SEN Information Report
Bassingbourn Village College is an academy school. It currently has 600 registered full-time students. The College teaches students from Year 7 to Year 11.
Our College aspires to provide students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) with an education that allows them to fulfil their potential by recognising their individual differences, accepting their strengths and weaknesses and enabling them to value themselves and others. We have an inclusive ethos and the College strives to create a sense of community and belonging for all students.
‘All teachers are teachers of children with special education needs. Teaching such children is therefore a whole school responsibility.’ (SEN Code of Practice 2014)
Fundamental to SEND students accessing the curriculum is high quality teaching, differentiated for individual students and targeted at their area of weakness. The aim is to provide learning experiences and a curriculum that is so personalised that the requirement for students with potential needs to access additional intervention is reduced.
However, access to additional learning programmes and resources is in place at the College to support the development of key skills when assessment and quality teaching indicates that the student is not making progress.
It is our intention is to provide effective provision for students who may have additional needs under the broad categories of:
- Cognition and Learning
- Communication and Interaction
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties
- Physical and/or Sensory difficulties.
What is the Local Offer?
In September 2014, local authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’ http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/send
The Local Offer will give information about:
- Services and support available
- How student needs are identified and assessed
- The way schools and colleges support students with SEND
- How to access services
- Preparation for adulthood and independence
It will also include information about health and social care services, education, leisure activities and support groups in the area for children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND and their families.
Who can you contact about your child’s difficulties with learning, SEND?
The Subject Teacher or Form Tutor
- Is responsible for any information or concerns on your child’s progress or difficulties in a particular subject
The SENCO/Inclusion Co-ordinator: Ms Sue Murphy
- Co-ordinating all the support for students with SEND
- Ensuring that you are kept informed about the support your child is receiving, involved in supporting your child’s learning and involved in regularly reviewing their progress
- Developing and overseeing personalisation of teaching and learning for your child as identified on the College Provision Map
- Liaising with professionals who may be coming into the College to support your child’s learning – for example, Educational Psychologist
- Updating the College’s SEND Register (a system for ensuring that all SEND needs of students are known by all teaching staff in College) and making sure records of your child’s progress and needs are kept.
- Compiling and updating the pupil profiles and progress files of SEN support students
- Line-Manager of a strong team of 10 well-qualified Teaching Assistants who have strengths in specific areas and who may support your child at College.
The Vice-Principal: Ms Vickey Poulter
Responsible for various leadership duties and Student Support/Inclusion
- Strategic oversight of Inclusion and SEND provision
- Line-Manager of SENCO/Inclusion Co-ordinator
- Designated Teacher for Child Protection and students in Local Authority Care( LAC)
Governor responsible for SEND: Mr Ken Murphy
Responsible for making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends the College.
How does the college know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have SEN?
Information is shared and gathered at the point of transition and entry into College. Alongside their National Curriculum Data, all students in year 7 undertake further assessments to provide comprehensive baseline data;
- Cognitive Ability Tests (CATS)
- NFER Reading and Comprehension Test (National Foundation for Educational Research)
- Vernon Spelling Test
All students in Year 9 undertake a further CATS Test. Reading Comprehension and Spelling Tests are held yearly until the end of Year 10.
The progress and learning of all students is monitored and reviewed regularly. Progress Checks are shared with students and parent/carers every half-term. If your child is identified as not making adequate progress, you will be informed and if necessary, a meeting will be set-up to discuss this with you in more detail.
If you have concerns that your child may have SEN, please contact Sue Murphy, the Senco/Inclusion Co-ordinator who will be more than happy to discuss this with you.
- Listen to any concerns that you may have.
- Listen to any concerns that your child may have.
- Plan any additional support your child may need that is different or additional to the good quality classroom teaching.
- Discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child.
What will the College do if they think your child has SEN?
Students not already identified will be highlighted at College in the following ways:
- Student or parental concern about progress or issues concerning their child.
- Teacher concern and referral to Inclusion Department.
- National Curriculum Key Stage levels compared with expected levels of progress nationally.
- Year 7 Screening Assessments.
- Referral and identification at primary or previous school.
- Identification of a difficulty will be confirmed by diagnostic or observational assessment conducted by the SENCO or by a referral to other educational or medical specialists.
- Once identified as having SEN, we will take action to try and remove barriers to learning and put in effective measures to help your child.
How does the College support my child’s learning and how will I know how my child is doing?
