SEND Information Report September 2017
Our vision for SEND
At The Trinity CE Primary Academy we aim to inspire, nurture and challenge our children to achieve their full potential by enabling them to learn with enthusiasm. We aspire to allow children to discover their talents and guide and support them in whatever path they choose to follow.
The LA Local Offer
Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. The Wiltshire local offer can be found on the website: https://www.wiltshirelocaloffer.org.uk
For any queries about Wiltshire’s SEND Service or information about supporting children and young people with SEND please call the Single point of contact (SPOC) 01225 757985.
The Trinity CE Primary Academy SEND Information Report
This utilizes the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. This document provides answers to a variety of questions parents have asked regarding what support school can provide for your child. If you have a question that is not answered, or require further information, please contact our special needs co-ordinator (SENCo) Mrs Becky Owens by telephoning the school on 01380 730203.
Definition of Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)
A child ...has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
Code of Practice (April 2014)
Overview of the school
The Trinity CE Primary Academy is an academy with the Diocese of Salisbury Multi Academy Trust (DSAT) located in the town of Devizes, Wiltshire.
We are currently a one form entry school of 7 classes with 184 children on roll
13% of our pupils are identified with a special educational need
3.7% of pupils are identified with an Educational and Health Care Plan (ECHP)
All areas of the school are accessible to children with gross motor difficulties – including our first floor which has a lift
Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child's difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or a disability(SEND)?
The first point of contact for parents or carers is always your child’s class teacher. Some parents and carers speak informally to teachers after the school day, or request a formal appointment. Class teachers also hold Parent Consultation Evenings three times a year. Additional points of contact are:
Mrs Becky Owens – SENCo
Mrs Hannah Allender- Head of school
Mr Andrew Wilson - Executive Headteacher
Mr Keith Clover - link Local Governing Board Member for SEND
All of whom can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school on 01380 730203
What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in our school?
The support your child receives will be tailored to their needs, through a wide range of teaching strategies and activities which can include:
‘wave 1 teaching’ – teaching in class that is differentiated for individual learners, groups and whole class
‘wave 2 teaching’ – teaching in small groups or 1:1 on specific programmes to help learning on specific areas
‘wave 3 support’ – using outside specialists to advise our practice & teachers & then plan specific programmes of work or learning
counselling and social skills groups if needed (Emotional literacy & Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning - SEAL )
specific intervention – targeted support for a fixed period of time to bring about accelerated progress in a specific area of learning
Please see whole school provision map for further details
How will the school let me know if they have concerns about my child's learning in school?
How is extra support allocated to my child and matched to my child's need?
The Trinity CE Primary Academy strives to identify any special educational need as early as possible in order to provide the appropriate support with reference to the Wiltshire Graduated Response to SEND Support (WGRSS).
Appropriate assessment procedures are in place which will inform ambitious and achievable targets for your child. These are agreed in collaboration with your child’s class teacher and the SENCO.
The school budget includes money for supporting children with SEND.
The Headteacher decides on the deployment of resources for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, in consultation with the school’s Local Governing Board (LGB) on the basis of needs in the school.
The Head of school and the SENCo discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
the children getting extra support already
the children needing extra support
the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected
From this information, they decide what resources, staff training and support is needed. The Trinity CE Primary Academy considers the needs of each child on an individual basis. In the first instance, all children receive high quality differentiated teaching which matches children’s needs. In addition children requiring different or additional provision may receive group or individual sessions.
The school identifies the needs of SEND pupils on a provision map (please use the link on SEND and Inclusion page on our website to see the whole school provision map). This identifies all support given within the school and is reviewed regularly and changes made as needed, so that the needs of children are met, and resources are deployed as effectively as possible.
Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in our school?
We strive to make all our classes as inclusive as possible, by developing systems and equipment that are designed to remove barriers to learning. To help with this we have:
a team of Teaching Assistants
A Pastoral manager who has achieved a certificate in Therapeutic Mentoring at the Trauma Recovery Center in Bath
class teachers responsible for teaching all pupils including those with SEND
experienced Teaching Assistants in every class with a range of expertise, they also run interventions such as Sound Discovery and Back on Track Maths
Teaching Assistants offer support for children with emotional and social development through running pastoral sessions
three Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs)
accessing the Specialist Special Educational Needs Service (SSENS) which includes: Behaviour Support, Learning Support & communication and interaction needs
a Parent Support Advisor
an in school counselling service for children
access to parenting classes through the local Children’s Centre
Local Authority provision
Educational Psychology Service
Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
SALT (Speech and Language Therapy)
Ethnic Minority Advisory Service (EMAS)
Equine Assisted Learning
WOLT (Wiltshire Outdoor Assisted Learning)
Additional Speech and Language Therapy input to provide a higher level of service to the school
How are the staff in the school supported to work with children with SEND and what training do the staff have?
