Local Offer

SEN Information Report for John Grant School 2016 – 17

Part of the Local Offer for Learners with SEN

 Introduction

Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN.) All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN.  The information published must be updated annually.

At John Grant school we are committed to working together with all members of our school community.  We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us.  The best people to contact this year are:

Pam Ashworth – Headteacher and Governor
Tim Lane – Chair of Governors

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

Our approach to teaching learners with SEN

As a school for pupils with Complex Needs, all of our pupils have Special Educational Needs and have the support of either a Statement of Special Educational Needs or for those assessed or re-assessed since September 2014, an Education Health Care Plan. We work hard to ensure that all our pupils can participate in learning at a level appropriate to their needs and we celebrate the achievements of all members of our community.  We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be responsive to the diversity of our children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school.

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning and achievement for all and includes the plan for the continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for our staff.  We aim to be a “Learning Community” in its widest sense.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community.  We monitor the progress of all learners, and staff continually assess our pupils’ progress ensuring that good learning is taking place.

At John Grant School our motto is:

“Working together to be the best we can be”

How we identify SEN

The Code of Practice defines SEN as:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.  A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

As a Complex Needs school, all of our pupils have SEN. Their needs are identified through the Local Authority’s assessment processes and are identified either in a Statement of SEN, or since September 2014 an Education Health Care Plan (ECHP).

Through both the statutory Annual Review process and our own assessment and evaluation, we are constantly checking that we are able to meet the SEN of our pupils and that placement at John Grant School remains the right one for each pupil.  Even within our very specialist setting there are times when we need to seek additional support in order to ensure needs are correctly assessed and met. This may be with regard to very particular or unusual learning, physical, sensory, medical or behavioural needs.

We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described on the Local Offer website available here.

At John Grant school we have a range of professionals who regularly work together with our teaching and education support staff to meet the SEN of our pupils. These include:

Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist who are in school regularly (at least weekly) to set and monitor the delivery of programmes by school staff, to re-assess need and to provide professional advice and guidance.

School Nurse: on site 5 days per week

Several members of the John Grant school staff have additional training and qualifications including:

Moving and Handling trainer
5 Norfolk Steps Tutors
Signalong Tutor
Rebound Therapy Instructors
Qualified swimming and sports coaches
Specialist Assistant Head for ASD

Visiting specialists include:

  • Norfolk sensory support service
  • CAMHS – Starfish Team
  • Clinics are run in school by a Paediatrician, the Healthy Weight team, Feeding assessment team, and Dietician.
  • Specialists providing vision and dental checks.

We also have close links with our colleagues in Social Services in particular those that support Children with Disabilities. Many support and liaison meetings for pupils and their families are held in school.

What we do to support learners with SEN at John Grant School

At John Grant School our classes are primarily grouped by the national Key Stages to ensure a progression of experience that is appropriate to the pupil’s ages, as they go through the school.

Within the Key Stages the classes are mostly grouped by need to ensure each group has teaching that is designed to meet the pupils’ learning requirements. There are two specific class groups focussed on the needs of pupils whose primary barrier to learning is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and two bases groups for pupils who require a very sensory based approach to learning, including pupils who have Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). From September 2016, a group of our pupils with more moderate learning difficulties in Key Stage 3 will be based at Flegg High School in Martham for 3 days a week. This provides the opportunity for our pupils to experience a more challenging social and academic environment on a regular basis, whilst maintaining the very specialist support and teaching provided by John Grant School staff.

Also new in September 2016, our Year R (Foundation Stage) pupils will be based at the SHINE Nursery in Gorleston. SHINE is an inclusive Nursery providing placements for both mainstream pupils and those with SEN. The 6 John Grant pupils at SHINE will be taught by a teacher, a higher level teaching assistant and support staff provided by the school. All will however work in very close liaison with the SHINE staff. The aim is provide a very inclusive opportunity for our youngest pupils and a good transition into school.

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class.  The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at John Grant school are proud of our Teachers and their development.  The Teacher standards are available here.

All our Teachers will use a wide range of strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include:

  • Visual timetables
  • Picture Exchange Communication systems (PECS)
  • Signalong
  • Objects of Reference
  • Electronic communication aids
  • Attention Autism
  • Lis’n’tell
  • Downs Ed
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Symbol supported text
  • I-pads, lap tops or other alternative recording devices
  • Positive behaviour rewards system
  • Sensory curriculum
  • Sensory Circuits
  • Rebound therapy
  • Hydrotherapy

All our pupils have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) which focus of the very particular next steps of learning that are most relevant for each individual. The IEPs are updated termly and discussed with parents/carers, also where relevant the pupils themselves, to ensure that all have a voice in what each pupils’ learning priorities should be.

At John Grant School we are very fortunate in having modern, spacious accommodation with several specialist facilities that help us meet the SEN of our pupils. These include:

  • Food Technology room with access for wheelchair users to a height adjustable work surface and hob
  • Computer room, including Interactive White Board and computers with touch screen access
  • Science room
  • Art room
  • Hydrotherapy pool, with direct hoist access from changing rooms to pool. The Hydro pool area also has many sensory room facilities including room lighting effects, underwater lighting and audio
  • Swimming pool with hoist access
  • Full sized Sports Hall
  • Dance studio
  • Small fitness suite
  • 1 large Sensory room completely re-fitted in 2016 – 2 smaller sensory rooms linked to the specialist lass bases.
  • Music room
  • A “Safe Space” room
  • Physio treatment room
  • A range of outdoor spaces including: a sensory garden, trim trail, “forest area”, climbing frame area, also a horticulture area which includes a Polytunnel.

