Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Local Offer at Courthouse
SENDCo - Miss Gurjit Lochab
At Couthouse, our aim is for all children to flourish. Quality first teaching is vital however for some children there are occasions when further positive support may be needed to help them to achieve their targets.
What is The Local Offer?
The local offer was first introduced in the green paper (March 2011) to outline all services available to support children with SEND and their families. It sets out what is normally available in school to help children with lower level SEND as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.
Below are some answers to questions that parents/carers might have about our Local Offer.
1. How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
All children’s progress, academically, socially and emotionally, is regularly monitored by teachers and the school leadership team. Any concerns about a child are dealt with immediately with the relevant professionals informed. Parents are able to discuss their child with either the class teacher, the SENDCO or the leadership team.
2. How will school staff support my child?
All children are provided with Quality First Teaching. Children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities have individual education plans (IEPs) put in place, outlining targets and strategies to support them. IEPs are reviewed regularly with the child and shared with parents.
If a child requires Speech and Language support, school, with the permission of the parents, will put in a referral.
Children identified as needing extra support will have interventions put in place.
Some children may require further support and interventions delivered by outside agencies such as the behaviour team or the speech and language team.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All children are provided with ‘Quality First Teaching’. Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met. All lessons offer challenge and support necessary for each child to learn and where necessary differentiation occurs through the work set, questions asked and support given. Specific resources and intervention strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups. Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily to meet your child’s learning needs.
4. How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Children’s progress is shared with parents throughout the year during parents evening and reports are sent home termly. Parents are always welcome to come in and discuss their child if they have any concerns with the class teacher or the SENDCO. If teachers have concerns, they will contact parents to discuss them and listen to any concerns that you may have too. The class teacher or SENDCO will speak to you regarding any referrals to outside agencies to support your child’s learning. SEN support plans are discussed and reviewed with parents each term. All children are tracked using school’s data tracking. and termly reports are produced for every child.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
We ensure that all children are supported socially and pastorally by staff, who know the children well. We offer a wide range of activities within school to support their social and emotional development such as school visits, educational trips, links with the community and a residential trip in Year 6. School has a medicine policy which supports parents/carers with the management of their child’s medication within school and staff regularly undergo training in key areas such as asthma, diabetes and the use of Epipens. If a child comes into school with a specific need, the school nurse will provide the relevant staff with training. The school also has trained first aiders and at least one will be present on any visit outside of school. Our behaviour policy is known and adhered to by all staff across the school. Children who need specific support with their behaviour will be identified and support offered. This support will range from extra support in the classroom, to interventions and support from the Behavioural Support Team. We promote and celebrate excellent attendance. Parents are supported and school will send texts or ring home to query a child’s non-attendance at school. School has its own EWO who will support school and parents with ensuring children attend school regularly and on time.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
School employs staff trained to educate and care for children throughout their primary years. Staff are trained regularly in key areas of the curriculum and also in identifying and supporting children with specific difficulties around learning, child development and social and emotional problems children may experience. School has direct access to a wide range of services all of which can support both parents/carers and children. These agencies include: speech and language, CAMHS, Educational Psychologist, Behaviour Support, Social Services, Paediatricians and the School Nurse.
7. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
All staff receive regular training from the health service around key medical issues which could arise for children. Individual staff are trained in First Aid and are strategically placed around school. The SENDCO attends key regional training which is then shared with all staff. The SENDCO provides in-house training on developing IEPs and around specific requests from staff, or as necessary to support a particular child or group of children. Where necessary, specialist training is brought into the school. For example the Behaviour Support Team can provide school with training around a range of social and emotional needs. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
We are fully-inclusive and all children attend all events and trips and are encouraged to take part in all activities both within and outside of school. Where necessary, extra support will be provided to ensure full participation by all children and parents are fully-informed as to the trips and activities open to every child. Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put into place to enable all children to participate.
9. How accessible is the school environment?
There are facilities for disabled changing and toilets which can accommodate wheelchairs and support individuals with a disability. A Computer suite is accessible across school and the use of computers and iPads enable all children to have access to new technologies to support their learning.
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. If your child is joining our school:
We encourage parents and children to visit and meet their new teacher prior to joining the school.
A member of the leadership team will either show the child and parents around school or be available to answer any questions.
If your child is moving child to another school:
We will contact the school SENDCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
When moving classes in school:
Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance.
Your child will have transition visits to meet the class teacher and become familiar with their new classroom.
In Year 6:
The teacher and SENDCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENDCO of their secondary school.
Where possible, your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.
11. How are the schools resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
All classes have additional support staff, who are well trained, as well as an experienced teacher. The SEND budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual’s needs. The additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern has been raised by them at another time during the year. Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
These decisions are made in consultation with class teacher and the leadership team. Decisions are based upon regular tracking of pupil progress and as a result of assessments by outside agencies. The school holds regular pupil progress meetings at which professionals are called together to discuss provision for supporting children.
13. Who can I contact for further information?
If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are unhappy about something regarding your child’s schooling please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the SENDCO (Miss Gurjit Lochab) or a member of the leadership team.
If you are considering sending your child to Courthouse Junior School, you can call the school on 01628 626958 to make an appointment with the Headteacher (Mr Nick Hart) to arrange a visit to the school. During the visit you will be given a tour of the school. At that point you will be given opportunities to discuss your child’s specific needs and ask any questions relating to your child’s education.
Local Offer website - here you can compare the local offer of all borough schools
The Courthouse Local Offer page