Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Swarcliffe Primary School and Nursery is a highly inclusive community primary school which strives to meet the individual needs of all its learners. We work in partnership with children, parents and outside agencies to provide the best possible outcomes for all our children, including those with a range of additional and complex needs. The School’s SEND Inclusion policy and procedures ensure that high expectations, early intervention and appropriate support for all our children are in place to ensure they reach their full potential.
Staff will do anything in their power to help pupils achieve. Pupils who have special educational needs or disability, those who are disadvantaged and those with specific social and emotional needs are all extremely well supported. As a result of incisive and timely support, pupils are ready to learn and make good progress.
SEND Information Report
All provision for SEND pupils is overseen and managed by the Lead Practitioner for Inclusion, who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT monitor, review and evaluate all SEND provision on a regular basis through the year and report to the school governing board on how individual needs are being met and how SEND funding is being spent. As an example the school have bought in extra teachers to ensure these children receive quality first teaching.
All our pupils are treated as individuals and the class teacher, alongside other support staff, plan an appropriately differentiated curriculum for all our children to ensure high quality teaching and learning, with effective support and resources. Personal Learning Plans (PLP’s), Pupil Passports (PP’s) and Care Plans are put in place and reviewed regularly. A range of personalised programmes are developed, reviewed and evaluated to ensure maximum progress and impact for our learners. Progress and next steps are continuously shared with pupils to inform them of how well they are doing and what they need to do next to further their learning. Outcomes and next steps are regularly shared with parents, so that they can support their children at home.
Parents are integral partners in their child’s journey through school and are invited to attend regular parent’s evenings, review meetings, open evenings and workshops. Where a child has more complex needs, parents are invited to reviews which may involve other professionals. Parents are invited to request a meeting with a member of the Leadership team should concerns arise. Parents are encouraged to engage in supporting learning in different ways, such as supporting their child with homework or using resources provided by the school to assist their child.
Our learning environment is accessible and appropriate for our pupils and is adapted when necessary. The school has 2 disabled toilets, a family room, a room for Place 2 Be sessions and a nurture room.
Outstanding support is available for pupils through the nurture room, should they need it. Here pupils can talk to adults, or simply relax and reflect in the calm and peaceful atmosphere
Staff in school are trained and work alongside professionals from outside agencies to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise. We have worked closely with STARS (Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards) and have implemented recommendations in all classrooms e.g. the use of visual timetables. The school employs two Learning Mentors who support families with pastoral care and attendance. Swarcliffe Primary School and Nursery work alongside a wide range of outside agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists, Place 2 Be, Education Psychologists, SENIT Complex Needs Team, School Nursing, Social Care, Families First, On Street, Occupational Therapy, CAMHs, Deaf and Hearing Impairment Team and many more.
The following polices are available and reflect the school’s commitment to inclusion, safety and the well-being of all our children.
SEND Inclusion Policy
Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy
Teaching and Learning Policy
Single Equality Scheme and Action Plan
Health and Safety Policies
If you wish to discuss anything in relation to our school, please contact a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs or disabilities?
- Your child’s class teacher
- Lead Practitioner for Inclusion – Mrs Butler
- Special Educational Needs Support Teacher – Mrs Donaldson
- The Pastoral Team: Mrs Warren or Miss Williment
You can do this by telephoning 0113 293 02 75
How will school support my child?
Your child’s class teacher will plan and deliver learning opportunities that meet the needs of your child.
The class teacher may discuss your child’s needs with the SEND team or the Pastoral Team where extra support or advice may be needed.
Your child may take part in additional small group activities or receive individual support.
Your child’s teacher can provide information in detail about the specific provision and arrangements that are in place for your child.
The support we offer for our SEND children was judged as Good by Ofsted at our last inspection.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?
Our curriculum is differentiated to enable access for all our pupils.
Your child may work in a small group or on an individual basis.
Additional specialised resources may be provided.
If your child has complex, specific or general learning needs they may have an PLP or PP which details their needs and next steps.
The Leadership Team rigorously monitor learning and need through pupil progress meetings. Through this process personalised learning gaps are identified and a programme put in place to help close the gap.
How will I know how well my child is doing? How will school support my child's learning?
