Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information report

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Meeting the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Langley Park School for Girls (LPGS) is an inclusive school committed to empowering all students to realise their potential including those with Special Educational Needs.  We share with all Bromley schools the expectation that all students, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and to feel that they are valued members of the wider school community.

The Student Support faculty is managed by Mrs T Currie, AHT Inclusion.  Mrs Cadman is the current SEN Co-ordinator (SENCo) responsible for the day to day operation of the department and currently there are two other specialist teachers.  The department also consists of two Keyworkers, a Student Support receptionist who offers additional administration support, and 11 Learning Support Assistants with a wide variety of specialisms.  Mrs Rebecca Day is the Governor with responsibility for SEND.

LPGS offers a range of provision to support students with communication and interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health difficulties or sensory or physical needs.

The range of support deployed will be tailored to individual needs through a graduated approach designed to enable students working to becoming independent and resilient learners and involves a joint working approach between all teaching staff.

Our SEND policy can be found here

Assessment, Planning and Review
All students receive formal academic progress reports once a term.

Ongoing monitoring by subject teachers/Form tutors identifies students who are not making good progress or whose needs are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities.

After discussion with key staff and parents/carers, additional support will be put into place to provide enhanced resources and/or targeted small group and/or individual support to help overcome any difficulties.  At this stage, we will take into account the views of the student or young person about their own support.

This additional support for a student with special educational needs is documented in an individual provision map.  In consultation with Student Support staff and parents/carers, appropriately timed targets are agreed which prioritise key areas of learning or behaviour to address and by which progress can be measured.  Where external agencies are involved, their advice and recommendations are included in these support programmes.  Agreed actions take into account each student’s strengths as well as their difficulties.

In a small number of cases, often where a student has an EHCP (Education & Health Care Plan), a Learning Support Assistant may be allocated.  This support is deployed to ensure students can engage in lessons and wider school activities and to facilitate independent learning to support transition to adulthood.

Students who have a special educational need will be allocated a Keyworker in Student Support. This is a member of the SEND team and should be your first point of contact for all discussions relating to your child's needs.

Parents/carers will have the opportunity to meet with their Keyworker and relevant staff at official parent’s consultation evenings and at other times by arrangement.

Tests and Examination Access Arrangements
Additional arrangements can be made for some students to enable them to access fully a range of tests.  This might include additional time, rest breaks or the use of a reader, scribe or word processor.  The SENCo will inform parents/carers about eligibility and applications for these arrangements.  Only tests and assessors authorised by the school and recognised by JQA (Joint Council for Qualifications) can be accepted for access arrangements for public examinations.

ACCESS TO LEARNING AND THE CURRICULUM

Staffing Expertise
An ongoing programme of training for staff is in place to ensure that teachers and support staff have appropriate skills and knowledge in areas that will improve their teaching and support of students with SEND. 

Teachers are provided with relevant information about students with SEND or additional learning needs.

Our SENCo and Student Support staff keep abreast of current local and national initiatives and policies to support students with SEND and welcome opportunities for sharing good practice with other local schools.  The school also seeks advice and guidance from local special schools to review, evaluate and develop provision for students who have the most complex needs.

We have staff with specialised expertise and qualifications in school including:

  • Accredited training for students with Autism
  • Catch up Literacy and Numeracy intervention
  • Oral language modification for exams access
  • Speech and language

Provision to facilitate and support access to the curriculum
LPGS provides a graduated response dependent on the student’s needs.  Responses may include:

  • Access Student Support area
  • Access to a Keyworker (learning or pastoral)
  • Adapted timetable
  • Learning support groups in Year 8 and Year 9
  • Access to appropriate assistive technology
  • Homework support
  • Specific programmes to support speech and language
  • 1:1 or small group sessions with support staff
  • Social skills groups
  • Literacy catch up programme
  • Numeracy catch up programme
  • Strategies to support and develop independent learning
  • Study skills and revision workshops
  • Strategies to support and develop Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • All students, new to the school, are assessed using LUCID adaptive testing as well as other appropriate screening tests
  • Further reading assessments are carried out throughout the year, as appropriate
  • Peer reading programme
  • Timetabled library lessons and access to library facilities after school
  • Access to support programmes for dyslexic students
  • Access speech and language support by referral
  • Students with Pupil Premium may also have access to additional specialist support

Pastoral Support
The school has strong pastoral support systems which involves all teaching and non teaching staff and in particular, Form tutors and Heads of Year who offer daily support.  In addition, students have access to the following interventions, where appropriate.

