Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy
Oldbrook First School believes that every pupil has an entitlement to develop to their full potential and is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.
At Oldbrook a child is defined as having a SEND if their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. Oldbrook First School is an inclusive school and offers the following range of provision to support children with; cognition and learning, communication and interaction (including speech and language), behavioural, emotional and social, sensory, complex medical and physical needs.
The range of support deployed will be tailored to individual needs following assessment by internal or external agencies. It is designed to promote pupils working towards becoming independent and resilient learners.
In Oldbrook First School parents are seen as partners and their views, aspirations and hopes for their child will always be valued. We believe parents know their children and can be invaluable sources of information to help us identify what possible barriers to learning their child may be facing. We aim to have good and informative relationships with all our parents. If parents have concerns about their child they should speak to their class teacher first who may then direct them to the Inclusion Manager. Parents of children who are identified as having SEND will be invited to take part in CCRs at key points of the year to discuss their child’s progress and the effectiveness of the provision put in place for them. Parents, staff and the child will then work together to agree further strategies that will help the child make progress.
If a parent has concerns or would like further support the school will signpost them to the SEND Information Advice and Support Service.
Milton Keynes’ 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. Milton Keynes’ Local Offer is available from the website.
Oldbrook First School’s SEND Information Report
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Expected path if the child continues to make poor progress and barriers to learning are not adequately dealt with through quality first teaching and limited targeted support.
A child can leave this process at any point if the barriers to their learning are overcome. Not all children will require top up funding or an EHCP. This is not the ‘goal’ of being on the SEND plan. Rather the goal is to address a child’s needs as early and efficiently as possible to enable them to progress in line with their peers. For some children, this will be a short catch up intervention to fill in gaps or embed a particular concept. Other children may require long term highly personalised support.
Strategies to remove barriers to learning and the assessment of these will take place throughout the following process.