SEND Information Report September 2018
‘Dream Believe Achieve’
Head Teacher – Miss Hayley Farthing
SENDCo – Miss Hayley Farthing SENDCo Assisstant & Nurture Lead – Miss Becky Symmons
SEND Governor – Mr Tony Carey
If you wish to make an appointment, please phone the school office on 0117 3534440
Welcome to Broomhill Infant School SEND information report which is part of Bristol City Council Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEND.) All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEND.
The Children and Families Act 2004 has transformed the system for children and young people with Special Educational needs (SEND). The Act extends the SEND system from birth – 25 years, giving the young person and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. Bristol
City Council requests that all school settings give parents/carers information about the school’s approach to SEND provision by answering 14 questions. Our response is listed below.
At Broomhill Infant school we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us if you have any queries, comments or wish to be involved in the writing of our SEND Information Report.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as “a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEND and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEND as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child”
Bristol City Council’s Local offer can be found at: www.findabilitybristol.org.uk/
Broomhill Infant School is a large infant school in Broomhill, Bristol. Currently we have a lower than average number of children with SENDD and/or learning difficulties.
We are a Bronze award Rights Respecting School currently working towards Silver.
Broomhill Infant School is an educationally inclusive school, welcoming all children and adults. We recognise individual gifts, talents and differences, celebrate all cultures and religions and value everyone’s opinion. This statement is revisited each year by staff and Governors to confirm that we still believe this to be true. The school has a part-time SENDCo – Miss Kath SENDior. Please do make an appointment with Kath if you wish to discuss anything.
How does the education setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
Individual children are continually assessed and tracked. Children who are seen to be ‘falling behind’ or not achieving the expected attainment in their learning journey will be highlighted. Class teachers discuss interventions and additional provision which has been already provided. If a child continues to be seen as under-achieving, parents will be consulted, along with the SENDCo and strategies put in place. Targets for learning will be put in place and progress will be monitored.
If you have any concerns about your child, then talk to us.
How will the education support my child?
Provision is in place for support groups in Year one and two for both literacy and maths. These are a small group of children who work on a set of group targets, set by the class teacher. If provision is ‘additional to or different from’ the standard classroom tasks Individual Provision Plans will be drawn up with the child, parents, class teacher, other professionals involved, and SENDCo.
The school has good links with local Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, OTs, Physios, Bristol Autism Team, Bristol Behavioural Team and will establish links with other outside agencies if the need arises.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically, this might mean that in a lesson there will be three different levels of tasks set for the class: however, on occasions this will be differentiated individually.
Again, if the needs are such that the curriculum needs to be modified and is ‘additional to or different from’ the standard classroom tasks, then an Individual Provision Plan will be drawn up with the child, parents, class teacher, other professionals involved, and SENDCo.
How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We welcome parents to make an appointment to speak with the class teacher or SENDCo, through the school office or with your class teacher, if there are any concerns or worries.
There are two parent’s meetings a year where you will be allocated a time to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher. A final end of year report will include progress made and next steps for learning for all children.
If your child does have an Individual Provision Plan, you will be fully involved in the writing and reviewing of the targets set, in a meeting with the SENDCo. Targets will be provided to work on in school and at home.
If an outside agency is attending school to visit your child, you will be fully informed and invited in to discuss the visit and findings.
What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?
Children’s well-being is paramount at Broomhill Infant School. All staff have safe-guarding training every year and we have very strong safe-guarding procedures in place. The Anti-bullying Policy is reviewed annually and the children are given anti-bullying awareness through assembly and circle times. We survey all children about feeling safe in school and sent home a questionnaire annually to determine if there are any worries or concerns about their own safety. The children are taught the STAR procedure for safety – STOP, THINK, ASK, RELAX.
If a child feels lonely at playtime, we have a ‘buddy bench’ where they can go and sit, and a friend will come and ask them to join in their game. We practice ‘Massage in Schools’ where, with permission, children will be taught safe touching and will take turns to gently massage each other. Our assembly themes are based around moral education and each week the theme will be centred around caring for one another, good manners, behaviour, aspirations for the future etc.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the education setting?