At Swarcliffe Primary School and Nursery we have an ‘open door’ policy where parents can request a meeting with the class teacher, or a member of the Leadership Team. In addition to this, we have parent’s consultation evenings and written reports. We also send home a copy of the PLP/PP so that parents are fully informed. Teachers are available on the playground every morning and every evening.
When outside agencies are working with your child, they report to school on how your child is doing. You will receive a copy of these reports with advice on how best to support your child.
Parent workshops, such as, supporting your child at home, are available and the Pastoral Team supports families with training and parenting at home.
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?
Swarcliffe Primary School and Nursery prides itself on having an inclusive, caring and supportive ethos. The school meets the emotional and social needs of children and families. We ensure that our children have the highest level of pastoral care possible.
The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
We have excellent partnerships with many agencies e.g. Barnardo’s, St Mary’s housing. We have a very caring and supportive pastoral team which consists of Mrs Butler, (Lead Practitioner for Inclusion), Mrs Donaldson, (SEN Support Teacher) Mrs Warren (Child Protection and Attendance, Parents, Nurture, Medical, Visual support,) Miss Williment (Nurture, Parents and behaviour) Miss Scarlett (Early years behaviour support, Speech and Language Therapist Teaching Assistant) Mrs Firth (Nurture, teaching and learning) Mrs Kendall (Place 2 Be Project Manager) The above team support families who would like additional support, either in school or at home.
Our school considers safeguarding and child protection procedures of paramount importance. All staff are trained in child protection procedures and the child protection policy is available to view on the website. All staff working in school are subject to Safer recruitment processes and checks whether they are new staff, supply staff, contractors, volunteers etc.
Our named designated safeguarding officers are Mrs Green (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Warren, along with Mrs Hill the Headteacher. They are responsible for co-ordinating all child protection activity.
What specialist services and expertise are available and accessed by school?
What training do staff supporting children with SEND have?
We have excellent partnership with a wide range of professionals who support the school and provide us with specialist advice (see above)
We pride ourselves in having highly trained staff in all areas of need e.g. autism, speech and language, medical, nurture, parental support, art and play therapists, bereavement and loss counselling, developing independence, hearing impaired support and many more.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom?
Wherever possible, the school ensures that all activities and school visits are accessible to all pupils including those children with additional needs.
Sometimes, Individual Pupil Risk Assessments or Care Plans may be used to include specific advice for trips. These are considered on an individual basis.
How accessible is the school?
The school is fully accessible on one level and has appropriate access, ramps, a small lift and disabled toilets. The school works effectively with the relevant professionals to enable children with specific needs to attend school e.g. Occupational Therapists.
How will the school help my child on transfer to their next phase of education?
Individual transition programmes are designed for pupils with additional needs to ensure transfers run smoothly and effectively. These are overseen by the SEND team and Phase Leaders.
How are the school's resources/funding allocated and matched to the children's needs?
The school is funded on a national formula. Blocks of £6,000 are allocated depending on the number of children who meet the criteria.
The school can apply for a ‘top-up’ based on strict criteria if it is felt the child’s needs are above that which can be met through the £6,000 block funding.
The school uses the additional funding to meet the specific needs of an individual. In many cases this will help fund additional staff to support with learning, to promote independence or to support with medical or care needs.
How are parents involved in the school?
The school has an ‘open door’ policy and welcome parental involvement.
Our Governing Board has a parent representative who act as a link between the school and all parents.
Parents are informed regularly about teaching and learning and other events through newsletters, class information leaflets, parent consultations, text messaging service and the school website.
Parents are invited to join us in celebration assemblies, concerts, productions and coffee mornings, where children are able to showcase their learning. We have a PTA who actively supports the school with events such as school disco’s, Christmas and summer fund raising.
Who can I contact for further information?
a) I am considering applying for a place.
b) I wish to discuss something about my child.
c) I want further information about other support services.
d) I want information about the Local Authority's local offer.
Who should I contact if:
a) Contact the school office on 0113 293 02 75 and arrange an appointment to meet with a member of the Leadership Team.
b) Contact the school office and arrange an appointment with:
- Your child’s class teacher
- The Lead Practitioner for Inclusion or a member of the Pastoral Team
- The Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Green
- The Headteacher – Mrs Hill
c) Contact the school office and ask to speak to a member of the Pastoral Team or look on our website.
d) Please see our website or use the link below