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At The Community College Whitstable, we believe all pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated to meet individual needs. Early identification and intervention of those needs ensures every pupil makes progress and experiences success. The staff and pupils at CCW work together to unlock potential and embrace school experiences by putting learning first.
Many pupils, at some time in their school career, require short-term or long-term support in order to make progress in line with their academic ability or to overcome barriers to learning. The skills and expertise that exist within the department at CCW mean that a wide range and variety of support and interventions can be employed in order to address these needs and difficulties.
We value a working partnership with parents and external agencies that help ensure a sharing of information, consistency of approach and the best use of professional advice.
The Governing Body has appointed a SEND Governor (Chair of Governors, Mr Graham Saltmarsh) to represent the Governors with special responsibility for Special Educational Needs. The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the school office. The 2014 Code of Practice states that a child or young person has SEND if “they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Special educational provision or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age.”
The SENCO undertakes the following duties:
A pupil will be identified through baseline and ongoing assessments by the teachers and brought to the attention of the SENCO. This is particularly if progress is less than expected, in spite of high quality differentiated classroom teaching targeted at the pupil’s area of weakness. The SENCO will then work with staff and parents to investigate this further and may engage the help of external agencies. Pupils may be presented at LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) and professionals such as the Educational Psychologist or Speech and Language Therapist will become involved to identify the pupil’s area of need. The pupil’s name will then be entered on the SEND profile as needing SEND support.
The Code of Practice 2014 outlines the four broad areas of need as:
Special Educational Provision:
Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class. This is through high-quality teaching, differentiated for all pupils including those who may have SEND. Class teachers complete comprehensive pupil profiles, which highlight areas of need.
The Community College has a Learning Centre, which supports bespoke learning programmes and interventions targeted to meet individual needs and abilities. These interventions are reviewed regularly to ensure the pupil is making progress and the best academic and emotional needs are met.
If a child or young person continues to make less than expected progress, in spite of special education provision and the involvement of outside agencies, the SENCO will follow the statutory guidance on requesting an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The Local Authority will then decide if extra resources and funds will be required outside the school’s normal provision.
All EHCP’s are reviewed annually with all relevant bodies being invited to attend and make recommendations with regard to the pupil’s progress and future provision. The continuation of the EHCP will be considered and new targets set if appropriate.
At any time if the teacher, support staff, SENCO, parents and Headteacher agree that the pupil’s needs can now be met within the scope of usual class differentiation the child’s name will be removed from the SEN profile. Their progress will continue to be closely monitored.
CCW believe that parents should be fully involved in the decision-making process, understand the purpose of any intervention or programme of action and be informed when individual pupil needs are identified. This triangulated support is crucial in meeting the needs of, and unlocking the potential of our pupils.
For some pupils, it may be necessary for the school to apply to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) in order to gain Access Arrangements (special arrangements) for external and controlled assessments using the strict criteria set down by the board. Access Arrangements exist to ensure that a pupil is not disadvantaged by their difficulties
Resources are provided to enable curriculum access for all children either through the school or outside agencies. This may also be through additional adult support, ICT and curriculum resources.
The Community College Whitstable’s admissions policy will apply. Children with SEND will be treated as fairly as all other applicants for admission.
Criteria for success:
The effective implementation of the SEND policy will be demonstrated by: