SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
Welcome to SEND at Ravenscote
Many children, at some time in their school career will have additional needs of some kind, whether in terms of learning, communication and interaction, physical and sensory, or social and emotional needs.
A few children will need help and support for all of their time at school, whilst others will benefit from support for a shorter time. Most additional needs are met by differentiated provision within the classroom. Additional, and more personalised provision, is made through a variety of interventions, using tried and tested resources and activities.
Our Provision Map details the types of support that are offered at Ravenscote. Underpinning all decisions about support is the wish that children leaving us in year 6 are as self-reliant and independent as possible.
FAQs about SEND
How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
We have rigorous monitoring in place that tracks the progress our learners make in all areas of the curriculum. Our staff are vigilant at supporting and raising any concerns. We use data and other forms of assessment to identify additional needs and work hard to support these children.
Parents/carers are encouraged to speak to the class teacher about any concerns they may have. We have in-house specialist expertise in a number of areas of special educational needs and this is recorded on our provision map.
How will school staff support my child?
Our governors play an active role in monitoring the quality of our special educational needs provision as does the Head Teacher, senior leadership team and Inclusion Assistant Head Teacher. All interventions we put in place are research informed and evidence based and are measured to monitor their impact against expected rates of progress. When we feel something isn’t working, we respond by making alternative arrangements. All additional support programmes are overseen by the Inclusion AHT and all our teachers take responsibility for supporting all children within their class, regardless of ability.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?
Differentiation is embedded in our curriculum and daily teaching practice. This may take the form of different work being set or additional resources being provided. Regular pupil progress meetings are held between the year leader/class teacher to monitor individual children and plan next steps of development. The Inclusion AHT and class teachers meet each term to monitor progress of specific children. All our teachers are clear about expectations of whole school (i.e. universal) provision and their lessons and books are monitored regularly by the senior leadership team.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child's learning?
We regularly share progress feedback with our children and their parents/carers. Teachers meet with parents and carers at least termly and more frequently when there is a cause for concern. At these meetings we clearly share what can be done by families to support their children with their learning. Regular updates are made to the curriculum and shared via our school website. We believe in supporting the development of parenting skills and as such, work in collaboration with other agencies and signpost parents where possible, via our newsletter.
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?
Every child has an adult who they can talk to should the need arise. Staff are regularly reminded of our policies (inc; medical policy, inclusion policy, intimate care policy and safeguarding policy) and these are updated in a timely fashion. Children are able to work collaboratively through the school council and raise issues that concern them. Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and in some cases all staff receive training. We regularly monitor attendance and take necessary actions to prevent prolonged absence.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or are accessed by the school?
Our staff receive regular training and all our teachers hold qualified teacher status. We have a number of established relationships with professionals in health, education and social care and these are recorded on our provision map. All external partners we work with are vetted in terms of safeguarding and we monitor their impact with interventions that may take place.
What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?
Our Inclusion AHT is a qualified and experienced teacher with over eight years experience. We regularly invest time and money in training our staff to improve universal provision delivery and to enhance skills and knowledge of children with additional needs through additional/enhanced interventions. Our teaching staff are regularly updated on SEN matters. Our LSA support team meet regularly with the Inclusion AHT to update skills and share good practice. Where necessary, training is offered throughout the school year. We make good use of services offered by Outreach teams and other local organisations. Teachers are encouraged to ask for support as and when they feel it is needed. The Inclusion AHT is currently undertaking the National Award for SEN co-ordination.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
How accessible is the school environment?
Our accessibility policy is robust and we are fully aware of our obligations to support adults and children with disabilities. We value and respect diversity in our school and do our very best to meet the needs of all of our learners. We are vigilant in making reasonable adjustments where possible.
We have two toilets for the disabled, and ramped access to years 4, 5 and one classroom in year 6. The playground can be accessed via a slope.
How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school and transfer to a new school?
We have a robust induction programme in place for welcoming new children into our school. We liaise fully with our feeder schools and follow on secondary schools. Where possible, if necessary, additional visits are arranged for vulnerable pupils.
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Our finances are monitored efficiently and we make full use of resources to support all pupils. We seek to ensure value for money and are thorough in evaluating all interventions.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Quality first inclusive practice (universal) is clearly demonstrated in our school and there are expectations that all staff will deliver this. Regular testing and teacher assessments, (along with additional testing if appropriate), form the backbone of decisions made. Should additional support be required, this is undertaken after consultation with the relevant staff, child and parent/carer. Intervention programmes may be used, these include small group work, additional resources or 1:1 work. Support may be felt appropriate for academic progress and also to strengthen social skills. All interventions are monitored for impact, and outcomes are clearly defined at the start of the intervention. The Inclusion AHT oversees all additional support and regularly shares updates with the governing body.
Who can I contact for further information?
In the first instance parents and carers are encouraged to speak to the class teacher. Depending on the support being required, they may contact the school office where they will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff.
Appointments to speak with our Inclusion Assistant Headteacher Miss Porta-Rios can be made through the school office.
Click here for intervention details.
Please click here to see our latest SEND Policy.