'Pupils show immense pride in their school and say we are one big happy family here!’
OFSTED January 2013
Contact details and information
SEN Coordinator: Mrs S Cookson
Contact email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01772 612487
SEN Governor: Mrs Diane Tomlinson
Special Educational Needs
Howick C.E Primary is an inclusive school, which offers broad and balanced learning opportunities for all our pupils in line with the new National Curriculum. Some children have a special educational need, which means special provision is made to accommodate their needs. This may be because of a learning difficulty, a health issue, a disability or emotional and behavioural difficulties.
At Howick we:
- Aim to offer a wide variety of flexible support to meet the needs of our children.
- Ensure that children with SEN partake with all aspects of every lesson alongside children who do not have SEN.
- Have the highest expectations of all pupils, including those with SEN.
- Designate a teacher to be responsible for co-ordinating SEN provision – the SEN co-ordinator, or SENCO. Our SENCO is currently Mrs Sarah Cookson. The member of our governing body with specific oversight of the school’s arrangements for SEN and disability is currently Mrs Diane Tomlinson.
- Inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child.
Changes to SEN from September 2014
There have recently been significant changes to the 2001 SEN code of practice.
The main changes from the SEN Code of Practice (2001) reflect the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014. This new approach joins up the system across education, health and care, from birth to 25. Our school, like all others is required to provide help at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEN and their parents fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. It is anticipated that this will lead to better outcomes, and more efficient ways of working.
The government have listened to what parents say their experience of services is like and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the Local Offer.
The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.
The local offer provides information on a number of things, including:
- special educational provision;
- health provision;
- social care provision;
- other educational provision;
- training provision;
- travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education; and
- Preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.
Howick C.E Primary School's Local Offer is available on this section of the website.
For children with more complex needs, a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) will replace statements. We are fully prepared to work alongside families of children with statements in our school to draw up ‘All about me’ documents. In line with best practice, we have created our own Howick version of the All About Me profile to track children with needs which are significant but not as complex. This allows children, parents and school to work closely together towards common goals. These plans are reviewed annually but can be looked at on a more flexible basis to meet the needs of our children.
Strengths of SEN Provision at Howick CE Primary School:
· A well developed pupil tracking system which focuses on the needs of all children in our care, enabling them to achieve.
· Focused tracking of SEN children in order to improve their progress.
· A culture of high expectations for all our children.
· We offer a small, inclusive and nurturing environment for all children in our care.
· Best practice use of learning plans and ‘This is Me’ profiles to encourage regular communication between parents, pupils and teachers.
· Great teacher parent relations which ensure regular dialogue centred on the child’s interests.
Policies and Further Information:
SEN Policy – Please see our policy section