Borrowdale School SENCO:
Mr Ralf Smits
PGCE in Education (Special Needs & Inclusion)
The Local Offer is to assist parents in the important decision of choosing the best school for their child. It explains the provision for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) within the school.
It explains to parents what the school offers children with additional needs, including how they are identified, and also helps them to understand how services and extra support are accessed. We hope the following information will be useful to parents when making a choice.
At Borrowdale School we are a fully inclusive school and we ensure that all of our children achieve their full potential in all areas of the curriculum, regardless of gender, ethnicity, social background, physical ability, religion or educational needs.
Children are assessed regularly within school using both paper and on line resources. Mr Smits (SENCo) has regular discussions with class teachers to discuss any children working below age related expectations. Further assessments, discussions or observations may be carried out to find out if any further support is needed. If the teacher/SENCo feels that a child has needs that require additional support to that provided in the classroom, then the child is recognised as having Special Educational Needs and an Individual Education Plan will be written by the class teacher. The details of this plan will be discussed at a meeting between parents and the class teacher and, if deemed appropriate, the SENCo.
At Borrowdale School there are a number of Teaching Assistants who may provide additional support to the pupils who need it. The staff, including the SENCo and Teaching Assistants, have experience in supporting children who need addititional support in their learning, but we are no experts.
Depending on the amount of support and resources your child needs, your child may be supported in the classroom, in a small group or individually. If, after in-school support, it is identified that your child needs more specific assessment or involvement from any outside specialist, then the SENCo will discuss this with you and seek your permission to proceed to apply for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
At Borrowdale School, children’s individual needs are met through differentiated teaching activities within the classroom. We aim to be inclusive in all areas of the curriculum, including the outdoors, however, on occasions children who require additional support may work on a specifically designed programme of study to help boost their achievement in reading, writing or number work. If deemed beneficial, your child may work as a member of a smaller group of children or individually in a room other than your child’s usual classroom.These groups would normally be run by a teacher or a member of support staff who has been trained to deliver the programme.
In addition to the normal reporting arrangements, parents’ evenings are held during the Autumn and Spring terms. At these appointments teachers will discuss progress that a child is making and how parents can support their child at home, if necessary. Additional appointments are also offered with the SENCo if a child has an individual education plan (IEP) which will give details of the targets, who will be supporting your child to help achieve the targets and when the targets will be reviewed.IEPs are usually reviewed and rewritten every six months but, on occasions, they can be issued at the beginning of a term.Parents are always able to contact teachers or the SENCo (either by email or telephone) to either discuss their child or to arrange a meeting at any time throughout the academic year.
Borrowdale School is classed by OFSTED as outstanding in personal development, wellbeing and behaviour. Our expectations in relation to behaviour are consistent across the school. All children are treated equally and rewards and sanctions are in place for appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.
At Borrowdale School some children require a School Health Care Plan. These plans are written and monitored annually by the Headteacher/SENCo to ensure that children with medical requirements (allergies, specific medical conditions etc) have their needs met by staff. The plan may include the administration of medication or advice regarding what to do in the event of an allergic reaction.The Health Care Plans are displayed in the staff room and the child’s class register.
The SENCo at Borrowdale School is Mr Smits. He is also the Headteacher. The school employs no specialists for SEN provision, but we will always do our best for every child in our care and training is carried out when the needs of the child require it.
Staff training in relation to SEND is carried out on a regular basis depending on the needs of the children within the school. Referrals can also be made to external specialists of particular areas of SEND by the SENCo. They will then come into school to observe and work with the child. They will then write a report which will provide staff with advice and strategies to support individual children.
Borrowdale School is accessible for wheelchair users and there are disabled toilet facilities.
The Reception and Nursery class staff carry out home visits once you have accepted the place for your child. If a child is transferring to another school or setting, appropriate data is shared with the new setting. If the child leaving has Special Educational Needs, then the SENCo from Borrowdale School will contact the new school directly by telephone to discuss the needs of the child. For Year 6 pupils transferring to Secondary School there are intake days towards the end of the Summer Term. If a child has SEN or for another reason might take longer to settle into a new setting, then extra visit days are arranged by the schools. The Head and Deputy Head of Year 7 visit our school in the Summer Term to give the Year 6 pupils information about the secondary setting and answer any questions they may have. Where pupils transfer to other secondary settings, visit days are arranged, usually about the same time.
The school budget received from the Local Authority includes money to support pupils with SEN. This money is used to employ Teaching Assistants to deliver specially designed programmes to meet the needs of the specific children. Some of this support will be in the classroom, other will be small group support and individual support will also be given if necessary. The money received could also be used to buy specialised equipment if necessary. Children who have an EHCP will have their Education and Health Care Plan allocation money topped up with money from the school budget. This money will be used to pay for a Teaching Assistant to support the child for the number of hours stated in the EHCP.
Each child is assessed individually following guidelines written in the SEN Code of Practice. The decision will be made based on the needs of the child and the professional agencies involved with providing support for the child. Children with Educational and Health Care Plans (formerly known as 'Statements') will be allocated funding as recommended in their plan. Core assessments are carried out termly for all pupils in school so the progress of children with special needs can be tracked alongside that of their peers.