Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Updated Autumn 2021
The school's Special Needs and Disabilities Coordinator is Miss Helen Talbot. Should you wish to discuss any SEND issues or arrange a meeting, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 2340010
A number of children will have special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) as they go through school. If you have a concern about your child then please discuss this in the first instance with your child's teacher. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to our Special Needs Co-ordinator, Miss Talbot, please contact the office or email email@example.com
Glebelands follows the Local Education Authority's Offer in terms of provision for children with SEND.
How does Glebelands identify SEND?
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can be identified in a number of ways:
- concern raised by the child
- concern raised by a parent / guardian
- regular class assessments or work e.g. spellings, reading tests, maths work in class
- a child who is working at least 2 years below where we expect him/her to be according to their age
- observations and assessments carried out by the SENCO. This includes using School-Based assessments where a standardised score of 84 or below indicates SEND.
- information from a previous school or health professional
How will Glebelands Support my child with SEND?
A graduated response is followed after discussions with parents. Differentiated work, activities and other arrangements will be tried in class initially and the children closely monitored. If little or no progress is made then the children can be placed on the school's SEND register at SEN support and the support provided will increase. This may be in the form of withdrawal intervention groups led by a teacher or teaching assistant, specialist equipment to use in the classroom, different classroom activities and resources and more individualised homework. For those children experiencing significant difficulties we call on the advice of outside agencies to support us in supporting your child e.g. Speech Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Special Needs Service teachers (learning and autism specialists, behaviour management teachers ) etc.
Please see links below for more details on the graduated response
How will I know how my child is progressing?
You will be invited to meet with the class teacher termly to review your child's progress. Together you will look at the progress made in class and in any intervention groups that your child has attended. Then the next steps of your child's provision will be planned with you. You can also arrange a meeting with the SENCO. If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), an annual review will be held with you and all professionals working with your child will be invited to attend.
Will my child be able to take part in the whole curriculum?
All of Glebelands curriculum is accessible to children with SEND and adaptations are made based on the child's individual needs. After school clubs and activities are open to all children. Provision is made for children with SEND to take part in off site trips and residentials. The school is accessible by wheelchair, is all on ground level and there is an accessible toilet. Our new mobile has a ramp, as well as steps, leading up to the doors.
What training have staff received and what specialisms does Glebelands have?
All teaching staff receive termly training in different areas of SEND e.g. Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, Speech, Language & Communication on a rotating basis. Individual members of staff have received further training depending on the needs of the children in their class. Two teaching assistants are highly qualified in Speech and Language and all teaching assistants providing intervention groups have been trained in that intervention.
What interventions could my child take part in?
Glebelands runs a variety of intervention each term and these change depending on the needs of the children at any one time. Care is taken to match the child to the relevant intervention group and this will be discussed with you at your termly meeting with the class teacher. We are also careful not to overload the child with too many interventions at once.
The interventions currently taking place are: BRP, Early Words, Lexia, Beat Dyslexia, Toe By Toe, Time To Talk, Let's Talk, Language For Thinking, Lego Therapy, Fun Time, Mindfulness, Big Moves, Play Interaction, Reading Rocketeers, Rising Stars Maths, A Volcano In My Tummy, Talkabout For Children (Social & Friendship Skills Development) and Individual SALT plan work.
Other ways that we can work together to get your child and your family the support you may need:
Parents, Carers and School can all make a referral to the School Nurse who is part of the 'Healthy Together 5-19 Service' and Early Help.
Some of the areas that the School Nurse can help with include:
Behaviour. Continence, including day/nightime wetting and constipation. Emotional/mental health with onward referrals to CAMHS. Self Harm. Neurological concerns and onward referrals to Paediatricians. Growth and Diet. Parental support with referrals to Early Intervention where appropriate. Physical Health Concerns. Sleep issues.
Healthy Together (School Nurses) also offer health information and advice via its public health website Health for Kids (www.healthforkids.co.uk) Health for Kids has a dedicated ‘grown-ups’ area targeted at parents and carers.
Parents can also contact a member of the public health School Nursing team via a confidential text messaging service, ChatHealth. For parents and carers, the number is: 07520 615381
Parents, carers and school can all make a referral to Early Help.
All the information you will need about the service that is offered and how a referral can be made, can be found at: www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/support-for-children-and-young-people/early-help/early-help-offer/
If you require any support in considering and/or making a referral to either of these services please see your child's class teacher or school SENCO who will be happy to help.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years
SEND - A guide for parents & carers
Leicester City Council's Early Help and Prevention Offer
Leicester City's SEND strategy
Current Interventions (The PowerPoints have been used as part of ongoing staff training.)
The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents, carers and young people to see what services are available in their area and how to access them. It includes provision from birth to 25 years old, across education, health and social care. The local offer is available on the website: http://www.thelocaloffer.co.uk/ You can also access services that support children with SEND from the website: https://mychoice.leicester.gov.uk
Leicester’s Speech, Language and Communication strategy (2021-2025)
The Balanced System® Speech Language and Communication (SLC) Pathway helps staff and families access the right support at the right time. It includes information and advice to engage parents and wider family members as children’s first communication partners and also local and national information and advice on SLC concerns or needs.
You can access this information by typing: Balanced System® Speech Language and Communication (SLC) Pathway into your web browser.
Glebelands Accessibility Plan
The following pages contain information about different areas of SEND.
Although the school can recognise special educational needs and make provision to meet those needs, we do not offer diagnoses. As well as sharing your concerns with us, we advise that you contact your GP if you think that your child may have an underlying medical condition or disability. Class teachers and the SENCO will be happy to support you with this by writing to your GP, with your consent, to share their concerns and observations and to share any completed checklists from observations we have made. However, please be aware that what we see in school may not be what you see at home and we can only comment on what we see.