SEN Information Report
1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school make provision for?
The Newark Academy caters for a wide range of Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and medical needs.
These include autism, dyslexia, ADHD, learning difficulties, physical difficulties such as Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes and Visual Impairment, Speech and Language delay and other emotional difficulties.
Working closely with parents and professionals we will always seek to teach every child so they can achieve his or her best.
2. How does the school know if students need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?
If a child is transferring from a different setting the school will be informed and a process put in place to ensure successful transition.
Within school the progress of every child is carefully tracked and any concerns because of these assessments or professional observations will be raised with the parent by the Tutor, Head of House, Assistant SENCO or SENCO. Similarly a parent with concerns about their child should initially speak to the Assistant SENCO or SENCO who will stay in contact with the parent whilst looking into those concerns. The Assistant SENCO will discuss, decide and record an action plan along with the SENCO which will then be reviewed as regularly as required.
3. a) How does the school evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for students with special educational needs?
The Tutor closely monitors the progress, achievements and overall well-being of every child in their tutor group. In addition to this the SENCO will liaise with the Head of House and Tutor to monitor the progress of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Any interventions which are carried out to support a child are carefully tracked and monitored to ensure that they are having the required positive impact. Regular reports are provided to governors who oversee the progress of children.
The SEN Information Report is reviewed annually and updated. This SEN Information Report for The Newark Academy was reviewed and updated on the 12th of October 2015.
b) How will both the school and I know how my child is doing and how will the school help me to support their learning?
All children at The Newark Academy are set ambitious yet achievable targets in all areas of their learning. Throughout the year there are Review Days and Subject Evenings where a child receives extra support due to their SEND. There are reviews each term but the Assistant SENCO and SENCO are happy to talk to any parent about their child and additional meetings can be arranged at mutual convenience.
c) What is the school’s approach to teaching students with special educational needs?
As a school we believe in quality first teaching; we seek to deliver a broad, balanced, engaging and fully inclusive curriculum so that all children are given the opportunity to reach their potential and see themselves as learners. Appropriate interventions are put into place for any child, with or without special educational needs, who are not making expected progress.
We support students with special educational needs and disabilities by providing specifically prepared learning materials and the use of appropriate ICT equipment. Children are taught with Teaching Assistant support in whole class situations, small groups or one to one work.
Specialist equipment and resources are used when requested by specialists and training undertaken by staff. There is assisted communication along with adjusted materials for children who need it.
There is a graduated response to a child’s needs depending on the complexity of the need; outside support and expertise is sought from outside agencies available by the SENCO attending a multi-agency meeting called a Springboard that are held throughout the year.
Parents and carers are consulted about all choices that are made concerning their child.
d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child’s needs?
Every teacher is responsible for the learning in their classroom; the delivery of the curriculum is differentiated to cater for the varying abilities and learning styles of the children in the class. The approach to teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities listed above is employed when the needs of a child is outside the regular parameters seen within a class.
e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child will receive?
All decisions about the type and amount of support that children receive will be an ongoing collaboration between the child, parent, teachers, Assistant SENCO, SENCO, outside agencies, Senior Leadership Team, Principal and Governors. Working closely with parents and professionals we will always seek to teach every child so they can achieve his or her best; the type and level of support remains fluid depending on the specific needs of the child at any particular time.
If the needs and required provision meets the criteria for additional funding from an outside source then a bid for that funding will be written by the SENCO and the Assistant SENCO to further aid the support for that individual child.
f) How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
All children are included in school activities and trips. Where children have additional needs there will be child specific risk assessments completed and adequate support where appropriate will be put in place to ensure a safe and successful trip for all.
g) What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
The adults that work in The Newark Academy strive to foster very positive relationships with the children. The children are encouraged to discuss any issues they have, whether educational or social, with their teachers, Head of House, Tutor, or subject teachers or another adult.
The School Nurse and CASY Counselling can be accessed by children who might need some extra emotional support.
4. Who is the school’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details?
Miss Sally Truseler – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01636 615000
5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?
