SEND & Inclusion
SEND & Inclusion Policies:
|Policy||Date of most recent review||Date of next review|
|SEND Policy & Information Report||September 2021||September 2022|
|Children With Health Needs That Cannot Attend School Policy||September 2021||September 2022|
|Designated Teacher For Looked After Children Policy||September 2021||September 2022|
At Hazel Community Primary School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their abilities or needs.
We value the views and knowledge of parents and carers and will work in partnership with you to best meet the needs of your child.
Our aim is to create an atmosphere of inclusion, encouragement, respect and sensitivity.
We have a SEND policy which can be accessed here: Special Educational Needs (SEND) Policy 2020-21
Our Accessibility Plan can be found in the 'Policies' section on our website, here: Accessibility Plan 2020-21
Our SENDCo is Mrs Rebecca Rhodes.
Mrs Rhodes is also the Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children.
Our SEND governor is Kerry Mannion.
We have a team of SEND Teaching Assistants that work as part of the Inclusion Team.
Our Headteacher is Mr Daniel Hansen.
If you would like to contact either the SENDCo or the SEND Governor, please phone the school office on 0116 233 8411 and we will happily organise a time to speak on the phone or meet in person.
The school email address for Rebecca Rhodes is firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Offer Leicester
The Children and Families Act (2014) requires local authorities to publish a local offer which clearly sets out, in one place, the information and services they expect to be available for children and young people in the area with special educational needs. Please take a look at the local offer provided by Leicester City Council:
If you need any support accessing this website or would like further information on this, please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Rhodes who will support you.
Parents and carers can also access advice and support from SENDIASS, a voluntary organisation for supporting parents/carers of children with SEND.
To access the information, click on the link below:
How will Hazel Community Primary School know if children need extra help?
At our school, teachers carefully monitor the progress and wellbeing of all children in their class. We always start with the child. We consider what they like, what they engage with and what they don't like. Teachers then interact, observe and assess children. They consider what the child can already do and what adjustments they made need to make for the child. In conjunction with the SENDCo and the child's families, they explore whether the needs can be met by the teacher / teaching assistants / SEND Teaching Assistants or whether extra support and advice would be useful from an outside agency (Speech and Language Therapy, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Educational Psychologist etc).
There are four very broad areas where a child may need extra help. They are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and / or physical needs
At Hazel Community Primary School, we teach children with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilties including:
- Speech and Language
- Moderate Learning Difficulties
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Sensory needs
- Physical Difficulties
Some children are supported during their lessons and some need support at other points in the day such as lunchtimes. Some children may be working below age expected levels in English and maths and extra support may be needed and some may have specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia. Children may also have low scores on standardized tests e.g. reading/spelling age. It is important to remember that slow progress and low attainment does not necessarily mean that a child has special educational needs, however, it may be an indicator of a range of learning difficulties or disabilities. Equally, it should not be assumed that attainment in line with age expected levels means that there is no learning difficulty or disability.
Teachers will complete an Initial Concerns Form if they have a child in their class that they are concerned about. The children and their parents / carers will be involved in discussions and their opinion will be valued. This form is then given to the SENDCo who will discuss the information on the form with the class teacher before agreeing the best next step (examples include observations by the SENDCo, tailored interventions, specific resources, careful differentiation, an Individual Health Care Plan, screenings, specific assessments or a referral to an outside agency).
The school SENDCo conducts regular learning walks across the school and participates in phase meetings with teachers to ensure children needing extra support are identified.
If a child arrives from another school, we contact the previous school for information that will support us to support the child. This might include information on interventions or additional support or reports from outside agencies that have given advice or targets.
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
Initially, the best point of contact is your child's class teacher. They will give you an overview of how they are in school in and out of the classroom. The class teacher is available at the end of each day if you want to speak to them or you can contact the school office to organise a specific time to speak.
Alternatively, you can speak to the school SENDCo, Rebecca Rhodes directly by contacting the school office on 0116 233 8411.
What will happen if my child is identified as having special educational needs?
If it has been decided that your child has additional needs, you will be informed and, with your agreement, they will be placed on the Special Educational Needs Register (SEND Register) under the category of SEND Support. They may receive extra support in class or a specific intervention to support them.This will all be explained to you and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. All children on the SEND Register will be given a Pupil Passport which outlines the child's likes, strengths, needs and next steps. This is a live document that children contribute to throughout the year.
Your child will receive three reviews each academic year where the Pupil Passport will be reviewed. This is in addition to those more informal opportunities to speak to the class teacher and SENDCo throughout the school week. The progress of all children on the SEND Register will be monitored carefully and it may be appropriate for the school to seek advice and support from outside agencies. If this is the case, you will always be involved in this discussion. A small number of children may go on to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) which is for significant, ongoing and complex needs. If a child has an EHC plan then they will also have an additional annual review and the plan can stay with them up to the age of 25 if it is deemed necessary. These children will also receive a review in Year 6 to discuss transition to an appropriate secondary school.
