Leaders are ambitious for pupils to achieve success in their learning. Staff have high expectations for all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Ofsted, October 2019
The Special Educational Needs (Local Offer) Regulations prescribe the information that schools must publish on their own website. That information is available below.
Our school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs C Balmer.
Telephone: 01204 884031 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our governor with responsibility for SEN is Mrs L Mackenzie
Our Governing Body works alongside a wide variety of agencies to support our families. Details of the services available from Bury Council (and their contact details) can be found in their "Local Offer" which can be accessed via the link below:
Our school's policy for SEND is available on our Policies page (see Key Information).
Click to download the following documents directly from the DfE:
SEN Information Report
additional information added regarding SEND support during the Covid-19 period of school closure (please scroll to the bottom of the table - information in blue font)
|How does our school know if a child needs extra help ?||
We use a variety of ways to identify children who need extra help in school:
*we measure children's progress through a variety of informal and formal assessments; we measure their attainment against their previous learning and national expectations
* we track the progress of all pupils closely and regularly so we can quickly identify pupils who may benefit from extra support
* class teachers meet regularly with the senior management team to discuss pupil progress and with the SENCO to identify support and intervention for pupils
* outside agencies often provide us with information about children who will need extra help
* pupils themselves can ask for extra support and help
* parents are encouraged to bring concerns or information about their child to their child's class teacher
* if parents believe their child may have special educational needs, they should initially speak to their child's class teacher who will involve the SENCO as appropriate* parents can also contact the SENCO directly, via the school office
|What is the school's approach to teaching children with special educational needs ?||
Once children have been identified with a special educational need, or there are concerns over a child's progress, we use a range of strategies to meet those needs:
*support from a teaching assistant during lessons to enable a child to access the learning of a particular lesson
* small group teaching with a teacher or teaching assistant
* 1:1 teaching with a teacher or teaching assistant
* 1:1 teaching with a specialist teacher
* directed individual work using specific computer programmes
The class teacher oversees the setting up, delivery and monitoring of each child's individual programme, often supported by the SENCO.
The nature of the programme will vary from child to child and parents will work with the class teacher to devise a plan to meet the needs of their child. The class teacher is always the first port of call for any additional information, although parents are welcome to contact the SENCO.
Some children may need additional support throughout their time at Greenmount; other pupils may only need it for a short period of time.
For a very small number of pupils, we may request that an application for Statutory Assessment be made to the Local Authority for an Education, Health and Care Plan. This will be discussed through consulation between parents and the SENCO.The governors have the general oversight of the provision for SEND within the school and have the duty to ensure that resources are allocated to meet the needs of the children. The governors have appointed a link governor for SEND (Mrs L Mackenzie). She meets with our SENCO on a regular basis to monitor the impact of our SEND provision.
|How will the school adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children with special educational needs ?||
High quality classroom teaching is the key to learning in school. Through on-going assessment, teachers build up a picture of children's needs. Class teachers have the responsibility to ensure the teaching they deliver to their class is matched to the abilities of all pupils in the class.
In some lessons, pupils are grouped with others that are working on similar targets.
Additional adult support may be used in a variety of ways: small groups, one to one support within the classroom or in a quieter space, or to release teachers to work with small groups or individuals.For some children with special educational needs (e.g. children with dyslexia) additional physical resources are provided to help them access the curriculum (e.g. coloured overlays, different coloured papers). Our classrooms are becoming more dyslexia friendly.
|How is expertise secured for teaching staff and others working with children with special educational needs ?||
All staff are trained in teaching pupils with special educational needs through whole staff training sessions. Individual staff members have also undertaken additional specialist training in a range of areas, including dyslexia and communication difficulties.
Expertise is shared amongst staff - we work as a team to support all of our children.
Staff attend local and national conferences and network meetings to ensure we are aware of current initiatives.
Two teachers hold the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, including our SENCO.
We work closely with Bury's SEN team and Additional Needs Team (including specialist teachers). We have developed strong working relationships and have a named Educational Psychologist.Where appropriate we work with health and social care to support children's individual needs e.g. Healthy Young Minds, Speech Therapy, Occupational Health
|What additional learning support will be available to children with special educational needs ?||
This will depend on each individual child and their needs.
Parents are involved closely in determining the type of support that will be given to children with special educational needs.
The class teacher, parents and SENCO will discuss the levels of support that will be offered to each individual child. This will be reviewed on a termly basis or more regularly if required.
All support programmes that are devised will have a time scale and expected goals. Progress towards these goals will be assessed toward the end of the specified time period and will inform the discussion at the next review meeting.As appropriate, we will involve other agencies in the assessment and review process. This will predominantly be the Local's Authority's SEN and Additional Needs teams.
|How will the emotional and social development of children with special educational needs be supported and improved ?||
All staff at Greenmount have a responsibility for the emotional and social development of all children. A child's class teacher has the prime responsibility, supported by members of the senior leadership team.
