SEND

Students first: Raising standards and transforming lives

We welcome children to our academies and we prioritise admission for children with SEND.

We have a comprehensive support programme and our policy is available below.

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The named SENDCo at our Academy is Miss Wilkinson. Contact number 01226 777530

Introduction

Outwood Academy Littleworth Grange seeks to provide a high quality education for all pupils according to their needs, and to develop attitudes of mutual respect and responsibility. It aims to give high priority to the spiritual development of the whole school community.

General Objective

At Outwood Academy Littleworth Grange, the emphasis is on a whole academy approach. All staff accept responsibility for providing all children with realistic learning goals in a broad-based, appropriate curriculum. We believe in nurturing and developing the educational, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual aspects by curriculum design and teaching approaches. The National Curriculum Council stated that participation in the National Curriculum by pupils with special educational needs is most likely to be achieved by encouraging good practice for all pupils and that the majority of pupils with learning difficulties simply require work to be suitably presented and differentiated to match their need.

We therefore intend:

To have regard to the Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
To follow the guidelines laid down by Barnsley Education Authority.
To work in partnership with the child, parent/carers, all staff, governors and outside agencies.
That class teachers will use a range of differentiation to provide effective learning opportunities for all pupils.
That a child is identified as not making adequate progress provision that is additional to or different from that provided as part of the school’s usual differentiated curriculum will be given.
To recognise the importance of early identification and if the child’s difficulties prove less responsive to the provision made by the academy, then an early start can be made in considering the additional help the child may need.
Where a child is identified as having special educational needs an Individual Education Plan will be drawn up tailored to each individual child’s needs. Realistic targets will be set and the plans will be evaluated regularly and involve the child, parent, teacher and all support services.
To enhance self-esteem by setting appropriate targets.
To use a variety of complementary approaches to support the class teacher and child – differentiation, 1-1, group, whole class, within the class or withdrawal when appropriate.
To include the child within the class, wherever and whenever practicable.
To endeavour to use all resources appropriately and efficiently.
To make full use of all the support agencies which are available through Outwood Grange Academies Trust and the LEA.

How does the academy know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

The progress of all pupils is monitored regularly by class teachers along with the senior leadership team so that when a pupil is not making expected progress in a particular area of learning the academy can quickly identify the need for additional support. This will then be discussed with parents/carers and the pupil concerned. If parents/carers have concerns about the progress or attainment of their child they should, in the first instance, make an appointment to speak to the class teacher to discuss their concerns. The teacher will then liaise with our Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and head teacher as appropriate.

How will academy staff support my child?

Our intervention timetable shows the range of interventions in place in our academy which may be used when we identify a need for additional support. When the academy identifies the need for additional intervention to enable a pupil to make expected progress, the parents/carers will be informed of the planned support. In some cases, children will be placed on an OPP (One Page Profile) detailing the targets the child will be working towards as well as the strategies put into place to support them. Parents/Carers will be invited in for a meeting to discuss these targets at least 3 times a year. We will monitor the progress of all children receiving additional support to ensure that the provision we have put in place is having the impact we are expecting. Governors are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the provision in place for pupils identified with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and they will receive a report from the SENCO on the progress of pupils with SEND.

Who can I contact for further information?

Initially, parents/carers are encouraged to talk to their child’s class teacher. For students with SEND, further information and support can be obtained from the SENCO: The named SENCO is Mrs Kylie Wilkinson

Concerns and Complaints Regarding Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Any concerns or complaints about SEN provision by parents or carers should be initially raised informally, whether by e-mail, letter or a telephone call with the SENDCo.

The SENDCo will investigate and report back within a week. If the parents/carers continue to be dissatisfied, a complaint should be raised as per the academy’s complaints procedure by completing the Complaint Form at Appendix 1. Academy Complaints Procedure

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