SEN Report

SEN Information Report 2017

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:

• Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
-this includes children who have ADHD, ADD and ASC

• 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 and dyscalculia.
• Sensory and/or Physical needs;
-this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, dyspraxia or a physical disability that affects their learning

We are a LEA special school catering for up to 78 children who have all have EHCPs for primarily SEMH. 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 on our website.
Our Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan can be found on our website.

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:

Compilation Foundation Years and Primary

Compilation Secondary Schools Guidance

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 listening to parents and students via: parent governor feedback, school council and feedback from the schools website and Facebook page.

Adapting the curriculum
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all our children and young people. Details are published on the school website.

We use intervention programmes including a bespoke reading, writing and spelling programme, incorporating FFT and Acceleread Acclerewrite and Write Away to support the development of language and literacy skills across the school according to need. At Key Stage 3 and 4 we offer a range of alternative provisions which include specialised programmes and activities such as; BTEC, Functional Skills and Foundation courses, SATRO construction course, Forestry Skills, Hill End, Path Hills and Trax.
We also 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 and Trauma Awareness.
As a team our staff cover a range of specialisms which include; training in and knowledge of Therapeutic Management of Violence and Aggression (TMVA), phonics, ASC, ADHD, Trauma Awareness, social and emotional difficulties and language and communication difficulties.
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
• General Services Association (GSA)
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• Oxfordshire School Inclusion Team
• Locality Community Support Service (CSS)
• Children’s Social Care
• Young Carers
• Bereavement councillors
• School Police Liaison Officer

Information about these services and what they offer can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council SEN web pages:
Special Educational Needs
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?
For all of our students 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.

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.
When we feel it is appropriate or if requested form tutors and staff members will work closely with students and families to help arrange and encourage students to attend local activities and clubs in their area. Our schools website and Facebook page also includes links to local clubs and activities for both children with SEN and without.
There is other information about activities and events for disabled children and those with SEN in Oxfordshire in the Family Information Directory: Disabilities Page

Oxfordshire’s accessibility strategy can be read at: Schools Accessibility Strategy

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 and discussions with all staff members and Governors within school. Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to attend their Educational and Health Care Plan annual review meeting where they are given the chance to discuss what is working well for them, what areas they may be struggling in and how we can help support them better.

At Northfield School we take bullying very seriously. We help to prevent bullying of children/young people by educating them around the effects of bullying. We deliver specific and robust anti-bullying units of work via our PSHE and ICT curriculums, tutor times, and through discussion points on our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development sessions. Where necessary we will incorporate the involvement of external agencies such as SAFE project workers and the School Police Liaison Officer. We will also offer restorative sessions / meetings between students and in some cases parents and families too which are facilitated by a trained member of staff.
Joining the school and moving on
We encourage all new students and parents to visit the school before starting and we will offer transition days in accordance with the students needs to help ease students into life at Northfield School. When students join our school we look at the provision that we provide and make suitable arrangements to cater for all needs where possible, this is in line with discussions and information provided from the students previous school, SEN Officer, and parents/carers.
In some cases, when ready, a student may wish to re-integrate back into a mainstream provision. If both parents and the school believe this is appropriate and in the best interest of the student then we will offer full support and a bespoke re-integration package to help ensure a successful transition can be made.
We begin to prepare young people for transition into the next stages of their education or training by mapping their journey into college or further education and work through the Talantinos programme and through effective use of students EHCPs.

Who to contact
If you are concerned about your child you can either contact your child’s tutor, the SENCo or the Assistant Headteacher.
If you’d like to feedback, including compliments and complaints about SEN provision you can contact the school via e-mail, telephone or via a meeting in school. We aim to respond to any complaints within three days but if the complaint has caused upset or distress or is viewed as a safeguarding concern then the school will act swiftly and decisively.

If you’d like impartial advice from Oxfordshire’s Parent Partnership Service 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: Disabilities Page
Oxfordshire’s Local Offer contains lots of information for parents. Click here to see it:
Special Educational Needs.

Our school has contributed to the county’s Local Offer through attendance at a training workshop and through trialling of new guidance and systems

Acting Headteacher: Mr. Powell

Northfield School
Knights Road
Blackbird Leys
Tel: +44 (0)1865 771703
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