Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
SEND Information for Milefield Primary School
Part of the Barnsley Local Offer for Learners with SEND.
Welcome to our SEND information section which is part of the Barnsley Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). In accordance with the Children and Families Bill 2014, all governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with SEND. This information will be updated every year. You can find details of The Children and Families Bill 2014 here.
Have Your Say...
This section sets out our annual offer to children with SEND, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ‘assess plan, do and review’ provision for SEND and contact any of the people below with your views.
SENDCo: Miss Natalie Loy
Assistant SENDCos: Mrs Theresa Clarke
Mr J McClure
Headteacher: Ms Paula Murray
Teaching Learners with SEND
At Milefield Primary School we believe in achieving success together. We work hard to create an inclusive culture in our school where all adults and children participate in learning and where we welcome and celebrate diversity.
We value high quality teaching for all children and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on how we do this, please see our Curriculum and Learning policy, in the school policies section by clicking here.
We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We continually assess children’s learning to ensure that they all make good progress. Our whole school tracking system monitors the progress of every child. Our teachers meet regularly in school to monitor and moderate the learning and progress of our children.
We have a ‘School Improvement and Development Plan’ which develops learning for all and gives details of our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff. We also have a SEND action plan. An outline of both plans for 2014-15 can be found here.
Identification of SEND
At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need or disability (SEND). The Code of Practice states:
“A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
(a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
(b)Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner at Milefield Primary is identified as having SEND, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, with the intention of overcoming the barrier to their learning.
Children can fall behind in school for all sorts of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have been to lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, they may be worried about things that distract them from learning.
At Milefield Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all children have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable children have SEND. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.
Our school SEN profile for 2014-15 shows that we have 24% of children identified as having SEN.
8% of those have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (2% of our total school population).
90% of those are identified on School Action Plus (22% of our total school population).
Assessment of SEND
Class teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the child themselves may notice a difficulty with learning. At Milefield Primary School, we ensure that assessment of educational needs directly involves the child and their parents/carer. The Special Educational Needs/Disability coordinator (SENDCO) and Assistant SENDCO’ s will support class teachers with the identification of barriers to learning.
If you are ever worried that your child may have a SEND or need some reassurance, please speak to their class teacher or contact our SENDCO/assistant SENDCO’s and we will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. Our school has access to various specialist services including those universally provided by Barnsley Council, which are described on the local offer website here.
Our school has also commissioned support from:
Speech and Language therapist
School to School Support from Specialist schools for complex needs
Every class teacher will adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards (2012) detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Milefield Primary School are proud of our teachers and encourage their development.
Our teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
New technology (e.g. iPads, recording devices)
Positioning within the classroom (where they sit)
Use of coloured overlays/paper
Each learner identified as having SEND is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support we provide will depend on the individual learning needs and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is shown on a provision map, which lists the interventions and actions that we use to support learners with SEND across the year groups.
At Milefield Primary School we strive to achieve consistent practice across our school ensuring equality of opportunity. As a team we have developed a Policy for SEND, which is available here.
Funding for SEND
Milefield Primary School receives funding directly from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEND. This is described in a SEND Memorandum.
How do we find out if the support we provide is effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Milefield Primary School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are all involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEND. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and make sure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. From September 2014, before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the teacher, parent/carer and learner will agree what they expect to be different following any intervention. A baseline will be recorded, which will be used to establish whether the intervention has made a difference. We look closely at the impact data of interventions, to make sure that we are only using interventions that work.
Children, parents/carers and their teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review might be built in to the intervention itself, or it could be a formal meeting held once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan), the same review conversations take place each term with the EHC plan being formally reviewed annually.
How else will I know what progress my child is making?
There are various other ways that parents at Milefield Primary School will know how their child is progressing at school.
All children in the school receive an Individual Education Plan each term and a written report once a year, detailing levels, progress and targets or next steps.
We have Parent/pupil/teacher target setting meetings every term, which we encourage all parents to attend.
We value the informal verbal feedback between parent and teacher as and when necessary.
We have daily contact through the ‘home-school’ reading diary, which many parents and staff use as a way of passing on information and asking questions.
Parents are always welcome to come into school and look through their children’s work.
We have weekly ‘Sharing’ assemblies where we celebrate the achievements of children from each class. All parents are welcome to attend this.
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by teachers, SENDCOs, Headteacher and governors. Our school data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.
At Milefield we greatly value the views of parents. We pride ourselves on our ‘open door’ policy and are always happy to discuss any concerns that you have regarding your child’s learning. We believe in keeping parents in the picture. We like to address issues before they become problems. We will voice our concerns at an early stage so we can work together to overcome any difficulties. For those parents who are unable to get into school and speak to the teacher, we are happy to communicate with you via telephone or email.
Equality and wellbeing.
The Equality Act 2010, places specific legislation duties on schools, including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”
This definition of disability includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, severe allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEND, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEND and disability legislation. This is monitored closely by the school.
How will we improve the social and emotional development of your child?
In order to fulfil their potential, we believe that a child needs to feel safe and happy at school. Milefield Primary is a small school; our staff prides themselves on getting to know all the children well. Our pupils are very welcoming and accepting. We encourage and celebrate this. As part of the ‘learning plan’ for children with SEND we will work together with families to produce a ‘personal profile’ so that we can understand the child as a person, learn about their interests, their likes and dislikes and the things that will help them to succeed at school.
Preparing for the Next Step
Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school. Milefield Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur. Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEND. Moving classes will be discussed with you and your child at their summer term. Transition to secondary schools will be discussed in the summer term of Year 5, to ensure time for planning and preparation.
Support for Parents?
At Milefield Primary School we have a ‘Friends’ group who always welcome new members. They organise activities for the children throughout the year and raise money for school funds.
Within school we have a “Well- being team” whose role is to support parents and signpost them to relevant services.
Well-being manager: Well- being assistant:
Mrs Theresa Clarke Miss Leyan Jones
Members of the well-being team can be contacted through the school or via telephone or email at:
Well-Being Team - 01226 710329 (Option 2)
For more information regarding the well-being team and the services they provide please click the links below
Useful Information & Links
Milefield SEND reform Parents presentation “ Delivered to parents at meeting regarding changes for 2014” Please click here
Milefield SEND reform information leaflet Please click here