Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
SEND Information Report
Our Lady of Lourdes’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive and welcoming school. We offer a range of provision to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in order to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
This information report gives an overview of the provision you can expect your child to receive at Our Lady of Lourdes. If you have any questions about the content of this report please contact the school SENDCo (Mrs McLoughlin) who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Legislative changes in the Children & Families Act require schools to have a different approach to the management and provision for pupils that have a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). These changes became law on 1st September 2014 and at this point all schools were required to publish information about how they support SEND in their school.
The aim is to ensure that where possible, all pupils will have their needs met in a mainstream school with access to the right resources, professional experts and the best teaching. This will ensure progress for all over time. For some children and young people a mainstream setting will not be the right place so that they get the best provision to meet their needs.
Children, young people and their families are more involved in decisions about the support they receive. Education, Health & Care Plans are developed to support children who have significant additional needs and these plans will very often involve other agencies outside the school. Schools will still maintain records about pupils who have additional needs in a single school based category called “School Support”. At Our Lady of Lourdes we separate this by age
The 4 broad areas of SEND remain as follows:
What is SEND?
At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEND as:
“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:
If a learner is identified as having SEND, we will provide support that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning. In each individual case this can look different.
The Equality Act 210 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.”
What is the Local Offer?
As a result of the Children & Families Act, Local Authorities are required to publish and regularly review the information and services they provide for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The services provided by the Local Authority are accessible to children and young people aged 0-25. Each Local Authority refers to this as the Local Offer. It is hoped that Parents and Carers will be able to access support, advice and information o services for their children by accessing the Local Offer site.
Each school in Birmingham will link their SEND Information Report with the Local Offer website so that parents can find the school that meets their children’s needs more easily. You can find the Birmingham Local Offer at www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk.
Who are the people I need to talk to at Our Lady of Lourdes about my child’s difficulties with learning/behaviour/mobility or any other TYPE OF SEND?
What are the different types of support available for Children at Our Lady of Lourdes?
We pride ourselves on offering quality first teaching to all pupils. Every child at Our Lady of Lourdes gets the same opportunities.
Your child’s class teacher will:
Our Teaching Assistants in school will:
The school works closely with external agencies to support staff training and to work with pupils in class/in withdrawal groups. For pupils requiring “School Support” these agencies currently include:
We will always ask for your permission when we think an outside agency would support your child’s needs. We will ensure that you receive feedback about your child from the professional who has been working with them or from us.
The class teacher will ensure that all children have access to good and outstanding teaching with a curriculum that is adapted to meet your child’s needs. After checking on the progress of your child, resources may be adapted and particular aspects of work be targeted. Nearly all children with special educational needs will follow the main curriculum but the steps of progress may look much smaller for them than for children who do not have any difficulties.
In Maths and English, a child may have an area of knowledge and understanding that is very significantly behind where the expectation is for their age. Where this is the case your child may have concentrated learning programmes to address these specific needs for as long as is necessary.
We ensure that the curriculum we plan is resourced to meet the range of “School Support” needs of pupils in our school. These resources include:
This is not an exhaustive list and your child’s class teacher will be able to talk to you about what support your child receives and how you can support them at home to consolidate the learning.
Many children will make excellent progress with but some pupils may need more help than we can provide at the “School Support” level. For these pupils it might be necessary to decide if they would benefit from having a Statutory Assessment of their Needs:
Under the Equality Act, Schools are required to make sure that all reasonable adjustments are anticipated and made to ensure equality of access to our services for pupils with SEND. As part of this duty we are required by law to ensure that auxiliary aids and services are provided where necessary for pupils with disabilities. As part of pour compliance with the Equality Duty we set an annual Equality target to monitor our inclusive practice.
How can I let the School know that I am concerned about my child’s progress/behaviour in school?
If you have concerns about your child’s progress or behaviour you should speak to your child’s class teacher initially. Your child’s teacher observes their work and behaviour regularly and will have many suggestions for working together to get the best results.
If you continue to be concerned that your child is still not making progress, you may speak to the Special Education Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo). This will allow other agencies to become involved. If you feel that your concerns have not been addressed you can speak to the Head Teacher.
How will the school let me know if they have concerns about my child’s learning/behaviour in school?
If your child is identified as not making progress your child’s class teacher or the SENDCo will contact you and will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail. We will:
How is extra support provided to children and how do they make progress in their learning?