How will Hazel Community Primary School support my child?
At Hazel Community Primary School we comply with the local authority expectations of schools which outline the key ways pupils should be supported in class.
This year, we have put great emphasis on training staff to deliver high quality teaching which is the key factor in ensuring children make progress in their learning. Alongside this, your child will have specific targets that have been agreed by the class teacher and the SENDCo. The teacher, teaching assistants, SEND teaching assistants or SENDCo will support your child to meet these targets. This might be through high quality interventions that are closely monitored, pre-teaching, tailored resources or access to outside agencies. All targets and methods to meet these targets will be shared with you. We will work closely with you to ensure that you know how you can support your child at home.
Our SEND Governor is an experienced school leader with a passion for supporting children with SEND and regular opportunities to be a 'critical friend' are planned throughout the year to ensure staff are supporting your child the best way we can.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Different interventions and approaches are used to address specific areas and we look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child and which interventions to use. The school has a clear system in place for accessing additional funding.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All teachers are teachers of children with SEND. Your child's class teacher will take responsibilty for the progress and development of your child. Teachers will make reasonable adjustments to the curriculum to meet individual need. Our curriculum has been carefully designed and teachers are trained to differentiate lessons to meet the needs of the children in their class.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing?
Teachers make on-going assessments for all children lesson by lesson and also over a series of lessons. This information informs planning and ensures that lessons are delivered to a high standard. Children receiving specific interventions will have their progress tracked throughout the time they are receiving the support to ensure they are making progress.
Your child will work with the class teacher and / or SENDCo help to create a Pupil Passport. This will be a chance to celebrate successes, value their individual interests and talents and have clear next steps in place. This will be reviewed and updated three times per year. You are encouraged to speak to your child's class teacher about the progress of your child outside of this time and we will always offer support and guidance on how to support your child with meeting these targets at home. All children will receive an end of year report that will inform you of your child’s progress throughout the year. The school SENDCo will be available to discuss your child's progress at parents evenings but can also be contacted via the school office if you have any questions or queries.
How will Hazel Community Primary School help me to support my child’s learning?
Children on the SEND register will be given clear targets to work on that are manageable and achievable. At each review, advice will be given on how you can help your child achieve these targets. At any point during your child’s time at our school, you can talk to your child’s class teacher about what support you can give your child at home.
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
All children are supported and cared for by all adults within our school. We are lucky to have a large amount of teaching assistants that the children know and trust alongside the class teachers. Your child's class teacher spends time out on the playground throughout the week as does the school SENDCo. This allows staff additional opportunities outside of the classroom to support children's wellbeing. In addition, we have a Family Support Worker in school every day who supports children and their families. Shabana Vadiwala can be contacted by calling the school office. Our Attendance Officer works with families to support them to ensure attendance is the highest it can be to maximise learning opportunities. We are also lucky to have specialist sports coaches at our school who run activities every lunchtime for children to get involved in. This can be a welcome and relaxing break if children find aspects of learning in the classroom a challenge.
We offer a breakfast club and a fantastic range of after-school clubs for your child to enjoy. The after-school clubs change throughout the year and the views of the children are taken into account when deciding which ones to run. We actively encourage all children to access these clubs and will support your child to attend.
Schools have an important part to play in safeguarding all children. Hazel Community Primary School takes this very seriously. Safeguarding within the school includes a range of issues including health and safety, risk assessments, managing medicines, behaviour management, e-safety and lots more. The school follows full guidance on safe recruitment and selection of new staff and ensures that all staff and regular visitors to school have a full Criminal Records Bureau / Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check before coming into school. This information is held securely in accordance with data protection procedures. The school follows all Local Authority and Leicester Safeguarding Children’s Board guidelines for Child Protection. Where it appears that a child may be at risk of significant harm, there are highly skilled, qualified and competent staff working to protect our children.
A ‘cause for concern’ may be as a result of any of the following: physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, emotional abuse or sexual abuse. There may be times when sensitive and challenging conversations have to take place to clarify some concerns; these will be treated with the highest regard to confidentiality.
At Hazel Community Primary School we work closely with other agencies to ensure all children are safe. It is therefore very important that parents/carers keep the school informed of any changes at home e.g. incidents of domestic violence, accident/s at home which may have left marks which might worry us. The school may contact parents/carers if children arrive at school with unexplained marks on their body. The school will let parents/carers know if there is any accident at school which may have caused and injury to a child.
It is important to make sure the school has up to date contact details for you. Please let the office know if you change address or have new contact phone numbers as soon as the change happens.
We are able to administer medicines that have been prescribed to a child. Please fill in the appropriate form at the office if this is the case.
We also write Individual Health Care Plans to meet the health needs of children where appropriate (for example epilepsy or wheelchair use)
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
There are a variety of services and expertise that we can access:
- Educational Psychologist
- Complex Learning , Communication and Interaction Support Service (also Early Years Special Needs Teaching Service)
- Learning and Autism Support Team
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support Team
- Education Welfare Officer
- Visual / Hearing Support
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Medical – referrals to paediatricians
- School Nurse
- Social Care and Safeguarding
- Sure Start
- ADHD Solutions
What training have staff had in supporting children with special educational needs?
