SEND Information Report
In compliance with section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014 and Regulation 51 and schedule 1 of The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, the governing body must publish a report on the school’s policy for pupils with SEND. This report should also be read in conjunction with the following policies:
Accessibility Policy, Behaviour Policy, Medical Conditions Policy, Assessment Policy, Equalities Policy, Safeguarding Policy, Homework Policy and Complaints Policy
Our school SENDCo is Miss Devlin. She is also supported by Miss Kate Shaw, our Child and Family Well-being Lead.
Who are the external agencies providing support to SEND children and their teachers?
The governing body have engaged the following services:-
- A Service Level Agreement with Educational Psychology service for 18 sessions per year
- Premium level membership to SPARK (the School Performance Alliance Richmond and Kingston) which includes regular SEND network meetings.
- Link to the Disabled Children’s Service for support to families for some pupils with high needs
- Access to local authority SLA with Speech and Language Therapy Services / Occupational Therapy Services / Physiotherapy Services
What support is there for parents / carers of children with SEND?
- The class teacher and SENDCO are regularly available to discuss any concerns. Parents should speak to the child’s class teacher or leave a message with the office to make an appointment. In addition, parents are invited to termly meetings to discuss their child’s progress.
- The Richmond-Kingston SEND Information, Advice and Support Service, managed by the national charity Kids, provides free, impartial, confidential advice and support on SEND-related issues to parents/carers and young people from the age of 16 -25. They can be contacted on 020 8831 6179; email Richmondkingston@kids.org.uk; website https://www.kids.org.uk/richmond-and-kingston-sendiass
Where can I find information about Local Authority provision for children and young people with SEND?
Kingston Local Authority schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND). All schools are supported by the Local Authority to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with SEND being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.
The LA Local Offer
Local Offer is the term that the Department for Education (DfE) have chosen to describe the collection of information about the support that local authorities must make available to help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents, carers, children and young people with SEND to see clearly, from a single and regularly updated source, the services available to local families and how to access them. The offer covers services from birth to 25, across education, health and social care. It describes state-funded, charitable and private services, and includes services outside the local area (e.g. schools) which are used by local families: https://www.afclocaloffer.org.uk/
The Local Offer is part of several key changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.
The Local Offer includes information about:
- education services from pre-school to further education
- health services which are universal, targeted and specialist
- social care services including short breaks
- preparing for adulthood for young people aged 19 to 25
- training opportunities for young people
- transport arrangements including the local authority’s transport policy
- arrangements for assessing children and young people
- how to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
- the option of personal budgets
- making complaints, appeals and tribunals
- information, advice and guidance on funding, financial support and support available from local voluntary organisations
Parents without internet access should make an appointment with the SENDCO for support to gain the information they require.