Morley Memorial Primary School Information Report (The school’s ‘local offer’)
Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Cambridgeshire Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Morley Memorial Primary School is an inclusive school and we value all members of our community.
All governing bodies of maintained schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the policy for pupils with SEND including information about the arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND. This information is updated annually. Our local offer is closely related to our SEND policy which was produced with pupils, parents and carers, governors and members of staff. We welcome your comments to continue to improve this document so please do contact us.
What is “The Local Offer”?
As part of the Children and Families Act 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish a ‘Local Offer’. The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. It includes provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care. The Cambridge Local Offer is available from the website:
How do we define SEN (Special Educational Needs)?
The 2014 Code of Practice says that:
A person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. At compulsory school age this means he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or, has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. (Taken from 2014 SEN Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years)
What is Our ‘SEND Support’ Profile?
Approximately 10% of our children are in receipt of Special Educational Needs Support (SENS) and of these, 9 children (2.2% of the pupil community) have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). Our school currently provides additional and/or different provision for a range of needs including:
51.2% Cognition and Learning (Cognition and learning needs generally account for difficulties in curriculum-related areas such as reading, writing and spelling, numerosity, comprehension, processing difficulties such as sequencing, inference, coherence and elaboration and working memory)
34.2% Communication and Interaction (including difficulties in expressing themselves, understanding what is being said to them and understanding or using social rules of communication)
2.4% Physical and Sensory needs (including a wide range of medical conditions or disabilities such as those affecting health, mobility, sight and hearing)
12.2% Social, Emotional and Behavioural needs (including ADHD, attachment disorder and anxiety)
How do we identify children needing SEN Support (SENS)?
Children with potential SEN are identified through assessment routes which are part of the overall approach to monitoring progress of all pupils.
Class teachers are continually aware of children’s learning. If they observe that a child, as recommended by the 2014 Code of Practice, is making significantly less than expected progress, given their age and individual circumstances, they will seek, with the support of the Inclusion Lead, to identify a cause and adapt provision. Less than expected progress is characterised as:
being significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline
failing to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress
failing to close the attainment gap between the child and expected age related levels of achievement.
The progress of every child is monitored termly. Where children are identified as not making progress in spite of Quality First Teaching and good attendance, they are discussed with the Inclusion Lead and a plan of action is agreed.
Although the school can identify barriers to learning and special educational needs, and make provision to meet those needs, we do not offer diagnosis. The school does have access to some initial screening checks which we use in conjunction with our assessment procedures.
In addition to these pathways of identifying SEN an identified SEN shared with us from parents, previous setting or other professionals will be discussed and supported. If parents have concerns regarding a potential additional need they should discuss this with the class teacher in the first instance.
What is the admissions process for children with SEND?
All children are admitted to Morley Memorial Primary School in line with the county’s admissions policy. If a child with additional needs is offered a place mid-phase then the family will be invited, before a start date is agreed, to meet with the headteacher and/or SENCo to discuss needs and provision required. If appropriate a period of transition including a graduated timetable may be implemented. If a child with additional needs transitions to Reception with the rest of their co-hort, the SENCo and EYFS lead work with the previous setting and parents to discuss needs, provision and transition timetable as needed. Our accessibility plan can be found on the school website. A copy of our accessibility plan can be found on the school website.
How do we support children with SEN?
We believe that all children learn best with the rest of their class. Our aim is for all children to be working independently, in class, achieving their full potential. Children with SEN and disabilities are entitled to be taught by their teacher. Teachers aim to spend time each day working with all children with SEN, individually or as part of a group. In addition to this, they may have additional universal or targeted resources and/or input from other members of staff. When allocating enhanced adult support to children, our focus is on needs and outcomes, not hours: we aim to put in sufficient support to enable the child to make good progress but without developing a learned dependence on an adult.
Our ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ (APDR) is a graduated approach as required in the Code of Practice 2014; each round of APDR takes place over a period of approximately 12 weeks.
The Assess Phase: Class teams (teachers and support staff) working with a child with additional needs meet with the SENCo at termly SEND meetings. At this meeting we look at the strengths and learning barriers of the child as well as their learning dispositions, attendance and progress. We also consider any additional assessment information and advice (both internal and external) that we may have access to.
The Plan Phase: A support plan outlining the targeted provision for the child is created. This will include class based strategies for support and may also include additional, targeted support through interventions.
The Do Phase: The support plan is shared with parents and any adaptations to provision including interventions as outlined in the support plan are put in place for a period of 8-10 weeks. Baseline assessments for interventions are completed.
The Review Phase: Towards the end of the 12 week APDR period the class teacher and any other adults involved in supporting the child will review the support plan. They will consider progress, what is working well and what may have worked less well. The child is invited to contribute to this. The review will then contribute towards the next APDR ‘assessment phase’ and a new support plan will be created if necessary.
