Please contact either:
Alison Ashcroft (Principal and Inclusion Manager) or Philippa Purvis (SENCO) at firstname.lastname@example.org
At GEMS Didcot Primary Academy we recognise that all children have a right to a broad, balanced relevant and differentiated curriculum. We aim to create a happy, educationally exciting and positive environment in which all pupils can develop to their full potential. We recognise that children are individuals, that each one has needs special to him or her.
We aim to:
- Ensure that our curriculum is responsive to all children whatever their individual need
- Promote positive attitudes and individual confidence
- Ensure all children experience success
- Identify, assess, record and regularly review pupils' special educational needs
- Encourage parents/guardians to be involved in planning and supporting at all stages of their child's development
- Make effective use of support services
The Oxfordshire County Council Local Offer for Children with SEN and disabilities can be found here.
Our admissions policy for children with SEND.
If there are more applications received than there are places, any children for whom the school is named in a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health & Care Plan will take priority over other applicants when being offered a place.
Information and Guidance - Points of contact
Who should I contact to discuss concerns or needs of my child?
DPA is committed to working in partnership with parents and will listen to any concerns parents may wish to raise. Please contact the school to arrange a meeting.
- Class teacher is the first point of contact. They monitor the progress of each child and liaise with key staff about interventions needed if necessary.
- The Principal (also the Inclusion Manager) deals with concerns which cannot be dealt with by the class teacher
- SENCO - Mrs Philippa Purvis will be in school every Monday morning.
Assessment, planning and review/ Partnerships for Progress
How does the school know how well my child is doing?
How will I be kept informed about how well my child is doing?
How regularly will I be updated on my child's progress?
Will I know if my child is not making progress and what will happen?
- Targets are set in reading, writing and maths for each pupil which are monitored termly.
- Class teachers attend a pupil progress meeting each term with the Principal to discuss the progress of each pupil. The rates of progress are monitored and those pupils not making the expected progress are identified.
- Strategies will be put in place in order for the identified pupils to reach their expected outcomes. Ongoing teacher assessment strategies are used to determine progress and attainment.
- Regular review meetings are held with the class teacher and Principal to track progress towards outcomes and evaluate interventions.
- Diagnostic marking is used in literacy and maths and provides feedback to pupils.
- Parents are invited to 'Learning Reviews' at least twice a year to discuss progress, attainment levels and expected outcomes with the class teacher.
- If your child is on the SEN register you will have additional review meetings with the class teacher and SENCO.
- Children with statements or EHC plans are reviewed termly and a written report is sent to parents.
- An annual report to parents/carers is written by the class teacher which details the achievements, strengths and areas of development in the different curriculum areas. A settling in report and mid year summary report is also distributed to all parents.
- Additional support may be provided after discussions with key staff, parent/carer, pupils and where relevant, external agencies.
- The school identifies the needs of SEN pupils on a provision map. This identifies all support given within school and is reviewed regularly with changes made as needed. In this way the needs of the children are met and resources are deployed as effectively as possible.
- The school will seek external support for children continuing to experience significant difficulty - this may involve an application for an Education Health and Care Plan assessment. School staff may informally discuss progress with parents/carers as needed.
Curriculum and Teaching Methods (Including groupings and interventions)
What is the curriculum and how is it taught? How will the curriculum be adapted to meet the needs of my child? How flexible can teachers be in meeting the needs of my child? Is there any additional support available to help my child reach his/her expected outcomes?
- The school will be using the National Curriculum as a basis of our learning.
- Class teachers are responsible for the learning of ALL children in their class and they ensure that all children receive 'quality first teaching' - keeping children working with their peers for the majority of the time.
- Teachers are skilled at adapting and differentiating the curriculum to take account of individual pupil needs.
- Teachers are able to take into account different learning styles and use them to ensure that they meet the needs of all the children in their class.
- First hand experiences through visits are explored when topics are planned. Grouping arrangements are organised carefully to maximise the learning opportunities for all.
- Additional adults may be used to support groups or individuals, but being on the SEN register does not necessarily mean that your child will be allocated a one to one support as independence must also be fostered.Children may be identified as benefitting from intervention programmes.
- Progress within these programmes is carefully monitored.
- A range of intervention programmes in the areas of literacy, numeracy, language, social, emotional and motor skills are available to support individuals and groups and there are staff trained to deliver them.
- The use of intervention programmes is monitored by assessing their impact.
- Intervention programmes are continually under review.
- Advice from educational agencies such as Educational Psychology, speech, language and communication , behavioural support and health agencies such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and CAMHS may be sought if your child is on the SEN register.
