SEND Information Report

Ballifield Primary School

SEND Information Report 2016-17


1 What kinds of special education needs are provided for? Currently we provide for children with a diagnosis of Hearing impairment, Mobility problems, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Visual impairment, Mental Health, Learning difficulties, Physical disabilities, Emotional & Behavioural difficulties, Communication difficulties and Autism. We also have a number of children who are being assessed for additional needs but do not yet have a diagnosis.
2 How does the school identify children with special educational needs? Every learner has their progress closely monitored through regular pupil progress meetings and frequent consultation with parents. Through this we are able to identify additional needs that a child may have and can seek out specialist assessments using the outside agencies that support our school e.g. Speech and Language Therapy Service, Educational Psychology Service, Autism Team etc. as appropriate to the child. Concerns from parents are discussed and recorded and the child monitored further by the SENDCO following the graduated response approach. All parental concerns are acted upon.

In line with Sheffield guidelines all children on the special needs register are placed on the Sheffield Support Grid and any children at band 3 or above has a My Plan which is reviewed on a termly basis and can be used to apply for an EHCP.

Some children arrive at Ballifield Primary School with their SEN needs already identified from their previous setting.

The named SENDCO at Ballifield Primary School is Mrs Clare Roddis. She can be contacted on 0114 2697557

3 How many children in the school have special educational needs? SEN Support – There are currently 67 children with SEN Support status.

Statement* of SEN – There is currently 1 child with a Statement of SEN in school.

Education, Health Care Plan – There are currently 1 child with an EHCP


* – All statements will be changed to an Education, Health and Care Plan over the next 3 years.

4 What are the arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEN and involving them in their child’s education? All children with SEN have 3 reviews per year where we discuss with parents the progress their child has made against previous targets set and together set new targets. We strive to include parents view points and preferences when setting these targets.

We use Pupil Passports for all children on the SEND register, which include parent’s views on how they would like their child to be supported, as well as the things that are important to their child. All parents have additional parent’s consultation times through the year and are welcome in school at any time to discuss their child.

5 What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education? We use Pupil Passports throughout the school, including nursery which is shared with the children where appropriate. They know from this passport what each person is going to do to support them to meet their targets, and what their own role is.

Pupils’ views are collected in a review if this is appropriate.

6 What are the arrangements for assessing and reviewing children’s progress towards outcomes? We follow the graduated response (as detailed in the SEN policy 2015) where we assess, plan, do and review the programme for each individual child, increasing or decreasing the SEN support as determined by their progress.
7 How many children have met the exit criteria and no longer need this support? SEN is a very transient state; some children may need support for their entire time at Ballifield Primary School. Some may make good progress so that their attainments are in line with their peers and no longer require SEN support. We liaise with parents to decide whether SEN is to be continued.
8 What are the arrangements for supporting children in moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood? Learners that have been offered a place at our setting will be invited to attend on a few occasions before joining the setting.

For learners with SEND the SENDCO will endeavour to attend transitional reviews to gather as much information about the learner as possible and will pass this information to all relevant school staff to help prepare for the learner’s needs.

If appropriate, school staff will meet with outside agencies that are involved with the learner. Learners are prepared to move onto Secondary School following a clear transition programme, which can be amended to suit individuals and their SEND.

9 What is the approach to teaching children with SEN? We strive to be as inclusive as possible at Ballifield Primary School and treat each child as an individual, taking into account their specific needs. Class teachers ensure that they plan their lessons carefully with activities that children with SEND can access. Differentiation, where the learning is adapted to meet every learners needs, can be done in a variety of ways. This includes providing an increased level of adult support, different learning activities, access to specific resources etc. and this is usually highlighted on the class teacher’s planning. Some children with SEN receive learning through interventions and this can be ongoing or for a block of support.

Class teachers are responsible for writing the child’s pupil passport and set appropriate targets for the children in consultation with the parents.

10 What adaptations are made to the curriculum and learning environment of children with SEN? The SENDCO and class teacher, together with parents, plan the education programme for a learner with SEND following the advice and recommendations from any supporting outside agencies. These programmes are overseen by the Headteacher. The programmes are closely monitored and updated as necessary

The school ensures that all lessons are appropriately differentiated so that the curriculum meets the needs of all learners with SEND.

We endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to the school’s routine to support our learners with SEND.

We can provide a range of activities to learners with SEND in addition to those available through the curriculum, e.g. fine motor skills group, gross motor skills group or booster interventions in literacy and numeracy

11 How does school ensure that staff have the relevant training to support children with SEN? Ballifield Primary School ensures that all staff have access to a variety of training over each school year

The SENDCO and other members of the SLT plan this training around the changing needs of the children that we have in our school. We invite specialists into schools to support and train staff on an ongoing basis and utilise information from parents about how they would like their child to be supported.

12 How does the setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for learners with SEN and how often does it do this? Feedback is taken at review meetings from parents and learners.

The Senior Leadership Team and Governors monitor performance through sub-committees and reports to set targets for performance.

13 How do you ensure learners with SEND are included in non-classroom based activities? Activities that are fully accessible to learners with SEND are arranged in school so that every learner with SEND can be included.

Close consultation with parents when planning trips and activities is sought and school can assist learners with SEND to access trips and activities in a variety of ways, e.g. providing additional adult support when necessary.

Where necessary school will make physical adaptations to allow learners with SEND to be included.

14 What support is available for improving social and emotional development? All children in school work on Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) .School assemblies also cover a broad range of aspects within this curriculum. In addition to this, school raises awareness through themed activities such as anti-bullying week, road safety week and fund raising for various charities such as Roundabout and Children in Need. Where a child requires a higher level of support than this school will plan a programme of support written around an individual child’s needs.
15 How does the school involve other agencies in meeting children’s SEN and supporting their families? Each child’s needs are managed on an individual basis, with school involving other agencies as and when appropriate. School has excellent links with a wide range of professionals including the Multi Agency Support Team (MAST) who offer a wide range of support to families. We involve other agencies in agreement with parents and in line with the graduated response.