Bader Primary School Local Offer
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What is the Local Offer?

Bader Primary School’s Local Offer gives information for parents, carers and people who support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). It outlines the support and provision parents and carers can expect to receive for a child with SEND. All Stockton schools are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible development within school.

SCHOOL LEADS: 

Mr D Hodgson (Head Teacher) 

Mrs A Douthwaite (SENDCo)
Tel: 01642 762865
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What Roles and Responsibilities Do Staff Have in Supporting My Child?

Who is the best person to speak to about my child’s difficulties with SEN at Bader Primary School?

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo)

Resposibilities include:

  • Co‐ordinating SEND support within school including developing the school’s policy to ensure that all children with SEND get a consistent, high‐quality response to their needs.
  • Liaising with external agencies within school to support with children with SEND (Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language, CAMHs, Occupational Therapist etc)
  • Updating the school’s SEND register and monitoring the SEND Tracker.
  • Providing support and advice for staff in supporting children with SEND. 
  • Ensuring that parents are involved in:
    • supporting with their child’s learning
    • reviewing their child’s progress
    • planning ahead for their child

Class teacher

They are responsible for: 

  • Checking the progress of your child ‐Identifying, planning and delivering any additional support your child may need.
  • Monitoring delivery of additional support from other staff within school.
  • Ensuring that the SEND Teaching and Learning Policy is followed within the classroom setting.

Head teacher

They are responsible for: 

  • The day to day management of all aspects of school including the provision and support provided for children with SEN within school.
  • They will give responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers but are still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  • Keeping the governing body up to date about any SEN issues within school.

SEN Governor and Chair of Governors

They are responsible for: 

  • Making sure that any additional support required for children in school with SEND is provided.

What Intervention Can My Child Receive?

Identification and intervention are essential when supporting a child with Special Educational Needs. The SEND children at Bader will receive support that is personalised and specific to meet their individual needs.

What support is provided?

Quality First Teaching

High Expectations ‐ Teachers have the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class. 

Planning for Progression ‐ All teaching is based upon building on what your child already knows, can do or can understand. 

A wide range of learning opportunities - Children to be given the opportunity to learn in different ways. These include independent learning, collaborative learning and kinaesthetic learning. 

Specific strategies - Teachers to use specific strategies suggested by external staff (Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language therapist, Occupational Therapist and Local Authority Advisers) to support your child’s learning.

Within School Intervention 

Should you wish to discuss interventions, please discuss with the class teacher. 

Early Years /Foundation Stage 

At Bader, children can start school at 2 years old and attend our two-year-old base. We recognise the importance of early language and communication therefore this is a focus for the Early Years setting. 

Nursery Narrative – Nursery narrative encourages children to talk and improves communication. 

Blast – This develops language in young children. 

Reception Narrative – Moves on from Nursery Narrative and develops speech and language skills.

Key Stage One and Two 

Reading Recovery ‐ Within school we have a trained Reading Recovery teacher who works in supporting children in reading. Your child would work 1:1 for 30 minutes 5 times a week. This is for children who are just beginning to read but are having some difficulty. It is usually for children in Year 1 and sometimes Year 2. 

BRP ‐ BRP is a reading intervention to support children in Years 2‐6. It encourages fluency and understanding of the text. Your child would work 1:1 for 20 minutes 3 times a week. 

FFT ‐ Family Fisher Trust is a combined reading and writing intervention. Your child would be supported 1:1 or 1:2 for 30 minutes 4 times a week. 

Numicon - Intervention groups for Numicon run across the school. These happen frequently and range in the amount of time children are given to master a skill. It ranges from 2 – 5 sessions a week for 30 minutes to 1 hour. To support children further, Numicon is used as a teaching resource within maths lessons from Nursery to Year 6. 

Lexia -  Lexia is a programme designed to support children’s reading and spelling. It is computer based and children can access it within school and at home. Lexia is an independent learning tool, however, it is closely monitored by the class teachers and SEND team. 

Springboard - Springboard is a Maths based intervention program that addresses children’s gaps in learning from previous years. This aids the child in catching up with their peers and makes it possible for them to access their year groups maths lesson.

Who can receive this level of support?

