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Queen’s Park Primary School and Triborough SEN School Offer

Complies with SEN Code of Practice 2014


6.79 The governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information published should be updated annually and any changes to the information occurring during the year should be updated as soon as possible. The information required is set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.


SEND Statement – Queens Park


At Queen’s Park School our vision is to provide pupils with a range of learning strategies and life skills that reflects a positive attitude towards their special educational needs. We aim to support the children to become confident learners in life and to strive towards the greatest independence possible. We recognise the importance of building and developing supportive and effective relationships with parents of children with SEND attending our school. Children with special needs and/or a specific learning difficulty will be on our Special Needs Register and their progress both academically and socially will be closely monitored.


What is the Local Offer?


The Children & Families Act & SEND Code of Practice 2014 requires Local Authorities [LA] and schools to publish and review information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs [SEND] aged 0-25 yrs.
The purpose of this is to enable parents and young people to find services available in their area and how to access them. The Local Offer will include provision across education, health, social care and the voluntary sector.

 

Local Offer

 

Westminster guide to services available for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities

 

Information Advice and Support (IAS) Service

 

IAS Westminster

 

Useful Links for Parents

 

A Guide to SEN and Disability Reforms

 

School Offer for SEND – Parents/Carer’s Questions and answers

 

Who are the best people to talk to at Queen’s Park Primary school about my child’s difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disability?

 

As you already have established relationships with your child’s class teacher please talk to them first about your concerns. Your class teacher works closely with the SENCo and Inclusion team and will work together to meet the needs of your child.


If you continue to have concerns arrange to discuss these with the SENCo and/or Headteacher.


How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning, special educational need or disability?

 

Your child’s class teacher may initially speak to you at the beginning or the end of a normal school day and arrange a further time to discuss the concerns.
The class teacher may also talk to you about any issues at a parent/teacher consultation meeting.
The SENCo may contact you and arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s difficulties with learning and any possible support strategies the school might be considering.
* See Roles and Responsibilities below.


How will the school consider my views and those of my child with regard to her/his difficulties with learning, special educational need or disability?

 

At Queen’s Park Primary School we believe it is very important for parents/carers to be involved in all areas of their child’s learning and we actively encourage discussions. We believe, where appropriate, that it is essential to understand your child’s views or any difficulties they may experience with their learning.
You will be able to share your views and discuss your child’s progress at regular termly meetings with the class teacher and others.


If your child has an identified special educational need you will be invited to a termly meeting with the class teacher and SENCo to discuss current progress, support strategies being used and expected outcomes.


If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) you and your child will also be able to share your views at the Annual Review.


How does Queen’s Park Primary school ensure the teaching staff is appropriately trained to support my child’s special educational needs and/or disability?

 

At Queen’s Park Primary school we believe that your child’s learning needs will first be met through the high quality teaching delivered by his/her class teacher.
We regularly review the school training schedule and professional development for all teaching and support staff to ensure there is the appropriate expertise to support children with special educational needs.
The school is able to access training programmes from different organisations including the Tri-borough Training and Outreach team based at Queen Elizabeth 2 School.
Individual training is regularly arranged and special educational needs training audited.


How will the curriculum and the school environment be matched to my child’s needs?

 

At Queen’s Park Primary school we believe that your child’s learning needs will first be met through the high quality teaching delivered by their class teacher.
We carefully plan our curriculum to match the age, ability and needs of all children.
The class teacher will adapt lesson planning and teaching to match your child’s special educational needs and/or disability.
It may be appropriate to adopt different strategies or resources and adapt outcomes to meet your child’s learning needs.
Additional specialist advice is sought when appropriate and, when necessary, accessibility aids and technology may be used to support your child’s learning.
Queen’s Park Primary school regularly reviews its Accessibility Plan to ensure that all children have the fullest access to the curriculum and the school site as possible.

 


What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?

 

This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. But our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEN Code of Practice 2014:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

 

At Queen’s Park Primary school we have a 3 wave intervention approach to supporting a child’s learning:

 

 

 

Wave 1  – Inclusive quality first teaching

 This is the quality first teaching your child will receive from his/her class teacher and may include some very minor adaptations to match learning needs. Such teaching will, for example, be based on clear objectives that are shared with the children and returned to at the end of the lesson; lively, interactive teaching styles to fully engage pupils in their learning; an emphasis on relevant, subject specific vocabulary.

 

 Provision will include

  • All teachers and support staff hold relevant knowledge and experience to meet the needs of your child.
  • Inclusive playtime, with directed and supported play.
  • A safe space where children can self refer for support.

 

Wave 2 – Targeted, catch up provision

It may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning. This takes the form of a graduated four part approach of a) assessing your child’s needs, b) planning the most effective and appropriate intervention, c) providing this intervention and d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes. Specific targeted one to one or small group interventions may be run outside the classroom. These will be limited to a set period of time to minimise disruption to the regular curriculum. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress towards learning outcomes.

 

Wave 3 – Specialist intervention

It may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional outside the school in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child. This may include educational psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory advisory teachers and the child development service. The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. However, for a very small number of pupils access to these specialists may be through a Statement of SEN or an EHC Plan.