  • Peer support programmes
  • 1:1 mentoring - external and internal
  • Extra curricular clubs
  • Workshops to address self esteem, anger management, assertiveness and organisation with key staff
  • Supervision at social times
  • Access to Student Support area as a safe haven
  • Access to counsellor by referral
  • Liaising with parents/carers

Increasing Accessibility Getting about

  • Access to strategies/programmes to support occupational/physiotherapy needs as required including modified PE lessons or exercise programmes
  • Access to modified equipment and ICT on advice from external agencies
  • Access to medical interventions
  • Staff training in administering some medications e.g. Epipen, insulin
  • Photographs of students with severe medical conditions provided to staff
  • Key staff trained in First Aid
  • Close liaison with other medical agencies e.g. physiotherapy, occupational health, CAMHS

Partnerships with External Agencies
LPGS works with a number of external agencies to seek advice and support to ensure that the needs of all students are fully understood and met.  These include:

  • Educational Psychology Service – free access to the EPS is limited to four half days per year.  Referrals made in excess of the statutory service provided will be agreed in accordance with level of need
  • Sensory Support Service – the Vision and Hearing Support services work closely with the school.  Advice and support is offered throughout the school year.  Both services visit students in school to assess their needs and liaise closely with school staff to ensure strategies and interventions are in place.  Any appropriate access arrangements are considered carefully
  • Speech and Language Therapy – school will implement recommendations following specialist assessment.  School will work with Speech and Language Therapy Clinics and endeavour to follow that advice given by that service in school as appropriate
  • School has full access to occupational health/physiotherapy services as and when required
  • CAMHS – service engaged via GP and parents/carers
  • Children Looked After – this service oversees and monitors provision for children who are in the care of a Local Authority (LA).  The LA where the child was registered remains responsible for that child in loco parentis regardless of where the child currently resides or is educated.  At LPGS Mrs Currie has responsibility for children who are looked after and is the designated person responsible for safeguarding issues
  • Paediatric services are engaged via GP and parents/carers

Transition
Children and young people with SEND can become particularly anxious about ‘moving on’ so we seek to support successful transition by:

When moving on to another school we will:

  • Liaise with the new school to share information about special arrangements and support that has been made to help the student achieve their learning goals
  • Ensure that all records are passed on as soon as possible
  • Arrange visits where appropriate

When moving classes/tutor groups in school we will:

  • Liaise with teachers and Head of Year involved.  All subject teachers and Learning Support staff affected will be informed of the move
  • Arrange opportunities to visit the new class/teacher if necessary

In Year 6 – Year 7 transition of students with high needs/statement of SEND:

  • The SENCo and/or members of the Student Support team will attend the Primary/Secondary Transition review meeting to discuss specific needs of the student and the nature and level of support which has had the most impact
  • In some cases additional multi-agency meetings may be required to create a more detailed ‘transition’ plan for students.  This may include additional visits to LPGS or participating in our  ‘Moving On’ project

In addition, the SENCo and/or members of the Student Support team will attend the Bromley Schools Year 6 - Year 7 Transition meeting to discuss Bromley students with SEND and collect relevant paperwork from the feeder schools.

Transition to Sixth Form

  • Additional support is provided to help students who may be anxious about this transitional step.  Student Support staff work closely with the Sixth Form Leadership team to ensure students feel supported at this crucial time

Catch-up premium: What is catch-up funding?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up funding provides schools with additional funding to support those children who performed below national expectations at Key Stage 2 in English and Maths. It is provided to all state funded schools with a Year 7 cohort. As of 2016-2017, under the new scaled scores system, we will be providing support to students who have been identified as scoring significantly below 100 (which is the expected standard).

LPGS are committed to supporting students who have not made national expected progress in either or both of English and Maths to ensure that core skills are developed. This is to build student confidence in these key subject areas, also to ensure that students can be successful across a diverse and rich range of subjects with a core literacy and numeracy base.

Please click here for further information on catch-up premium.

Admissions Criteria

For full details of our admissions criteria please click here


USEFUL CONTACTS

Information, Advice and Support Service (Formerly Parent Partnership):
http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/8/special_educational_needs/64/information_advice_and_support_service_iass

Bromley Wellbeing Service:
http://www.bromleywellbeingcyp.org/

Bromley Mencap:
https://www.bromleymencap.org.uk/

Dyslexia Association of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich & Lewisham:
http://dyslexiawise.co.uk/

Bromley Local Offer
Further information about support and services for students and their families can be found in the Bromley Local Offer Web link.
http://bromley.mylifeportal.co.uk/lbb-local-offer.aspx