SEND Information: Special Needs Offer
At St. Anne’s Catholic School, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils based on three principles:
- Setting suitable learning challenges;
- Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs;
- Overcoming potential barriers to learning.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.
For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide – this is often referred to as our ‘SEND Offer’, detailed below. This provision is alongside the Birmingham Local Offer.
Information for Parents/Carers
Under the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (September 2014) our school is expected to provide SEN information with reference to:
Appropriate and Effective Teaching and Learning;
Open and Honest Communication;
A Partnership Approach.
Click on the questions below to find out more:
Q1: What do I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
You should contact your child’s teacher initially or arrange a meeting with the SENCO, Mrs Tighe. We will listen carefully to concerns and put appropriate actions in place. This may involve suggesting other professionals who might be able to help. Because we closely monitor every child’s attainment and progress, it’s likely that we will have already spoken to you about any concerns we have.
Q2: How will school support my child?
The class teacher will plan specific targets and the support needed to meet those targets. This is likely to include lots of extra practice of a specific aspect of learning over the course of the week as well as differentiated tasks within lessons. This will be overseen by the SENCO and any other professionals involved with the child.
Any alternative provision will be delivered by teachers and support staff and will be reviewed regularly by teachers and the SENCO. Any plans or targets will be shared with you at parents’ evenings or at review meetings.
Q3: How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
As well as individual plans and targets, which would usually be delivered on a one to one basis, we make sure that all children have access to a curriculum which is differentiated to challenge and meet individual needs. We might also group children so they access targeted support or specific resources together -this group work often helps with their learning and social needs.
Q4: How will I know how well my child is doing and how will you help me support my child’s learning?
In addition to normal reporting arrangements, there are parents’ evenings and review meetings where there will be opportunities for you to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher. The SENCO is always available on these evenings for further discussion and to support you with any concerns you may have. You can be involved in supporting your child’s education in consultation with the class teacher. This may involve special homework tasks or reinforcement of classroom strategies in the home. We will always try to offer parent training or learning events to help this process and we welcome suggestions from you if there’s anything else that you would like support with.
Q5: What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?
Our open door policy ensures you can feel confident when you approach school with a problem. You can tell us your concerns and we will access a range of services to provide support. This may involve referral to targeted services such as counselling or family support.
Where education is the issue, the SENCO has access to specialists such as Educational Psychology and Speech and Language Therapists.
We recognise the importance of early diagnosis and intervention and we work closely with the School Nurse, who is available to support when children have specific medical issues and links with many other support agencies.
Q6: How can I find more information?
If you’re considering applying for a place, contact the school on 0121 575 6037, who will direct you to our SENCO Mrs. Tighe.
Birmingham's Local Offer can be found at: www.mycareinbirmingham.org.uk (external link).