SEN Information Report

Welcome to Gossey Lane Academy’s Special Educational Needs information report.

My name is Leanne McGuire. I am the Inclusion Leader at Gossey Lane. My role is to work with children, families, teaching staff, school’s leaders and outside agencies to do everything we can to support children with Special Educational Needs(SEN). At Gossey Lane we aim to help children meet their full potential, developing socially, emotionally and academically.

 Our mission is to ensure that we are ‘Getting It Right for Everyone’.

SEN Information Report

This information is to inform you about how the staff at Gossey Lane work to support children with additional or different needs. This is reviewed annually to reflect our provision for SEN. This is done collaboratively to collect view points and ideas from all stake holders i.e families, staff and pupils.

Miss McGuire is the Inclusion Leader. She has day-to-day responsibility for reviewing our SEN policy and arranges specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEN, including those who have Education, Health and Care plans. She also helps our children who have physical, medical and speech & language needs.

To discuss your child’s education and needs with Miss McGuire (Inclusion Lead) please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Phone: 0121 464 2909                                        Email: enquiries@gosseylane.academy

Cognition and Learning

Some children find learning more difficult than others. They may need:

  • More time to learn new things and to think about their answers;
  • For information to be repeated or presented in a different way;
  • Help to hold information in their heads during a lesson;
  • For new learning to be broken down into small bits of information.

Examples of specific learning difficulties include: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.

Communication and Interaction

Some children need help to develop their communication skills and learn how to interact with other people. They may need:

  • Help with their speech and language skills;
  • Help to understand what others mean when they are talking;
  • Help to deal with things in the environment that are new, like unusual smells and sounds;
  • Help to learn about topics that are new and unfamiliar;
  • Help to feel ok about times when things change.

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Some children find it hard to manage their feelings and behaviour. They made need help to:

  • Follow the Gossey Way
  • Understand how they are feeling
  • Make friends
  • Keep themselves and others safe
  • Listen and follow instructions

Sensory and/or physical needs

Some children have a disability which can mean that accessing the school building and the curriculum can be more challenging. They may need:

  • Help with their hearing or vision;
  • Help getting around the building
  • Help with their specialist equipment such as specialised chairs, hearing loops, CCTV monitors, wheelchairs, feeding and special medical equipment, medication, other walking aids etc.
  • Help with writing and using handheld equipment such as writing and in PE lessons.
  • Help if they have more than one physical disability or medical needs that need a trained person to support with.

Cognition and Learning

Examples of support in our school:

 

How we check it is working

>  We use ‘Language and Literacy’ and ‘Mathematics’ Continuums to set work for children in interventions groups based on their needs.

>  We have teaching assistants who are trained to:

            – Support in class, adding to what the class teacher is doing

            – Take children out of class to help with things they are                         finding difficult to learn.

>  We have support from specialist teachers and outside agencies to support children with learning needs.

 

>  We review the continuums regularly and when needed

>  Teaching staff meet regularly to talk about every child’s progress and how to support them with their learning needs.

>  We use a whole school assessment system to look at data which tells us who needs help.

>  We talk to parents, children and agencies regularly to review the progress children are making.

   

Communication and Interaction

Examples of support in our school:

 

How we check it is working:

>  We have three trained members of staff in school who helps children with language needs

>  We help children when things change by using transition booklets and visual timetables

>  We sometimes teach children new topics and words before they see it in the classroom so they are ready for the new learning

>  We work with the Communication / Autism Team (CAT) to help children who learn in different ways

 

>  We review speech, language and communication targets termly

>  Teachers talk to each other about the progress children are making

>  The SENCO and the senior leadership team look at what is being provided and how it’s working

>  The children are given time to feedback about what works and what doesn’t work for them.

   

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Examples of support in our school:

 

How we check it is working:

>  We get advice from Educational Psychologist trained in working with children who have social, emotional and mental health needs.

>  We work with Beacon School Support to develop strategies for children with behavioural needs.

>  Our Family Support Worker supports children and families in a wide variety of ways.

>  Our Learning Mentor provides 1:1 coaching and mentoring sessions

>  Teachers set high expectations for behaviour and have support from school leadership to do so.

>  Structured lunchtimes including additional adult support to offer a set routine on a daily basis.

>  Use of positive handling plans to ensure that appropriate strategies are used for those children who have additional needs.

