Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
How does the school know if children/ young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
The team at Ladbrooke JMI build close, supportive relationships with all our children. We strive to work closely with parents and families. Identifying the need for additional help can occur through:
- Concerns raised by parents, carers, teachers and the children regarding a child’s social or physical development, emotional well-being or academic progress.
- Teachers continually assess children through termly pupil progress meetings.
- Where progress and attainment are significally below age related expectations.
- Change in pupil progress.
- If you, as a parent have concerns, you should meet with your child’s class teacher where appropriate. Concerns may be referred to the SENCO.
How will school staff support my child?
It is the teacher’s responsibility to provide for children with SEND in his/her class and to follow the school’s procedures for identifying, assessing and making provision to meet those needs.
- Quality first class teaching in all classes.
- Differentiated teaching in lessons.
- School provision map identifying extra intervention to support needs.
- Targeted interventions following specialist advice, e.g. Speech and Language.
- In school interventions planned by the class teacher and delivered by a teaching assistant or teacher in a small focus group or occasionally on a 1:1 basis.
- Monitoring of behaviours or academic performance in pupil notes- monitoring impact of strategies.
- Referral by the SENCO to specific external agencies.
- Appropriate specialist equipment, e.g. writing slopes.
- Parents will be fully involved at every stage.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Ladbrooke JMI has an 'open door' policy and encourages ongoing communication to ensure effective partnership.
- Informal meetings with class teacher at the end of the school day.
- Parent Consultations (Autumn and Spring Term).
- Annual end of year report in the Summer Term.
- Liaison and meetings with outside agencies.
- Informal meetings with class teacher at the end of the school day.
- Contact with the SENCO.
How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?
Led by the teacher's detailed assessment and experience of the child, through knowing the child well and listening to both the child's and parent's views.
- Quality first teaching.
- Careful planning providing opportunities offering a range of challenges to meet the needs of all children, including various strategies to support individual needs.
- Small group or 1:1 intervention with focused children led by both teacher and TA.
- Regular assessment through school tracking systems and pupil progress meetings
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
All staff are here to provide support for children's social, emotional and mental health needs. The school has high expectations with regard to our behaviour policy. The school behaviour policy is published on the school website www.ladbrooke.herts.sch.uk
- Positive relationships with parents, school and children.
- Links with family support service, The Park (ESC), PB1 Children’s Centre who offer support programmes for parents.
- Access to Educational Psychologist consultations, Art/Play therapist and counsellor for identified children.
- Buddy system in place on playground for identified children to support social interaction.
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) AND Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) as integral to the curriculum and taught explicitly on a regular basis.
- The SENCo runs a number of Nurture Programmes, including Bright Stars, Lego Therapy, Transition support, Story and Share sessions.
- Protective Behaviours Programme run in Year 1 by SENCo
- The school’s Behaviour policy includes guidance on high expectations, rewards and sanctions- understood and in place by all staff.
- Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and in some cases all staff receive training, e.g. epi-pen, first aid.
- Pupil views are gathered through discussion with them and through anonymous questionnaires.
- Additional support from specialist staff is arranged as needed for individual pupils both in and out of the classroom.
- Impact of social media and danger of cyber-bullying is taken very seriously. Regular information evenings are offered to all parents regarding keeping our children safe on-line.
- School annually updates the safeguarding checklist (see also our Safeguarding policy).
- School adheres to the statutory guidance 'Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions'.
- All medication is kept in a secure place and is only administered by designated people.
- Individual Health Care Plans are written for children with medical conditions and shared with all staff that work with the child, including lunchtime staff.
What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?
Ladbrooke JMI has a dedicated SENCo. Staff have undergone training in different areas of SEN to develop specialisms. This ensures there is a wide range of skills and expertise along with the ability to lead specialist intervention programmes. The school works closely with a variety of outside agencies to support the needs of children. These include:
- Educational Psychologist (EP)
- Parkside SpLD Base (Specific Learning Difficulties in English and Maths)
- Outreach Support for specific needs including Autism, Down's Syndrome.
- The Park ESC and the Family Support Team provide support for children and families facing emotional, social and mental health needs.
- Specialist health services are accessed to support children in school such as:
- Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- School nurse.
- Art therapy/counselling.
- After discussions with the Class Teacher and parents, children may be referred to external professionals, where criteria is met.
- Parents may also access some services through their GP, for example, the ADHD clinic, CAMHS.
What training have the staff, supporting children and young people with SEND, had or are having?
We have three designated members of staff (DSL and DDSL) responsible for safeguarding concerns. All staff and governors are trained in safeguarding. In addition:
- The school provides both in school and external training and support to enable all staff to best support and improve the teaching and learning of all children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues.
