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SEND

Teaching and Learning
What additional support can be provided in the classroom? ·         A Teaching Assistant is a member of staff who works under the direction of a class teacher. In our school, teaching assistants are responsible for supporting the learning of small groups or individuals and delivering interventions to specific groups.

·         If additional funding is allocated from SEND to a child through a statement or an Education Health and Care Plan, we will use this funding to provide additional support to the pupil. This may be an additional person or a specific resource. If we think your child needs additional support from a teaching assistant on a regular basis, we will tell you. If your child had extra adult support in another school or setting, we would like you to tell us please. This support may be provided individually or within a group. 

·         Children who receive or are eligible for Free School meals attract Pupil Premium funding. In addition to resources, TAs dedicated solely to PP children are employed to work with them directly in the classroom. Full details are on the website: Pupil Premium Audit.

·         All children should benefit from healthy lifestyles and regular exercise. To enhance and support this, Sports Funding is allocated for games and PE resources, training and coaching. Full details are on the website: Sports Funding Audit.

·         We have a large team of teaching assistants who work across the school, two of whom are team leaders: 6 are in Early Years Foundation Stage, our PUDDLE and POND serving 3-5 year olds, including those eligible for free school meals, plus 2 working with SEND children in this area; 4 in KS1, 2 generally, 2 working with those eligible for free school meals, and 2 working with SEND children; 6 in KS2, one dedicated to those eligible for free school meals, two team leaders ( one for SEND and one for ICT), and 2 catering for SEND children. Two TAs also support classes generally. Many TAs also cover some Preparation and Planning time for teachers. Both KS have additional reading groups and 1:1 support.

What provision do you offer to facilitate access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning? (This may include support from external agencies and equipment/facilities) ·         We work closely with our Educational Psychologist, who recommends programmes, activities and other support. 

·         We access external agencies to support specialist additional needs including Occupational Therapy (OT), Hearing Impaired (HI), Behaviour Support Service (BSS) and Speech & Language Therapy (SALT). WE have access to Derbyshire support services details to be found at localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk/

Staff specialises/expertise around SEND or disability ·         Miss Ciara Graham is the named SENDCO, and oversees the SEND responsibilities.

·         Mrs Eccles is the assistant SENDCO, and co-ordinates the SEND work in school

·         Most TAs are trained to deliver interventions including:  Speech & Language programs, Numicon, Talk boost and First class at Number in KS1; Speech & Language programs, nurture, numicon, First class at number program, social speaking, phonics boost.

What on-going support and development is in place for staff regards supporting children and young people with SEND? ·         Training offered regularly, depending on the needs of the children in our care. 

·         Training is offered yearly for all staff to update on SEND procedures and current legislation.

What arrangements are made for reasonable adjustments in the curriculum and support to the pupil during exams? ·         Access arrangements – which includes readers, scribes, extra time, small classroom for pupils with SEND needs.
How do you share educational progress and outcomes with parents? ·         Parent Evenings twice yearly; 

·         Mini reports twice yearly School reports once yearly;

·         Informal meetings with parents as appropriate; 

·         Open door policy; 

·         Review of EHC plans annually; 

·         Review of Provision Maps three times yearly.

What external teaching and learning do you offer? ·         Arranged if needed.
What arrangements are in place to ensure that support is maintained in “off-site provision”? ·         We have one SEND child on a dual placement with another DCC school. Full liaison and shared planning etc are regularly undertaken. IEP and Statements are also shared.
What work experience opportunities do you offer? ·         We offer work experience to both our local high schools; 

·         We offer Teacher Training places in all of our classes, where it is appropriate.

Annual Reviews
1.      What arrangements are in place for review meetings for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans?  Invitations sent to parents and all professional involved by the SENDCO;  Review meetings held at St. James  C.E. (C)  Primary School  Consultation with staff and other agencies prior to the meeting. 

 

2.      What arrangements are in place for children with other SEND support needs?  Teachers plan work appropriate to their needs and Teaching Assistants are placed to support the learning of individuals at the appropriate level or in targeted areas of the curriculum.  IEPs are reviewed and updated three times yearly. 

 

NOTE: These are now Person Centred reviews in line with current Derbyshire recommendations and agreed working practices. This is in accordance with the new Code of Practice.

Keeping Children Safe
What handover arrangements will be made at the start and end of the school day?

·         Do you have parking areas for pick up and drop offs?  All children line up in the yard and are then welcomed into the school buildings by a member of staff. 

·         Woodland  children are welcomed by teachers and teaching assistants on the main door; parents are welcomed into the classrooms to engage in the morning routine in term 1, then the children line up and are collected by the teacher. At home time children are placed with their parents by a teacher.

·         KS1 children wait in their yard and line up, to be collected by their teacher. At the end of the school day, children are dismissed into their area of the playground, supervised by all teachers and TAs.

·         There are no designated parking areas around school and we ask all parents and carers to park safely and with courtesy around school. 

·         There are two disabled spaces in front of school if required.

 

What support is offered during breaks and lunchtimes? 

·         Teaching Assistants and teachers are in the playground at break times and lunchtimes Midday Supervisors are on duty inside and out. 

·         Some year 6 pupils are trained as Buddies.

 

How do you ensure my son/daughter stays safe outside the classroom? (e.g. during PE lessons and school trips) 

·         Risk assessments are completed for all trips and visits which take place away from the school site. These are completed teachers, checked by Mrs Hanks, our Trips and Visits Co-ordinator and passed to Mr Jones, our Head teacher, for final approval. 

·         PE is taught by a qualified sports coach or trained teachers.

·         In each Key Stage and at lunchtimes, there are at least two staff present, who are qualified in first aid. 

·         The school follows Good Working Practice procedures to minimise risk.

 

What are the school arrangements for undertaking risk assessments? 

·         We use EVOLVE, the Derbyshire Risk assessment system for off-site trips and any activities outside the usual school norm.

·         On site risk assessments are completed as part of our health and safety policy.

 

Where can parents find details of policies on bullying?

·         Our Anti-Bullying Policy can be obtained from the school office and on the website. 

·         Our behaviour policy is available on our website.