The school has strong links with outside agencies. We have a link Educational Psychologist, School Nurse,
Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Vision and Hearing Support Workers, Bristol Autism Team workers, who are familiar with our school and who visit school regularly to assess and work with children.
What training have the staff supporting children with SENDD had or are having?
Specific Teaching staff have been trained in Dyslexia awareness. Support staff have attended Autism awareness, safe handling and manual handling of children and have had Child Protection training. Staff have also attended training for behaviour, attachment, dyslexia, autism, ADHD and Makaton. SEND is a regular agenda item on the staff meeting rota so all staff are kept up-to-date with SEND issues.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including
All educational opportunities are made available to all children. Support staff will be available to assist children during curriculum activities which may raise access issues, such as our Forest School work. All children are included on all trips and teaching staff visit educational visit settings prior to the trip to carry out risk assessments and inform staff of any SEND issues. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that the trip is successful for all children.
How accessible is the education setting?
The school site is built on one level, with ramps leading up to different areas of the school. There are disabled toilet facilities in the building, and our Accessibility assessment was good. The school also has a shower room with an adjustable raised bed system.
How will the education setting prepare and support my child to join the setting, transfer to a new setting or the next stage of education and life?
We encourage all new children to visit school prior to starting their learning journey with us.
New Reception children are invited into school prior to starting for a story time and a play session. Support staff visit the children in their pre-school setting, and if necessary the SENDCo will attend pre-school for IPP meetings and transition handover sessions.
Home visits take place in the first week of school, where the Reception class teacher and support staff will visit children in their own home to get to know the whole family. Our school has strong links with Broomhill Junior School (as we share the same site). The Junior School SENDCo (Mrs Jo Johnson) and the Infant School
SENDCo meet during the Spring terms to start the transition process for SEND children. Jo Johnson attends IPP meetings and Annual Reviews during this time to get to know the child and family and to prepare for the child’s transfer. All paperwork is passed on to the receiving school.
If a child leaves or arrives part way through the year they may be invited into school to meet Miss Hayley to discuss transfer. School will ensure all paperwork is received or sent to the next school.
How are the education setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
The school has an SEND budget, which is distributed according to needs. Some of this budget is set aside to provide equipment or resources for a specific child if there is a need e.g. Braille paper, ICT programme. If a child has a specific SEND the school will support the family through applying for an EHCP assessment.
Additional funding can be applied for by the school through the Higher Needs funding panel that sits every November and May. This supports children with additional resources, staff training and additional classroom support.
The school has a Nurture Provision – The Nest – which aims to work with children with social and emotional needs. Through targeted Nurture Provision children successfully transition back into their classroom environment where they are able to learn alongside their peers.
If an outside agency is required to make an assessment or observation, then school will provide this out of the SEND budget.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
School will arrange a meeting with the Head teacher, parents, class teacher and SENDCo if additional support is required to discuss the options. In class support is always available through our class support staff, but if it is felt further support is required, then this can be discussed at a meeting and a plan put in place to ensure this.
How are parents involved in the education setting? How can I be involved?
We actively encourage parents to get involved with school life. This may be joining the PTA or being a Governor. You may have a special skill or expertise which you could share with the whole school in an assembly or be a volunteer reader. All parents are invited to attend 2 parent’s meetings a year to discuss their child’s progress. We regularly hold curriculum evenings to inform parents about our curriculum and how to help your child at home.
If your child has an IPP you will be invited to help set and review targets for this document along with the class teacher, support staff, outside agencies and the SENDCo.
You may also be asked to attend an Annual Review Meeting where your expertise about your own child’s progress will be extremely important.
Who can I contact for further information?
You can contact the school office on 0117 353 4440 (Broomhilli@bristol-schools.uk) and ask to speak to, or arrange a meeting with, Hayley Farthing who will be happy to discuss how we can meet your child’s needs with you.
Bristol supportive parents can be contacted at www.supportiveparents.org.uk or by phoning 0117 989 7725