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SEN Information Report 2016/2017

Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Students with SEN

Updated 16/01/17

Review date 1/9/17

Introduction

Welcome to our SEN information report, which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN.) 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 or the proprietor’s policy for students with SEN.  The information published will be updated annually.  

At Stalham High School, we are committed to working together with all members of our school community.  This local offer has been produced with students, parents/carers, the local governing body and members of staff.  We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us.  The best people to contact this year are:

  • Mr Lee McMahon – SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)
  • Mr Martin Budgett – Head of school
  • Dr Andrew Richardson - Executive Headteacher NNAT (North Norfolk Academies Trust)
  • Mr John Wollocombe - NNAT link director

If you think your child may have SEN, please speak to their Class Teacher or contact Lee McMahon our SENCo on 01692 583825.

Our Approach to Teaching Students with SEN

At Stalham High School, we believe in participation and progress for all.  We want all adults and students to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community.  We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of students’ backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all students and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.  For more information on our approach, please see our teaching and learning policy (available soon).

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details include planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community.  We monitor progress of all students, and staff continually assess to ensure that learning is taking place.  Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and form tutors undertake a mentoring and supervisory role.

At Stalham High School, we value:

Learning for all.

How we identify SEN

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need.  The Code of Practice defines SEN as:

“A child or young person has SEN 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

(b)  or 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 is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.

Students can fall behind in school for lots of reasons.  They may have been absent from school, or they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn.  They may not speak English very well or at all, or they may be worried about different things that may distract them from learning.  At Stalham High School, we are committed to ensuring that all students have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning or making sufficient progress, we will intervene.  This does not mean that all vulnerable students have SEN.  Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.

Our SEN profile for 2016-17 shows that we have 14% of students identified as having SEN, and 25% of those have an existing Statement or Education Health and Care Plan. (These EHCP’s were formally known as statements but have been updated via the Children and Families bill to encompass three elements; Schooling, Health and Social care).

Of the students on our SEN register,

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Assessing SEN at Stalham High School

It is every member of staff’s responsibility to assess when a child presents with a difficulty with learning.  At Stalham High School, we ensure that assessment of educational needs directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and, of course, their teachers.  The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator will also support with the identification of barriers to learning.  We have a range of assessment tools available, and our updated tool kit for 2016-17, which we share with our cluster of schools.

At Stalham high school, we use data to help us in our quest to accurately assess and plan for the needs of all students with SEN. The data used is a culmination of students’ EwL (engagement with learning) grades, standardised reading and spelling scores as well as data produced from Go4Schools which tracks student behaviour, merits and academic progress. This information is required to help us form a starting point, from which to intervene, and then build a comprehensive picture of progress.

For some students, we may want to seek advice from specialist teams.  In our school and cluster, we have access to various specialist services.  We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website available at http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/SEND

Stalham High School as part of the Stalham Cluster have also commissioned for 2016-17 support from:

  • Testwise for schools – Dyslexia Screening software
  • Specialist Assessor - Philippa Baillie
  • School Counsellor – Ruth Bristow
  • SEN Consultant one day per term - Janet Butler
  • Educational Psychology Services
  • Willow Tree learning inclusive support package – Judith Carter
  • Short Stay School for Norfolk – Douglas Bader School

What we do to Support Students with SEN at Stalham High School

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all students in their class.  The Teacher Standards detail the expectations of all Teachers, and we at Stalham High are proud of our Teachers and their development. Further information is available from the Department for Education.

Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum. This might include using:

  • Writing frames
  • iPads, laptops or other alternative recording devices
  • Peer buddy systems
  • Positive behaviour rewards system (Merits)
  • Dragon Text Speech Software
  • Smart board Software
  • Easy start handwriting pens
  • Noodles and stress relief toys
  • Coloured overlays, coloured exercise books
  • Differentiated learning objectives

Each learner identified as having SEN is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum.  The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. There are two stages to the code of practice, which indicate what level a young person’s needs are considered. The first is those placed at ‘SEN support’ and those who have been awarded an EHCp. The implementation of support at the lower stage (SEN Support) is achieved using a combination of in school resources and the local offer by using a graduated approach of assess-plan-do-review, making sure provision is appropriate and effective.

