Support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) –  An Overview

Our Ethos

We are a Church of England School where our pupils learn within a Christian environment, developing an understanding of the values and teachings of the church, as well as a knowledge of and respect for all religions, faiths and cultures.

At High Beech School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

Working closely with Parents, Governors and the wider community, we provide a caring, secure and happy environment where every child matters and where all children will be nurtured and guided to develop a thirst for learning.

Our school is an inclusive school and aims to meet the needs of all pupils and their families, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We have a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of any additional needs, should be offered inclusive teaching so that they can make the best possible progress in school and consider themselves to be a valued member of the school community.

Staffing structure to support SEND

Head Teacher:

Mrs Sarah Roffey is responsible for the day to day management and effectiveness of all aspects of the school, including ensuring that provision for pupils with SEND meets Government requirements and the needs of the individual child.

Class Teachers:

The class teachers are responsible for:

  • Reading and following the school’s SEN Policy and School Offer
  • Ensuring quality first teaching and differentiation for pupils with SEND.
  • Adapting and refining the curriculum, including, when appropriate to do so, creating personalised learning plans with the SENCo, to respond to the strengths and needs of any pupil with SEND in their class.
  • Monitoring the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering additional support where it is needed, keeping parents/carers informed at each stage

Learning Support Assistants:

The Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) are responsible for:

  • Following the plans of the class teacher when working with an individual or group; adapting these plans as necessary
  • Providing feedback to the class teacher to support the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ process
  • Maintaining records to help identify progress and next steps including providing accurate, evidence based information to non-school based professionals

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo):

Mrs S. Beardsmore is responsible for:

  • Writing and reviewing key documents such as the school’s SEN Policy and School Offer, which detail the school’s intent of how children with SEND will be supported
  • Monitoring and co-ordinating SEND provision so that day-to-day practise reflects what is written in these policies and the needs of SEND children are being addressed and best outcomes are being sought.
  • Accessing the services of a range of agencies outside of school in order to support children with additional needs
  • Co-ordinating meetings between a range of professionals to support individuals and keeping parents fully informed of their child’s progress and needs
  • Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs
  • Updating the school’s Governing Body

SEN Governor:

Mrs Louise Gunn is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of our SEND provision for pupils with SEND across the school. In order to complete this role effectively, she will make visits to the school and attend meetings with the SENCo.

SEN Budget:

The school will use its designated SEN budget to meet the day-to-day needs of pupils with SEN.  Any additional capital received for individual children will be used in a way that best meets the needs of this child.  The SENCo, in consultation with the Head teacher and Class teacher, will identify how this funding will best be used.  The quality, appropriateness and impact of SEN provision will be reviewed regularly.

Our Partnerships:

The school is a member of Epping Forest South Local Consortium of schools which provides a network of support and access to a range of resources and professional advice for children with SEND. The school works closely with a range of professionals for specific needs, including:

  • Educational psychologists
  • School Nurse
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • The Statutory Assessment Service

Signposting:

A range of policies are available on the school’s website, or we can provide copies on request. These include: SEN policy; Home-School Agreement; Safeguarding; Complaints procedure; Behaviour policy; Child Protection policy; Equality policy.

For information on the Essex Local Offer, please visit www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk

For details of the school’s offer please go to ‘High Beech School Offer’ see below.

April 2017