SEN Information Report
You will find below a list of questions and answers which provide the opportunity to clarify details on our School Offer.
1. Who are the best people to talk to at Woodlane High School about my child’s difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disability (SEND)?
- Talk to your child’s form teacher about your concerns.
- Discuss your concerns at your child’s Annual Review.
- It is likely that the class teacher will have discussed your concerns with the senior management team.
- If you continue to have concerns arrange to discuss these with the deputy or assistant head.
2. How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning, special educational needs or disability?
- Your child's form teacher may initially call you to discuss any concerns or to arrange a meeting.
- It may be discussed at your child’s Annual Review.
- The form/subject teacher may also talk to you about any issues at Parents’ Evening.
- A teacher or member of the senior management team may request a meeting to discuss your child's difficulties with learning and any possible support strategies the school might be considering.
3. How will the school consider my views and those of my child with regard to her/his difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disabilities?
- Your child on entry to Woodlane will have an EHC plan. The school welcomes parent’s views and expects them to be involved in supporting their child’s learning.
- You and your child will be able to share your views formally at the Annual Review.
4. How does Woodlane High School ensure the teaching staff are appropriately trained to support my child’s special educational needs and/or disability?
All of our staff are highly trained in supporting children with SEND.
- We provide a regular training programme through INSET.
- We actively encourage all staff to attend external training.
- We support our teachers through Masters level accreditations.
- We regularly receive training from various support agency partnerships.
- We offer targeted support where required.
5. How will the curriculum and the school environment be matched to my child’s needs?
6. What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?
This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. However, our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEND Code of Practice:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, emotional and mental health
- Sensory and/or physical needs
At Woodlane High School we have a 3 tiered approach to supporting a child’s learning.
Universal – this is the teaching your child will receive from our transition/subject teachers and will include adaptations to match learning needs. All classes:
- Are supported by a teaching assistant (TA).
- Have a maximum of 10 pupils per class to ensure there is a high level of support available from the teacher/TA.
- Are multi-sensory.
- Are dyslexia friendly (click here for further details).
- Integrate speech, language and communication support.
- Are supported either directly or indirectly by speech and language therapists (click here for further details).
- Receive specialist literacy lessons at KS3.
- Receive specialist numeracy lessons at KS3.
Targeted – it may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning. This takes the form of a graduated four part approach of a) assessing your child’s needs, b) planning the most effective and appropriate intervention, c) providing this intervention and d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes.
Interventions may include:
- Specific targeted numeracy/literacy small group interventions run outside the classroom. These will be limited to a number a weeks to minimise disruption to the regular curriculum.
- One to one literacy/reading support from an SpLD specialist.
- One to one reading intervention using the SRA programme.
- One to one/small group sensory support/circuits etc.
Specialist – it may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child. This may include educational psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, art/play therapy, sensory advisory teachers and the child development service. The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. However, for a high proportion of Woodlane High School pupils, access to these specialists is automatic due to specification in your child’s EHC Plan.
7. How will you support my child to reach his/her learning outcomes?
- Subject teachers and other staff working with your child ensure that your child receives appropriate teaching and support in order to reach these goals.
- Targets, strategies and progress will be reviewed regularly.
- External agencies and specialists may also review your child’s progress, advise and adapt their planning accordingly.
8. What is an EHC Plan and who can request one for my child?
Pupils at Woodlane High School all have an EHC Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis. Should the needs of a particular child change significantly we will hold an Emergency Annual Review.
9. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
- You are welcome to contact your child’s tutor or subject teacher to ask for advice.
- You are welcome to contact our SENCO, Mary Jelen, for advice.
- You are welcome to contact our Lead Practitioner, Bromwyn Kineavy, for advice.
- You may have the opportunity to meet with other professionals involved in supporting your child.
10. How is support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels of support in school?
- Support is allocated based on observed need and details in the child's EHC Plan.
- The senior management team discuss the effectiveness of the school’s current interventions and provisions and prioritise an action plan, which may include additional or alternative interventions, staff training and equipment needs.
- Process is reviewed regularly to ensure the best possible intervention is provided to those children who require additional support to learn.
11. How will the school know that the support has made a difference to my child’s learning and how can I and my child be included in this review process?
- Your child’s progress will be assessed both in terms of his/her regular learning within the class and with regard to specific intervention programmes.
- Your child’s reading, spelling and maths ages will be assessed twice a year.
- Your child’s progress towards B-Squared targets are assessed at the end of each term.
- Teachers set a variety of targets on a termly basis which are carefully monitored.
- The impact of the support given is carefully measured through B-Squared to ensure that targets have been achieved and if not, what adaptations are necessary. It may be decided that a further period of support would be beneficial for your child.
- You and your child will be kept informed through the Annual Review and Parents' Evening.
12. What support will there be for my child’s happiness and well-being at Woodlane High School?
- At Woodlane High School we believe that the well-being of all our pupils is paramount. All members of staff take this aspect of school life very seriously.
- You can be confident that your child’s teacher, the teaching assistants and the senior management team are available to provide support to match your child’s needs.
- At Woodlane we follow a ‘positive behaviour policy’ (please click here for further details).
- Pupil voice is important to us, therefore, we regularly make changes due to requests from the school council, pupils conferences and pupil questionnaires.
- You should also feel free to contact your child’s tutor if you have any concerns.
13. How is my child included in all the same activities as his/her peers at school?
- At Woodlane High School we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.
- School clubs, educational visits and residential trips are available to all children.
- When necessary the school will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with SEND are included in all activities.
- You should also feel free to contact your child’s tutor if you have any concerns.
14. How will Woodlane High School support my child in transition stages?
- We will participate and/or facilitate EHC plan reviews in sufficient time prior to him/her moving between key phases of education. You will be kept informed of these arrangements and asked to attend the reviews.
- From Year 9 all EHC Plan reviews will have a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society.
15. Who can I contact if I have a complaint about the SEND provision made for my child?
- Initially speak with your child’s tutor.
- If you require further support you should contact the deputy/assistant head, who may direct you to your child’s local authority (LA) key worker.
- If at this time, you require further support you should contact the headteacher.
16. If I have any other questions about my child at Woodlane High School, who can I ask?
We are very happy to speak to you about any aspects of your child’s education. It is best to speak to one of the following in this order:
- The form/subject teacher.
- The assistant head.
- The deputy head.
- The headteacher.