At Prince Avenue Academy we believe that each pupil has individual and unique needs. Sometimes, despite the class teacher’s support and differentiated planning, some children have difficulty in learning. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of pupils will have special or additional educational needs at some time in their school career. Some pupils may require help throughout their time in school, while others may need a little extra support for a short period to help them overcome more temporary needs. At Prince Avenue we provide additional help and support for pupils who have additional needs supporting their learning and ensuring they are fully included in all school activities.
At Prince Avenue Academy we aim to:
- To identify pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and ensure that their needs are met
- To ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities can access the activities of the school
- To ensure that all learners make the best possible progress
- To ensure that learners express their views and are fully involved in decisions which affect their education
- To promote effective partnerships and involve outside agencies when appropriate
- To identify, assess, record and regularly review pupils’ progress and need
- To involve parents/carers in planning and supporting at all stages of their children’s development
- To work collaboratively with parents, other professionals and support services
- To ensure that the responsibility held by all staff and governors for additional needs is implemented and maintained.
What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND, is a term that is used to describe pupils who have needs over and above those that can be met by good quality classroom teaching. These needs may be within speech and language; cognition and learning; social and communication difficulties; or social and emotional difficulties. They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.
What do we do for SEND children?
Children who are not meeting expected learning goals and are making less than the expected rate of progress are identified as needing extra help over and above normal classroom differentiation and are placed on a graduated provision of support. Initial additional support given is called School Support. Class Teachers will meet with parents to discuss their concerns, parent views and pupil views are gathered and the aims of additional support discussed. Class Teachers will meet termly with parents to review progress, successes, pupil and parent views and next steps. This support will be led and monitored by the class teacher and children will receive additional support from both Class teachers and Learning Support Assistants. Intervention groups run by Class Teachers and Learning Support Assistants will take place alongside additional individual targets where appropriate. Groups and individual targets are designed to give children additional support to enable them to work at age related expectations.
If, despite this help, we are still concerned that a child is not making progress we will increase the help that is given to a child. Mrs Allard (SENCO) will complete a range of standardised assessments as appropriate and give support and guidance to the staff. Mrs Allard may also ask for advice from professionals not directly employed by the school for example the educational psychologist, a speech and language specialist, a behaviour specialist or a nurture specialist. Some external agencies need to be accessed following the completion of an Early Help Assessment with parents. This will be completed in school and the action plan agreed. Support at this level continues to be known as School Support and the Class Teacher continues to direct, lead and monitor the impact of interventions for their pupil. Additional interventions may be introduced to address specific learning goals and will be discussed and arranged alongside Mrs Allard (SENCO). Teachers will meet termly with parents to complete structured conversation with parents and pupils. Children who are working with this level of support will be part of our school’s Achievement For All programme. In a small number of cases where a child continues not to make progress and meets the LEA criteria for further support and action we will refer the child to the LEA so they can consider making a detailed diagnostic assessment. This will be fully discussed with the parents before hand. For pupils who are assessed and given an Education Health Care Plan the school will hold statutory reviews and meet all statutory requirements in relation to these plans. Please see our school offer information regarding the provision given to children with identified areas of need.
Where can I find out more about SEND and the Local Offer?
As part of the changes within the Children and Families Bill, local authorities must publish, in one place, information about provision for children and young people from 0 – 25 who have Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). This is known nationally as the Local Offer and will help families to understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. The Local Offer must include information about the provision available locally for children and young people with special educational needs, regardless of whether or not they have Education, Health and Care Plans.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and
To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with Special Educational Needs, parents/carers and service providers in its development and review.
The information will be available in one place and accessed through Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s website. The local offer will allow parents and young people to see what support is available to them within the Borough and how to access this help.
Parents can access our Local Offer through the Southend Borough Council’s information directory known as SHIP. This directory may also direct you to various support groups, services and opportunities available to you and your family within the borough. Please follow the link below and click on a beach hut:
Southend Authority SHIP directory
Some of the organisations below may also be able you to answer any questions you may have about additional educational needs.
Links - please click to open
Autism Anglia is a good website they offer arrange of autism specific information for the family
SCOPE can offer support locally regards disabilities our local contact being -
she can provide information regarding any area of disability that may be affecting an individual or family.
Contact a Family Organisation who help families of children with varying disabilities.
Advice and Information on Special Needs for parents
Information and support for Dyslexia
Dyspraxia: Developmental Coordination Disorder Information and support for Dyspraxia.
The National Autstic Society
Information and support for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.Parent to Parent (P2P) is a confidential telephone support service for parents and carers of an adult or child on the autism spectrum.
(recommended by the NAS)08088004106
NAS Recommended Autism Helpline Call 0808 800 4104
Lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday
(free from landlines and most mobiles) We give impartial, confidential information, advice and support to people on the autism spectrum, their families, professionals, researchers and student
Speech and Language Needs
A parent-led organisation that helps children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. Probably best used after a diagnosis by a Speech and Language Therapist.
http://www.ican.org.uk/ An excellent website, clear explanations and further links, general ideas on helping all children with their communication.
Information and contacts about possible benefits you may be entitled to.
This list is not exhaustive and the information does not replace professional advice/diagnosis, our aim is to keep adding to the list of sites. If you know of any other good quality websites/groups/phone numbers which may be of use to other parents or if you would like information on a specific need to be published then please let Mrs Allard know.