Children are encouraged to share their views though a variety of pupil voice activities including but not limited to annual reviews, meetings with class teachers, self-assessment and informal drop ins by the SENCo.
What additional provision is offered?
The school’s provision menu includes a range of interventions which are designed to meet specific learning needs and children will access these where appropriate. Interventions are planned (through the assess, plan do, review process) in 12 week blocks with 8-10 weeks of the block being used for direct input and 2-4 weeks for baseline and review assessments.
At the beginning of each block a baseline assessment is completed. At the end of each block, children’s progress against their target and baseline is assessed and recorded. Targets, as set out in support plans, for children at SENS are deliberately challenging in the attempt to close the attainment gap between the children and their peers. Interventions are often crucial in closing these gaps, so are monitored closely by the class teacher who monitors progress towards the targets, the member of staff who delivers the intervention during the intervention and by the inclusion team who monitor the Intervention Records.
We request support from external advisors where required (for example, SEND 0-25 team or speech and language therapist by following their pathways and thresholds. Termly link practitioner meetings between Louise Walters (local authority specialist teacher) and Beth McGreer (SENCo) are held to consider and prioritise needs across the school while making the best use of the 50 hours of support allocated annually to us as a school. Consent from parents is sought ahead of these discussions.
How do we adapt teaching, the curriculum and the learning environment to support children?
Morley Memorial is as disability friendly as possible within the constraints of the old, original sections of the building. The school is on one level, some corridors are wide and we have an easy access toilet. Other reasonable and appropriate adaptations to the physical environment will be made, in line with EHCPs or advice from specialists to accommodate children with other sensory needs or disabilities.
All of our classrooms are inclusion-friendly: we aim to teach in a way that will support children with additional needs including tendencies towards dyslexia, dyspraxia, ASD and EAL As part of our approach we use the Morley Memorial Primary Inclusion Essentials These inclusion essentials are:
giving consideration to and the reduction of literacy barriers
the use of clear instructions; with pictorial support as appropriate
ensuring access to explicit teaching of key words for meaning and word banks for spelling
having lessons that are engaging
giving consideration to seating and groupings
This is good practice to support all children but is vital for those who particularly need it. All of our children access the National Curriculum, and we recognise achievement and expertise in all curricular areas. As part of routine class differentiation, curriculum content and ideas can be simplified and made more accessible by using visual, tactile and concrete resources.
In addition, please refer to ‘Morley’s Approach to Dyslexia’ and Cambridgeshire’s Dyslexia Guidance February 2019.
How do we support improving emotional and social development of children with SEN?
The emotional and social development of all pupils are key parts of the wellbeing provision at Morley, overseen by the Pupil Wellbeing Lead, Naomi Message. Wellbeing support includes universal provision for all pupils, as well as targeted support for those identified as having particular needs in this area, which includes provision for pupils with SEND. Provision includes the following:
Universal provision through the PSHE programme, as well as termly class-based teaching by the wellbeing lead
Half termly allocation meetings with the Wellbeing Lead, SENCo and Safeguarding Lead as part of the ADPR process, to identify needs and plan appropriate interventions
A weekly lunchtime drop-in club for invited pupils, focusing on social skills and peer support
Use of wellbeing TA support at lunchtimes to provide support with playground games and activities for those identified as needing extra support in this area
Use of wellbeing TA support in class, particularly at times of transition, and specialist play sessions to support social skills and emotional regulation
Targeted group and 1:1 support for specific pupils as part of the APDR process, such as the Time to Talk social skills group game, the FRIENDS resilience programme, Building Resilience from the Inside Out, and Zones of Regulation resources, delivered by the wellbeing lead or wellbeing TAs
Support for parents through an after-school drop-in open to any parents or carers who have wellbeing concerns
Support for parents through the Building Resilience in our Children course delivered by the wellbeing lead
Behaviour is not classified as a SEN but may be an expression of other needs. If a child shows consistent unwanted behaviours, the class teacher will assess the child’s needs, taking into account family circumstances and the child’s known history of experiences. If the child’s behaviour is felt to be a response to trauma or to home-based experiences (e.g. bereavement, parental separation) we complete an EHA with the family and support the child through that process. Our well-being lead Naomi Message supports with this.
If parents and school are concerned that the child may have mental health needs, which cannot be managed at school level, we encourage parents to ask their GP for a referral to CAMHS. We also make use of external resources such as CHUMS and Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners who offer support to parents/carers and children.
All children’s behaviour is responded to consistently in line with our Behaviour Policy, although reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate individual needs; some children may require a risk reduction plan
The school has a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, especially towards children with SEND and disabilities.
When are children assessed for an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan)?
If, over time, children fail to make appropriate progress and are significantly behind their peers, in spite of high quality, targeted support we may apply for the child to be assessed for an EHC Plan. Generally, we apply for an EHC Plan if:
The child has a disability which is lifelong and which means that they will always need support to learn effectively.
