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Special Educational Needs

The following documents outline the schools offer to all students with an additional educational need, these documents have been produced in line with the recent changes in law.  If you have any further questions please contact the school SENCO, Miss Zara Wright or Assistant SENCO, Mrs Louise Trantham on 01252 733371 or by email to zwright@fhes.org.uk

Our SEN policy and provision map can be found below.  We are asked to respond to some standard questions:

 

 

Questions

School response

 

 

At Farnham Heath End School we believe that all students should achieve their full potential.  We recognise that some students have barriers to learning, and will need additional support for some or all of their time here. To enable all out students to make progress we have active learning support and pastoral teams who put the students learning at the heart of everything we do.  We strive to be professional, approachable, patient, caring and flexible facilitators of learning to support all students engagement with their learning and their future.

 

 

 

1

How does the setting / school / college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

 

We track the progress of all our learners and as professionals we regularly discuss any concerns we have as well as celebrate achievement. 

We use data and other forms of assessment to identify students who have additional needs.

Parents are encouraged to speak to the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) about any concerns they have.

We have some in-house expertise in special educational needs, as we have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and a Literacy Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA).

2

How will early years setting / school / college staff support my child/young person?

Having identified needs, we seek to match provision to need.  Our school provision map shows the range of interventions in place in our school.  We monitor the impact of interventions through regular meetings and tracking of student progress.  Our SENCo leads on this, and this information is shared with the Head teacher and Heads of Departments All interventions we put in place are research informed and evidence based and are measured to monitor impact and attendance against expected rate of progress.

3

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s/young person’s needs?

 

We do provide a largely academic curriculum, however all teachers are provided with information on the needs of individual students so that they can plan the learning to ensure that all students are able to make progress. We expect all our teachers to plan lessons that meet the needs of their students whenever possible but recognise that sometimes a best fit approach is necessary. This is monitored through regular observations, drop ins and learning walks. We use our Continuing Professional Development program (CPD) to provide support to teachers in this area.

To enable our students to access our academic curriculum we provide additional support through MFL withdrawal in KS3 and through Learn+ in KS4. Individually tailored provision is also implemented when needed.

 

4

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s/young person’s learning?

We regularly share progress feedback with all our learners and their families.  In addition, we have a number of opportunities where parents/carers can meet with staff to discuss learner progress. We host revision evenings/learning events/open mornings to help families understand what learning is expected and how they can best support their child/young person’s need. Should more regular contact be required, our staff will make suitable arrangements to ensure this is put in place.  

We also access an in reach service to support parents of children with ASD. 

5

What support will there be for my child’s/young person’s overall well-being?

All our staff are regularly trained to provide a high standard of pastoral support through our weekly pastoral briefings. Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs such as diabetes or hearing impairment.  We have a clear Behaviour for Learning policy, which includes guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions, this is fully understood, and in place by all staff and is clearly displayed in all classrooms. We regularly monitor attendance and take the necessary actions to prevent prolonged unauthorised absence. Our ELSA can support students whose poor attendance is due to concerns about school. Student  voice is central to our ethos and this encouraged through our student council.

6

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting / school / college?

 

We have a CAMHS nurse on site once a week to advise staff and run intervention with students.  All our teaching assistants have completed training such as the Level 3 award in supporting students or the supporting students with ASD on line course run by The Abbey School.  Our teachers all hold qualified teacher status.  We have a number of established relationships with professionals in health and social care, these include CAMHS, the Specialist Teaching and Educational Psychology Service (South West) and Safe Haven.  Where interventions are suggested these are recorded on our provision map.  All external partners we work with are vetted in terms of safeguarding and when buying in additional services we monitor the impact of any intervention.

7

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

 

Our Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) has completed the mandatory National SENCo Award, a Masters degree in Inclusive Eduction, is a qualified teacher and is a member of the senior leadership team of the school.  We regularly invest time in training staff through our CPD program, our pastoral and teaching and learning briefings. Our pastoral news and SEN register contain student specific issues as well as more general support strategies. Our staff delivering more specialist input have received training from the Educational Psychology Service or from the dyslexia specialists at the Helen Arkell Centre. We have two members of staff who have completed the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant training, one member of staff who is completing the level 5 specialist teacher for dyslexia training and four teaching assistants who have completed a level 3 qualification in supporting students.

 

 

8

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

Where possible we consult parents when planning any activities outside the classroom; particularly when this may affect the participation of their child. We make all reasonable effort to include students who wish to participate in such activities, for example preparing students with ASD for the change in routine necessary to participate.

9

How accessible is the setting / school / college environment?

We make every effort to make reasonable adjustments where possible. The nature and age of the building means that not all areas are fully wheelchair accessible.

10

How will the setting /school / college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting /school / college, transfer to a new setting / school / college or the next stage of education and life?

We have a robust induction programme in place for welcoming new learners to our setting.  We have very good relationships with our feeder primary schools as well as the settings children/young people move onto.  Both the Head of Transition and the SENCo make regular visits to our feeder schools and organise additional visits for students who need the extra support. We host college fairs and assemblies for the local colleges to ensure our students are fully informed of the future options. Where required we organise transition meetings to ensure the colleges are fully informed of any additional needs.

