Learning Support (SEND Local Offer)
SEN Information Report for King’s Lynn Academy
Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEN
Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN.) 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 SEN. The information published must be updated annually. The required information is set out in the SEN Code of Practice regulations.
At King’s Lynn Academy we are committed to working together with all members of our learning community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, 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. The best people to contact this year are:
Name of SEN Governor: Val Creasy
Name of SENCO: Elanor Westbury
Name of Principal: Alan Fletcher
Student Voice Link: Charis Previtt
If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by visiting:
Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Head of Year or contact Elanor Westbury our SENCO on 01553 779662
Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN
At King’s Lynn Academy we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of student’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.
We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.
Our Academy Development Plan is about developing learning for all and details are planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff. We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our learning community. We monitor progress of all learners, and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole academy system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.
At King’s Lynn Academy we value:
Learning without limits.
How we identify SEN
At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as:
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
- have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
- have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, they may be worried about different things that distracts them from learning. At King’s Lynn Academy we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.
Assessing SEN at King’s Lynn Academy
Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At King’s Lynn Academy we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning.
We use the New Group Reading Test to assess reading levels and the WRAT test to assess writing and attainment levels. We also use in-house attitudes to learning surveys to ascertain student confidence in the academy.
For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school and cluster we have access to various specialist services. We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website available here:
King’s Lynn Academy as part of the King’s Lynn Academy Cluster have also commissioned for 2017/18 support from:
Advanced Coaches – weekly sessions
SRB for Dyslexia
We also employ 9 Teaching Assistants as well as three Assistant SENCOs who deliver the interventions in the provision map as co-ordinated by our SENCO
What we do to Support Learners with SEN at King’s Lynn Academy
Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all students in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at King’s Lynn Academy are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher standards are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
- Visual timetables
- Writing frames
- I-pads, or other alternative recording devices
- Peer buddy systems
- Positive behaviour rewards system
Each learner identified as having SEN, is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is described on a provision map, which although does not detail the individual learner names, describes the interventions and actions that we undertake at King’s Lynn Academy to support learners with SEN across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every year, as our learners and their needs change. The provision map includes:
- Small group work
- 1:1 focus
- After hours catch up
- Residential trips
- Enterprise visits / visitors
- College taster days
- EAL support
- Accelerated Reader
- Self-esteem groups
- Numeracy / Literacy intervention
- Student interviews
At King’s Lynn Academy we share the provision map with our colleagues in the King’s Lynn Academy Cluster so we can learn from each other, and demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEN. We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity.
Our provision map is shared with Governors who are able to ensure that we monitor the impact of these interventions on learning across the school.
Funding for SEN
King’s Lynn Academy receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. This is described in an SEN memorandum.
The King’s Lynn Academy cluster of schools also receive funding from the Local Authority which is distributed as ‘top up’ funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school. Applications are made directly to Claire Bunton (Cluster Host) and are agreed by a panel of head teachers.
All schools in the King’s Lynn Academy cluster have signed a governance agreement which helps us work together.
The King’s Lynn Academy Cluster of schools are committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEN. If you would like any further information on SEN in the King’s Lynn Academy cluster please contact our co-ordinator Claire Bunton: firstname.lastname@example.org 07586922033
How do we Find Out if this Support is Effective?
Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within King’s Lynn Academy. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow a structured programme of assessment and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENCO, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.
Students, Parents/carers and their Teaching and Support Staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held at least once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan,) the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.
The SENCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Intervention data is shared with the King’s Lynn Academy cluster so all SENCOs in our cluster are able to select high quality provision.
Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. Our academy and cluster data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.
Other Opportunities for Learning
All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra curricular activities. At King’s Lynn Academy in 2017/18 we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities. These can be found on our website: http://kingslynnacademy.co.uk/current-parents-carers/trips-extracurricular/
All staff at King’s Lynn Academy have regular training on the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’
The Equality Act 210 definition of disability is:
“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.”
Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995
This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.
For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/equality-act-2010-guidance
Preparing for the next step
Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new year at the academy, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. King’s Lynn Academy is committed to working in partnership with students, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.
Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEN.Transition to GCSE will be discussed in the spring term of Y8 while further education will be discussed in the summer term of their Year 10, to ensure time for planning and preparation.
Have your say
King’s Lynn Academy is at the heart of the local community. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. Please join our parent voice to have your say.
Dispute Resolution and Mediation
The Children and Families Act 2014 has an emphasis on mediation and dispute resolution being used to enable disputes to be settled early. The LA must make these services known to parents of children with SEN, young people with SEN, headteachers, governing bodies, proprietors and principals of schools and post 16 institutions.
The Act uses the term ‘mediation’ when a parent or young person can appeal against a decision of the Local Authority to the SENDIS Tribunal. ‘Dispute resolution’ is used for all other cases.
Both are requested and carried out in the same way. Mediation and dispute resolution are non-adversarial processes which help to resolve disputes early, quickly and without too much paperwork. They are free at the point of access and can bring about positive outcomes enabling parents, young people and educational establishments to discuss issues, decide the way forward and agree a plan of action acceptable to all; they take a person-centred approach.
Dispute resolution has been used very successfully in Norfolk, bringing together those who have been at loggerheads and cannot accept or understand each other’s points of view. Parents who have doubted an educational establishment’s motives or not fully understood what is being said have had a chance to have things explained with an impartial mediator keeping the meeting moving in the right direction. Educationalists are also able to have a greater understanding, explain and agree changes in an environment where everybody can have their say and feel listened to.
Mediation and dispute resolution can be used for:
* SEND related disagreements – these may be between parents, young people, the education provider, the Local Authority including health and social care if they are involved with the child or young people.
* Disagreements about Continuing (health) Care for children and young people up to age 18. To access the service call 03330 062 835 or email email@example.com.
Please let the family know that you are requesting dispute resolution – participation is voluntary for everybody involved. Once a date has been agreed the KIDS mediator will contact the parties and prepare a mediation summary about the key disagreements. The mediator will make sure everybody understands their role at the meeting. For further information go to www.kids.org.uk/mediation or the Norfolk County Council web section Local Offer – Help when things go wrong, or contact the Norfolk SEND Partnership Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS), who oversee the contract on a day to day basis, on email sendpartnership.iass.org.uk or phone 01603 704070.
SEN Information Report 2017- 18
|Communication and Interaction||Cognition and Learning||Social, Emotional and Mental Health||Sensory and or Physical|
Number of Students with SEN
|Education Health Care Plan||6|