If you have any questions about our SEND Information Report please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.
Statement of Intent for Promoting Equality
At Howletch Lane Primary School we are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our school is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We aim to:
- Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
- Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
- Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
- Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
- Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school.
Howletch Lane Primary School prides itself on being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children's special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Types of SEND at the School
At Howletch Lane Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- Autistic Spectrum Condition
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Specific Learning Difficulties
- Moderate Learning Difficulties
- Severe Learning Difficulties
- Hearing Impairment
- Visual Impairment
- Physical Difficulties
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
How do we identify and assess children with SEN?
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Howletch Lane Primary School we follow a graduated support approach which is called 'Assess, Plan, Do, Review'. This means that we will:
- Assess a child's special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child's aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will introduce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child's special educational needs and agreed outcomes.
Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan. Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
Pastoral Medical and Social Support
At Howletch Lane Primary School we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met. These include our Parent Support Advisor, School Counsellor and Connecting with Children providers.
Consultation with Children and Young People with SEND
Teachers/SENDCO and Support Staff will work with children and young people to identify the support needed to meet agreed outcomes. The provision is planned and interventions are allocated to individual needs. The children take an active role with setting their targets, discussing them with the class teacher/SENDCO.
Consultation with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child's needs and support. Parents and carers will be involved throughout the process.
There is a range of ways this can be done, for example:
- Termly parents/ carers evenings;
- Ongoing discussions with a class teacher and/ or SENDCO;
- An 'open-door' policy, where parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have;
- Through a review of a child's SEN Support Plan or the Annual Review of the Statement of SEN or EHC Plan.
Please contact the school to arrange an appointment with Mrs Clymo (SENDCO) if you require additional help or support.