for Impact Statement

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our Parent Support Advisor, Mrs Penny Manning to discuss specific requirements.

At Northgate Primary School we abide by the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victim is a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’

The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is:

“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (S)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN but there is significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies please click here.

Preparing for the Next Step

Transition is part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Northgate Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Some children will need additional transitional support which may include transitional booklets made by the child, additional visits to the new school or class and any other reasonable support that may be appropriate for that child to ensure they have a positive transition.

Have your say

Northgate Primary School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the co-operation of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please work with us to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Complaints procedure


If you have any concerns or worries regarding the provision made for a child with SEN then in the first instance please contact the school SENCO’s named above. However if your concerns persist then you should contact the head teacher to discuss this further.

 

Our Primary School SEN Profile Term: Autumn 2019

 

Our school number

Our school Percentage

National percentage

Total pupils with SEN

104

25%

14.9%

Total pupils with EHCP

6

1.4%

3.1%

Total pupils at SEN support

98

23.4%

11.9%

 

SEN support

EHCP

Total for year group

Reception

7

1

8

Year 1

19

0

19

Year 2

23

0

23

Year 3

14

1

15

Year 4

13

0

13

Year 5

5

3

8

Year 6

10

1

11

Year Group Distribution of Pupils at SEN Support

Year group

Cognition and learning

Communication and interaction

Social, emotional and mental health

Physical and/or sensory

Reception

5

5

5

2

Year 1

15

9

3

1

Year 2

18

13

6

1

Year 3

9

6

3

0

Year 4

6

8

2

2

Year 5

5

1

0

2

Year 6

10

0

3

0

         

 

Review Date: September 2019

                

Useful links

www.norfolk.gov.uk/SEN 

Parent Partnership

Department for Education