The school has the use of 2 minibuses with wheelchair access for off-site visits

Funding for SEN

John Grant School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority based on an agreed formula which is linked to the levels of SEN of our pupils.

The school does not receive any additional funding from our local Cluster of schools

How do we find out if this support is effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within John Grant School.  Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of what we do.

Progress data of all learners is regularly collected, collated and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. This enables more particular intervention strategies to be planned and implemented.

Teacher assessments are monitored in-school, but also with colleagues across Norfolk’s Complex Needs schools and at inter-county level. Increasingly we are also moderating assessments with our colleagues in main stream schools both at Cluster and County levels.

IEP targets are reviewed termly.

Each pupil’s Statement of SEN or EHCP is reviewed annually

2 formal opportunities are provided each year for parents/carers to discuss and review their child’s progress with their child’s teacher. We do however aim to maintain good contact with our pupils’ parents/carers throughout the year, e.g. via home/school communication books in order to ensure we are working together to continually meet their child’s needs. Informal appointments and/or phone calls can always take place when requested.

Wherever possible our pupils are involved in their own self review. All pupils are supported in providing comments for their Annual Review and wherever possible pupils attend their Annual Review for at least part of the meeting.

We have a School Council, at which each class base in the school has representation. They meet at least once a half term to discuss issues brought by the representatives or that have been otherwise raised. The meetings are always minuted and consequently reviewed and discussed at Senor Leadership Team meetings

Other opportunities for learning

At John Grant School we offer a wide range of additional or extra curricular activities. These include:

  • a range of lunch time clubs; eg gardening, young cooks, music, sensory, and a range of sports including football, cricket, and table tennis.
  • Each day of the week there is an after-school club – the current offer is Boccia, football, choir, gymnastics and swimming. We are able to offer most pupils who take part transport home.
  • All classes will arrange off-site visits linked to aspects of the curriculum
  • In Key Stage 2 most pupils are able to have the opportunity to experience horse riding for one term each year.
  • Our pupils engage in a wide range of inter-school sports competitions with events at all ability and need levels – these include special sports activity days for pupils with ASD and PMLD.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all.

Each year the school runs a 2 week long Playscheme in the summer holiday which is open to all John Grant pupils. Special days are allocated to pupils with PMLD/physical disabilities when the school nurse and physiotherapist are present.

Preparing for the next step

Transition is a part of life for all learners.  This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, college or day provision. John Grant School is committed to working in partnership with our pupils, their families/carers, social services, colleges and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners throughout their school carers, but has a special priority from Year 9 onwards when we begin to think about planning for life beyond school. In Year 9 each pupil will have a Transition Annual Review Meeting to which parents/carers and other relevant professionals are invited. As a result of this a Transition Plan is written which is updated at each subsequent Annual Review.

From Key Stage 4 onwards we aim to provide at least an annual opportunity (usually a coffee morning) for parents/carers to come into school to meet each other, relevant providers and parents of pupils who have already left school to receive information and raise any concerns with regard to planning for their child’s future.

Trust Norfolk SEN (of which John Grant School is a member) ran a very successful “Leavers Conference” in Norwich in October 2015. This provided opportunities for our parents/carers to meet providers of post school opportunities from across the county. The next conference is planned for October 2016 and is expected to become an annual event.

Most of our pupils stay at John Grant School until they are 19 in our Further Education (FE) department. Throughout FE the curriculum is focussed on planning and preparation for life beyond school including practicing skills in the community, college visits, road safety development based using the TITAN scheme and, wherever possible and relevant, work experience. Currently the latter includes an opportunity for some or our students to help run the SMILES Café in Great Yarmouth one day a week. This is a project run in collaboration with Great Yarmouth College.

In each pupil’s last year in school a Leavers Conference takes place, in addition to the Annual Review, to ensure all arrangements for their next step are in place. Once future placement is agreed, transition visits are arranged, usually with support from school staff.

Links with other provision

John Grant School, alongside the other 9 special schools in Norfolk, is a member of “Trust Norfolk SEN” a Co-operative Trust. We aim to work together for the benefit of all pupils with SEN in Norfolk – our motto is…

“Every child with SEN deserves to thrive and succeed”

John Grant School is a member of Cluster CG37 which contains the 9 other primary and secondary schools from the villages in and around Caister. The cluster is part of the network of clusters of schools across Norfolk which aim to work together to meet the needs of all the pupils in their areas.

John Grant School is a member of Cluster CG37 which contains the 9 other primary and secondary schools from the villages in and around Caister. The cluster is part of the network of clusters of schools across Norfolk which aim to work together to meet the needs of all the pupils in their areas.

John Grant School has staff who go out to support identified pupils with SEN in main stream schools. This is a service run by the Norfolk special schools for the Local Authority. It is called “S2S” – School to School support.

John Grant School is also part of the specialist support provided to the Local Authority’s School Resource Bases (SRBs). Our role is to provide a Specialist Partner for the ASD, SRB at Edward Worlledge Primary School in Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

Have your say

At John Grant School we continually strive to shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all.  This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff.  If therefore you have a view, suggestion or query about what we do, please get in touch and let us know.

Useful links

www.norfolk.gov.uk/SEN
Parent Partnership
Department for Education
trustnorfolk-sen.co.uk 

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