Disability & SEN information Report 2017/2018

Brindishe Schools Information Report (SEND*) *Special Needs and Disabilities

Who are the people that I need to talk to about SEND at Brindishe Schools? 

The Class Teacher who will:

  • Check on the progress of your child and identify, plan and deliver any additional help your child may need (this could be targeted work or additional support)
  • Liaise closely with the Inclusion Lead with regards to your child’s progress and support
  • Deliver personalised learning opportunities for your child Ensure that the school’s SEND Policy is followed

The Inclusion Leads: Anna Wilks, Jessica Dee, and Kathy Salmon who will:

  • Develop and review the school’s SEND policy to ensure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school
  • Co-ordinate all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • Provide specialist support for teachers and teaching assistants within the school; so that they can support children with SEND to achieve the best possible progress.
  • Ensure class teachers have up to date records on each child with SEND
  • Organise and co-ordinate annual reviews for children with EHCPs or Statements
  • Refer children for assessments so that additional support can be accessed
  • Liaise with outside agencies working in the school to support individual children’s learning
  • Update the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in each school are known) and make sure that records of each child’s progress and needs are kept up to date
  • Monitor the impact of policies and the effectiveness of provision in the school

The Head Teacher: Sarah Gorbutt at Brindishe Green, Gerlinde Achenbach at Brindishe Manor and Lisa Morris at Brindishe Lee who will:

  • Lead in the day to day management of all aspects of the school; this includes the support for children with SEND
  • Give responsibility to the Inclusion Lead and class teachers, but still be responsible for ensuring that children’s needs are met
  • Make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues relating to SEND

The SEN Governor: Spyros Elia who will:

  • Meet regularly with the school’s Inclusion Lead
  • Make sure that the necessary support is given to any child with SEND who attends the school
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of SEND provision in the school
  • Keep the Governing Body informed about any SEND related issues or changes

Please contact the school if you would like to speak with the Inclusion Lead about SEND.
Brindishe Green: 020 8852 7245
Brindishe Manor: 0208 852 0852
Brindishe Lee: 0208 318 4626

What kinds of special educational needs are provided for at Brindishe Schools? 

Brindishe Schools recognise the value of truly inclusive schools where all members of the school community feel valued as individuals and children learn, mix and become friends with others of differing abilities and from a range of different family backgrounds and circumstances.
The four areas of need identified in the code of practice 2015 are:

  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

Our schools include children whose needs may fall into any of these categories.

How do we identify pupils with SEND and assess their needs? 

  • Class teachers use a wide variety of sources to identify children who may need additional support. If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should first speak to your child’s class teacher.
  • Teachers are continuously monitoring and assessing children’s learning and   development.
  • Our schools use an electronic tracking system to monitor the progress and attainment of all children, and all children are discussed termly in pupil progress meetings. Based on this wide range of information a child may be identified as needing additional support.
  • When a child is identified as needing additional support, the Inclusion Lead will become involved and may carry out specific assessments or refer your child to a specialist for support.

What are the admission arrangements for children and young people with SEND ? 

Brindishe Schools adopt the Local Authority’s admissions arrangements. More information can be found here:
www.lewisham.gov.uk/primaryadmissions  or www.lewisham.gov.uk/SENadmissions

What arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEN and involving them in their child’s education do we have? 

  • There is the opportunity to have 3 meetings a year.
  • In addition, we have an open door policy and we will always makes ourselves available to discuss your child.
  • We listen to what parents/ carers tell us about their children and we use that information to make sure everyone who works with a child understands their needs.
  • We ensure that review meetings and Team Around the Child meetings are arranged at reasonable times.

How do we assess and review progress towards outcomes? 

  • Through day-to-day teaching and learning, children are continually assessed and teachers’ planning responds to this. 
  • For particular children more in depth assessments may be required.  Some of these can be carried out by our Inclusion Lead and sometimes we ask external agencies to carry these out.  (This is particularly in the case for applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan).
  • Statements and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) are formally reviewed annually and all adults involved in the education of the child invited.
  • All children are formally assessed at the end of Early Years, key stage 1 and 2.

Requesting an Education Health Care Assessment and Plan ( EHCP) 

A parent / carer can request an EHC assessment independently by writing to the Children with Complex Needs Service, Special Education Needs Team. Where possible we would advise all parents and young people to work with their school or educational setting to make a request to the local authority for an EHC assessment.

The request should be sent to the Special Educational Team at the contact details below.

Kaleidoscope Development Centre
32 Rushey Green

tel: 020 3049 1475
Email: sen@lewisham.gov.uk

More information about Education Health Care Assessment and Plans can be found here on the Lewisham Local Offer website www.lewishamlocaloffer.org.uk/

How do we support children to move between different phases of education? 

  • Transitions are carefully managed both within and across settings.
  • Time is taken to ensure that the transitions can be made successfully.
  • A programme of meetings and visits is organised and these will involve the child and parents/carers as well as professionals. The programme will vary according to the particular needs of the child but will usually involve a visit from the new setting’s staff as well as a visit to the new setting by the child.
  • Transition books may be made, for example for children with ASD, providing photographs and visual prompts to support the process.
  • Information is always transferred securely.