The child’s achievements are so far below their peers that we think it likely that the child may at some point benefit from provision at a special school.
The child is Looked After and therefore additionally vulnerable and is not making the expected progress in school.
The Local Authority have processes and thresholds for EHCP needs assessment requests and more information on this can be found through the Local Offer.
If the application for an EHC Needs Assessment is successful, other professionals (for example an educational psychologist or a speech and language therapist) will be asked to complete some assessments and observations with your child. A member of the Local Authority will call a meeting for parents, the child and the school together with any health or social care professionals who are involved with the family. The meeting will record the child’s strengths, their dreams and aspirations as well as the barriers they face. Following the meeting, the LA may produce the EHC Plan which will record the decisions made at the meeting.
Working with and supporting Parents
We aim to have good and informative relationships with all of our parents. If a child is experiencing difficulties, parents will be informed either at parents’ consultation meetings (autumn and spring terms) or through additional during meetings to discuss the child’s progress. Parents of children with SENS are invited to attend termly meetings with the SENCo but are also able to request meetings when required, following consultations with the class teacher, by contacting the school office.
Cambridgeshire’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers who have a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or have concerns that their child has special educational needs. They also offer impartial and confidential information, advice and support to young people and children with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability or who have concerns they may have special educational needs. For more information see https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/local-offer-care-and-family-support/send-information-advice-and-support-service-sendiass
Pinpoint Cambridgeshire is an organisation run for parents – by parents. They give help and information to parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities, and give parents and carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services. More information can be found at https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/
Spectrum is a parent-led children’s charity who provide events, sessions and support for families of children with Autism, additional needs, learning difficulties and disabilities. More information can be found at https://spectrum.org.uk/
Access to extra-curricular activities
All of our children have equal access to before and after school clubs which develop engagement with the wider curriculum. Where necessary, we make accommodation and adaptation to meet the physical and learning needs of our children. Class trips are part of our curriculum and we aim for all children to benefit from them. No child is excluded from a trip because of SEN, disability or medical needs.
How do we prepare children for next steps?
We understand how difficult it is for children and parents as they move into a new class or a new school and will do what we can, according to the individual needs of the child, to make transitions between classes and settings as smooth as possible. Enhanced transition arrangements are tailored to meet individual needs but may include, for example:
Additional meetings for the parents and child with the new teacher
Additional visits to the classroom environment in order to identify where the toilets are, where the pegs are etc.
Opportunities to take photographs of key people and places in order to make a transition booklet.
Meetings between staff from previous or future settings.
A graduated transition timetable
Transition reviews for Year 6 pupils with EHCPs are held, where possible, in the Summer Term of Year 5 or the Autumn term of Year 6. The secondary school SENCO is invited to Annual Reviews and other review meetings. Additional transition arrangements may be made at these reviews e.g. extra visits, travel training etc.
All of our teachers are trained to work with children with SEN. Some are very experienced, and others less so, but all have access to advice, information, resources and training to enable them to teach all children effectively. We offer training and self-help opportunities through access to in- house or external courses, provision of resources or guidance towards useful websites.
Some of our TAs have specific training (eg ELKLAN, Makaton, AET) which helps them to support children with specific difficulties. Other TAs have expertise and training in specific interventions. All TAs work with children with SEN and disabilities. We also have a part time SEN teacher who works with children both in and out of the classroom and also supports teachers in developing their classroom provision and practice.
Where we have children joining the school with needs that we are unfamiliar with we will work with parents, the local authority and other professionals including charities to ensure staff are confident it providing appropriate provision.
Our Inclusion Team can be contacted via the school office on 01223 508786 or via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusion Lead/SENCO: Beth McGreer
SEN teacher: Melissa Ward
Wellbeing Lead: Naomi Message
HLTA: Laura Greene
Governor with responsibility for SEN: Ruth Kershner
Further information and complaints
The school works, wherever possible, in partnership with parents to ensure a collaborative approach to meeting pupils’ needs. For further information on any aspect of our provision for children with SEN including complaints about SEND provision in our school , please contact Beth McGreer Assistant Head for Inclusion via the school office. All complaints are taken seriously and are heard through the school’s complaints policy and procedure.
Covid -19 addendum
While we will continue to aim towards the objectives set out in our SEND policy, adherence to the school’s Covid Risk Management Plan brings with it practical challenges that that need to be considered when planning support for children with additional needs. For example, where we would previously have run a targeted intervention for a group of children from two different years groups for 60 minutes a week this is no longer possible, leaving us with the option of either having only one year group accessing the intervention for 60 minutes or having 2 groups access it for 30 minutes each. As a team we will have to prioritise the resources we have to deliver the best support we can. We will consider each child and/or set of circumstances on an individual basis. Provision for children with EHCP’s remains statutory.
Beth McGreer Inclusion Coordinator