SEND at AKPS

Please click the links below for further information regarding changes to the SEN framework which has been implemented September 2014

Overview of SEN changes September 2014
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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy

 

 

 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND at Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School

 

What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

Under the new SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014), a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, or SEND, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through high quality classroom teaching and differentiation.

Broad areas of need are identified as:

  • communication and interaction;
  • cognition and learning;
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties;
  • sensory and/or physical needs.

 

They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.

 

What is the SEND Code of Practice?

The SEND Code of Practice sets out statutory guidance for schools.  A revised SEND Code of Practice was implemented in September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health professionals and social care.

The revised SEND code of practice can be downloaded here.

In accordance with our Equal Opportunities and SEND Policies, (see school policies), we endeavour to give all children at Ashton Keynes Primary School full access to the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Currently 30 pupils are on the SEND Register (14% of the pupils at Ashton Keynes Primary School).  Of these, 28 children are supported at the level of ‘SEND Support which involves provision that is extra to or different from the general provision in the class’.  Children at ‘SEND Support’ each have an Individual Education Plan which outlines their targets and additional support that is in place to meet their needs. This category has replaced the former designations of ‘school action’ and ‘school action plus’.

Two pupils who have the most complex needs have an ‘Education Health and Care Plan’, otherwise known as a ‘My Plan’.  This follows a formal statutory assessment from the local authority and aims to secure the best possible outcomes for the child across education, health and social care.  This used to be known as a ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’.

Ashton Keynes Primary School is proud of the work it does to support all of our pupils, including those with SEND.  Throughout the school, we build self-esteem with positive learning experiences and by successfully involving all children with whole school life. We celebrate the fact that all children are different and have diverse needs and we make sure that we tailor learning opportunities to meet the needs of individual children. We aspire to enable children with SEN to access and engage with all aspects of the curriculum, and develop the skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and even excel beyond their potential across all areas of the curriculum.

 

Teaching Team

Our staff, across the school, have a wealth of experience and we recognise that quality first teaching is of paramount importance to ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils with SEND. We also have a range of specific interventions designed to meet the differing needs of pupils and children may take part in a single, or many different interventions. Movement in and out of these programmes is flexible and responsive to pupil need. Differentiated learning is supported by our team skilled and trained teaching assistants (TAs). Pupil progress is tracked and evaluated regularly as part of an ‘assess, plan, do review’ cycle.

Effective partnerships

At Ashton Keynes Primary School, we actively encourage a team approach to supporting children with SEND.  We recognise that children’s needs are most effectively met by working in collaboration with parents to secure the best outcomes for their child.  This takes many forms for example individual review meetings, My Support Plan meetings, multi-agency meetings, home-school liaison books or simply a quick telephone call or email.

We are also fortunate to have excellent relationships with the local authority SEN Advisory Team (SENSS), the Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapists (SALTS) and Occupational Therapists (OT) who work in partnership with us to support our pupils with SEND.  We also collaborate closely with the SEND Lead Workers at the Local Authority.

 

Mrs Laura Phillips is the Senco at Ashton Keynes Primary school. She is in school every Thursday and can also be contacted via email: l.phillips@ashtonkeynes.wilts.sch.uk

SEND Information Report

The revised Code of Practice requires schools to publish information on their websites about the provision for pupils with SEND.  To read our SEND Information Report please click on the link below:

SEND Information Report 

Where can I find support as a parent of a child with SEND?

Wiltshire’s Local Offer

The revised Code of Practice also requires Local Authorities to publish the ‘Local Offer’, which sets out the full range of provision for children with SEN and disabilities in the local area. Wiltshire’s Local Offer can be found by following the link below:

Wiltshire’s local offer 

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council is an independent, voluntary organisation which is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers.  They have a membership in excess of 1600 parent carers across Wiltshire whose children range in age (0-25yrs) and in the type of special educational needs and/or disabilities they have. These include mental health, physical, sensory, learning, communication, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders and health conditions that require complex care.

http://www.wiltshireparentcarercouncil.co.uk/en/Home_Page

Other Useful Websites:

I CAN (The children’s communication charity) website

http://www.ican.org.uk/

Afasic (Support for parents/carers of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs) website

www.afasic.org.uk/

Further support and advice regarding Speech and Language needs can be found here

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/