SEND Provision at HJS
Hempstead school seeks to meet all children’s learning through good quality teaching and support provided by the curriculum within the classroom. If a child is seen to not make expected progress they will be supported by a team of staff led by the schools SENDCO in partnership with the class teacher and teaching assistant.
- SENDCO: Mrs M Grout
- Specialist Teacher Mrs L Sweatman
Teaching Assistants providing further support and interventions
- Mrs Hesketh
- Mrs Kumar
- Mrs Fox
- Mrs Sargent
- Mrs Carr
- Mrs Hanspal
- Mrs Rumsey
In addition to this immediate SEN team the school commissions the support and advice of an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist. This additional support from a multi-agency team enables the school to gain a thorough understanding of different children’s needs and how best to support them.
METHODS OF SUPPORT
A wide range of support is available to children who are having difficulties with learning or are unhappy in school. Children’s learning needs are identified through the use of Target Tracker, which is the school’s assessment and tracking system; this programme is used to monitor the progress of all children across all subjects. If a child does not make expected progress in mathematics, reading or writing they will be considered for inclusion on to a programme of support.
When a child joins a support programme their name is added to a list of children being supported, their name will stay on this list for the duration of the intervention. Every six weeks the children’s progress is assessed whilst changes to support take place every twelve weeks. This monitoring timetable ensures that children’s progress is frequently reviewed and changes to support made accordingly.
Additional support is available for children during the morning lessons when class teachers may create individual learning plans ( IEPs) for some pupils who need to develop specific skills but are not necessarily showing larger gaps in their learning. This will often be one to one support for short periods of time delivered by the class teaching assistant and monitored by the class teacher.
Programmes of Support
- Mathematics small group work (including Mathletics computer programme)
- Literacy small group support
- BEAM motor and co-ordination programme
- Handwriting and touch typing support
- Project X literacy support programme
- Memory and attention development
- Speech and Language programmes (developed by a therapist and delivered by the SENDCO and TA)
- Occupational therapy support (in class adaptions to equipment and timetables)
Further Support for Well-being
Family Liaison Officer
Hempstead Junior School has employed a Family Liaison Officer (FLO) who is available to support parents and families. Mrs Stevens the school’s FLO is available to meet with parents to discuss concerns related to their children’s well-being and happiness. It is recognised that if children feel unhappy of unsettled they cannot concentrate and make good academic progress. Mrs Stevens can provide immediate support to parents and families but also signpost where further and specialist support can be found.
The Place 2 Be counsellors provide opportunities for children and parents to meet and discuss concerns with a trained professional who can offer support and guidance. This service is confidential and independent of the teaching staff within school however their help can be valuable in meeting family’s needs and ensuring that difficulties at home are recognised and considered in school alongside children’s learning needs.
SEN CHANGES TO GOVERNMENT POLICY
In 2014 the Government publish an updated SEN Code of Practice. The key changes included in this document are:
SEN Statements are replaced by a document called the ‘Education and Health Care Plan’. This document covers support across both Health and Education and spans from birth to age 25.
Families are offered personal budgets enabling them to commission support for their children directly.
THE LOCAL OFFER
The ‘Local Offer’ is a document which captures all the local (Medway) services available to support disabled children and children with special educational needs and their families. It identifies different services range of support and how to access this help.
If you wish to discuss your child’s learning needs contact the following members of staff:
- Your child’s Class teacher,
- Head of Year
- Mrs Grout (SENDCO)
- Mr Cross Headteacher.