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Special Educational Needs and Disability Local Offer

What is the Kirklees Local Offer?

The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.  

Who is producing the Local Offer?

Kirklees Council is working with parents, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer. 

What information do schools provide?

Schools have a duty to provide information about special educational needs that is accessible to pupils, parents and carers.   We need to make sure this information is kept up to date.

Where can I find the Kirklees Local Offer?

The Kirklees Local Offer can be found at www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk

The Earlsheaton Infant School Local Offer:

How will school know if children or young people need extra help?

If you think your child may have special educational needs we would ask you to talk to the class teacher in the first instance, to see what they think.  They may be able to reassure you that there is no cause for concern as children develop at different rates.  At Earlsheaton Infant School we identify children with special educational needs, or a disability, through observation of the child, regular assessment, discussion with parents, and consultation with other relevant professionals.  Parents can raise concerns at any time by talking to the class teacher, the Head Teacher or the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).  The school will listen carefully and work with families to help every child fulfil their potential.

How will school support my child with SEND?

The class teacher will work in consultation with the SENCo to oversee and plan an education programme.  Your child will receive high quality teaching within the classroom, working with other children in groups of varying size.  Where necessary your child may receive additional, more specialised support. The adults working with your child will provide support in the areas of learning where your child has most need.  This includes areas of physical needs as well as social and academic need.  You will be able to discuss this with the class teacher, the SENCo and the Head teacher.  The SENCo reports to Governors on a termly basis.

Earlsheaton Infant School is a small, nurturing school, where the children are known to all of the staff.  Time will be allocated to the individual staff involved with your child to allow preparation of materials, activities and lessons.  We will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs your child is completing by  closely tracking progress they make. The programs can be adjusted to account for rapid improvement as well as areas where further support may be needed.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Your child is an individual, with very individual needs.  The program to meet any additional needs will be carefully devised by their class teacher who has the most in depth knowledge of your child.  This will help them to progress toward fulfilling their potential and making the best progress possible.

Regular termly meetings will be held between class teacher and parents, to keep them up to date with progress.  However, parents are welcome to come in and chat to the class teacher on a more informal basis whenever necessary, to share relevant information and celebrate success.

How will both school and I know how my child or is doing and how will school help me to support their learning?

Pupils with SEN are assessed on a regular basis, as are the rest of the children in school.  This is done through discussion with the child, and regular observation of the child in a range of learning situations.

You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at parents evenings, and also at more informal meetings with the class teacher arranged as needed.  You will know how well your child is doing through these discussions.  We also celebrate success through certificates sent home, rewards and messages eg text, email etc. Adjustments to your child’s programme of learning will be made to recognise and accommodate the progress made.

Your child’s learning programme will be explained to you at an initial meeting, and then through regular termly meetings and also any additional informal meetings held as needed.  The many ways you can help your child outside of school can be discussed here.  Your in-depth knowledge of your child will be invaluable when planning learning opportunities at school, so please don’t hesitate to talk to us.

You will be able to discuss issues with our SENCo before your child starts school. Please contact school to arrange an appointment with Mrs Chapple.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Children with SEND are supported within a caring, nurturing atmosphere at Earlsheaton Infant School.  Support will be provided through the high quality teaching within the classrooms, and also through interventions as needed.    We work closely with the necessary Therapists and support where needed. 

Medicines are administered according to our Medicines in School Policy, and follow nationally recommended guideline.

Behaviour is managed according to our Behaviour Policy.  Attendance is monitored by the Office and Head Teacher, who will contact you to discuss how we can support you in improving your child’s attendance, if necessary.

We have an elected School Council, which is facilitated by Mr Burton-Smith (Assistant Head).  This group meets regularly to discuss any issues they feel are directly affecting themselves and what they can do to improve them.

What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by the School?

The school can access a range of services and experts regarding learning, behaviour and communication.  This is done by referral through school.  Parents will be invited to help complete the referral and contribute their point of view and profound knowledge of their child.

We can access Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychological Services, Emotional support services (CAMHS, CHEWS), School Nurse, and Family Support.  Other services may be available via the Educational Psychologist.

School will refer parents of children with SEND to PCAN (07754102336)

What staff training is in place to support children and young people with SEND?

The school staff have been trained in Team Teach positive handling strategies , which is updated regularly.

All school staff have undertaken Basic Awareness Safeguarding Training as a minimum.  The Designated Safeguarding  Leaders are Mrs Kelly, Mrs Chapple and Mr Burton-Smith.  This training is updated regularly.

Members of support staff have undertaken Number and Literacy intervention training, and also SULP (Social Use of Language Programme) training.  This will be reviewed as needed.

How will my child or be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

Earlsheaton Infant School is an inclusive school and offers equal opportunities to all of its children.  Activities are Risk Assessed, and access is ensured for the children, regardless of learning/physical need.   Should any risk assessment highlight the need for adaptations, parents will be consulted in the first instance.

How accessible is the school environment?

The school building is accessible via ramps through the front door and one of the cloakrooms.  Wheelchair access is available through the main entrance, and also into the main hall.  There are designated disabled toilet facilities within the main part of the school.

How are school resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

Resources are allocated according to need, and are reviewed on a regular basis.

How are decisions made regarding type and amount of support received by my child?

All decisions are made on a case by case basis.  All decisions will be made following discussion between parents, the Headteacher and the SENCo.

Who can I contact for further information?

Please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.  If your child has not started school with us yet, please ring the office and make an appointment to speak to either the SENCo or the Head Teacher.