- Our SENCO attends regular SEND updates and has close links with the local SEN Cluster group.
- Our SENCO is a qualified and experienced teacher.
- We are fortunate to have a teacher on staff with a SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties) qualification who provides support and advice to class teachers in this area.
- We have a nominated lead for children looked after and a governor who oversees this role. Training on children looked after has been undertaken
How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Information leaflets are handed out each term by class teachers so that parents are informed which topics will be covered. A meeting is held for all parents at the beginning of each new year group. In addition:
- Annual Phonics evenings are offered to all parents
- Parents are invited to work alongside their child during open classroom events
- The school's website provides links for parents to access resources to keep their own skills and knowledge up to date
- Parenting courses accessed through PB1, our local Children’s Centre.
How will I be involved in discussions and planning for my child’s education?
- Parents and the children themselves are involved at every stage.
- External professionals will meet directly with a parent when at all possible. Where this is not possible, a report will be provided and the SENCo will be available to discuss this with you.
- For some children and families involved with various agencies, a family eCaf (Common Assessment Framework) may be offered to enable all services to work together efficiently and share information.
- For children looked after (CLA) parents will be involved in PEP (personal education plan) meetings where discussions will be held to ensure each child is making good progress
- For children with more complex needs, an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may be written. This is a statutory document which ensures your child receives the provision they need and that their parent’s wishes are taken into account.
- Homework will be adjusted as needed to suit your child’s individual requirements.
- A home - school link book may be used to support communication with you when this has been agreed to be useful.
- Parents are represented on the school governing body and there is also a very active PTA in the school called the 'FOLS' (Friends of Ladbrooke School)
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
For all school trips a risk assessment is undertaken to ensure that each child is kept safe. All children with SEND are included on all school trips and when appropriate additional staff are deployed.
- Our Equality/ Inclusion policy promotes involvement of all learners in all aspects of the curriculum, including activities outside the classroom.
- School trips will always be discussed with individual parents where necessary to cover all the practicalities.
- Appropriate provision and reasonable adjustments will be made where necessary dependent on the child’s needs.
- Medical support will be put in place where necessary (see Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions policy).
How accessible is the school environment?
- The school is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments are made for all children with SEND as necessary.
- The building is wheelchair accessible and has disabled changing and toilet facilities.
- Every classroom is fitted with a sound system to support children with hearing loss
- Specialised equipment is provided where appropriate for children with SEND and advice is sought from the appropriate medical/health professionals to ensure all children's health and physical needs are catered for within the school environment.
- Please refer to the school accessibility plan and equality scheme for more information.
Who can I contact for further information?
- In the first instance, parents are always encouraged to contact their child’s class teacher about any issues or concerns.
- The SENCO, Andrea Prior and Head teacher, Tracey Webster are available for further information or to discuss the needs of your child.
- The school’s SEN Governor, Donna Corke, is also available for advice and guidance as appropriate.
- At county level, the SEN Officer, Hayley Moore, is available for further advice and to administer EHC plans.
How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
- Our school works closely with all settings at time of transition. We have meetings with parents before children enter the school system. Extra visits to school, and home visits, can be arranged for parents of children with SEND.
- We also have strong links with our local secondary schools to ensure smooth transition and transfer of relevant information. We hold meetings with Year Seven tutors to discuss individual children’s needs.
- Additional visits to their new school and transition programmes are available for identified children in Year Six.
- Each year, your child's class teacher and the SENCo will ensure that their new teacher is fully aware of your child's specific needs.
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
- The budget for SEND is decided by the Head teacher and Governing Body. Within the budgetary constraints, support is allocated according to the level of need. This includes provision targeted at specific groups such as Pupil Premium.
- Funding is used to employ Learning Support Assistants who are working with identified children with SEND, to purchase specialist equipment, books or stationary and to provide training for staff. In exceptional circumstances, additional funding can be applied for (Exceptional Needs Funding) for individual children.
- Families with an Ecaf can apply for funding from personalised commissioning.
How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?
- At Ladbrooke, termly pupil progress meetings are held between the Head teacher, class teacher, relevant Learning Support Assistants and SENCo. Additional support and provision is discussed and agreed.
- The views of the pupil and parents are very much taken in to account. If a child is unhappy with a particular provision, or it is simply not working for them, we will try something else.
- The amount and type of support offered to a child is determined by the child's needs, pupil's views and parental views. In addition, budgetary and time constraints, as well as staff available, will need to be taken in to consideration.
- All provision will be carefully monitored and their impact measured.
How can I find information about the Local Authority’s Local Offer of services and provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability?
Information on the Hertfordshire Local Education Authority offer can be found at: