Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer
All agencies which provide services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have to inform parents and carers about the services available to them. This is the Local Offer. Our school Local Offer is detailed here; it is intended to give you information about the many ways in which we support children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We will keep this information under review as we respond to children’s changing needs and to feedback from our parents.
In Wakefield, schools’ Local Offers are supported by Wakefield Local Authority, which has its own Local Offer.
The school SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) is Mrs L Matthews. If you wish to make an appointment, please contact the school office (01977 798303, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or email email@example.com.
If you click on the links below it will take you to the Holy Family and St Michael’s local offer where you will find information about the services the school will provide:
The Wakefield Local Offer
If you click on the link below it will take you to the Wakefield Local Offer where you will find information about the services the Authority provide. http://wakefield.mylocaloffer.org
Frequently Asked Questions
How does school know that my child needs extra help?
We monitor children’s progress so that pupils with SEND are identified as early as possible. Class teachers discuss any concerns they may have about individual children with the SENCo, and together we decide how best to put support in place.
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
Children’s progress is reviewed at Parent Consultation meetings in the autumn and spring terms. However, we hope that the relationships we build with parents mean that you feel you can approach us informally at any time if you have any concerns about your child. We also invite representatives from Educational Psychology Service, the Communication, Interaction and Access team and Learning Support Service into school in the spring term for open consultations with parents.
How will school support my child? How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Every teacher is aware of the needs of individual children in her class, and adjusts the learning activities accordingly (differentiation). If a child needs support additional to that provided in class, we can offer group and individual interventions, and if necessary can ask for support from specialist services.
How will I be kept informed about how well my child is doing?
You will be invited to be involved in setting targets for your child, and we will keep you informed about how well your child is working towards them. If you have any questions we hope that you will ask us! Your child’s class teacher is your first point of access, but Mrs Matthews can also be available to join the discussion of your child’s needs where appropriate.
How will I know how best to help my child to achieve?
Sometimes your child may have targets you can help with at home. Your child’s class teacher will give you any resources you need, and will explain how to use them.
How are decisions made about the support provided (including staff support) for my child?
School receives an amount of funding each year to support pupils with SEND (the delegated budget), in addition to the funding allocation for each pupil in school. The headteacher liaises with the SENCo to determine how this money should be allocated. Some of the delegated budget is used to employ additional staff, some is used for resources and training.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you would like further information, or if you have a question about provision for your child, please contact:
Mrs Claire Cade (Headteacher) or Mrs Louise Matthews (SENCo) 01977 798 303 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information in this Offer is supported by a number of other documents in school.
Our Accessibility Plan, together with our Special Educational Needs Policy, aim to ensure that our school is inclusive, and that all pupils are able to access the curriculum and the wider life of the school (including extra-curricular activities and visits).
Other policies also demonstrate our commitment to making our school inclusive:
- Admissions Policy
- Safeguarding Policy
- Equality Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Supporting Pupils with a Medical Needs policy
These policies are available from our Policies Page.