Our SEND information report contributing to the Local Offer. (Last reviewed in September 2020)
Homefield Primary School’s contribution to the Local Offer for SEN 2020-21
SEN Information Report
Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEN
Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN-D). We have a duty to publish our policy for pupils with SEN-D. The information published will be updated annually and is very much a working document that can be added to at various points throughout the year. The required information is set out in the SEN-D Code of Practice (C.O.P) January 2015 which can be found on our website.
At Homefield Primary School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the co-production of our offer, so please do contact us.
The best people to contact this year are:
Miss Penny Studley (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator-SENCO) Email: email@example.com
Mrs Hannah Willis (SEND Governor)
Mr Bradley Young (Headteacher)
Mrs Paula Clarke (Pastoral Mentor)
Overview of our approach to learners with SEN-D.
At Homefield Primary School we believe in participation for all, giving all pupils the opportunity to shine. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We have an inclusive culture at our school and we aim to be responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, skills, experience and knowledge.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning within the school.
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.
The C.O.P considers the areas of SEN-d under four broad areas:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Sensory and/or physical
1.How do we identify and assess children with SEN-D?
At different times in their school career a child or young person may have a special educational/additional need.
The Code of Practice defines SEN as described below:
“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 a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
a) Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age: or
b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the `same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN-D, we will provide provision that is “additional to or different from” the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Learners can fall behind for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have attended lots of schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well, or at all, they may be worried about different things that distracts them from learning. At Homefield 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-D. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational needs provision will be identified as having SEN-D. After consultation with the parent(s) a learner with SEN-D will be added to the school’s SEN-D Register and monitored closely during this period.
Our SEN profile for 2019-2020 showed that 13.6 % children in our school were identified as receiving SEN support (National Average is 12.1%), and 0.9% of our SEN pupils had an Education, Health and Care Plan (National Average 3.3%).
54.8% of our SEN-D children were identified as having their primary need linked to cognition and learning, 22.5% linked to communication and Interaction, 16.1% had social, emotional and mental health difficulties and 6.4% of our SEN children were linked to physical and/or sensory needs.
Class teachers, support staff, parents/ carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Homefield Primary School we ensure the assessment of educational needs directly involves the learner, their parents/ carers and the teacher. The SENCO will also support with the identification of barriers to learning.
Our school tracking system is Classroom Monitor. Teachers use the system day-to-day to track the progress of the pupils in their class. As teachers assess pupils they update the tracking system to reflect the working levels of each learner. By monitoring this process we hold Pupil Progress meetings to discuss any pupils that may not be progressing at the expected rate. This may lead to a piece of intervention work being carried out within school. Alternatively, this may identify a learner that needs to be placed on the school’s SEN register for more in-depth monitoring and intervention both internally and externally.
In our school and cluster we have access to various specialist teams including but not exclusive to:
Learning Advisory Teachers,
Speech and language therapists,
The Newberry Child Development Centre,
School 2 School support
We have access to services, universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website for Norfolk. Click below for the link.
2. How do we support and monitor learners with SEN at Homefield Primary School?
Every teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. We aspire to delivering ‘Quality First Teaching’ to deliver the curriculum.
We employ Teaching/ Learning Support Assistants, who deliver interventions as needed, monitored on the provision map, as coordinated by our SENCO.
Our teachers and Support Assistants will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
I-pads, laptops or alternative recording devices
Peer buddy systems
Positive behaviour reward systems
Each learner identified as having SEN-D, is entitled to support that is additional to or different from a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified.
We use a toolkit to help to identify and assess pupils with additional needs. The kit is called the MOP (Measuring Outcomes Pack). It was devised by the SENCOs in the Lynn Grove cluster and has attracted interest from across the county. It helps the SENCO work with the teachers to plan the next steps of learning for pupils with additional needs.
Interventions offered may be run by teachers or teaching assistants, these could focus on phonics, writing, reading, maths, working memory or speech and language, amongst others these may be run in small groups or on a one-to-one basis.
This support is described on a Provision Map. We are then also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster, and where possible share training and expertise to benefit all of our learners.
The Provision Map is also available to be shared with the governors, primarily between the SENCO and SENCO governor at termly meetings, who are able to ensure that we monitor the impact of these interventions on learning throughout the school.
