Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Many children need a little extra support at certain times in their school life. Early identification of children with special needs is made by close consultation with parents from school entry and by the monitoring of individual pupils through their pupil profiles and the regular assessments and observations that take place in school.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) follows-up a teacher’s concern and works with the teacher to look at ways to help the child. It may be necessary to devise Individual Education Programs (IEPs) at the Infant School or Pupil Passports at the Junior School. These provide individual targets for children and are linked specifically to their individual needs. It may also be appropriate to monitor the child’s progress for a set period of time to see how the child progresses. The federation has a policy for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and follows the Code of Practice. Parents are fully involved in all discussions about their child’s progress. Where appropriate, additional support may be given within the federation or by reference to an external agency. Any referral to an outside agency is undertaken with parental consent.
Sometimes the support for a child may involve a referral to an Educational Psychologist. Rarely this may lead to the longer-term support of a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) but this is only for a severe high level of need, usually where a child may need to attend a complex needs school in the future. An EHCP is a legal statement about the child’s educational provision, which is reviewed regularly.
All children are encouraged and supported in order to reach their full potential and make good personal progress. We always ensure that pupils with special educational needs experience success in front of their peers. We firmly believe that all children have strengths and talents in different areas and work hard to ensure they experience success in whichever area they can.
We welcome all children into our federation and seek to support them as appropriate. We welcome pupils with additional needs into our school. Any help and information from parents regarding disability issues is welcomed. The federation has an Equalities scheme. This is regularly reviewed to ensure that our facilities are constantly improved and meet the needs of our current and prospective pupils. Copies are available on request.
An NHS professional working with a child within the federation during the academic year 2016-2017 gave us this feedback relating to support and provision in school:
‘I am really delighted at the way the staff have worked with me to ensure all needs are being met and the way the team within the class work collectively. It was great to see the child confident to speak to any member of staff and that they are able to engage effectively’
‘I would also like to reiterate what an excellent job the staff are doing in one to one sessions. They have great skill in pitching the language to the right level and creating situations in which the target language “naturally” occurs while also being fun and engaging. The good progress and development being seen is a reflection of the good practice in school’
Parents are welcome to discuss their concerns about their child’s progress, development or welfare with the class teacher, Headteacher or SENCO. Mrs Alison Thompson is the federation Governor for SEN.
Six SEND leaflets have been produced by Norfolk County Council and Family Voice Norfolk to provide additional information for families who have a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The documents are a friendly introduction to the following key aspects of the Children and Families Act, 2014 and they can be accessed using the links below.
- Joint commissioning
- The Local Offer
- Special educational needs (SEN) support
- Education, health and care (EHC) plans
- Personal budgets
- Preparing for adulthood
For parents of children with autism, this information may be useful.
We are happy to provide printed copies of relevant documents for parents and carers at Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation.
Website link below explains more about the support and services on offer in Norfolk to children and young people with SEND.
Information on Norfolk’s Local Offer on SEND for Early Years, pre-school, nursery and childminding:
Many families with children with disabilities will not require specialist early years provision because they will be sufficiently supported using universal services – these are services which are used by all children and families.
Access to good-quality early learning and childcare helps children to learn, develop and play alongside other children. Choosing the right childcare for your child early in their life can mean they have the right level of support to help them reach their potential throughout their childhood and beyond.
Once you have decided what type of childcare is right for you, you can search this link below to see what’s available in your area or ring the family information service on 0344 800 8020. The Norfolk childcare directory is a list of childcare providers including pre-schools, day nurseries and childminders. Everyone on the list is registered with the Norfolk Family Information Service.
The attached leaflet gives you more information on the local SEND offer:
New SEND Local Offer newsletter for parents/carers who have a child with SEND
Norfolk County Council produce an SEND Local Offer electronic newsletter and send this out to education settings at the beginning of every half term.
This newsletter will aim to promote the SEND Local Offer to all parents/carers who have a child with SEND; as well as raising awareness of the site, it will encourage families to see the SEND Local Offer as the first place to go when parents are looking for information about SEND provision and support in Norfolk.
All of the editions can be found here by clicking on the link below:
Does my child need an EHCP and how is the decision made on assessing them for one?
In considering whether an Education, Health and Care needs assessment is necessary the local authority will consider whether there is evidence that, despite the early years setting, school or post-16 institution taking relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the special education needs of the child or young person, the child or young person has not made expected progress.
This may mean that a child has identified SEND but does not need an EHCP as they are making expected progress with the available support in school.
Please click on the link below to see more information from the local authority on how they make decisions on EHCPs.