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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

This section of the website provides further details about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), key contacts and the schools policies for supporting students.

How will I be involved in discussions about planning for my child’s education?

You can meet Mrs Smith, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator  by arranging an appointment, prior to your child’s admission to the school and at any time during the year.  You will be invited to an Annual Review if your child has an Education and Health Care Plan. In addition there is a Parents’ Evening where you will have the opportunity to discuss progress and targets for improvement with all of your child's teachers.

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan, medical practitioners, involved in your child’s care, may also be asked to attend.

How will school staff support my child?

Information and liaison with feeder primary schools, and assessments undertaken on entry to this school, provide the foundation to plan support and monitor progress of students. From Easter, prior to entry at Year 7, pupils, and parents/carers are invited to several induction days where they can meet with the School Head teacher, Pastoral and SEND team. In addition your child may be invited to join us in Learning Support and The Base for an extra transition day so that we can get to know your child before they arrive in Year 7. Information regarding supporting your child at Childwall is shared with staff so that we can get to know your child before they arrive in Year 7.

Whole school provision is supported and monitored by:

  • Quality first teaching
  • Access to Learning Plans (Student's own viewpoints on how they learn)
  • Support Plans giving detailed strategies for teaching and learning
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires for behaviour and Social Emotional Health Screening (Parent/Pupil/Teacher versions available)
  • Pastoral Team
  • Boxall profiles
  • Annual Reviews for students with Education and Health Care Plans
  • Regular screening of reading ages and IDL Cloud literacy and numeracy interventions
  • Meetings which can be arranged by SENCO/Pastoral/parents as and when necessary
  • Student Services Officer

How will I be involved in discussions about planning for my child’s education?

We recognise that parents and carers know their children best. We aim to work together with an understanding that home and school contexts are very different. We welcome your viewpoint on how to support your child and we will communicate this to staff at your request.

  • Class Dojo parental messaging app and E mail
  • Parents Evenings to discuss progress or learning barriers
  • Meetings by arrangement

At Childwall we provide individualised pathways and advice and guidance to parents and carers at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

Your child will have a form tutor, who, in the first instance, you can relate any well-being concerns. The subject specific teacher can help with any questions related to learning and progress. Each year group has a pastoral manager who you can contact. Mrs Smith is also an experienced Nurture Group Network accredited Practitioner. We have Ms Hayes who is our SEND Admin Officer, 4 SEND Learning Support Assistants and Key stage 3/4/5 managers who are there to help with any concerns.

Other staff and/or policies will also be involved in supporting your child:-

  • Attendance Team
  • School Counsellor
  • School Care Plans if medical needs
  • Staff trained in First Aid Procedures
  • Medication – kept at office
  • School Community Liaison Officer
  • Lunch-time support groups for vulnerable pupils/those struggling with friendship groups
  • CAMHS
  • Liaison with outside agencies in support of parental and school concerns.
  • Continuous Support Centre to manage student reintegration programmes
  • SEND and Safeguarding School Governor

The school Head teacher, Mr. Kerfoot, has overall responsibility for the well-being of all pupils. He is at the head of the School Leadership Team. Mrs Parry has lead responsibility for attendance and is the Safeguarding Manager.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Physiotherapy Service
  • Sensory Service
  • Outreach from specialist schools       (i.e. Abbot’s Lea, Clifford Holroyde and Aigburth High)
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) pupil & parent 1:1 sessions and parental support groups
  • EWO (Education Welfare Officer)
  • Alder Hey
  • Connexions (Careers advice)
  • Fusion Service (Play and leisure provision within the community)
  • YPAS (young people’s advisory service)
  • School Family Support Service
  • Outreach ADHD foundation
  • SENNIS (Special Educational Needs In School Service)
  • NHS services (School Nurse)
  • EMTAS (Ethnic minority and traveller achievement service).
  • Advice and support from local authority educational and SEND advisory services.
  • Parent partnership
  • Community School Liaison Officer.
  • The Brook advisory service.

What training do staff supporting children and young people with SEND have?

  • ADHD training (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) training (Abbot’s Lea and the National Autistic Society)
  • Supporting Specific Learning Difficulties (SPLD)
  • Supporting Behaviour, Social and Emotional Difficulties
  • Nurture Group Network training
  • Medical
  • St John Ambulance (manual handling)
  • Evacuation training
  • Safeguarding training
  • First Aid training
  • PEPs (personal evacuation plans) for students with physical disability
  • Use of Common Assessment Form for monitoring multi-agency intervention.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

Full participation in the curriculum and in extra curricula activities is expected for all pupils where possible.  This is achieved through:

  • Risk assessments
  • Teaching Assistant support
  • Health and safety checks

How accessible is the school?

  • Fully wheelchair accessible – ramps
  • Lift
  • Evacuation chair
  • Medical room
  • Disabled toilets

How will the school support my child to join the school and how will the school support my child in transferring to the next stage of education?

The pastoral team can arrange individual or whole school visits and the SENCO is available to discuss any special educational needs required.

Decisions regarding support are made based on some of the above criteria. Types of support available include:

  • Targeted support in lessons
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Inclusion in nurture group where learning is understood developmentally
  • 1:1 literacy/numeracy intervention
  • Application to Outreach Services if and when necessary
  • Alternative or staged integrated timetable when necessary
  • Boxall profiles and strategies
  • SDQ

 

How are the schools resources allocated and matched to a child’s or young person’s special needs?

  • Decisions on how to allocate resources are made according to the needs of the pupil
  • The SENCO deploys support staff to ensure that pupils benefit from specific interventions
  • Budget decisions are made in conjunction with school governors at head teacher level.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child receives?

Pupil progress is tracked through four assessment points in each academic year. Assessment results are analysed and monitored. All pupils are screened for reading ages, and when appropriate can be screened for working memory and processing speed, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, Dyscalculia, SPLD, and Access arrangements for examinations.

Decisions regarding support are made based on some of the above criteria. Types of support available include:

  • Targeted support in lessons
  • Reduced class sizes
  • Inclusion in nurture group where learning is understood developmentally
  • 1:1 literacy/numeracy intervention
  • Application to Outreach Services if and when necessary
  • Alternative or staged integrated timetable when necessary
  • Boxall profiles and strategies
  • SDQ

How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?

  • Class Dojo
  • Elected parent governor
  • Voluntary work
  • Transition meetings
  • Parents Evening
  • Review meetings
  • Appointment with SENCO/Pastoral Team
  • School performances
  • School Ceremonial events( Record of student achievement)
  • Guided Choices Evenings
  • Sixth form Open Evening
  • Sporting Events throughout the year
  • Cultural celebration events
  • Open coffee morning/afternoon sessions
  • Open forum on school website

Pupil Premium SEN Analysis

As a school we monitor how pupil premium funding for SEN is spent in order best support our students. After our next data collection point, we will review the progress of our SEND and PP students. Please see the pupil premium plan for 2017-2018.

Our named Governor for SEND is Ms Kate Love.

Who can I contact for further information?

  • Contact: Mrs D. Smith SENCO        Ms D. Hayes SEND Admin
  • Email: dsmith@childwallssa.org       dhayes@childwallssa.org
  • Telephone: 0151 7221561 (6530)

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