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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

SEND Information Report

Parent Information: SEND Information Report

All South Gloucestershire maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need or Disability being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND)?

Class teacher
Responsible for:

  • Being the first point of contact for any parent who is concerned about their child’s progress or well-being in school.  The teacher is available to talk about any concerns and meet with parents to discuss additional SEND support if needed. Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENDCo know as necessary. Writing Individual Education Plans (IEP), and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least three times a year. Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources. Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.

Special Educational Needs or Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) – Miss Stephanie Crane
Responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school. Ensuring that you are: < >involved in supporting your child’s learning kept informed about the support your child is getting involved in reviewing how they are doing.

Headteacher – Mrs Dawn Breeze

Responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND. Giving responsibility to the SENDCo and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met. Making sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.

SEN Governor – Mr Pavol Sukenik
Responsible for:

  • Liaising with the SENDCo on a regular basis and reporting back to the Governing Body that the school is meeting its statutory duties for SEND provision.

Local Authority SEND team
Responsible for:

  • Supporting teachers, teaching assistants, children and parents in the Local Authority.

Parents can contact South Gloucestershire SEND team and find out further information on the South Gloucestershire Local Offer at www.southglos.gov.uk/localoffer      

What are the different types of support available for children with SEND at Holy Family Primary School?

Class teacher input using differentiated class teaching to meet the needs of all children on a daily basis.

For your child this would mean:

  • That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class. That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand. Different ways of teaching are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning. Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENDCo or outside agencies)  are in place to support your child to learn. Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.

Specific group work with a smaller group of children. 


These groups are known as intervention groups.  Your child may be taught in intervention groups for a number of sessions during the school week.

  • Run in the classroom or outside. Run by a teacher or most often a teaching assistant who has had training to run these groups.

For your child this would mean:

  • He/ She will engage in group sessions with specific targets to help him/her to make more progress in key areas identified as priorities for their professional development. A Learning Support Assistant/teacher or outside professional will run these small group sessions, overseen by the class teacher.

Specialist intervention run by outside agencies e.g Speech and Language therapy or Occupational therapy groups

Sometimes children have been identified by the class teacher/SENDCo as needing some extra specialist input in school from an agency outside the school. This may be from:

  •  The Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service, Educational Psychology team, Behaviour Support, Inclusion Support and Traveller Support.

This would mean:

  • You may be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward. You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional e.g a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them better in school. The specialist professional will work with your  child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:
  • Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better Support to set targets which will include their specific expertise and provide advice where appropriate A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g a social skills group A group or individual work with outside professional

Specified Individual support

This is usually provided via a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).  This means your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENDCo as needing a particularly high level of individual or small group teaching, which cannot be provided from the budget available to the school. Usually your child will also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:

  • Local Authority outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service.

This could mean:

  • The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child. After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with additional information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), are complex enough to need a statutory assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If your child’s needs meet the criteria, the Local Authority will write a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHC Plan. The Statement or EHC Plan will outline the number of hours of individual/small group support your child will receive from the Local Authority and how the support should be used and what strategies must be put in place. It will also have long and short term goals for your child. The additional adult, provided through Local Authority funding, may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child.

How can I let the school know I am concerned about my child’s progress in school?

  • If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher initially. If you still have concerns about your child’s progress, you should speak to the SENDCo or Headteacher

How will the school  let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?

If the school has concerns about the progress your child is making, or about their well-being, they will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to:

  •  listen to any concerns you may have too.  plan any additional support your child could receive.  This may be written as an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child.

How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

  • The school budget includes money for supporting children with SEND. The Head Teacher and the SENDCo discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
    • the children getting extra support already the children needing extra support the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected

And decide what resources/training and support is needed.

  • The Head Teacher , alongside the Governing Body, decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, on the basis of needs in the school. All resources/training and support are reviewed on an ongoing basis and changes made as needed.

Who are the other people providing services to children with an SEN in this school?

Provided by the school:

  • SENDCo Parent support workers SEND teaching assistants

Provided by External Agencies:

  • Educational Psychology Service Speech and Language Therapy Inclusion Support School Nurse Occupational Therapy Physiotherapy Paediatrician

How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with an SEND and what training do they have?

  • The SENDCo’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND. The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues such as Dyslexia and Autism. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.

How will the teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?

  • Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met. Specially trained support staff can adapt the teachers’ planning to support the needs of your child where necessary. Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups. Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if necessary to meet your child’s learning needs. Any class visits/trips will be planned to include your child as fully as possible.  Where necessary, we will consult with you in detail about these arrangements.

How will we measure the progress of your child in school?

  • Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher. His/her progress is reviewed formally six times a year and a National Curriculum level given in reading, writing, and numeracy. If your child is in Year 1 and above, but is not yet at National Curriculum levels, a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘P levels’. At the end of each key stage (i.e. at the end of year 2 and year 6) all children are required to be formally assessed using Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). This is something the government requires all schools to do and the school’s results are published nationally. Children with SEND will usually have an IEP which will be reviewed with your involvement, at least three times a year. The progress of children with a statement of SEND/ EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review meeting with all adults involved with the child’s education. The SENDCo will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in

What support do we have for you as a parent of child with an SEND?

  • The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.  The class teacher can share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used. The SENDCo is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have. All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report. IEP’s will be reviewed with your involvement, three times a year. Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual needs. A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child. School can provide you with information about Parent Support groups which can help you as a parent of a child with SEND. The Parent support workers (based at school) can work with and support parents and children on a number of issues including self esteem, friendship issues, anger management, emotional issues and parenting support.

How is Holy Family Primary School accessible to children with SEND?

  • The building is accessible to children with physical disability via ramps. We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs. Extra-curricular activities are accessible for children with SEND.
  • School will seek advice for each child’s additional accessibility needs and make any necessary adjustments to the environment where possible.    

How will we support your child when they are leaving this school or moving on to another class?

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.

  • If your child is moving child to another school:
    • We will contact the school SENDCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child. School will ensure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
    • When moving classes in school:
      • Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. All IEPs will be shared with the new teacher. Your child will visit their new teacher along with the rest of their class during the summer term. If your child would be helped by further visits or a book to support them understand moving on, then arrangements will be made for this to happen.
    • In Year 6:
      • The SENDCo will contact the SENDCo of their secondary school and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child. Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead. Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school. School will ensure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

How will I know how my child is doing?

Throughout the school year, the school will provide a range of opportunities for parents to find out about your child’s progress including:

  • Parent Consultation Meetings in the Autumn and Spring term. Opportunities to visit your child’s learning in class during the Open Afternoons. End of Year Reports to parents. Opportunities to discuss your child’s report in the Summer term. A yearly meeting for any child with a statement or EHC plan, involving parents, school and any relevant external agencies, to review the child’s progress. Informal meetings with school staff as requested.

  September 2016 To be reviewed:  September 2017