The Local Offer or Summary of Provision for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

Sandal Primary School Mission Statement
We are enthusiastic about providing a responsive and aspirational environment that challenges, encourages and inspires everyone. We are committed to maintaining a caring, stimulating atmosphere that nurtures confidence, self-esteem, respect and independence to support learning and development.
We are a fully inclusive school that aims to ensure all pupils achieve their potential, personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs.
The Children and Families Act 2014 section 20 defines when a child has special educational needs (SEN). This is when they have a learning difficulty or disability and they need special educational provision (SEP) to be made for them. SEP is defined as any education or training provision which is additional to or different from that generally made for others of the same age.
When a potential special educational need has been identified, a graduated approach which involves assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing the approach taken with the child becomes increasingly personalised. This cyclical process, as we build a deeper understanding of the child’s needs, enables school to continually reflect upon the approach taken.
The graduated approach based on the guidance from Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Children’s Services for SEN is used to inform the provision in place for each child identified as having special educational needs. This is based on a three range structure which takes account of the following areas of need: Autistic Spectrum Condition, Speech, Language and Communication needs, Moderate learning needs, Specific learning needs, Behavioural, social and emotional needs, hearing impairments, visual impairment, multisensory impairment and physical difficulties.

At Sandal Primary School our offer for Ranges 1 to 3, for each area of SEN, can be accessed through the above hyperlink to Bradford Local Authority’s guidance. If a child falls into Range 4 or above, they will have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan. The support provided in school will therefore follow the detailed provision in the statement / plan.

School Name Sandal Primary School, Baildon
Type Of School Mainstream Primary
  • Visual enhancements
  • Adapted / disabled toilet and shower
Agencies that can be accessed
  • Speech and Language Service
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Specialist Advisory Teachers from Local Authority e.g. learning difficulties teacher, autism specialists, specialist teachers for children with social, emotional, behavioural difficulties
  • School Nurse
  • CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Bereavement, domestic violence support groups
Provision Unique To School
  • Experienced Inclusion Manager/Senco
  • Experienced team of teaching assistants who are involved in whole school development
  • Experienced Learning Mentor
  • Parental Involvement Worker who has strong links with local Children’s Centres and other professionals in the local area who work to secure improved outcomes for children and their families
  • Dedicated nurture room
Consultation with Parents School has an open door policy and you are welcome to make an appointment at the office to speak to a member of staff.When a child is placed on the SEN register, parents become involved in the graduated approach of the assess, plan, do and review system. Parents will be involved all all stages of this system.For further details of SEN processes in school, please see the SEN policy.
Before and after school activites SEN children can access all extra-curricular activities as well as childcare provision. If needed, additional resources will be deployed to support the inclusion of children with special educational needs.

Information to Support Parental Understanding of Special Education Provision at Sandal Primary School 

Key Individuals in School Responsible for SEN Provision 

 The SENDCO is responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy and provision mapping to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Ensuring that you are:
    • involved in supporting your child’s learning
    • kept informed about the support your child is getting
    • involved in reviewing how they are doing.
  • Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology.
  • Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
  • Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.

Our SENDCO is Christina Sperduto. If you would like to speak to her, please contact the school office.

Class/subject teacher Responsible for:
Quality First Teaching.

  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENDCO know as necessary.
  • Writing Graduated Approach Plans where required, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.
  • Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are supported to deliver the planned provision for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress – this may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
  • Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.

Headteacher Responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school – this includes the support for children with SEND.

The Headteacher will give responsibility to the SENDCO and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.

The Headteacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.

SEN Governor Responsible for:
 Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND. Our named governor for SEND is Matt Bromley, who can be contacted via. the school office.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher.

How will Sandal Primary School let me know if they have concerns about my child’s learning?
If your child is identified as not making expected progress or has additional needs the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to:
 Share initial concerns between school and home
 Review the provision that has been in place for your child and the impact of this provision
 Arrange additional support or interventions your child may need
 Discuss any further referrals to other professionals if necessary
 Explain and agree the review process that will be in place for your child

How is extra support allocated to children?
The school budget, received from Bradford LA, includes money for supporting children with SEND.
 The Head Teacher decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors on the basis of needs in the school.
 The Head Teacher and the SENCO discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:

  • the children getting extra support already
  • the children needing extra support
  • the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected
  • deciding what resources/training and support are needed.

 All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.

What are the ‘Ranges of Needs’?
Bradford Council have identified 7 ‘Ranges of Need’ for pupils with SEN. Within a mainstream school it is expected that provision will be made for pupils within Ranges 1-3 (and 4 dependent on the individual child).

If a child has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, in which our school is named, then we provide the support detailed in the plan.
For further information about the Ranges at Sandal School for each area of need please click on guidance from Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Children’s Services for SEN

What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with SENd at Sandal Primary School?
 The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used.
 The SENCO is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.
 All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report.
 Graduated Approach Plans will be reviewed with your involvement each term as appropriate.
 Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual needs.
 A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.
 There are a number of parent support groups such as Parent Partnership and Bradford Families Information Service.
 The school’s Parental Involvement Worker is available to speak to every morning

What are the different types of support available for children with SEND at Sandal Primary School? 

Your child will receive:
 Quality First Teaching.

Your child may receive:
 Specific small group work
 Specific targeted work on an individual basis as part of a small group
 Specialist individual support or sessions from specialist teachers or other professionals
 Specified 1:1 support during lessons and or/ playtimes

Who are the other people providing services to children with a Special Educational Need or Disability in this school?
 Autism Spectrum Team
 School Nursing Team
 Cognition and Learning Service
 Educational Psychology Team
 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
 Health Services as appropriate
 SEN Early Intervention Team
 Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties Team
 Barnardos