In order for students to have full access to the curriculum, we recognise that some may need a form of provision that is additional to and/or different from that provided as part of the usual differentiated curriculum. The ‘intervention plan’ will record the provision that the student is receiving. It might include the following:
- Basic skills development through small group or 1 to 1 teaching in English or Maths
- Indirect in-class support
- Targeted 1 to 1 support on an area of difficulty for example, spelling due to dyslexia
- The use of individual resources or equipment
- Social and Communicative interaction through small group work
- Small group literacy and numeracy in the core learning group in room 10
- Sound training sessions
- Social stories on a 1 to 1 basis
- Lunchtime Homework Club support
If a student makes little or no progress in specific areas over a long period then external support services are usually consulted. Again, we will record provision and strategies that the student is receiving. This might include:
- A more intensive skills development programme.
- Joining the Access Class where learning is dedicated to supporting literacy and numeracy skills and raising emotional literacy. Students would be taken out of a number of mainstream lessons.
- Consultation with the Educational Psychologist.
A few students who have persistent, severe or highly complex needs will receive provision at an even more intense level by having an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement.
As a parent, you will be contacted regularly. An initial meeting will take place to discuss the concerns of your child and plan any additional support. We will review and examine achievement through:
- Work scrutiny
- Tests where appropriate
- Student/parent teacher views
- Review or revise the plan
- An Annual Review process for those students with EHC Plans or Statements.
Contact via email or telephone is a means in which the Parent/Carer/Subject Teacher/Form Tutor/ SENCO can touch base at anytime during the year.
Telephone : 01763 242344
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All students access:
- Good Quality Teaching that includes differentiated approaches by subject specialist teachers
- Teaching that is informed by assessment, planning and review.
- High expectations for each student in their class regardless of SEND
Some students that are identified as needing additional support may access:
- Additional in-class support provided by a Teaching Assistant
- Specific strategies that have been suggested by the Inclusion department or professionals
- Targeted interventions delivered by an experienced Teaching Assistant
- Access to specialist professionals, for example, a Speech and Language Therapist. This will help the College understand your child’s particular needs.
A few students:
- May have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special needs. This support is available for those students whose needs are severe and complex. These students experience specific barriers to learning and require specialist support.
- The College or you, the parent, can request the Local authority to carry out a Statutory Assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child.
- After the request has been made to the ‘Panel of Professionals’ (with a great deal of information about your child, including some from you) they will decide whether they think your child’s needs seem complex enough to need a Statutory Assessment. If they do not think your child’s needs meet the criteria for an EHC Plan, the Local Authority will ask the College to continue with the current support.
- If the Local Authority believes an Assessment may go ahead, further reports are collected and an EHC Plan will be written.
- The EHC Plan will outline the amount of money a child will receive from the Local Authority and the College’s – ‘Notional SEN Budget’. Liaison with the child, parent and school will determine the approach in supporting the child.
How will my child and I know that progress is being made and how will you help me support his/her learning?
- The student will receive regular feedback in the classroom which can be informative and may include next steps for progression, this may be either verbal or written in accordance with the AFL policy
- Written feedback is regularly provided for students using the www/ebi/mri system
- Progress checks are completed each half term and shared with students/parents/carers
- An Annual Review will be held for students with an EHC Plan or Statement of Educational Needs.
- In Year 7, parents/carers have the opportunity to meet with their child’s tutor in October and there is then a parents evening in the summer term. Every other year group has one parents evening a year in addition to other information evenings. At these meetings, you will have the opportunity to share your child’s progress and discuss ways in which you and the teacher can further support your child’s learning.
- A yearly report is provided that will have levels and comments from each of your child’s teachers
- Every student at Bassingbourn has a student planner. You can use this to find out more information about the school and to make contact.
- Opportunities to contact a subject teacher or SENCO on a regular basis
- To support your child’s learning, you will find the programme ‘Show my Homework’ on our school website. You and your child will be able to check any homework that has been set by your subject teachers. Many parents have found this extremely helpful in monitoring the work your child is doing at home.
- The Inclusion Department can recommend a choice of resources to support your child with their learning at home and are always willing to discuss with you ways in which to help your child.
- Teachers are willing to provide support and advice on any area of concern in their subject.
What does the College do to support my child’s overall well-being?
- At Bassingbourn Village College, we value the students’ well-being above all. We have a strong pastoral system – there are 8 tutors in each College, a College Achievement leader and Assistant College Achievement leader. This ensures that you and your child will always have someone to talk to if there is something that is concerning you.
- All our staff are regularly trained to provide a high standard of pastoral support.
- Relevant staff are trained to support medical needs and in some cases, such as the use of epipens, all staff receive training. We have a medical policy in place which ensures that students with medical needs are fully supported.
- Our expectations for learning policy; which includes guidance on expectations, rewards and sanctions is fully understood by all staff.
- We regularly monitor attendance and take the necessary actions to prevent prolonged unauthorised absence.
- If your child needs additional support, the Inclusion Department fosters a caring environment at break and lunchtime in Room 46. It provides a safe area where your child can meet other students. They are able to socialise, watch a film or listen to music under the friendly eye of Mrs Lisa Reader.
- Within our student services area ‘The Hive’ we have a student support and welfare worker, who students can go to if they have a problem. She will also run one to one sessions with some students who may need some more intensive support.
- We have a well-equipped Medical Room run by Mrs Barbara Isherwood who is First Aid Trained and responsible for dealing with students with medical issues. She distributes medication and is the person a student goes to if they feel unwell.
- We have a School Nurse who has a drop-in session each week and who will also make appointments to see a particular student.
- We also work closely with the locality team and have a weekly drop with a young people worker.
- Some students may require additional support to ensure that emotional, social and mental health is appropriately developed and nurtured. These needs can be shown in different ways such as anxiety, behavioural difficulties or being uncommunicative. With your permission, we may access further specialist support through the CAF process.
- Students with SEND can be very successful at our College and have equal opportunity to:
- Hold posts of responsibility,
- Achieve awards at the end of term in our prize-giving presentation
- Form part of a student-focus group in the interviewing process of the recruitment of new members of staff.
- Being in Vertical Tutor Groups can support integration and it is common practice that Year 11 tutees become a ‘buddy’ to a Year 7.
What Specialist Services and Experts are available at the College?
For most specialist services a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) application will need to be completed before accessing a service. This can be done with the SENCO, Vice-Principal or College Achievement Leader. The types of services include:
- Community Paediatrician
- Educational Psychologist
- Hearing Impaired
- Visually Impaired
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Student Support
- Youth Guidance& Advisory Service (Connexions)
- School nurse services
- Centre 33 counselling
- Child and adolescent mental health services
What Training do staff who support SEND receive?
Our College is fully compliant with the Equality Act (2010) requirements.
- Adjustable tables and specialist seating is available if required
- There is a lift to the upper floor
- There are toilet facilities with disabled access in the College
- There is an accessible workspace and sink in the Food Technology Department
- Yellow stripes are on all staircases throughout the College and posts in the outside areas have yellow markings to ease access for visually impaired students
- Room 46, in the Inclusion Department, provides a safe, caring and sociable environment for students with SEND at break and lunch
- Extra-curricular activities and trips are accessible for students with SEND and Risk Assessments are carried out to ensure that Health and Safety Requirements are fully met.
How will I know the College will support my child and how are College resources allocated and matched to students with SEND?
- Students with and an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs receive Local Authority Top-Up money to supplement that provided by the College.
- Deployment of resources for SEND is made in consultation with parents/carers/ the Principal/ Vice-Principal / College Governors and the SENCO on the basis of needs in the College.
- The Provision and Access Map includes all the support provided within the College and is reviewed regularly and changes made when necessary to ensure that the needs of all students are met proactively and resources deployed effectively.
How are parents involved in the College?
Ms Rebecca Hields is our Primary Transition Co-ordinator and she organises a comprehensive package from Primary to College and ensures students and parents/carers are fully supported
Sue Murphy, the SENCO, is also involved and visits the feeder primary schools. Her role is concerned with gathering information on students with SEND.
The Transition process includes:
- Meeting primary school Heads/teachers/ TAs
- Visits to feeder primary schools to meet the student
- Taster/Induction days at the College
- Extra transition visits with TA support
- Pastoral support
We have an Induction programme in place for welcoming new learners during the course of an academic year. This involves an Induction day for all young people and additional days, as required, for the young people to become comfortable with their new school.
We have very good relationships with any feeder settings as well as settings our young people move onto.
How will the College prepare my child for Transition to post-16 provision?
Ms Hields also runs the post 16 transition programme
- Taster days in Sixth Form in Year 10
- Sixth Form Evenings
- Open Day at Sixth Form
- UCAS progress website used for applications and can be accessed at home
- Career advice and resources can be found in ‘The Hive’
- The inclusion Department liaise with Sixth Forms as required.
- For some students we run targeted trips to sixth form providers
Who can I contact for further information?
Vickey Poulter – Vice-Principal email@example.com
Susan Murphy – SENCO firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Principals
- College Achievement Leaders
- Student welfare & behaviour
- Subject Specialist teachers
- Local Authority
- Local authority local offer www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/send