- Training to deliver specific interventions to small groups
- Mental Health
- Team Teach
- Speech, Language and Communication difficulties
- Pastoral support
- First Aid
When a child arrives with a need that staff have not been trained in we will always make sure that we access the right training in order to support the child’s need. Training is a high priority for staff at Hazel Community Primary School and we recognise the benefits of accessing training in appropriate areas depending on the needs of the child or member of staff.
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom including school trips?
We are proud of our inclusive school. Every child, regardless of special educational needs, has the opportunity to take part in activities outside of the classroom including sporting activities and trips. We will work with parents / carers to ensure that the needs of the child are met.
How accessible is the school environment?
The school is on two levels. All stairs are highlighted. There is a lift to access the second floor. We have a medical room which includes a shower and changing facilities and there are disabled toilets. We have an Accessibility Plan which we update annually Accessibility Plan 2020-21. This is where we seek to improve the accessibility of the building / grounds further each year. We actively welcome the views of the children and their parents/carers when developing this plan. Our Equal Opportunity Policy gives further details Equality Policy and Equality Information and Objectives.
What funding is available at Hazel Community Primary School for children with SEND? How is equipment and / or facilities to support pupils with SEND secured?
All schools are provided with an overall budget based on the children they have in the school. Some of this budget is spent on ensuring children have what they need to learn and succeed in school. In addition to this, mainstream schools are provided with money for Special Educational Needs. This is called a 'notional SEN budget'. At our school, we also have some children that are entitled to additional funding from the local authority. This is called Element 3 funding. This allows us to offer personalised support for certain children. There are children with Education Health Care (EHC) plans in our school and this funding is carefully and thoughtfully spent to support these children.
What are the Admission Arrangements for children with SEND?
No pupil will be refused admission to school on the basis of his or her special educational need. In line with the SEN and Disability Act 0-25 Sept 14, we will not discriminate against disabled children and we will take all reasonable steps to provide effective educational provision. The LA determines admission, having regard to parental preference and in consultation with our governing body.
How will Hazel Community Primary School prepare and support my child when they are new to the school?
All new children and families will be offered a tour of the school and opportunity to meet their class teacher. If your child has been on the Special Educational Needs Register at their previous school, links will be made to ensure a smooth transition and to request information on the support already in place.
How will Hazel Community Primary School prepare and support my child to transfer to the next stage of education?
All secondary schools have transition days where your child be offered the opportunity to spend time at their new school. Hazel Community Primary School liaises closely with the new school setting to ensure they are aware of any individual’s needs and all records are passed on to the new school. If a child transfers to a new school mid-year, all records are passed on and contact is made with the next school over the phone to ensure a smooth transition for the children.
What steps are taken to prevent pupils with SEND from being treated less favourably than others?
All children in our school with SEND engage in school life alongside children who do not have SEND. They are taught by their class teacher and are a valued member of their class. Specific interventions or tailored support personalise the learning of some children with SEND to ensure they can move forward in their learning but this is overseen by the class teacher and the SENDCo. Whenever we make decisions, we carefully consider the SEND Code of Practice: 0 - 25 years. We have a duty to ensure that children are not discrimated against. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all chidlren with SEND are not at a disadvantage compared with their peers. We ensure that parents and carers are involved in deciding whether a child or young person should be placed on the SEND register and that they are notified of a decision by the school that SEND provision is being made for their child. Children and young people with special educational needs have a unique knowledge of their own needs and their views are valued. We actively involve children in decision making processes and they contribute to the assessment of their needs, reviews and transition processes.
We regularly review and evaluate the breadth and impact of the support we offer, or can access, and we promote training for individual staff members or whole staff to ensure that we can follow updated recommendations for children in our care.
What should I do if I have a complaint?
We are keen to work with you to discuss any concerns or complaints. We are available to speak to at the end of each day and should, if possible, be raised initially with your child's class teacher in the first instance. Most problems can be resolved in this way. If needed, parents/carers may raise concerns to the SENDCo (Mrs Rhodes), followed by the Headteacher (Mr Hansen). Parents/carers may also contact the governors and if still dissatisfied may take their concerns to the Local Authority.
How are parents involved in Hazel and how can I be involved?
We value the views and knowledge of the parents / carers of the children at our school and are keen to work in partnership with you. You will see from the school calendar that we are actively seeking opportunities to invite parents in to see the school in action this year now COVID-19 restrictions are easing. This year sees the launch of a series of coffee mornings for parents/carers with children at the school and we hope to see you there. The aim is to allow parents to build support networks whilst also being able to listen to and answer questions about your child. Over the course of the year, we will be sending out a survey to parents and carers to find out what you think we are doing well and what you would like to see us improve for your child.
Updated September 2021