Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Christ Church School- our local offer overview
The Christ Church Primary School local offer sets out in one place – on our website – what we provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education. Our SEND policy gives more detail about our day to day procedures – for example how we plan the most effective support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and how we review their progress Camden Local Authority also publishes on its website a Camden Local Offer.
This sets out a wide range of information about the specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support and information for families of children and young people with SEND. It explains the procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) – which is replacing the SEN statement. You will also find information about:
where to go for advice and guidance on SEN and Disability matters: support for parents and carers: http://www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk/template/13/special-educational-needs-and-disability-information-advice-and-support
health and care services, e.g.: http://www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk/template/4/mosaic-integrated-service-for-disabled-children and http://www.kids.org.uk/
If you have any queries about information on this website or comments please contact Camden Local Authority Officers. Their email: SENDreforms@camden.gov.uk
THE PURPOSE OF OUR LOCAL OFFER
The purpose of our school’s local offer is to inform parents and carers about:
how we welcome into our school children with special educational needs and/or disabilities SEND);
how we support them in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to achievement;
how we work in close partnership with parents/carers and children;
how we make effective provision for all of our children with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND.
KEEPING OUR LOCAL OFFER UNDER REVIEW
We will keep our Local Offer under review – by asking parents and children what is working well and what they want to improve
The next review date for our Local Offer is July 2015
WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL IS CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL?
We are a Camden primary school for the 5-11 age range.
There is one class in each Year Group, starting with our Reception class through to our Year 6 class.
We do not have a nursery and children join our Reception class from a wide range of nursery settings.
Children start school in the year they turn 5 in our Reception class.
Our most recent OFSTED report was in 2009 judging us to be outstanding in all areas.
The report noted:
Teaching and learning are outstanding…Teachers have high expectations of all pupils; they expect them to do their best and pupils rise to this challenge. Very skilled teaching absorbs pupils and a very good range of teaching styles and planning for varying ability levels ensures that the needs of all learners are met very effectively. A major contribution to learning is made by the skilled support staff, particularly true with pupils who have statements of special educational need, who are sensitively helped to play a full part in lessons and other activities...
Excellent care and support are embedded in the ethos of the school and are firmly based on the positive and caring values that are promoted by the school.
In April 2014, Neil Smith, SEND Consultant for Camden conducted an audit of the school’s special educational needs provision highlighting many key strengths including overall strategic management for SEND, full access to the curriculum for SEND pupils, highly successful outcomes for SEND pupils, parent partnership and managing transitions.
OUR VISION – WHAT WE THINK IS IMPORTANT
At Christ Church School we respect and value each individual’s contribution to our school community. We work to inspire our children with the love of learning and to strive for excellence in all aspects of school life
We promote the highest standards of teaching and learning at all times and provide a rich and stimulating curriculum.
We encourage pupils’ development of self-confidence, self-discipline and healthy living
We promote a Christian ethos whilst respecting other people’s faith
We welcome the involvement of parents and other members of the local community
We expect everybody to understand their own rights and take responsibility to respect the rights of others
We expect everybody to make a positive contribution to our school, the wider community and our planet
We provide an environment where all feel safe from bullying and discrimination.
Our vision is that all children leave Christ Church School ready for the next stage in their learning and are able to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead at secondary school and beyond.
We welcome difference and diversity – learning from and about diversity strengthens our community.
We value, respect and adhere to Christian values
We value, respect and celebrate the achievements of ALL children.
We have high expectations of all of our children’s social, emotional and academic development.
We value and respect the parents/carers because they are the first educators of their child and we will always involve them in the planning and reviewing of their child’s progress.
We know that the earlier we provide support for children with SEN/D, the more successful they will be.
We aim to develop high levels of self-esteem and confidence in all of our children so they view themselves as successful, independent learners.
We welcome and respect all members of the school community and value everyone equally.
We aim to promote justice, fairness and equality in all areas of school life.
We will provide specialist support and resources for children with SEND to be the best possible learner that they can be.
Our starting point is to guarantee a whole school approach to making provision for children with SEND: we make sure that all staff members have the knowledge and skills to support all children with SEND in our school.
HOW WE LEARN WITH AND FROM OTHER SCHOOLS
We are a learning community and believe that it is important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEND issues are up to date. We also share our best practice with other schools: for example, we are part of a local inclusion cluster working together with other schools in the area. We recently held an inclusion cluster meeting for other SENDCOs and inclusion leaders here at Christ Church.
We undertake visits to local schools to share our practice and learn from what they are doing well.
Our Inclusion Leader attends the Local Authority SENDCO forum which keeps all schools up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.
Our teachers and teaching assistants are given opportunities to observe other colleagues and discuss good practice on how to enhance children’s learning as individuals or in groups. (This occurs in school and visiting other schools.)
AN INCLUSIVE SCHOOL FOR ALL
At Christ Church School we welcome pupils with Special Educational Needs, and make every effort to support them. All our classes are fully inclusive and we have high expectations for all our children. We aim to meet the needs of pupils with:
Specific learning difficulties
Moderate learning difficulties
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Physical disabilities (NB: however, the school does not currently have a lift or ramps to allow access to the whole building).
Visual and hearing impairments
Communication difficulties, including autism
COMMUNICATING THE LOCAL OFFER
We have placed this information here on our website –: we have tried to make sure everything is clear and helpful. www.christchurchschool.co.uk
You will also find our SEND Policy on the website. www.christchurchschool.co.uk/parents/policies
You can also pick up a summary of our SEND policy from our office: this policy provides more details about how we are implementing the new SEND Code of Practice
We provide a leaflet which summarises our support for SEND pupils and further details of our extra support programme. This is available on our school website http://www.christchurchschool.co.uk/parents/routines or from the school office.
If you want to talk to member of staff we will arrange for a member of staff to meet you and answer your questions: let us know if you need an interpreter or British Sign Language signer – we will do our best to provide this support
Christ Church School Local Offer links to the information which Camden Local Authority provides for parents and carers of children with SEND. You can see this on its website www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk
We have a summary of Camden Local Authority information in our school office; office staff will be pleased to give you a copy (available mid-Autumn)
WHO TO CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION
Our Head Teacher provides leadership on inclusion and high achievement for all.
Our Inclusion Leader oversees the provision and leadership for SEND and leads on the day to day operation of our SEND procedures following guidance in the SEND Code of Practice.
Our “SEND” Governor has a responsibility for monitoring and supporting the school on SEND matters on our governing body.
Our School Office staff can give you copies of our policies by email or paper copies.
Our Site Manager ensures that the school is clean and safe and has oversight of site access projects. All members of staff can be contacted via the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIST CHURCH SCHOOL - OUR LOCAL OFFER
We present our Local Offer in order to inform parents/carers about twelve important aspects of our SEN/D (Special Educational Needs / Disabilities) provision.
- Effective Leadership, Management and Governance
- Developing the skill and expertise of staff
- The contribution of specialist services
- Identification, assessment and planning - children with SEND
- Reviewing children’s progress
- Inclusive teaching and effective support
- Ensuring access to the curriculum
- Providing accessible classrooms + special resources
- Working in Partnership with parents and carers
- Listening to Children and Young People
- Managing transitions – joining and leaving our school
- Providing support for safety, personal well-being, attendance + health