Children With Additional Needs
Special Educational Needs And Disability (SEND)
All children need to feel safe and secure in the environment in which they learn, and at the Academy we work incredibly hard to make sure that every child achieves their best.
We treat all children as individuals and make sure that their education is tailored to their needs. Our teachers are excellent and work extremely hard with all children in their care.
All schools have children who may require additional support at stages in their lives. This may be short term or longer term.
If you would like to discuss your child’s needs with our SENDCO please contact Head of School Wenda Smith through the Contact Us page or the school office.
The Cheshire West and Chester Local Offer outlines guidance regarding all services available to help families of children with special educational needs.
Our Guiding Principle
At St Martin's Academy we believe each child is special and that all have unique talents, interests and strengths. Our school is here to provide a stimulating, secure and happy environment, where everyone aspires to excellence and our children can achieve their full potential in all they do. All our children will have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum at the appropriate level. Pupils will be fully included in all areas of school life regardless of ability, culture, race or gender. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils. We seek to raise achievement, remove barriers to learning and increase curricular access to all.
Our aim is to ensure that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are able to participate in all aspects of school life and:
Achieve the highest possible standards within their capabilities
Maximize their self-confidence and esteem
Acquire skills to the best of their potential
Have access to a full and differentiated curriculum
Participate fully in the wider school community
Roles and Responsibilities
The Board of Trustees
The Academy Trust, in co-operation with the Principal, determines the school's general policy and approach to provision for children with SEN. The Academy Trust will nominate one governor with responsibility for SEN (Mrs Bulkeley). The SEN trustee will liaise regularly with the Inclusion Manager and/or consultant SENDCo J Price, and report back to the Academy Trust.
The Principal has responsibility for the management of all aspects of the school's work, including provision for children with SEN. This follows the principles as set out in the SEN code of practice. The Principal should keep the Academy Trust fully informed and also work closely with the SENDCo.
The Inclusion Manager
The Inclusion Manager is a member of the Leadership Team and works closely with the consultant SENDCo. The SENDCo, in partnership with the Academy Trust, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision in the school, in order to raise the achievement of children with SEND. Key responsibilities of the Inclusion Manager and SENCo are:
Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school's SEN policy
Co-ordinating provision for children with Special Educational Needs
Liaising with and advising other teachers
Managing Intervention Timetables
Overseeing the records of all children with SEN
Liaising with parents of children with SEN
Contributing to the in-service training of staff
Liaising with external agencies including the LEA's support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies.
The Teaching Staff
ALL teachers are teachers of children with SEND, and actively seek to adapt the curriculum to meet their needs. All teachers are aware of the procedures for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND, and are actively involved in the review process.
Teaching Assistants (TAs)
ALL TAs work with children with SEND and work with the SENDCo in providing support for children with SEN across the school, liaising with class teachers, maintaining records of the children they work with, and attending reviews and meetings as requested.
The Role of Parents of Pupils with SEN
Partnership with parents plays a key role in promoting a culture of co-operation between parents, schools, LEAs and others. This is important in enabling children and young people with SEN to achieve their potential.
In accordance with the SEN Code of Practice the school believes that all parents of children with SEN should be treated as equal partners. The school has positive attitudes to parents, provides user-friendly information and strives to ensure that they understand the procedures and are aware of how to access advice and support. Parents will be supported and enabled to:
Recognise and fulfil their responsibilities as parents and play an active and valued role in their child's education
Have knowledge of their child's entitlement within the SEN framework
Make their views known about how their child is educated
Have access to information, advice and support during assessment and any related decision-making processes about Special Educational provision
In accordance with the school's 'Open Door' policy, parents are encouraged to contact the child's class teacher in the first instance and/or the SENDCo as needed either by telephone or appointment.
Parents are involved in supporting the target-setting process for individual plans and their views are sought for reviews. We encourage active participation of parents by providing guidance on how they can support their child's learning at home. We value the contribution that parents make and the critical role they play in their child's education.
Pupils with SEN often have a unique knowledge of their own needs and circumstances, and their own views about what sort of support they would like to help them make the most of their education. They will be encouraged to participate in the decision-making processes including the setting of learning targets and contributing to individual plans. This will be achieved through a variety of different approaches as appropriate to the age of the child.
