Federation of Briar Hill and St Margaret's Schools
SEND and Inclusion
Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator, Ruth Beeston, works across the Federation of Briar Hill and St Margaret’s Junior School. Both schools work closely together to ensure that children who require extra support experience a smooth transition and consistent, personalised provision.
On average, about 20% of children need special help at some point in their schooling. This may be because of physical, learning, emotional or behavioural difficulties and may be long or short term. Needs are identified in several ways - from parents, outside agencies, teacher observations and diagnostic assessments.
Children with identified needs are included in a Special Educational Needs Register and a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) will be drawn up and reviewed three times each year. Most of the support given is within the classroom, but small groups and individuals may be withdrawn for focused support when it is thought appropriate.
We run lots of support groups for our pupils and we place a high priority on supporting positive mental health and well-being as well as academic support. The value of parental support and its effect on the learning and development of children is recognised and we involve parents at all stages.
We aim to:
create a happy, educationally exciting and positive environment in which all pupils can develope to their full potential and become confident, independent individuals.
identify, assess, record and regularly review pupils' special educational needs, encouraging parents/guardians to be involved in planning and supporting at all stages of their child's development.
If you have any questions regarding special educational needs and disabilities then please arrange to meet with Mrs Beeston. She can be contacted through firstname.lastname@example.org or 01926 422834.
Any complaints relating to SEN please see our Federation Complaints Policy.
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. As such, our school produces an updated annual SEND report that incorporates the requirements of the Local Offer.