Special Educational Needs
We believe that all children with special educational needs and disabilities must have their needs addressed and that they should have the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced education. It is important to consider the views of children and that their opinions will be taken into account. Furthermore we understand the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s education and actively seek to foster good home-school liaison.
The following is a summary of some of the key aspects of the report on our SEN Policy and how it is implemented. The full report can be accessed on the school website along with our full SEN Policy.
We cater for a wide range of Special Educational Needs, providing appropriate support as identified through a range of strategies. Progress of students with Special Educational Needs is monitored regularly.
The Birmingham Local Authority Local SEND Offer can be accessed here and we hope you find everything you need to meet your child’s Special Educational Needs.
Students with SEN are offered the same opportunities as all students and the necessary, reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that all activities are inclusive. Please see our website for the lists of activities which are updated regularly.
The school has a designated Deputy Head Teacher, Ms A. Dent, with management responsibility for special needs. The school has an Inclusion Coordinator (SEN) who is responsible for:
- The day to day implementation of the school’s SEN policy
- Coordinating provision for pupils with special needs
- Maintaining a SEN record and overseeing the records of identified students
- Liaising with and advising staff, contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with and advising parents/guardians including the reviews of registered students
- Liaising with and advising external agencies, liaising with the school’s Learning Mentor.
Parents can contact the Form Tutor or Miss Chandegra (Inclusion Coordinator) or Ms Dent (Deputy Head) via the school website (email@example.com) or by telephone (0121 444 2150) as needed.
In addition to the normal school report systems, parents of our SEN students have the opportunity to attend a meeting (Autumn Term) with the Inclusion Coordinator and their child to formalise SEN specific targets and associated strategies as well as attend review meetings at an agreed date to discuss and review progress and next steps. There are regular opportunities to engage with the Inclusion Coordinator to review progress and set new targets if there are new barriers to progress or if your child is not making expected progress. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss progress with teachers at Parents’ Evening, telephone or email to individual teachers.
Students play a pivotal role in the development of their Pupil Profile. They attend all the meetings (initial and review) and are asked to contribute their thoughts and feelings regarding their needs and the intervention/support. Student centred tools allow reflection of their provision and this is coupled with subject specific discussions with teaching staff. Students have several opportunities in different forums, including Tutor Day, Form monitoring and Form Council to express their views and opinions about all aspects of their school life.
If any occasion arises where a parent or guardian feels the need to express a concern they should contact the Inclusion Coordinator (SEN) in the first instance. If it is not possible to resolve concerns at this level then concerns should be expressed in writing to Mrs. L. Johnson, Head Teacher with a copy to the link Governor for SEN, Mr. Kinkhabwala (addressed to the school). Procedures for further escalation are in the full report.
SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is primarily concerned with ensuring that parents, children and young people have easy access to comprehensive, quality and impartial advice to ensure that they are able to properly participate in all education, health and other care decisions.
The following useful websites may also be of assistance.
Autism West Midlands: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/
Dyslexia Action: http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/
In 2019, all of our GCSE students with identified Special Educational Needs achieved an attainment 8 value better than would be expected nationally, and met the minimum entry requirements to return to the school for the Sixth Form. All the students in Year 13 who were identified as having Special Educational needs met the requirements for their first choice university places and are now studying subjects in Humanities and Sciences.