Our current SEN policy:
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 twelve Teaching Assistants, two specialist Senior Support Worker’ s for Literacy and Social, Mental and Emotional Health. The department is also supported by part time Administrative Support Assistant.
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 a cohort of the students. This allows us to track and monitor the students 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.
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 screened to ensure they have the correct provision available to them for the access arrangements for controlled assessment and public examinations. These adaptions 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 on something that could hinder school progress
· 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 more regularly throughout the year. This is to ensure students are making a suitable amount of progress. Other students that receive intensive literacy support or other interventions 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.
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
· Additional English and Maths lessons
· Working with an external specialist
Evaluation and Review of SEN
SEN is reviewed and evaluated through the School Improvement Plan. The SENCo provides reports to the named link governor termly to share the successes and areas of improvement. This information is cascaded to the whole governing body. 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. Students are fully involved in their annual review process. A regular SEN student voice captures the opinion of students.
Contact Details of SENCo and Assistant SENCo
Mr C Bury (Assistant Head Teacher – SENCo)
Miss L Baylay (Assistant SENCo)
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
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.
The Assistant SENCo arranges transition of all students identified with SEN. 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 courses.
Working with external agencies
Kingsmead School work with a variety of external agencies they include:
0300 111 8030
County Assessment Team
Local Support Team
Educational Welfare Service
Parent Support Worker
Children’s Development Centre
Speech and Language Therapy
Careers Advice Service
Targeted Youth Support
0300 111 8010 Emergency out of hours: 0345 604 2886
Visual Impairment Team
Hearing Impairment Team
Information of the Local Authority
Please see the link to Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Local Offer’.
Students that have specific needs have reasonable adjustments 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 school’s accessibility plan.
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
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)
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.
Any parent who has a child with a statement or an EHCP 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 2016-2017 Kingsmead received a budget of £277,261.41 below is a breakdown of how the funding has been spent.
Breakdown of Expenditure
Out of school hours provision
Literacy and Numeracy Support
Teaching Assistant support in lesson
External Agency Provision