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Special Educational Needs & Disibilities

All schools need to provide a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Information Report. Our SEND policy is part of the requirement for all schools to outline the support available to children with SEND. You should be able to find all the information you need in this report.

We have put the information together as answers to questions parents/carers often ask about a school and what happens for children with SEND. If there is a question you would like answered that isn’t included below or you would like additional information, please talk to us about it.

 

Will my child go to our local school?

To support you in making a decision about whether you would like your child to attend Crampton, we want you to know our vision for children with SEND.

 

SEND Mission

Crampton School is proud to be a fully inclusive school.  We all learn through working with children with a variety of needs, and know that inclusion of children with Special Education Need and Disabilities in mainstream school is possible and can be successful.  We believe that inclusion of children with SEND benefits all our children both in school and into adult life.

 

Whole School / Setting Approach

Information on policies, people and statutory guidance

  • Crampton is an inclusive school.
  • We train our staff to support individual children, to identify their learning style and to work towards independence.
  • Crampton works closely with the LEA support network taking advice from colleagues who are specialists in working with children with different needs, we aim to achieve joined up working with them and to learn from their good practice.
  • Crampton has experience of working with Visually Impaired children through the teaching of Braille supported by the VI specialist teaching team. The school is able to provide a safe VI friendly environment, which is also stimulating and challenging.
  • We provide support to parents of children who are identified as being on the Autism Related Disorders having high expectations of what their children are able to achieve.
  • Crampton is partly wheelchair accessible.  Wheelchair using children are able to be fully included in all aspects of school life - with advice from the child’s medical professionals.
  • We believe that inclusion in PE and sport should carry the same importance to all children and teachers.
  • School has experience of working with the Downs Syndrome Association to support children as they grow through the school.
  • Crampton SEND department works closely with parents, we understand that you know your child best, we also understand that we need to work together to provide the best opportunities and outcomes for all our children.

 

We provide for all kinds of needs at Crampton, usually grouped into 4 categories:

  • communication and interaction
  • cognition (thinking) and learning
  • physical and sensory
  • social, emotional and mental health needs.

 

Everyone at school is involved in making sure your child is supported and achieves their full potential.

Your child’s class teacher is responsible for:

  • the teaching, learning and planning for all children in the class
  • planning for the SEND teaching assistants and directing them
  • liaising with the SEND Co and reviewing progress
  • ensuring that all children achieve to the best of their ability

 

Miss Kennedy, Head Teacher, has overall responsibility for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.  While your child’s class teacher and the SEND-Co do this on a day-to-day basis, the Head teacher is still an important link for you in school – especially if you have a concern or issue you would like to put forward. Miss Kennedy also ensures that the governing body is kept up-to-date about SEND in the school, and works closely with our SEND Governors (Ruth Collard / Linda Austin).

 

Mrs Frankenburg is the schools Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Inclusion (SENDCo)  lfrankenburg@crampton.southwark.sch.uk   0207 735 2219

 

The SEND-Co

  • coordinates the support for children in the school
  • liaises with and makes referrals to outside agencies
  • refers to and works with the educational psychologist (EPS)
  • supports teachers in planning for children with SEND
  • holds regular reviews including an Annual Review of children’s EHCP
  • makes applications for statutory assessment EHC Plans
  • works closely with other professionals to support children

 

Our Evelina NHS Speech and Language Therapist Alice Guyatt works in school one day a week. Children in reception class are screened to assess baseline language development.

Emotional Literacy Support is delivered by Louise Vanstone who works alongside the SENCO and SLT.  Crampton has adopted the Zones of Regulation framework to support children I managing their emotions.

We have a qualified Specialist Teacher to support identified children as having Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).  Mrs Sue Forsyth is trained to work with these identified children delivering 1:1 teaching using a multi-sensory approach, and also provides these children with support in class.  We encourage these children to develop their ICT skills such as touch typing.

 

Children who may be delayed in developing reading skills are offered specialist teacher support to ‘close the gap’ becoming independent readers, who understand what they read. Mrs Leah Henderson delivers our Reading Recovery Programme an evidence based approach to the teaching of reading. Should children not make expected progress at the end of the programme SEND-Co may become involved to understand potential underlying difficulty

 

Wider World of School: Approaches to extra-curricular activities and pastoral care

 

How accessible is this school for my child?

  • Our school is a two storey, purpose-built one form entry school – this means we have one class in each year group.
  • We have wide corridors inside the building to be as accessible as possible for wheel-chair users
  • Key Stage 1 area is wheel-chair accessible, we do not have a lift.
  • We have 1 accessible toilet
  • We ensure that equipment and adaptations are put in place to support each child’s individual needs as they arise and liaise with OT and Physio as needed
  • We refer to CENMAC for specialist advice on ICT as needed
  • The school Governors regularly review our accessibility policy to ensure that access arrangements are adapted according to need

(CENMAC helps pupils using assistive technology to access the curriculum or to communicate. This would be indicated in the provision section of the child’s EHC Plan)

 

How will my child be welcomed into the school?

