SEND INFORMATION REPORT

SCHOOL NAME:

 

Berwick Middle School

 

TYPE OF SCHOOL:

 

Mainstream Middle School (age range 9 – 13 years)

 

ACCESSIBILITY:

 

Most, but not all areas, are wheelchair accessible. The upstairs Art Room is not accessible. There is an electric ramp which allows access to the Music Room. There is a disabled toilet in the Year 5 practical area and also one in Bridges. Most of the school is on one level.

 

CORE OFFER:

 

We are a fully inclusive school. We ensure that all pupils are supported to reach their full potential – socially, emotionally and academically - regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, physical ability or educational needs. We have a strong child-centred approach to learning.

Our aim is to ensure that all children achieve the best they can.

Teachers plan lessons to challenge and support all pupils. Pupils are taught to respect all views and that it is acceptable to have differing needs and that, as a school, we will support all pupils taking into account their individual needs.

Pupils’ needs are met through :

Quality First Teaching for all in class with some small group and 1:1 support either within the classroom or through interventions

A strong range of assessment and feedback tools which ensure that pupils are given bespoke feedback and tools to ensure that they are able to make the expected progress in school

Close communication with parents – parents/carers are invited to a termly meeting to discuss the plan for their child

The belief that all teachers are teachers of SEND

A differentiated curriculum to allow for pupil success

Seeking support and advice from outside agencies to ensure that any barriers to learning are fully identified and responded to

Using ICT where appropriate to aid within and outside of the classroom

Pen portraits issued to all staff and updated regularly when new information is relevant

The use of THRIVE and ELSA trained staff to promote emotional well-being

All pupils have access to Accelerated Reader and TT Rockstar

Implementing information gained through on-going staff training around SEND

Carefully planned transition between first and middle schools

Carefully planned transition between middle and high school

The strategic deployment of a highly skilled team of Teaching Assistants to work both within and outside of the classroom.

Access to the BRIDGES Unit for those requiring a more bespoke provision.

A nurturing and child-centred approach to school life – both in and outside of lessons.

Breakfast club and homework club on a daily basis.

 

 

For those with a higher level of need , an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) the following will also be in place:

●        Regular communication with parent/carer as needs arise

●        Bespoke transition and curriculum as required

●        Annual reviews held and recommendations submitted to the Local Authority within the required time frame.

 

POLICIES:

Are the school policies available on the website for?

SEND

YES

SAFEGUARDING

YES

BEHAVIOUR

YES

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

YES

 

We are fully  aware/familiar with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010

 

INCLUSION:

 

The needs of all pupils inform the planning of lessons and everyday school life.

Each SEND pupil has a Pen Portrait detailing their strengths, areas of needs and strategies to use to effectively support their learning and these are available to all members of staff.

Each SEND pupil has a PLAN/DO/REVIEW sheet which outlines individual targets and support in place. These are reviewed termly. Parents / carers are invited to participate in the review process by attending a meeting in school.

SEND pupils are included in all lessons, activities, trips and residentials.

 

RANGE OF PROVISION:

Our range of provision is varied and tailored to meet the needs of the pupils within the school but may include:

Support in and outside of lessons

Support and / or supervision at unstructured times of the day

Risk assessments for those with SEND to ensure that they are safe within the school environment

Access to the BRIDGES Unit in school

Read Write Inc programmes

Catch Up Literacy programmes

Phonics work

Small group reading comprehension input

Access arrangements for SATs examinations

Speech and languages sessions

ELSA sessions

Reading 1:1

Homework help

Visual timetables

Use of ICT

Resilience groups

Bespoke transition work

Input from LA specialist teachers

Use of specialist equipment – wobble cushion s/ writing slant boards / coloured overlays / talking tins / etc

Babble guard

This is not a finite list but outlines some of the resources that are available

PARENT SUPPORT INVOLVEMENT/LIAISON:

PLAN/DO/REVIEW SHEETS are issues on a termly basis to parents / carers after a meeting which parents / carers are invited to.

Reports are sent home as part of the reporting cycle for all pupils.

There is an annular prize giving ceremony towards the end of the summer term

Parents evenings are held termly

The school uses Parentmail to send  information home

The school has a Facebook and Twitter account

The school has an open door policy and parents / carers may contact school to discuss needs and issues as they arise

School may also set up EHA’s and hold TAF meetings to support pupils and their families.

Carefully planned transition programmes are put in place  between schools with bespoke transition put offered for specific pupils either 1:1 or in small groups

 

NORTHUMBERLAND LOCAL OFFER:

 

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Northumberland-Local-Offer-SEND-0-to-25-years.aspx

COMPLETED BY:

 

Mrs Katy Reeve (SENDCo)

 

Date completed:  September 2018

Date of Review:  August 2019