SEN Report September 2019
Manor Farm Community Junior School is a two form entry school catering for children within the 7 to 11 age range. We have approximately 245 children on roll and they are taught in eight classes. Many children join our school after attending the neighbouring infant school, but other pupils do come from the wider community of High Wycombe.
We are an inclusive school and teach a range of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). Children with Special Educational Needs are recorded on our Special Educational Needs list and this is reviewed each term. Many of our SEN pupils have provision to support their needs in Literacy or Numeracy. We also currently teach pupils with a diagnosis of Speech and Language Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down’s syndrome, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Emotional and Social Needs and Specific Learning Difficulties. As of September 2019 we have 39 pupils on our SEN List; the majority at School Support Level and 6 with an Education and Health Care Plan.
The schools’ SEN Policy and Equality Statement can both be found on our website.
All children are assessed on entry using the school’s system of baseline assessment. Identification of pupils with SEN follows a graduated approach. The class teacher together with the Special Educational Coordinator (SENCO) will identify pupils with SEN. Together they will decide on any provision that is required which is additional to or different from that which normally occurs in class. A School Support Plan is drawn up in conjunction with all staff working with the child and with parents/carers. This sets out clear targets for the child and the outcomes to be achieved. It describes the type of support required and specifies who will deliver this and how often it will occur. The targets on the School Support Plans are reviewed termly and shared with parents/carers. Targets will be amended and changed as necessary.
Some pupils may qualify for and receive support from outside agencies or teachers from the Specialist Teaching Service. The local authority may grant an Education and Health Care Plan for pupils with long term and complex needs. The class teacher and the SENCO track the progress of pupils with SEN each term using the school’s assessment system of Rising Stars assessment papers in Reading, Maths and Spelling and Grammar, along with other measures such as reading and spelling ages and 1:1 reading analyses. Parents/carers are consulted when a child is added to or removed from the SEN list.
The daily curriculum can be adapted to suit differing needs. All staff are responsible for the teaching of pupils with SEN. Children are often grouped according to their needs so work can be differentiated for them and is accessible. Children can work independently or in a group or a pair within class, in a group supported by an adult inside or out of the classroom or with 1:1 support. Reading material may be simplified and writing frames used for those with literacy difficulties. ICT programmes and spellcheckers can be used to support Maths skills, spelling and writing. Some pupils follow phonics, reading, comprehension or language programmes. Some pupils attend extra classes before school. Programmes recommended by the Occupational Therapist help develop fine and gross motor control. Social skills groups, Time To Talk, NED sessions and the Friends For Life and Zones of Regulation schemes support pupils with behavioural, social and emotional needs.
We work with the Woodlands Pupil Referral Unit to support behavioural needs and liaise with Community Paediatrics at Wycombe Hospital regarding diagnoses of some disabilities. We have also been supported by professionals from Psychology For Learning, CAMHS and Buckinghamshire Educational Psychology Service. We are part of the Trailblazer Mental Health Project established in some Buckinghamshire schools and this means we have a trained link Educational Mental Health Practitioner who can work with pupils and their parents to support issues involving anxiety, worries and low mood. The type of support can vary and is dependent on the type of provision required for each individual child.
Manor Farm Community Junior School is located on a large and open site. The school is of an open-plan design with many rooms linking to each other and not many corridors. One Year 6 classroom is accessible via another classroom. Most of the classrooms are on one level. Some paths have ramps and rails to aid access. In our Entrance Hall there are low steps to enable access to the offices, staffroom, staff toilets and Year 3 classrooms. There are two toilets adapted for use by those with disabilities and one allocated disabled parking bay.
The school identifies training requirements for SEN as part of the School Development Plan. The SENCO oversees the SEN training needs of all staff. Within the last year, staff have received training on ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, attachment theory, sensory processing difficulties and language disorders. Sharing of knowledge and expertise is encouraged.
The SENCO and class teachers will consult regularly with parents of pupils with SEN. Parents and carers are kept informed, both formally and informally, through Support Plan documents, multi-agency meetings, Parent/Teacher evenings, phone calls, letters and by conversations. The school encourages parents and carers to discuss any concerns regarding their children. This can be done through the class teacher in the first instance, and/or a meeting with the SENCO. Pupils are encouraged to have a voice in their education. They assess their work using a traffic light system in daily lessons and write written responses to teachers’ marking. They are involved in the process of reviewing their Support Plan each term and take part in Annual Reviews of Education and Health Care Plans.
A wide variety of agencies are available to work with the school to support children with Special Educational Needs. The school liaises closely with these specialists and works with them as they provide support within the school and also through the programmes they ask us to implement. The school refers and liaises regularly with the following services:
Educational Psychology Service
Educational Welfare Officer
Speech and Language Service
Occupational Therapy Service
Visual and Hearing Impaired Support Services
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Educational Mental Health Practitioner
Downs Syndrome Specialist Teaching Service
Woodlands Pupil Referral Unit
School Nursing Service
The SENCO and class teacher also liaise with other mainstream and special schools as appropriate, particularly at any transfer stage. Year 6 pupils with SEN are able to have extra supported visits to their secondary schools. Year 6 teachers and the SENCO meet with teachers from secondary schools to discuss the differing needs of pupils and to ease transition. The SENCO, Year 3 teachers and Teaching Assistants meet with the SENCO, teachers and Teaching Assistants of the Year 2 pupils who join us. Year 2 pupils make several visits to the school, especially during the summer term
The school has a nominated governor with responsibility for SEN. The key contacts regarding SEN are the Headteacher and the SENCO. They can be contacted at:
Manor Farm Community Junior School
Manor Farm Junior School has a complaints policy and this is available from the school and on the school website: www.manorfarmschool.org.uk