SEN (Special Education Needs) Local Offer
All pupils’ progress will be monitored through robust monitoring systems. This process will address the need for all pupils including Looked after Children, Gifted, Talented and children identified with a Special Educational Need.
Where pupils are not making expected progress, the SENCO and/or Senior leaders will work with the class teacher in identifying possible support strategies for the class teacher and teaching assistant to implement.
Screening tools such as Language for Learning, Speech Link, Language Link and Lucid Cops will be used to identify any language or memory difficulties and then a specific support programme can then be implemented to address an area of weakness. Further targeted support for literacy and maths will also be used depending on the need of the individual, with the aim of ensuring we close all achievement gaps and meet our KPI
Annual Data such as Raise online and KCC Local Authority data such as Making Figures Speak for Themselves (MFSFT) will be used to identify whole-school issues that have occurred over the previous year. This will enable the leadership team to identify relevant training or support that may be required to address a certain need. Assessment data will be collected three times a year and analyses will be used to identify current trends within the school and where weaknesses may be occurring and this will then become targeted action for the SENCO and leadership team. This will enable the school to identify individual pupils that are not making significant progress. These pupils can then be supported further by class teacher, TA or SENCO as appropriate.
The role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator:
Nick Budge, Head of School will also be the acting SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for the first year of Ramsgate Free School.
SENCO role will include:
- Ensuring the school meets all requirements for special educational needs and disabilities as set out through legislation;
- Monitor the progress of all pupils across the school identifying where pupils may be making less than expected progress and implement strategies to support this;
- Evaluate the impact of provision (including effective use of teaching assistants) and address any concerns that arise;
- Develop systems that ensure all pupils needs are met and that staff are accountable for the progress of pupils;
- Audit whole school systems such as use of language for learning and provision mapping so that impact can be measured and a cost analysis can be completed;
- Liaise with agencies when appropriate for further support with specific pupil needs or whole staff training either through LIFT or CAF process;
- Liaise with parents and develop parental involvement when supporting a child identified as requiring additional support or vulnerable;
- Be accountable to the governors and report to them three times a year;
- Line manages all support staff.
Kent Local Offer
Children and Families Bill 2013
The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.
The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.
It takes forward the reform programme set out in support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by:
- replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need;
- improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together; and
- requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child. Parents can find this information on the following the link at the bottom of this page.
What will it do?
The Kent framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. During the last year, the Local Offer Steering Group has developed questions for schools, and trailed them with a small number of settings.
There are 14 questions, devised in consultation with parents/carers and other agencies, which reflect their concerns and interests. These will be answered by agencies, schools and colleges to provide information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about how to best support their child’s needs.
Click this link to read the Kent Local Offer.