 

>  Everyone at school takes responsibility to support children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

>  Everyone is aware of their duty to report, monitor and plan for the needs of individuals.

>  Pupil Progress Meetings includes time to discuss how children are developing, including their social and emotional skills.

>  We use monitoring logs for behaviour to manage children who have behavioural needs.

   

Sensory and/or physical needs

Examples of support in our school:

 

How we check it is working

>  Our school is made to be as accessible as possible so that children don’t need to tackle stairs or other obstacles (using a lift).

>  We have made our schools as safe as possible by adding pegs, rails, disabled facilities (including toilets and shower room).

>  We can work with the Physical Difficulties Support Service (PDSS) and Sensory Support for visual and hearing impairments.

>  We work with Occupational Therapy and other agencies who give advice.

>  We can hold ‘fine’ and ‘gross’ motor skills groups to develop physical development skills.

 

>  We carry our risk assessments and reviews of children’s needs regularly.

>  We ask outside agencies to review our setting when we have children who have specific needs.

>  We consider children’s sensory and physical needs when they move to new classrooms and to new settings.

At Gossey Lane, all staff are involved in assessing children in order to identify whether a child has special educational needs. We do this by:

Observing children in class, looking at their books and speaking to their teachers about what the child can and can’t yet do.

Using school test results such as the Year 1 Phonics Check, End of Key Stage 1 Assessments (SATs) and assessments carried out termly.

Using information from parents, carers and from gaining the views of the child.

Working with specialist teachers and outside agencies who advise and assess children

Using information from previous schools or settings

If we think that a child has additional needs, we use a graduated approach to finding out what level of support they might need. This is initiated by the use of an Initial Concerns Evaluation (ICE) form, completed by the class teacher.

We will assess the child in more detail, plan how to support them, carry out the support for a period of time and then review how well it has worked. 

As a school we are committed to a graduated approach to our SEN provision. We recognised that each child is unique therefore we provide:

  • High quality teaching which is differentiated and personalised. This will meet the needs of the majority of children and is our first step in responding to children who have or may have SEN.
  • In addition, we also provide a range of interventions which may be carried out in a small group or 1:1. The intervention programmes that we use are dependent upon individual needs.

Interventions available in school include:

– Precision teaching for reading and spelling

– Black Sheep (speech and language)

– Mr Good Guess (speech and language)

– Talkboost (speech and language)

– Word Aware (speech and language)

– WellComm (speech and language)

– Circle of friends (social skills)

– Time to talk/socially speaking (speaking, listening and social skills)

– Systematic Oral Spelling

– Switch on (reading)

– Read write inc catch up

– Word Wasp and Word Hornett (English skills)

– Toe by Toe (English skills)

– Power of 2 (Maths skills)

– Plus 1 (Maths skills)

– Write from the Start (Fine motor skills)

– Speed Up (Fine motor skills)

– Fine and Gross motor skills

– ‘Language and Literacy’ and ‘Maths’ continuums

Our intent is that SEND pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that provides pupils with the knowledge and skills they need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. School Leaders have high expectations for pupils with SEND, so set aspirational target to challenge pupils and encourage them to take full advantage of future opportunities. To support SEND pupils access the curriculum our learning environments, curriculum content and lesson delivery is tailored to meet individual needs enabling good progress. Our curriculum is underpinned by Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction which includes, regular opportunities to review learning; receive new learning in small steps; modelling and scaffolding learning; guided practice and independent practise to achieve high success rates. We use the Language and Literacy and Mathematics Continuums to help implement this for SEND pupils. The continuums follow the national curriculum by breaking down the objectives into smaller steps of learning leading to the same outcomes over time. This allows for vital gaps in learning to be identified and taught so the necessary foundations for future learning are secured and pupils make good progress.

We implement following adaptions to ensure all children’s needs are met:

  • Differentiated access to the curriculum through numerous approaches, such as:

                         – small group work

                         – 1:1 work

                         – content of the lesson, task or pace.

  • Use of the Language and Literacy and Mathematics continuums to teach new concepts in small chunks that are more easily understood and do no result in cognitive overload.
  • Continual opportunities to rehearse skills ensuring that pupils embed key concepts into their long-term memory and can apply them fluently.
  • Adapting resources by providing alternatives such as thicker grip pens/pencils, large prints, coloured paper.
  • Using recommended resources such as word processing equipment, coloured overlays, visual timetables and sand timers etc.
  • Differentiated teaching styles such as giving longer processing time, reading instructions aloud, chunking tasks and the pre-teaching of key vocabulary.
  • Deployment of additional adults to support groups of learners within lessons and to deliver interventions.