What is our approach to teaching children and young people with SEN? 

  • Class staff teams know the profile of their class and individual needs and learning activities are planned to match children’s learning needs.
  • The environment is stimulating, supportive and well resourced.  Wall and interactive displays provide prompts and reminders to encourage children to learn and achieve independently.
  • Each class has a teacher and some teaching assistant support.  If children have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, there may be additional teaching assistance so that specialised support is available.
  • Classes are well resourced, and for children with additional needs specialised equipment may be utilised.
  • We ensure that all staff know and understand the needs of all pupils.
  • All staff will have access to training, advice and resources to enable them to contribute to developing fully inclusive practice.

How are adaptations made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people with SEN? 

In most cases, a child’s needs will be addressed through quality first teaching. We respond to children’s individual needs and adapt our teaching styles, environments, resources and groupings to meet these needs. This enables us to personalise the learning.

How do we ensure the expertise and training of staff to support children and young people with SEN, including specialist expertise, will be secured? 

  • The Inclusion Lead supports staff in planning for children with SEND.
  • Staff training happens regularly and may be delivered within one school, across the 3 schools for all staff or as ‘pop-up’ training, offered in relation to specific needs / aspects of SEND.
  • Training may be from an external provider, tailored and delivered ‘in-house’ or delivered from link specialist outside agencies such as Educational Psychology or Drumbeat ASD outreach.
  • Training needs are regularly audited within the partnership of our schools.

How do we evaluate the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEN 

We use the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle for all teaching and learning. Reviewing provision is part of our everyday practice and takes place not only in our termly pupil progress meetings, but also in response to every lesson. We are continuously assessing, responding to what the children tell us and adapting our provision based on this.

How are children and young people with SEN enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEN?

How do staff support children with SEND?

  1. The Inclusion Lead will work closely with the class teachers to plan for children with SEND
  2. Staff training in school includes whole school training on SEND issues as well as how to support identified groups of learners in school, such as ASD, dyslexia, SALT etc.
  3. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their classes e.g. ASD Outreach service, SALT service or medical /health training
  4. Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class
  5. Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis to meet your child’s learning needs and to enable your child to access the learning within the classroom
  6. Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child. This may be on an individual, group or whole class basis, so that they can learn most effectively
  7. As appropriate, targets or suggestions made by outside agencies will be implemented to further support those children with additional needs
  8. If a child has an individual provision plan or an EHC plan, staff will ensure that the targets set in these documents will be incorporated into the learning in the classroom

Children with additional needs may be supported in school through targeted interventions (targeted support):

  1. These may be run in the classroom or in sessions outside of the classroom setting
  2. They will be delivered by a teacher, Teaching Assistant (TA) or Early Years Educator (EYE) who has had specific training to run these groups
  3. Children will engage in group or individual sessions to help them to make progress
  4. All interventions are planned by the teaching team, with support and guidance from the Inclusion Lead
  5. All interventions are monitored and reviewed by the Inclusion Lead and teachers
  6. We run interventions that have been proven to be successful (evidence based interventions) with support and advice from outside agencies

What support for improving emotional and social development do we offer? This should include extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of children and young people with SEN and measures to prevent bullying? 

  • Emotional well-being is supported by making sure that children who find change difficult are well prepared for any changes or transitions.
  • To promote positive friendships, we may use a ‘circle of friends’ or ‘circle time’ involving the whole class. 
  • All three schools have access to Place2be, a professional counselling service which is school-based and provides some children with weekly counselling as well as the opportunity for children to request a time to talk with an adult.
  • Interventions are also offered which may include outdoor learning and gardening, forest school and social skills groups.
  • Lunch times are supported with planned activities.

Lewisham Local Offer  

The Local Offer is a guide to the services in Lewisham that are available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities aged from birth to 25. Further information about this can be found by visiting the Lewisham local offer website:


Schools contribution to the Lewisham Local Offer:

The expectation of all educational settings in Lewisham is that all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, should receive a universal offer of high quality teaching. This is referred to in the SEN Code of Practice as ‘Quality First Teaching’.

Within the Brindishe Federation all class teachers ensure that ‘Quality First Teaching’ strategies are implemented by:

  1. Setting the highest possible expectations for all children within the classroom
  2. Ensuring that different ways of teaching (for example, practical activities and visual supports) are in place so that your child is fully involved in their learning and that the learning is adapted to suit their specific needs
  3. Specific strategies/ interventions (which may be suggested by the SENDCo/Inclusion Lead or outside agencies) are in place to support children to learn
  4. Formally assessing your child’s progress three times throughout the year and targets are set for your child to ensure that gaps in their understanding and learning are addressed

How does the school involve other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting children and young people’s SEN and supporting their families? 

After assessment and discussion with the school team, a range of services may be available to us. They include:-

  • Education Psychology
  • Drumbeat ASD outreach service
  • Speech and Language therapy services
  • Specific Learning Difficulties Team (SpLD)
  • Sensory Team
  • Targeted Family support
  • New Woodlands outreach service (for children Social, Emotional and Mental  Health difficulties)
  • School Nursing Service

Contact details can be obtained from: http://www.lewishamlocaloffer.org.uk