The school receives an annual budget from Birmingham Local Authority and a certain amount of this (called the Notional SEND budget) is earmarked to support pupils with SEND.
We will identify the needs of pupils on a school provision map (in consultation with all of the support services we access) which identifies all resources/training and support needed and is reviewed regularly and changes made as needed. As pupils make progress we will consolidate their skills and knowledge, support will not be taken away unless we are sure that your child is independent and confident in their learning.
Who are the other people providing services to support SEND pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes?
Support Services directly or partly funded by the school are:
Support Services provided and paid for by the Health Service or Local Authority:
What training and Support does the staff receive to help them support pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes with SEND?
The SENDCo and Head Teacher will ensure that staff training and preparedness if kept up to date in all aspects of SEND care and provision.
Support will be provided to staff to ensure that their IEP’s are appropriate and will help pupils with SEND to make progress. IEP’s will be sent to you so that you can support your child at home.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants will access training from the professional and medical agencies who work with our school. Staff have been trained in managing pupils with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Speech and Language Difficulties, Children with Medical Conditions, Managing pupil behaviour, Team Teach Restraint Training, interventions in Maths and English, spelling strategies, reading strategies, use of IT to support SEND etc.
Staff are sent on appropriate courses to help them plan, support and assess pupils in their classes.
How will you help me to support my child’s learning at home?
Your child’s class teacher is available after school or by appointment to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. It is important to share information about what is working well at home and at school so that similar strategies can be used. We will invite you to INSPIRE workshops to learn strategies to help you help your child with their Maths and English.
The SENDCO will meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have at regular review meetings. The SENDCo may invite you in for additional meetings to discuss any urgent concerns or referrals. Our SENDCO, Mrs McLoughlin, is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
We will always share information from outside professionals with you. You will either speak with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, we will provide a copy of their report or we will feedback on their behalf.
IEP’s will be sent to you each term showing some of the additional targets we will be working on with your child. These targets will be reviewed with you each term. At the review meeting you will be able to talk to your child’s class teacher and teaching assistant. You will also be able to discuss your child at our termly Parents Evenings. You may come and talk to us at any time however and are not constrained to set appointment times.
Your child will receive homework – we have a school policy on how much children receive and when it is issued. It will be adjusted as needed to meet your child’s individual needs. Your child’s class teacher will be happy to discuss other support materials with you and if given enough notice can provide additional work for you to do at home. If your child is finding the homework too difficult to do without lots of support come and let us know – it just means we need to adjust the content, quantity or recording to allow your child to do it independently or with a small amount of support. Homework is to consolidate learning and not to create stress!
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. These communication books are especially useful if you are unable to see your child’s class teacher daily/regularly.
How will the teaching be adapted for my child?
Class Teachers will plan topics and lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class. They will ensure that your child’s needs are being met.
Teaching Assistants can adapt the teachers planning to support the needs of your child where necessary. This is always done under the supervision and guidance of the class teacher and/or the SENDCo.
Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis, if needed, to meet your child’s learning needs.
How will we measure the progress of children with SEND?
Your child’s progress is continually monitored by their class teacher.
Progress is reviewed formally every term. Currently we measure the amount of progress your child is making against the Learning Objectives in your child’s year group (using the New National Curriculum) but also the Learning Objectives from previous Year Groups that your child might still be working on.
The Senior Leadership Team and SENDCo will oversee the assessments of pupils with SEND to ensure that they are making appropriate progress and attainment.
Children in EYFS are measured against the age related attainment bands in Development Matters. By the end of Year R pupils should be confidently within the 40-60 month band of attainment. Where it is becoming clear that a child is not going to reach their age appropriate band we will meet with you to discuss what this means and what we can do to prepare your child for Year 1.
If your child is in Year 1 and above, and they are not yet working on at the expected level of the New National Curriculum, we can use previous year group descriptors and also a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘P levels’. We will continue to report progress in terms of P Levels for pupils where this is relevant until we are advised differently by the Department for Education.
At the end of each key stage (i.e. at the end of Year 2 and Year 6) all children are required to be formally assessed using Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). This is something the government requires all schools to do and are the results that are published nationally.
Children with an EHC Plan can be dis-applied from SATS testing if they meet the criteria for this, some children will be permitted extra time, a reader or a scribe to support them if we all feel they should try to access the tests. We will advise you if your child will receive additional support to access their end of Key Stage tests.