Where progress remains a concern, despite any interventions that are being delivered internally, a learner would then be considered for discussion with other professionals at a meeting called SST (School Support Team meeting). This is a meeting held at school, chaired by the SENCO, where learners’ needs can be discussed with other external professionals, such as an Advisory Learning Support Teacher, an Educational Psychologist and Speech Therapists. Along with our internal Pastoral Mentor we can plan the best course of action for each learner within our school.
Pupils with SEN-D can often benefit from some nurture support. Within Homefield we have an experienced Pastoral Mentor, Mrs Clarke, who is based in the Sunshine Room at school. Mrs Clarke provides a haven for learners who need some extra emotional support which in turn benefits their ability to learn back in the classroom. A learner with SEN-D may benefit from attending a nurture session to develop social interaction skills. When a child receives this additional support it is recorded on the school’s Provision Map as a way of building up a bigger picture of how a learner’s needs are being met. Mrs Clarke is also fully trained to support pupils with identified emotional issues.
2b. How do we find out if this support is effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of learning and leadership within Homefield Primary School. Pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN-D.
We follow the “assess, plan, do, review” model, and aim to ensure that everybody is involved in each step. A baseline is recorded before each intervention, which is used to compare the impact of the provision.
We meet parents of all pupils, including those with SEN-D, at Parent Evenings to discuss and review progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan,) it will also be formally reviewed annually.
The SENCO and assessment co-ordinator collate the impact data of interventions to ensure that we are using interventions that make an impact.
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by teachers, senior leaders and governors. Our school data is monitored by Norfolk County Council and Ofsted.
3. Wider opportunities for learning
All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra-curricular activities. At Homefield Primary School we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities. A clubs booklet is sent out to all children on a termly basis detailing how to join. Our extra-curricular activities are offered to all pupils within certain age ranges. Some clubs are more suitable to the youngest pupils or oldest pupils but the whole age range is endeavoured to be covered where possible. During the Covid pandemic the range of clubs has been more limited and keeps single year groups in their own bubbles. This is subject to constant review in line with guidance.
As a school, we also offer our pupils a termly enrichment experience. This gives all pupils the opportunity to try something in school that they may not have tried before. In previous years we have offered activities including, taekwondo, power kiting, new-age Kurling and dance. This will have to be carefully planned with the pandemic restrictions in place.
As part of the National Curriculum for PE we offer swimming for all of our pupils in Key Stage 2 (years 3 to 6). This takes place within the school day at the Great Yarmouth High School swimming pool. This is due to commence in January 2021, pandemic status depending.
4. How can we prepare children with SEN-D for their next steps?
This can be transition to a new class, teacher or school. Homefield Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure that positive transitions occur. Planning for transition is part of our provision for all learners with SEN-D. We have had to switch to online transition opportunities where possible to minimise unnecessary movement.
Nurture plays a large role at Homefield Primary School. We have a fully trained member of staff in the role as Pastoral Mentor (Mrs Clarke) who can help to guide and support our learners at the more vulnerable times of their school life.
5. Questions – Have your say
Homefield Primary School is a school for our community. We can shape and develop provision for all our learners, ensuring achievement for all. This SEN-D report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of everybody. So please engage with us to promote the “assess, plan, do, review” model in our provision for SEN.
If you have a complaint to make regarding any area of SEND provision, which cannot be resolved by the SENCo in the first instance, please follow the school's Complaints Procedure, which can be found under the School Policies tab.
7. Funding for SEN
Homefield Primary School receives an amount of funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. Extra funds may be directed from the school budget to "top up" this provision.
The amount received is dedicated towards supporting the pupils with additional needs to achieve the best progress they can.
Spending is predominantly used to access external support from specialist agencies, such as CEPP and Respectrum. Access to educational psychologists, advisory learning support teachers and autistic specialists is part of this. We may also get access to specific SRBs (Specialist Resource Bases) for pupils with additional needs, but this is through application and is at the discretion of the SRB Lead.
We can apply for additional High Needs Funding from Norfolk County Council for pupils with severe, additional needs, but the success of this is at the discretion of the Local Authority.
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