St. Anne’s Catholic Academy has a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to all of the schools within the Academy of the Holy Spirit. That is, to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their needs make the best possible progress in our school.
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice requires the Local Authority to publish a ‘Local Offer.’
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
School SEND information report
If your child has Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) the information below may help you to understand how St. Anne’s Catholic Academy can provide support for your child.
Who are the best people to talk to?
- Initially, you should speak to your child’s class teacher.
- You can also speak to the Special Educational Needs/Disabilities
Co-ordinator (SENDCo) - Mrs S. Brown.
- In addition to these members of staff, you can talk to the Learning Mentor – Mrs K. Dyde or Principal - Mrs S. Hubbard to share your concerns.
What kinds of SEND are provided and how do you teach SEND children?
- St. Anne’s Catholic Academy aims to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
- Our school is a communication friendly learning environment.
- Accessibility issues are catered for such as ramps and disabled toilets if and when necessary.
- All teachers have the highest possible expectations for all pupils.
- All teaching is built on what your child already knows, can do and understand. (Quality First Teaching)
- Specific strategies may be put in place to support pupils’ learning.
- Class, group and one to one support is arranged as necessary within timetabled lessons as well as in extra sessions that are planned for. The progress of the pupils receiving extra support is monitored and tracked and outcomes are regularly reported to parents.
- Pupils with specific needs are also supported and encouraged to take part in extra curricular activities as well as school trips wherever possible and we will always ensure that pupils with Special Educational Needs are given the best support possible so that they can access such activities. We will plan with parents accordingly and always take into account the needs of each individual pupil.
- Support for pupils at lunch or break times is planned for and all staff are aware of the needs of individual pupils’ that may needs extra support in less structured times of the day.
How can I let St. Anne’s Catholic Academy know if I am concerned about my child’s progress?
- Initially, the first point of contact is the child’s class teacher whether this be as part of an informal chat on the playground, a telephone call or at Parents Evening.
- If you continue to be concerned that your child is not making progress, you may speak to the SENDCo and again this may be informal initially or at an arranged meeting.
- For further guidance, you could discuss the issue with the Principal.
How will St. Anne’s Catholic Academy let me know if they have concerns about my child’s learning?
- If your child is identified as not making progress in a particular subject as part of our half termly assessments, the class teacher or SENDCo may initially have an informal chat with you to discuss concerns that they may have.
- Further to this, they could make a phone call home or invite you into school for a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to list any concerns that you may also have.
Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND?
- St. Anne’s Catholic Academy can access different services provided by outside agencies in order to help support pupils with Specific Educational Needs. These include:
- SENDAR (Special Educational Needs and Disability Assessment and Review)
- EPS (Educational Psychology Service)
- STS (Specialist Teaching Services)
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational therapist
- NHS (National Health Service)
- Parent Partnership Support Service
- EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service)
- Early Help
How do staff collaborate and support children with SEND?
- Our SENDCo regularly liaises with school staff and professionals from the services that are listed above in order to ensure that the right level and form of support is provided for every pupil.
- Teaching assistants support class learning and receive targeted training when supporting children with complex needs.
- Staff members collaborate in team, staff and network group meetings.
- External agencies also provide INSET training to our school.
How will the school measure the progress of my child?
- All pupils at St. Anne’s Catholic Academy are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths each half term.
- Progress in each of these subjects is monitored for every pupil and when pupils have not made progress, staff plan how to target these pupils and ensure that they make accelerated progress in the next half term at half termly Pupil Progress Meetings.
- Specific targeted work is planned for those pupils and staff provide support in addition to daily lessons on a regular basis.
- Pupils with specific educational needs have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is written by the pupil’s class teacher and the SENDCo. Targets are set for the pupil to achieve as a result of the support planned and these are monitored and discussed with parents at termly IEP Review meetings.
- The impact of targeted support for pupils is monitored and tracked by the SENDCo every half term in order to evaluate the impact of the support that is planned and given. This information is also shared with the governors of our school.
How do we support you as a parent?
- Parents are always kept well informed about the progress of their child.
- Phone calls or informal chats/ meetings with your child’s class teacher/ teaching assistant or the SENDCo and Head teacher will be regular for you so that you are aware of how well your child is learning.
- You will be invited to attend Parents Evenings and where applicable, Individual Education Plan (IEP) Review or Annual Review meetings on a termly basis where you can discuss the progress of your child.
- Parents are invited to meet with the professionals from external services in order to discuss their child’s needs and these meetings will be arranged by the SENDCo.
- We feel that your contributions at these meetings is crucial for us in order to help ensure progress is made by your child.
- Regular drop in sessions with the SENDCo & Learning Mentor to address any concerns you may have.
How is St. Anne’s Catholic Academy accessible to children with SEND?
- At St. Anne’s Catholic Academy, we always strive to ensure that ALL pupils are involved in learning and therefore we plan and differentiate tasks so that learning is always accessible but still challenging for those pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
- Learning Environments are adapted as necessary and are communication friendly.
- Our Marking and Feedback Policy states that pupils’ work is marked daily and that positive as well as developmental feedback is given. All pupils are also given the opportunity to respond to their feedback so that they know what they need to do to improve and how to go about it. They know that the comments linked to the green highlighting in their work are recognising what they have done well and that the comments linked to the orange highlighting are the developmental comments.
- Pupils are able to speak with familiar adults in their class about any concerns or worries they may have or alternatively, they can speak with our Learning Mentor – Katrina Dyde.
How are the children supported when they join and leave the school or move to the next year group?
- As we are a small, friendly school, pupils are familiar with most of the staff within our school.
- When pupils do move into a new year group, they spend a day in their new class with the new teaching staff in the first week of July. Informal visits and induction arrangements are also made leading up to this Induction Day as well as afterwards. Transfer meetings between staff regarding the needs of each child also take place.
- For those pupils with special educational needs who are moving onto Secondary school or another school, we liaise closely with the new school and arrange transition review meetings with the pupil, staff from both schools and parents to discuss the move as well as ensuring that the pupil is able to make extra visits to the new school.
- Pupil records are transferred between schools in order that the right support can be effectively planned.
How will St. Anne’s Catholic Academy support your child’s social, emotional and mental needs?
- We have a group called ‘Sparklers’ which is run every afternoon by the Learning Mentor and a Teaching Assistant where pupils with social and emotional needs are able to spend time in a smaller group to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem.
- The Learning Mentor also meets with identified pupils on a 1:1 basis to support pupils with anger management issues, friendships and also to give the pupils the time and opportunity to talk about any concerns or worries they may have.
- We teach the ‘Taking Care’ curriculum which empowers pupils to feel safe and manage their own feelings and emotions. Staff take part in regular Safeguarding training and there are three Designated Safeguarding Lead Professionals within school.
- Our Anti-Bullying Policy is reviewed annually and its expectations are shared and discussed with all pupils regularly.
- We also work closely with a range of agencies and services, including the School Nurse that provide specialist support for children with social, emotional and mental needs.
If you have any concerns or wish to make a complaint about the provision made for your child at our school, then please firstly speak to your child’s class teacher.
If there is still a concern, then you should contact the SENDCo and then the Principal to discuss formally the issue.
To take matters further, then the next point of contact is the Chair of the ESC - Jim Crawford. Details of how to get in touch can be obtained from the School Office.
Be assured that we always want to work with you and will endeavour to provide the best support possible for each individual pupil.