Delivering our curriculum this way, has significant impact on our SEND pupils. They have access to a well-constructed, well-taught curriculum leading to good progress for our pupils. All learning builds towards an end point and enables pupils to show they know more, remember more and are able to do more. We review the children’s individual continuums termly to assess the progress they have made and the impact our curriculum.

At Gossey Lane, we use Transition Grids to review the progress children make on a half termly basis. This takes into consideration their prior attainment and where they are in relation to age related expectations.

Children with Special Educational Needs are also tracked using the Birmingham Access to Education Language and Literacy Continuums and Maths Toolkit which tell us in more detail about the progress made as the continuum is broken down into smaller chunks.

These systems are really good at showing us small steps of progress for children with additional needs so we know exactly how best to help them.

We provide support for children to improve their emotional and social development in the following ways:

  • Children with SEN are encouraged to be part of the Pupil Leadership Team
  • We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting Silver Award school
  • A ‘chill out area’ is used for children as a calming environment
  • Talking passes are given to children to give them an opportunity to speak to adults they feel most comfortable with
  • Mentoring from the Family Support Worker (FSW) and Learning Mentor
  • Parent support on strategies from the FSW
  • Accessing Beacon School Support for further advice and strategies which are available to both school and parents

We believe that all children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes access to fun and stimulating contexts and extra-curricular activities.

All children, including those with SEND can participate in school clubs. Examples of such clubs may include: football, multi-skill sports, revision, gymnastics, cooking and breakfast club. Different school clubs are run at varying points throughout the year so may differ from this list.

Gossey Lane has a number of children who have physical and sensory needs. For some children with these needs, it’s necessary to seek and follow the advice of medical professionals about how they may access our sports clubs. We make every effort to ensure children with SEND can access as many of these clubs as possible.

When booking a trip, staff will consider whether all children can access and take part in the activities. Reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure SEND children are not excluded from such trips. If it is not possible to make appropriate adjustments it will be considered whether or not the trip goes ahead.

Gossey Lane make sure that all of our staff are well trained and have regularly updates to their training. The following table shows the training that all staff and specific staff currently have:

 

All Staff:

Specific Training for some staff:

>  Level 1 AET Autism Training

>  Paediatric First Aid Training (TAs)

>  NHS Allergy Training

>  The Equality Act Training

>  NHS Asthma Training

>  Educational Visits Training

>  NHS Diabetes Training

>  Rights Respecting Training

>  NHS Epilepsy Training

>  Positive Handling in Schools

>  Read Write Inc phonics

>  Restorative Justice

>  Sensory Processing Workshop

>  Spurgeons Young Carer Training

>  Supporting Speech, Language and Communication – Knowledge, Skills and Universal Provision

>  Beacon School Support Social Skills

 

>  Talkboost Training (SALT Champions)

 

>  Speech Sounds and Pronunciation (SALT Champions)

 

>  Occupational Therapy Programmes (OT Champions)

 

>  PSS Precision Teaching for Reading and Writing (TAs)

In our school, if we feel a pupil needs more specialist help, we can work with the following people:

Agency or Service

Who they work with

How school can get in touch with them

Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

Children with complex needs and where an application for an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment is made

School have an allocated Educational Psychologist who Miss McGuire is in regular contact with. Written parental consent is required.

Pupil and School Support Service (PSS)

Children who are working below the expected level or who have cognition and  learning difficulties

We have a PSS Teacher who visits regularly. Miss McGuire will speak with parents if they feel a PSS teacher should work with individual pupils and written consent is required.

Communication Autism Team (CAT)

Children who are being assessed for or already have a diagnosis of autism or social communication difficulties

We have an allocated worker who we can contact after a referral has been made to the team. Parental consent is required.

WMSLT – Senior Speech and Language Therapist (SALT)

Children who are having difficulty with speech, language or communication.

This service also works with all staff providing training to develop universal provision. Three TAs have also received more in-depth training and are known as the SALT Champions. They work closely with the therapist to enhance our targeted and specialist provision for specific pupils.

This service has been commissioned by Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust. School can contact the therapist directly for support and advice. Where an in-depth assessment is required, a referral form with parental consent is required.