 

The interventions provided at Queen’s Park Primary school may include:

 

 

  • Box Clever [EYFS]
  • Colourful Semantics [EYFS / KS1]
  • Voluntary Readers [KS1]
  • Phonics [KS1]

 

  • Art Therapy [KS1/KS2]
  • Behavioural Mentoring [KS1&2]
  • Lego Games [KS1&2]
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills [KS1&2]
  • Our Space [KS1&2]
  • Project X Reading [KS2]
  • Social Stories [KS1&2]
  • Speech and Language Therapy [KS1&2]
  • 1st Class Number Maths / Maths Boosters [KS1&2]

 

* For current school interventions see the Provision Map Table


How will you support my child to reach his/her learning goals?

 

The class teacher and other staff working with your child ensure that your child receives appropriate teaching and support in order to reach these goals. The learning plan, strategies and progress will be reviewed termly.
External agencies and specialists may also review your child’s progress and adapt their planning accordingly.


What is an EHC Plan and who can request one for my child?

 

The purpose of an EHC Plan is to make special education provision to meet the special educational needs of a child or young person, to secure improved outcomes for him/her across education, health and social care and, as he/her gets older, prepare for adulthood. An EHC Plan will contain:

 

  • The views and aspirations of you and your child.
  • A full description of his/her special educational needs and any health and social care needs.
  • Established outcomes for your child’s progress.
  • Specify the provision required and how education, health and social care will work together to meet your child’s needs and support the achievement of the agreed outcomes.

 

You and/or the SENCo in the school can request that the local authority conduct an assessment of your child’s needs. This may lead to an EHC Plan.


How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

 

There may be suggested strategies or activities for you to do at home to support your child’s learning.
We will be able to advise and help you understand the strategies used in school.
The SENCo may also support you with strategies, resources and ideas for supporting your child’s learning at home.
You may have an opportunity to meet with other professionals involved in supporting your child.


How is support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels of support in school?

 

Queen’s Park Primary school receives funding from the local authority. These funds include money to support the learning of children with SEN and/or disabilities.
The Head teacher, in consultation with the school governors, decides the budget for SEND provision on the basis of the needs of the children in the school.
The Head teacher and the SENCo discuss the effectiveness of the school’s current interventions and provisions and prioritise an action plan, which may include additional or alternative interventions, staff training and equipment needs.
This process is reviewed regularly to ensure the best possible intervention is provided to those children who require additional support to learn.


How will the school know that the support has made a difference to my child’s learning and how can I and my child be included in this review process?

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed both in terms of his/her regular learning within the class and with regard to specific intervention programmes.
The impact of the support given is carefully measured to ensure that the learning outcomes have been achieved and if not, what adaptations are necessary. It may be decided that a further period of support would be beneficial for your child and/or alternative intervention strategies should be used.
You and your child will be kept informed and encouraged to be actively involved at all stages of this support.


What support will there be for my child’s happiness and well being at Queen’s Park Primary school?

 

At Queen’s Park Primary school we believe that the happiness and well being of all our pupils is paramount. All members of staff take this aspect of school life very seriously.
You can be confident that in particular your child’s class teacher, the learning support teaching assistants, and the SENCo are available to provide support to match your child’s needs.
You should also feel free to contact your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.

 

Enrichment provision:

  • High emphasis on pastoral care
  • High expectations of what all children can achieve
  • High emphasis on developing thinking skills and independent learning skills
  • Embedded school values
  • A caring environment
  • Recognition of positive choices, good learning behaviours (including the development of a growth mindset) and achievement through well devised reward systems


How is my child included in all the same activities as his/her peers at school?

 

Queen’s Park Primary school is an inclusive school and committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.
After school clubs, educational visits and residential trips are available to all children.
When necessary the school will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with SEN and/or disabilities are included in all activities.
You should also feel free to contact your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.


How will Queen’s Park Primary school support my child in transition stages?

 

We liaise closely with the school or nursery your child is transferring from. We are able to discuss with the relevant teachers any individual needs and how best to support your child in school.
While at Queen’s Park Primary school we take care to ensure that during transition points (between classes each year and at the end of Key Stages) all staff are aware of individual pupils needs, learning progress and best support strategies.
The school makes arrangements to ensure there is a smooth transition when your child transfers to his/her secondary school of choice. Please contact us for further details.
If your child has an EHC Plan, we will participate and/or facilitate its review in sufficient time prior to him/her moving between key phases of education. You will be kept informed of these arrangements and asked to attend the reviews.


Who can I contact if I have a complaint about the SEN provision made for my child?

 

Initially speak with the SENCo.  Hopefully they will be able to address your concerns.
You can then contact the Head teacher, who may direct you to the school’s Complaints Policy and procedure.


If I have any other questions about my child at Queen’s Park Primary school, who can I ask?

 

At Queen’s Park Primary School we are very happy to speak to you about any aspects of your child’s education. It is best to speak to one of the following in this order:

  • The class/form teacher
  • The phase leader for each key stage EYFS, KS1 and KS2
  • The SENCo
  • The Headteacher

 

Full information can be found on the Queen’s Park Primary Website.

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