SEND Information

Great Orton Primary School will cooperate generally with the local authority and local partners in the development and review of the local offer.

Identification

To identify pupils with SEN, Great Orton Primary School will:

  • Assess each pupil’s current skills and levels of attainment on entry.
  • Make regular assessments of all pupils to ensure that the intervention:
    - Ensures that the child’s progress is similar to that of their peers starting from the same baseline.
    - Matches or betters the child’s previous rate of progress.
    - Closes the attainment gap between the child and their peers.
    - Prevents the attainment gap growing wider.

The school will provide extra support to pupils falling behind or making inadequate progress given their age and starting point.

Assess whether a pupil has a significant learning difficulty where pupils continue to make inadequate progress, despite high-quality teaching targeted at their areas of weakness.

Graduated Approach

Great Orton Primary will, once a potential SEN has been identified, employ the graduated approach to meeting the pupil’s needs, including:

  • Establishing a clear assessment of the pupil’s needs.
  • Planning with the pupil’s parents, the interventions and support to be put in place, as well as the expected impact on progress, development and behaviour, along with a clear date for review
  • Implementing the interventions, with support of the SENCO.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the interventions and making any necessary revisions.

School Action

The interventions can be implemented through School Action where a pupil:

  • Makes little or no progress when teaching approaches are targeted specifically at a child’s identified areas of weakness.
  • Shows signs of difficulty in developing literacy or mathematical skills which result in poor attainment in some curriculum areas.
  • Presents persistent emotional or behavioural difficulties which are not ameliorated by the positive behaviour management techniques employed by the school.
  • Has sensory or physical problems, and continues to make little or no progress despite the provision of specialist equipment.
  • Has communication and / or interaction difficulties, and continues to make little or no progress, despite the provision of a differentiated curriculum.

School Action Plus

The relevant teacher or SENCO, in consultation with parents, will talk with the parents about seeking advice from external support services, if a pupil:

  • Continues to make little or no progress in specific areas over a long period.
  • Continues working at National Curriculum levels substantially below that expected of children of a similar age.
  • Continues to have difficulty in developing literacy and mathematical skills.
  • Has emotional or behavioural difficulties which substantially and regularly interfere with the child’s own learning or that of the class group, despite having an individualised behaviour management programme.
  • Has sensory or physical needs, and requires specialist equipment or regular advice or visits by a specialist service.
  • Has an ongoing communication or interaction difficulty that impedes the development of social relationships and cause substantial barriers to learning.

Assessment

  • Great Orton Primary School will, in consultation with the pupil’s parents, request a statutory assessment of SEN where the pupil’s needs cannot be met through the resources normally available within the school.
  • The school will meet its duty to respond to any request for information relating to a statutory assessment, to the local authority, within 6 weeks of receipt.
  • If the decision is taken not to issue an EHC plan, the school will consider and implement the recommendations of feedback from the local authority, regarding how the pupil’s outcomes can be met through the schools existing provision.

Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans

  • Great Orton Primary School will meet its duty to respond to the local authority within 15 days, if it is named on a pupil’s EHC plan.
  • The school will admit any child that names the school in an EHC plan.
  • The school will ensure that all those teaching or working with a child named in an EHC plan, are aware of the pupil’s needs and that arrangements are in place to meet them.
  • The school will request a re-assessment of an EHC plan at least 6 months following an initial assessment,lif a pupil’s need significantly change.

Reviewing an EHC plan

Great Orton Primary School will:

  • Cooperate to ensure an annual review meeting takes place, including convening the meeting on behalf of the local authority if requested.
  • Ensure that sufficient arrangements are put in place at the school to host the annual review meeting.
  • Seek advice and information about the pupil prior to the annual review meeting from all parties invited.
  • Send any advice and information gathered to all those invited at least two weeks prior to the annual review meeting.
  • Cooperate with the local authority during annual reviews.
  • Prepare and send a report of the meeting to everyone invited within 2weeks of the meeting.
  • Ensure that a review of a pupil’s EHC plan is undertaken at least 7 months before transfer to another phase of education.

SEN and Disability Tribunal

Great Orton Primary School will meet any request to attend a SEND Tribunal and explain any departure from its duties and obligations under the SEN Code of Practice.

Preparing children for adulthood

Great Orton Primary School will ensure that it meets its duty to secure independent, impartial careers guidance for pupils aged 8-13, including:

  • Preparation for adulthood in the planning meetings with pupils and parents from year 9.
  • Helping pupils and their families prepare for the change in legal status once a young person is over compulsory school age.
  • Ensuring that careers advice and information provides high aspirations and a wide range of options for pupils with SEN.school will change as they move into different settings, and what support they are likely to need to achieve their ambitions.
  • Securing access to independent face-to-face support for pupils with SEN or disabilities to make successful transitions.

Data and record keeping

Great Orton Primary School will:

  • Maintain details of SEN, outcomes, teaching strategies and the involvement of specialists, as part of its standard system to monitor the progress, behaviour and development of all pupils.
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date register of the provision made for pupils with SEN.
  • Record details or additional or different SEN provision on a provision map.

Confidentiality

Great Orton Primary School will not disclose any EHC plan without the consent of the pupil’s parents with the exception of disclosure:

  • To the SEN and Disability Tribunal when parents appeals and to the Secretary of State if a complaint is made under the Education Act 1996.
  • On the order of any court for the purpose of any criminal proceedings.
  • For the purposes of investigations of maladministration under the Local Government Act 1974.
  • To enable any authority to perform duties arising from the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 or from the Children Act relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • To Ofsted inspection teams as part of their inspections of schools and local authorities.
  • To any person in connection with the pupil’s application for disabled students allowance in advance of taking up a place in higher education.
  • To the principal (or equivalent position) of the institution at which the pupil is intending to start higher education.

Link to Cumbria Children’s Services SEN information:

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/specialeducationalneeds/

​Please refer to SEND policy for further information on the process followed for Special Educational needs in the policies section of this website.