Special Educational Needs (SEND)

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INCLUSION AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Honiton Community College is committed to inclusion

We believe that all students, including those identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities, are entitled to a broad & balanced academic and social curriculum which is accessible to them. We support all our students to be fully included in all aspects of school life.

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Inclusivity at Honiton Community College

To ensure our school is inclusive, the College supports pupils with special educational needs in a variety of ways.

SPECIALISTS IN THEIR FIELD

We have a full-time Special Needs Coordinator who is a qualified teacher and holds the National Award for SEND Coordination, and an Assistant Special Educational Needs Coordinator – as well as a team of Learning Support Assistants.

PASTORAL & WELLBEING TEAMS

Our Pastoral Support Team is made up of both teaching and non-teaching staff who support and challenge our students to attain their very best. We also have a Wellbeing team who provide all our students with social & emotional support.

SPECIALIST COMMUNICATION SKILLS

A number of our staff have additional training in Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Autistic Spectrum Condition, Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Social Skills programmes, fine and gross motor skills programmes.

PERSONAL SUPPORT PACKAGES

We provide personalised support packages for students on the autistic spectrum or who have Speech, Language and Communication needs.

Frequently Asked Question About Special Educational Needs

The SEND team liaise with the SENDCos from the feeder Primary schools during Y5 and Y6 if the young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan or has been identified as having additional needs.

The SEND team visit all feeder Primary Schools in Term 6 of Year 6 and gather information from class teachers and the SENDCo about any pupil who has been identified and is receiving extra support which is ‘additional to and different from’ the teaching within their class.

Information regarding pupils who have been placed on the SEND register in Primary School is passed on through the school SIMS information process via the Local Authority.

On entry into Honiton Community College, pupils are assessed using the Accelerated Reading Test and Cognitive Assessment Tests (CATs). Teacher Assessment and SATs levels are passed on from Primary schools. The data is analysed and pupils who meet the criteria set for intervention, which is additional to or different from the majority of pupils of the same age, are placed on the SEND Register and receive intervention to meet the individual need.

If a child/young person has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) we will organise additional provision for the particular area of need and the young person will receive a package of support. Each package of support is individual to the young person.

You will be informed about the intervention once your child has been identified. All programmes of intervention are designed to meet the particular need of the pupil. At the beginning and end of the intervention the pupil is assessed and if satisfactory progress is made the intervention will cease. Pupils can be placed in more than one intervention.

If your child/young person has a specific need or a diagnosis, subject teachers will be given strategies for working with the pupil or if deemed necessary information via a Pupil Profile. The profile will give a pen portrait of your child, classroom management strategies and will include information from your child about what helps them to learn in class. The Pupil Profile also contains information on assessment data and the provision your child/young person receives via the SEN Faculty.

The SENDCo uses the school data system to track all pupils with additional needs.

Honiton Community College uses Quality First Teaching to meet the needs of all pupils. Subject teachers differentiate their curriculums to support pupils with additional needs. The school has a team of Learning Support Assistants who work within the classroom and also deliver interventions to provide support for identified pupils.

Our aim is for all pupils to be supported to access the same curriculum offer as their peers. In rare cases, pupils who are working significantly below age related expectations and are struggling with the traditional curriculum may follow an adapted curriculum with alternative qualifications.

The SEND Department provides strategy sheets for a range of needs. Examples are Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia) Speech, Language and Communication Needs, ASC, Social Communication Difficulties, slow processing skills and memory difficulties.

The SENDCo and Learning Support Assistants are available to give advice and support to Subject teachers.

Parents will receive progress reports in line with the whole school reporting system. The SEND team operates an Open House Policy: Parents/carers are welcome to contact the SENDCo or teachers with any questions about progress and an appointment can be made to discuss concerns where necessary.

The wellbeing of our pupils is a primary concern. Pupils are supported with their social emotional development through the tutor programme, through the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

We are very proud of the pastoral support we offer to our pupils. Pupils can access support through the SEND team, Tutor or Pastoral Head for their year group, as well as the Wellbeing Team and Pastoral Support Officers.

Pupils who are on the SEND register for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs have provision through the Pastoral Support Team and Wellbeing Team. Pupils are attached to key staff and have personalised timetables of support depending on need.

The school is committed to listening to ‘Pupil Voice’. Pupils from each year group are invited to join the School Council. There are termly meetings and the School Council is consulted on any new developments introduced into the school.

We enlist a range of external services to advise and work with us in supporting our Young People. These typically may include:

  • Educational Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Visual Impairment Service
  • Autism Support
  • SEMH Specialists
All external partners we work with are vetted in terms of safeguarding.

Our Assistant Principal/SENDCo is a trained teacher, holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and has the National Award for SEND Coordination.

SEND pupils benefit from a highly skilled and committed SEND team with an array of experience and expertise. They keep abreast of developments across the SEND landscape and as well as partaking in ongoing training relevant to the presenting needs of our pupils, the team also provide training for the whole school through the Continual Professional Development Programme. This takes place during Teacher Training days and through a series of twilight workshops throughout the year.

Newly qualified teachers and new staff are trained and briefed on Special Educational Needs at Honiton Community College.

All pupils are included in school trips. Pupils with additional needs are supported by Learning Support Assistants, teachers or pastoral support staff. The SEN team works closely with parents/carers prior to the trip in order to fully support the pupil/ young person.

Pupils are encouraged to join extra-curricular clubs and where there are concerns for safety and access a personalised risk assessment is carried out.

The school has several buildings all of which are fully accessible with lift access and a number of disabled toilet facilities.

The SENDCo and Head of Pastoral for Year 7 works closely with feeder Primary schools and attends Y5 and Y6 review meetings of pupils with EHCPs.

The SEND Department provides an extensive transition programme for Y6 pupils who have significant Special Educational Needs. The personalised programme of visits to the school can begin as early as May in the pupil’s Y6 year.

A week long summer school was organised in August to enable children to attend the College for a programme of academic, physical and fun education. This summer programme helps children familiarise themselves with both the site and key staff whilst taking part in fun activities.

The SEND and Pastoral teams supports pupils moving from Y11 into the 6th form or Further Education by liaising with other providers, supporting visits and interviews, and setting up meetings for young people, parents and course providers.

The SEND team prepares a costed Provision Map at the beginning of each academic year. The SENDCo has access to the budget details and works with the Director of Finance and Resources to ensure resources are allocated to meet specific needs.

Our finances are monitored and audited regularly both internally by the Finance Director and externally by the Local Authority.

Quality First Teaching and Inclusive Practice is clearly defined in our school and staff are expected to deliver this.

Should additional support be necessary as determined by assessment, a pupil will be placed in the relevant timed intervention.

Parents/carers will be notified via letter and will be able to make an appointment to discuss the school’s decision if they so desire.

All interventions are monitored for impact and outcomes as defined at the start of the intervention. Pupil progress will be monitored through assessment at the beginning and end of the intervention.

Honiton Community College encourages parents to be fully involved in their child’s education.

The SEND team works closely with parents/carers. Your child’s Pastoral Lead is available via phone or email. We welcome your support at any time.

Parents/carers are invited to become involved in school life through the Parent Teacher Association, School Governors.

If you would like more information on how we can work together to support your child, please contact:

Director of Additional Needs/SENDCo  – Ms F Harrell Contact details: 01404 42283 ext 218 or fharrell@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

Assistant SENDCo – Mrs A Salter Contact details: 01404 42283 ext 236 or asalter@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

PA to SENDCo – Miss L Bradbury Contact details: 01404 42283 ext 238 or lbradbury@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

SEN and Safeguarding Governor – Mr A Smith Contact details: safeguardinggovernors@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

There is a lot of information available for parents or carers – below are some of the main contacts:  

The Local Offer

This gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their family’s information about what support services the local authority think will be available in their local area. This can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/send

Devon Information Advice and Support for SEND

DIAS have a dedicated team offering legally based and easily accessible information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They support parents, carers, children and young people with SEND and the service is impartial and confidential.

Tel: 01392 383080

Email: devonias@devon.gov.uk

www.devonias.org.uk

Community Paediatric Service

Community Paediatrics is part of Community Children’s Services. The department consists of doctors and nurses who provide out of hospital care for children and young people. They also carry out a range of statutory duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care.

Community paediatricians and nurses work within the wider health network of therapists and nurses and also with CYPS (local authority Children and Young People’s Services) and the voluntary sector. The role of the paediatric service involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. Many will also have specialist skills/interests in addition to their general work (e.g., adoption; neuro-disability). You can find out more here.

Useful Resources to Access at Home

The National Academy Online Classroom

Autisim.org

National Autistic Society

Children and Family Health Devon

ADHD

Hearing impairment

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Typing Skills with Doorway Online or Typing.com

COVID-19 Support for Parents

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