Supporting SEN outside the classroom is sometimes required to help to close the gap in a child’s learning or help overcome a barrier to learning. This intervention style of support can take a variety of formats:

  • Learning Mentors - Our learning mentors are called Mrs Feakins and Miss Searle. They work with students who require a greater level of emotional support while studying. They offer ad hoc, daily, weekly and fortnightly sessions. Learning mentors work closely with the student to help prevent anxiety, stress and worry from becoming a source of distraction from learning. They also aim to improve students’ confidence levels so that they can fully engage with the curriculum, and avoid being passive in the learning environment. The learning mentors are based in the Hub, a space detailed later on in this document.
  • Inclusion Support – We have an inclusion manager who helps students to remain in the school environment when their behaviour might otherwise prevent them from being able to cope in a classroom environment. Students are sometimes able to collect work from lessons and study in the alternative area known as the LSU. This is only ever implemented as a temporary solution and the outcome is always for the student to return to lessons.
  • Key Worker – Some students take great comfort in having an adult that they can talk through their issues with and ask for help regarding a particular area of their schooling. Key workers offer a more in-depth level of monitoring. They also facilitate links between home and school and help to communicate on the child’s behalf, to both parents and teachers. Miss Searle currently acts as key worker to all students who have a pupil passport.
  • The Harbour - Some students find that their needs prevent them from being able to fully integrate during unstructured times at break-time and at lunch. We offer the use of the harbour, which is a staffed area running different activities for students with SEN to undertake. Often activities are designed to improve social development, fine motor skills, cognition and learning, and enhance communication skills.
  • Individualised curriculum – In rare cases, it is necessary to adapt a student’s curriculum to meet their needs. Any changes to a student’s curriculum are done so in consultation with parents.

Stalham High also employs 5 teaching assistants (TA’s) and a literacy co-ordinator, who oversees some of the interventions we offer as co-ordinated by our SENCO. Some of the intervention we offer can be seen listed below. If you would like to contact any member of the SEND department, please do so via the SENCo or front office.

  • 1:1 reading
  • Lexia
  • Speed up handwriting intervention
  • Catch up literacy
  • Small group or 1:1 spelling intervention
  • Reading buddies
  • Dockside – phonics, spelling, reading and comprehension
  • Cue Zone – numeracy intervention

After our recent academisation in joining the North Norfolk Academies Trust we can now offer the services of Mrs Angela Martin who is the school’s new guidance advisor. Mrs Martin will be on hand to offer your child a variety of Information, careers, advice and guidance. If you would like your son or daughter to have an appointment with Angela please email her directly AMartin@nnat.org.uk or Mr McMahon lmcmahon@stalhamhigh.co.uk. Angela will assist with all transition work to college or post 16 providers, especially students who have a Statement or Education Health and Care plan.

Funding for SEN

Stalham High School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of students with SEN.  This is described in an SEN memorandum.  The amount of funding we received for 2016-17 was £163,200.54.

The Stalham Cluster of schools also receives funding from the Local Authority, which is distributed as ‘top-up’ funding for students who require support that exceeds that available to the school. The Stalham cluster funding for 2016-17 is £102,780 .

The Stalham Cluster of schools is committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for students with SEN.  If you would like any further information on SEN in the Stalham Cluster, please contact our Cluster co-ordinator: janetbutler13@icloud.com

How do we find out if this Support is Effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Stalham High School.  Parents/carers, students and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for students with SEN.  We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and students are involved in each step.  Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENCo, Teacher, student, and sometimes parent/carer, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention.  A baseline will usually be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.

Students, Parents/carers and teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress wherever possible. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held (when necessary) 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 termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.

The SENCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work.  Intervention data is shared with the Stalham Cluster, so all SENCos in our cluster are able to select high quality provision.

Progress data of all students is collated by the whole school and monitored by teachers, Senior Leaders and presentations made to the NNAT board of directors. Our school and cluster data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted. Your child’s form tutor will be able to assist you with any queries you may have regarding understanding your child’s progress data.

Other Opportunities for Learning

All students should have the same opportunity to access extracurricular activities.  At Stalham High School in 2016-17, we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities.  

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our Assistant Headteacher Mr McMahon (Director of student support and guidance) to discuss specific requirements.  

All staff at Stalham High School have regular training on the Equality Act 2010.  This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers, 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’s 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.”

Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes students with long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Students and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled students and young people and those with SEN. Students and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click here.

Preparing for the Next Step

Transition is a part of life for all students.  This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, moving on to another school or training provider, or moving into employment.  Stalham High School is committed to working in partnership with students, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all students with SEN.  Where appropriate, the school's Guidance Advisor and/or Assistant SENCo will be involved to ensure adequate support is provided. Transition to colleges will be discussed in the summer term of Year 10, to ensure time for planning and preparation.

Have your Say

Stalham High School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our students, ensuring achievement for all.  This SEN report declares our annual offer to students with SEN, but to be effective, it needs the views of all parents/carers, students, governors and staff.  So, please engage with our annual process to ‘assess, plan, do and review’ provision for SEN at Stalham High School.

Useful Links

Norfolk Local Offer 

Norfolk Parent Partnership

The Government’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information