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Arlecdon Primary School- School Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

 

From September 2014, Schools had a duty to publish on their website what they offer to families of children with SEN. At Arlecdon Primary we are a small, inclusive school with a wide-range of experience in supporting pupils with SEN and their families.

 

What we offer:

  • Wheelchair accessible building.
  • Shower facilities
  • Soft play/ quiet space in the KS1 end of school
  •  Small classes with a high pupil: staff ratio.
  • Regular academic monitoring, termly reports to parents.
  • Struggling pupils/ SEN pupils tracking using a personalised education programme (IEP).
  • Staff available to speak with parents/ carers daily. Regular termly meetings for parents/carers of a pupil on an IEP.
  • Parent/Pupil views sought and acted upon to improve the quality of service provided. ( surveys, meetings, school council)
  • Experienced Governing Body who oversee Pupil Welfare.
  • Strong links with secondary feeder schools. Transition arrangements in place.
  •  In-school transition is smooth as only four classes in school. Pupils and staff know each other very well.
  • Strong links with specialist teachers and other professionals including Educational Psychology, Health Visitors, Howgill Centre, Young Carers, Pupil Referral Unit and Specialist Teacher Service.
  • SENCO role undertaken by Head Teacher of the school ( 01946 861409- ask to speak with Mrs Figes.)
  •  Large building and specialist areas for small group and one to one work.
  • Regular training to up-skill staff in order to support various needs. This includes ‘Dyslexia awareness’ and supporting children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

 

Spending on SEN:

  • The majority of our budget is used on personnel. We aim to keep small class sizes and maintain our experienced teaching assistants.
  • Teaching Assistants and Teachers are used to do small group, one to one and paired support sessions through-out the week. These include Read Write Inc support, accelerated learning in maths and personalised programmes specific to an IEP.
  • We spend a portion of our budget on resources to support SEN pupils. This has included Reading Intervention costs in the past.
  • We spend some of our budget on training for staff and covering the supply costs. Where possible staff attend after-school training or do extra research online. This includes: 'precision teaching' training to support pupils with memory issues and dyslexia, Dyslexia identification training, Autistic spectrum training levels 1 and 2 and improving behaviour training. 

Please note: We are unable at this present time, to support pupils with severe or profound needs owing to our small staff numbers and the cost of resourcing. 

 

Current SEN needs

24%  of children were on the SEN register in September 2017 (26.8% in 2016 and 12.5% in 2015)

3 pupils have a Statement of SEN which has been converted into an EHCplan.

6 pupils are being supported through Early Help using contacts with other agencies

5 pupils are identified as having learning needs

6 pupils are identified as having emotional/ behavioural needs

1 pupil is identifed as having speech and language needs

 

SEN pupils make good progress in relation to their starting points in school. In many cases progress is rapid. 

 

Equal Opportunities

Pupils with SEN are welcome at Arlecon Primary School. We offer small class sizes and high pupil: staff ratios. Our small family atmosphere is well-suited to pupils who have learning needs. Moreover, we are able to build strong relationships with our families which help home and school to communicate effectively for the benefit of the child. 

Our small size and the nature of our building does make it a challenge to cater for children with complex and profound needs. We would advise a visit to the school and a meeting with Mrs Wendy Figes ( Executive Head teacher and SENCO) if you feel this may be the case.

 

Access facilities:

  • The majority of our building is wheel chair accessible
  • We have a private shower for changing
  • We have projectors and a PA to support those with visual and auditory learning needs

 

We do not have:

  • disabled toilets

 

Our policy is to ensure that pupils with SEN recieve the support they require and that their opportunities are not reduced in any way. Pupils on the SEN register will work within their own year groups for the majority of the school week and where possible support and interventions will take place in the classroom. SEN pupil attainment is monitored as part of the Attainment and Achievement Committee remit. We work to create a culture which doesnt allow bullying in any form in school, we are aware that pupils with SEN are more likely to be a target for bullying than many other groups and we take all incidents of discrimination seriously. 

 

Pupils who have behaviour which is disruptive, aggressive or violent, are likely to be separated from their peers for periods of time, if they cause a risk to other pupils and staff. This might be an internal or external exclusion. Pupils who fall in this category will have a separate risk assessment linked to their needs in school and for external trips and visits. 

If you are a parent or guardian of a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and you have any questions or concerns relating to our provision, please contact the Head Teacher directly. Complaints relating to our SEN provision would be handled via the School’s overarching complaints policy

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