Access to learning and the Curriculum
Are there any special features or strategies to help children learn? How do I know my child's particular needs will be met?
- children are involved in their own learning and are able to feed their opinions into the topics taught.
- Children are made aware of their targets and next steps.
- They receive feedback on progress through discussions with teachers and diagnostic marking.
- Self evaluation is also encouraged.
- Daily phonics lessons are taught using Read, Write Inc.
- Lessons are differentiated where appropriate.
- Learning walls in the classrooms support the learning of literacy and mathematics.
- ICT is used to support learning, including computer programmes.
- Some classes/ identified pupils may be allocated support staff and have access to guided group work.
- External agencies can provide advice and may offer individual or group tuition depending on a pupil's individual need.
- All classes have a visual timetable ion display which details the daily planned activities. Some pupils have their own visual timetable.
- The school's physical environment is accessible to all learners including those with disabilities.
- Reasonable adjustments are made to help pupils to learn. For example, some pupils may use special equipment such as pencil grips, sound amplification systems and sloped writing desks.
children may be identified as benefitting from social skills groups and the use of social stories.
Test and Assessments - Access Arrangements
What arrangements are available for pupils to access tests and assessments? How will I know if my child qualifies for additional support or time to access tests?
- Year 6 pupils may be assessed to determine whether individuals qualify for additional time.
- Some pupils for statutory tests (Year 2 and 6) access them in a smaller environment and support for reading of tests or writing for pupils may be requested as appropriate and to comply with test guidelines.
- The school adheres to current access arrangements for Key Stage 1 and 2 Statutory tests.
- Class teachers will inform parents/carers whether their child qualifies for additional support or time to access tests.
- Booster and target groups are run throughout the school year.
Social and Emotional support
How does the school help my child to feel comfortable and safe and manage social situations? How does the school help develop my child's social and emotional skills? What is the school's policy on bullying?
- All classes follow a structured PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economical education)
- Teachers identify children who would benefit from small group interventions to develop their social and emotional skills.
- Behaviour support strategies developed with teachers, teaching assistants and the Principal help children to manage their behaviour.
- Home/school liaison
- Strong ethos of pastoral care
- Anti bullying policy and procedures
- Transition preparation
Accessibility to Premises and Facilities
What facilities are in the school to assist children with disabilities move around the building and take part in all lessons? How do I know my child will be able to access all lessons?
- The building and play areas are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Disabled toilet
- Awareness of sensory issues
- Reasonable adjustments are made by staff to ensure children with disabilities can access all lessons.
- Trips will be planned taking into account the needs of children with disabilities.
- transition preparation
Working with others
Who does the school work with? How does the school work with other agencies? How will I be informed?
DPA works with a number of services including:
- Educational psychology services
- Learning Support Service
- Sensory Impairment Service
- Speech language and communication needs service
- Speech and Language Service
- SEN Team Parent Partnership
- Occupational Therapy
- School Nurse
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
- The SENCO liaises with class teachers, leadership team and parents to prioritise referrals to these services.
- Referrals to services may also come about following pupil review meetings. This will be discussed with parents/carers.
- Parents views will be sought and they may be invited or can request to meet with the service.
- Reports and recommendations are shared with parents and expected outcomes and strategies to meet those outcomes are planned.
How will the school help my child settle with confidence and manage change as they move between schools and year groups.
Early years Transition
- The class teacher generally attends transition meetings for pupils with SEN making the transition from Pre School to nursery or reception easier.
- Class teacher visits child in setting or home.
- Parents are invited to a pre-admission meeting.
Moving on at Year 6
- Key staff and often some year 7 students from the secondary school will visit DPA and speak to the year 6 pupils transferring to their school.
- All pupils in Year 6 are invited to a familiarisation at their secondary school.
- Children are prepared for the visit and given information in advance as necessary.
- Additional visits to the secondary school may be arranged for individuals or groups as needed.
- Transition arrangements are planned at Year 6 statement/ Education, Health and Care Plan reviews.
- Secondary schools are invited to attend.
- SENCO attends Year 6 to Year 7 SEN transfer meeting.
- Information transferred in advance of move.
If your child is moving to another school we will:
- contact the school SENCo and ensure that he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
- Make sure all records for your child are passed on as soon as possible.
If your child joins us from another school we will:
- Contact the school SENCo to find out about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child.
- Meet with parents to discuss any concerns and plan any support
- Transition visits to new classes are planned in the second half of the summer term.
- Identified pupils may have a number of additional visits to the new class.
- Meet the teacher meetings take place in the summer term which give parents a chance to find out about arrangements for such things as homework, topics and general expectations.