Self-evaluation (pictures, written answers)
Identification, Assessment, Provision and Review Process
The majority of pupils will have their needs met through normal classroom arrangements and appropriate differentiation. At St Martin's this may include short-term support from the teaching assistant in the first instance.
Additional support is provided, in response to identified additional needs. St Martin's Academy is committed to early identification of Special Educational Needs and adopts a graduated response to meeting SEN in line with the Code of Practice.
All children throughout the school are monitored regularly to ensure they continue to access the curriculum successfully and to help early identification of any area of concern. A range of evidence is collected through the usual assessment and monitoring arrangements. If these suggest that any pupil is not making the expected progress or their needs have changed, the class teacher works with the SENDCo in order to decide whether additional and/or different provision is necessary. If additional and/or different provision is required then the child will be placed on SEND support
SEND Support (In place of School Action & School Action Plus)
An IP (Individual Plan) will be drawn up by the class teacher in consultation with the pupil, parent and SENDCo, and a decision made based on the evidence available as to whether the child will receive additional individual or group support from the SEN team. The IP will be reviewed at least once a term (sometimes sooner if circumstances warrant) and the outcomes recorded. Pupils and parents will be invited to contribute to the target setting and review process. The class teacher and SENDCo will monitor the effectiveness of the interventions put in place.
If the school has evidence that the pupil is making insufficient progress despite significant support and intervention, then it may be necessary to seek further advice and support from outside professionals.
Any external professionals involved will be invited to contribute to the monitoring and review of progress. Pupils and parents will be fully informed and kept updated about the involvement of external agencies and proposed interventions. The class teacher and SENDCo will ensure that additional strategies are put in place.
For some pupils SEND support may not be adequate or appropriate. In this case, after consultation with parents, the school and involved outside agencies make a request for Statutory Assessment. The pupil remains supported by SEND support during the period that the LA considers the request.
Education Health Care Plan - EHCP (in place of Statement of Educational Need)
Once in place:
Intervention as for school based stages will follow
The SENDCo and class teacher will manage provision of extra resources that may have been awarded as a results of the EHCP
The SENDCO will ensure a review meeting will be held annually after the introduction of the EHCP
A review of the EHCP will be held six weeks after it has been issued
When pupils are due to be transferred to another phase the SENDCo will liaise with appropriate bodies to ensure that effective arrangemenst are in place to support pupils at the time of transfer. When a pupil moves to another school, their records will be transferred to the next school within 15 days of the pupil ceasing to be registered.
Monitoring and Evaluating the Success of the Education Provided for Pupils with SEND
We are committed to the regular and systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of our work.
The school employs a series of methods to gather data for analysis including:
Regular observation of teaching by the Principal and other senior teachers and subject leaders
Analysis of the attainment and achievement of different groups of pupils with SEND against non-SEND pupils and against national benchmarks
Success rates in respect of IP targets
Scrutiny of teacher's planning and pupil's work
Regular monitoring by the Board of Trustees
Maintenance of assessment records that illustrate progress over time
Regular meetings between the SEN team
Weekly meetings between the Assistant SENCo and TAs
Feedback from reviews of IEPs and statement reviews
Reporting to Parents
Reports to parents take place through open dialogue. Written reports are sent home annually, and parents evening takes place twice each year. Where a child has a particular need in relation to SEN, dialogue takes place with parents more regularly and termly feedback is provided on their child's progress. Additional meetings are also available with the school SENDCo or Inclusion Manager.
At St Martin's Academy we believe that all children have equal access to the curriculum. We aim to provide suitable learning opportunities regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or background. For more information please see Equal Opportunities policy.
Health and Safety
At St Martin's Academy we believe that our approach to the delivery of a child's learning should involve taking the necessary precautions to ensure that the children's and staff's safety is at the forefront of what we do. We have a detailed Health and Safety Policy which supports this statement. For further information on health and safety please see our policy.
All staff have appropriate child protection and safeguarding training with the senior leadership team the designated leads responsible for monitoring safeguarding issues in school. We actively encourage our children to use modern technology to the fullest of its potential. In this school we believe that the best protection from the dangers that can exist around online safety is to develop pupil’s awareness through our teaching and their learning. All staff have had PREVENT training and are aware of the dangers that can exist to children's well-being in its many forms.