11

How are the setting’s / school’s / college’s resources allocated and matched to children’s/young people’s special educational needs?

Budgets are closely monitored and aligned to the school improvement plan of the school. We have a number of teaching assistants who support students in class as well as running a series of small group sessions such as reading challenge and a touch-typing course.  Specific funding streams are targeted at particular groups such as breakfast club for students entitled to free school meals.

12

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

 

We take a holistic approach to decision making through observations, discussions with the student and their parents, staff and using external professional advice. Should additional support be required, there will be a period of consultation with the relevant staff, the learner and their families.  Students needing additional support are assessed in a variety of ways and then the support is selected on the basis of individual need. All interventions are monitored for impact and outcomes are defined at the start of any intervention.  The SENCo oversees all additional support. the school are unable to make any diagnoses.

13

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college?

How can I be involved?

 

We welcome parental engagement and involvement in their child’s education. These are some of the ways that parents can be involved:

  • We operate an open door policy and welcome parents into our school. 
  • We have monthly open mornings for any one to visit. 
  • We also have specific open mornings for parents of students with SEN.
  • We host parent focus groups and our governing body includes parent representatives. 
  • We regularly invite parents with SEN into school.

14

Who can I contact for further information?

In the first instance you would contact a students tutor or class teacher.  Further information can be obtained from the Heads of Year or the SENCo.  All contact details can be found on our website.

Our Provision

Universal Provision/Wave 1 – this is available to all students

 

Curriculum

 

Key words lists/displays and connectives displays

Thinking time

Literacy and Numeracy boxes

Individual targets

Differentiated resources

Assessment for learning/targeted feedback/monitoring of progress

Whole school literacy and numeracy policies

 

Department intervention/catch up

Guest speakers to talk on specialist subjects

GCSE Pod – online revision service

Open options process for KS4 (no blocking of subjects)

Pastoral

 

Rewards – vivos, postcards, stickers, verbal praise, phone call home

Behaviour for learning policy

Department/motivational reports

Monitoring attendance and/or punctuality

Tutors/tutor group activities

Transition work for KS2 to KS3 and KS4 to KS5

Student Services – for medical support, uniform and lost property

Student prefects/Head Girl and Boy/ Deputy Head Girl and Boy

Celebration assemblies and achievement nominations to celebrate excellence

Career interviews in year 9 and 11.

College fair attended by many local colleges

Staffing

 

Sports clubs

Extra curricular activities – i.e. cooking, choir, drama, dance

Drama productions

Trips – day trips and residential visits – i.e. Skiing in America, Visits to the Houses of Parliament

Business back to school day – simulating the interview process for year 10 using local businesses

Parents evening/Revision/options/year group meetings

Student mentors – i.e. sports leaders, reading mentors

Study Hall 

Environment/Facilities

 

ICT suites and IT equipment – i.e. Alphasmarts (simple word processors for in class use), apple computers in Art

Seating plans with details of SEN. EAL, PP

Lockers

Specialist learning environments – i.e. drama studio, music rooms,

LRC (library) and Learnzone (homework club)

Firefly online system for recording homework and providing lesson and revision resources.

Year 11 Common room

All weather pitch

Targeted Provision/Wave 2 – this is available to students with any additional educational need

Curriculum

 

In class support by teaching assistants

College placements – year 10/11

Work experience – year 10/11

Additional literacy and numeracy support

Small group sessions – i.e. Handwriting sessions, Touch typing course, Meemo program, Spelling program

Reading challenge

Reading Focus

Learn+ ( additional learning support for KS4)

Profile of tests/assessment to identify student needs

 

Pastoral

 

Heads of Year

Heads of House

Additional Educational Needs Officer

Anger management/mentoring sessions

Social skills groups

Projects i.e. GASP/SOLD – i.e. small groups working on motor vehicles or on outdoor activities

Breakfast club

HBKel tutor group – small tutor group for use as needed

“This is me” sheets to inform staff of student needs

Support and Achievement Plans (SAPs)

Extra transition visits for students with additional needs

Drawing and Talking Therapy 

 

Staffing

Qualified SENCo

Two Emotional Literacy Support Assistants

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Literacy)

Qualified assessor for exam concessions

Ten teaching assistants (four with a level 3 qualification in supporting students)

 

Inclusion officer

 

 

 

Environment/Facilities

 

Hub – learning support department – also available break and lunchtimes

40 degreez – off site educational provision

Inclusion room – on site provision/time out

Personalised Provision/Wave 3 – this is highly personalised and based on the individualized needs of the students with statements/EHCPs – previous examples have included -

Curriculum

 

Modified timetable

 

Pastoral

 

Small tutor group run in learning support

Staffing

 

Three teaching assistants have completed course on supporting students with a hearing impairment.

 

 

Environment/Facilities

 

Modification of equipment to reduce noise levels

Maintenance of equipment for student with hearing impairment.

 

  1. SEN Policy 2014 Final
  2. Whole school SEN provision map