Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
Welcome to the SEND area of our website, we hope you find this section useful and that the information gives you an overview of how we help our pupils with Special Education Needs. If you have any queries regarding our SEND provision our SENCO will be happy to help you.
Our SENCO is Mrs. L. Mills, she can be contacted through the academy office, telephone number 01472 691887
The Governing Body and staff of Old Clee Primary Academy are committed to providing an appropriate, inclusive and high quality education for all our children. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum and where possible should be fully included in all aspects of academy life. We aim to give every child the very best chance to succeed by removing barriers to learning and preparing them for a happy and successful future. We aim to foster a sense of community and belonging.
We recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. We are particularly aware of the needs of our Key Stage 1 pupils, for whom maturity is a crucial factor in terms of readiness to learn. However, we also believe in both early identification of need and early intervention. We understand that at some point in their academy career a pupil may experience difficulties which affect their learning and we recognise that these may be long or short term.
Our SENCO and Pastoral team work closely with pupils, parents, teachers, senior leaders and external agencies to ensure we provide the best possible provision for any pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning. In order to do this we remove barriers to learning by following a graduated response. This involves assessing our children, planning and implementing a personalised provision and then reviewing the impact (assess, plan, do, and review).
If your child has a special educational need or disability then it will be discussed with you. If it is felt that your child would benefit from more intensive support, then you will be invited into school to discuss this and possibly refer your child to an external agency for further specialist support. Together we review your child’s progress and plan any the next stages of support. We want to work with parents and carers as much as possible because as parents you know your children better than we ever will. If you have any concerns about your child’s learning needs, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance a meeting can then be arranged with the SENCO.
Please see our SEND information report for further details about how we support pupils with Special Educational Needs.
SEND Code of Practice
In 2014 a Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities was agreed and adopted by all schools in England.
Under the 2015 (revised document) Code of Practice, SEND are categorised under the following four headings:
Where pupils have medical needs and special educational needs, we will plan and deliver education provision in a co-ordinated way with their healthcare plan if they have one. We will also follow the statutory guidance on supporting pupils at academy with medical conditions.
Please follow this link to access the SEN Code of Practice document (2015) 2015 SEND Code of Practice
The following link also provides information about how the Local Authority supports children with Special Educational Needs, this is known as their Local Offer https://sendlocaloffer.nelincs.gov.uk
Local Authority weekly newsletter
North East Lincolnshire Council now publish a weekly newsletter for parents. The newsletter contains lots of information for Parents and Carers regarding local SEND services. Please see the website address below to access the newsletter
You may be aware that The Local Authority have been expecting an Ofsted/ Care Quality Commission (CQC) Special Educational Needs and Disabilities revisit of North East Lincolnshire Council following on from their initial inspection in July 2018. The Local authority have been notified that there will be an inspection taking place on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd March 2022.
Parent carers are invited to be involved in the inspection process.
Read the formal letter to parent carers from Ofsted inviting families to be involved in the inspection process.
Useful websites relating to SEND
https://www.ipsea.org.uk/– information for parents around Special Educational Needs advice.
https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/cerebral-palsy-for-young-people/– site to support parents and children with cerebral palsy.
www.ehlers-danlos.org – site to support parents and children with ehlers danlos.
https://www.autism.org.uk/– site to support parents and children with autism.
https://adhdfoundation.org.uk/– site to support parents and children with ADHD.
www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk – site to support parents and children with dyspraxia.
www.bdadyslexia.org.uk – site to support parents and children with dyslexia.
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk – site to support parents and children with downs syndrome.
https://www.familyfund.org.uk-charity that supports parents and children with disabilities and sever illness
www.youngminds.org.uk – site to support children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
North East Lincolnshire Family Hubs- site to support families to engage with a variety of services within North East Lincolnshire