Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer
West Felton C.E. Primary School is a thriving rural school in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. We currently have over 130 pupils on roll, organised into 5 mixed aged classes, with the exception of Acorn Class which is solely Reception. Class organisation is as follows:
Acorn: Reception Oak: Y1/2 Beech: Y3/4 Willow: Y4/5 Sycamore: Y5/6
Our class organisation is flexible and depends on class numbers, abilities, aptitudes and social skills.
We currently have 12 pupils on our SEN register, which is 9.2% of our pupils on roll. We have two CLA (Children Looked after) SEN pupils.
SEN Information Report
In line with the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, January 2015, all schools are required to produce a SEN Information Report. Please see below for our full SEN Information Report, outlining our Local Offer.
What is the Local Offer? The draft Children and Families Bill (2013) outlines the Government’s plans to require Local Authorities to publish information on services and provision across education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see more clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The information below forms our local offer and shows how we have, for many years, provided for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Under the new legislation, local authorities and schools are required to provide a “local offer” so that parents are clear what to expect. https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/local-offer/what-is-the-local-offer
What is a Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND)? A pupil has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision. This means provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 Years (2015) identifies Children’s SEND in four broad areas of need:
- 1. Communication and Interaction. This could include: Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) – children may have difficulty saying what they want, difficulty understanding what is being said or do not understand or use social rules. Children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) may have difficulties with social interaction, language, communication, imagination.
- Cognition and Learning. This could include: Learning difficulties—children learn at a slower pace than their peers even when changes have been made to the curriculum; Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) where a child is likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and there may also be difficulties with mobility and communication; Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) – a child will have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment. Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) – affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This includes a range of conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (formerly Dyspraxia).
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. This could include: Social and emotional difficulties which may result in a child becoming withdrawn or isolated or displaying challenging, disruptive and disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health issues e.g. anxiety, depression, self- harm or eating disorders; Attention deficit disorder; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Sensory and/or physical needs. This could include: A disability which prevents them from making use of the facilities usually provided in a school e.g. Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Multi-sensory Impairment (combination of vision and hearing). These children are likely to need special equipment to access their learning; Physical disability—some children may need additional ongoing support and equipment to access all opportunities available to other children.
Frequently asked questions:
- Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND)?
- What are the different types of support available for children with SEND at West Felton C.E. Primary School?
- Who can I speak to if I am concerned about my child’s progress in school?
- How will school let me know if there are concerns about my child’s learning in school?
- How is extra support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels?
- Who are the other people providing services to children with SEN in this school?
- How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with SEND and what training do they have?
- How will teaching at West Felton School be adapted for children with SEND?
- How will the progress of your child be measured in school?
- What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with SEND?
- How is West Felton Primary School accessible to children with SEND?
- How will we support your child at times of transition?
For further information for Parents on Austism West Midlands or Face2Face (parents supporting parents of children with disabilities) please click the links below:
updated November 2016