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Supporting SEND Students

How will we support a student with SEND?

Where assessment indicates that a student requires a high level of individual support and intervention, the school will work together with students and their parents, using all the information available, to identify a student’s barriers to learning and then develop personalised learning programs to ensure they succeed and make progress.

This will include:

  • Providing starting points for an appropriate curriculum;
  • Identifying the need for support within the class;
  • Involving outside agencies where appropriate;
  • Ensuring ongoing assessment and feedback;
  • Involving the student in planning and agreeing targets to meet their needs;
  • Involving parents in developing a joint learning approach at home and in school.

The SEND Code of Practice advocates a graduated response to meeting student’s needs. Where a student is identified as having additional needs the SENDCo should be consulted in the first instance. The SENDCo and teachers will review the approaches adopted, ensuring students and parents/carers are fully involved at each and every stage.

High quality teaching, differentiated for individuals, is the first step in responding to students who have or may have SEND. If adequate progress has not been made once these interventions have been put in place, additional support may be provided. This may be through differentiated small group work, both in class and in withdrawal groups, and may also include some 1:1 support led by the teacher or educational teaching assistant. Sometimes it is felt that advice from an external professional is needed. At this stage a Student Profile or My Support Plan (MSP) would be devised, these are non statutory documents outlining needs and provision for an individual.

Where concerns remain  and despite sustained intervention, the school will consider requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan). The EHC Plan sets out the student’s strengths and needs and details the provision for the student in the areas of education, health and social care. Those students who currently have a Statement of Special Educational Needs may transfer to an EHC Plan. The Local Authority has a timetable for this and all Statements have to be transferred by April 2018.