Any child who has specific gaps in their learning.

External Interventions

Should your child need intervention from an external agency then we will discuss this with you and there may be permission forms to sign. If you should feel your child may need this support but you have not yet been approached, please contact the SENDCo or your class teacher. 

Educational Psychologist - At Bader, we have an educational psychologist who comes in to support once per month. The EP observes children and recommends next steps to class teachers and parents. This includes referral to CAMHs, evidence for an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment, evidence for high needs funding and strategies for the teacher to use in class. 

Speech & Language - At Bader Primary School, there is access to a Speech and Language therapist working at Bader for half a day weekly. This supports children with speech and language difficulties. This includes understanding of speech. 

Place2Be - Place2Be is available in school for 2.5 days per week. They offer counselling and play therapy to support children’s emotional wellbeing. They also offer support to parents and adults working with children with emotional needs. See www.place2be.org.uk for more information. 

A Way Out – A Way Out is a charity sponsored by Children in Need to support children and parents with emotional needs.

Who can receive this level of support?

Children who have specific barriers that cannot be overcome by quality first teaching and intervention groups.

Education, Health and Care Plans

The school, or yourself, can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process with further information found on the Stockton SEN’s Local Offer: 

Local Authority Local Offer

After information has been gathered from school and any external agencies, the Local Authority will then decide whether they think your child’s needs warrant a statutory assessment. Should your child require an EHCP this will come in draft form initially to allow you to check that you are happy with the provision outlined. This will then be formalised.

Who can receive this level of support?

Children with severe, long‐term and more complex needs.

How are teachers in school supported to work with SEN and what training do they have?

The SENDCo’s job is to support the teachers in planning for children with SEN. The school has a SEN professional learning log and action plan. Staff are encouraged to request support for those children that are not making as much progress as expected or if they feel they need emotional support.

Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the specific needs of their class.

How will teaching be adapted to meet my child’s needs?

Quality first teaching will mean that teachers adapt to all children’s needs within their class. Teaching Assistants will support your child’s needs within the classroom when required. Technology is available to support your child alongside specific strategies and plans that have been devised.

How will progress of your child be measured in school?

Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her teacher and the Senior Leadership Team. This happens termly, through pupil progress meetings. His/her progress is reviewed formally every term against age‐related expectations. The progress of children with a statement of SEN/ EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education invited to attend.

What support is available as a parent with a child with SEND?

At Bader, we hold two parent consultations a year. However, should you require further meetings these can be arranged on request. Those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities often have at least one meeting per half term where necessary.

Stockton Local Authority offer an information and advice service to answer any questions you may have. 

What to do if you think your child has special educational needs

All information from external agencies will be discussed with you and the person directly, e.g. the EP.

How will we support your child in promoting self‐esteem?

Throughout school we teach SMSC as part of the curriculum. Place2Be support is available for any children or parents with anxieties or concerns. Place2BE support is also available to support teachers for children in their class with low self‐esteem.

A parent counselling service is also available for parents that wish to use it.

Likewise, ‘A way out’ provides mentoring for children and parents on request through the SENDCo.

How have we made Bader a supportive environment accessible to children with SEND?

We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs. All children have access to working walls, which give them additional information and strategies to use when they need it. At Bader we also value collaboration so children are encouraged to talk with one another and help each other in their learning. Various technology is available to support children with their learning. 

Where appropriate, children are placed in smaller classes so they can have additional support. Likewise, teaching assistants work with groups of children to address gaps in their learning and give them a boost. 

Children that need additional resources, such as coloured overlays, pencil grips, visual timetable or slope board, are given access to them and monitored to measure impact. 

We offer a variety of after school clubs e.g. cooking, performing arts, choir, Boot Camp, netball, craft club, football etc. Staff use visual timetables when children in their class need them.

How will we support your child when transition to another area/school?

We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be very difficult for children with SEN. We aim to make the experience as easy as possible for them. 

If your child is moving to another school: ‐

  • We will contact the school SENDCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support needed for your child.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible. 

When moving years in school: ‐

  • Information about your child will be shared with their new teachers.
  • If your child would be helped by a personalised plan for moving to another year, we will put this in place.