All Bexley maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs/ and or disabilities, and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s and or disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.
This should be looked at together with:
- The Borough of Bexley Local Offer for children and young people with SEND, which can be accessed via the following link: http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/
- The Bexley MY GUIDE TO THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF AN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLAN which can be accessed via the following link: http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/content/25168
- The following school policies can be accessed on this website:
- The school SEND Policy.
- The school PSHE Policy.
- The school Anti Bullying Policy.
- The school Accessibility Plan.
- The school Pupil Premium Rationale
The government has listened to what parents say their experience of services is like and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the ‘Local Offer’. In 2012 the former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather explained that:
“The current system is outdated and not fit for purpose. Thousands of families have had to battle for months, even years, with different agencies to get the specialist care their children need. It is unacceptable they are forced to go from pillar to post, facing agonising delays and bureaucracy to get support, therapy and equipment”.
“It is a huge step forward to require health, education and care services work together. The reforms will give parents better information and a comprehensive package of support that meets their needs”.
Local authorities and other services will set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have SEN and their families. The local offer will enable families to understand what services they can access and what support they can expect from a range of local agencies, including from the local authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector. The offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care
The potential outcomes of the Local Offer are:
- To provide clarity and confidence for parents.
- To support earlier intervention.
- To reduce the need for assessment.
- To identify need and gaps in provision.
- To provide an evidence base for improving progress and securing better outcomes, at school and local level.
Reponsibilities for the staff at St Paulinus
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the Inclusion Manager and SENCO know as necessary.
- Writing a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP), and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each team and planning for the next term.
- Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are able to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
- Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND
The SENCO (Mrs Andrew):
- Coordinating all the support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
- Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
- Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
Ensuring that you are:
- Involved in supporting your child’s learning.
- Kept informed about the support your child is getting.
- Involved in reviewing how they are doing.
Head Teacher (Mrs Young):
- The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND.
- The Head Teacher will give responsibility to the SENCO and the class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
- The Head Teacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in school relating to SEND.
SEND Governor (Mrs Hughes):
- Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.