WMSLT – Senior Occupational Therapist (OT)

Children who are having difficulty with self-care, fine and gross motor skills and sensory processing.

This service also works with all staff providing training to develop universal provision. Two TAs have also received more in-depth training and are known as the OT Champions. They work closely with the therapist to enhance our targeted and specialist provision for specific pupils.

This service has been commissioned by Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust. School can contact the therapist directly for support and advice. Where an in-depth assessment is required, a referral form with parental consent is required.

Beacon Support

Children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Beacon Support provide an allocated behaviour specialist who gives advice and works directly with pupils and their teachers. Parental consent is required.

School Nurse

Children with medical needs and their families.

We can make a referral to the School Nurse for support in writing Care plans and alert cards for children with diagnosed medical conditions. Parental consent is required.

Gossey Lane Academy have an open door policy and we are always available for parents to contribute to their child’s education.

Our website has lots of information about our curriculum and the support children can get. In addition to this website information, we offer our parents:

  • Regular meetings with the Inclusion leader during parents’ evenings;
  • Parents are invited to reviews of provision where appropriate
  • Meetings with the school’s Family Support worker or Learning Mentor where necessary

We encourage children to become independent learners. We involve children in a variety of ways, including:

  • ‘one-page profile’ to help them and their teachers understand their needs and opportunity to assess their leaning
  • visual timetables which help children understand what they need to do;
  • pupil surveys to collect the children’s views on their learning

If you are a parent of a child at Gossey Lane who has Special Educational Needs, and there is something which you think is not quite right, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. If you continue to have concerns then contact Miss McGuire (email enquiries@gosseylane.academy or 0121 464 2909).

We would hope to have addressed your concerns in the first instance, however if unresolved the school office can arrange an appointment with the Headteacher.

For further information, please see the Complaints Procedure guidance on our website.

The SEN Governor is Mr Andrew Harrison. Mr Harrison and Miss McGuire meet to discuss provision for pupils with special educational needs. Following this meeting, Mr Harrison will report back to the full governing body about his findings and this is recorded in the minutes of the Governors Meeting. The full governing body also take part in SEND Audits, where they observe lessons, carry out book reviews and discuss the provision with Miss McGuire.

Name of Support Service

How they can support parents

How you can contact them

Autism West Midlands

Support and advice is given and opportunities to meet regularly

Telephone: 0121 450 7575

Website: https://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/

SENDIASS

The Local Authority’s impartial advice and support service


Telephone: 0121 303 5004
E-mail: sendiass@birmingham.gov.uk 

Forward Thinking Birmingham (including CAHMS)

A range of services and facilities focussed around the individual needs of 0-25 year olds.

24/7 access to mental health crisis support. 

Telephone: 0300 300 0099

Website: https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/

Write: Access Centre, 5th Floor, 1 Printing House Street, Birmingham, B4 6DF

When a child with special educational needs start at Gossey Lane, we:

  • Meet with them and their parents to ask and answer questions about their needs;
  • If necessary, provide a transition book with photos and information about their new school;
  • Arrange visits to the school and any workshops that are appropriate prior to their start date.

When a child with special educational needs moves into a new class at Gossey Lane, we:

  • Can give the child a transition book so they have information and pictures about their new classroom and teachers;
  • Talk to the child and their family about any changes and how to support at home;
  • Introduce the child to their new class and teacher well before their transition.

When a child with special educational needs leaves Gossey Lane in Year 6, we:

  • Work with the child’s new school to make sure they have a transition which is as easy as possible for them;
  • Talk to key staff at the new school about the child’s needs and hold a review meeting if needed;
  • Help to arrange visits to the new school if required and appropriate to do so and a member of staff would attend the visits where necessary

Birmingham City Council has a website which has up-to-date information about the range of services provided for children with Special Educational Needs. You can access the Birmingham Local Offer by visiting the following website:

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/localoffer

As we are aware, some of our families live on the borders of Solihull. This doesn’t affect the provision we provide in school or our access to Birmingham school support services. However, it may mean that external assessments via the NHS or applications for Education, Health and Care Plans are processed through Solihull services, which differs slightly to Birmingham’s processes. If you are a Solihull resident, you may also wish to view Solihull’s Local Offer by visits the following website:

https://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/

To download a copy of our SEN Information Report please click here.