We have a strong and effective Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy at Oldfield, which conforms to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015). We monitor any concern which might have a detrimental effect on your child’s educational progress and well-being. This concern may be a temporary or a long-term need and may be raised from home or school. We will discuss any concern you may have regarding your child’s progress or well-being as early as possible to ensure their needs are met.
Our policy is based on early recognition of these concerns, followed by monitoring and assessment of your child’s areas of need. An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) may be written which will set up a specific programme of support for your child. Most concerns are addressed by this school-based provision. A further stage may include advice, guidance, assessment and direct involvement of other out-of-school specialists such as teachers for those with hearing impairment, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists.
A child with more severe Special Educational Needs may be referred for an Education and Health Care assessment, which, if successful, can lead to the child being awarded with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) to accommodate their needs. An EHCP sets out a child’s strengths and weaknesses and the level of support needed in order for their needs to be met. This support, which is funded by the LA can include Specialist Teaching and/or dedicated Learning Support Assistant hours.
Parents are fully involved at every stage of meeting your child’s Special Educational Needs. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress with the class teacher at Parents Evenings, where the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is also in attendance for any informal discussion. The SENCo is also available at certain times during the week to discuss any concerns. Appointments can be made via the school office.
You can access further information on the range of local services for children with SEN and disabilities by clicking on the link to SEND Local Offer