A partnership approach
- We will work in partnership with you to identify the needs of your child and put in place the correct support including family support if you need this.
- Sometimes we may need to ask for your permission to involve qualified professionals to support your child.
- The school will involve you in all decisions and listen to your views.
- The school will try to involve your child in decisions about their learning.
- We will be happy to give you contact details for organisations who can give you and your child advice and support.
We will work in partnership with you to identify the needs of your child and put in place the correct support including family support if you need this.
The governing body has a duty to ensure that the school follows the new Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs under the Children and Families Act 2014. The school governor who is responsible for this is Mrs Helena Mikula. The governing body has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place for all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
School staff work as a team with both parents and pupils to assess and review progress and consider the next steps of learning. We will always take into account your views and wishes. Regular parent/carer questionnaire feedback helps school to recognise its strengths and areas to improve.
We ensure the pupil voice is heard through the School Council. Children with special educational needs and disabilities are also encouraged to be part of the School Council. School will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities are included in both school and out of school activities, wherever possible.
The governing body, via the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) ensures that appropriate agencies are involved in meeting the needs of children with special educational needs (SEN). School will always ask for your written permission before we seek any involvement from an outside agency.
Outside agencies that we work regularly with are:
- Pupil and School Support - supporting a variety of learning needs
- Educational Psychology Service
- Sensory Support Service – Hearing and Vision
- Communication /Autism Team (CAT)
- City of Birmingham School (COBS) – emotional/behavioural needs
- Speech and Language Therapy Service
- Counselling and bereavement
- School Nurse
Other agencies that we may work with are:
- Team for children with physical difficulties (PDSS)
- Occupational Therapy Service
- Social Services
- Forward Thinking Birmingham (formerly CAMHS) - mental health
- SENDIASS (formerly Parent Partnership)
- SWEET project – family support
Please contact Mrs Julie Robinson, our SENCo, if you would like further information on any of these services.
The school will involve you in all decisions and listen to your views.
Consultations at parents’ evenings and parent surgeries are an opportunity for your views to be shared. School welcomes the opportunity for you to give your views following your child’s annual report of progress at the end of the school year.
When reviewing progress through an annual review of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or termly through an Individual Target Plan (ITP) parental views are always taken into account and recorded. New targets are agreed by all people present at the meeting.
Your child’s views are taken into account and recorded for review meetings. Your child may attend the review meeting to give their views, if it is appropriate to do so. There is opportunity to record their views in written form or to have an adult scribe their views for them.
One page profiles are used for some children. These are developed with the child to look at their strengths, learning styles and what they need to work towards. All children have target sheets in their books so that they can contribute and respond to their own learning.
School council involves the children in their own learning and gives them opportunities to voice their opinions.
If there are any other agencies that you would like contact details for please ask Mrs Robinson.
Pupil and School Support
Educational Psychology Service
Sensory Support Service (Hearing and Visual Impairment)
City of Birmingham School (COBS)
Team for Children with Physical Difficulties
School nurse service
Central Booking Service (for Paediatrician/ Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Service) - 683 2320
SENDIASS - Tel: 303 5004
SENAR (SEN Assessment and Review Team) - Tel: 303 8461 (parent line)
Forward Thinking Birmingham (mental health) - 0300 300 0099