At Purbrook Park School, supporting the SEND of pupils is a whole-school responsibility. Through high quality teaching, early identification and collaboration between leaders, teachers, support staff, external agencies and families, pupils with SEND will be supported to succeed through.
- A constant cycle of ASSESS, PLAN, DO, REVIEW. Teachers will identify the needs of pupils as early as possible through observations, progress data and regular pupil information meetings. A graduated response will be followed. Concerns will be raised with the SENDCO, Raising Standard Leaders, House Leaders and parents/carers where a plan of action will be agreed, with the child at the heart. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the curriculum, targets set and external professionals involved where necessary.
- An individual SEND support plan will document the needs and provision for pupils considered to have SEND. Targets will be set and reviewed with parents/carers three times a year – each term.
- Higher Needs Funding will be applied for to support those pupils requiring more provision in order to have their needs met. This is decided by the Hampshire Local Authority.
- An Education Health Care Plan will be sought if it is felt that more support is required than that currently being provided by Purbrook Park School at SEND Support level.
- The SENDCo will review staff training needs and provide support and advice where necessary, including keeping up to date with training sessions being offered by external agencies. Staff will approach the SENDCo to ask for further training or support if they feel it is required. Strong links with other schools allow for collaboration and best practice to be shared.
- Provision maps are created termly to highlight the additional provision being employed, intended outcomes, amount of time allocated and the frequency of sessions. These are reviewed at the end of each term using progress data and teacher assessment sheets.
- Interventions are carried out for those vulnerable learners that are identified as needing ‘additional to core’. These range from specific subject skills such as literacy, numeracy, working memory, as well as the skills needed for social development and effective communication.
- All teaching staff are aware of the procedures to refer a child to external agencies such as SALT, CAMHS and OT, ia the SENDCo. Staff work collaboratively alongside other professionals to aid in the identification of particular needs as well as the implementation of support recommendations offered.
- All pupils at Purbrook Park School receive quality first teaching. This is considered the ‘core offer’. This includes a range of strategies which allow for inclusive learning practises. Teaching staff have ambitious expectations and are expected to make the necessary adjustments needed in order to offer full and balanced curriculum to all pupils. This is sequenced to the needs and starting points of all pupils by ensuring positive relationships are created between staff and pupils. Formative assessments regularly feed in to the classroom teachers’ planning processes and use of resources. Pupil information meetings assist in the identification of any concerns relating to pupils’ progress and wellbeing. Through meetings with parents/carers and discussions with other professionals, the correct level of support and bank of strategies can be employed to fully support the child’s needs.
- Pupils are supported to transition between year groups and key stages, especially when moving to secondary school. Families complete a one-page profile for all SEND and vulnerable learners when they first join the school. This helps to identify their likes and dislikes as well as strengths and weaknesses and making their voice heard. Pupils participate in transition days and enhanced transitions are provided for those identified as being more likely to struggle with the process. This can include extra time getting to know the staff and new classroom, extra meetings with parents/carers, opportunities for enriching activities such as crafts and sports, or photos and visual aids to discuss with their families.