SEN Report

SEN Information Report  2015/2016

These pages set out information about our provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
They are updated annually.
 
About our school
Northfield School provides for children and young people with a wide range of special educational needs including those with:
  •  Communication and interaction needs;
-this includes children who have speech language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
  •  Cognition and Learning needs;
-this includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  •  Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
-this includes children who have ADHD
  •  Sensory and/or Physical needs;
-this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning
 
We are a LEA special school catering for up to 60 children who have all have statements/EHCPs for primarily BESD,
our Yr 6, Yr 9 and Yr 11 students have received EHCPs since the changes from BESD to ESMH.


Our special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) is: Karen Thomas
She can be contacted on: (01865) 771703
Our governor with responsibility for SEN is: Mary Whitlock
Our SEN policy can be found via the  School Website (Policies)
Our Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan can be found here: Through contacting the school and requesting a copy.
 
How do we identify and give extra help to children and young people with SEN?
The school uses Oxfordshire County Council’s guidance ‘Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in
Oxfordshire schools and settings’.
The guidance sets out:
  •  How we identify if a child or young person has a special educational need.
  •  How we assess children and plan for their special educational needs, and how we adapt our teaching.
  •  Ways in which we can adapt our school environment to meet each child’s needs
  •  How we review progress and agree outcomes and involve you and your child in this.
 
Click here to read it:
 
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/childreneducationandfamilies/
educationandlearning/specialeducationalneeds/SEND/CompilationFoundationYearsandPrimary.pdf

 
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/childrenedu cationandfamilies/educationandlearning/specialeducationalneeds/SEND/Compilation SecondarySchoolsGuidance.pdf
 
How do we work with parents and children/young people?
We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a child or young person may have a special educational need.
We work closely with children and our young people and their parents to agree outcomes and how we will all work towards
these, and then to review progress. We do this: by termly meetings, in line with parent evening meetings, using home/school diary,
scheduled phone calls etc

There are also opportunities for parents and children to contribute to our policies on SEN and Equality. We do this by: parent governors,
exit survey from parents evenings, parent surveys on school vision, school council.

 
 
Adapting the curriculum
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children and young people. Details are published on the school website.
The way we adapt this for children with SEN and disabled children is set out in the School Accessibility Plan.
This can be found through contacting the school and requesting a copy.
 
We use intervention programmes including a be-spoke Reading, writing and spelling programme, incorporating FFT and Acceleread Acclerwrite
and Write Away to support the development of language and literacy skills across the school according to need..

We offer opportunities on specialist courses for young people from year 10 in association with county wide further Education colleges,
including Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.

 
What expertise can we offer?
Our SENCo holds the NASENCO qualification, and has specialist training in CBT.
All staff have basic awareness level training in phonics, Autism, speech and language difficulties and writing.
We have staff who have received enhanced training in the ‘Specialist Therapeutic Management of Violence and Aggression’.
Teaching assistants are trained to support the particular needs of the children they work with.

We also have access to a range of specialist support services including:

Educational Psychology
SENSS, who support children with communication and language, sensory needs and physical needs
Behaviour Support
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Oxfordshire School Inclusion Team
Therapy services
Early Intervention Service
Children’s Social Care

Information about these services and what they offer can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council SEN web pages:
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/special-educational-needs-sen
 
We always discuss the involvement of specialist SEN services with parents first.
We also work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.

How do we know if SEN provision is effective?

The progress of all children/young people is tracked throughout the school through the use of a variety of tracking systems
measuring the impact of interventions and Pupil Premium.
In addition for children/young people with SEN we regularly review progress towards agreed outcomes assessing
whether the support that’s been in place has made a difference and what we need to do next.
We evaluate this progress against age related expectations.
When we run special intervention programmes for groups of children we assess how successful they have been and
use that information to decide on how best to run them in the future.
Information about how the governing body evaluate the success of the education that is provided for pupils with
SEN is contained in the governors’ annual SEN report. You can read it on request from the school.

How are our children and young people helped to access activities outside of the classroom?

All children and young people are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and
in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010. We talk to parents and young people when planning trips
so that everyone is clear about what will happen.
There is information about activities and events for disabled children and those with SEN in Oxfordshire in the
Family Information Directory:
http://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/fsd/disabilities.page

Oxfordshire’s accessibility strategy can be read at: http://schools.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/schools/files/folders/folders/documents/SEN/guidance/Schools_Accessibility_Strategy.pdf
 
What do we do to support the wellbeing of children/young people?

All children have the opportunity to share their views through their school council representatives and through
conversations with their form tutors.
 
We listen to the views of children/young people by working closely with them in small class sizes.
We take bullying very seriously. We help to prevent bullying of children/young people by teaching a robust PSHE
programme and through the involvement of external agencies such as Hub workers and the School Police Liaison Officer.

Joining the school and moving on

We encourage all new children to visit the school before starting. For children/young people with SEN we look at the
provision that we provide and make suitable arrangements to cater for all needs where possible.
We begin to prepare young people for transition into the next stage of their education or training by mapping their journey
into college and work through the Talantinos programme and through effective use of pupils EHCPs.


Who to contact

If you are concerned about your child please contact the school SENCO or their SEN officer.
If you’d like to feedback, including compliments and complaints about SEN provision please contact the school SENCO or their SEN officer.
We aim to respond to any complaints within two days.
If you’d like impartial advice from Oxfordshire’s Parent Partnership Service contact
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/contact-parent-partnership
 
If you’d like to know more about opportunities for children and young people with SEN and their families, support groups or
information about SEN these are listed in the Family Information Directory:
http://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/fsd/disabilities.page
 
Oxfordshire’s Local Offer contains lots of information for parents. Click here to see it:
 
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/special-educational-needs-sen.

Our school has contributed to the county’s Local Offer through attendance at a training workshop and through trialling of
new guidance and systems
 
CONTACT US
Headteacher: Mr. Travis

Northfield School
Knights Road
Blackbird Leys
Oxford
OX4 6DQ
Tel: +44 (0)1865 771703
Email:office@northfieldschool.co.uk
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