We recognise that transition – both starting our school and leaving Crampton to other schools – can be both an exciting and worrying time for children and their parents.

 

To help children feel welcome SEND-Co will:

  • Visit/ contact pre reception children in their Nursery or other setting
  • set up a transition plan with pre - visits to school
  • be part of the home visit team

 

If you would like to find out more about admissions to Crampton, please click here

 

How will my child be supported to be part of the school?

  • Children with SEND are supported through high quality teaching, excellent play opportunities; supportive and empathetic staff who will listen to you and your child
  • Class teachers are responsible for the planning for all the children in their class, and in liaison with the SENCo
  • Some children find the social and emotional aspects of school life difficult, we would want to provide support early on in their school life, we know that early intervention greatly improves outcomes for children
  • Children who need support with social and emotional aspects of school life are supported through Emotional Literacy support.  This support is also offered to parents to support their child.

 

How is behaviour managed?

  • Kindness, fairness and mutual respect underpins our whole school ethos. 
  • Children know the school ‘standards’ and are regularly reminded of their importance.
  • Children behave well, good behaviour is an expectation for all children, in line with our behaviour policy. 
  • Structured intervention is given to children who may need more support, we would always involve parents to work with us.
  • Children need to know that school and parents are working together to be happy in school.  'Happy Children Learn'.

 

What support do we offer you as a parent/carer of a child with SEND?

Engagement with parents and carers is very important to us; we make use of a variety of strategies to do this:

  • Miss Kennedy offers an ‘open door policy’ and is always willing to meet with parents
  • Your child’s class teacher is available to discuss concerns and ways forward by appointment, to ensure quality time.
  • SEND-Co keeps in touch with the parents of children with SEND
  • SEND-Co communicates with parents regarding reviews and appointments made for their child in school

 

What extra-curricular activities can my child participate in?

All extra-curricular opportunities are available to all children.

 

We offer the following on site after school clubs:

  • Boys dance
  • Girls dance
  • Girls football
  • Choir

 

All School visits and trips are for all children, necessary risk assessments are carried out and if alternative travel arrangements can be made for children with SEND.

 

After-school club:

Based at Keyworth School (3:15pm – 6.00pm), children are collected from Crampton and chaperoned between sites.

 

Breakfast club:

From 8am for working parents of children from Reception – Year 6

Parents are reminded that for young children an extended day is very tiring.

 

Children with SEND are supported according to need at less structured times of the school day, such as  play and lunchtimes, however our aim is for all children and especially those with SEND to develop friendships, independence and self-confidence in our safe school environment.

 

Approaches to Teaching and Learning

 

How will teaching be adapted to meet the needs of my child?

All teachers adapt their teaching for every child – we aim to give each child the most personalised learning experience possible.

  • class teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met
  • specially trained support staff can adapt the teachers planning to support the needs of your child where needed
  • specific resources and strategies are used to support your child individually and in groups
  • planning for learning is adapted on a daily basis, based on your child’s responses to the previous teaching, what needs to happen next and with advice from outside agencies as needed

 

How will I know how my child is doing?

You will always be well informed about your child’s progress in learning and development, you will have regular opportunities to discuss your child with those who know them best.  Review meetings are held termly at parent meetings.

 

What skills do staff have to meet the needs of my child?

Crampton is committed to ensuring that your child is educated by high quality, professional staff that have the key skills and abilities to meet their needs.  For example through training and support both in school and from outside agencies when needed.

Teachers are trained to work with all children in their class; support is given to them to address the learning needs of children with SEND from the SEND-Co and other professional colleagues.

 

 

Information about early identification, assessment and intervention

 

What happens if I am worried about my child?

If you are worried about your child’s progress, you must always speak to the class teacher. We can then work together to identify the specific concerns you have, talk about what we have observed in school and what we can do next.

 

How do you identify children who may have special needs?

We use a range of strategies to identify children who have SEND:

  • talking to the child
  • observation of the child in school
  • talking to parents
  • target setting and monitoring progress
  • seeking advice from our Educational Psychologist and other professionals
  • consider referral to Southwark’s Child Development Centre Sunshine House

 

(Sunshine House is where some National Health Service professionals for children are based for instance the paediatrician’s and also other support agencies like the hearing and visual impairment teams)

 

How will my child manage tests and exams?