The SENCO receives training from various local and national providers on a wide range of conditions such as Autism, Dyslexia etc. This understanding is then delivered to the school staff in staff meetings, or individual coaching when the need arises.
The SENCO, teachers, Teaching Assistants, other staff and governors also access training to learn how to support children with specific needs such as diabetes and dyslexia.
b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?
If, once the progress of a child has been monitored and strategies discussed with parents, it is considered that additional expertise is desirable then these outside specialist services can be accessed by the SENCO through the termly multi-agency Springboard meetings. Signed parental permission forms are required so that the children can be discussed and additional services can be accessed to support the child. The school has access to a wide field of additional services e.g. visual and hearing support, diabetic nurse, occupational therapist, school nurse and the educational psychologist. Whilst referrals to other agencies, such as Targeted Support are made through the completion of the Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF).
6. How will equipment and facilities to support students with special educational needs be secured? How accessible is the school?
The school provides any appropriate equipment and facilities that a child with special educational needs or disability may need. This equipment will have been identified by an outside agency as required by the child in order for them to best access their learning.
7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of students with special educational needs? How will I be involved in the education of my child?
Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s Tutor or Head of House with any questions or concerns; these meetings can be informal or arranged. In addition to the Review Days additional meetings are held to discuss targets and achievements with the Assistant SENCO or SENCO for students with complex needs.
Parents can make an appointment to see the SENCO by emailing the above email address. For a child to reach his or her potential it is important for the parent to be fully involved. Our Assistant SENCO will be available to discuss any concerns a parent has about their child, whether or not they presently have a recognised learning need or disability.
8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?
Children are involved with their target setting. Children attend meetings by the Tutor or Head of House at Review Days. In order to encourage motivation in the child, teachers ensure that they get to know the child so they can tailor the provision in school to meet their learning style and interests.
9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school?
Parents are encouraged to bring any concerns to the attention of the SENCO or Assistant SENCO. For more detailed information please refer to the complaints policy on The Newark Academy’s website.
10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in the meeting the needs of students with special educational needs and supporting the families of such students?
The SENCO is usually the person who involves other organisations and services and reports directly to the Senior Leadership Team; the SENCO also reports to the governor with specific responsibility for Special Needs. Governors can see the data that informs them of the progress made by children with additional needs in order that they can ask questions to ensure that all children’s needs are being met.
11. How does the school seek to signpost organisations, services etc. who can provide additional support to parents/carers/children?
The SENCO can signpost parents to the wide range of support organisations and groups available in the community. As discussed above the SENCO can also access the professionals that can offer the specific support required for the child’s needs; either to work directly with the child or to offer advice to parents or staff.
The school website is a resource that can be used by parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; it is updated regularly with new information. The School Nurse is available to add expertise and signposting that is more specifically related to health and mental-wellbeing; this service can be accessed by the SEND team.
12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to:
i) Join the school?
The Newark Academy works hard to ensure that children have a smooth transition into the school. The school works closely with parents and any outside agencies involved with children who enter with a recognised need and we seek to do all we can to meet the need in the setting from the day they arrive. Any adjustments from that point will be completed quickly to ensure that the child can access their education effectively; their well-being is paramount.
ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. primary to secondary, secondary to further education)
The Newark Academy understands the importance of carefully considered transition plans for children with additional needs. In any transfer the important element is communication so that information about that child and how they learn best is communicated on paper and in meetings so that professionals that will be teaching the child have the opportunity to ask questions.
The amount and nature of the visits to the new setting is decided with the child at the centre of the process; each of these transitions seeks to predict possible issues that may arise and to pre-empt as many as possible so that the student feels equipped to begin the next part of their journey.
iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?
The Newark Academy works hard to encourage independence and confidence in all children. Various life skills are introduced; questioning, independent thought is fostered through positive relationships and a safe environment to learn and explore their relationship with the wider world.
13. Where can I access further information?
For further information please refer to the school website; specifically the Special Needs and Disabilities Policy. To have specific questions or concerns answered please contact the SENCO on the above email address. Information on Nottinghamshire's SEND local offer can be foundhere.