Halam C of E Primary School
At Halam Church of England Primary School, where we provide continuity of education for children aged between four and eleven years inclusive.
We are proud to be a Church school and believe that the Christian Values which underpin the ethos of our school play a big part in nurturing the development of all of our children.
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- Mrs Kate Lincoln
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Additional Local Offer Information
Halam C of E Primary School is part of the Mitre Trust. The trust was formed by a committed group of schools in and around the town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire. These schools have worked as a close family for many years and wish to continue their work together as a multi-academy trust to both secure and continue to improve the quality of education in the local area. We are committed to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible.
Updated November 2021
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Primary (4-10 years)
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?
At Halam School, we acknowledge that all children are individuals and have different learning needs, some requiring additional support to ensure needs are met and to improve learning. We continually monitor and assess the progress of all children. All children access lessons through differentiation and quality first teaching strategies. (This means activities are planned according to the ability of the children.) Where expected progress is not being met, interventions are put in place to work on identified needs. These could include issues with cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social and emotional and mental health issues or sensory and physical needs.
2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?
If your child is identified as not making expected progress, we will set up a meeting to discuss our concerns with you and listen to any concerns which you may have. We will plan any additional support your child may need and discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals where relevant.
3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?
Your child’s progress will be continually monitored by the class teacher. Progress will also be reviewed formally with the class teacher and the Head teacher at termly meetings. Through monitoring, observing, and assessing your child’s needs, staff work collaboratively, along with the SENCO) to put appropriate support in place. This may include particular intervention strategies. Interventions will be recorded on a class Intervention sheet, a class provision map and/or a Group/Individual Support sheet which details support given and the impact of it.
3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?
At Halam school, we would encourage parents to discuss any concerns they have as and when they occur. The first point of contact is always the class teacher although parents may contact the SENCO or Head teacher if they wish, by making an appointment through the school office. We monitor the progress of all children. In the Autumn and Spring term we hold Parents’ Evenings to discuss how children are doing. In the Summer term, all parents receive a written report, detailing progress in areas of learning. Where a child has additional needs, it may be appropriate to make arrangements for a longer meeting rather than the usual 10 minute Parent's Evening. It will also be possible to have more frequent meetings where appropriate. For example, half termly.
3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?
Tasks are differentiated within class to meet the needs of all children. Teachers work hard to ensure work is planned and delivered offering the correct amount of support and challenge. Some individual targets are supported in lessons by Teaching Assistants or by the class teacher. Others may be supported through the use of a specific intervention program.
3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?
We aim to deliver an interesting, exciting and simulating curriculum in a variety of ways to engage all pupils with a variety of learning styles and needs. Support staff, under the direction of the class teacher, will adapt planning to support the needs of your child where necessary. Specific resources and strategies will be used to support you child when working individually or in a small group.
3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?
The school identifies the needs of SEN children on a provision map. This also identifies the support provided. It is reviewed regularly and changes are made as needed so that the needs of the children can be met and resources can be deployed as effectively as possible. Parents/carers will be kept informed about this support and it will be discussed at our termly review meetings or more frequently if required.
3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
We aim for all children to be included on school trips and we will endeavour to provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful. A risk assessment is made by staff which considers the needs of all children. Where necessary, we will discuss any additional support required with parents and make reasonable adjustments so that all children have the opportunity to participate.
3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?
Some children have extra emotional and social needs to ensure their emotional well-being. Where appropriate, plans may be put in place and may be done so in consultation with outside agencies/health professionals as appropriate. This will always be done in consultation with parents/carers.
4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.
Any concerns you may have about your child should initially be discussed with your child’s class teacher. Mrs Tracy Francis is the school SENCO and can be contacted through the school office.
5.a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?
The SENCO’s job is to support the class teachers in planning and accessing support for children with SEN. The school provides training and support to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEN. Individual teachers and TAs attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?
We have close links with a range of outside agencies who offer specific support and guidance to our school and families.
- The Education Psychology Service
- Schools and Families Specialist Services
- Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
- Parent Partnership Service
- SALT (Speech and Language Therapy)
- School Nurse
- Occupational Therapy
- The Behaviour Support Team
- Social Care
6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?
We have a disabled toilet in school with hand rails. Where possible, we provide equipment or would complete the necessary bidding applications to provide any equipment which is needed to support children in school. Reasonable adjustments are made to help ensure accessibility for all.
7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?
The class teacher is the first point of contact to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. You may also have a meeting involving the SENCO. Following these discussions, interventions may be needed and the child may be included on the school’s SEN Register. If it is felt appropriate to involve Outside Agencies, then you will be involved in the process and be given feedback where relevant. Regular termly meetings will be held to discuss progress.
8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?
Wherever possible, we involve the children in discussions about their progress and opinions. Older children within school who have an EHC Plan will have their views sought before review meetings and will be welcome to attend part of the review is this is deemed appropriate.
9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?
If you have a concern or a complaint, please contact the Head Teacher and we will endeavour to work with you to resolve the issue. If parents feel that any concern has not been resolved then you must refer to the Complaints Procedure, which can be found on the school website.
10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?
The school governor for SEN is Mrs Briony Dickinson. Her role is to meet termly with the SENCO to ensure that children and families are being supported within school. Where it is felt necessary to involve Outside Agencies, then this is the responsibility of the SENCO/Class teacher to complete referral forms to access support and advice for children and families.
11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?
There are a variety of different organisations that can help support you and your child. Please use the Nottinghamshire County Council website (www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk) to access information on the Local Offer, Parent Partnership and a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Guide for Parents and Carers.
12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?
We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child who has Special Educational Needs, and we take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. For example, your child may have an increased number of taster sessions or it may be necessary for the SENCO of Class Teacher to visit your child in his/her current setting before moving to us. This is to ensure that the child’s individual needs are met as far as possible. It may be necessary, for example, to produce a transition book/Passport or use a Social Story.
ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?
Information will be passed on to your child’s new teacher in advance and in most cases teachers will meet to discuss the needs of the children. Individual provision will be shared and where necessary, strategies can be put in place to aid a smooth transition. This could involve producing Passports or Social Stories or having extra visits.
iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?
All children are encouraged and supported to achieve their full potential.
13. Where can I access further information?<
- Your first point of contact should always be the child’s class teacher.
- You could also arrange to meet with the SENCO (Mrs Tracy Francis) or the Executive Head Teacher (Mrs Aly Speed).
- The SEN Policy is available on the school website
- Contact Parent Partnership Service 01159482888
- Speak to an Education, Health and Care Plan Coordinator on 0115 9774012
- Nottinghamshire County Council SEND Local Offer