SEND Information Report
What does this look like at Chantry Primary Academy?
Chantry Primary Academy believes in achievement, ambition and progress for all children.
We aim to meet the needs of individual children through highly effective teaching and learning.
There is an emphasis on early identification of needs through supportive and preventative strategies which reduce barriers to learning.
We work in a flexible way to develop effective partnerships with children and their parent/carers, the Inclusion Manager and specialist teaching staff both within the school and through external specialists such as speech and language specialists, paediatricians, child and adolescent health services (CAMHS). This ensures that the school can meet a broad range of special educational needs. The school also has a Visual Impairment Provision and a Behaviour Provision (New Horizons).
We undertake a rigorous system of monitoring children’s progress and supporting both academic achievement and personal achievement by removing barriers to learning and use a wide range of strategies to foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent living skills for all children.
Identifying any special needs as early as possible is very important. We :
- Listen to parents’ concerns
- Observe and monitor your child’s progress regularly
- Undertake regular assessment of progress for all pupils
- Liaise with other professionals who may be working with your child
- Work closely with feeder schools when children join us to ensure your child has a smooth transition into our school
We are able to support children with a wide range of needs:
- Communication and interaction needs
- Cognition and learning needs
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and/or physical needs.
Planning support for a child with SEND will:
- Involve the teacher carefully assessing the child’s learning and development and progress, planning the next steps, putting support in place and then reviewing progress as they are responsible for managing the children’s support
- In some cases involve the Inclusion Manager to support decision making and to help co-ordinate support
- In some cases require support to be added to by requesting outside agency advice
- Involve the parents/carers as their knowledge and views are invaluable
- Mean all necessary information about your child, including details of any extra support, is passed on to the new teacher and the staff will work in collaboration at transition times. This includes working closely with High Schools as the children prepare to move to KS3.
We offer all children access to a broad and balanced curriculum through our book based curriculum. Every lesson is differentiated to ensure it is relevant and accessible to all children in the class. However there may be times when your child may require additional or different support for some areas of learning. At Chantry Primary Academy this may be:
- Supported small group work or 1:1 work with an adult outside the classroom
- Extra support in class
- Adapted or additional resources in the classroom, including ICT
- Additional or different aids to encourage independence, such as writing slopes or special handwriting pencils.
We also offer support for pupils during unstructured times such as playtimes or lunchtimes. This may include:
- Lunchtime groups
- Learning Mentors
- Access to Rainbow Room
- Peer Mentors
- Support in After School Club
Children’s progress is carefully monitored through ongoing observations alongside our school cycle of assessment. For every child, progress is measured half termly and is discussed between staff at Pupil Progress meetings where ‘next steps’ will be identified. Additional monitoring and support for children with SEND can come through:
- Termly reviews of short term targets on Individual Education Plans/School Reports
- Annual Reviews for children with Education Health Care Plans or Statements
- Meeting with outside professionals
Ongoing information about your child’s progress will be communicated to you through termly parent’s evenings and reports which will include expected progress for the following term. More informally parents can request a meeting at any time with the class teacher. In addition if your child has SEND there may be:
- Additional termly meetings to discuss progress against specific and agreed targets
- Annual review meetings for children with Statements or EHC plans
- Meetings in school with outside agencies working with your child
- Meetings with the Inclusion Manager at parents/carers request
- Discussions with children that may involve decision making in an age appropriate way wherever possible
- Family Learning opportunities
- Parenting course opportunities
- Pastoral Meetings
All children are given opportunities to be fully involved in the life of the school. This includes being a member of the School Council, participating in school trips and special activities, accessing sports and extra-curricular clubs. If any child needs additional support in any of these areas we may:
- Meet with parents/carers to discuss their child’s needs
- Provide specialist in-house support
- Ask for external professional advice, for example from the Outreach team at Lady Zia Wernher School or Occupational Therapists
Many of our teachers have experience of working with a range of special needs and there is an ongoing programme of training. Lessons are differentiated and pupils are able to access targeted interventions such as literacy skills lessons and ability grouping in class. In addition to the class teams, which are made up of your child’s class teacher and teaching assistants, the Inclusion Team at Chantry Primary Academy consists of:
- The Inclusion Manager – Mrs Coralie Bordiak. Her role is to co-ordinate and manage provision for children with SENDs in the school. This includes monitoring the effectiveness of any extra support provided for children with SEND.
- SEND Teacher– Mrs King works across the school supporting children who have difficulty with maths.
- Intervention Support Assistants – Mrs Stables and Mrs Stephenson support children in all areas of their learning and deliver interventions where needed.
- SEND Learning Supervisor – Miss Hardy’s role includes providing interventions in literacy.
- Therapeutic music instructor - Mr Bateman works with children who are able to use music to remove barriers to learning.
- Occupational Therapy Teaching Assistant – Miss Bidmead carries out any programmes set by OT therapists or other programmes of similar work to ensure that children make progress with their motor skills and movement.
- Speech and Language Teaching Assistant – Miss Hughes carries out any programmes set by Speech and Language therapists or other programmes of similar work to ensure that children make progress with their language and communication.
All pupils at Chantry can access a range of support in school. If your child has a SEND they may access support through any of the following:
- Learning Mentors
- Occupational Therapy delivered by a Teaching Assistant
- Speech and Language Therapy delivered by a Teaching Assistant
- Specialist support from Behaviour and Visual Impairment Teaching Assistants
- Supported small group or 1:1 work
- Keyboard skills sessions
Many staff at Chantry have specialist qualifications, these include:
- SENCO Award
- Specialist Leaders in Education for Behaviour
- Team Teach Training Tutor
- Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment
The school has worked very hard to ensure the environment is as accessible as possible. The school has:
- Ramps to downstairs classes so they are accessible from the playground
- Disabled toilet facilities
- Fully accessible playgrounds
- Downstairs classes available for each year group as needed
- A Soundfield audio system in every classroom
- Staff trained in Sign 4 Story
- EMAS UK speaking staff
- Access to interpreters as needed
- Newsletters that can be translated into a parent’s home language
The school works closely with a wide range of external agencies and professionals and is able to signpost parents to relevant support groups. There may be times when a child is being supported by a range of services and the school will facilitate joint meetings for parents and professionals to enable the support to be coordinated in the most effective way. Such services may include:
- Education Psychologists
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Edwin Lobo Centre
Please see the Luton Local Offer for more details of available services by following the link below
Parents can contact the following people for further information about the school:
- Class teacher
- Inclusion Manager
- Family Team
- School Office
- School website
- Luton Borough Council Website
Other related policies which you will find on our school website are:
- SEND Inclusion Policy
- Equality Policy
- Care and Management Policy
- Teaching and Learning Policy
- Values Policy
- Assessment Policy
- Intimate Care Policy