Provision for Special Educational Needs
Some 30% of our pupils are on the special needs register, which is slightly higher than national average. Most children are on the early stages of the register, meaning that they have experienced some difficulties with keeping up and their problems have been identified and addressed. Very few pupils in our school have Health and Care Plans, but those that have one receive extra support inside and outside the classroom.
A number of pupils benefit from the Local Authority’s Learning Support Initiative. All children on the register have work matched to them in class, and some have an individual education plan (IEP) with achievable targets. These are reviewed at regular intervals. Some children may be placed on the register if they experience emotional and behavioural difficulties which affect their progress and that of other pupils. They too receive special care and attention, including an IEP.
A member of staff is designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). The teacher is responsible for coordinating information, progress review meetings with parents and help from specialist colleagues. The SENCO also has the responsibility of co-ordinating the work of teaching assistants (TAs). It is the responsibility of the class teacher to draw on such expertise.
Special education needs
Any complaints should first be raised with the SENCO, then if necessary with the Headteacher and, if unresolved, with the SEND Governors.
Managing parental complaints related to SEN (any of the following may apply):
- All SEN complaints must follow the school’s formal complaints procedure.
- The SEN governor is consulted.
- External advice may be sought.
- Key legislation regarding the matter is identified.
- Good levels of communication with the parents/carers are maintained throughout the process.
- Meetings with the parents/carers are arranged, perhaps involving a mediator such as parent support.
- Key issues are identified including where there is agreement.
- Discussions should take place with the SENCO.
- Reports provided by outside agencies should be considered.
Making a send complaint
Follow these steps in order. Move on to the next step if your complaint is not resolved.
- Talk to the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator, Mrs S Ahmed (SENCO)
- Follow the school’s complaints procedure
- Complain to the local authority
Complain to the Education Funding Agency instead of the local authority if both the following apply:
- the school is an academy or free school
- your complaint is not about an SEN statement or an EHC plan
The School SEND Information Report
All schools are required to publish information on how it will meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by the school’s policy, and the provision that the school is able to offer.
At Coleridge, we recognise that every child and their needs are different, we will do our best to ensure that every pupil, including those with SEND get the right type of support. We believe passionately in the limitless potential of all our pupils and we strive to ensure that every pupil, whatever his/her need, is successful in achieving their own personal goals. Below you can find our 2019/20 SEND information report.
SEND school offer
SEND Training resources
SEND Pupil and parents involvement
Parent’s concern form: Parents Complaints and concerns Form