SEN Information

Special Educational Needs Report 2015-2016

 

Our current SEN policy:    

 

http://www.kingsmeadschool.net/sites/kingsmeadschool.net/files/SEN%20Policy%202017.pdf

 

Background Information

 

Kingsmead School is a fully inclusive mainstream school located in Hednesford on the edge of Cannock Chase. We offer a variety of provision for students with additional needs to ensure they make progress.

The SEN department is made up of a Assistant Head Teacher (SENCo), a full time teacher as the Assistant SENCo, a team of ten Teaching Assistants, three specialist Senior Support Worker’ s for Literacy, Social, Mental and Emotional Health and Communication. The department is also supported by part time administrative support.

 

All of the Teaching Assistants support our students in band three, in addition they support specific students with statements or EHCPs across the school. In turn they key work all of the students in the groups they support. This allows us to track and monitor the students in these groups to ensure progress is at the heart of what we do.

 

In school we cater for a variety of SEN students. This includes students with difficulty in literacy and numeracy, social, mental, emotional health and behaviour issues, physical and sensory disabilities, speech and language barriers, weak comprehension, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This highlights the most common needs at Kingsmead but is by no means an exhaustive list.

 

SEN Identification

 

All students are assessed on entry to Kingsmead School. Any student that produces results that are a cause for concern will then be looked at on a case by case basis. They may receive further testing to identify a specific condition or a referral may be made to an external specialist to investigate the details of the student further.

 

If any member of staff or parent raises a concern about a student, further information is gathered and the student will be screened to ensure the right provision is made available. All students are treated as individuals to ensure they get the right support. Staff can report concerns through the electronic Learning Concern referral system.

 

All students going into key stage four are tested again to ensure they have the correct provision available to them for the access arraignments for controlled assessment and public examinations. Arrangements are put in place at this point for those students seeking additional support.

 

In addition to concerns around progress, students are added to the SEN register when:

 

  • ·         They are working with an external agency
  • ·         They have an identified area of weakness from a school test
  • ·         They have a diagnosis of need from another professional

 

Assessing SEN Students

 

Students are streamed into ability groupings. Those with specific barriers to learning are tested at key points throughout the year. This is done as a cohort on entry to the school then at least at one other point throughout the year. To ensure progress is being made students in the less able groupings will be tested at three key points in the year. This is to ensure students are making a suitable amount of progress. Other students that receive intensive literacy support will be tested on entry and exit of the program in addition to their peers.

 

Teaching of Students with SEN

 

Kingsmead School strives to be inclusive and nurtures the philosophy that every teacher is a teacher of SEN. Staff have received specific and ongoing training to cater for less able students so they are able to access the curriculum as a whole. Training is provided throughout the year and specialist staff teach specific groups. Staff, differentiate their lessons to ensure all students can access the lesson, these students and their strategies are identified on Class Profiles. All students who are identified as SEN create a One Page Profile with their Key Worker. This aids the classroom teacher in understanding the needs of the students, so they can be catered for in a meaningful way, to ensure they make the most amount of progress possible in the classroom.

 

Progress

 

Progress is measured annually through progress checks, this is reported to parents. All school interventions measure progress from the intervention. This is recorded and analysed in school.

 

Additional support is provided for SEN students

 

A students key worker is responsible for tracking and monitoring the progress of individuals and setting targets on a regular basis. Students with SEN receive additional support from

 

  • Teaching Assistants in the classroom
  • Student Support Workers
  • Senior Support Workers
  • By having reduced class size
  • Small Group Interventions
  • Working in our learning support centre       
  • Additional English and Maths lessons 

 

Evaluation and Review of SEN

 

SEN is reviewed and evaluated through the School Improvement Plan. The SENCo provides reports to the governing body on a yearly basis to share the successes and areas of improvement. Kingsmead School also works with the named Entrust Specialist Teacher who supports the school in developing good practice. A yearly audit on SEN is completed. The SEN link governor (Mr D Ryder) also meets with key staff in school to offer his support. Students are fully involved in their annual review process.

 

Contact Details of SENCo and Assistant SENCo

 

Mr C Bury (Assistant Head Teacher – SENCo)

c.bury@kingsmeadschool.net 

 

Miss L Baylay (Assistant SENCo)

l.baylay@kingsmeadschool.net

 

If you wish to speak to either member of staff an appointment can be made through the school office. Alternatively if you wish to speak to a member of the SEN team contact 01543 512455.

 

Training

 

The SENCo has completed National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination (SENCo’s). The Assistant SENCo has completed a course to administer Psychometric testing for Access Arrangements in school. Both courses are at master’s level.  

Specific training for all support staff is calendared in twilight sessions throughout the school year.

 

Representation of SEN Students and Parents

 

Students are consulted on a regular basis and have an equal representation in focus groups and as part of student voice activities. Annual reviews and meetings with SEN parents happen regularly and are well attended. Key workers communicate with parents and update parents as necessary, depending upon the progress and needs of the student. SEN student voice happens on a regular basis and the SENCo / Assistant SENCo are committed to improving the representation of SEN students in student leadership roles.

