When a class teacher or the SENCO identifies a child with Special Educational Needs, the class teacher will provide interventions that are additional to those provided as part of the school’s usual differentiated curriculum. The triggers for SEN support are that, despite receiving quality first teaching the child:
- continues to make little or no progress in specific areas over a long period;
- continues working at National Curriculum levels substantially below that expected of children of a similar age;
- continues to have difficulty in developing literacy and mathematics skills;has emotional difficulties which substantially and regularly interfere with the child’s own learning or that of the class group.
- has sensory or physical needs, and requires additional specialist equipment or regular advice or visits by a specialist service;
- has ongoing communication or interaction difficulties that impede the development of social relationships and cause substantial barriers to learning.
If a child has School support the SENCO usually refers the child to outside agencies such as Educational Psychology or Specialist Support Teams for additional support.
Referral for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment
Where, despite the school having taken relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the SEN of a child, or the child has not made expected progress the school or parents should consider requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment. To inform this decision the local authority will expect to see evidence of action taken by the school. These include:
- The pupil’s health including the child’s medical history where relevant;
- Records of regular reviews and their outcomes;
- Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum levels of attainment in literacy and mathematics;
- Educational and other assessments, for example from an advisory specialist support teacher or an educational psychologist;
- Views of the parents and of the child;
- Involvement of other professionals such as health, social services or education welfare service.
- Costed provision maps
Parent or school are the only partner who can request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.
Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
An EHCP includes the following and will be reviewed annually:
- The pupil’s name, address and date of birth;
- Details of all of the pupils special needs, including health needs;
- Identification of the special educational provision necessary to meet the pupil Special Educational Needs;
- Short term targets for the child to work towards;
- Identification of the type and name of the school where the provision is to be made;
- Relevant non-educational needs of the child;
- Information on non-educational provision;
- Reports and views of any other specialist involvement.
All children with EHCP will have short-term targets set for them that have been established after consultation with parents, and the child. An EHCP will be reviewed annually and will last until the child is 25, or all targets are met.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.