In England, schools are responsible for checking whether a child is working at the level of a test (e.g. Key Stage 1&2 SAT’s). The Head Teacher will take the decision not to enter a child who is not working at the expected standard and who has:

  • a physical or sensory disability (e.g. a visual / hearing impairment)
  • spent lots of time in hospital towards the end of the Key Stage

 

Children who have been identified as shaving a specific learning difficulty which could qualify for additional time in tests

 

Specific arrangements can be put in place to enable children to access the tests.

These are based primarily on typical classroom practice for children with particular needs e.g. if your child uses enlarged print every day in class, or records their ideas using ICT.

 

Detailed information about each access arrangement and how it can be used is available on the DFE’s website at www.education.gov.uk/ks2

 

SEN Support including students with EHS Plans

 

What happens if my child does have some difficulty?

The best way forward for all children is for them to have excellent classroom teaching - Quality First Teaching that builds on their strengths and interests.

 

For your child this would mean that:

  • the class teacher takes responsibility for the planning for your child
  • the class teacher works directly with all children during the school week
  • you are involved in the target setting for your child and review with SEND-Co

 

Your child may also benefit from specific group work with a smaller group of children.

 

These kinds of groups, often called’ interventions’ may:

  • be run in the classroom or outside
  • be run by a teacher or teaching assistant who has had training and is supervised to run these groups
  • include clear assessment before and after to measure progress
  • have specific targets or goals set for the children involved so they know what they need to do next and when they have achieved this.

 

This type of support is available for any child who has specific gaps in their understanding of a subject or area of learning. We also sometimes provide specialist groups or individual support as advised by external professionals, if children would benefit from this approach.

 

For your child this would mean:

  • your child will have been identified by the class teacher (or you will have raised your worries) as needing more specialist input in addition to Quality First Teaching or in place of intervention groups
  • you will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward – for this we use an approach called Team Around the Child or Team Around the Family

 

You may be asked to give Consent for involvement from an outside agency e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist.

This will help the school to understand your child’s particular LEARNING needs better to plan the learning support for the child in school, and make recommendations.

 

Specialist recommendations may include:

  • making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g. some individualised support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
  • support to set better targets which include the area of their specific expertise
  • a group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g. a social skills / language group
  • group or individual work with an outside professional

 

This type of support is for children who have specific barriers to learning which cannot only be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.

 

Information on the schools graduated approach - Assess, Plan, Do, Review

 

How will you find out more about what my child needs?

We work with you and your child; we consider any professional reports; carry out assessments and look at the results. From this we can find out what children already know, how they learn best and what to plan for them to learn next. The teaching will be engaging and interesting to stimulate your child’s participation and engagement. Through observing their responses to teaching – both what is taught and how it is taught – we find out more and more about what they need and how best to provide it.

 

What will you do once you know what my child finds difficult?

Once we have assessed what it is they are finding difficult and why, we plan together a range of strategies and approaches to address any gaps. We then implement the plan and monitor it, reviewing at the end whether it is has made a difference. Usually, this approach is enough to support most children in making adequate progress; it is only when we are not making the difference we would expect that we may ask you for permission to bring in another expert to work with us in meeting your child’s needs.

 

What extra support can be brought in to help the school meet the needs of my child?

There are a range of services that we draw upon via our colleagues at Sunshine House, Social Communication Clinic, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists.

 

Who makes sure everything is happening?

Parents, the SENCO and the class teacher working together are critical to ensuring everything is happening. Every class teacher teaches all of the children in their class, including the children with SEND and they are responsible for your child’s progress. If we need to involve external professionals, we may need you to take your child to appointments, share information with the practitioners concerned and let us know what they have told you. We also need you to keep your child motivated and engaged in their learning.

 

If your child requires specialist assessment and intervention, this is discussed at termly progress meetings with the SENDCO who makes sure that the external agencies are working together as they should be and makes requests for additional resources if they are needed.

 

How will I know if the provision is making a difference for my child?

You should notice positive changes in whatever areas of need had been identified, which is why our initial identification and assessment is so important. It may be improvement in attainment - showing more confidence as a reader and writer, in understanding number and transferring these skills into everyday life.  Through listening to what your child has to say, as well as in their behaviour at home, we will know whether the provision we’re making is working.

 

What if my child’s progress is not as much as I’d hoped?

It can be difficult, especially at the beginning of working together; to know exactly how much progress a child is going to make with extra support. It is important to have high expectations for them, and also to be reasonable and realistic in what we all think can be achieved each term or year.

 

What we do if an intervention isn’t working as we might have hoped depends on the reason for lack of expected progress. If the extra support isn’t working, it may be that we haven’t given it enough time, or it wasn’t the right intervention for your child or that we uncover another barrier to learning while we were providing the support.  