Children receiving “School Support” will continue to have an IEP which will be reviewed, with your involvement, every term and then a plan for the next term will be made.
The progress of children with an EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s Education, Health and Care. We will be developing a system of child friendly reviews at Our Lady of Lourdes (PCR’s) over the next year. Children with complex needs are usually selected for these very in depth reviews to ensure the best outcomes and information sharing.
The SENDCo will check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in.
How will my child be included in activities outside the school classroom, including school trips?
As an inclusive school every child will have opportunity to access all areas of the curriculum. Therefore provision for trips and activities will be adapted to individual needs. Any child needing very specific help will have this discussed between school and home. We will make all reasonable adjustments working in consultation with the venues we use, to ensure all children can make educational visits. We will be mindful of Health & Safety in all decisions we make. The decision about whether an individual child can attend a school visit rests with the Head Teacher once all pertinent information is gathered.
How accessible is Our Lady of Lourdes School both indoors and outdoors?
We have made every effort to ensure that we are fully compliant with the requirements of the DDA. Our school building is quite old but has newer extensions in some parts. It has 4 different floor levels. All access doors are linked to different floors by staircases and no part of the building is fully wheelchair accessible for this reason. The Governing Body have determined that it would not be reasonable to make the extensive adaptions necessary to make our school fully accessible.
Children requesting admission who are wheelchair users may find that this school will not be able to meet those needs effectively over time. Visitors coming to watch assemblies or do activities in the school hall or main ground floor will be able to access the building via the Parish Centre and school hall doors.
Those pupils with serious mobility issues (not requiring a wheelchair) would need to be considered on a case by case basis where we could determine the safety and access requirements possible. We have disabled parking bays available at the front of the school, a disabled toilet (in the school hall) and wheelchair access to the hall and lower classrooms is possible.
Our outdoor spaces are fully accessible.
After school extracurricular activities are accessible to all children who attend Our Lady of Lourdes. We ensure that all equipment used in school is accessible to pupils of all needs.
How will we support your child when they are changing class or moving to another school?
Transition can be difficult for all children but for pupils with SEND there are more things to consider ensuring a smooth movement from one class to the next and from one school to the next.
We always encourage children new to the school to make visits beforehand with their family to enable them to become familiar with our setting. We can arrange for pupils planning on joining us to spend a half day with their new class so that their actual first day is not so daunting. Class teachers will set up a “buddy” to support the new pupil and make them feel welcomed.
Before children join us in Year N or Year R (Nursery or Reception) we visit their previous setting to see how they are coping in their current setting. Home visits are also part of our induction process to allow key school staff to meet parents/carers and children in their home environment. For pupils with ASD or other Communication related SEND, we can work with the family and nursery to create Social Stories that will ease the child into their new school.
At the start of each term we send home a curriculum letter full of key routines and procedures as well as the work your child will be covering in class. As children progress through the school, they will all participate in an annual transition day, where they will have the opportunity of spending part of the day in their new classroom with their new teacher. For children with SEND their transition is planned on an individual basis so that they get the time and resources needed to move smoothly from one class to the next.
The current class teacher will pass on important information about the child’s education and welfare to their new teacher. Children’s IEP’s and Review information passes to the next class. The SENDCo may also become involved during this information sharing process.
When transferring from one primary to another during the school year (in year transfer), all electronic and paper records will be sent to the receiving school within 15 days of the child leaving. We will follow up all leaving SEND pupils with a courtesy phone call to the SENDCo of the receiving school to make sure the child’s file has been received and to answer any questions. To aid a smooth transition, a carefully planned programme supports each SEND child.
When transferring to secondary school, additional visits can be organised to help the child feel more confident about their next setting. Meetings between parents/carers, key primary and secondary school staff and the pupil can be arranged to enable effective information-sharing and important questions to be addressed. We have excellent links with all of the local Secondary Schools and can make suggestions to support you choosing the right school for your child. Year 6 SEND pupils are often offered Summer School placements at their Secondary School to allow for an easier transition.
How does Our Lady of Lourdes’s link to the Birmingham Local Offer?
The Birmingham Local Offer will be found at www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk and will give parents a wealth of advice about how to support their children through the process of selecting the right school, knowing where to find support required and how to access additional services to meet your child’s needs.
Information about SEND and Schools in Birmingham can also be found at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/schools