When required, individual health care plans are produced to meet needs. The school has a comprehensive administration of medicines policy (a copy can be found on our website).
We have a newly formed Pastoral Support Team (known as PS3) who will support children who have a worry or need someone to talk to. Children can refer themselves to a member of the team. Parents and staff can also make referrals.
We work closely with the Ramsbottom Primary SEMH (Social, Emmotional and Mental Heath) Partnership where schools work together closely to develop provision for children with SEMH needs.
We encourage and expect good attendance and punctuality. This is monitored on a weekly basis and support offered to parents where improvement is needed. We also draw on support from Bury's School Attendance Team.
We promote and reward positive behaviours. Our school's policy can be found on our website. Individual behaviour plans may be implemented if necessary. Friendship groups or social skills sessions may be included in the provision for an individual child if appropriate.
We have appropriate Safeguarding procedures in place - our relevant policies are available on our website. Our designated teacher for safeguarding is Mr Griffith.Pupils contribute their views on their learning and their attitudes towards school as part of their regular reviews.
|How will the progress of children with special educational needs be assessed and reviewed ?||
Class teachers and the senior leadership team measure the progress of all children in school. In addition, for children with special educational needs, the SENCO tracks their progress carefully. We track their progress against national expectations, since previous assessments and the outcomes of interventions that have been delivered.Parents will be informed what the expected outcomes of any intervention programme could be; progress towards these outcomes will be shared at the termly review meetings. Home-school diaries are often used with children with SEND to facilitate a regular dialogue between school and home.
|How will those children and their parents/carers take part in any assessment or review ?||
There will be a termly review for each child identified with special educational needs. This will normally be between the parents and class teacher, although the SENCO may also be involved. This is in addition to the regular parents' evening appointments, although the parents' evening and SEN review may be amalgamated for practicality.At this review meeting, staff and parents will discuss the progress towards targets set at the previous review meeting. New targets will be set and provision agreed.
How will the effectiveness of the school's special educational provision be assessed and evaluated ?How will children and their parents/carers take part in any assessment or review ?
Effective provision should impact on children's progress; this is therefore the first measure we will use to assess the effectivess of our provision for children with special educational needs. An annual analysis is undertaken once we have the results of annual assessments (both statutory and non-statutory).
Parents, children and staff will also evaluate the effectiveness of provision as part of the termly review meetings.We will also evaluate our provision by means of an annual questionnaire which we will distribute to parents in the summer term.
|How can children with special educational needs access the school's facilities ?||
The school is built on one level. There is ramped access to both the main school and our before/after school care club.
Accessible toilets are available in both buildings. There is also a shower facility in the main school building.As building work is undertaken in school, the needs of all are taken into account e.g. a recent classroom extension included provision of ramped access.
|What activities are available for children with special educational needs in addition to the curriculum ?||All activities are accessible and available for all pupils. This includes extra-curricular activities and educational visits. If necessary, additional adults are arranged to support a pupil with special needs or a disability. Comprehensive risk assessments are carried out by the visit leaders, approved by our Educational Visits Co-ordinator and Head Teacher and shared with all adults accompanying the trip. Parents would be involved in the planning of Educational Visits as necessary.|
Transition to and from school can be a difficult time for all children, particularly for those with special educational needs or a disability.
Parents of all children joining the Reception class are invited to a "New Parents' Meeting" in May. Additional meetings with the SENCO will also be arranged as necessary.
Each child is visited in their pre-school setting by one of our Reception teachers or teaching assistants. Where there is a child with special educational needs or a disability, the school's SENCO will visit the child in their pre-school setting and meet the the setting's SENCO.
All children entering Reception are able to visit the school for five afternoons in June/July. Additional sessions can always be arranged.
There is a staggered start for all Reception children - this can be adapted for children with special educational needs or a disability.
Joining in Other Years
Before any child starts at Greenmount, we recommend a "taster" session to meet their new teacher and class mates. For a child with special educational needs or a disability, additional sessions would be offered. Our SENCO would also liaise with the SENCO from the previous school or setting to ensure we have all the necessary information.
Moving to High SchoolOnce a high school place has been allocated, our transition programme begins. Our SENCO will liaise with the high school's SENCO to plan a series of sessions both at our school and the high school. This is in addition to the comprehensive transition programme that we operate for all our year 6 pupils. At the end of the summer term, all relevant records and files are taken to the SENCO at the receiving high school.
|Who can parents contact for further information ?||
For current parents, the first point of contact is always your child's class teacher.
