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SEND Information Report – Assess

We assess children formally at the end of each half term and analyse this data against age related and national expectations. Pupils not meeting these expectations are identified as needing extra support. This may be provided via more personally differentiated work, some additional help through a small group intervention or more adult support in class. Where concerns remain despite this additional support, school will seek parental permission to access further specialist advice and guidance. For example:

  • An assessment by the Academy’s Language and Learning Teacher
  • An assessment by an Educational Psychologist
  • A referral into The Bungalow Project (behaviour support)
  • A referral into CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • A referral to School Health

If SEND is identified, parents will be fully informed about their child’s specific difficulties and needs and what the academy will put in place to support them.  Thes difficulties are categorised into one or more of the following broad areas of need:

  • Cognition and Learning;
  • Speech, language and communication;
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties;
  • Physical and/or sensory needs;

If you as parents or carers believe there is a SEND concern regarding your child you should first of all raise this with your child’s class teacher, either at a termly consultation meeting or by telephoning to make an appointment.

The main support for pupils with SEND is the class teacher whose responsibility it is to ensure that all children are making progress. In addition to the class teacher, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO; Miss Glindon) is available to parents to discuss and review progress. Children may be supported by teaching assistants who deliver specific programmes and interventions to address SEND. All staff who work with a child with SEND keep the class teacher informed as to progress so that there is an accurate picture of development.

Children are kept informed about their progress through daily marking and feedback from their class teacher and any other adult who works with them. Targets are set by the class teacher and SENCO and reviewed at least termly but in many cases SEND targets are small step and managed over a shorter time frame. Children can talk to their class teacher at any point about their progress and to discuss their work. Further help and information will be given to help the children know how to make improvements.

Viewley Hill provides a range of pastoral support to help parents, carers and children understand the systems and processes that are in place to support SEND. Mrs Moore, our Parent Support Adviser, is available to meet with parents and if possible, attend any external meetings to aid information sharing. The Bungalow Project also provides support and advice to parents and carers particularly in relation to emotional and social difficulties. The Headteacher is also available to meet with parents if this is felt to be useful.

Useful contacts and links
SEND Code of Practice
Middlesbrough LA Local Offer

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