 

The most important thing if you are worried is communication – talk to your child’s teacher or the SENCO. We have to ensure that everyone has a shared understanding of what is happening – do we all have the common goals and timeframes? Have we shared these with each other? Do we share high and realistic expectations for your child? Working together we will come up with a plan for what to do next, and hopefully that revised plan will lead to success for your child!

 

What happens if I am still worried or disagree?

If you cannot reach agreement with the class teacher and the SENDCO, you can arrange to meet Miss Kennedy and discuss with her your concerns and what could happen next. You can also seek advice from the Information Advice and Support team in the local authority, or through Contact a Family.

 

Education Health and Care Assessments and Plans

 

What if I think my child needs more help than the school can provide?

If you think that your child needs more help than the school can provide, there is the option of asking the local authority for an assessment to decide whether an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan is needed. These plans used to be called Statements of SEN. Having an EHC Plan means your child needs a very significant amount of individualised support that cannot be provided from the budget available to the school. It also usually means their needs are very severe, complex and likely to have a lifelong impact on their learning and development.

 

For your child this would mean:

  • The school (or you) can request that the local authority carry out an assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which would set out the amount of support that will be provided for your child if they had an EHC Plan
  • After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs are complex enough to need an assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child needs this assessment, they will ask the school to continue with school-based support
  • After the reports have all been sent in, the local authority will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong. If this is the case they will write an EHC Plan. If not, they will ask the school to continue with school-based support and also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to ensure your child makes as much progress as possible.
  • Sometimes children with EHC Plans will work with a TA (teacher’s assistant) or LSA (Learning Support Assistant) who receive the training they need to work well with your child; planning and guidance is still managed by the child’s class teacher.
  • It is important that parents always ask the class teacher and/or SENCO if they have worries or want to discuss progress.

 

What if I disagree with some aspect of the plan, or I disagree with the LEA in conducting an assessment?

The best thing for you to do is to talk to the local authority about why they have made the decision they have. The Information Advice and Support Team are also available to help you, and there are routes you can go down if you remain dissatisfied – please see the relevant local authority’s procedures for this.

 

Arrangements for supporting transitions for pupils with significant SEND

 

How will the school help my child to manage the transitions into the school, into a new class or on to a different school / adulthood?

Transition meetings take place in the Summer term, the receiving teacher will meet with the SEND-Co and current teacher to hand over the planning and talk about children’s progress and ways forward.

Secondary transfer transition planning happens at the final SEND review of the Summer term where the SEND-Co of the receiving school will attend the review and meet your child and you too.

SEND-Co will ensure that all documentation is transferred before the first term of secondary transfer so that all the support systems are in place when they start at their new school. Transition plans can be put in to place in the term before a child transfers to a new setting.

 

Information about funding and resources

 

How will the school fund the support needed for my child?

 

Following Statutory Assessment children whose needs meet the criteria for an EHC plan will have funding allocated Banded according to the provision outlined in the plan.

All of the evidence and research suggests that one of the most effective ways of using funding for SEND is to improve the quality of teaching.

We use the funding we have in a variety of ways:

  • Training for teachers and support staff
  • Specialist teachers
  • High ratio of adults to children
  • Evelina Hospital Guys St Thomas’ NHS Trust Speech and Language Therapist
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Specialist equipment and resources

 

How are decisions made about funding and what can I do if I’m unhappy with this?

The Head Teacher and the SEND-Co discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:

  • children currently getting extra support
  • children needing extra support
  • children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected
  • communicating with parents that their child is not making expected progress and registering a child as needing extra support

 

Decisions are taken on what resources/training and support is needed. This happens after each progress meeting and parent-teacher meeting (termly) so that all of the information about children’s progress and achievement is used to make decisions about funding.

All resources, training and support are also reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.

 

Information on where to find further support

 

Where can I or my child get further help, information and support?

Children with SEND should be identified in their pre-school early years setting if an application for an EHCP needs to be considered.

  • Firstly contact the SEND-Co in school who  will liaise with the Head Teacher
  • Visit the local drop-in service for parents and carers for children with SEND at Sunshine House Child Development Centre (Friday mornings)

 

Where can I find out about what is available locally for me, my family or my child?

  • Each local authority is producing their own local offer, depending on which borough you live in you will be able to find out more information by clicking here for Southwark and here for Lambeth

 

You can also contact the Information, Advice and Support Team in your authority here, the Family Information Service here and the national charity Contact a Family here.

 

 

Complaints procedures

 

How do I complain if I am not happy with what is happening for my child?

Your first point of contact should be with the Head Teacher who will advise you on the process. The complaints policy is available on the school website and by request from the school office in hard copy.                                              

 

 

 

 

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