The SENCo’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEN.
The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and speech and language difficulties.
Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class, e.g. Specialist Special Educational Needs Service (SSENS)
How will the teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?
The Trinity CE Primary Academy ensures all teaching is differentiated to match the needs of each child. This is achieved through high quality planning and quality first teaching. This includes all children regardless of additional needs. Some children may require more focussed support, and additional adults may be used to provide support where appropriate.
Some children who have an identified special educational need may require a personalised targeted intervention to support their learning and enable them to access the curriculum, this would be recorded and monitored through a ‘My Support Plan’. When additional resources (such as a specific intervention programme) are required, the class teacher will liaise with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the Headteacher to develop a personalised programme of support for your child.
All intervention programmes are evidence based, and are used to narrow the gap between your child’s attainment and the attainment of their peers. The Wiltshire Graduated Response to SEND (WGRSS) is used to identify children’s needs.
How will we measure and review the progress of your child in school?
At The Trinity CE Primary Academy, we aim to have an open-door policy where parents are encouraged to be fully involved in their child’s education. Parents are encouraged to come into school on a regular basis to celebrate children’s successes.
All Parents are also able to find out about their child’s progress through Parent Consultation Evenings, Annual Reports, Reading Records, and both formal an informal discussions with your child’s teacher.
In addition parents of SEND pupils are invited to attend SEND review meetings three times a year where we will review progress towards your child’s individual goals as stated on their ‘My Support Plan’.
The progress of children with a statement of SEN/EHC Plan will be formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education. Where possible, children play an active part in target setting and reviewing their progress, along with their parents and carers.
The SENCo will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in.
Regular book scrutinies and lesson observations will be carried out by the SENCo and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the needs of all children are met and that the quality of teaching and learning is high.
What support can we offer you as a parent of a child with SEND?
We value highly a strong home-school partnership. At The Trinity CE Primary Academy is part of a community that encourages children and their families, staff, LAB members and local people to work together. Strong partnerships are used to promote pupils learning and well-being in order to gain successful outcomes for all. On a daily basis your child’s class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school, so that similar strategies can be used. The following support is also available:
the SENCo is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have
all information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report
personal progress targets on ‘My Support Plan’ or EHCP will be reviewed with your involvement 3 times a year
homework will be differentiated as needed to your child’s individual requirements
a home-school contact book may be used to support communication with you when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.
we can support parents with referrals to access parenting courses, such as Triple ‘P’, Support in Wiltshire Autism Parenting Programme (SWAPP), school nurse, social care and counselling services.
if your child still needs extra support, with your permission the SENCo will access further support through the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) process. There can also be a Specific Single Agency Referral (SARF) to any relevant agency.
Through this we can also offer additional multiagency support for parents. In addition we can signpost parents to Wiltshire Local Offer Website where a comprehensive list of services is available https://www.wiltshirelocaloffer.org.uk
How is our school accessible to children with SEND?
The school is fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements
The school is on two levels however there is a lift available for those with a disability
The school is a modern design with wide corridors and wide doors
There are two disabled toilets (one on the ground floor and a second on the first floor)
There are three showers – one of which is fitted out for disabled access
We ensure, where ever possible, that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs
Before and after-school provision is accessible to all children, including those with SEND.
Extra-curricular activities are accessible for children with SEND.
How will we support your child when they are joining this school, leaving this school or moving onto another class?
The Trinity CE Primary Academy has very close links with a number of pre-schools in the local area and we host regular Early Years Forums where initiatives, support and SEND is discussed. Staff from the school visit all of the pre-schools in the local area to ensure a smooth transition. Pre-school records and learnings journeys are shared between children’s key workers and our EYFS staff.
Where children have identified SEND needs the SENCo may also visit your child’s setting and liaise with pre-school SENCo. There may also be a transition meeting where external agencies may also be invited.
Every year a transition meeting is held between your child’s current teacher, their new teacher and the SENCo. Information is shared and records and assessments discussed.
In year 5 a child who has an ECHP will have a transition meeting involving multiple agencies and the SENCo or representative of their chosen secondary school to ensure a smooth transition into Key Stage 3.
The Trinity CE Primary Academy has close links with our main feeder secondary school (Devizes School) however we also work collaboratively with all feeder secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition from the end of primary school to the beginning of secondary school.
We can arrange additional visits to any secondary school for children with additional needs prior to them moving school.
Visits to our school are warmly welcomed. You will be given a personal tour of the school and an opportunity to meet the Head of school, Mrs Hannah Allender, Executive Headteacher, Mr Andrew Wilson, other staff and our pupils. Please contact the school by
telephoning: 01380 730203