With reference to Article 23 from the UN convention of the Rights of the Child: Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support, as well as all the rights in the Convention, so that they can live full and independent lives.
Hackney Local Authority have published a local offer which sets out information about provision they expect to be available for children and young people in their area who have SEND, including those who do not have EHC plans.
The two key purposes of the local offer are to:
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Gainsborough is a larger than average primary school situated in the heart of Hackney Wick that serves a diverse cohort of children aged 3-11. We are a co-operative learning community where all achievements are celebrated and valued, and where staff facilitate and engage learning through creativity, innovation, effective communication technologies and by harnessing students’ talents and interests. Our children will leave us as responsible citizens of the world and as lifelong learners and thinkers. We welcome and value all children equally no matter what their special need or disability and are committed to providing equal access and opportunity. It is our aim that any pupil with a special educational need has that need addressed as quickly as possible, so that pupils with SEND are enabled to maximise their attainment and progress.
Where there is concern about a child’s development that is affecting their progress in school, a teacher or parent can raise a cause for concern with the SENDCo or Inclusion Manager who will hold a parent meeting to explore the child’s needs in more detail. The child’s difficulties may be evidenced in their emotional, social or academic progress or in their ability to access mainstream educational provision and further assessment may need to be carried out to establish whether the child’s difficulties are significant.
We emphasise the importance of early identification of SEND and ongoing tracking of progress to ensure the most appropriate and effective provision for all children. The earlier action is taken, the more responsive the child is likely to be, and the more readily intervention can be made. Where children make progress against their targets, and it is felt no additional support is needed, we will notify you and remove them from the SEND record. If the child’s difficulties prove less responsive to provision made by the school, then an early start can be made in considering the additional support that may be needed from outside agencies.
Many children will have inter-related needs, though for the school records, a primary SEND will be identified. In line with the revised Code of Practice, this may be either:
The class teacher is the initial point of contact for responding to parental concerns. If you have further concerns please contact one of the following members of staff:
Inclusion Manager / SENDCo: Phoebe Elkins email@example.com
Family Liaison Officer: Charlotte Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Each pupil accessing SEND support has a SEND support plan drawn up by the class teacher and SENDCo. These plans are discussed and shared with the parent/carer.
The SEND support plan provides information about your child’s strengths and interests and areas of need and sets out targets that your child is working towards over the coming term with suggestions of strategies for support . Support may involve extra group support in the classroom, different resources, behaviour management strategies or interventions outside the classroom. Those with an Educational Health Care Plan will also have their targets held on a support plan. This is to enable children to easily access and understand their targets.
Gainsborough adopts a three tiered approach to supporting children with identified SEND.
This is the quality first teaching each child receives from their teacher. This approach may include minor adaptations within the classroom to match each learner’s needs.
Targeted support may be identified for those who need additional support beyond the classroom differentiation. This is approach is discussed and implemented alongside parent / carers, taking their views and the views of the child into account.
Through this approach the following SEND cycle is implemented: assess, plan, do and review.
Specific targets will be set around the area (s) of need and held in an SEND Support Plan.
It may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from specialist professionals outside the school in order to plan effectively for the need of your child.
Our SEND Pathway gives a more detailed breakdown of each step within these approaches.
Interventions outside the classroom generally involve more specific areas of development, such as vocabulary knowledge, early number concepts or social skills and are delivered by teachers in your child’s year group or members of support staff.
Every term, following a round of intervention, the Inclusion Manager meets with teachers and support staff individually to track the progress of children in their groups.
Support Agencies for parents/ carers
The school offers a wide variety of specialist support for pupils delivered by full time teaching staff and visiting specialists from Hackney Learning Trust, the NHS and local charities and organisations.
Every term, Raising Attainment Plans are developed by class teachers and the Inclusion Team to set out plans for additional learning intervention and to determine streamed groups for literacy and maths in years 1-6. When a pupil has been identified with learning difficulties their work will be differentiated by the class teacher to enable them to access the curriculum and make progress.
Members of support staff may be allocated to work with the pupil in a 1:1 or small focus group to target more specific areas. Appropriate specialist equipment may be given to the pupil e.g. writing slopes, concentration cushions or pen/pencil grips. Interventions are tailored according the needs of the children.
We have a variety of pastoral support available for children with emotional and social difficulties, including:
Where it is felt that children may benefit from further support, we may decide to refer to outside agencies.
Occasionally a pupil may need more expert support from outside of school. Where this is the case a referral will be made with your consent and forwarded to the most appropriate support agency. If appropriate a pupil will undergo a number of assessments and support is usually provided to the school and parents/carers. Agencies we have liaised with over the last year include:
If a pupil has a medical need then a Medical Care Plan is complied with support from the school nurse in consultation with parents/carers. These are discussed with all staff supporting the pupil.
Members of staff are trained in medical needs where necessary. Where necessary, and in agreement with parents or carers, medicines are administered in school with a signed medicine consent form is in place.
At the termly parent review meetings with your child’s class teacher, you will find out about your child’s progress against their targets and in core curriculum areas. You may also be contacted directly by the Inclusion Manager or SENDCO about additional SEND assessments, such as dyslexia screenings or reading age tests. If your child accesses support from outside agencies, you will be informed directly of any additional assessment information they have carried out.
A CPD program for teachers and support staff is developed in September in line with identified SEND needs across the school. This year, training has included:
We aim to include all children in school activities and out of school trips. In some cases we might ask that parents join us on trips if possible. Children who require additional adult support are invited to join after school clubs after prior discussion with the Inclusion Manager or SENDCo to ensure that appropriate support is in place.
Where there are transport needs, we are able to make referrals through Hackney Learning Trust to the transport service. In some instances, we may also be able to help by setting up parent networks or walking bus arrangements.
Your child’s class teacher will be able to suggest some activities for you to do at home to support your child with learning. In addition, we regularly organise weekly parent workshops and coffee mornings to discuss with you and share new ideas for support. Gainsborough also benefit from close links with our Children’s Centre on the same grounds, where regular adult language and literacy classes are held.
If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the class teacher, the Inclusion Manager / SENDCO.
The Department for Education (DfE) published a new special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice on 30 July 2014. It came into force from 1 September 2014, replacing the previous 2001 Code. The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to children and young people with a disability as well as those with special educational needs (SEND).
See below for relevant links.
Support Agencies for parents/ carers
The Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) is an arm’s length service providing impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and young people and children with SEND.
They provide information and advice on:
Telephone Helpline: 020 7275 6036
Helpline hours: 10 – 3pm (Monday – Thursday) and 10am – 1pm (Friday)
What to do if you have a complaint
We hope that every parent/carer is happy with what is in place for their child. If you have anything you are not sure about, or have a concern with, the first thing to do is always discuss this with your child’s class teacher. In most instances, issues are resolved at this stage. However, if you remain unhappy you can also speak to the SENDCo – Jaidz Majasi. If you are still unhappy at this stage please do follow the complaints procedure.