Our school's SENCO is Mrs C Balmer.
Parents are welcome to make an appointment to speak with the SENCO or the Head Teacher (appointments can be made via the school office).Prospective parents should telephone the school office to make an appointment to view the school and meet with the Head Teacher.
|Handling parental complaints||
Through regular meetings, we hope we can work with parents to ensure the best possible provision for individual children.
In the first instance, concerns should be raised with the SENCO (Mrs C Balmer).
If parents are not satisfied with the result, they should contact the Head Teacher (Mr D Griffith).
A copy of the school's Complaints Policy can be found on our Policies page (link below).
What are the entitlements of children and young people with SEN when schools are closed due to Coronavirus?
All schools have been ordered to effectively close, retaining a skeleton staff to provide education for the children of key workers, and ‘vulnerable children.’
Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with an Education Health Care Plan (EHC plan). The majority of children with SEN, who receive SEN Support at school but do not have an EHC plan, would be expected to stay home unless they have a social worker or a parent/carer who is a key worker.
Do I have to send my child to school?
Despite schools staying open for some children, the guidance is quite clear:
‘If it is at all possible for children to
be at home, then they should be.’
If you feel it would be too high risk to send your child to school because they, or someone else in your family, is at particularly high risk, there is of course no requirement to send your child in.
Under the Coronavirus Act, the criminal penalty for parents failing to send their children to school is to be temporarily disapplied.
If my child has an EHC plan, doesn’t the local authority have a legal duty to deliver provision?
From a legal perspective this remains the case. However, given the likely significant disruption to staffing, it may be very difficult for schools or local authorities to deliver precisely the provision in the EHC plan, particularly over the next few weeks.
The Government have just passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 which gives temporary emergency powers to the Government to issue a notice (a month at a time) that would modify the legal requirements on Local Authorities in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans. If this notice is issued it would be in relation to two key areas:
The absolute duty to make the provision in an EHC plan (section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014) is to be temporarily amended to a ‘reasonable endeavours’ duty. This means that during the specified period the LA needs to do whatever it reasonably can to put provision in place, but if they cannot do so they would not necessarily be breaching the law.
Disapplying the duty to undertake annual reviews of EHC plans.
Again, if there could be a risk to the child or young person’s health, wellbeing or safety if they do not receive a particular provision or intervention, raise this with your school and Local Authority without delay.
What is the advice from the Secretary of State for Children?
On 24th March 2020, the Secretary of State for Children, Vicky Ford, issued an open letter to children and young people with SEN), their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them.
In this letter, the Minister makes clear that:
‘[…] nurseries, schools, special schools, colleges and other training providers should undertake a risk assessment to establish the individual needs of each child or young person with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This assessment should incorporate the views of the child or young person and their parents. This will inform the decision about whether they should continue in school or college, or whether their needs can be met at home safely.
If needs are best met at schools or colleges, we will support their school or college to meet their needs, wherever possible. For those on SEN support, schools, colleges and local authorities have discretion to use the same risk judgement to decide whether home or school is the safest setting for these children. It is, however, important that as many children as possible remain at home during this time in order to help reduce transmission rates.’
My child was due to have an annual review. What will happen now?
Under the Coronavirus Act, the requirement to carry out annual reviews may be temporarily disapplied where this is considered to be ‘appropriate and proportionate.’ However currently schools will continue to hold annual reviews if at all possible. This will of course need to be carried out remotely and your school should speak to you first about how this will be managed to ensure that the contribution of parents and children/young people are at the heart of the process.
If you feel there is an urgent need to amend the provision or placement in the child or young person’s EHC plan, speak to the school and the Local Authority about this to see what review mechanisms could be put in place.
My child is still attending school. How will my child’s learning be supported at school?
It is important to note the school will not be providing a full curriculum, they will be providing care for the children and incorporating education provision and a range of activities, but this will NOT be fully in line with their EHC provision.
How can I support my child’s learning at home?
If a child has an identified SEN (EHCP or SEN Support), the class teacher will take account of their needs when planning for and providing work to be completed at home. This may include:
School has a number of resources available to help you support your child at home during this period. Please contact the SENCO if you need further support.
How can I help my child cope with the changes?
We understand that this is a significant change for many families. Please give yourself time to adjust to a new routine and above all, do not place too much pressure on yourself or your child to complete schoolwork. Maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing is very important. The mental health charity MIND have provided some initial information which we are happy to share.
Who can I contact?
We realise that these are difficult times for everyone. If you have any concerns or queries please contact:
Mrs C Balmer (SENCO)
Mr D W Griffith (Head Teacher)
Please note we are working with a skeleton staff in school so we may not always be able to answer the phone.