St. Ursula's Catholic Infant School
Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Under the Children and Families Bill which becomes law in 2014, schools are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they offer for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of this is to improve choice and transparency for families.
We will try to ensure that all barriers to equal access in our schools are removed or overcome. We monitor and track progress of all children so that the support provided is as effective as possible. We welcome the full engagement of parents and carers and where necessary seek support and advice from specialists outside school to ensure we develop and maintain a range of flexible resources to meet the needs of all children.
Children are provided with support based on 4 areas of need;
- Cognition & learning
- Communcation & Interaction
- Behaviour, Emotional & Social
- Physical, Sensory & Medical
- Class staff teams know the profile of their class and individual needs and learning activities are planned to match children’s learning needs. Every class has two or more TAs who support the learning of all children. They enable each child to access the curriculum available by providing additional support where necessary. Children are not allocated specific named adults to support them in order to encourage independence.
- The environment is stimulating, supportive and well resourced. Wall and interactive displays provide prompts and reminders to encourage children to learn and achieve independently.
- All children have access to quality first teaching.
- Classes are well resourced and for children with additional needs specialised equipment such as writing slopes, coloured overlays and workstations are provided.
- We will ensure that all staff know and understand the needs of all pupils.
- All staff will have access to training, advice and resources to enable them to contribute to developing fully inclusive practice.
- Small group interventions are run following assessments to encourage peer learning e.g. Infant Language Link, social groups. Children are supported in class rather than being removed to enable them to access a differentiated curriculum.
- In some instances it will be necessary to support children on an individual basis, for example speech therapy programmes and precision teaching
- We currently run the following intervention programmes; Numicon, Colourful Semantics, Phonic support, Time to Talk, 5P approach, Precison Teaching, Rapid Reading, Langauge Links, Speech Therapy.
Resources available for children with disabilities and/or medical needs
- Our school has toilets with disabled access, changing facilites and ramps.
- When necessary Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists provide specific advice and guidance for target children. They also provide training for staff. Teaching assistants follow up any recommendations by providing specific interventions to children for handwriting or fine motor skills either individually or in small groups.
- The school nurse visits school to carry out checks with children and to provide advice and training to staff. She also assists in writing Health Care plans for children. In school we have a medical area for use by children and adults who are hurt or unwell. Medicines are stored safely in the school office and classrooms. There are a team of staff who are first aid trained, we are able to administer medicines to children as directed by parents/ carers.
Additional interventions for behaviour support
- Lunch and playtimes are staffed to ensure safe adult:child ratios. There is a range of equipment available and different activities are led by staff and a children’s team of buddies. Specific interventions for children with additional needs include having a named member of staff for support and being guided to specific areas or activities.
- We have staff trained in the use of the 5P approach.
- We enlist the advice of the Behaviour Support Team when necessary.
- Positive behaviour plans are drawn up to support individual pupils and all members of staff working with the child are made aware of them.
- Achievement and success is regularly celebrated, for example with certificates during Achievement assembly. This success is communicated to parents on a regular basis.
Access to Specialist services/equipment
- We enlist the support of various agencies including the Speech & Language Therapy Service, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, referrals to Health services.
- Some members of staff are trained in specialised areas including 5P, Eklan, Speech Therapy.
- We use ICT Technology such as ipads and touch screens with specialist programmes such as cause and effect programmes, communication apps for pupils with specific speech and language needs, specialist designed programmes e.g. Communication in Print that creates and adapts curriculum materials for pupils who need symbols.
- We also have iPads for pupils’ curriculum use
- We have a staff team of highly experienced and skilled people
- Staff have continuing professional development around the areas of teaching students with special needs.
- Our school has a Home School Worker who is available to support all families including those with children with SEND.
After school clubs/Trips
- All after school clubs are run by outside providers and they will risk assess whether provision is suitable for individual children.
- Home School Support Worker provides information to parents about suitable activities and clubs outside of school premises, e.g. Habit Shed theatre group
- Depending on need parents may at times be asked to accompany pupils on trips to ensure pupil safety.
Information on the Local Offer for Havering is provided by clicking the link below,