 

Complaints relating to SEN provision

 

In the first instance if a parent is unhappy with the provision provided, they should contact the school SENCo. If the complaint cannot be resolved or the parent is unhappy with the resolution the parent should follow the school compliments, concerns and complaints procedure https://intranet.kingsmeadschool.net/Uploads/Policies/17-01-2017092038Co...

 

Transition

 

The Assistant SENCo arranges transition of all students with SEN, as identified by primary schools. All of the students will be offered a specific programme of additional support that is implemented on a case by case basis. With those students moving into key stage four they will be offered additional support in school and each student will be able to seek advice and guidance from their key worker in school. Kingsmead School supports its students that are moving into further education, employment or training. This is done in collaboration with the Assistant SENCo and the Student Support Worker: Information, Advice and Guidance to ensure all of the students from Kingsmead School can reach their full potential.

 

Additional transition support may include:

  • Extra visits to Kingsmead School
  • One to one support
  • Specific SEN primary liaison activities
  • SEN information for students and parents
  • Holiday school / Saturday school work
  • Additional visits to local colleges
  • Survey of information when students' progress onto post 16 course

 

Working with external agencies

 

Kingsmead School work with a variety of external agencies they include;

 

Agency

Contact Information

Phone 

Midland Psychology

enquiries@midlandspsychology.co.uk

01785 748447

SENSS Consultancy

senss@entrust-ed.co.uk

0300 111 8030

County Assessment Team

sfps@staffordshire.gov.uk

01785 356921

School Nurse

http://www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/about-us/services/children-and-families/school-nurses/

07734 371076

Local Support Team

cannockeast.lst16@staffordshire.gov.uk

01543 512333

Educational Welfare Service

cannockeast.lst16@staffordshire.gov.uk

01543 512333

Parent Support Worker

cannockeast.lst16@staffordshire.gov.uk

01543 512333

Autism Outreach

sss.service@staffordshire.gov.uk

www.autism.org.uk

01785 356830

Children’s Development Centre

http://www.nhs.uk/Services/clinics/MapsAndDirections/DefaultView.aspx?id=102551

01785 221664

Speech and Language Therapy

Keli.Hopgood@ssotp.nhs.uk

01543 509796

Careers Advice Service

careersguidance@entrust-ed.co.uk

0300 111 8030

CAMHS

http://wearehere.sssft.nhs.uk/camhs-contact

01785 221665

Women’s Aid

http://www.staffordshirewomensaid.org/contact_us/

0870 2700123

Targeted Youth Support

Jaber.bashir@staffordshire.gov.uk

01543 512333

Social Services

cannockchaseduty@ssotp.nhs.uk

0300 111 8010 0345 604 2886

Visual Impairment Team

sss.service@staffordshire.gov.uk

01785 356830

Hearing Impairment Team

sss.service@staffordshire.gov.uk

01785 356830

YESS

enquires@yes-s.org.uk

07794 473442

 

Information of the Local Authority

 

Please see the link to Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Local Offer’. 

http://helpyourself.staffordshirecares.info/localoffer

 

Reasonable adjustments

 

Students that have specific needs have RA’s made for them in a variety of ways in school. This can range from having work copied onto a different coloured piece of paper to the re-timetabling of a class so a student doesn’t have to climb the stairs.

Further information can be found in the schools accessibility plan.

 

Extra Curricula

 

Students regardless of need or ability are encouraged to take part in activities outside the classroom. Examples of this are:

 

  • ·         Supporting families with the cost of the visit
  • ·         Attending Saturday school
  • ·         Providing additional staffing to support activities
  • ·         Pre teaching / practicing elements of visits
  • ·         Peer support during activities

 

Pastoral Care

 

Student services is located in B07 where there is always a trained member of staff there to support students.

All reported incidents of bullying are taken seriously and actioned swiftly.

A SMILERS Anti Bullying Team operates in school to support students.

 

Looked after children

 

The designated teacher for LAC is Mr C Bury (Assistant Head Teacher / SENCo)

c.bury@kingsmeadschool.net

 

All students have regular Personal Education Plans held in school. School staff and Social workers decide on how students Pupil Premium Plus funding is spent to support the educational outcomes of the young person.

 

Admissions

 

Any parent who has a child with a statement or an Education Health and Care Plan should contact the school SENCo to discuss admission arrangements before they apply to school. This will ensure they can be advised on the correct method of application.

The Local Authority work closely with the school when Kingsmead is named on a plan.

 

How Kingsmead spends the SEN budget

 

In 2015-2016 Kingsmead received a budget of £295,334.00below is a breakdown of how the funding has been spent.

 

 

Breakdown of Expenditure

£

Out of school hours provision

£3,360.02

Lunchtime provision

£9,977.73

Literacy and Numeracy Support

£15,279.77

Teaching Assistant support in lesson

£256,039.66

External Agency Provision

£7,985.36

Resources

£2691.46

Total

£295,334.00

 
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