What is the Local Offer?
The Government’s reforms for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) came into force through legislation in September 2014. The Children and Families Bill (2014) aims to improve services for children with SEND.
As part of the changes, Local Authorities must provide information of the services available for children and young people. The purpose of a Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area.
As an Academy, we are also required to publish an Information Report outlining what our school offers in terms of provision for pupils with SEND. This should be read alongside Grace Academy Darlaston’s own Local Offer.
You may wish to consult other Academy policies when you study our Information Report, and you can access these below:
Meet our Team
Mrs Katherine Reeves : SENCO
Mrs Tracey Lunn: Assistant SENCO
Mrs Jenna Nock: Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Bhachu: Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mr Paul Waterhouse: Specialist Teacher ‘ASPIRE’
How do we work?
At GAD, we collect progress data six times per year for every child, in every subject. This data is collected through a system called Go4Schools, on which every pupil has a unique profile.
The SENCo analyses the progress data, following which pupils may be more closely monitored or supported through one of three avenues:
1. Additional Needs
Pupils who are not making as much progress as expected across the curriculum feature as ‘Additional Needs.’ This also includes pupils with English as an Additional Language; pupils with a specific learning need such as dyslexia which is accommodated within Quality First Teaching across the curriculum, or pupils with a medical concern.
This enables us to ‘keep a close eye’ on pupils at risk of not making progress, and allows us to start liaising with teaching colleagues about how to make the best provision possible in their classroom for these pupils.
2. School Support
Pupils who may benefit from more targeted teacher intervention are placed at ‘School Support’. These pupils are supported by a bespoke ‘Crib Sheet’ which is published on the pupil’s Go4Schools profile for teaching staff to view and act upon when planning lessons. This suggests specific ways in which the teacher may support the learning and progress of the child. The teacher may offer enrichment classes, or the pupil may access some internal support interventions such as reading; small group interventions or additional in class support or resources.
If your child is at School Support you can expect to meet the SEND Team at Parents’ Evening to review support offered.
3. SEN Support
At SEN Support, pupils feature on the Academy’s SEND list. This means that they need some external or additional support on top of the quality teaching that they receive in order to make expected progress.
If we feel that a child would benefit from SEN Support, we will invite you and your child to complete an ISP (Individual Support Plan) with us. This document is then shared with teaching staff through Go4Schools. It details how teaching staff may adapt their teaching methods to meet your child’s needs, and informs staff of additional support your child is in receipt of.
We will liaise with external agencies as detailed in the Information Report in order to facilitate the best quality intervention to help your child progress. This is detailed through the ‘Action, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle.
If your child is at SEN Support you can expect to meet the SEND Team at Parents’ Evening to review the ISP and support offered.
If SEN Support is not providing adequate support to help your child to progress, in partnership with you we may decide to apply for an Education Health Care Plan in order to access further funding and support for your child.
Pupils who currently receive support through a Statement will transfer to an Education Health Care Plan in line with Walsall Council’s transition calendar, as described in the Information Report.
Parental/ Carer Engagement
At GAD we welcome feedback from parents and carers who are welcome to telephone or e mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We meet parents/carers every Parents’ Evening as described above, but facilitate additional contact when required.